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A Private Collection of Rare Stamp Booklets

10th February 2022.

A Private Collection of Stamp Booklets is to be sold in Tennants Auctioneers’ Stamps, Postcards and Postal History Sale on 4th March. Comprising 85 lots, the collection is expected to sell for a hammer price of £30,000-40,000.

Highlights of the collection include an example of the world’s first postage booklet available to the public, which was produced for commercial purposes by the Stamp Distribution Syndicate in 1891. Sealed intact in its original envelope, this Queen Victoria issue is one of the finest extant examples of one of the rarest domestic booklets and is offered with an estimate of £2,000-3,000 (plus buyer’s premium). Also of note is a 1948 King George VI 1/- vending-machine type, the rarest of the regularly issued booklets of any reign. Accompanied by a Royal Philatelic Society Certificate, the booklet is offered with an estimate of £2,000-2,500. A 1909 Edward VII Arched ‘Specimen’ Booklet, one of the rarest Edwardian booklets, also with RPS Certificate, is offered with an estimate of £1,200-1,500.


The collection also includes a 1936 King Edward VIII tête-bêche imprimatur strip from the National Postal Museum archive in unblemished never hinged condition. Comprising four 1½d stamps, the tête-bêche pair (where two stamps are upside down in relation to each other) is between the two central stamps, and the strip is offered with an estimate of £2,500-3,000.

A separate Private Estate in the sale features strong booklet pane collections by reign, including a wonderful collection of Edward VIII and George VI panes, the majority unmounted mint, offered with an estimate of £1,500-2,000. Scarce examples include advertising panes and 1d pale ultramarine with ‘inland rate’ spacing error and corrected types.

In the postcard section of the sale, highlights include a valuable and extensive collection of postcards documenting the life and work of King Edward VIII (1894-1972). With an estimate of £600-800, the collection includes many cards documenting visits both in Great Britain and around the world such as India, Panama and over twenty Hong Kong visit scenes. Of Yorkshire interest are in-depth collections of Real Photographic cards of Leeds and surrounding areas.


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