and PRINTED ADVERTS on Cards and Envelopes.


Medical invoice re birth of a child and with unrecorded surcharge

152366.  Medical invoice sent within London, March 6th 1857: the London date stamp has the '6' inverted. 

The invoice, from a doctor, Andrew McKenzie MD, setting out charges for visits, medication and birth of a child on

June 25th, 26th and 27th and on June 28th, 29th and 30th 1856: a total of £1-13-9. 

On the front is a very fine strike of a surcharge '1/2'.

 We can find NO reference for this mark and it would seem it is UNRECORDED. 

A superb item that gives a glimpse of social life at that time and with most unusual cancellations. 

A rarity that would make a fascinating display page.

Price: £150.00

NB: the condition of the item is finer and cleaner than in the scan;

there is NO browning on the front or along the edges.


W H Smith Advertising Rings:  very rare cancellation


152367.  Large front from W H Smith & Son, 186 Strand, London to Havre, France. 

The one penny pink embossed advertising ring has a dater printing die for 25 - 3 - 69 which is

an UNRECORDED 1869 date by Arundel with only two other 1869 dates noted by him: 15 - 1 - 69 and 2 - 2 - 69. 

The ring is cancelled by a fine/very fine ' TO6' which Parmenter notes was used in the Foreign Branch:

this cancellation has a rarity grade of 'H' ie 'Very few exist'.

Offered with the 1d pink example is a 2d blue embossed Adverising Ring, printing die date of 27 - 5 - 65. 

Arundel records this date and only three earlier printing dates  including only one other for 1865, 18 - 02 - 65. 

The latest dated die is 31 - 7 - 88. 

The example offered here is cancelled also by the 'T06' and hence making a very rare pairing - possibly unique. 

Price:  £90.00 

NB: the age marks are less pronounced than in the scan.

We have NOT previously seen a 'TO' cancellation on either of these Adverising Rings.


TEN 1/2d postcard cut outs: 1909 usage

152364.  Piece with TEN 1/2d purple cut outs from a postcard. 

Each cancelled, and three tied to the piece, by a FARNWORTH BOLTON

date stamp for April 23rd 1909 and hence a late usage. 

The date stamps show an early time: 5:45am. 

An unusual item. 

Price: £27.50  

NB: the brown marks along the top of the cut outs is a trick of the scanner

and the brown marks at the right are far fainter than the scan suggests.


LIMERICK Cross: very rare usage on a Stationery Envelope.

152306.  A fine/very fine 1d pink stationery envelope from LIMERICK to Woodbrook,

cancelled by a fine strike of the Limerick cross with a superb Limerick date stamp for March 26th 1844 on reverse. 

In 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', Volume 1 page 157,

the examples listed do NOT include one used on a stationery envelope and only one example, on a 1d red, is recorded for 1844. 

Gibbons in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1, prices this rare cross on a 1d red cover at £1,900. 

Usage on a stationery envelope is significantly rarer. 

An Exhibition item.

Price: £475.00

NB: we cannot recall seeing previously this cross used on a stationery envelope.



152271.  1d, 'HI', 3-margined, filing crease: Registered Letter from Leeds to Pontefract, Yorkshire, November 18th 1848:

a Pontefract receiving date stamp on the reverse for the following day.

The registration fee was reduced from 1/- to 6d in March 1848:

on the front is a m/s '6' in red paying the newly introduced registration fee. 

The letter refers to enclosing FOUR Banknotes with a total value of THIRTY POUNDS

confirming that this was a registered Money Letter.

A very scarce and attractive item which displays well. 

Price:  £98.50 

NB: £30 was a considerable sum in 1848!! 


EKD Creswell machine duplex on a Ladies Embossed Envelope

152277.  A fine 1d star, 'IH' :

 tied to a neat embossed ladies envelope by the Creswell machine duplex type 72F, used locally in London. 

This variety has been recorded in use in November and December 1857. 

The example here is dated October 26th 1857 and is believed to be the Earliest Known Date for Type 72F: 3-7-7-3 bars. 

There is a tear on the reverse and the browning is NOT as pronounced as the scan suggests:

The envelope is generally in a finer condition than in the scan.

A rare combination of features; the first ladies envelope we have seen used with a Creswell machine cancellation.

Price: £48.00


Glasgow - Carlisle SORTING TENDER


152140.  A small collection of the GLASGOW CARLISLE SORTING TENDER duplex used on very fine postcards.

The FIRST: June 10th 1872 on the first type of 1/2d postcard. This is Figure 730 in the Railway Philatelic Group (RPG) publication.

It is the first type of 'UP' cancellation.  From January 1st 1872 numbers 1 and 2 were used on alternate nights.

A very scarce cancellation and especially so with such a fine strike.

The SECOND: August 29th 1879 on a 1/2d UPU postcard, Figure 731 in the RPG Publication. 

An example from the second series of the 'UP' duplex.

The THIRD: December 8th 1890 on a UPU postcard with '& Ireland' added, Figure 738 in the RPG Publication.

This is a rare/very rare cancellation and appears to have been infrequently used.  The bars in the duplex appear to be  breaking up.

An attractive grouping that would display well.

Price:  £135.00  SOLD

NB: the reverse side of each postcard has either a printed or hand written message.


1/2d Postcard with hand drawn message

152134.  1/2d postcard from Cork to Passage West, August 1st 1894. 

On the reverse is a remarkable hand drawn message the like of which we have never previously seen. 

One wonders how long it took the artist to complete this with such accuracy?

Clearly a labour of love. 

Exhibition quality. 

Price:  £55.00  SOLD


1/2d Postcard with Adverts 1876

152141. 1/2d postacard from PETERBOROUGH, October 12th 1876,

with a very interesting range of adverts from Wilson's Chemists in Peterborough.

Vertical crease but not as pronounced on the reverse so displays well. 

Price: £27.50


1/2d Plate 1 on a Fossils Auction Catalogue 1870


 1/2d SG 48 Plate 1,very fine, tied to an Auction Cataloge of FOSSILS and other Collectables by a BEWDLEY cds for October 13th 1870. 

Addressed to Shifnal with Sheffield cds for October 14th 1870 and a Shifnal receiving cds for October 15th 1870. 

The 16 page Catalogue has been carefully repaired. 

