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Strong interest in Boy Scouts philately, Military History, Ceylon, Hong Kong. First time offer of 1909 Shepherds Bush Exhibition on cover. Good prices for Gibraltar, Malta, Natal, Orange Free State and Rhodesia.

Argyll Etkin’s Auction on 3rd November achieved realisations of £250,438 with 77% of lots sold.

The first feature was Boy Scouts 1929 Arrowe Park World Scout Jamboree with an Air mail Registered cover bearing the “Arrowepk Camp” skeleton datestamp realising £2530 (Estimate £500-£700) and a postcard written by a French boy scout with large part cachet “Cheshire Angleterre / Camp Francaise / Arrowe Park” reaching £1,205 (Estimate £250 - £300).

The Derek Hepworth Collection of Military History was keenly received and a spectacular collection of World War II GB Censorship forms achieved £5,520 (Estimate £500 - £600). This was followed by significant interest in Prisoner of War mail and with “P.O.W. mail item from Hong Kong in 1942 realising £483 (Estimate £100 - £120).

A healthy Great Britian section saw interest in a Lundy Island collection at £1150 (Estimate £250 - £300); a new discovery of a Holyhead Oval ship letter cancellation in 1821 at £975 (Estimate £800 - £1000) and the first time offer of a Registered Cover for the 1909 Shepherds Bush Ballymaclinton Exhibition postmark at £1780 (Estimate £400 - £500).

A holding of Ceylon, accumulated over 60 years, was welcomed and noted the Queen Victoria Official Stamps with unissued service overprints where a block of 4 2d reached £630 (SG catalogue £280 and a block of 4 2s reached £1840 (SG catalogue £480).

Important Gibraltar saw an 1846 letter to Wilson & Son, Tartan manufacturers in Scotland, with the rare small official of which only two have been recorded sell at £2125 (Estimate £1800 - £2400) and the 1889 10c carmine stamp with value omitted fine mint SG23B sell at £2990 (Estimate £2000 - £2500).

Fine Hong Kong saw a possibly unique cover sent by the Lufthansa Catapult Service from Hong Kong to Brazil sell for £1780 (Estimate £1000 - £1200).

In Malta, an 1844 disinfection postmark “Purifie au Lazaret / Malte” which has not been recorded in the Malta Study Circle Handbook, sold for £1610 (Estimate £500 - £600).

A good offering of Natal saw keen interest in Chalon Head Proofs with a 1d Perkins Bacon original die proof selling for £2990 (Estimate £2,500 - £3000) and a 6d Berkins Bacon original Die Proof selling for £2990 (Estimate £2500 - £3000).

Rhodesia saw competition for an original collection of the George V Admiral issues which sold for £18,400 (Estimate £12,000 to £15,000) and spirited bidding for a 1911 Double Head 4d on cover from Gwelo to Luipardsvlei Transvaal which eventually sold for £1900 (Estimate £500 - £600).

Argyll Etkin holds an Auction of the renowned Kenneth Griffith Anglo-Boer War Library and Collections on 5th December 2006.

Their first Auction of 2007 on 8th and 9th March features the celebrated Christopher Crutwell collection of Cyprus together with German East Africa / Tanganyika, Ecuador and Bolivia. The sale will also include GB Registered mail, Dockwra letters, Airmail covers, Hong Kong, Trinidad, Brazil, Colombia Scadtas and St. Lucia. Further consignments are currently welcome.

Please contact: Patrick Frost, Ian Shapiro, Adam Cooke, Phyllis Wills or Michael Goldsmith

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