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The Bangkok “B” Overprints

The Bangkok “B” Overprints

Western European nations began trading with Siam as early as 1511 with the arrival of the Portuguese, before the Dutch and British in 1608 and the French in 1662. It was not until 18th April 1855 that more formal trading agreements were established when Great Britain...
The Gospel Truth about a Stamp

The Gospel Truth about a Stamp

The British Guiana Cotton Reels are among the World’s rarest stamps and these Primitives are scarcely, if ever, described as ‘attractive’ but we take a closer look at one example which most definitely can be called a ‘beauty’. There was once a notable 17th century...
A Unique Peruvian Export

A Unique Peruvian Export

No philatelists ever wants to draw a connection between bird excrement and a rare 1858 Peru cover franked with a ‘Medio Peso’ error of colour, estimated at 20-30’000 EUR (lot 61683). However, the fact is without ‘guano’ which is the accumulated waste from seabirds and...
The Quantum Science of a Stamp

The Quantum Science of a Stamp

 In the world of philosophy and indeed specifically science, they talk about ‘objective reality’. It apparently means that something is actual, or it exists independent of the mind. So in simple terms an objective reality is a universal truth that can be demonstrated...
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....