Plate 1 is a scarce plate to find on cover, priced by Gibbons at £230 before the premium for cds is added. 

Despite the repair to the Catalogue, this is a very rare and unusual survivor

and the first as such we have seen.

Price: £68.00 

NB: the 1/2d SG48 was issued on October 1st 1870 so this example at October 13th 1870 is a very early usage

and the earliest we have seen on an auction catalogue!


Late usage of 1d imperf on a Registered Envelope

152126.  Printed buff Registered Envelope from London to BEDALE. 

An additional insurance compensation fee of 1d, cover up to £10,

was paid by a 1d red imperf, alphabet 1, not full margined, but a rare usage.

Cancelled by an indistinct Bishopgate St Without EC cds: the month of May is visible but not the year. 

However, this type of Stationery Envelope, RP22, was issued in 1898. 

The 1d red was placed across the flap as added security for the contents. 

An extremely late usage of this 1d red and the latest we have seen on a registered envelope.

A rare item.

Price:  £148.00  SOLD


Third Type of Printed Registered Envelope: G Size from Early Printings

152122.  Please note: although there are age spots on the peripheries, they are much much fainter than the scans and

there are NO age spots on the scallopped flaps. The reverse side also is much finer than the scan.


The very scarce G size printed Registered Envelope sent from Liverpool to Berlin, August 10th 1878. 

Franked with a 3d SG144 Plate 19 and a 2d SG47 Plate 15, 'AI' and tied by the '466' of Liverpool.

The printing dates were only between 5-3-78 and 18-3-78: this envelope from the second day of printing, 6-3-78.

The G size is much scarcer than the F size envelope which was printed between 6-2-78 and 13-3-78. 

Both stamps are perfinned B B &Co with the first B reversed.

On the front of the envelope, bottom left, is the name of the sender: BLESSIG BRAUN & Co hence the perfinned lettering.

HOWEVER, B B & Co is the perfin of Baker, Baker & Co of Bristol hence Blessig Braun & Co have a reversed first B in the perfin

to differentiate their name from Baker, Baker & Co. 

An attractive rare combination of features with an interesting and perfin: 

it which would make an interesting display item.  

Price: £75.00

NB: We believe the identity of this perfin has not previously been confirmed.

The 2d blue stamp allows the perfin to be superbly visible


G Size Envelope : very scarce franking

152123.  A 'G' size printed Registered Envelope from Manchester to Salonica, May 29th 1884; part of the rear flap is missing. 

Franked by a 5d indigo, SG169, some light creasing at the right, and a twopence halfpenny, SG190. 

Both are tied by a fine strike of the Manchester '498' in a scarcer BLUE ink and with a very fine

Manchester Registered upright date stamp on the front.  There are no date markings on the reverse. 

We have seldom seen this 5d on a registered envelope which is priced by Gibbons at £325 on a non-registered cover.

A scarce and attractive item.

Price:  £75.00

NB: the condition of the envelope is finer than the scanned image


SG213 Block of 9 on Registered Envelope:  largest known block used on the DAY of ISSUE


151949.  1/2d SG213, superb used BLOCK of 9, tied to a registered envelope from London to Budapest.  

The registration fee of 2d and the ordinary postage of 2 1/2d, paid by a superb block of nine 1/2d green

and tied by Charing Cross Registered Ovals for APRIL 17 1900 – the DAY OF ISSUE.

On the reverse is another Charing Cross Registered April 17 1900 date stamp

and a Budapest arrival cds for April 20 1900.  

The largest multiples of this value we have previously seen used on its Day of Issue were a marginal pair

which we sold in 1986 on a cover to New Zealand and

a block of 4 that we saw in an International Exhibition in 1995: the latter was not on cover.

In the 2017 Booth FDC Catalogue, a single on cover with a First Day cds is priced at £1,800.

A single example on a postcard, used locally within London,

sold inclusive of the Buyers Premium for £1,426 at a London sale in October 2017.

A considerable rarity and the largest block extant of SG213,

or any other Jubilee value, used on its Day of Issue.

It would make a truly memorable Exhibition item.

Price:  £2985.00  SOLD


1/2 Plate 5: N E Railway Wrapper


152127.  1/2d SG49 Plate 5:

fine example, a few short short perfs on the right side, tied to a wrapper to Alnwick by a superb Newcastle on Tyne cds for February 7th 1873. 

The wrapper is of the type used to send circulars and on the reverse is a printed NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY. 

There is a diagonal crease/fold near the bottom on the front. 

Difficult to find this stamp issue on cover with such a superb cds cancellation. 

Price:  £42.50

NB: the apparent browning around the stamp's perfs is a trick of the scanner.


Advertising Poster for Auction of Land in SHAP

152112.  1d plate 85 tied by a double strike '606' of PENRITH to a printed poster sent to a Lt Colonel Salmond in Alfreton,

with a receiving cds for April 26th 1865 on the reverse. 

The poster, approx 42cm by 34cm, is in excellent condition. Printed in black, it is advertising the auction sale of valuable lands at SHAP.

Sale to be held at The Greyhound Inn, Shap on Friday April 28th 1865.

Two valuable Closes of Grass Land situated near The Kings Arms Inn, Shap.  The Auctioneer was a Mr John Jackson, Penrith.

Superb item in excellent condition: a rare survivor. 

Price: £67.50

NB: on the internet are uptodate pictures of the two Inns mentioned.


Matched Pair of Embossed Valentine Envelopes

152093.  Two fine/very fine identical envelopes, with delicate embossing, posted the day before Valentine's Day February 13th 1868,

to the same addressee in THORNER near LEEDS from Newcastle upon Tyne. 

From the time code, it would appear they were posted at the same time. 

The handwriting appears to be different but the top envelope has a fine 1d red 'BG' plate 86 and the other a fine 1d plate 86 'AG'. 

The top envelope has a part of the rear flap missing. 

Intriguing to ask the question why the same sender would try and disguise their handwriting? 

 Both are addressed to three young ladies! 

On the reverse of each is a Leeds receiving cds for February 14th 1868,

applied in almost the same place on the envelope and with the same codes. 

A remarkable and attractive pair of items which would make an interesting and memorable display page

which might well stimulate a conversation.

Price the pair: £130.00

NB: the house, Thorner Lodge, can be seen on the internet.

