and PRINTED ADVERTS on Cards and Envelopes.



1/2d Postcard uprated




A very fine half penny green postcard from TORPHINS, January 17th 1902, to Stuttgart, South Germany.


The 1/2d printed green has been struck by  a very fine '327' of Torphins.


The card has been uprated by another green 1/2d ie SG213


and also tied by a very fine '327' numeral and a Stuttgart receiver for January 18th 1902. 


There is a very small indentation at the bottom of the card but away from the 1/2d SG213.


Apart from that the postcard is in very fine condition.


The '327' was issued to Torphins in 1892.


An attractive and scarce usage from this Scottish location.


Price: £18.00 



Commemorative Postcard sent to the USA: Edward 7th Coronation




Very fine commemorative postcard for the Coronation of Edward 7th:


sent from London to Philadelphia on August 11th 1902  ie two days after the Coronation. 


Postage of 1d paid by an Edward 7th penny and tied by a London WC for August 11th 1902.


On the reverse is a cancellation indicating the item was received at Rassyunk Station


and a Philadelphia date stamp for August 20th 1902.


The card is in remarkable condition despite its journey to America and back!


An attractive and rare item.


Price: £26.00


NB: the card was printed by Nillson of London




Printed Advert for The Globe and Traveller April 1840




A printed advertisement/letter from 'The Globe and Traveller' newspaper and indicating E Eve as the publisher. 


Sent from London to Ironbridge with a very fine Paid 28th April 1840 of London.


There is a considerable amount of historical information about this London Newspaper on the internet


which would be useful in writing up this item to make a fine Display page.


The scan is producing a shadow of the folding.


A rare /very rare survivor.


Price: £55.00



The EKD for use of blue crayon lines for registration going abroad




A tired envelope registered from London England to London Ontario, Canada, Charing Cross January 31st 1878. 


The 2d reistration fee and the two pence halfpenny postage charge to Canada paid by


a 4d SG153 Plate 16 and a 1/2d plate 11.


The 4d, 'QL', is in fair condition but tied by a CX/6 in bars of Charing Cross:


Parmenter in 'Barred Numeral Cancellations of London', illustrates this type and gives it a H* rarity rating


ie only recorded on stamp and not on cover.


The Earliest Known Date, EKD, for the use of blue crayon lines on a registered item is January 16th 1878,


an internal UK mail with a 3d surface printed value.


The example offered here is the earliest usage of blue crayon lines on a registered item


going to an overseas destination from our researches we have been able can trace.


A very rare and likely to be have a unique combination of features. 


Price: £220.00



A remarkable group of 1d pink envelopes



A group of 13 Penny Pink embossed envelopes:


TWELVE are used on February 12th 1857 all to different addressees and different addresses, one redirected, and one only on February 13th 1857.


ALL have on the reverse a Postie's handwritten 'Not Known at this Address' and variants of this message, some with a number of Postie's signatures.


All the envelopes have a London duplex of the type in the scans with various numbers and codes and sent to different London areas. 


A truly remarkable and unique grouping which would make a very interesting display and one that should provoke discussion!


Price: £75.00



Returned Letter Branch: printed instructions from Rowland Hill   





An 'On Her Majesty’s Service Returned Paid Letter' from the 'Returned Letter Branch General Post Office (No. 5.) envelope.


Sent to Lincolns Inn WC with an Official Paid EC date stamp in red for April 21st 1863. 


On the inside flap are instructions and advice about sending Bank Notes and the use of the Money Order Office. 


Underneath this is a printed ROWLAND HILL Secretary General Post Office. 


On the reverse is an embossed ‘General Post Office Returned letter Branch' in an oval around the Royal Coat of Arms. 


The envelope is in very fine condition affected only by a light diagonal crease at the right corner area.


A fine display item.


Price: £45.00



USA to London: printed list of Commodities and shipping rates 1847: 





A fine 1847 letter undated in German, with a printed price list of various commodities from Huth and Co, to London. 


Included are Ashes, Bark, Cocoa, Coffee, Cotton, Grain and the cost to various European destinations


including to Liverpool, Havre, Antwerp, Holland and Bremin. 


Carried on the Cunarder ‘Britannia which sailed from Boston on August 1st 1847,


arriving in Liverpool on August 13th 1847 and London on August 14th 1847. 


There is a black m/s 1/- on the front and also in black a m/s ‘Pr Steamer Britannia’. 


An item that could make a very interesting display page on Transatlantic Mail. 


Price: £45.00 


NB: The 1,154 ton ‘Britannia’ was in service on the transatlantic run from 1840 to 1849.



1/2d brown printed wrapper for newspapers, circulars, periodicals  etc






1/2d brown superb stationery printed wrapper for printed matter catalogues, periodicals, lists etc.


Cancelled by two superb strikes of McKay, figure 3418:


used at the London sub district, branch and district offices, December 29th 1890. 


Branch offices had their initials as in the example offered here: it appears to be Mount Pleasant.


On the wrapper is printed Art-Union of London.


There is a great deal about this organisation that could be incorporated in to a display page for this superb item.


Sent from London to GAND in Belgium with on the reverse a very fine Gand receiving cds for New Years Eve. 


A very attractive and very scarce item in remarkable condition that would make a superb display page


with the additional information about the Art-Union of London.


Exhibition quality.


Price: £45.00



Parkins and Gotto Advertisement 1852






1d embossed envelope from London addressed to


H M Dock Yard Portsmouth, May 19th 1852


On the reverse is a fine printing of a complete ,and undamaged when opened,


Parkins and Gotto Stationery advertisement which displays well.


A very fine example and very scarce . 


Price: £95.00


NB: the browning on the front top left corner is much fainter than in the scan.



Details and Drawings of the PARIS EXHIBITION with prizes presented by Napoleon the Third: sent to Australia







1d Plate 89, fine, tied by the '132' of BRIGHTON


to a copy of the London Illustrated News Edition for Saturday July 13th 1867. 


The main feature of this Edition is the PARIS EXHIBITION. 


The centre two pages have a fabulous illustration of the inside of the Exhibition Hall


and the presenting of the prizes by Emperor Napoleon the Third.


There is some detail of the winners on the internet.


The item was addressed to Melbourne Australia and it would seem was not delivered there


as there is a handwritten 'Try ? Hill' as seen in the scan.


We have not previuosly seen an Edition of this publication sent to Australia.


A very rare survivor and a very rare item that would make an interesting and memorable display, 


Price: £350.00


NB: a cleaner item than the scan suggests.


There is a great deal of information, and pictures, of this Paris Exhibition on the internet


that could enhance a displaying of this item



2d blue Plate 3, on an unaddressed copy of the Times in June 1844.






A complete TIMES newspaper, rather fragile in places, unaddressed, with a four margin 2d blue Plate 3,'CC',


tied by a superb number 4 in diamond and bars, of the Inland Office.


The paper Edition of 18642 is dated JUNE 21st 1844.


The change from the use of the Maltese Cross in London took place on May 20th 1844.


A couple of examples of a numeral cancellation on this date are known, all cancelling the contemporary 1d red,


Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1.


From our researches, we have been unable to trace an earlier example of the use of a London numeral on a 2d blue plate 3 on a cover,


other than that offered here.


A puzzle as to why it was unaddressed!


Perhaps it was an informed philatelist at the time who wanted an example of an early numeral cancellation


and working or being in London went to the Post Office added a 2d blue and asked for it to be stamped.?


Your hypothesis will be as good/better than mine: adds to the mystery of this item.


The first page of the newpaper have some very interesting adverts and is in itself a Social History.


It is believed that only two other examples of a newspaper with an 1841 2d blue have survived


before this and the next item which have now become available.


A very rare display item.


Price: £250.00  SOLD


NB: the 2d has a light horizontal crease not as pronounced as the scan suggests. 



2d Plate 3 on The Times to Rhode Island USA with a Liverpool Ship Letter cancellation.








Complete and fine copy of The Times, March 7th 1846, with a 2d blue Plate 3, fine/very fine with four margins.


