The “Primitives”: Mauritius “Post Office”

An Overview Issued in September 1847, this issue holds the distinction of being the first government issue of any British Colony (the famous “Lady McLeod” of Trinidad, issued earlier in April 1847, was a private issue tolerated but not authorised by the government). The issue was also only the fifth to be issued world-wide !

British Guiana 1851 2 Cents Census

British Guiana Stamp, Geneva, auction, John du Pont

This is the fifth extract in a series of articles about philatelic rarities taken from the Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps, vol.2, pp.21-26, by L. N. Williams, published by David Feldman in 1992, with updates since its publication. The compilation of biographies of the ten recorded examples of the British Guiana 2 cents of […]

Cape of Good Hope: The C.L. Pack Bisect Cover

The 4 pence value of the Cape was often used in multiple form on legal correspondence. In fact, the largest known franking of this stamp, 22 examples, was used on an internal package of legal papers. However, the usually meticulous performance of the post office at the Cape was, in a few cases, unable to […]

France’s First Issue “Bearded Lady”

The One Franc high value of the 1849 first issue of France comes in a variety of colours and shades: Carmine, Carmine-Brown, Vermilion (including Bright and Dark shades). It can be found with large even margins, in blocks (including one with one position inverted, the “tete-beche” variety). Covers are available as well, with a multiplicity […]

Classic Romania

Over the four decades we have been auctioning, we have continually sought out those collections which have been recognized with Grand Prix awards or collections of equivalent standard, and have handled more of them than any other auction firm, ever. If there is a reason for our success, it is that as philatelists first and […]