Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction Number 33)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 930 6109
Date: 28th February 2013 Time: 11:30AM
Details: Viewing:
At Stampex: Wednesday 19th-Saturday 22nd February
At Argyll Etkin: Until Monday 17th February by appointment
Monday 24th to Thursday 27th February 9 am to 4.30 pm and at
The Regus Conference Centre: Friday 28th February 9.30 am to 11.30 am
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Auction Lots - Page 21
1853-2002 Covers and cards (66), stamps and pieces (7), the collection in an F.G DeLuxe album with various parliamentary envelopes, cachets and postmarks, including "HOUSE OF COMMONS / 40" duplex on 1887-1910 covers or cards (6), 1892 10/- pale ultramarine with "HOUSE OF COMMONS B.O / S.W" c.d.s, 1936 (Dec 10) KEVII set tied to abdication day cover with "HOUSE OF COMMONS / S.W" datestamps, 1982 cover with enclosed letter signed by Tony Benn promising the addressee a job with "a salary of not less than £48,000 when he is asked to form the next Government"!, etc. (73). £400-500

Pictorial Envelopes & Lettersheets

(Also lots 747, 943-952, 1137, 1192)

1840 (May 4) Lettersheet from George Cowell in London posted to his brother at Wells & Perrys Brewery in Chelmsford prepaid 1d. The letter well illustrated with 16 amusing pen and ink drawings, to which the letter refers, including scenes of fishing, shooting, boxing, horse riding, a fire, working at the Albion Brewery at Mile End, the packed mail coach to Chelmsford, hanging birds, wrestling with the 'ramrod' gun, etc. £300-400
Sunday Observance. 1853 Printed pictorial envelope showing scenes of trains running and postmen working on the sabbath, contrasting with a picture of a lady reading the bible to a child, with a biblical verse against polluting the sabbath. Posted within London, bearing a 1d red (three margins) tied by London "72" duplex. Probably the finest of the very few recorded examples of this attractive propaganda envelope. Ex Yates, Bodily and Grunin, illustrated on page 256 of "British Pictorial Envelopes of the 19th Century". An exceptional cover. Photo on Back Cover. £1,200-1,500
Sunday Observance. c.1850 Unused printed pictorial envelope depicting the devil emptying a sack of letters over a church steeple, its tail emerging from the General Post Office, entitled "Sunday Post Bag", the reverse with "Answer No Letter Delivered on Sunday", printed by Mitchell of Lovells Ct, Paternoster Row. A superb example of this scarce and attractive propaganda envelope. Photo on Page 149 £200-250
Shopkeepers Hours. 1843 Envelope with wording promoting the limiting of shop hours printed around the address panel and on the entire reverse, posted from Liverpool to London franked by a 1d red (four margins, close at left) tied by a black Maltese Cross. The envelope compares long hours for shop assistants to slavery, exhorting tradesmen to limit shop hours to ten hours a day and to close by seven, to afford opportunities for the intellectual, moral, and religious improvement of their assistants. The ends of the flaps cut off (with no loss to the printed text), otherwise fine, an attractive and interesting envelope which displays well with the four flaps opened out. Ex Charless Hahn and Bodily, described and illustrated in "British Pictorial Envelopes of the 19th Century" (pages 255/7), the only recorded example. Photo on Page 149. £400-500
Shopkeepers Hours. 1864 Cover with a printed star shaped devise in the upper left corner inscribed "Never Shop After 6 o'clock" and "As ye would that men should do unto you do ye also unto them", posted from London to Driffield franked by a 1d red. The only example of this attractive propaganda envelope we have recorded, extremely fine. Photo on Page 149. £250-300
c.1850s Unused cover advertising the "Postman" magazine, which promoted improved pay and conditions for postmen. The envelope has boxes at each corner with various wording including "Stampers read the Postman" (printed around the central space reserved for the stamp), "Letter Carriers read the Postman" and "Sorters read the Postman", headed "Good pay and better work". A little light staining and creasing but an interesting and scarce cover. £120-150
1912-31 Pictorial advertising covers including Bassett-Lowke model trains, etc., all with KGV stamps, some perfins. (12). £120-150

Postage Due Mail

(Also lots 552, 983, 986, 1102, 1106, 1108, 1109, 1111, 1113, 1117, 1124-1126)

