Warwick and Warwick June 2019 Stamp Auction
14th June 2019
Postal History often attracts a lot of interest in our auctions, so a large collection of Military Mail, offered in 9 lots, was always likely to sell well. The lots including Prisoner of War, Censor, Fieldpost & mysteriously ‘Undercover Mail’ achieved up to 5 times the catalogue estimates.
In the GB section of the auction an 1840 1d Mulready lettersheet with black Maltese Cross No.7 cancel sold for £750. The numbered cancels were probably introduced to keep a check on the staff working at the Inland Mail office and are much more unusual than most other cancels.
A 1902 souvenir coronation postcard, carried by balloon and with a romantic message to ‘Ethel’ achieved £384. This was a rare example of items carried on the first UK airmail flight.
An 1867-83 £1 anchor watermark sold for £2340 and a 1913 £1 Seahorse with SPECIMEN overprint sold for £810.
In the Commonwealth section a ‘remarkable specialised’ collection of Australian issues overprinted for use in New Guinea sold for £1,500. A collection of Rhodesia ‘Double Heads’ sold for £1,500 and a Gibraltar 1925-32 £5 sold for £840.
India modern issues have seen increasing interest in recent years, so a King George VI to Queen Elizabeth collection including the sought after Ghandi set may turn out to be an astute purchase at £470.
In the foreign section a China Peoples Republic collection including the 1980 Golden Monkey 8f sold for £990.
A collection of French Madagascar from overprints & surcharges onward sold for £1,320.
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