Tied to the newspaper by a London Inland Office '21' in diamond and bars, recorded by Parmenter


in use from February 1846, hence the example here is a very early usage: he gives it a 'G' rarity ie very rare.


The paper is addressed to Phiip Aaalen and son, Providence, Rhode Island USA. 


Also the sender had written per American Packet Ship from Liverpool, March 11 1846:


the stamp was affixed on top of the first part of the instruction.


On the front  to left is a partial strike of the Ship Letter Liverpool for March 13th 1846.


At that time only Cunard were operating a regular service to the USA.


In 1846, Cunard were operating a limited number of sailings and, according to Hubbard and Winter


 in their reference book 'North Atlantic Mail Sailings 1840-75', had only one sailing in March 1846,


the Hibernia which left LIverpool on March 4th and arrived in Boston on April 1st.


The next sailing was the Caledonia which left LIverpool on April 4th 1846 arriving in Boston on April 20th.


One must assume the paper was held back until this sailing: almost 6 weeks from the date of its publication! 


There were we believe only two other surviving Newspapers bearing the 1841 2d blue before this and Item 153424 above.


This example going to the USA is believed to be the only survivor with a Liverpool Ship Letter cancellation. 


A very rare/unique item of Exhibition quality which would display weli.


Price: £790.00


NB: the Ship Letter Liverpool is County Cat LL 632



A superb Valentine two page poem on embossed 'lace' paper






A Victorian Valentine message printed on two pages


the top being in delicately embossed 'lace' with scalloped edges.


In a superb and fresh condition:


the apparent dark areas on the second page are a trick of the scanner. 


A rarity especially in such fine condition.


Would make a fine display. 


Price: £55.00


NB: the scans do not do justice to this item:


the printed words are clearer than in the scan.




A  rare Valentine Envelope with original contents and an Experimental Duplex







An embossed Valentine Envelope sent locally in DUNDEE on February 13th 1858,


hence no date markings on reverse.


The franking is a very fine 2d SG35, Plate 6 and tied by a partial Dundee Experimental Duplex:


the '8' of the year date is just about visible.


The cancellation adds to the rarity of this item. 


The envelope contained a very fine printed and decorated Valentine card which is the one illustrated:


no written message on the reverse. 


The 6d Plate 6 is priced by Gibbons on an ‘ordinary’ cover at £200.


This is the first Valentine embossed envelope with the original contents


and a franking other than a contemporary 1d, we have been able to offer.  


A rare item with the 2d , its cancellation and original enclosure.  


An attractive display duo.


Price: £225.00 


NB there is some creasing but the brown marks are a lot fainter than in the scan and do not affect the 2d.




A heavily decorated Victorian Valentine





A Victorian Valentine, heavily decorated.


Some periheral damage, but overall in fine condition for such an item.


Very scarce example.


Price: £48.00



Clergy List for Diocese of OXFORD 1883: stamped reply






1/2d's SG164 and 165 the two listed shades:


deep green tied by Oxford duplex for November 27th 1883 and the pale green


tied by a Thame duplex on the stamped reply for November 29th 1883.


An interesting display item. 


Price: £35.00



A complete theatre programme from an 1885 performance of Colleen Brawn








A rare/very rare complete 1885 theatre programme for a performance at the ADELPHI, Strand, London.


The back page has an advert for the Royal Adelaide Gallery. 


Also provided is a print out from the internet is a biopic of this drama,


The Colleen Brawn : there is more info on the internet. 


There are not too suprisingly age spots but a remarkable survivor from almost 140 years ago.


This item could be developed into a very attractive and interesting Displayfrom many directions


eg by researching on line for info re Messrs A & S Gatti and some of the cast. 


Folded across the centre but no damage to the surface.


A glimpse of theatre land in 1885.


A rare and superb item. 


Price: £58.00


NB: You will see printed along the edge of the inside pages in bold black letters:




Also provided with this item is information about the writer of the play, Dion Boucicault.



A Welsh newpaper folded into an envelope and sent to America





A Welsh newspaper used to make an envelope showing the content, inside and outside,


and posted from Aberystwyth to Virginia USA, February 13th 1947.


Have never seen such a usage which may be reflecting a shortage of writing paper after WW2.


No America receiving markings: perhaps a Post Office employee did not want to deface the back?


A superb example of recycling too. 


Attractive and very unusual which would make an interesting display page.


Price: £40.00



Cut out from a UPU Reply Postcard




Envelope used locally at Islip Oxford, May 3rd 1905,


with the postage paid by a cut out from a UPU Reply Postcard paying the postage.


On the reverse is an Oxford date stamp also for May 3rd 1905 and showing a time of 4:30 pm:


the ISLIP date stamp shows a time of 11:45am. 


Attractive item. 


Price: £20.00



Remarkable Envelope from Leeds to Salonica







1d Edward 7th Controls A's and D in corner pairs, 1/2d and 1d's,


with Leeds cds's for November 2nd 1904 on the front of an envelope to Salonica.


On the reverse are two threehalfpences and a 2d with indistinct date stamp


and a Post Office Salonica date stamp for November 8th 1904. 


The envelope has a vertical crease as seen in the scans. 


Probably a philatelially inspired item but one that would make an interesting display page. 


The envelope is in surprisingly fine condition.


Price: £60.00



First Day of Issue: used in Wales





1/2d and 1d Downey Heads very fine used on George the 5th's Coronation Day June 22nd 1911.


Each tied to an uncreased and clean envelope used from Merthyr Tydfil to Cefn-Coed and received the following day.


The browning is either not present or far fainter than the scan suggests.


Price: £135.00



Worcester Recut Spoon on a Bankruptcy Petion




1d Perf14 Large Crown ‘DJ’ fine.


Tied to a printed, trimmed at the left, Bankruptcy Petion, by a WORCESTER Spoon 2nd Recut, January 19th 1863,


Addressed to Great Malvern but redirected to St Johns, Nr Worcester with a Malvern duplex for the next day away from the stamp.


On the reverse are cds’s for Worcester January 20th 1863 and Malvern for this same date.  


The revised Edition of Arundel’s ‘English and Welsh Spoon Cancels, 1853-1870’ by Russell Taylor, prices this spoon at £40


and notes only two examples recorded in January 1863 and the latest usage being February 16th 1863.


 So this example very close to its end of recorded usage.


Price: £30.00



Character Questionaire for an applicant to work on the Midland Railways





1d Plate 160, ‘EJ’, fine/very fine:


 tied to a printed Character Questionaire, for an applicant to work on the Midland Railways, dated April 17th 1877,


the same date as the Malvern Duplex tying the 1d.


An unusual survivor that could make an interesting display page. 


Price: £25.00



A postcard with many attempts to deliver, several redirections, with a very unusual message!




1/2d brown postcard addressed to the Cadbury Brothers. 


initially cancelled by a London Squared Circle for January 19th 1894.


The postcard then went on an extraordinary journey with many cancellations and redirections in trying to deliver it.


Some of these are indentified as in the scan of a description which was part of a display.


On the reverse is a message the like of which we have never seen:


asking if Cadbury’s bought the tin foil wrapping off chocolate and what would they pay!


He was ahead of his time in recycling!


A fascinating item that would make a very interesting and memorable display page. 


Price:  £45.00



Early usage of this Letter Card with an interesting message






1d Letter Card, fine used, with an interesting full message written on February 14th 1892. 


The date of issue of this card was February 11th 1892 .  


The item offered here was sent from London to Deal and cancelled


by a London NW duplex for February 15th 1892:  a very early usage of this card.


An interesting address, and sent from a father to his son, encouraging him to develop his Collection.   


A scarce item and one of the earliest usages we have been able to offer. 


Would make an inresting display item.


Price: £30.00



Large embossed Valentine Envelope to a young man at a Scottish High School




Embossed Valentine Envelope from DALBEATTIE to Newton Stewart. 


The dater portion of the '378' duplex of Dalbeattie is unclear but on the reverse top flap,


which displays well when raised, is a fine Newton - Stewart cds for February 15th 1875.


Unusually addressed to a very young man: a Master Laing at Ewart High School in Newton Stewart.  


