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The backside of a China Cover

The backside of a China Cover

In the last few weeks it seems that the news has been awash with stamp world rarities being cast into the limelight, and one in particular has caused a bit of fuss about what’s been put on the back of the thing rather than what we all tend to focus upon, the front....
The 1897 Red Revenue 2c Green Surcharge

The 1897 Red Revenue 2c Green Surcharge

As if our recent revelation of the re-discovery of the $2 Hall of Classics block with inverted centre were not enough, an earlier Chinese rarity of comparable importance has also now appeared….or, more accurately, re-appeared. The “Red Revenue” issues have intrigued...
A Candle Light on the Crimea War

A Candle Light on the Crimea War

There was something smelly going on in late January 1855, and it all seemed to originate from the foul stink permeating from the Crimea War. The Duke of Newcastle, Henry Pelham-Clinton, was the Secretary of War for the British Government from June 1854 but resigned...