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Spink Offer Fabulous Collections of British Africa

British East Africa Cancelled overprints on JubileesOn the 26th and 28th of January 2015, Spink will be offering the East Africa collection of Lord Vestey and part 1 of the British Africa collection of James F. Hudson. Both have some fabulous material, and thankfully even some Jubilee items to talk about.

The only items of interest from the Vestey collection for me are on the first page of the catalogue, with the most interesting lot having come from the “Shivani” collection of British East Africa sold by Spink in 1997. Lot 1 is the 1d lilac, 2d green & red and 5d deep purple & blue with the B.E.A. overprints all with “CANCELLED” handstamps. In fact the lot also includes a Zululand 1d lilac and 2d green & red with the same. Stamps with this “CANCELLED” overprint were used as colour specimens by De La Rue and the Inland Revenue. Bought for £2’185 in 1997, the estimate is £3’000 to £4’000.

Zululand 5d with inverted watermarkFrom the Hudson collection, there is a decent section of Niger Coast (without anything spectacular in way of Jubilees). But the most interesting lot for me is a Zululand 5d deep purple & blue, used, with inverted watermark. Catalogued at £1’800 by Stanley Gibbons, the estimate is £600-700. I would have thought it would do better than that because it’s not a stamp I remember ever seeing before.


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September 2012 Ebay Report

Top 3 Items of the Month

We kick of this month with this spectacular franking on a large part envelope (reduced at bottom). It features two sets of the Jubilee (at least all that were available in 1890) all tied by the Uniform Penny Postage Jubilee cancels from the South Kensington museum, with a piece of the postal stationery affixed at the bottom. Exhibitions as a thematic is a very collectable area of philately, hence why this item fetched no less than £400.09!

From the same vendor was this attractive set of three of the British East Africa values. Each with a Knope certificate, they didn’t stay on eBay long at a buy-it-now price of £750.

As destination mail goes for the Jubilee issue, Chile is far from being the most common in South America. The added interest in this cover also comes from the fact that it is addressed to the “Submarine Cable Office”. Attractively franked with a 5d and 2 1/2d Jubilees tied by Croydon cds, this cover only fetched one bidder at £65.

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