Stamps and envelopes from around the world at Spink auction October 6-7
Philatelic Foreword by Jay Bigalke
The Spink auction house in London, England has scheduled two auctions for October 6 and 7 at the Royal Philatelic Society London, 15 Abchurch Lane in London.
Wednesday’s sale will feature the Alan Holyoake grand prix collection of British and international registered mail. Thursday’s auction will feature stamps and covers from around the world.
These sales begin daily at 10 a.m. London time.
The Holyoake collection catalog explains that registered mail was introduced to Britain on January 6, 1841.
“This service required an additional charge of one shilling (1 / -) to be paid in cash and the address side of the letter was marked accordingly. Under pressure from Roland Hill, the rate was reduced to 6 pence in 1848, and further reductions were made in subsequent years. No compensation was offered for losses until 1878.
“The foreign branch was responsible for sending or receiving registered mail from abroad and they used several stamps to apply to such letters. The usual format was a crown incorporating the word “Registered”.
The auction catalog also illustrates the markings associated with this service in its three-page introduction.
The first items in the sale are stampless envelopes mailed between 1841 and 1847.
This sale includes a wrapper posted January 20, 1841 in Bath, stamped with a Penny Black 1840 (Scott 1) from plate 5 showing the position letters JG, the earliest known example of registered mail franked with the first postage stamp in the world . The stamp is described by Spink as having exceptional margins and well bound by an orange red Maltese Cross stamp and a slight indentation of “Strand WO” in black.
The cover also bears a large “Registered Letter” handwriting, a London Paid postmark and a “1 / -” manuscript for registration.
It comes with an estimate of £ 40,000 to £ 60,000 (around $ 54,600 to $ 81,900 at the end of September).
The registered mail auction features 321 lots with items from countries all over the world including mail from Canada to UK, mail sent to Canada and US, and more.
In addition to the stamps and envelopes, the Thursday sale includes many British Commonwealth proofs and essays.
The Cape of Good Hope is represented by many examples of triangular problems.
Also from the Commonwealth is an unused copy in the upper left corner of the 1922 brown and black King George V stamp of £ 50 from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania (Scott 41D) with the plate number, described by Spink as “mounted in the edge only” and “one of the finest known examples.
Against a Scott catalog value of $ 85,000 (given in italics to indicate an item that may be difficult to assess accurately), this corner margin stamp is listed with an estimate of £ 40,000 to £ 50,000 (54 $ 600 to $ 68,300).
The Spink site includes illustrated catalogs for both auctions, with online auction options.
Additional information is available from Spink, 67-69 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury WC1B 4ET London, England.
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