Welcome to our website here at Elstree Stamps. We have been GB dealers for over 20 years, and specialize in material from Queen Victoria. From Postal History, Line
Engraved issues including the 1840 1d Black, 1840 2d Blue, 1841 1d Red, and 1841 2d
Blue, to Embossed and Surface printed
stamps, with a special interest and stock in the 1887 Jubilee issue
which we particularly like.
We also keep in stock a selection of
material from 1900, and can source many of the more popular later
issues, high values, definitive sets etc. if required at competitive
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1841 SG8 1d RED BROWN PLATE 14 RARE WHITEHAVEN
MALTESE CROSS (DF)
A good used 4 margin
example, tied to piece by a double strike of the rare Whitehaven Maltese Cross.
adhesive is slightly damaged above "E" of POSTAGE. Spec BS3tv. SG Cat £2200.00
Order: 13448 - £395.00
1840 SG3 1d GREY BLACK PLATE 1a SCARCE BLACK MALTESE CROSS ON
PART COVER (RJ)
A fine used 4 margin example, tied to front plus part flap by a
Black Maltese cross, scarce on this plate.
Town stamp "Cross" on the back for June 7th 1841 - possibly a
small village in Somerset to London.
10 & 5 o'clock ray flaws. Good plate wear. Spec AS2. SG Cat £1100.00 of cover.
Order: 13443 - £295.00
1d BLACK PLATE 10 ON COVER TO NORTHUMBERLAND RARE RED CROSS (OF)
A fine used 4 margin example, tied by a red Maltese cross to
Newcastle on Tyne forwarding in blue on reverse for February 11th
"O" flaw, Horizontal scratch or line below NY and "F" square. Spec AS66h.
Very late use of the red Maltese cross on a plate 10 and rare on cover.
SG Cat £1500.00 off cover - estimated at over £5000.00 on cover.
Order: 13447 - £595.00
1841 SG14 2d BLUE PLATE 3
BLOCK OF 4 (IJ/JK)
A very fine used block of 4 with good margins all
round. Cancelled by black Maltese crosses and rare so fine. JJ showing variety "double
J". Spec ES11.
SG Cat £6000.00 for a block of 4.
Order 13289: SOLD
1841 SG7 1d Red Brown - black plate 10 (SJ) A very fine used
4 margin example, neatly cancelled by a blue Maltese cross. Scarce on a black plate.
Spec AS69vc. SG Cat £1600.00
Order 13291 - £425.00
1841 SG8 1d Red Brown fine mint (BL) Plate 58. A fine mint lightly hinged 4 margin example showing
part margin from the right of the sheet. Very fresh. SG Cat £600.00
Order 13292 -
1856 SG72 1s Green. Watermark Emblems - vertically offset
- a very fine used strip of 4, neatly cancelled in Scotland by Perth duplexes.
very scarce multiple so fine. SG Cat £1400 as singles.
Order 13293 - £225.00
1855 C7 ABNORMAL 1d RED BROWN PLATE 23 PAIR RARE (JA/JB)
Watermark Small crown, Perf 14, Die II, Alphabet III, Blued
Paper. A very fine used pair, from the first few months of the
print run with Alphabet III letters.
Neatly struck by a Bristol sideways
Rare so fine. SG Cat £1900.00 as singles.
Order 13294 SOLD
1854 SG59 6d Dull Lilac Embossed. A very fine used
example, cut square with 4 clear margins. Scarce on this issue due to the layout on the
plate. Neat Huddersfield "387" 1844 type cancellation. Cat £1000.00
Order 13295 -
1855 SG62 4d Carmine. Watermark Small Garter on highly
glazed deep blued paper. A very fine used example, neatly struck by a Scottish Leith
cancellation. SG Cat £450.00
Order 13296 - £139.50
1880 SG121 2s Brown (KJ) Watermark Spray. A very fine
used example, lightly struck leaving part profile clear. Lovely colour and very fresh. Cat £4250.00
Order 13297 -
1884 SG179 2/6 Deep Lilac (LF/MG) Watermark Large Anchor.
A superb used block of 4,
each perfectly cancelled by an upright CDS of Plymouth for
September 26th 1891.