Although vertically creased, this is the first example we have handled, or indeed seen,


of a Valentine Envelope sent to a young man at a School. 


A most unusual item. 


Price: £55.00



Tax Return 1861 to the Daleholm Paper Works Mary Hill and with a very scarce Roller Cancellation



A full printed Tax Return for the year ending 5/4/1861 and dated October 10th 1860.


The postage paid by a 1d perf 14, Large Crown wmk, 'KJ', and tied by the very scarce GLASGOW Roller cancellations.


It was addressed to a recipient at the DALSHOLM PAPER WORKS, Maryhill.


A very scarce item.


Price:  £45.00 SOLD


NB: more info is available re the Paper Works on the internet which


could help in the write up of this socially interesting document.




1d pink uprated with SG52 Plate 3 to France.




1d pink envelope from PLYMOUTH to Bordeaux, France,


uprated by a threehalfpence, SG 51, ‘BD’, Plate 3, November 28th 1877. 


Plate 3 on a cover priced by Gibbons at £275.00.


Some age spots and damage to the front left side of the envelope


but a rare usage of this issue. 


Price: £85.00



1d pink uprated with SG52 Plate 3 to Chicago.




1d pink envelope uprated with a fine SG52 Plate 3, 'SB':


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. 


Gibbons prices Plate 3 on cover at £275.


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


Price:  £120.00


NB: the scan does not show the true colour of the stamp.


151422 and 153333 would make an excellent display page:


the same uprating usage of this issue but on mail to Europe and to the USA.




5d Indigo on Size F Registered Envelope to Germany with a very rare cancellation






A fine F size printed registered envelope from London to Germany:


with a red Registered London cds for September 26th 1881, W.D.C


The Registation fee of 2d and postage charge of 3d paid by a 5d indigo, SG169.


The 5d tied by a W/27 in oval of bars, illustrated by Parmenter


and given a 'G 'rarity ie very rare.


5d SG169 priced on an 'ordinary' cover by Gibbons at £325.


We have not seen a sole usage of 5d SG169 on a printed registered envelope.


Some wrinkling of the 5d.


A very scarce/rare item.


Price: £60.00


NB: the browning is far fainter than the scan suggestson front and back.



Assisted Imigration to Queensland for Farm Labourers from Lincolnshire 1887






 A printed advert in fine/very fine condition, recruiting Farm Labourers to emigrate to


Queensland, Australia from Lincolnshire under the Assisted Immigration Scheme of 1848-1912.


This notice refers to a Free Passage on the Orianna on June 25th 1887 to Queensland.


The notice has a wealth of social information as seen in the scans


and would make a very interesting display when written up. 


A rare survivor. 


Price: £85.00

NB: the blurring of some letters and numbers is a trick of the scanner.



Double strike of Glasgow MX on envelope to Sir Thomas Phillips Bart the 'vello-maniac'.





1d pink envelope from Glasgow to Worcestershire addressed to a famous collector of paper and vellum:


Sir Thomas Phillips Bart.  


The addressee has written ‘Bart’ across the embossed 1d and the Postal Official in Glasgow


has used a double strike of an MX to obliterate it.


Although a double strike of MX’s was contrary to PO Regulations the Postal Official


clearly felt it was justified in this case.


On the reverse is Glasgow RH date stamp in red for January 18th 1844.


An unusual and rare item which would make a fine and interesting display page.  


Price:  £50.00 


NB: SirThomas was a self described ‘vello-maniac’ and attempted to preserve


every scrap of paper and vellum fragment he could locate over a 50 plus years.


The internet has information about him and this item is


supplied with a print out of details of some of his vast Collection. 



Number 11 in Cross on 1d pink envelope





1d pink embossed stationery envelope used locally within London


and cancelled by the Number 11 in Cross.


On the reverse are two London dates both for February 21st 1844. 


Gibbons prices this number in cross on a 1d red on cover at £1,100


and in our experience this is a very difficult cross to find on a stationery envelope.


Price:  £65.00


NB: the colour of the front of the envelope is the same as the reverse side: a trick of the scanner.



Unusual usage of the dater portion of a Hoster Machine on a Foreign Postcard





Postkarte from Switzerland to London, 19th November 1891.


Received in London the following day but redirected to another postal district in London


hence surcharged with the crowned R in circle and struck in black not red. 


On the reverse is a partial strike of the dater portion


of a Hoster cancelling machine in red and used as a receiver.


This is the only such usage of the Hoster dater we have seen


on incoming mail from Switzerland albeit redirected in London. 


An attractive and very scarce item which could form an interesting display item.


Price: £48.00

NB: Sir Charles W Hastings was a well known photographer of that period


and a photo of him is in the National Portait Gallery and on the internet.


A lot of information is on the internet about him and t


he publication 'Amateur Photographer' which started in 1884.



F size: Birmingham to Rotterdam January 4th 1878.






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 approx 20 years ago for an inclusive figure of almost £1,900. 

The postage fee for the January 1st 1878 example was paid with a 1d plate number

for an internal GB usage. 


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


The example offered here from our reseaches 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. 


A very rare/unique Exhibition item.


Price: £390.00.



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',


scroll down to view.



G size Registered Envelope: Earliest Known Usage.




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 G size is much scarcer than the smaller one as fewer were printed: less demand than the 'F' size.


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


20 years ago for an inclusive figure of almost £1,900:


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


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


earliest usage known with postage paid by other than the comtemporary 1d for internal UK postings.


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


The postage fee in the January 1st 1878 example, was paid with a 1d plate number for an


interternal sending within the UK.


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/unique item. 


Price:  £520.00 


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,


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



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






Please note: although there are age spots on the peripheries, they are much fainter than in the scan


and the colour of the front is much closer to the reverse and the colours of the 3d and 2d are deeper than in the scan.


The scanner found it difficult it would appear to cope with so many different colours and shades on the front of the envelope!


Overall it is a much finer item than the scan suggests.


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


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


The printing dates were only between 5-3-78 and 18-3-78: this envelope is 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. 


The scalloped edging on the sealed flap was introduced to make it harder for theft to occur.


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 and fine display item.  


Price: £85.00


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






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 very scarce and attractive item.


Price:  £95.00


NB: the condition of the envelope is finer than the scanned images.




First Type of printed Registered Envelope: serif lettering and first date of printing






Very fine example of the First Type of printed Registered Envelope: the rarer type with serif lettering. 


The franking is a pair of 1d plate 176 and a 1/2d Plate13 and  


each stamp has a neatly struck dumb cancellation. 


On the front is a fine Registered W.C.W.D. for February 6th 1878: this envelope was issued on January 1st 1878. 


The envelope was sent from London to Germany and on the front is a German Registered label. 


On the reverse is a printing date for this envelope: 23rd November 1877


which was the FIRST DAY of printing for this first type of registered envelope. 


A rare and superb item.   


Price £145.00



Printed Registered Envelope: a rare usage of SG167






Very fine printed 'G' size Registered Envelope from London to Ipswich. 


The franking is unusually a three halfpenny, SG 167, fine, tied by a very fine Mark Lane B.O.E.C.


for February 11th 1881 with another quality strike clear of the stamp. 


On the reverse is an Ipswich cds for the following day.


The printing date for this envelope is 12th August 1880: the ‘Glorious 12th’. 


This is a rare usage of SG167 on a printed registered envelope sent within the UK


and the first we have seen. 


Gibbons prices SG167 on an ordinary cover at £160. 


A very fine and rare item.  


Price: £125.00  




The brown marks around the Mark Lane date stamps are very much less than the scan suggests


and do not affect the stamp. 


The reverse side is much cleaner than in the scan.




Late usage with interesting message






Fine/very fine QV two pence halfpenny embossed envelope, sent locally in Plymouth.


Cancelled by a Plymouth squared circle for January 22nd 1905.  


Sent on the 4th Anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria. 


An interesting message on the rear flap as in the scan. 


An unusual item.   


Price: £25.00


NB: envelope is whiter than the scan suggests



An unusual postcard




1/2d brown Stationery Postcard on thin card with a plain reverse and invery fine mint condition.


