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With regret, because of the considerable (and relatively uneconomic) drain on my time, I have decided not to take on any more large consignments with immediate effect. I can accept very small consignments (1-20 or so) from OCTOBER 2021. However please contact me before sending first! Otherwise packages are liable to languish indefinitely in the sorting office - unsolicited plating, sent without prior contact, will be automatically relegated to the bottom of the heap, in the 'Maybe One Day' basket...large consignments will be returned.

LATEST UPDATE: 21.10.2021

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NEW STAMPS STOCK

  • AWESOME AUTUMN OFFERINGS!
  • First for the new Autumn season, two VERY RARE C7s from the RAREST PLATES 22 AND 27, accompanied by MIKE WILLIAMS CERTIFICATES...

  • And a useful small batch of earlier Maltese Cross plates, including 1d REDS FROM 'BLACK' PLATES 1c & 11, a LOVELY LARGE-MARGINED PLATE 22 1d RED with a SUPERB LONDON II 'BROKEN POINTS' MALTESE CROSS, and a VERY SCARCE LATE USE MALTESE CROSS on an 1844 PLATE 50...

  • MY PLATE 5 COLLECTION
  • After much deliberation, since the primary research purpose of my Plate 5 collection has been fulfilled with the major revision just published in the new SG Specialised Volume 1 Part 1 1st Edition 2020, I have decided to send it to the breaker's yard! Accordingly the first batch of 21, including 14 MATCHED PAIRS has now been loaded, and a further nineteen, including seven MATCHED PAIRS and a MATCHED TRIO, have been loaded on our sister 'BUDGET CLASSICS' site, www.sturstamps.co.uk...

  • JULY GEMS...
  • A small batch of particularly fine LARGE-MARGINED 1d BLACKS, mostly from the earlier plates, including a VERY EARLY INTENSE BLACK from Plate 1A - shame it's not on cover - it would probably be a 'MAY DATE'!

  • An interesting mixed bag of 'goodies', from a PLATE 8 1d BLACK cancelled with LEEDS 'SPECIAL' MALTESE CROSS, a lovely selection of PLATE 47 C9s, including MATCHED PAIRS WITH C10s and some of the SCARCER SHADES, and some interesting MISCELLANEOUS LATER ISSUES, including a pretty example of the RARE SG 120b 2s MILKY BLUE, and a selection of the RARER OFFICIALS WITH PTS CERTS...

  • A useful batch of 'BLACK' PLATE REDS, including SCARCE PLATES 1b, 1c AND 2, a LOVELY PLATE 10 with RARE BLUE MALTESE CROSS, a couple of useful PLATE 11 reds (to match with your black of course(!)),and a nice newly listed 1d INTENSE BLACK from the SCARCER PLATE 9 with what looks like a deep BROWNISH-MAROON Maltese Cross, but is actually an OXIDISED RED cross! With PTS CERT...

    NEW STAMPS

     
    1840 1d Grey-Black Plate 1a 'MI' 1840 1d Intense Black Plate 1b 'EE' 1840 1d Intense Black Plate 1b 'RI' 1840 1d Black Plate 4 'SL' MANCHESTER MX 1840 1d Intense Black Plate 2 'JL' 1840 1d Intense Black/1841 1d Red Plate 5 'AG' Matched 1840 1d Intense Black Plate 5 'CL'
    B:1004
    1840 1d Grey-black
    (VERY WORN)
    Plate 1a 'IH'
    BLEUTE PAPER
    295.00
    B:1000
    1840 1d Intense Black
    Plate 1b 'EE'
    BLEUTE PAPER,
    CONSTANT VARIETY
    SUPERB
    325.00
    B:1000
    1840 1d Intense Black
    Plate 1b 'RI'
    CONSTANT VARIETY:
    RECUT 'I'
    225.00
    B:1001
    1840 1d Black
    Plate 4 'SL'
    MANCHESTER
    'FISHTAIL' MX
    395.00
    B:1007
    1840 1d Intense Black
    Plate 2 'JL'
    NO RAY FLAWS,
    CONSTANT DOTS
    NE & SE
    225.00
    B:1025
    1840 1d Intense Black/
    1841 1d Red
    Plate 5 'AG'
    MATCHED PAIR
    HGL VALUE/SE,
    CONSTANT VARIETY
    235.00
    B:1031
    1840 1d Intense Black
    Plate 5 'CL'
    CONSTANT VARIETY:
    DOT NW
    165.00
     
