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Sunday 25th July 2021

Tim, Rick and Sadie are delighted to present their Summer public sale, one of the finest to date.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our July Public Auction with 1050 lots going under the hammer ‘behind closed doors’ at our Mayfair offices (via easyliveauctions.com.

I genuinely believe this to be one of the finest sales we have put together, enhanced to no small degree by lots 26 and 27. Collections of this type (1902 British Commonwealth and 1898 foreign countries respectively) are seldom on the market and have already received considerable levels of interest. A wealth of all world, one country and GB collections follow (not forgetting 25 ‘room’ lots), so do please contact us for viewing arrangements and our (relatively) new video viewing facility.

A strong GB section includes some major rarities: A mint 1870 ‘OP-PC’ error (the first we have handled), 1882 unissued 1/- purple plate 13 overprinted Specimen (only a handful known), an u/m 1902 10d Ed VII 10d ‘glossy’ and u/m 1912 2 1/2d indigo SG 373 (also an example fine used). I have often spoken of how much I rate watermark varieties and we have a significant number on offer here, several of which we have not seen before. These include, with inverted watermark, mint 2d SG 19, 1873 1/- green pl 12, 4d sage green and 1887 Jubilee 1/- green and carmine, with used 1883 1/- SG 196 (one of 4 known), 1887 10d Jubilee and Govt Parcels 9d SG 063 (listed but unpriced). Also several errors of watermark, inverted and reversed etc.

From the Commonwealth we have Australia mint 1913 1/- and 1915 10/- with inverted watermark and some interesting States, a Cyprus £5, Falklands Centenary £1 (also the 5/- Penguin shade and South Georgia Provisional), Gibraltar £5, Hong Kong (incl $10 Stamp Duty SG F6), Jamaica 1938 5/- line perf, Malaysia, better NZ Postal Fiscals, a range of Rhodesia ‘double heads’ and a Tristan Relief set. Also (and prominently displayed on the front cover) the very fine KUT 100r.

This time last year, I don’t think that even the most pessimistic amongst us would have thought that a year down the line we would be still suffering a degree of travel and social restriction. There is no doubt that things are in general a lot easier, but overseas travel remains a no no as far as my family and I are concerned. The ghastly prospect of 4 hour delays at airports, multiple testing and enforced quarantine is not an edifying one. Once again therefore, short breaks around England are the order of the day, with hiking on the glorious (and relatively little known it seems) Long Mynd in Shropshire, the Coastal path in Devon and in the Peak District so far. It has to be said that Mrs. F is happier attending the theatre in the West End than slogging up muddy tracks being exposed to the elements, but I regard it as just punishment for making me sit through the three hours of unrelenting gloom which is Chekhov’s Three Sisters! Fortunately, as this time last year, the weather is glorious, we have wall to wall sport going (I have a couple of days at the cricket and rugby booked, fingers crossed) and Stamp Shows are finally up and running again. The market certainly seems strong and it will be interesting to see how the events at Stafford, York and in particular Stampex fare.

Just a quick mention of an important collection to be offered in our November sale: an 1863 Lallier album, well filled with those issues prior to 1863, plenty of which one seldom (if ever) sees. The estimate is still to be established but further information will be available in the coming weeks. It is a beauty!

Hopefully, you can participate in the auction and if so, good luck!


Click HERE to bid or HERE to see the catalogue

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