SPINK LONDON | Spink is delighted
to have the opportunity to offer the Len Jury award-winning
collections of New Zealand Postal History, Stationery, 1913
Auckland Exhibition and 1920 Victory Issues in London on
7th October 2015. Rarely is such a collection seen and
this sale promises to stand as a successful testament to a lifetime
of dedicated philatelic collecting.
This auction will feature several
areas of Postal History with sections dedicated to New Plymouth and
Localities, Large Numeral Handstamps, Registered Mail and
Instructional marks. The latter section offers a remarkable group
of postal markings applied at Despatch, En Route or upon Arrival.
These include early postal markings such as straight-line, Paid At
and Crowned Circle handstamps, manuscript marks from post offices
prior to them being issued with their own postal markings, Free,
Too Late, Late Fee, Ship Letter, Missent, Deficient and
An example of "Deficient
This section concludes with a small
group of items recovered from maritime wreck disasters. These
include the S.S. "Tararau" lost in 1881 after striking the Otara
Reef with the loss of 131 lives, New Zealand's worst sea disaster
involving civilians. According to the detailed records, just five
covers, two fronts and two ambulance covers survived such maritime
abuse during the event. They are excessively rare and bear the
marks of their traumatic history. The collection also contains
items from the disaster of 1894, when the S.S. "Wairarapa"
inexplicably ran in to 700 feet cliffs about a mile from Miners
Head on the northern end of Great Barrier Island with the loss over
These are followed by small groups
of mail from New Zealand's most devastating natural disaster, the
1931 Napier Earthquake. The sale also boasts of a range of
exquisite covers pertaining to the 1934-35 Royal Visit of the Duke
There is a fine range of Postal
Stationery with rare Printed to Private Order items, the 1913-14
Auckland Exhibition issue with stamps and covers, and the
remarkable collection of the 1920 Victory issues with a wonderful
range of De La Rue essays, die proofs, colour trials, the issued
stamps and a fine range of usage on covers.
An example of De La Rue essays
The sale concludes with a few
select items of Pigeon Post mail, run from Great Barrier Island,
including usage of these fascinating stamps on flimsy missives.
These stamps have the distinction of being the world's first postal
labels used for airmail purposes.
This is a sale that demonstrates
the finest attributes of philatelic collecting; sourcing and
preserving items that have history of New Zealand resonating within
them. Len Jury's collection is set to be a show-stopping event not
to be missed.
For further details of this
remarkable auction please contact David Parsons at Spink:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7563 4072 | Email:
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Bloomsbury | London | WC1B 4ET
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