    1840 1d Intense Black Plate 5 'IK' 1840 2d Pale Blue Plate 1 'FH' Orange MX 1840 2d Deep Blue Plate 2 'BJ' Red MX 1840 1d Intense Black/1841 1d Red Plate 5 'ML' 1840 2d Blue Plate 2 'MJ' Dorchester Town Cancel 1841 1d Red Plate 1b 'BA' 1841 1d Red Plate 1c 'LB'
    B:1041
    1840 1d Intense
    Black

    Plate 5 'IK'
    HGL VALUE
    & SE
    SUPERB
    250.00
    BL:1743
    1840 2d Pale Blue
    Plate 1 'FH'
    SCARCER
    SHADE,
    ORANGE MX
    250.00
    BL:1745
    1840 2d Deep Blue
    Plate 2 'BJ'
    SCARCER
    RED MX
    250.00
    B:1033
    1840 1d Intense Black/
    1841 1d Red
    Plate 5 'ML'
    CONSTANT DOT SE
    SUPERB
    MARGINAL
    300.00
    BL:1728
    1840 2d Blue
    Plate 2 'MJ'
    RARE 1842
    DORCHESTER
    TOWN CANCEL
    2950.00
    RM:4244
    1841 1d Red
    Plate 1b 'BA'
    SCARCE PLATE
    75.00
    RM:4324
    1841 1d Red
    Plate 1c 'LB'
    SCARCE PLATE
    IN STATE 3,
    VERY SCARCE
    SECOND REPAIR
    150.00
     
    1841 1d Red Plate 2 'KA' CV 1841 1d Red-brown Plate 5 'DI' 1841 1d Red Plate 9 'MJ' 'PyP NO 15' 1840 2d Blue Plate 1 'FJ-FK' 1841 1d Red Plate 10 'EB' Blue MX 1841 1d Red Plate 11 'AL' Manchester MX 1841 1d Red Plate 11 'BL' Manchester MX
    RM:4237
    1841 1d Red
    Plate 2 'KA'
    SCARCE PLATE,
    CONSTANT
    VARIETY
    85.00
    RM:4297
    1841 1d Red
    Plate 5 'DI'
    FINE &
    SCARCE
    35.00
    RM:4051
    1841 1d Red
    Plate 9 'MJ'
    HANDSWORTH
    PENNY POST
    'PyP NO 15'
    in BLUE
    95.00
    BL:1731
    1840 2d Blue
    Plate 1 'FJ-FK'
    SCARCE PAIR
    RED MX, VGLs NE
    585.00
    RM:4276
    1841 1d Red
    Plate 10 'EB'
    RARE BLUE
    MALTESE CROSS
    375.00
    RM:4063
    1841 1d Red
    Plate 11 'AL'
    MANCHESTER
    'FISHTAIL' MX
    225.00
    RM:4062
    1841 1d Red
    Plate 11 'BL'
    MANCHESTER
    'FISHTAIL' MX
    285.00
     
    1841 1d Red Plate 11 'TL' London II MX 1841 1d Deep Red-brown Plate 14 'RC' Basal Shift 1841 1d Red Plate 26 'IK' Blue MX 1841 1d Red Plate 9 'IB' Leeds MX 1844 1d Red Plate 50 'LB' 1847 1d Red Plate 74 'KC' Watermark Inverted 1852 1d Orange-brown Plate 144 'IH'
    RM:4322
    1841 1d Red
    Plate 11 'TL'
    LONDON II
    'BROKEN
    POINTS' MX
    50.00
    RM:4221
    1841 1d Deep
    Red-brown
    Plate 14 'RC'
    SCARCER
    PLATE,
    BASAL SHIFT,
    VERY DEEP
    SHADE
    45.00
    RM:4067
    1841 1d
    Orange-Brown
    Plate 26 'IK'
    RARE BLUE MX
    195.00
    RM:4060
    1841 1d Red
    Plate 9 'IB'
    LEEDS 'SPECIAL'
    DEBRIS-CLOGGED MX
    125.00
    RM:4326
    1844 1d Red
    Plate 50 'LB'
    SCARCE LATE
    USE OF
    MALTESE CROSS
    35.00
    Ri:6180
    1847 1d Red
    Plate 74 'KC'

    WATERMARK
    INVERTED,
    RARE CANCEL
    95.00
    Ri:B2:6182
    1852 1d Orange-
    brown B2(3)
    Plate 144 'IH'

