The GB Specialists: Queen Victoria & Postal History 


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 or an Exhibitor, is based on 40 years experience

as Specialist Dealers handling rare and unique items.


Our emphasis has always been on quality and rarity.


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

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


Our stock contains quality items: the unusual; the exceptional and the unique. 


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. 

Welcome to our website and we hope you enjoy your visit.

Your comments are always welcome.


Website updated several times each week.



Important dates in the development of our Postal System.

Pre-stamp and Stampless Section:  

First and Last Day of the Uniform 4d Post;

Handstruck '4's;

Last Day of the Free Franking Priviledge;

First Day of the Uniform1d Post;

Bristol May 6th 1840;

Manchester Sunday May 17th 1840.


1890 Penny Post Jubilee Section: further rarities.


Surface Printed Section: stamps; varieties; covers and rare varieties on cover.


Scottish and Irish Section: EKD for an Irish Maltese cross on cover and

a First Day example of the Uniform 4d Post in Scotland.


1d Blacks Section: on cover examples and varieties;

a Late Usage on cover and a SUNDAY MAY 1840 date.


Line Engraved Section: covers with LATE USAGES of the 1d Black,

1d Red and the Maltese Cross and a large selection of

NUMBERS in CROSSES on cover including the Day of Issue.


 FIRST DAY Uniform 4d Post: Pre-stamp Section


WAKEFIELD 4 1839: Pre-stamp Section


STONEHAVEN 4, LAST DAY of Uniform 4d Post: Pre-stamp Section


LAST DAY of the Free Franking Priviledge: Pre-stamp Section


FIRST DAY of Uniform 1d Post: Pre-stamp Section


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


UNIQUE franking, LATEST KNOWN USAGE of a 1d black on cover: 1d Black Section.


Superb Plate 1a pair: 1d Black Section.


Plate 2: Superb Watery Cross: 1d Black Section.



Plate 8, BROWN CROSS and RPS Cert: 1d Black Section.


Plate 1b INVERTED Watermark: Watermark Varieties Section.


2d Blue Plate 1 pair with full margins: 1840 2d Blue Section.


1d imperf: latest known usage on cover - Line Engraved Section.


Black Plate 9: Red and Black Crosses with Cert - Line Engraved Section


YORK cross: Line engraved Section


2d Blue Plate 4: Line Engraved Section


Very Rare 3d rate on on cover - Line Engraved Section


Extremely Rare 5d rate with MX's on Wrapper - Line Engraved Section


FIRST DAY usage of Number 8 in Cross - Line engaved Section



T.0.5 on letter written on board Cunarder 'RUSSIA': Line engraved Section   


 Very early usage of Boston Trial - Early Machines Section


Azemaar Trial: Early Machines Section


SG51: OP-PC ERROR - Line engraved Section.


1d SG16b: ARCHER PERFORATION with RPS Cert - Scottish and Line-Engraved Sections.


1/- SG55 on entire to Harpers Building New York: Embossed Section


1/- SG55 and 4d SG63 with Scots local cancellation - Embossed and Scottish Sections



4d SG66 INVERTED Watermark: Watermark Varieties Section       


1/- SG71: Price 1/- per Label - Surface Printed Section.


4d SG79/80: IMPRIMATUR Plate 3 - Surface Printed Section.


5/- SG127 Plate 1: Surface Printed Section

6d SG 84d: TF Watermark ERROR used in MALTA - Surface Printed and Watermark Varieties Sections.


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


3d plate 8 SG102: Surface Printed Section


 SG115: Double Plate Number 'KB': Irish and Surface Printed Sections. 



1d SG166: Surface Printed Section


SG167 and SG160, BLUE ROMSEY duplex: Surface Printed Section


1d Lilac: Surface Printed Section


SG197 INVERTED Watermark: Jubilee Section 


4d SG 205: very fine unmounted/mounted mint - Jubilee Section

Sheet of Twelve PROOF Impressions - 1890 Penny Post Jubilee Section.


1841 2d Blue Envelope: Stationery Section


The FIRST Large Format Postcard used on DAYof ISSUE - Stationery Section

3d Empire Card used to Australia - Stationery Section


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


The Office is now open as usual.



   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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Just follow the links below and, when asked,

use our Email address kcphil@usa.net to make payments.


K & C Philatelics

PO Box 5003 Danbury Essex UK CM3 4JU

Tel: 01245-223120  E-mail: kcphil@usa.net