The Mystery of the G.B. 'Treasury' Roulettes

25th September 2020

The G.B.1852-4 Treasury Roulettes have always been surrounded in mystery. They were brought to the attention of collectors in 1897 when a philatelic writer, A.H. Stamford, wrote about them. The roulettes were serpentine roller cuts made to part sheets of imperforate G.B. 1d red stamps in order to effect separation from the sheet without the necessity for scissors. The roulettes could be regarded as the precursors of perforations. Ray Simpson effectively argues that the rouletting had nothing to do with the Treasury and puts forward the suggestion that they were privately produced and made available at one of the gentlemen’s clubs in central London.


An example of this rare stamp is included in our October auction, the stamp is Plate 150 and comes with a recent RPSL certificate.


Futher GB items of merit, also being offered inculde a selection of 1867-83 High value Mint with orginal gum! 


By Phil Stowe


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