From February 1st 1897 adverts were allowed on the front side of postcards.


The rule was changed on January 5th 1897: perhaps because of the  significance of 1897.


It would appear the printers of this postcard took advantage of this by printing a message commemorating  


the 60th Anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign together with the Royal Coat of Arms. 


We have not previously seen this card with such a commemoration


and can find no details of the printer.


An unusual item. 


Price: £38.00

NB: Could be worth trying to research who might be the printer.



Registered Penny Post Jubilee Envelope and Insert with an interesting message





A fine Penny Post Jubilee envelope registered from the City, London

and cancelled by a superb Threadneedle Street Registered EC oval  for JULY 4th 1890.

Both the envelope and the insert are in much finer condition than the scan suggests.


The envelope was issued on July 2nd 1890. 

Few examples are known registered especially so close to the day of issue. 

The 2d registration fee was paid by a fine 2d Jubilee SG200 affixed to the back of the envelope.


The blue crayon lines do not touch the 2d.

The insert has a very interesting message on both sides even making a reference to the fact that

the printing plates are to be destroyed: this was announced in the press at that time.


The sender, to his wife, was hoping that their children, ‘chicks’,

would be encouraged to continue their ‘stamp craze’.


An attractive item that would make a superb display page

especially when the description was expanded using the message on the insert. 

Price: £125.00 


The browning is either much fainter on both the envelope front and back,

and similarly with the insert, or is not present at all.

The 2d is in the true green shade and not as in the scan.


There are other examples of Postal Stationery used at the 1890 Penny Post Jubilee Exhibitions


in the 1890 Penny Post JUbilee Section.


REGISTERED Leeds to Workington





2d SG45 Plate 8, ‘HC’ and 6d SG70 tied to a REGISTERED wrapper from LEEDS to Workington by the Leeds 447 numeral.


Leeds cds on the front for December 22 1859 and a Workington receiver on reverse for the following day. 


The 6d, paying the Registration Fee, has a few missing perfs and the 2d a small rub in the NE corner.


An interesting item with both line engraved and surface printed issues. 


Price: £45.00



Furniss Caracature given free with a Stamp Magazine in 1906





In 1906 the Editor of the Stamp Collector’s Fortnightly magazine acquired a number


of the Furniss caricature of the Uniform Penny Post Jubilee envelope.


With the Christmas Edition of the magazine was offered an example of the original Furniss envelope


only to postal subscribers to the magazine but not with copies sold in newsagents. 


On the envelope flap was printed in dull red ‘Presented with the Christmas Number of the Stamp Collector’s Fortnightly December 15th 1906’. 


The example offered here is in fine condition.


The flap has been stuck down for display purposes but is supplied with a superb original insert.


Unsure as to the numbers originally supplied to subscribers but in our experience it is seldom offered.


 Very scarce. 


Price: £50.00



London 'Late Fee 'duplex; superb strike






One Penny Pink stationery envelope, fine and uncreased,


some peripheral wear at the right, from London to Edinburgh, April 6th 1858. 


Cancelled by a very fine/superb strike of the London’ Late Fee duplex’;


the best strike we have seen on a stationery envelope. 


Parmenter records this type to May 25th 1858 hence the example here is close to its latest usage.


We have not seen previously examples with the break in the dater square; it is not caused by underinking. 


An attractive and rare combination of features.  


Price: £48.50



Daily Graphic Illustrated Advertising Postcard







A very fine/fine Advertising Postcard from the DAILY GRAPHIC to a Baker in Winslow.


Stampless with a Charing Cross Paid for October 28th 1891.


On the front are no less than 33 images of famous people of the period:


these include Gladstone, Oscar Wilde and Randolph Churchill. 


On the reverse is printed information about the advantages of advertising in the Daily Graphic. 


Reference is made to The Right Honourable Lord Randolph Churchill (father of Winston Churchill)


and that he has given the Daily Graphic the exclusive rights of publishing his letters from South Africa


which are to be fully illustrated by Captain Giles RA. 


This would make an excellent display item when fully written up with information on the internet as mentioned below. 


It would also be of interest trying to identify the images of the famous individuals: a stamp club competition? 


There are some age marks but fainter than in the scan. 


A rare and interesting display item and the first such example we have been able to offer.     


Price: £75.00




On the internet are details of Lord Randolph’s letters from South Africa and a


detailed biopic of the artist Captain Giles RA and examples of his work. 


The history of the Daily Graphic is also available on the internet.




Superb embossing on a St Valentine's Day Envelope






1d Plate 147, showing the effect of the thick crackley gum,


tied by a Paddington duplex to a superbly embossed envelope to St John’s Wood. 


Posted on St Valentine’s Day, February 14th 1874. 


 A few very small brown/age marks but this one of the finest embossed envelope


posted on this special day we have been able to offer


Exhibition quality and rare as such. 


Price: £80.00


NB: the envelope is finer than the scan and the small brown marks are


either not present or fainter than the scan suggests.




  The First Day of the 1d Postage to the USA: commemorative envelope




153116.  The First Day of the 1d Postage to the USA, October 1st 1908.


The special commemorative envelope published by Junior Philatelic Society, London:


printed in black and sent to the USA on the day it was published, October 1st 1908.


A very fine example with particularly fine printing and a finely written address. 


On the reverse is a 'Worcester. Mass' receiving machine cancellation for October 10th 1908. 


Booth prices a First Day usage of this envelope at £250. 


A very attractive item of Exhibition quality.   


Price: £125.00 


NB: there is a small SE corner wrinkle to the 1d.




The first 2d blue embossed envelope





A cut out from the first Two Pence blue Embossed Envelope, cancelled by a black cross.


The complete envelope with an MX retails in excess of £1,000. 


A very scarce item. 


Price:  £55.00  SOLD



1d wrapper: TWO SUNDAY dates






1d pink stationery wrapper with sideflaps removed and uprated with a fine 1d SG40 plate 60? 


Cancelled by the ‘160’ of Camelford, Cornwall and sent to Eastbourne, Sussex.


On the reverse, with no overlapping, are transit date stamps of: Boscastle and Camelford BOTH for


SUNDAY October 9th 1859 and London and Eastbourne for the following day.


Boscastle was not issue with its own numeral so although posted in Boscastle


it was sent to Camelford where it received the ‘160’ numeral.


The 1d may be a Late Fee payment .


A rare item with two different Sunday date stamps. 


Price: £55.00




Registered Front to A Railway Company





A registered front, folded at the left, from London to the Bristol and North Somerset Railway Company, BRISTOL,


August 20th 1864, and redirected within the City.


The 6d registration fee was paid by a 6d SG85, Plate 4, and the two single 4d SG81, Plate 4,


are paying the postage fee for up to 4oz. 


Please note there is NO browning around, or on, the stamps which are fine: a trick of the scanner.


The stamps are tied by the London Inland Branch, Dubus Type 5, ‘16’ in bars, given a ‘G’ rating by Parmenter ie Very Rare.


The 4d ‘LD’, has an almost totally clear head and ‘PA’, an almost clear profile.   


On the front is a very fine handstruck  Lombard Street Registered Letter  Code B.


This exact strike, with Code B, is illustrated by Alcock and Holland, fig 563, in ‘British Postmarks, a Short History and Guide’.


 MacKay, ‘Postmarks of England and Wales’, also illustrates this strike, fig 3175 with Code D


nd notes that this cancellation can be found with Codes A, B, C and D.


On receipt in Bristol, it received a Bristol sideways duplex for August 21st 1864 with an unrecorded code ‘4’, (Parmenter).  


Very scarce to find a sideways duplex used as a receiving date stamp and especially on the front rather than on the reverse. 


The 6d is priced by Gibbons at £250 on stamp and on cover at £350 and the 4d’s each at £150 on stamp and £300 on cover.  


An attractive and rare item which displays well.   


Price: £100.00




The description could be enhanced with information available on the internet about this Railway Company


which received a Royal Assent on July 21st 1863. 