    FINE SCARCE
    SHADE, MISSING
    IMPRIMATUR
    65.00
     
    1853 1d Lake-red Plate 163 'AC' 1854 1d Plum C1 Plate 179 'DB' 1854 1d Red C1 Plate 201 'SG' Imprimatur 1855 1d Red C4 Plate 6 'EE-FF' 1854 1d Red C1 Plate 203 'QG' Imprimatur 1854 1d Red C1 Plate 204 'SG' Imprimatur 1855 1d Red C3 Plate 16 'AG' width=
    Ri:B2:6181
    1853 1d Lake-red B2(2)
    Plate 163 'AC'
    MISSING
    IMPRIMATUR
    RARE SHADE
    200.00
    RP:C1:13353
    1854 1d Plum
    C1(4) Plate 179 'DB'
    RARE SHADE
    195.00
    RP:13276
    1854 1d Red
    C1 Plate 201 'SG',
    FINE 4-MARGIN
    IMPRIMATUR
    SOLD
    RP:C4:13354
    1855 1d Red/
    C4 Plate 6 'EE-FF'
    SCARCE BLOCK
    SUPERB USED
    225.00
    RP:13278
    1854 1d Red
    C1 Plate 203 'QG',
    SUPERB
    IMPRIMATUR
    350.00
    RP:C1:13279
    1854 1d Red C1
    Plate 204 'SG'
    SCARCE
    PLATE, FINE
    IMPRIMATUR
    425.00
    RP:C3:13585
    1855 1d Red
    C3 Plate 16 'AG'

    RARE PLATE,
    MISSING
    IMPRIMATUR,
    SHORT STAMP,
    MW CERT
    325.00
     
    1855 1d Deep Red-brown C3(2) Plate 20 'TG' 1855 1d Red C5 Plate 13 'EF' 1855 1d Red C7 Plate 22 'MJ' MW Cert 1855 1d Red C3/C4/C6 Plate 7 'PK' TRIO GREEN CANCEL 1855 1d Red C7 Plate 27 'PF' MW Cert 1857 1d Orange-brown C9(1) Plate 31 'IG' 1857 1d Pale Red C9(3) Plate 46 'AC'
    RP:C3:13477
    1855 1d Deep
    Red-brown
    C3(2) Plate
    20 'TG'

    RARE PLATE
    SCARCER SHADE
    135.00
    RP:C5:13475
    1855 1d Red C5
    Plate 13 'EF'
    RARE PLATE
    (MIKE WILLIAMS
    CERTIFICATE)
    225.00
    RP:C7:13607
    1856 1d Red C7
    Plate 22 'MJ'
    RARE ISSUE,
    VERY RARE PLATE,
    RARE CANCEL,
    MIKE WILLIAMS
    CERTIFICATE
    425.00
    RP:C3:C4:C6:13505
    1855 1d Red/
    C3/C4ud/C6 Plate 7 'PK'
    RARE MATCHED TRIO
    C4 IRISH DUBLIN '186'
    CANCEL IN BRIGHT GREEN
    65.00
    RP:C7:13608
    1856 1d Red C7
    Plate 27 'DI'
    RARE ISSUE,
    RAREST PLATE,
    MIKE WILLIAMS
    CERTIFICATE
    SOLD
    RP:C9:13246
    1857 1d Orange-
    brown C9(1)
    Plate 31 'IG'
    SCARCER PLATE,
    SHADE
    AND CANCEL
    45.00
    RP:C9:13259
    1857 1d Pale Red
    C9(3) Plate 46
    'AC' CV,
    SCARCER PLATE,
    MISSING
    IMPRIMATUR
    27.50
     
    1857 1d Bright Red C9(4) Plate 47 'KD' 1857 1d Pale Rose C9A(1) Plate 49 'HF' 1857 1d Pale Rose C9A(1) Plate 55 'CG' 1857 1d Pale Red C9(3)/Rose-red C11 Plate 45 'FG' Matched 1857 1d Rose-red C10 Plate 45 'MJ' 1857 1d Rose-red C11 Plate 45 'GC' 1857 1d Rose-red C11 Plate 58 'JD'
    RP:C9:13605
    1857 1d Bright
    Red C9(4)
    Plate 47 'KD'
    SCARCE SHADE,
    VERY RARE
    CANCEL
    65.00
    RP:C9:13266
    1857 1d Pale
    Rose C9A(1)
    Plate 49 'HF'
    RARE PLATE,
    CONSTANT
    VARIETY
    95.00
    RP:C9:13204
    1857 1d Pale Rose
    C9A(1) Plate 55
    'CG' CVs
    VERY RARE
    PLATE,
    SCARCE
    CANCEL
    395.00
    RP:C9:C11:13325
    1857 1d Pale Red/Rose-red
    C9(3)/C11 Plate 45 'FG'
    VERY RARE C9/C11 PLATE,
    MATCHED PAIR
    285.00
    RP:C10:13116
    1857 1d Rose-
    red C10
    Plate 45 'MJ'
    RARE PLATE
    125.00
    RP:C11:12576
    1857 1d Rose-
    red C11
    Plate 45 'GC'
    VERY RARE
    PLATE
    215.00
    RP:C11:12580
    1857 1d Rose-
    red C11
    Plate 58 'JD'
    SCARCE PLATE
    CONSTANT
    VARIETY
    68.50
     
