ARGYLL ETKIN AUCTION Sale 44
Auction Date: Thursday 26th of September 2019 & Friday 27th of September 2019
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Featuring: Worldwide Stamps and Postal History featuring Fine G.B Stamps, Cancels & Postal History, Anglo-Boer War, Nelson Letters, Forces Mail, Imperial Airways Crash Covers, Air Mails, KGV Silver Jubilee Postal History, Paraguay, Rhodesia, French Somali Coast, Crowned Circles, Malaya Censorship, Cape of Good Hope.
A 1d Black FDC with letter from Cloak Lane, London sold for
G.B. King George V £1 1913 Waterlow block of 4 made £12,000.
Alistair Kennedy’s remarkable collection included extensive
Oman/Bahrain/U.A.E. military mail which sold for £7,850, and
Hertfordshire picture postcards sold for £1,200.
Rhodesia 1896 8d Large Arms Die Proof sold for £5,100.
Collectors gathered in London for Argyll Etkin’s exceptional two day auction
which began with some remarkable items from John Oliver’s Air Mail collection
including exceptional material from the 1927 Imperial Airways inaugural Croydon
to Delhi Flight carrying Air Minister Sir Samuel Hoare and his wife Lady Maude. A
group of material kept by Lady Maude reached £1,800.
A remarkable Kenya Uganda Tanganyika 1938 cover with a postage rate of 41
shillings 55cents bearing two King George V £1 stamps, from Tanga to
Argentina, made £2,750.
The John Marks collection of Boer War material was keenly contested and saw
Mr. Marks’s Censor collection reach £3,450.
Many Boer War enthusiasts were present and we were delighted to welcome
Warwick and Juliet Marks, John’s son and daughter to the Auction.
Alistair Kennedy’s remarkable collections, which included Forces Postal
History and Hertfordshire, saw many extraordinary realisations
reflecting Alistair’s 65 years of collecting including World War One
material to Guernsey and Jersey mostly from soldiers in the Royal
Guernsey Militia which realised £775; 1915 Gallipoli Campaign covers
knocked down for £1670; 1917/1918 Mesopotamia covers including
the scarce ‘flying corps’ cachet made £1,900, and a seldom seen
collection of Oman , Bahrain and United Arab Emirates mail 1950-1986
reached £7,850. Alistair’s Herfordshire collection saw a fine postcard
collection sell for £1,200.
Mac McLaren’s fine Malaya Censorship cover collection was highlighted
by a 1941 registered cover from Singapore to New York with an
incredible $13.65 franking carried on the “Honolulu” clipper selling for
The John Cooper 1935 Silver Jubilee collection featured many remarkable items
of which Mauritius covers for the visit of the Dutch submarine K XVIII were
prominent; a trio of items brought £830.
British Colonial stamps were in keen demand with Aden 1937 definitives in mint
blocks of four reaching £1,800, while Bahamas 1937 Coronation imperforate
set of three each perforated specimen brought £2,400. A large front with a
commercial use of the Falkland Islands King George VI £1 sent air mail from
South Georgia to Scotland in 1949 was knocked down for £1,200.
A most unusual collection of Postal History from Estonia brought £2,000 while
Estonian stamps realised £1,900.
A rare first set of Telegraph stamps issued by Prussia in 1864 brought £1,900.
A Rhodesian collection was keenly sought featuring a rare and superb 1896 8d
Large Arms Die Proof which made £5,100.
Great Britain began with a fascinating 1840 1d Black First Day Cover signed by
Robson Lowe which brought £14,300. An 1841 Postal Notice from the GPO
Edinburgh announcing the issue of 1d envelopes, 1d Red and new 2d stamps
sold for £5,700. An 1878 page of Postal Stationery proofs realised £2,000.
A most beautiful unmounted mint upper marginal 1882 £5 orange sold for
£7,700. Seahorses saw excellent results with a 1913 Waterlow £1 dark blue-
green block of four unmounted mint bringing £12,000.
An exceptional 1929 £1 PUC vertical strip of five fine used brought £2,750
GB Officials saw an 1897 1d lilac with Government Parcels overprint, variety overprint
inverted, realise £2,250. An Edward VII 1902 5 shilling Rose overprinted I.R. Official
A collection of Football and Cricket Picture Postcards, Photos and Ephemera dating
back to 1904 was knocked down for £2,500.
Postal History saw a letter of 1553 written by Mary of Guise, widow of King
James V, King of Scotland and mother of Mary Stuart written in French from
Fairlie, Ayrshire with instructions to bring two French ships under the service of
the French King, which reached £3,700.
The Peter Chadwick collection of Handstruck prepayment marks of the Uniform
Penny Post brought some exceptional material to the market starting with a First
Day use from Liverpool to Collooney, Ireland making £1,800. 1840 handstruck
cancels from Haddington and Mauchline, Scotland, brought £3,300 and £2,400
respectively. An 1847 cover from Blackburn to Hull with the only recorded
handstruck ‘6’ to prepay a heavy letter over 2ozs brought £3,550.
Cancellations saw a superb 1871 registered cover from Salisbury with the triple
ring experimental handstamp sell for £1,450.
Machine postmarks featured an 1857 cover tied by the experimental French
stamping machine duplex of Liverpool bringing £3,600; an 1858 cover to
Glasgow tied by the third London Pearson Hill trial machine made £2,950, and an
1878 Vaile’s Machine on a Postal Stationery card also sold for £2,950.
The sale brought joy to visitors and buyers from around the world.
Argyll Etkin’s next sale is scheduled for Spring 2020 and early consignments are
Adam Cooke and Patrick Frost
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