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 SG14 2d BLUE PLATE 4 SCARCE
MARKET DRAYTON 509 CANCEL IN BLUE (MJ)
good used extremely nearly 4 clear margin example, only just about touching NE frame
line. Nicely struck by a Market Drayton cancellation in Blue - recorded for 1847 & 1851
(Danzig) On thin paper. A scarce stamp but priced accordingly. SG Cat £1000.00
Order: 13558 - £225.00
1841 SG14 2d BLUE PLATE 3 LONDON "1" IN MALTESE CROSS
VERY NEARLY 4 MARGINS (AD)
A good used extremely nearly 4 clear margin
example, only just about touching NE frame line. Clearly struck by a London "1" in
Maltese cross. SG Cat £700.00
Order: 13559 - £159.50
1855 SG20a 2d BLUE PLATE 5 VERY
FINE USED BLUE CANCELLATION (QL)
Watermark Small Crown, Perf 16. A very
fine used example, lightly struck by a Blue cancellation. Could be Birmingham "75" which
was known in blue. SG Cat £350.00 ++
Order: 13568 - £175.00
1858 SG36a 2d DEEP BLUE PLATE 6 FINE USED SCARCE
LONDON 21 INLAND CANCEL
Watermark Large Crown, Perf 16. A fine used example of this
difficult stamp, struck by a scarce London Inland Office 21D - 3 -7- 7- 3 rarity "G"
A tad off centre, SE corner perf weak. SG Cat £375.00 +
Order: 13569 -
1847/54 SG55 1s GREEN EMBOSSED A FINE USED PAIR.
Each with 3 clear to large margins, lightly struck by London Inland "6" cancellations.
Nicely shows the way these were offset on the sheet. SG Cat £2000.00 as singles.
Order: 13550 - £495.00
1854 SG60 6d PURPLE EMBOSSED BLUE/GREEN IRISH
A fine used pair, margins all clear on the left stamp,
just touching at the top on the right. Watermark VR upright. A lovely purple shade, with
a scarce cancellation.
SG Cat £2000.00 as singles.
Order: 13553 - £495.00
1891 SG212 £1 GREEN (KB) Watermark Crowns. A very fine
used example, lightly cancelled by a central
Belfast CDS for April 3rd 1895. SG Cat
£800.00 plus premium.
Order: 13534 - £575.00
1887 JUBILEE SG200 2d GREEN & CARMINE 1890 GUILDHALL CANCELLATION ON COVER
In 1890 - for the 50th anniversary of the postage stamp - the Penny Postage Jubilee
exhibition was held at the Guildhall.
You could post envelopes to yourself and get them cancelled by this special post
office cancellation at the exhibition.
from Portsmouth to The Cape of Good Hope, with 2 x SG141 21/d Rosy Mauve plate 10 and a
1d Red making the 5d overseas rate.
Cancelled by 5 strikes, one on the reverse, of
the scarce Portsmouth Sorting Carriage CDS for April 17th 1878.
Signed by Henry
Ponsonby from Osborne this envelope with a black seal on the reverse, possibly Royal
To His Excellency the Right Hon. Sir Bartle Frere GCB GCSI - The High
commissioner of South Africa.
A very similar cover from Ponsonby to Kent sold recently sold at a London
auction. Exhibition quality.
(Argyll Etkin Feb 2017 item 905)
Order: 13497 - £495.00
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 - SOLD
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 -
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
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
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