The 16 mile line was not opened until 1873 because of various problems detailed on the internet.




EKD for '309' of Gateshead






1d pink stationery envelope to Stockton and cancelled by


a superb strike of the ‘309’ of Gateshead, County Durham.


Hard to see how a better strike could be found especially on a stationery envelope.


There are two filing creases but clear of the cancellation.


 On the reverse is a Stockton receiver for MAY 28th 1844. 


This usage of the ‘309’ numeral, predates the EKD


recorded by Parmenter by a number of months.


We cannot trace an earlier usage.


On the reverse is a very fine and complete wax seal of ‘The Northern Coal Mining Company’. 


A very scarce item. 


Price: £45.00

NB: the apparent browning on the envelope especially on the front is a trick of the scanner.




1d pink with distinctive DUBLIN Cross 






A small neat 1d pink stationery envelope from DUBLIN to Cheltenham.


On the reverse is a partially-clear Dublin date stamp for April 19th overstruck by


a very fine Cheltenham receiver date stamp for April 21st 1843. 


The embossed one penny has been cancelled by a superb Dublin characteristic cross:


very difficult to find such a clear strike on an embossed envelope. 


Gibbons prices a 1d red on cover with this cross at £300.  


Very scarce/rare item with such a quality strike. 


Price: £110.00




1/2d wrapper to New York uprated with 1/2d Plate 6





Halfpenny green stationery wrapper from Liverpool to New York, USA.


The 1d postage for printed material has been paid by uprating with a bantam 1/2d Plate 5, ‘GQ’. 


The stamp, and the printed 1/2d green, are both cancelled


by a superb Exchange Liverpool duplex for June 1st 1875. 


There are no postal markings on reverse. 


The wrapper has brown markings, not as pronounced as the scanned image,


but this is a very scarce combination of features. 


Price: £42.00 SOLD




ALBINO print of the 1d pink stationery envelope






1d Stationery Envelope from NEWPORT PAGNELL to Weedon.


The envelope has an ALBINO printing of the embossed ‘Postage One Penny’ and the rest of the design.


Cancelled by a partial strike of the ’564’ of Newport Pagnell. 


On the reverse is a Newport Pagnell date stamp in blue for September 27th 1848


and a Weedon receiver also in blue for the following day.


A rare item. 


Price: £95.00


NB: The browning on the envelope is much less and fainter than the scan suggests.




The Hoster machine dater used as a receiver





A fine/very fine 1/2d brown postcard used within London and cancelled


by a London W squared circle for September 29th 1887. 


The message refers to Brandy: ‘we hold enough’.


On the front is a very fine red London E C Hoster machine dater, Code H, for the same date.


Usually this cancellation is found applied as a backstamp.


Mckay notes the Hoster machine dater was used sporadically as a backstamp between 1886 and 1893. 


An attractive and very scarce item


Price: £45.00  SOLD



Hoster machine dater used as a backstamp






A fine/very fine 1d carmine pale blue Letter Card from CALLANDER to London Cheapside,


cancelled by a very fine/superb Callander duplex 64, for May 28th 1892. 


On the reverse and used as a backstamp is a strike of the Hoster machine dater in red, Code 7,


for May 30th 1892: May 29th 1892 was a Sunday. 


There is also a partial offset on the front.


The letter inside refers to a journey from Perth.


An attractive and scarce item. 


Price:  £45.00  SOLD



The Hoster machine dater used as a backstamp





A fine 1d carmine pale blue Letter Card from DUNDEE to London, Cheapside,


cancelled by a superb Dundee duplex, 114, for June 7th 1892.


On the reverse is a Hoster machine dater in red, used as a backstamp, for June 8th 1992, Code 7.


Inside is a message headed ‘Market Report’.


A scarce item. 


Price: £39.00



The Hoster machine dater used as a backstamp




A fine/very fine 1d carmine pale blue Letter Card from LIVERPOOL to London E C,


cancelled by a superb Liverpool date stamp for July 7th 1893.  


The card is written in German? 


On the reverse is a lightly struck Hoster machine dater in red,


used as a backstamp, for July 8th 1893 with Code 7:


a late usage.  


A very scarce item.  


Price: £45.00


NB: the side and bottom of the Letter Card are unusually still intact.


More examples of  the Hoster machine dater used as a backstamp


can be found in the Surface Printed and Stampless Sections.









1d pink envelope, a small and clean example with original letter sent to Edinburgh.


The embossed One Penny has been cancelled by a very fine ROTHESAY Cross:


on the reverse is a boxed Rothesay date stamp for May 22nd 1843.  


Rockoff and Jackson illustrate, in Volume 2, one example only of this cross


and that is on a 1d red cover for August 31st 1841.


This is the first example of a Rothesay cross we have been able to offer.


A very fine and attractive item. 


Price: £68.00


NB: It is very unusual to find a Maltese cross from any location so clearly struck on an embossed envelope.




Registered Letter Receipt of Postage at LYMINGTON





Registered Letter receipt, LYMINGTON February 25th 1845,


for an item of mail sent to the Rev Jones, Northop, Nr Chester.


A very scarce provincial usage and in such fine condition.


Price: £45.00



Advertising Ring with a very scarce cancellation.







Twopence Blue Printed Advertising Ring with dated die, Arundel 9.5.


The printing date on this example, 9-6-66, is unrecorded by Arundel.  


The ring is cancelled by fine, and horizontally applied, TO1 in bars. 


This cancellation is of the Travelling/Temporary Office, series 1-6,


though Permenter attributes these to the Foreign Office.


A very scarce postmark on this item. 


Price: £40.00

NB:  See Item 152367 in this same Section. 




Printed Advert and the Latest Usage of Posted Since 7 Last Night



152900.  Envelope used locally within Edinburgh.


  The 1d red, faults, is tied by a Charlotte Place Type XV111 Scots local.


Inside is a printed advert for Anderson and Patterson of Queensferry Street Edinburgh:


information is available on the internet about this Company: see below.


On the reverse is a very fine Posted Since 7 Last Night Edinburgh, Arundel Type RA7.


This cancellation is recorded in use to July 10 1858 and


the example here matches this Last Day of Usage.


Arundel notes that this type is found in combination with a Scots local cancellation.


The only example we have seen of any type of Posted Since cancellation on an advertising envelope. 


Very scarce/rare item. 


Price: £60.00


NB: This extract is from the Edinburgh Gazette June 4th 1858 and available on the internet:


Edinburgh, June 2,1858.

The Coppartnery of ANDERSON & PATTERSON,
Cabinet-Makers, Upholsterers, and House Agents,
No. 10, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, of which James
Anderson and William Patterson were the sole Individual
Members, terminated on 19th May 1858, in terms of
the Contract.
The Subscriber, William Patterson, will in future
carry on Business in all the above branches, as a Cabinet-
Maker, Upholsterer, and House Agent, in his own name
and on his own account, within the premises occupied by
the late Company, and he holds authority to liquidate all
the engagements of the late Company, as also to receive
and uplift all debts due to them.




Stratford on Avon: penultimate day of usage of the MX







1d pink envelope from BIDFORD, Warwickshire.


On the reverse is a very fine strike of the scarce BIDFORD undated circle, County Cat. WA53.


Also on the reverse is a STRAFORD on AVON date stamp for APRIL 29th 1844.


The 1d pink cancelled at Stratford by the black MX.


No examples of the Stratford cross are illustrated by Rockoff and Jackson.


The MX was replaced on May 1st 1844 by numerals, ‘754’ in the case of Stratford.

The first '4' in the canceller has been incorrectly put in as a '1'.


However the correct date of April 29th 1844 has been writen on the front top left by the sender.


Hence this example of the Stratford on Avon cross has been applied on its penultimate day of usage


and is the latest usage we have seen or can trace for this cross. 


A rare item.


Price: £155.00 




Rare usage of 6d SG70 for Registration on a 1d pink envelope after a reduction to 4d of the Registration fee.






1d pink envelope, registered from BRIGHTON to Edinburgh, April 21st 1862. 


The registration fee has been paid by a fine 6d SG70.


