On the 12th of December, 1300
lots of Great Britain Stamps and Postal History will be going under
the hammer at Spink. These include an important and fascinating
series of German Propaganda World War II Forgeries of British
In the above example (Lot 1081), the
Queen Mother has been replaced by an image of Stalin.
These remarkable stamps were forged in
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp by specialist printers also
forging £5 banknotes with the intention of damaging the British
Next week's sale will also include over
420 Penny Blacks, as well as Lot 502, a Two Pence Blue on an entire
letter from Funchal, Madeira, dated 1840 and addressed to
Devonshire, cancelled by a Deal Ship Letter postmark. It is a
famous cover and a unique usage of the 1840 Two Pence Blue,
estimated to fetch between £20,000 and £25,000.
The bearer of this letter, or an agent at
Deal, most likely affixed the adhesive to pay the inland postage to
Plymouth (2d. for 1oz.) and posted it as an ordinary inland letter.
The Post Office may have later recognised it as subject to the Ship
Letter charge of 1/4d. per oz. This is the only applicable
handstamp with the "deal/ship letter", although it was not intended
as a cancellation.
We will also be offering the opportunity
to own a 1840 Two Pence Blue, Plate 1, block of six of very fine
quality (Lot 517). Blocks of six from either plate with red Maltese
Cross cancellations are great rarities, and this particular example
is expected to sell for between £35,000 and £40,000.
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