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Stamps, Postal History & Postcards Auction Preview

21st May 2021.

Over 250 lots of Stamps, Postal History and Postcards are coming under the hammer at Tennants Auctioneers on 11th June, offering a wide variety of lots from private collections and estates.

One of the highlights of the sale are eight lots from a good Collector’s Estate, which has a particular focus on postmarks and postal history as well as control numbers and Post Office archival material. The first lot in the collection, which is being sold with an estimate of £3,000-3,500 (plus buyer’s premium) is packed with stamps and postal history from Queen Victoria to early King George V, starting with two used Mulready envelopes and fourteen penny blacks.

A strong Queen Victoria and King Edward VII Collection, comprising approximately 300 mint and used stamps is offered with an estimate of £3,000-3,500. The collection has a minimum catalogue value of £35,000 and is overall extremely attractive quality. Also of note is an excellent lot of better worldwide sets and singles with overall very high quality. With strength in the currently highly popular Eastern European areas, including Yugoslavia miniature sheets and Bulgarian sets of the 1930s, the lot is offered with an estimate of £2,000-2,500. An extensive British Commonwealth collection housed in 73 albums, with a particular strength in King George VI is offered with an estimate of £5,000-6,000, and a collection of Upper Silesia, 1920 Inter-Allied Commission with a spectacular and comprehensive array of the rarely seen CIHS handstamp overprints, mint and used is offered with an estimate of £300-400.

An interesting lot comes in the form of an Inland Revenue Somerset House stationary envelope with a 1902 2 1/2d stamp. The envelope is addressed care of the famous furniture company Waring and Gillows office in Paris, which had been established in 1900; this rare item is to be sold with an estimate of £500-700. An exciting autograph collection, accompanied by correspondence of the collector, is offered with an estimate of £300-400. The collection includes autographs on First Day Covers by the 1966 World Cup winners, and Neil Armstrong.

Highlights of the postcard section of the sale include an album of approximately 500 cards relating to West Yorkshire, and in particular Leeds and the surrounding towns and villages including Tadcaster, Sicklinghall, Bramley and Thorpe Arch. The album is part of an extensive private collection of postcards of West Yorkshire, which is being sold over the course of a few sales. The album offers an interesting selection of cards, with many desirable photographic cards including those documenting local events (estimate: £800-1,000).

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