On the reverse is unusually a dater portion of a London sideways duplex


used as a receving date stamp and an Edinburgh receiver for the following day.


The registration fee was reduced from 6d to 4d on August 1st 1862.


The person sending it, or the Brighton postmaster/mistress,


had not been aware of the recent reduction in registration fee.


This is a rare usage of this 6d on a 1d pink envelope


and the first we have been able to offer. 


An attractive item and a rare/very rare combination of features


and an interesting display item.


Price: £120.00

NB: There are horizontal filing folds near the bottom


and top but the 6d is not affected. 




Proposed Military Movements sent to a General







a fine 1d brown UPU postcard sent within London.


 On the front is a London EC double ring red date stamp for January 26th 1881. 


The card is addressed to General Askwith of the Royal Artillery. 


On the reverse are proposed military movements under the command of a Vice Admiral.  


A truly remarkable and rare item the like of which we have not previously seen.


It is surprising that details of military excercises are listed in an open postcard and not sent in a closed letter. 


A very rare item that would benefit from research and could be developed in to a superb Exhibition page. 


Price: £65.00


NB: The card has age marks but not as pronounced as in the scans.




Boy Messengers Printed Envelope with a 1d lilac from an early Vending Machine





A very rare item and possibly a unique survivor with this perfin on this printed envelope. 


This is the first example of both this perfin and such a printed envelope that we have seen. 


It would make a superb and interesting Exhibition/Display page.   


Price: £175.00  SOLD  



Welshpool Cross: open diamond






1d pink envelope to Newtown cancelled by a WELSHPOOL cross


with a clear central diamond ie without the solid centre. 


On the reverse is a Welshpool date stamp for January 30th 1844 and a Newtown receiver for the SAME day.


Rockoff and Jackson Volume 2, list a smaller number of examples without the solid centre than with it.


The example offered here is unrecorded by them and only one other, also to Newtown, has a later usage. 


Only one other 1d pink envelope is recorded, again to Newtown, and used a few days earlier on January 27th 1844.  


A rare item with this cross.  


Price: £48.00




Second Day of Usage





1d Letter Card: very fine example to Kew from London. 


Cancelled by a superb London West duplex for February 12th 1892. 


This card was issued on September 11th 1892 and is priced


by Booth at £2,150 for the Day of Issue. 


The example offered here is the Day after Issue and a rare item. 


Price: £285.00




Third Day of Usage




1d Letter Card: a fine example from London to Switzerland


with a Suisse date stamp of Wyl neatly placed on the front.


The card is cancelled by a damaged N/26 London duplex for February 13th 1892. 


The additional postage has been paid by a vertical pair of 1d lilacs Die 2


and each cancelled by the damaged duplex: the first we have seen.  


This letter card was issued on February 11th 1892 so this example just a few days later.


Interestingly, the card was not opened by tearing off the perforated bottom strip.


A First Day of Issue is priced by Booth at £2,150. 


An attractive and very scarce item.


Price: £58.50.  SOLD




A Front to Algiers 1887



152815. Two pence halfpenny, SG 201:


tied to a fine Front of the Whitaker's Almanack advertising Mulready caricature. 


The stamp is tied by a squared circle of ENFIELD for October 14th 1887. 


The destination, Algiers, makes this a rare item. 


Price:  £75.00



The apparent brown areas are a trick of the scanner


except for a few which are far fainter than the scan suggests. 



2d SG199 on a redirected registered envelope






A clean and uncreased registered envelope from London to Plymouth.

The 1d postage has been paid by a fine 1d lilac Die 2 and the Registration fee by a very fine ‘jubilee’ 2d SG199:

the value tablet in a scarlet shade.


Each has been cancelled by a South Western District Office cds for December 15th 1899. 

There is a Registered S.W.D.O oval for December 15th 1899 applied next to, but not overlapping, the cds SWDO date stamp. 

On receipt in Plymouth, the envelope has been readdressed to Babbicombe, Torquay and a very fine 3d, SG202,

affixed to pay the postage and registration fee: it is tied by a very fine Registered Plymouth oval for December 18th 1899. 


On the reverse are six transit date stamps and, remarkably, none overlap.


The Plymouth receiver cds is for December 16th 1899; the Plymouth Registered oval is for December 18th 1899

as is the Torquay Registered oval and the Babbicombe receiver. 

There is no date for December 17th 1899 as this was a Sunday. 


An attractive and rare item with well struck date stamps none of which overlap on the front or the back.


It would make a very fine Exhibition/display page. 


Price: £285.00



SG199 is priced by Gibbons at £260 used on a stamp not on cover and a cover price, for the less scarce SG202/203,

at more than five times the used price.

Hence an estimated Gibbons price for SG199 on cover is in excess of £1,300 and that is without

the 50% premium for the very fine cds cancellation. 


The shade of the value tablet is characteristic of the SG199 from printings in the latter part of the 1890’s

and tends to be more ‘vermilion’ than that of the early printings that resulted in SG199 examples.


The scan does not do justice to the shades of this SG199 item and the envelope is cleaner than the scans.




The Alice in Wonderland Postage - Stamp - Case Invented by Lewis Carroll






When originally sold, the contents were contained within a brown printed envelope:


very flimsy which was originally torn probably when opening in a hurry to take out the contents.


The periphery has suffered but it did its job in protecting the contents as you will see from the scans. 


At least it survived and is very rare: the first we have seen.


The contents are:


A Postage – Stamp-- Case with its own enclosure and a small 39 page booklet entitled ‘Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter Writing’ by Lewis Carroll.

The Postage-Stamp Case has on the front a superb coloured picture of Alice nursing the Duchess’s Baby. 


Carroll comments in the booklet on Letter Writing: ‘This picture of Alice is an entirely new combination as it does not occur in the book.


When the enclosure is suddenly pulled out the Baby has turned into a Pig! If that doesn’t surprise you,


why, I suppose you wouldn’t be surprised if your own Mother-in-Law suddenly turned into a Gyroscope!’ 


He goes on to write ‘the Case is not intended to carry about in your pocket.


People seldom want any other stamps than Penny-Stamps for letters, Sixpenny Stamps for telegrams and


a bit of stamp-edging for cut fingers – it makes capital sticking plaster and will stand three or four washings, cautiously conducted’.


On the reverse of the case is a coloured picture of the smiling Cheshire cat sat in a tree.


The enclosure when opened out has pockets, that according to Lewis Carroll, can hold six stamps each comfortably, with the denominations from 1/2d to a 1/-. 


With the exception of the 1d pocket, which was for the 1d lilac, the other pockets would have taken the then current Jubilee Issue values. 


Carroll further writes in the booklet: ‘What made me invent it was constantly wanting stamps of other values, than the 1d, for foreign letters, Parcel Posts etc.


Since I have possessed a ‘Wonderland Stamp Case’, life has been bright and peaceful'.


I believe the Queen’s (Victoria) laundress uses no other.  According to my experience, the 5d, 9d and 1s stamps are hardly ever wanted’.  


The condition of the Stamp Case and the enclosure with the stamp pockets and the Booklet on Letter Writing is excellent .


As said, the brown envelope did its job protecting them and despite its faults is a very rare survivor: this is the only one we have seen.


It is interesting to reflect that Lewis Carroll would have kept his Jubilee Issue stamps in such a Stamp Case. 


I do not know if his Stamp Case survived and was amongst his belongings now in various museums.


A fascinating and rare item especially in such complete and fine condition with the brown envelope 


and one that  would make an interesting and memorable Display.


Price: £385.00 RESERVED


NB: the browning on the Letter Writing Booklet is an effect of the scanner and is not present.

One wonders if his comment about a Mother-in-Law is a personal one!??



Dundee Registered to Aachen




A fine twopence halfpenny stationery envelope from DUNDEE to Aachen.


Registered to Germany, the additional postage paid by a fine 2d ‘Jubilee’, SG200,


and tied by a fine, and scarce, Dundee Registered oval for December 18th 1893.


There is also a London Registered scroll in red for December 19th.


This mark is also neatly struck on the reverse and a superb Aachen receiving date stamp, December 21st 1893. 


