For the more than 50 years that we have been in the auction business, we have also acted as intermediaries in the buying and selling of philatelic items directly between collectors (by Private Treaty) – from single stamps and covers of great rarity, to specialized collections & exhibits, in addition to accumulations, dealer’s stocks and printer’s archives.

With our tradition of handling great collections and having sold more Large Gold medal and Grand Prix award-winning collections than any other company in history, we are delighted to announce the successful sale by private treaty of the Jammu and Kashmir collection formed by the late Dr. Wolfgang Hellrigl.

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In recent years we have seen a notable increase in private treaty transactions and through this on-line presentation (and printed catalogue), we wish to formalise our intention to expand this line of business.

We are working on an updated catalogue for 2019.

SOLD IN 2019:


The complete collection which has been the basis for the famous book by M. Peter and R. Soderberg published in 2011. This reference collection shows an in-depth study of these fascinating issues, Most items neatly and knowledgeably mounted on exhibition pages.

An extensive study on the thin and thick overprint issues with numerous complete sheets of 50 showing the type 1 to 25. Outstanding items include the so-called Stolz & Co. proof overprints including the extremely rare type II (only two examples known, both in this collection). In-depth study of the 25 different types with many examples unused, used or on piece together with many identified forgeries. Over 240 covers and cards, practically all commercially used with multiples frankings, mixed-issue frankings (including several items with Pro Juventute issues), with fascinating explanation of rates, also used forgeries on cover, etc., also further study of the overprints neatly ordered on stockcards originating from the Rellstab archive.

A truly astonishing holding and a fantastic basis for a large exhibition collection. Complete scans of the collection are available on our website.