1811 Entire letter posted within the London Local Post prepaid 2d, with fine circular framed "More / to Pay / 1d" (Jay 694), scarce. £100-120
1852 Entire sent within Edinburgh franked by two 1d reds with "1oz" handstamp and "MORE / TO PAY", charged 4d. £80-100
1868 Cover from London to San Salvador handstamped red "RETURNED FOR POSTAGE / (1/-) / THE AMOUNT / DEFICIENT" with a matching red London c.d.s. A scarce handstamp and an unusual destination. Photo on Page 149. £300-340
1882 Cover from Bury St. Edmunds to Bolivia franked 1d lilac pair and strip of four and 6d grey plate 18, handstamped violet boxed "Exceeds 1/2oz" and red boxed "RETURNED FOR (1/-) / DEFICIENT POSTAGE" with a matching red London c.d.s. An attractive cover to an unusual destination, the only example of the scarce "Exceeds 1/2oz" handstamp we have seen. Photo on Page 149. £380-420
1882 Cover franked 4d sage-green plate 16, sent from Abergele to India with "T" handstamp, violet boxed "VALUE OF STAMPS 4d / DEFICIENCY 1d" and circular "OVERLAND POSTAGE / DUE / A / 2". £140-160
1890 Circular franked 1/2d sent from Stirling to Causewayhead, marked "Gone no address" and returned, with violet boxed "CONTAINS A COMMUNICATION / OF THE NATURE OF A LETTER / R.L.O. EDINR", charged 1d. £100-120

Postal Reform

1839 1oz P.O letter weight, the circular disk inscribed "For Rowland Hills Plan of Penny Postage", some wear. £100-120
c.1840 Examples of Congreve printing by Charles Whiting, comprising two adjacent circular coloured labels for "W. Street & Cos Royal Chemical Works and Hall of Pharmacy, Botesdale, Suffolk"; a coloured label "From the Laboratory of Mander, Weaver & Mander Chemists, Wolverhampton, Established 1773"; and an engine turned frame design on pink paper, the centre with a pencil drawing of The Parthenon. Three attractive items, the labels probably proofs, a few faults. (4). Photo on Page 122. £300-350
1843 12 Page Parliamentary return, "copies of any correspondence which may have taken place relative to Mr Rowland Hill's appointment to, and removal from, the situation recently filled by him in connexion with the Post Office", posted within London, address band and stamps removed, together with a contemporary photograph of Rowland Hill. (2). £100-150

Postal Stationery

(Also lots 40, 246, 251, 265, 325, 329, 498, 531, 651, 820, 939-942, 1000, 1001, 1147)