A very attractive item with none of the cancellations overlapping. 


Price: £48.00  SOLD



Rgistered envelope to Switzerland






A very fine registered envelope from BRADFORD, Yorks, to Switzerland, September 14th 1892. 


The twopence halfpenny postage and 2d registration fee paid by a


very fine right side marginal ‘Jubilee’, 2d SG200 and a fine twopence halfpenny SG201. 


The stamps placed Contrary to Post Office Regulations at the top left, missed the Bradford Registered oval cancellation


and were subsequently cancelled, and tied by the ‘R’ in black, with a second off the stamps. 


This is the first registered item we have been able to offer cancelled in this way.


A very scarce and attractive item: a very fine display item. 


Price: £60.00



The Royal Route: a David MacBrayne envelope


It is also the only one we have seen, or been able to offer, sent to Australia.


A rare item which would make a very interesting display.  


Price: £95.00  SOLD

NB: there is a picture of 'Columba' on the internet and more information about the Royal Route.




Advertising Envelope to America






152722.  6d SG104, Plate 6, ‘BD’:


Overall a fine used example with a small nick on the wing margin and a London Western District duplex for June 15th 1868.


Tied to a fine/very fine printed Advertising Envelope for the Waverley Temperance Hotels in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.  


Addressed to Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill (County) and with a New York receiving date stamp on the front. 


There are no postal markings on the reverse. 


This item would have been carried on the ‘City of London’ Packet of the Inman Line


which left Liverpool for New York on June 17th 1868. 


6d SG104 is priced on cover by Gibbons at £250.


This is a very scarce example, and early usage, of this envelope and is rare sent to America. 


A superb and attractive item which would display well with further information available on the internet about these Hotels. 


Price:  £170.00 


NB: The line engraved view of Pottsville in 1854 is on the internet.




Letter with envelope and Palmerston signature


Evelyn Ashley


A stampless envelope, with original letter, sent from London to Edinburgh.

 On the front is an Official Paid London cds in red for July 9th 1860.   

On the reverse is an Edinburgh TPO, Wilson Figure 682 with code ‘Z’, for July 10th 1860.

On the reverse is a missing seal: clearly collected separately for obvious reasons. 

The letter is from 10 DOWNING STREET, dated July 9th 1860.

The letter was written, on the instructions of LORD PALMERSTON the Prime Minister,

by Evelyn Ashley his Private Secretary. 

On the bottom left corner of the envelope is the signature of Palmerston. 

Comparing this signature with others on the internet it is his signature.

However, as in the scan of the letter, his Private Secretary has written ‘Palmerston’ in a manner very similar

to that on the envelope and very similar to the several examples on the internet .

One wonders if on occasion his PPS, to save the PM’s time, signed on his behalf.  

A rare item, especially with both the envelope and the letter: it would make a fine display page

 and could be enhanced by the wealth of information about Evelyn Ashley available on the internet. 

Price: £120.00


The image of Evelyn Ashley, from the internet,

was taken after his tour of America in 1858-9: more details on the internet.  

He later wrote a biography of Palmerston.  

We have not been able to trace any other examples of letters written by Ashley.


Rare cancellations and usage


A fine printed Return for the ancient Parish of  Cavilli cum Patrington

asking for a ‘True List of all Lunatics and dangerous Idiots within the Parish and its Precincts’;

the Return, sent to Beverley,  shows ‘NONE’.

 On the front is a superb strike of ‘PAID at HOWDEN’ in red, County Cat. YK 1437. 

This is a very scarce/rare strike.

On the reverse top flap is a very fine Howden date stamp for September 1st 1840

which displays well when raised.

A rare item very fine condition. 

Price: £85.00 SOLD



Very rare usage of the UPU Postcard


The one penny farthing UPU Foreign Post Card. 

It has  a couple of small peripheral faults and a small surface defect.

 Overall it is  fine/very fine and in clean condition.  

The message on the back is dated July 3rd 1875 and it was sent from INVERKEITHING to Bruges, Belgium.

It is cancelled by an Inverkeithing cds for JULY 4th 1875 and a transit cds for July 5th 1875. 

This card was issued on JULY 1st 1875 and priced in the latest Booth Catalogue of First Day Covers

at £2,600 for the Day of Issue. 

The example offered here at July 4th 1875 is the Earliest Known Date we can find used in Scotland.

July 4th 1875 is a SUNDAY usage: the first Sunday after it was issued.

Sunday dates are generally rare in Scotland. 

An extremely rare/unique combination of features. 

Price: £295.00



The relief of Ladysmith.


Halfpenny brown postcard from LONDON to Esher, March 2nd 1900. 

On the reverse is the date March 1st  (1900).

The sender gives a glimpse of the excitement  felt in London on

 hearing the historic news of the relief of Ladysmith in the Boer War.

‘All London is illuminating: father saw the crowd pick up a soldier and carry him!

The streets are full of processions and the houses are much decorated’.

A rare card posted on the official date of the relief of Ladysmith.

A superb display item that would benefit in a write up from a transcription

and enhancement using, included with this item,

an internet print out describing in detail the celebrations. 


Price: £48.00 SOLD  

NB: the card is in a finer condition than the scan suggests.





1d pink envelope, with a very fine Maltese Cross: the apparent overall browning is a trick of the scanner. 

The envelope is white and the yellowing inside and around the cross is not present. 

It was sent from WEYMOUTH to Blandford and has a Weymouth Cross

and a date stamp on the reverse for February 18th 1844. 

Rockoff and Jackson record and illustrate only three examples of the Weymouth Cross in Volume 2.

One is on a 1d black and two are on 1d reds: none are on a 1d pink envelope.

The latest date they record is 16th December 1842.

The example offered here more than a year later.

The Weymouth Cross is rarely seen and that may be because in 1841 it had a population of only 2,669. 

A very fine and rare item. 

Price:  £150.00

NB: the strike of the cross is especially fine being on a stationery envelope.


Dublin Special Cross with constant break


A very fine/fine 1d pink stationery envelope from DUBLIN to Liverpool, November 2nd 1843.

Cancelled by a superb Dublin Special  Cross with the constant break in the outer arm of the cross.

Rockoff and Jackson illustrate in Volume 1, only five examples and none are on a stationery envelope.

Of the five they show, three are on 1d red covers and two are on 1d reds which are off cover.

A superb example of this rare variety and the

only example we have seen on a stationery envelope.  

Price: £175.00

NB: the break can be seen in the bottom outer arm of the cross.


Leamington Cross


A fine 1d pink stationery envelope from LEAMINGTON to Wolverhampton. 

Cancelled by a very fine Leamington Cross with a date stamp alongside for December 28th 1842. 

On the reverse is an incomplete Wolverhampton date stamp.

Danzig notes that this cross is normally incomplete and underinked.

The quality of this strike is very fine/superb especially on an embossed envelope.

Rockoff and Jackson record only a small number of examples on a 1d pink envelope. 

Gibbons prices this cross on a 1d red cover at £800. 

A rare example especially so fine. 

Price: £285.00




The small size 1d pink envelope from ROMSEY to Devizes,  Romsey date stamp on reverse

for February 7th 184  and cancelled by a ROMSEY Cross. 

Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 2, list and illustrate only three examples of this cross,

all on 1d red covers between September and October 1841.  

The three examples show some degree of a double-lined cross. 

The example here does not which may be a result of it being struck on a 1d embossed

which usually produces a less defined MX. 

However, Rockoff and Jackson note that some offices, at least occasionally,

produced the double-lined effect : this too is our experience.

So by February 1842, the double-lined effect may well have ceased at Romsey.  

An interesting and rare item from this location. 

Price: £58.00

NB: the browning on the envelope is not as pronounced as the scan suggests.


A halfpenny brown postcard with much redirection!


1/2d brown postcard sent from BRENTWOOD to London, January 16th 1880. 

Various attempts were made to locate the address and the final attempt

was thwarted by the fact that, as written on the front: 'House Pulled Down'.

An interesting reverse to the card which may repay research: Warley Common date stamp.