Both envelopes are finer than in the scan.


QV UPU card: invalid usage

152097.  1d UPU card sent from ALFRETON Derby to Shrewsbury and cancelled by an Alfreton machine for August 31st 1963. 

No postal markings on reverse but an interesting dated message for August 30th 1963

with what appears to be the initials of the sender or the recipient. 

This postcard was demonitised in 1915 and should have been surcharged but it was not. 

This is the LATEST invalid usage of any Victorian stamps or postcards,

which got through the system without a surcharge, that we have seen. 

A rare item which would display well.

Price: £52.50


SG141 Plate 9 on printed embossed envelope from Ireland to USA

151907.  SG141 two pence hafpenny Plate 9: from LETTERKENNY to the USA. 

Stamp tied by a superb '302' of Letterkenny but the date portion of the duplex unclear.

A very considerate sub postmaster/mistress may have deliberately lightly impressed

this portion of the duplex to avoid spoiling the embossed design on the envelope.

A date of '26' is visible and as it was received in New York on January 6th,

 the letter was more than likely sent on December 26th.

The front of this delicately and attractively embossed/embroidered envelope

is in a remarkable condition except for a very small portion of the top right flower. 

A very rare, and superb example, and especially so emanating from Ireland.

Exhibition quality.

Price:  £135.00

NB: SG141 plate 9 was put to press on September 14th 1877.

Envelope in cleaner condition than the scan suggests.


1900 Souvenir Postcards of Queen Victoria

151904.  Two very fine Tuck postcards, both no.382: one mint and the other a very scarce used example to Malden, USA. 

The 1d lilac unfranked - perhaps the post office official left the Queen untouched in view of the card's significance. 

The photographer's names are in the oval with the Queen's image:

the mint card photo is by Gunn and Stuart and the used card photo by W and D Donney. 

More photos of Queen VIctoria by these photographers are available on the internet. 

A very scarce and attractive pair.

Price: £48.00  SOLD

NB: the brown marks on the used card are a lot fainter than in the scan.


British Protectorate OIL RIVERS

151881.  UPU 1d carmine post card overprinted British Protectorate OIL RIVERS. 

Addressed to Fairfield, Nr Liverpool England and cancelled by a fine cds for

OLD CALABAR RIVER for October 23rd 1893. 

Some age spots and no message or other postal markings on reverse.   

Price:  £55.00

NB: the age spots are not as dark as the scan suggests.


1841 1d and 2d SPECIMENS

151788. 1841 1d unfolded envelope and and 2d folded envelope both overprinted SPECIMEN in red. 

The 1d is very fine and the 2d generally fine but with some light creasing.

 Prepared for circulation with the Post Office Notice describing their introduction.

Very scarce as a pair. 

Price: £135.00


Nine QV 1/2d cut outs on registered envelope

151789.  Registered envelope from London to Chemnitz, Germany, July 12th 1906. 

The 2d registration fee and the twopence halfpenny postage

paid by NINE QV 1/2d cut outs from stationery envelopes. 

Remarkable and rare franking and possibly a unique usage. 

The green of the cut outs is deeper than in the scans. 

An attractive envelope which would make an interesting display item.

Price:  £67.50


W H Smith and Son: Pre-cancellation


151782. Halfpenny brown wrapper, pre-cancelled by the rare type illustrated in Alcock and Holland. 

The 'S' in diamond can be seen and the number 11: the date is for September 1884.

Addressed to 'Ward Room Officers, HMS Neptune, Queenstown': there are no postal markings on the reverse.

Designed originally for the Brazilian Navy in 1872 as a Unique Battleship Class and Type,

she was purchased by the British Government in 1878 at the time of the Russian war scare.

In 1884, she had been assigned to the English Channel Control so why was she in Queenstown - for repairs? 

A rare cancellation and the first we have been able to offer.

Price:  £125.00 

NB: the wrapper in better condition than in the scan.


Penny Letter Card: second day of usage

151750.  1d Letter Card pale carmine printed on pastel blue card:

superb complete example, no message inside, sent from London to Antwerp.

The two pence halfpenny postage made up with a 1d lilac and a Jubilee 1/2d SG197. 

All cancelled by very fine London E C scrolls for FEBRUARY 12th 1892 - the SECOND DAY after issue.

First Day of Issue examples sell for up to £2,000. 

Booths Catalogue, 2017 Edition, prices a FDI at  £2,150. 

A rare and attractive item especially so in such superb, and complete, condition.    

Price: £275.00 

NB. The scan does not show the pastel blue colour at all well.


UPU Postcard: second day of usage

151751.  UPU postcard, 1d red printed on thin buff card, sent from Hampstead N W to Brussels.

 Dated on the reverse April 2nd 1892 and cancelled by a very fine Hampstead N W duplex for this same date:

the SECOND DAY after issue.

Booth, FDC Catalogue, 2017 Edition, prices the First Day of Issue at £2,000. 

Rarely is a FDI example on the market and we have seen such examples sell for well in excess of £1,000. 

Some peripheral faults but an interesting first sentence of the message. 

A rare early usage. 

Price:  £180.00


British Empire 3d Postcard used

151741.   Very fine 3d British Empire postcard,

condition better than the scan, sent from London to Germany. 

Cancelled by a Hoster machine for January 14th 1891. 

This card used within the period of its issue,

October 1889 - September 1891 for usage to Australia. 

 Scarce usage to a European destination and with this cancellation. 

Price:  £95.00


Registered wrapper from Edinburgh to Glasgow

151665.   Two single 1d reds, one defective, tied to a wrapper by a

SINGLE '131' of Edinburgh and Contrary to Regulations as such.

Addressed to 'The Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway Office'.

This Railway Company opened in August 13th 1846 and was taken over on 28th October 1850.

Edinburgh December 30th 1846 cds on reverse and a receiving Glasgow date stamp for New Years' Eve 1846. 

M/s 1/- in red for the Registration Fee and a partially handstruck, also in red,

Registered Edinburgh, McKay figure 1150, 'Scottish Postmarks' and rated RARE. 

Despite the faults, two single 1d reds are much scacer than a pair especially cancelled by a single numeral. 

Filing creases but overall the wrapper is in fine condition.

A very scarce/rare combination of features.