Envelopes & Lettersheets

1840 2d Blue envelopes on Mulready lettersheet paper (2) or "SP1" paper, and light blue envelopes on "SP2" paper (3), all fine, unused. (EP 6b, 6c, 6d). (6). £120-150
De La Rue appendix pages, the first headed "Appendix B" and dated "Jany 31 87" bearing 1d pink envelopes sizes C and H (Huggins/Baker EP 29/30), the other headed "Appendix E" bearing 1d pink envelopes with dies dated '29 7 78', sizes B and H (EP 24 24/26). (2). £300-350
QV 1d Pink envelopes and lettersheets comprising an envelope with Parkins & Gotto advertising ring, official envelopes with O.H.M.S heading and Inland Revenue addresses (EO 26, 32), and lettersheets (2) all unused, a lettersheet with red "SPECIMEN" overprint, also 48 cut-outs, one with J.F Pawson & Co advertising ring. (6 entires + 48 pieces). £120-150
QV 3d Carmine overprinted "SPECIMEN" on piece (139x96mm) with "Embossed Postage Stamp to be struck upon / Paper and Envelopes / MAY, 1859" printed below the die. Also 25 other 3d cut-outs including compound dies (2), Specimen overprints (2) and advertising rings for W.H Smith & Son (8), The Home News (3) or Smith Elder & Co, four advertising rings cut to shape, otherwise mainly fine. (26). £120-150
1889 1d Pink lettersheet produced by The Anglo-Colonial Letter Co. Ltd in Liverpool, containing eleven various adverts of London companies, various goods advertised for sale include umbrellas, medicines, lime juice, glue, corsets, etc., posted within London. The attached blank message page removed and a little minor splitting at folds, otherwise fine and scarce. £180-220
QV Compound envelopes all used to abroad uprated with adhesive stamps including 1d + 4d (ESC 29) to Jamaica, 1/2d + 2d (ESC 187, listed as very rare by Huggins/Baker in their supplement) to Grenada, 1 1/2d + 1d (ESC 210), 4d + 1/- (ESC 71, torn at left) or 1d + 1d (ESC 24, late fee use), a few faults, a scarce group. (5). £120-150
1894 Piece (195x104mm) bearing the ten 1/2d - 1/- envelope stamp dies, the 1 1/2d, 2d, 2 1/2d, 3d, 4d and 1/- stamps with florets, the 1/2d, 1d, 6d and 10d stamps without dates or florets, fine and attractive. £180-200
1894 Envelope bearing the same ten 1/2d - 1/- envelope stamp dies as in the previous lot, a scarce complete P.T.P.O envelope, 280x140mm. Photo on Page 155. £250-300
QV Printed to private order envelopes, values up to 1/-, some compound printings, all fine unused. (14). £100-120
1896 (June 3 or Dec 22) P.T.P.O Compound die envelopes all sent registered from Old Trafford, Manchester, to Germany, all differing combinations including rare 1 1/2d + 2 1/2d, 2 1/2d + 1/2d and 2 1/2d + 1d combinations all of which are unpriced or unrecorded used by Huggins & Baker. A scarce group. (19). £500-600
QV Advertising rings on piece comprising W.H Smith & Son 1d, 1 1/2d, 2d and 3d (ten of each value), 4d (6) and 6d (2), The Home News 3d, Smith Elder & Co 2d, 4d and 1/-, six cut to shape, otherwise mainly fine and cut square. (52). £100-120
Two pieces bearing W.H Smith & Son 1 1/2d advertising ring + 3d carmine or W.H Smith & Son 2d advertising ring + 2 1/2d lake, both used with "SS/F" precancels, very scarce compound printings even on piece. (AR 35, 37). £120-150
1906 Registered cover from Ipswich to Germany bearing KEVII 1d and four postal stationery cut-outs comprising Ceylon 2d green (incorrectly accepted as valid), 1d pink, 1d red postcard stamp and 4d W.H Smith advertising ring, a very unusual use of a cut-out advertising ring. £120-150
1902 KEVII 6d and 1/- envelope stamp dies proofs with uncleared surround printed in orange, on thin card, the 6d a little reduced in size to 30x32mm, the 1/- 45x46mm, closed tear and small hole to the 1/- stamp, otherwise fine. (2). Photo on Pages 91 & 122. £150-180
1913 KGV 1/2d Green envelope stamp die proof on laid paper (approx 72x50mm, rounded corner at upper right well away from the proof impression), overprinted "SPECIMEN" (20x2 1/2mm), Huggins type SU1 which is only found on embossed stamped to order die proofs, fine and scarce. Photo on Page 91. £100-120
KGV Printed to private order envelopes unused comprising 2 1/2d, 3d, 6d, 9d, 10d, 1/- and compound printings 1/2d + 1d, 1/2d + 3d, 1d + 1d, 1 1/2d + 3d, all very fine. ES 46/7, 49/52, ESC 742/3, 747, 762. (10). £220-260
KGV Printed to private order envelopes comprising 9d dark brown, 9d olive-green, 10d, 1/- or 6d + 1d, all superb unused. ES 50/2, 54, ESC 790. (5). £180-220
1922 Covers with 1/2d refunded to the sender after the reduction in the letter rate from 2d to 1 1/2d, indicated by a triangular handstamp, comprising an unused P.T.P.O 2d KGV envelope with black mourning border twice handstamped triangular "W.C." (once on the stamp), and a cover bearing a 2d adhesive stamp posted at London S.W.1 (Sep 22) with red triangular "2/S.W". The refund given on the cover prestamped with an adhesive stamp exceptionally unusual and scarce. (2). Photo on Page 153. £150-200
1922 KGV 2d Orange envelopes both with 1/2d refunded after the reduction in the letter rate from 2d to 1 1/2d, comprising a P.T.P.O mourning envelope (136x80mm) with triangular "W.C" handstamp both on and below the stamp die, and a Post Office issue size H envelope with triangular "946" handstamp of Middlesbrough below the stamp die, both superb unused. EP 65, ES 57. (2). £100-120
1951 KGV 4d Blue P.T.P.O envelope, printed 14 years after KGV had died, the stamp in the colour of the similar KGVI 4d envelope stamp. Sent registered from London to Matlock franked KGVI 1/2d coil join pair and 1 1/2d. Very scarce. ES 65. £150-180