An exhibition quality item. SG Cat £1100.00 +
Order: 13298 - £525.00
1878 SG129 £1 BROWN LILAC SCOTTISH ABERDEEN CDS SUPERB USED RPS
Watermark Maltese Cross. A superb used example, cancelled by a steel
CDS of Aberdeen for 22nd January 1882.
Lovely colour, well centered, and very fresh
with RPS certificate. SG Cat £4500.00 ++
Order: 13201 - £2750.00
VERY RARE FULL PANE OF 20 FROM THE FIRST MARGINAL
1887 Jubilee SG205s 4d Green and
Brown overprinted Specimen type 9.
All stamps are unmounted mint, 4 rows affected by
light vertical creases, and hinges in the margins securing perfs.
In over 25 years,
this is only the 2nd full pane from the 1st marginal setting, without rules or pillars
in the margins we have seen.
Pane C/G from the left side of the Post office
millsheet. Wiseman rarity L-M.
The other was in the Aureum collection, recently sold
by Gibbons for £2500 - sold before the catalogue went to print and marked in it as such.
Order: 13180 - £1250.00
1887 Jubilee SG197 1/2d Vermilion. Watermark Crown inverted.
A very fine used example with Watermark Inverted, neatly struck by a Windsor squared
circle cancellation. Although now priced by Gibbons, these are extremely rare. We have
seen no more than 3 or 4 in over 25 years and very rare so fine.
Order 12947 - SOLD
PRINTED ON THE GUMMED SIDE
SG197 1/2d Vermilion. A very lightly mounted on the back, mint example of this scarce
stamp, with inverted watermark, printed on the gummed side. Spec K27d. SG Cat £4000.00
Order 12948 -
1887 Jubilee SG197 1/2d Vermilion. A very fine unmounted mint
block of 4 showing a plate cut under stamp 1 row 12. Small watermark cross in the corner
positions this piece from the SW corner of the 480 stamp post office mill sheet.
Order 12951 - SOLD
Jubilee SG197 1/2d Vermilion. A fine mint interpanneau block of 8 spanning 2 panes
of 120 stamps, unfolded in the central gutter. Watermark letter "E" visible in the left
margin, showing this piece was from the right half of the 480 stamp post office mill
sheet. 7 of the 8 he stamps are unmounted mint, one has a small bend. A scarce
Order 12952 -
1871 SG103 3d ROSE PLATE 7 VERY FINE PAIR IRISH TRALEE SINGLE CDS
CANCEL (DA/DB) Watermark Spray. A very fine used pair, cancelled contrary to
regulations in Tralee by a single CDS for Feb 17th 1872. Note manuscript "7" in
place of date plug. A scarce item.
Order 12912 - £149.50
1883 SG159 3d on 3d LILAC WATERMARK CROWN SUPERB USED
CARNARVON CDS (LI) Plate 21. A superb used example, perfectly cancelled by a central
Welsh CDS for August 17th 1883. Rare so
fine. SG Cat £160.00 ++
Order 12913 - SOLD
SG14 2d Blue (DI) Plate 3. A very fine used 4 large margin example, part next to left, neatly
struck by an Irish Galway "232" in diamond cancellation. Variety "right frame line
extends down - Dendy marshall..
1841 SG14 2d
Blue (PA) Plate 4. A very fine used 4 large margin example, large part next to the
struck late by part London CDS/duplex.
Order 12884 - £69.50
1853 SG8 1d RED BROWN RARE PLATE 177 (CF) WITH
A fine 4 margin example of this rarest of plates of the
imperforated printing of the 1d Red Brown.
Struck by a Trowbridge numeral "813"
With a BPA certificate. SG Cat £4000.00
Order: 12822 -
1841 SG15aa 2d VIOLET BLUE PLATE
4 LAVENDER TINTED THICK PAPER & NO SPECTACLES VARIETY BG/BH
In this very distinctive "violet" shade, this lovely
looking pair, has margin just cut into below BH, just
clear NW corner of BG,
otherwise good to large margins above and to the right. It
is on thick lavender tinted paper with the pinkish line around the head,
been lightly cancelled in Liverpool. A rare item from the 1851 printing. The right
stamp, lettered BH shows the "no spectacle variety" from the early printing. Spec ES16n. SG
Cat £3600.00 as singles.