Price:  £68.50.  SOLD


1841 2d Blue Envelope: rare Liverpool 1882 usage

151653.  1841 2d Blue uncreased embossed envelope with security silk threads:

used locally within Liverpool and cancelled by a superb squared circle for MAY 24th 1882. 

Some light overall toning of the envelope but much fainter than in the scanned images.  

The envelope was carefully opened by a slit at the reverse as seen in the scan. 

The latest provincial usage of this envelope we have seen

other than at the 1890  Penny Post Jubilee Exhibition.

A superb and very rare item. 

Price: £575.00


The FIRST Postcard used on its DAYof ISSUE

151674.   1870 First issue of the halfpenny purple postcard;

and in the rarer LARGE FORMAT used locally in London

 on the DAY of ISSUE, October 1st 1870, and with a written message on the reverse which starts

 ‘Partly as a curiosity on the first day of their use I send one of the new postage cards’. 

Minor faults but very scarce when written with a message rather than having an advert.

In the latest Edition, 2017, of the Booth Catalogue of First Day Covers,

this Large Format, used on the Day of Issue, is priced at £1,000.

The browning is not as pronounced as the scan suggests.

A scarce item: the first large format on its Day of Issue

we have been able to offer for some considerable time.

 Price: £590.00  

NB: it would seem, from the writing, that this card was sent by Major Evans:

noted for his pioneering 1890's book on Mulready caricatures.


3d Empire Card used to Australia

151675.  1891 3d British Empire Card. 

Fine example of this rarely used card to Australia sent from Windsor

February 4 1891; Adelaide receiving date stamp on front for March 10 1891. 

 An interesting address and message as detailed in the scans. 

A very rare item, as the writer identified, even in 1891.

This card is rarely found used to Australasia as the rates were reduced

relatively soon after its introduction and a new postcard replaced it. 

Price:  £395.00 


Valentine embossed envelope: 1854

151649.  1d red imperf, 'QJ', Plate 169:

3-margined example with a diagonal scratch to the plate in the NE corner. 

This has resulted in an unprinted area. 

The stamp is tied by the '798'  of THRAPSTONE, Northants. 

Sent to a Miss Beale in Cambridge, on Valentine's Day, February 14th 1854. 

On the reverse is a receiving cds for the day after Valentine's Day!! 

This might explain why the reverse of the envelope has some damage to it:

perhaps the recipient was very eager to get at the contents? 

A delightful fancy printed envelope with an embroidered and flowery design. 

Some peripheral faults but a rare example of a Valentine with a 1d red imperf.

 Rare also to find the 1d red displaying damage to the printing plate. 

An attractive and rare item. 

Price:  £195.00

NB: the reverse side is in better condition than the scan suggests


Unlisted Scroll Type

151635.  Envelope, nibbled at the top, from The Manchester Hotel, Aldersgate, London to the USA, March 12th 1896. 

Postage paid by the 'Jubilee' SG201 and tied by a very fine Late Fee Scroll for 7.45pm. 

Printed image of the Hotel on the front and on the reverse.

This scroll type with just 'L' and no monetary value as a Late Fee is unlisted by Parmenter in

'London  Late Fee and Too Late Mail':  the first example we have seen. 


NB: the envelope is cleaner than the scan.


Two different 1d Fiscals on a Registered Envelope

151576.   2d embossed envelope: very fine and registered from London to Germany, April 17th 1893. 

The additional twopence halfpenny postage fee paid with a 1/2d SG197 and two different 1d fiscal stamps:

1d SG F19 (issued initially in 1868) and 1d SG F22 (issued initially in 1878) tied with Registered WCDO cds's.

 F19 priced by Gibbons on cover at £140 and F22 at £120 - priced in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1. 

A rare usage of two different fiscal issues. 

An attractive and rare item.

Price:  £95.00


9d SG195 on cover

151572.  1/2d slate blue, SG187 and a fine 9d dull green, SG195:

used on a registered letter to Reichenbach, Saxony from Bradford, Yorkshire, August 11th 1885. 

There is a Reichenbach receiving cds on the reverse. 

The 9d, printed in highly fugitive ink, is very sensitive to moisture and light: the example here is in a fine green shade. 

When the 9d was first sold from August 1st 1883, there was no postal need for this stamp other than on some heavy parcels. 

It could be used postally and a small number of examples are known.

In his publication: 'Scarce Victorian Postage Stamps of Great Britain on Cover', Theo Brauers,

provides details and illustrations of only 8 examples, one of these is only a part front. 

Moreover, only one of these has the 9d and a 1/2d stamp - on a registered cover to the USA, a correct rate. 

The example offered here would appear to be underpaid as 10d was the rate to Saxony

for a letter weighing between 1.5 and 2 ounces with 2d registration fee: no surcharge markings so it got through! 

Some minor wrinkling to the NE corner and this item is unrecorded by Brauers.  

The price by Gibbons, in the 2016 GB Concise Catalogue, at £4,750 for the 9d on cover reflects its rarity.

Hence this is a very rare item and the first we have been able to offer.  

Price: £1,490.00

NB: the envelope is cleaner than the scanned image.

Unfortunately, the item is not addressed to Mr Sherlock Holmes!


4d SG153: variety 'large 5' in the plate number

151569.  Very fine Registered Envelope from Leith to Prussia, September 3rd 1879. 

Leith duplex on the reverse cancelling the embossed ' Registered Two Pence' die. 

The unusual franking is made up of a bantam 1/2d and a 4d SG153, Plate 15, lettered 'AA'. 

The very fine 4d sage green - superb colour - shows the listed variety, Spec J64d: Stamp 'AA', 'Large '5' in '15'.

The cancellation leaves both plate numbers almost totally clear.

This variety priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1 at £800 on a stamp not on cover. 

The estimated Gibbons price on cover is £1,500 plus.

Although we have handled several of this variety, this is the ONLY example we have ever seen used on a cover. 

A very rare Exhibition quality item and likely to be a unique survivor with this variety on a registered envelope.

Price:  £875.00

NB: the browning around the stamps and on the front of the envelope is NOT present

and neither is it present on the reverse side: tricks of the scanner.


Unofficial Adverising Ring on full cover.

