Spink London takes their first steps into Spring with two high
quality stamp auctions showcasing moments of ephemeral postal
history from the late 1800's.
Wednesday 12th March will begin the two days of
Philatelic sales with "Anglo-Boer War, 1899 - 1902 Featuring
Occupation & Siege Issues; "The Harry Birkhead Collection".
The collection was formerly the late Harry Birkhead, Honorary
Life President of the Philatelic Federation of South Africa and
Honorary Life Member of the Anglo-Boer War Philatelic Society.
Harry Birkhead was a top collector, researcher and exhibitor of
this topic. His collection of Anglo-Boer War is one of the finest
and most comprehensive collections of mail relating to the sieges
of the Anglo-Boer War and the local or 'town' stamp issues of the
war ever to be formed and brought together.
Each item within this collection tells a story, such as with Lot
206, an envelope front "via Beria" to England. Mail and letters
such as this one were intercepted out of Mafeking, the runners
delivering this mail were shot and the letters were attached to
their bodies and left to be found the next morning near the defence
lines. It is estimated for £400 - £500.
Estimate: £400 - £500.
The Birkhead Collection also holds unique rarities such as Lot
228. 3d. pale blue on blue variety reversed design neatly cancelled
with 27 April c.d.s. There are only ten examples of this stamp
known (of which this is the earliest recorded), three mint and
seven used, with only seven in private hands, this example is
undoubtedly the finest of the five examples in private hands, of
Mafeking, estimated for £35,000 - £45,000
Estimate: £35,000 - £40,000
In homage to Baden Powell, Lot 243 is a £1 note issued during
the Siege of Mafeking. It is printed in deep blue on
"Bassendean/Vellum/Loft Dried" paper accompanied with serial no.
544. A beautifully printed illustration of the Mafeking Siege
preserves that particular moment in time, estimated to reach
between £400 - £500
Estimate: £400 - £500
Lastly the spectacular Lot 360 shows the variety of items up for
sale. A rose-red and green block of sixteen (8x2) with original gum
is none other than a spectacular show piece multiple, the largest
recorded block of any Wolmaransstad hand stamped provisional. It is
estimated £2,500 - £3,000.
Estimate: £2,500 - £3,000
The following day, Spink will offer The "Foxley" Collection of
British Guiana and British Honduras.
This sale presents two fine collections formed and assembled
over a 50 year period. The collections together create a broad
selection of stamps and postal history which are supported by many
rare essays, proofs and specimens as well as revenues, forgeries
and rare cancellations from provenances going back as far as
Seybold (1859 - 1909), Lord Crawford (1847 - 1913) and Manus (1851
Of particular note, Lot 1062. An 1860 complete die proof with
value tablets for the 1c., 2c., 8c., 12c., 24c. and the unissued
72c. The provenance of which was the Earl of Crawford. This
uniquely magnificent proof is estimated at £5,000 - £6,000
Estimate: £5,000 - £6,000
One of the oldest Lots in the auction is Lot 1013, an entire
letter dating back to 1813 from Berbice to Belfast with an
unrecorded date stamp. This is the only recorded example. This
unique item is estimated at £800 - £1,000
Estimate: £800 - £1,000
Another magnificent Lot up for auction is Lot 1387. A trio of £2
stamp composite essays part hand painted with a vignette of King
Edward in an oval lined background. The exquisite threesome are
estimated ay £6,000 -£8,000.
Estimate: £6,000 -£8,000
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