Philatelic Printing Peculiarities

Included in the forthcoming Morphets' Fine Art & Antique Auction to be held in Harrogate on Thursday 6th September is a recently discovered stamp collection that had lain undisturbed for more than forty years. This substantial collection of World mid-19th Century to late 20th Century postage stamps includes albums, stock books, postal covers, including two early 1840 Penny Black covers, FDCs, Rare and High Denomination stamps together with an eclectic quantity of other philatelic material including EIIR Prestige booklets.

Of particular interest is a section that relates exclusively to Great Britain. One that covers the reigns of Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II. Many of the stamps are mint, unused and unmounted and include High Denomination issues, individual rare stamps, Sets, complete sheets, blocks and strips. Of particular note is a fascinating collection of EIIR ‘Errors and Variations’ dating from the 1960s through to the late 1970s that include colour changes and printing omissions. An unusual and specialist area of interest. 

A second section focuses on an extensive collection of GB Commonwealth and Empire stamps, again covering the period between Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II. There are complete Sets of stamps from many of the former British Colonies and Protectorates and virtually all are in pristine mint condition and include High Denominations. Something again of particular interest to specialist collectors. 

In addition, there is a large collection of quality World stamps presented in albums and stock books identified individually by country. These include a large number of boxed albums with Commemorative Covers and a selection of themed including a large international ‘Masonic’ Themed Covers collection and related material.

Apart from the recently discovered and untouched collection the Stamp Section in the Fine Art Sale also includes a very generous donation that is being sold on behalf of a charity. Apart from a significant and extensive collection of GB stamps dating from 1840 that includes a Mulready “One Penny Postage” Letter Sheet with Red Maltese Cross sent from Saville Row in London to an address in Diss, Norfolk there are many other early examples of QV stamps issued during her reign and those of the British Monarchs that followed, including high values and Sets.  


Many are mint, unused, unmounted and meticulously presented in boxed Stanley Gibbons albums. 

This is complemented further by an extensive collection of German/Deutschland stamps dating from 1872 until the end of the 20th Century, all presented in boxed Davo Albums. These too, are mostly mint, unused, unmounted and include a comprehensive collection of ‘Third Reich’ stamps (1933-1945) and related philatelic material, including identified Sets and Miniature Sheets. Additionally, there is one album containing Allied Occupation stamps circa 1945/1949 and the first stamps issued in Berlin following the cessation of hostilities together with later Berlin stamps that include Sets and Miniature Sheets until the end of the 20th Century. The Stamp Auction will form part of Morphets of Harrogate's Fine Art & Antiques sale on 6th September 2018


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