151559. 1d pink envelope with an UNOFFICIAL advertising ring for 'Publishers of the Permanent Stamp Album Brighton'

with a 1d lilac and a 'Jubilee' 1/2d vermilion tied by the Preston Rd. Brighton duplex, May 29th 1891.

The envelope was sent to Rotterdam with a Rotterdam receiving cds on the reverse for May 30th 1891. 

The envelope has been opened at the base not the top and has a small preipheral fault at the centre top. 

This adverising ring is illustrated by Arundel in 'Advertising Rings'.

His listing for this one is 36.2, 'the 1d pink envelope with an Orange Ring'.

It is priced at £75 for a cut out example and he comments that the price on cover for the scarcer ones,

of which this is one, is 4 to 10 times the cut out price.

 A rare item and one of the few Unofficial examples we have been able to offer on full cover. 

Price:  £335.00 

NB: the brown mark at the top is not as pronounced as in the scan.


Very late usage of QV stationery envelope

151550.  Twopence halfpenny Victorian stationery envelope:

very fine uncreased envelope addressed to Caversham. 

Cancelled by the Wokingham, BERKS machine for MAY 16th 1938. 

An illegal usage as this envelope was demonitized in 1915

but it appears to have got through the system. 

No postal markings on reverse. 

Very unusual and one of the latest used stationery envelopes we have seen. 

Price:  £38.50


A very rare TPO.

151541.  1d embossed envelope with 1/2d SG165:

cancelled by three strikes of the Bangor and Crewe From West TPO, Sp 13 1882. 

This cds is Fig 137,  but without code), illustrated in Wilson's TPO Part 1. 

He records only TWO known examples and in the Price Guide published

by the Railway Philatelic Group, this cancellation is priced 'above £250'. 

An interesting address too: more information on the internet re the Minton Tile Works. 

Very rare/unique item especially with multiple strikes. 

Price:  £220.00

NB: some damage to the top flap on opening.

The envelope is cleaner than the scan suggests.


F size: January 4th 1878.

151395.   Very fine First Issue of the 2d printed linen Registered Envelope by the Post Office:

released in 'F' and the larger 'G' sizes on January 1st 1878.

This 'F' size example was registered from Birmingham to Rotterdam with the postage rate paid by a 3d plate 9 SG 141. 

The 3d is tied by a heavy '75' of Birmingham but in BLUE ink and alongside is

a superb Birmingham Registered cds, in the same blue ink, for JANUARY 4th 1878.

Only one example is known used on the day of issue and that is also an 'F' size:

it was sold at auction 15 years ago for an inclusive figure of  almost £1,900.

 In 2004, we sold an 'F' size, used on January 3rd 1878, for £450. 

The postage fee in the January 1st and the January 3rd examples, was paid with a 1d plate number. 

The printing issue of this envelope, on the reverse side's 2d embossing, is 11-12-77.

The example offered here is the earliest known usage going to an overseas destination

and the earliest known used with a numeral cancellation in a colour other than black. 

Price: £435.00

NB: the browning on the edges of the envelope both front and back is nowhere near as pronounced as the scan suggests.

Please note: this would make a unique pairing with Item 151505,

'G size Registered Envelope: Earliest Known Usage',

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The pair is offered at a discounted price: £1,060.00


G size Registered Envelope: Earliest Known Usage.

151505.  Very fine First Issue of the 2d printed linen Registered Envelope by the Post Office:

released in 'F' and the larger 'G' sizes on January 1st 1878.

This 'G' size example was sent from London to Devonport on January 3rd 1878: clear Registered W.D.O. cds on the front. 

The larger size is much scarcer than the smaller one.

Only one example is known used on the day of issue and that is an 'F' size - it was sold at auction

15 years ago for an inclusive figure of  almost £1,900: in 2004, we sold an 'F' size, used on January 3rd 1878, for £450. 

The 'G' size offered here, also used on January 3rd 1878, is believed to be

the Earliest Known Usage of this scarcer and lesser used envelope:

the 1d postage fee has been paid by a pair of bantam 1/2d's plate 11. 

The postage fee in the January 1st and the January 3rd examples, was paid with a 1d plate number. 

The printing issue of this envelope, on the 2d embossing, is 18-12-77 and the

 London W/8 cancellation is rated very rare by Parmenter.  

A remarkable and an extremely rare item. 

Price:  £680.00 

NB: the few age marks are much fainter and less obvious than appears in the scan. 

Please note: this would make a unique pairing with Item 151395,

'F size Registered Envelope: Earliest Known Usage with a blue numeral',

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The pair is offered at a discounted price: £1,060


Registered with TWO Bisects: possibly unique

151539a.  A fine 1d pink envelope registered from London to Bulgaria, February 17th 1891.

The registration fee and postage have been paid by a 4d SG205 with a

BISECTED 2d, SG200 and a BISECTED 3d SG203. 

Despite specialising in the 'Jubilee' issue for more than 40 years, this is the

ONLY example we have seen with TWO bisected stamps from this issue on the same cover. 

To the left of the embossed 1d is an area that suggests there might have been another stamp. 

There is no trace of a cancellation and as the total postage paid is a halfpenny above that required,

it is possible that the stamp was removed by the sender and the bisects created to save money.

The Post Office official accepted the bisected stamps as no surcharge was applied.

An extremely rare/unique item.  


NB: the central browning, caused by the wax seal on reverse, is less pronounced

than the scan suggests as is the browning near the 1d embossed and at the left side.


First Day of usage: Edward 7th 1/2d and 1d on Victorian Envelope

151538.   KEV11, two 1/2d's and 1d used on a fine Registered item sent within London, January 1st 1902 - the Day of Issue.

Used in combination with the 1/2d SG213 that was being replaced. 

Unusually a label issued to commemorate Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 also attached. 

Attractive and scarce item. 

Price:  £275.00


1/2d ahd 1d blocks: Grimsby Day of Issue 


151629.  1/2d SG216 and 1d SG219:

both superb used blocks of 4, no gum, each with a GRIMSBY cds for

8pm, January 1st 1902, the DAY of ISSUE of both these values.

The 1/2d block shows the two left hand side stamps each with the split frame listed variety: Spec M1j. 

unpriced by Gibbons used but priced at £150 each in mounted mint condition. 

The only example of this split frame variety we have seen used on the Day of Issue. 