Order: 12784 - £595.00
1867 SG114 10d Deep Brown (PL) Plate 1. Watermark Spray.
A very fine unused stamp, lightly hinged with full gum.
One pulled perforation
along the bottom, but this is one of the nicest looking examples of this issue we have
had for many years and is priced accordingly.
Lovely shade and extremely fresh. SG
Order: 12794 - SOLD
1884 SG181 5s
CRIMSON WATERMARK ANCHOR SUPERB USED CDS STRIP OF 3 (CB/CD)
A superb used
strip of 3, each neatly cancelled by a Manchester Telegraphs CDS for May 24th 1889.
SG Cat £750.00 as singles.
Order: 12638 -
1887 JUBILEE SG200 2d GREY GREEN &
CARMINE VERY RARE SECOND SETTING CORNER MARGINAL
A very lightly mounted mint example, with full original gum, from the very rare 2nd
marginal setting with two continuous rules in green and carmine in the margin. The
1st setting has no rules, and the 3rd setting continuous green but broken carmine
In over 25 years of collecting marginal pieces of the Jubilee issue, we
have seen only around 8 examples of this very rare setting, and only 2 of them from the
Order:12555 - £1750.00
JUBILEE SG204 3d PURPLE ON ORANGE PAPER MINT BLOCK OF 4 EX. HAROLD FISHER
A rare block of 4 from the famous Harold fisher collection, sold by Phillips in 1983
over 30 years ago for just under £1000.00. Extremely lightly mounted if at all, the
bottom right stamp has a small mark of adhesion, the others less. The top of the NE
is slightly "oily". On the "orange" paper, these are extremely rare in
and this one may possibly now be unique. Spec K32(3)
Order:12557 - SOLD
1855 C7 ABNORMAL 1d RED BROWN PLATE 23 VERY FINE USED
Watermark Small crown, Perf 14, Die II, Alphabet III, Blued
Paper. A very fine used example of this rare stamp, from the first few months of the
print run with Alphabet III letters.
The "P" on this stamp is very distinctive.
Neatly struck by a Scottish roller cancellation.
Rare so fine. SG Cat £950.00
Order: 12437 - SOLD
1857 C9(4) 1d VERY PALE ROSE PAIR IRISH MULLINGAR SPOON CANCEL SUPERB (SC/SD)
Watermark Large crown, Perf 14, Die II, Alphabet III, Yellowish to Cream paper. A
superb pair tied to small piece by a scarce Mullingar spoon. Very pretty.
Order: 12448 - £99.50
SG187 WATERMARK INVERTED UNUSED - VERY RARE
1884 1/2d Slate Blue.
Watermark Crown Inverted unused. Without gum, but a very rare stamp. We have never
2 other major GB dealers of 40 years each experience each tell me they
have only ever seen one used example which is in a private collection.
catalogued at £3000.00.
Order 11930 - £995.00
1870 SG48 1/2d
Rose Red (SJ/TL) Plate 11. A very fine used block of 6, each struck by a CDS.
Order 11931 - SOLD
1870 SG48 1/2d
Rose Red (SX) Plate 13. A very fine mint example, appears to have never been hinged with
original gum, showing the imperforated margin on the right to the edge of the sheet.
Lovely fresh deep shade and a scarce positional piece.
Order 11932 - £124.50
1880-83 Crown watermark bit in sheet brass, stitched to a
calling card comprising of pairs of marginal corners and large and small crosses.
The image of the Post office Mill sheet shows the position of the crosses and corners in
the margins of the watermark. A rare item.
Order 11798 - £225.00
11/2d RED BROWN CANCELLED AND PUNCHED MINT PANE OF 6 Two of the upper stamps are hinged,
the rest unmounted. Watermark upright.
These are so often split by dealers and sold
as singles. Usual trimming perfs from the booklet along the top but scarce in a pane.
Order: 11657 - £195.00