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Stamp Box Features on Antiques Roadshow on BBC1

On tonight’s episode of Antiques Roadshow (BBC1 in the UK) which took place at Osborne House, a silver and enamelled stamp box depicting the ½d vermilion, 1d lilac and 2½d purple on blue was brought in to be valued. The expert, Alastair Dickenson, who described it as the “Rolls Royce of stamp boxes”, went on to say that it is worth at least £2’000. A couple I had seen sell recently sold for around £2’600 to £3’000. People in the UK can watch the episode online here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mj2y

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May 2017 Ebay Report

On a lazy Saturday afternoon I was watching Bargain Hunt when one of the teams picked up a small silver stamp box in the shape of an envelope. It reminded me of the [insert shameless plug here] phenomenal “Primrose” collection of stamp boxes which David Feldman sold in 2000, which in turn reminded me that I had seen stamp boxes in the past with enamel copies of Jubilee stamps on the lid. A quick search of eBay and bingo! This is a Sampson Mordan & Co silver and enamel stamp box, hallmarked London 1891 with a gilt interior and three enamelled stamps: a ½d vermilion, 1d lilac and 2½d purple on blue. It sold for £2670. Anyone looking for more information on stamp boxes are recommended to take a look at this site I just found: http://stampbox.org.uk/. I’ve also found a few different examples with enamel Jubilees so I’ve added a Stamp Boxes page in the Related Info section.

Next we have an important auction catalogue for the collector of overprints on the Jubilee issue. A must have and cheap at only £5.19.

The attractive cover was sent to Northern Nigeria in 1910, with a late usage of the 1887 1/2d vermilion in combination with an Edward VII 1/2d and sold for £16.95.

Another combination with Edward VII, but this time it’s a single use of the 4d Jubilee to uprate a 1d + 2d registration envelope to pay double the UPU rate to the USA in 1907. It sold for only £4.10 but I think it’s unusual combination.

And finally this was my surprise of the month. This 9d and 1/2d green paying triple UPU rate and 2d registration sold for £88.75. I’ve seen nicer ones sell for less but I think they are underrated. I should have started this a lot earlier, but I’ve begun a census of known covers bearing the 9d. I’ve only got 30 so far which I will get uploaded some time soon so any one who wants to send me some scans of frankings with the 9d will be greatly appreciated.

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