    1847 1s Green Embossed SG55 1848 10d Brown Embossed SG57 1867 2s Milky Blue SG120b Plate 1 'MF' 1913 1 Dull Blue-green 'Seahorse' SG404 1878 10s Greenish-grey SG128 Plate 1 'GF' CDS 1884 10s Ultramarine SG183 'HB' CDS 1886 6d Dull Green SGO62 'HJ' 'GOVT PARCELS'
    Misc:QV:953
    1847 1s Green
    Embossed SG55
    SCARCE
    250.00
    Misc:QV:954
    1848 10d Brown
    Embossed SG57
    RARE SO FINE
    SOLD
    Misc:QV:979
    1867 2s Milky Blue
    SG120b Plate 1 'MF'
    RARE SHADE
    225.00
    Misc:GV:970
    1913 1 Dull
    Blue-green
    'SEAHORSE'
    SCARCE
    475.00
    Misc:QV:959
    1878 10s Greenish-
    Grey SG128
    'GOLDSMITH
    ST' E.C.
    LONDON CDS
    2 FEB 1883
    RARE SO FINE
    950.00
    Misc:QV:964
    1884 10s Ultramarine
    SG183 'HB'
    LONDON
    E.C. CDS
    27 NOV 1891
    SCARCE
    165.00
    Misc:QV:981
    1886 6d Dull Green
    SGO62 'HJ'
    'GOVT PARCELS'
    OFFICIAL
    RARE
    PTS CERT
    300.00

     

    OTHER PHILATELIC MATERIAL:

  • IMPRIMATUR PHOTOS: I have a number of duplicate NPM Imprimatur Photos, superfluous to my collection, which I am offering for sale at 10 each. These are high quality ACTUAL SIZE black-and-white photographs of the First Registration Sheet, i.e. the first sheet off the press of each new plate, and are invaluable plating reference tools. A batch of these has been loaded, most on the 1844 1d REDS page, but including the RARE PLATE 22 on the DIE II ALPH III (C7-C13) page. (In addition to those plates listed, I also have the following Die I plates available: 5, 13, 18, 47-56, 58 and 59. Please contact me if any of these are required.)

    NEW COVERS AND POSTAL HISTORY STOCK

    LATEST OFFERINGS:

  • A small batch of useful early covers, including THREE 'BLACK' PLATE 11 1d REDS, one on large piece with LEEDS 'SPECIAL' MALTESE CROSS, and a nice PLATE 12 cancelled with an early LONDON II 'BROKEN POINTS' MALTESE CROSS...
  • A useful batch of 20 or so later covers in the C10-C13 GROUP, including a pair from the RARE C10 PLATE 64, a SCARCE C12 BLOCK OF FOUR from Plate 51, and a couple of interesting MIXED FRANKING covers...
  • A LARGE-MARGINED PLATE 1b 1d INTENSE BLACK, and a SUPERB PLATE 20 on cover...
  • A SERIOUSLY RARE STRIP OF FOUR from C9 PLATE 40 ON COVER, with MIKE WILLIAMS CERTIFICATE...
  • A couple of useful MULREADIES on the POSTAL HISTORY page, a couple of PENNY PINKS, a tatty but fascinating 1823 entire referring to the winding-up of a peer's estate, and a small batch of interesting and useful pieces from the 1820s. Lots more POSTAL HISTORY on the way...
  • A STUNNING group of THREE C1 PLUMS ON COVER: all three from the same correspondence a few days apart, from the same plate with consecutive letterings, and same centering - undoubtedly from the same sheet! LOVELY...