A superb and rare pair of blocks. 

Price: £270.00


1d used the Day Before the Official Date

151630.  1d SG219: superb used corner marginal example, no gum.

Cancelled by a SOUTH MOLTON squared circle date stamp for 6pm New Years Day,

December 31st 1901: the DAY BEFORE the official issue date for this stamp.

Scarce item.

Price:  £55.00


Late usages on Registered Envelope to Germany.


151467.  February 2nd 1891: 2d SG200 used with 1d red imperf, 1d plate 160 and 2d SG168

on One Penny embossed envelope, Registered to Germany. 

Small part of top flap removed but late usages

of SG8, SG 43 and SG168. 

Some faults but a rare example of a late usage of both line engraved and surface printed issues.

 Price: £185.00

NB: envelope in better condition than the scan.


5d SG207a: used on a Registered Wooden Box/Crate

151495.  5d SG207a (Die 2):

tied to part of a wooden case/box by a Registered Oval - date unclear.

Addressed to The Town Clerk, EXETER. 

Remarkable item of which we have never previously seen the like!! 

A talking point and worthy of being displayed. 

Very rare/unique usage.

Price:  £76.50


Very early 6d Registration Fee

151496.  2d SG 14 Plate 3, very fine pair, 'SE-SF' with excellent margins

showing portions of three other stamps, and a single 'KB' just shave at bottom 'B' square:

tied to a neat, clean REGISTERED wrapper by the '436' of LANCASTER, m/s '6' in red. 

May 4th 1848 blue cds alongside the 2d's and a Kendal receving date stamp,

also in blue on the reverse for May 5th 1848.

The registration fee was reduced from a 1/- to 6d on March 1st 1848 and remained at that figure until 1862. 

This usage in one of the earliest examples known of this new registration fee

and the earliest we have seen with the fee paid in stamps. 

A superb, rare and attractive REGISTERED item of Exhibtion quality.



Liverpool Registered front 1843.

151497.  1d red(fault at right), on a clean REGISTERED FRONT from LIVERPOOL to

the Post Office, Wellington, 'Until called for': the paid registration fee of 1/- in red m/s.

 Fine/very fine Liverpool date stamp on the front for March 9th 1843.

 Even as a front this is a scarce registered example used during the MX period. 

Price; £68.50  SOLD

NB: it is much cleaner than the scanned image. 


Schultze Oldest and Best Sporting Powder.

151454a.   SG213, 1/2d 'Jubilee': tied to advertising envelope depicting men shooting pheasants.

Stamp cancelled by a London EC 1 G, Parmenter Rarity F ie RARE.

On reverse a STIRLING receiver for February 14th 1901. 

Envelope in superb condition as is the colour advert. 

Very scarce/rare so fine. 



Nobel's Special Cartridge

151470.   Clean and uncreased envelope advertising Nobel's cartridges, Glasgow to Stirling:

1d rate with pair of SG197 1/2d's, October 12th 1896. 

A rarer type of advert. 



Schultze Gunpowder Advertising Envelope.

151470c.  Advertising envelope to Stirling from London, 1d lilac, November 10th 1897.

Overall in fine condition.

Price: £47.50


Schultze Gunpowder Envelope in BLACK

151483. Clean and uncreased envelope from London to Stirling, July 25th 1900:

very scarce printed envelope giving details of Pigeon Shooting statistics

and a World Record by the Noble Marquis.

 Price:  £110.00 

NB: envelope is cleaner than appears in the scan.  


Diamond Jubilee Card.

151455.   Privately produced printed postcard Beechings Ltd, London:

celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Superb condition with the printed images much crisper than the scan. 

Scarce item. 

Price:  £42.00  SOLD


In Memoriam for Queen Victoria.

151492. Fine Mourning Card for Queen Victoria: small corner crease bottom left

and sent within London, February 2nd 1901. The message reads:

'In Memoriam, Today February 2nd 1901, Our late and beloved Queen Victoria was buried'. 

Have not previously seen this card used on her burial day. 


Price: £58.00.  SOLD


1947 usage of an 1892 UPU Card

151493.  UPU 1d postcard issued in 1892:

used from Weybridge, West Byfleet, February 25th 1947. 

The message passes a comment about 'more heavy snow':

1947 saw some of the worst snow ever across the UK.

An extremely late usage as this card which was invalidated

by the Post Office for postal usage in 1915. 

No surcharge so it got through the system.  

Small corner crease top right.  

Very scarce/rare item.  

Price:  £46.50


Rare 5d Rate: London numerals on piece.

151416.  1d red and pair 2d Plate 4 SG14, 'EK-EL', 'EL' full margins, 'EK' 3 plus margins:

tied to piece by London '12' in diamond in oval of bars. 

All tied to a piece of a wrapper? posted under the Printed Matter scheme, introduced in February 1848  

by Rowland Hill to encourage the circulating libraries of the time.

The charge was 6d up to 16oz: this piece has printed on it 'Under 12 oz'.

Perhaps the sender calculated a pro rata cost would be 4d halfpenny for 12oz

but no halfpenny stamps had been issued at that time so they rounded it up to 5d? 

A rare and unusual usage which would repay further research. 

Price:  £275.00


DUBLIN distinctive Cross: rare type with break.

1027.  1843 1d pink embossed envelope, December 27 1843:

with very fine strike of the characteristic DUBLIN cross.

Seen clearly at the right is the BREAK in the outer cross.

Rockoff Volume 1 page 93, lists only five recorded examples of this constant variety

with NONE for usage on the 1d pink envelope.

 SG spec B1tf and priced by Gibbons at £300 on a 1d red on cover

but much scarcer usage on embossed envelopes.

Price: £185.00 


Unusual usage of 1/2d Printed Matter Wrapper

151421.  1/2d green wrapper for printed matter or circulars etc:

originally addressed to INDIA from Edinburgh with

Edinburgh NPB cds's, 1/2d plate 10 and 1d plate 197.

Appears to have been reused to send a message re gloves!

Very scarce thus used.

Price:  £36.50


1d pink uprated with SG52 Plate 3 to Chicago.

151422.  1d pink envelope uprated with a fine SG52 Plate 3:

tied by DALMALLY duplex for September 13th 1878 and sent to Chicago, USA. 

