The Queen Victoria & Postal History Specialists.


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We specialise in the stamps and postal history of Great Britain covering

the pre-stamp era and the reign of Queen Victoria (1840-1901).


Our service, whether you are a newcomer to this fascinating

period of our social and philatelic history,

a Specialist Collector or an Exhibitor, is based on 40 years experience

as Specialist Dealers handling rare and unique items.


The emphasis has been, and always will be, on quality and rarity.

Our stock contains quality items:

the unusual; the exceptional and the unique. 


Rather than risk missing an item,

we are always pleased to discuss deferred terms.


Having helped to build many fine Collections, which is ongoing today,

we are always pleased to give advice on developing a Collection.


If you have for sale an individual item, or a Collection, from the

pre-stamp and/or the Victorian period, please make contact

as we are always interested in purchasing such material.


We look forward to receiving your WANTS LIST. 

Items can be reserved by phone or E-mail. 

Please see our  Terms of Business. 


New additions in all Sections including:

Pre-stamp and Stampless:  

Uniform 4d Post letter sent abroad;

Sunday usages in Uniform 4d Post Period;

Handstruck '4's;

First Day of the Uniform1d Post;

Sunday usages in May 1840


Surface Printed and 1d Lilacs:


Trial cancellations;

Usages in the Channel Islands.

Wide range of covers including

 Rare Varieties on cover.


Scottish, Irish and Welsh:

Edinburgh Paid 6d Extra on cover;

Dumfries Distinctive Cross on cover;

Dublin Additional 1/2d's;

Experimental Duplexes including rare varieties;

Dotted Circles on cover;

Last Day of usage Edinburgh Crosses;

Irish Crosses on Cover.

Welsh Covers


1d Blacks:

Distinctive Crosses on cover;


Inverted watermarks on cover and stamps alone;

Turned letter with a 1d black both ways;

Ruby cross on cover.

Latest known usage on cover.


Line Engraved, 1d Reds and 2d Blues:

Range of missperfs on 1d reds and 2d blues;

1d Reds from Black Plates on cover;

2d blue Paisley Cross New Years Day;

Covers with LATE USAGES;

2d Blues with Re entries;

Disinctive Crosses on 1d Reds;

Used blocks of 1d reds.


Hand Drawn and Pictorial Envelopes:

Wide range of unusual and attractive examples.


The following are a few examples from Sections of the website.

Letter by a Witness of the 1848 Income Tax Riots:  Stampless Section


 SUNDAY May 17th 1840: Stampless Section and Scottish Section


  Entire dated and posted FIRST DAY Uniform 1d Post: Pre-stamp Section


Salisbury Cross Letter Sheet uprated:  Mulready Section


 2d Letter Sheet used in May 1840:  Mulready Section


Hand drawn and Pictorial Envelopes Section


Envelope illustrated BOTH SIDES:  Hand Drawn and Pictorial Envelopes Section


Envelope with illustrated contents: Hand Drawn and Pictorial Envelopes Section


Registered Front: Hand Drawn and Pictorial Envelopes Section


 BRISTOL, SUNDAY MAY 31st 1840, Plate 3: 1d Black Section


  Superb Plate 1a pair: 1d Black Section.


BRISTOL Vermilion Cross with Cert:  1d Black Section


 Plate 1b INVERTED Watermark: Watermark Varieties Section.


Plate 1b INVERTED watermark Paisely Cross matched pair: 1d Black and Scottish Sections


Plate 1: 2d Blue (1840) Section


Plate 2 Leeds Distinctive Cross: 2d Blue (1840) Section


2d Plate 1 Steel Blue Greenock Crosses ON COVER:  1840 2d Blue Section


1d Plate 158: RED Numeral Cancellations with BPA Certificate


1d plate 63 and 2d plate 3 both full margins ON COVER: Line Engraved Section.


Very Rare Forwarding Agent cachets on a Pair of Entires: Line Engraved Section


Royal Mail Steam Packet Company one of the first sailings: Line Engraved Section


Unique Usage: Line Engraved Section


 2d Plate 3 Envelope Dublin to Australia: Line Engraved Section


   1d SG17: Line Engraved Section



Pearson Hill 2nd Trial: Early Machines Section

Rideout Machine Number 1:Early Machines Section


      Rideout Machine Reversed Code letters: Early Machines Section     


  Very early usage of Boston Trial: Early Machines Section


DUMFRIES Distinctive Cross: Scottish Section


Dotted Circles Type C7: Scottish Section


141 of Ballygawley: Irish Section


Envelope Abergavenny to Prussia: Welsh Section


One shilling Die 2: Embossed Section


One shilling pair Liverpool Floating Receiving House (FRH) cds on reverse: Embossed Section


LAST SAILING of Retaliatory Period: Embossed Section


 4d SG66a with RPS Cert: Surface Printed Section


 4d Plate 16 INVERTED watermark: Watermark Varieties Section


1/- SG115 Plate 6:  Surface Printed Section


5/- SG127 Plate 1: Surface Printed Section


 4d SG152 variety LARGE 5 in plate number: Surface Printed Section.


6d Plate 12 ABNORMAL ON COVER with RPS Cert: Surface Printed Section


To a Bavarian Diplomat and a Very Rare Late Fee: Surface Printed Section


Royal Envelope with Gold Initials on Reverse: Surface Printed Section



1d SG166: Surface Printed Section


  1d lilac Die 1: Surface Printed Section


     Envelope to Paris: 1890 Penny Post Jubilee Section


151648.  SG197 INVERTED Watermark: Jubilee Section 


FIRST DAY of ISSUE Registered Envelope to Budapest: Jubilee Section


LARGE FORMAT used on Day of Issue: Stationery Section


SECOND Day of Issue: Stationery Section


 UPU Card SECOND DAY of Usage: Stationery Section


3d Empire Card used to Australia - Stationery Section


To see a selection from our stock click on the links below.



   Early Machine Cancellations and Trials

Pre - stamp and Stampless

  Postal History of Scotland, Ireland and Wales

 The 1d and 2d Mulready  

Hand Drawn & Pictorial Envelopes 

  1d Blacks  1840 2d Blues

1d Reds, 2d Blues and other Line Engraved


Surface Printed, High Values, Lilac and Greens and 1d Lilac  

Jubilee Issue

  1890 Penny Post Jubilee 

Stationery, Registered Envelopes and Printed Adverts.

Watermark Varieties  


  Terms of Business     Contact Us    Links 


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