This location came under the Brentwood Post Office area. 

Would make an interesting display item. 

Price: £45.00


Number 8 in Cross and WINDSOR Skeleton/Temporary Handstamp


1d pink embossed envelope, very fine, cancelled by a fine upright strike of the Number 8 in Cross,

with a Lombard Street date stamp for March 12th 1844. 

The envelope is to an addressee at Eton and contains the original four-page letter. 

On the reverse is a superb strike in black of the very scarce

WINDSOR Temporary Handstamp, with serifs, County Catalogue BR 516, for March 13th 1844.

The misalignment of its composition can be clearly seen.

Recorded in use to 1844 so this example in the last year of usage.

This item is offered as a pair with:

A fine 1d pink embossed envelope with the '682' of  St. LEONARDS on SEA to Windsor Castle. 

On the reverse is a St Leonards-on-Sea date stamp in blue for January 4th 1850 and a

WINDSOR Skeleton/Temporary Handstamp, County Catalogue BR516, sans serifs, for

SUNDAY January 6th 1850 in Blue: the last year of usage.

The composition can be seen to be symetrically aligned unlike the seriffed variety.

An attractive and rare pairing showing the different types and colour of this Temporary Handstamp

and both with the last year of usage.

The pair would make a fine display page.

Price: £275.00

NB: Gibbons prices the Number 8 in Cross on cover at £450

and it is scarcer on a 1d pink envelope.


Superb embossing on Valentine envelope


1d 1d Plate 89, fine pair, on a Valentine envelope with superb embossing.

Stamps tied by a HARROGATE duplex for February 13th 1865.

On the reverse, top flap roughly opened but not affecting the embossed front,

is a London cds for February 14th 1865.

At the bottom is a very small central tear and a small area of creasing bottom right.

A very scarce 2d franking on this size of envelope and

it has the best embossing we have seen on a Valentine envelope.

A very attractive and rare item: Exhibition quality.

Price: £120.00


Halfpenny Newspaper Wrapper: Edinburgh Dotted Circle Type A11


Very fine/superb Halfpenny Green printed Newpaper Wrapper to Leuchard, Cupar, Fife

tied by a fine strike of the Edinburgh Type A11 dotted circle. 

On the reverse is a fine strike of a LEUCHARS undated circle: we have not previously seen this cancellation. 

Although covering an earlier period, no reference to any recorded cancellations of Leuchars is made by Auckland.

On the front of the wrapper are printed details of the sender a Adam T Pringle

and there is a listed reference to him on the internet. 

Arundel notes that only TWO examples of Type 11 dotted circle have been recorded

on Halfpenny postal stationery newspaper wrappers.

A superb and rare item which displays well.

Price: £87.50  SOLD


NB: The apparent browning on the edges of the wrapper is NOT present; it is a trick of the scanner.

This is the first example of this wrapper we have been able offer with a Dotted Circle cancellation.


1d Plate 134: Edinburgh Type A11



1d Plate 134 tied to a clean printed envelope to Linlithgow by the Edinburgh Type A11 dotted circle for August 15th 1878.

Type A11 is common but the envelope was sent from the County Constabulary Office, Edinburgh,

initialled bottom left corner, and with printed at the top 'On Police Service'. 

On the reverse is a very fine embossed/imprinted 'County Constabulary Edinburgh'

with a shield surrounded by a lion and a unicorn.

The scan does not do justice to the quality and clarity of the embossing.

The envelope has a very small filing? pin hole below the stamp and the stamp too

has a very small pin hole on a bottom bar below the '131'. 

We have not seen previously a dotted circle cancellation used on any Official Police Envelope.

The code combination of 12Y is unrecorded by Arundel.

An attractive and very scarce item.

Price:  £60.00


Oxford Error of Duplex: very rare SUNDAY usage


1d pink embossed stationery envelope to Ipswich and cancelled by a

superb Oxford '613'error of duplex, flat topped '3' variety.

The correct number should have been '603' and not the '613' assigned to Petersfield in Hants.

On the reverse is a partial strike of the Ipswich Sorting Tender with no index letter, Wilson fig. 520.

The envelope has been roughly opened and a part of the top reverse flap is missing.

However, the duplex date of July 27th 1873 is a rare SUNDAY usage

and is the only Sunday example we have seen for this duplex error.

We have seen few examples of this error on embossed envelopes and

it is hard to see how a better strike could be found.

 An attractive and rare item item that displays well. 

Price:  £85.00


NB: Other examples of the Oxford duplex error can be found in

the '1d reds Line Engraved' and 'Surface Printed'  Sections.



Medical invoice re birth of a child and with scarce 1/2d surcharge


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

The invoice isfrom a doctor, Andrew McKenzie MD, setting out charges for visits,

medication and assistance with the 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': this was the charge for a dropletter

 ie a letter posted in the same place in which it was to be delivered.

A superb item that gives a glimpse of social life at that time and with a very scarce surcharge variety. 

It would make a fascinating display page.

Price: £45.00

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.



Various LATE USAGES on 1911 Piece


 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 except the 1d SG166 and the 1/2d plate 19.  


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:  £70.00  SOLD



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:  £95.00 

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



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 display item. 

Price: £40.00  


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.



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 of QV Volume 1, prices this rare cross on a 1d red cover at £1,500. 


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.





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.

Very scarce/rare and attractive item which displays well. 

Price:  £95.00. 

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

£1 in 1864 equivalent of approx £95 in 2022.



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.




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: £120.00

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:  £90.00


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: £29.50 SOLD



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




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: £80.00 SOLD

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



Matched Pair of Embossed Valentine Envelopes


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: £145.00


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

Both envelopes are finer than in the scan.



SG141 Plate 9 on printed embossed envelope from Ireland to USA


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  SOLD

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

Envelope in cleaner condition than the scan suggests.


British Protectorate OIL RIVERS


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  SOLD

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


1841 1d and 2d SPECIMENS




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: £145.00


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: £95.00


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




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 £1,600.

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


Price: £395.00


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


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

QV Specialised Catalogue at £1,500 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.



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  QV Volume 1 at £3,250 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 QV Volume 1, at £600 on cover with a 1d red. 

Overall fine condition and a fine strike of this cross. 


Rockoff and Jackson record only a small number of a 1d pink with this cross.


Price:  £165.00


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


Nine QV 1/2d cut outs on registered envelope



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:  £65.00


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:  £140.00 


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  SOLD


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:  £195.00


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  SOLD



1841 2d Blue Envelope: rare Liverpool 1882 usage




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 Exhibition item. 


Price: £450.00


Very rare late usage of 1841 2d Envelope


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 in better condition than the scan suggests.

Price:  £60.00


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  SOLD


3d Empire Card used to Australia


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:  £400.00 SOLD


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:  £200.00

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




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




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 stamps are tied by dumb cancellatons.


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.  


Gibbons prices the 9d on cover at £4,750 which reflects its rarity.


This is the first example we have been able to offer.  


Price: £1,490.00 SOLD


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





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:  £850.00  SOLD


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.




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:  £285.00 


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:  £50.00


A very rare TPO.




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:  £225.00


NB: some damage to the top flap on opening.


The envelope is cleaner than the scan suggests.



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




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: £250.00


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.





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: £175.00

NB: envelope in better condition than the scan.



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




5d SG207a (Die 2):


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


Possibly a wine box!


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. 


A unique item and the only such usage we have seen.


Price:  £55.00



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.





Schultze Gunpowder Advertising Envelope.




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


Overall in fine condition.


Price: £45.00



Schultze Gunpowder Envelope in BLACK



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:  £95.00 


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



1947 usage of an 1892 UPU Card


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:  £50.00



Rare 5d Rate: London numerals on piece.


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? 

Or was the 1d a Late Fee charge?

A rare and unusual usage which would repay further research. 

Price:  £220.00



DUBLIN distinctive Cross: rare type with break.





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




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!

A very scarce and unusual item.

Price:  £58.00  SOLD



Very Late Usage 1d SG40: 1890




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. 


A rare item. 


Price: £140.00 SOLD



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