On the reverse is a purple CHICAGO MAIL CARRIER cds for September 27th. 

A rare usage of this stamp on a 1d pink envelope. 

Price:  £125.00


Very Late Usage 1d SG40: 1890

151376.  Registered envelope from London to New York City, March 17th 1890 (St Patrick's Day):

the 2d registration fee and the two pence halfpenny postage charge paid by a 1/2d SG197 and

TWO pairs of 1d SG 40, originally a block of 4, 'HH-II'. 

SG40 issued in 1857 so a very late usage of this stamp. 

'II' perfs damaged on the letter being opened, overlapped onto the back of the envelope,

and 'HI' crossed by a registered blue crayon but 'HH-IH' are very fine. 

Registered SMP (London) ovals for March 17th 1890. 

The latest usage of 1d SG40 on registered mail we have seen. 

Rare item. 

Price: £140.00



151367. Fine QV UPU 1d carmine postcard used locally within London:

sent from The Manchester Hotel, Aldersgate, EC and dated 1-1-02.

Message reads ‘Please send the Key for my Hat Box which I left with you at once and oblige’. 

An Edward V11 1/2d blue green, SG 215, added and this and the postcard cancelled by a fine

London EC Scroll for January 1st 1902, the FIRST DAY OF ISSUE of this Edward V11 stamp. 

Rare to find it used on the day of issue with a QV stationery item. 

 The outer black lines beyond these images is a trick of the scanner.


NB: perhaps the 1/2d was added to the Victorian postcard because the Post Office counter clerk

thought that it was no longer allowed to be used because of the new issue of Edward V11 stamps?

The message on the card clearly indicates that it was not posted for philatelic reasons.


From Controller of Stamps - Somerset House.

151359.  Printed Registered Envelope from the Controller of Stamps,

Somerset House to the Stamp Office in Driffield - January 18th 1881. 

The cancellation is 'Registered Inland Revenue18 Jan 81 Stamp - Branch' and

illustrated by McKay in 'Postmarks of England and Wales' fig 3288. 

He notes that this was the First Type of Departmental Registration

used from Somerset House and received by them in 1880.

Alcock made no reference to it and we have not seen it previously.

With its January 18th 1881 date it may well be one of the earliest surviving examples.

Envelope in excellent condition, there are no postal markings on the reverse.

A rarity. 



Liverpool LATE BOX

151339.  UPU card to Germany, written in German from H Raschen & Co Liverpool, 30/11/89. 

A 1/2d SG197 added as a Late Fee payment and cancelled by the

Liverpool Station LATE BOX hooded cancel for November 30th 1889. 

Parmenter in his book on Late Fee Mail records this as Die 2 and is only seen on Foreign mail and rated RARE.

 Diagonal light creasing at the bottom right corner but otherwise fine/very fine. 

Together with The Manchester Late Box item 151371, these are the first examples

 on full cover of this type of Late Fee cancellation we have been able to offer for a number of years.   

Price: £220.00  SOLD


Manchester LATE BOX

151371.  Very fine clean envelope from Manchester to Zurich, Switzerland.

The 5d postage paid by 2d SG200 and 3d SG203.  The 1/2d SG197 has been added to pay the LATE FEE. 

Each has been cancelled by the MANCHESTER LATE BOX Hooded Circle date stamp.

Parmenter in his book on Late Fee Cancellations notes that this

cancellation with Code A as the first type and in use to March 1898;

he rates it as scarce but from our experience we would put it in the Rare category.

What adds to its rarity is that the date slugs are in the wrong place:

the 19 should be alongside October with the year in two numerals at the far right hand side. 

In this example the day has been put where the year should be and the year is missing completely! 

This variety is unrecorded by Parmenter.  Almost certainly this error

would soon have been picked up as there was no year date indicated.

 We know it to be October 19th 1895 because of the receiver cds on the reverse.  

Clearly a rare item and in excellent condition. 

Price:  £275.00  SOLD

NB: this item would go well with the Liverpool Late Box item 151339.



151340.  1/2d brown postcard to Germany,

printed Memorandum from Dobbin, Ogilvie & Co., Cork requesting a quote for Liquid Glucose.

 The card cancelled by the distinctive and scarce Cork scroll date stamp, December 11th 1888.

Fine/very fine overall condition. 

Scarce item.

Price:  £29.00   SOLD


Various LATE USAGES on 1911 Piece

151330.   August 4th 1911: piece with various QV stamps and a cut out tied by Anerley Road - Crystal Palace cds’s for this date.  

The stamps are: the bantam 1/2d Plate 19, issued  1878: 1/2d SG164 and 1d SG166 both issued 1880;  

1/2d SG187 issued 1884 and a 3d rose cut out from an embossed envelope.  

All were legal tender at that time and made up a 6d rate. 

When this item was posted in the Crystal Palace area, The Festival of Empire Imperial Exhibition

was being held at Crystal Palace – May 12th to October 27th 1911. 

Perhaps the person posting it expected the item to be cancelled with the Flag Duplex! 

A remarkable and rare usage of QV stamps between 27 and 33 years after they were issued.   

Price:  £75.00


 Very rare late usage of 1841 2d Envelope

151297.  1841 2d blue embossed envelope with Dickenson blue threaded paper:

cancelled by a very fine strike of the metal handstamp used on the FIRST DAY,

May 16th 1890, of the Penny Post Jubilee Exhibition held at The Guildhall. 

This handstamp was designed specifically for cancelling mail but this item was not posted.

Such usage of this metal handstamp is known on unposted items but

the 1841 envelope, so cancelled at the Exhibition, is RARE and the first we have seen.  


NB: the paper is much less brown than the scan suggest.


Very rare late usage of 1841 2d Envelope

151298.  1841 2d blue embossed envelope with Dickenson blue threaded paper:

cancelled by a legible but lightly applied strike of the Penny Post Jubilee Exhibition cancellation held at

The South Kensington Museum on July 2nd 1890.  The envelope was addressed but not posted.

The only example we have seen of this 1841 envelope used in this way. 

A RARE item despite the light cancellation and overall in better condition than the scan suggests.

Price:  £75.00


1d Pink with No.1 in Cross

151255.  1d pink envelope,  London to Battle, July 12th 1843.

Clean but with a small peripheral fault top left corner and some light creasing at the bottom. 