    NEW COVERS AND POSTAL HISTORY
     
    1841 1d Mulready Envelope 1840 1d Intense Black Plate 1b 'RD' 1841 1d Red-brown 'Black' Plate 11 'PJ' 1841 1d Red-brown Plate 34 'PJ-PK' No.10 in MX 1841 1d Red-brown Plate 42 'IA-JA' Limerick MX
    C:PH:1728
    1841 Mulready Envelope
    MANCHESTER LOCAL
    30 APRIL 1841
    65.00
    C:B:1745
    1840 1d Intense Black
    Plate 1b 'RD'
    SHEFFIELD TO BUXTON,
    25 AUGUST 1840
    LARGE MARGINS
    RECUT W FRAME-LINE
    250.00
    C:B:1755
    1841 1d Red-brown
    Plate 11 'PJ'
    IRISH LARNE
    TO MOIRA,
    VIA BELFAST,
    5 JULY 1841
    HUGE MARGINS
    CONSTANT VARIETY
    & BASAL SHIFT
    125.00
    C:RM:1606
    1841 1d Red-brown
    Plate 34 'PJ-PK'
    LONDON LOCAL 1 FEBRUARY 1844

    SCARCE '10' IN MX PAIR
    CONSTANT VARIETIES
    295.00
    C:RM:1651
    1841 1d Red-brown
    Plate 42 'IA-JA'
    LIMERICK-LONDON 15 MAY 1844

    RARE LIMERICK MALTESE CROSS
    BOXED 'TOO LATE'
    385.00
     
    1854 1d Plum C1(4) Plate 178 'RL' 1856 1d Deep Claret C8(6) Plate 36 'NB' 1855 2d Blue SG23a(F3) Plate 5 'KH-KI' 1857 1d Pale Rose C9A(1) Plate 27 'GC' 1857 1d Red-orange C9(2) Plate 35 'AJ'/SG66 4d Rose
    C:C1:1681
    1854 1d PLUM
    C1(4) Plate 178 'RL'

    WINKFIELD (Berks)-WEYMOUTH
    (via Bracknell, Farnborough
    Station and Dorchester)
    5 OCTOBER 1854
    SCARCE 'WINFIELD'
    (sic) UDC
    FINE RARE SHADE
    385.00
    C:C8:1737
    1856 1d Deep Claret
    on Very Blue paper
    C8(6) Plate 36 'NB',
    Greenock to Ottery St Mary
    3 MAY 1856
    RARE SHADE
    75.00
    C:BL:1654
    1855 2d Blue
    SG23a(F3) Plate 5 'KH-KI'
    IRISH Derry to Letterkenny
    28 JULY 1855
    SCARCE ISSUE, RARE PAIR
    SCARCE IRISH USE
    225.00
    C:C9:1639
    1857 1d Pale Rose
    C9A(1) Plate 27 'GC'
    Lewes to London
    9 MAY 1857
    Savoy Street Transitional
    SCARCER PLATE
    40.00
    C:C9:J51:1653
    1857 1d Red-orange/SG66 4d Rose
    C9(2) Plate 35 'AJ'/
    J51 Large Garter, White paper
    Scarce Mixed Franking
    London to Paris
    25 APRIL 1857
    Scarce Shade/Plate
    Pre-fire Transitional
    MISSING IMPRIMATUR
    SCARCER RARITY 'E' CANCEL
    120.00
     
    1857 1d Rose-red C9A(3) or C10 Plate 38 'AF' 1857 1d Pale Rose C9A(1) Plate 40 'DJ-GJ' 1857 1d Rose-red C10(1)c Plate 64 'EK-EL' 1857 2d Blue F7 Plate 6 'KJ' 1857 4d Rose-carmine SG66
    C:C9A:1637
    1857 1d Rose-red C9A(3)
    or C10(?) Plate 38 'AF'
    Burton on Trent to
    Ashby de la Zouch
    31 AUGUST 1857
    Late Savoy Street or
    early Fleet Street?
    'BURTON ON TRENT' SPOON
    FIRST 1857 RECORD
    MISSING IMPRIMATUR
    25.00
    C:C9A:1726
    1857 1d Pale Rose
    C9A(1) Plate 40 'DJ-GJ'
    Birmingham to Coventry
    9 OCTOBER 1857
    Savoy Street Transitional
    (Late Use)
    SERIOUSLY RARE MULTIPLE
    OF A VERY RARE PLATE
    ON COVER
    MIKE WILLIAMS CERTIFICATE
    750.00
    C:C10:1759
    1857 1d Rose-red
    C10(1)c Plate 64 'EK-EL'
    London to Darlington
    17 AUGUST 1862
    RARE LONDON INLAND '46' TWIN NUMERALS
    RARE PLATE
    200.00
    C:BL:1640
    1857 2d Deep Blue
    F7 Plate 6 'KJ'
    IRISH Dundalk to Drogheda
    20 NOVEMBER 1857
    SCARCE IRISH USE
    45.00
    C:Misc:QV:1725
    1857 1d Rose-carmine
    SG66/J51
    London to St Etienne (Loire)
    via Calais and Paris
    30-31 MAY 1860
    Entire Letter
    in French
    55.00

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