Newspaper Wrappers

1922 1d KGV Newspaper wrapper posted within the London EC district after the rate had been reduced to 1/2d, a further 1/2d therefore refunded to the sender before use, shown by a triangular "E.C" handstamp. Not recorded by Huggins and Baker. Photo on Page 153. £150-200


De La Rue appendix pages dated "Jany 31. 87", headed "Appendix C" bearing 1/2d inland postcard and reply card (CP7/13), or headed "Appendix D" bearing 1d international postcard and reply card (CF16/18a). (2). £300-350
1892 3d Postcard and 3d + 3d reply card essays in brown, both with the heading used for inland postcards. The 3d card issued in 1892 for use to Australia and New Zealand was printed in red, with a new heading having "British Empire" below the royal arms; there was no issued 3d reply card. (2). Photo on Page 153. £250-300
KEVII 1/2d Postcards (2) and 1/2d + 1/2d reply cards (3) with printed adverts or messages, includes P.T.P.O postcard with a picture of the Hull factory of Blundell, Spence & Co on the reverse, 1/2d + 1/2d P.T.P.O reply card with a tin of "Zog" paint printed on both halves (CS30, not recorded complete by Huggins/Baker), etc., all unused, mainly fine. (5). £120-150
c.1921 1d KGV Stamped to order postcards (CS50), an uncut vertical pair with "LAY EDGE" printed at base and uncut margins, the pair 145x202mm, fine and unusual. £70-80
1922 (Dec 13) 1/2d KGV Postcard with printed Caledonian Railway message on the reverse, a 1/2d postage stamp removed prior to use after the reduction in the printed matter rate from 1d to 1/2d in May 1922 with a triangular framed "GW" handstamp applied by the Glasgow Post Office to show the stamp was officially removed before use and a 1/2d refund given to the sender. The heading overprinted "PRINTED MATTER" in red with "POST" obliterated by two bars, posted from Clarkston, Glasgow to Eaglesham, fine and scarce. Photo on Page 153. £100-120

Registration Envelopes

1878 Essay for an F Size envelope, folded and cut to size and shape but without any printing, format RP6 with an indented central seam and a flap with plain edge. Very scarce. £120-150
The following three essays for 2d envelopes with cartouche above the embossed stamp were made up by hand. They are known in three sizes, just three examples of each size believed to exist, and are mentioned by Alan Huggins on page 104 of his 1970 book "British Postal Stationery".
1878 2d Blue size K essay, format RF2 (a single line of instructions) but with the lettering in a differing font and in a size never issued in this format, the end of the flap cut to shape by hand, the stamp type R1 dated "15 1 78" with cartouche above, handstamped "SPECIMEN" (20x2 1/2mm, type 9), fine and very scarce. Larger size registration envelopes were finally issued in 1878 with the new circular type R2 stamp (without cartouche) and in format RF3 with two lines of instruction. Photo on Page 155. £500-600
A similar essay in the unissued size H, fine and scarce. £500-600
A similar essay in the unissued size I, the flap with a couple of closed tears (one just into the stamp), otherwise fine and scarce. £400-500
2d Blue registration envelope stamp type R1 dated "28 3 78" with cartouche above, die proof on laid paper, 53x52mm, fine and scarce. Photo on Page 91. £200-250
1878 2d Size F Registration envelopes with stamp type R1 (cartouche above) dated 1.3.78 or 27.2.78, flap with scalloped edge, both handstamped "SPECIMEN" type 8. RP3F. (2). £100-120
1878 2d Registration envelope size G, stamp R1 dated 14.12.77, format RF1 with "REGISTERED" in italic lettering, unused, very scarce. RP1G (£300). £180-220
Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction Number 33)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 930 6109
Date: 28th February 2013 Time: 11:30AM
Details: Viewing:
At Stampex: Wednesday 19th-Saturday 22nd February
At Argyll Etkin: Until Monday 17th February by appointment
Monday 24th to Thursday 27th February 9 am to 4.30 pm and at
The Regus Conference Centre: Friday 28th February 9.30 am to 11.30 am
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