Cancelled by a very fine/superb Number 1 in Cross.

 Rockoff, Volume 3, records four 1d pink envelopes with this cross but the one offered here is not listed.

This quality of strike is seldom found on stationery envelopes and on a 1d red cover is priced by Gibbons at £550.00. 

Price:  £135.00


Number in Cross on 1d Stationery Envelope

151256. 1d pink envelope from London to Warwick, June 16th 1843:

uncreased and cancelled by a fine/very fine sideways Number 1 in Cross.

Rockoff, Volume 3, records four 1d pink envelopes with this cross

but the one offered here is not listed. 

A 1d red cover is priced by Gibbons at £550.00. 

Scarce item. 

Price: £80.00


Rare usage of No.4 in Cross on 1d Envelope

151254.  1d pink envelope London to Glasgow: neatly cancelled by a fine/very fine Number 4 in Cross.

London cds for March 29th 1843 and a Glasgow boxed receiver for March 31st.

The EKD for this cross on a 1d red cover is March 21st 1843 and

the earliest recorded by Rockoff, Volume 3, on a 1d pink envelope is April 24th 1843. 

This example used on March 29th 1843 is the earliest known usage on an embossed envelope.

Gibbons prices a 1d red cover with this number in cross at £2,000.

The Number 4 in Cross on a 1d pink is considerably rarer and especially so with this quality of strike. 

Price: £370.00

NB: the item is in better condition than the scans suggest.


London LATE FEE Scrolls - Unique Multiple Usage

151244.  Compound embossed envelope, 1/2d, 3d and 6d with SG201 added making postage total of 1/-.

This paid for four times the single 2 1/2d rate plus 2d LATE FEE. 

Fine envelope, London to Leipzig, with FIVE  superb to fine strikes of the London Hooded Circle Late Fee 2d Number 1.

Parmenter in 'London Late Fee and Too Late Mail, 1840 to 1930', on page 55, illustrates this cancellation.

He notes it as Rarity 'H', ie VERY FEW EXIST.

A  remarkable item and likely to be unique in having the largest number extant of this rare strike on a single envelope. 



Advertising Postcard 1895.

151212: Superb halfpenny brown postcard sent from Dublin, November 22nd 1895 to Bessbrook Co Down. 

Printed advert on the reverse for W & R Jacob & Co, Limited 'The Steam Biscuit Factory' in Dublin. Very scarce so

fine.  NB: The colour of the printed side of the card is the same as the addressed side; the difference and browning

of the edges is caused by the scanner. 

Price:  £28.50 SOLD


Humanized Milk

151213: Superb mint halfpenny brown postcard with printed advert

on the reverse for Humanized Milk prepared and sold only by the Aylesbury Dairy Company. 

On the internet are details of the inventor. Scarce item in such fine condition.

   NB: The colour of the printed side of the card is the same as the addressed side;

the difference is caused by the scanner. 

Price:  £26.50  SOLD


LIMERICK Distinctive Cross.

15203.   1d pink envelope, some light creasing, from Limerick to Kingstown, May 29th 1844

and  cancelled by a fine characteristic LIMERICK CROSS. 

Rockoff Volume 1 has NO record of this cross on a 1d pink envelope and this

example is close to the latest recorded usage of this distinctive cross. 

Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011,

QV Specialised Catalogue at £1,900 on a 1d red on cover

and is clearly much scarcer on a 1d pink envelope.  

Price:  £485.00

NB: envelope in better condition than the scan suggests.


KELSO Distinctive Cross.

15200.   Fine 1d pink envelope from Kelso to Edinburgh, December 30th 1842. 

Cancelled by a fine strike, with usual partial debris-filling, of the characteristic KELSO CROSS. 

Rockoff records only ONE OTHER 1d pink envelope with this cross and that for November 8th 1842. 

Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, QV Volume 1 at £4,000 on a 1d red on cover. 

Rare item.  

Price: £425.00


LEAMINGTON Distictive Cross 

15117.  1841 1d pink envelope:

 to Audlem Cheshire, April 29th 1841, LEAMINGTON characteristic cross. 

Rarely found on cover other than with the 1d red and priced by Gibbons

in the latest, 2011, QV Volume 1, at £800 on cover with a 1d red. 

Overall fine condition and a fine strike of this cross. 

Price:  £180.00

NB: envelope in a finer condition than the scan suggests.


DUBLIN Distinctive Cross

15118.  1843 1d pink envelope:

 cancelled by a superb characteristic Dublin cross, October 16th 1843,

and rarely found so fine on a stationery envelope. 

The envelope was then written across referring to the return of books

 and enclosed with the books. 

Very unusual and economical with paper! 

Price: £58.00


15119.  1897: Privately printed advertising envelope by D MALLOCH,

'Fishing Tackle Maker and Bird Stuffer’ of Perth depicting various exhibition medals won

for their Fishing Reels and Flies.

SG197 1/2d vermilion, tied by Perth cds for December 14th 1897.  

Some age browning at the right edge though much fainter than the scan suggests. 

Only the second example we have seen of this attractive envelope – the last was in 2004!  

Price: £145.00

Wrapper with a rare illustrated Advert.

15120.  Half Penny brown wrapper for newspapers and other printed circulars,

London to Paris, with NPB cancellation in very fine condition. 

Superb printed advert on the front for the

‘Instantaneous Heating – Gas Engine Tube’ from the Tube Co,

100 Queen Victoria St, London E C. 

A very rare advert. 

Price:  £110.00





1137.  1900 July and August Shakespeare monument at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford on Avon: 

Postcard sent from Stratford to Chicago, August 18 1900, with a Shakespeare 1/- label in brown-red.  

These labels were to raise monies for the Church restoration and were to be used with ‘official’ stamps to pay the postage.  

They were purchased inside the Church itself.   The same 1/- example on a piece of a postcard – see scan – was used  

correctly  in conjunction with a 1/2d SG213 but the card to the USA got through the postal system without the additional 

postage being added and is rare as such.  The message on the back is interesting in itself – see scan.  

This scheme for raising monies for the Church restoration ran for several years from 1899 and the colour of the 1/- 

label being changed in some years.  The 1/- ochre was used in later years, possibly as late as 1911.  

A rare and attractive grouping.




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