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Welcome to our website here at Elstree Stamps. We have
been dealers of Great Britain stamps and covers for over 25 years,
specialize in material from Queen Victoria, 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 issues.
We also keep in stock a selection of
material from 1900, and can source many of the more popular later
high values, definitive sets etc. if required at competitive
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1841 SG7 1d RED BROWN - BLACK
PLATE 1b GOOD USED 4 MARGIN STRIP OF 4 RARE (GC/GF)
A rare strip of 4,
margins all round, each struck by "smudgy" Maltese cross cancellation.
or thins, a good used strip. SG Cat £1900.00 as 2 pairs.
1841 SG7 1d RED BROWN - BLACK PLATE 5 VERY RARE
UNCATALOGUED BLOCK OF 4
Unpriced by Gibbons as blocks of 4 from the
red plates are so rare. This one does have faults, a small thin top centre as seen on
the image and
a 2mm vertical knife cut in the top margin. No pinholes, creases, or
damage other than listed above. Margin barely touching if at all NW corner left side of
and margin cut into on OG right side. However, each stamp nicely struck by
a Maltese cross.
SG Cat for a single 1d Black from this plate is £375.00
- and £18,000 for a block of 4.
A single 1d Red Black from this plate cats at
A block is scarcer than a block of 1d Blacks, so would conservatively
support and estimate of around £8640.00 as a fine used block of 4 (18,000/ (375/180)
Find another one - in any
condition - anywhere!
SCOTTISH POSTAL HISTORY
We have recently acquired a lovely
collection of Scottish Postal History, just about all beautifully written up on display
Some scarce usages, and rare items included.
1940 PENNY POSTAGE CENTENARY
We have recently acquired a lovely display collection of
philatelic material from the 1940 Penny Postage Centenary issue
of exhibition items,
most neatly written up as part of a display. Rarely seen so fine, some rare usages of
Click on item above to see more.
NEW ZEALAND £5 FISCAL MINT
For a nice collection of New Zealand, including on album pages in our 99p start
auction, click on item above.
1887 JUBILEE SG199 2d GREEN & VERMILION FIRST SETTING VERY
RARE BLOCK OF 4 CERT
From the 1st marginal setting without rules, so
from the original early 1887 printing, this is the true "vermilion" shade,
in the "specimen" stamps sent to the post offices in 1886. There was a later printing
with marginal rules from the 3rd setting,
but the lines in the duty plate in this
printing are much finer. In over 25 years of collecting Jubilees, I have never seen a
multiple from this setting.
The top pair are lightly hinged, the lower pair
unhinged, although the smallest mark of adhesion is noticed is on the very edge of the
RPS cert from 1948 as SG199. (Note Gibbons changed the shade name from
"vermilion to scarlet" in their listing some years ago now. SG Cat £2000.00 + as
For a lovely new collection of Mulready's and
caricatures, 1d Blacks on cover,
Black plate Reds on cover, and 2d Blues on cover,
click on any of the items above.
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1840 1d MULREADY FRONT PLUS RARE SUNDAY MAY 10th DONCASTER
SOUTHAMPTON CAT £16K
Front plus flap, cancelled by a Red Maltese cross
by a Doncaster town strike for Sunday May 10th 1840 to Southampton.
A rare item, and
priced accordingly at 3% CAT! Spec ME1.
Find another one! SG Cat £16,000
From a nice selection of May date Mulready's we are currently listing.
lovely new collection of 1841 2d Blues - being added to daily for all pockets - click on
any of the above.
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 2 SUPERB USED ENORMOUS
MARGINS RED MALTESE CROSS (KB)
They don't come much larger than this,
4 enormous margins, with part of 4 next around.
Lovely light red Maltese cross, fine
7 & 10 o'clock ray flaws in NE star. Spec AS15. £495.00 SOLD
1840 SG1 1d INTENSE BLACK PLATE 7 SPOONER NO.6 PART
FRONT USED RED MALTESE (QE)
Part front only, with a 1d black which
"appears" to be tied by a Red Maltese cross. Scarce use of a 1d Black and unusual.
As a guide to rarity, a Mulready used with a 1d Black cats at £15,000
FOR THIS ITEM AND MORE 1d BLACKS ON COVER -
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1841 SG9 1d PALE RED BROWN PLATE 112 UNUSED UNMOUNTED MINT
STRIP OF 3 (RA/RC)
Good to large margins
all round, very large part gum on the back, appears never to have been hinged.
sign of hinges, some light cracking as usual - this gum is 180 years old! The white
line in front of the neck on RB may be a scrape.
A lovely exhibition quality item.
SG Cat £2000.00 as singles.
1841 SG8 1d RED BROWN PLATE 85 STRIP OF 6 WOODBRIDGE SUFFOLK
907 CANCELS (DG/DL)
Margins just cut into
on the ends, the lightest of horizontal bend, most noticeable through DG/DI.
thins or pinholes. A very fresh item.
1852 ALPH 2 SG8 1d RED BROWN PLATE 151 STRIP OF 8 LONDON
INLAND CANCELS (PE/PL)
Margin just cut
into NW on PG other wise good to large margins all round. Tiny part inscription in side
It has 2 vertical bends, the one down PG/PH is split at the bottom and
secured with a hinged.
Tint tear in top margin PJ. No thins or pinholes. With faults
but a rare item in such a size.
1840 SG7 1d RED BROWN - BLACK PLATE 11 RE-ENTRY IRISH COVER
RATHANGAN VERY FINE (SA)
left contrary to regulations, this 4 margin example - just about clear left side - is
neatly tied by a Maltese cross to entire.
Posted in Ashford on September 3rd, via
Dublin on the 4th, and received in Rathangan on the 5th.
The stamp showing signs of
re-entry. A lovely exhibition item. SG Cat £350.00 on cover ++
1841 SG8 1d RED BROWN PLATE 22 BROWN REDDISH MALTESE
CROSS VERY FINE CERT (AC)
A very fine used 4 margin example, cancelled by a
Reddish looking Maltese Cross with Jackson certificate
which in his opinion is
probably brown. Brown crosses are listed on 1d Blacks but are well know on 1d Reds but
still as yet officially unlisted.
A lovely looking stamp and great addition to a
coloured Maltese Cross collection. SOLD
1887 JUBILEE SG199 2d GREEN & VERMILION WATERMARK
INVERTED RPS CERT VERY RARE
A fine used example, cancelled by a Drury
Lane CDS with inverted watermark. This is very rare and uncatalogued on this shade - now
called "scarlet" with copy of RPS cert when a pair. Spec K30(1)a. SG200 Cats at £13.00
used and £500.00 with inverted watermark. 20 x the used price.
SG199 Cats at
£260.00 used - using the same ratio would Cat around £10,000 !!!! £995.00
1887 SG205a 4d DEEP GREEN & PURPLE BROWN RARE PANE
FROM 4th SETTING
A fine unmounted mint pane from position "C/G" on the
sheet, from the 4th marginal setting with 35
horizontal lines around the edge of the
Two stamps are lightly hinged, hinge marks in the top margin.
Full panes from this setting are rare. £995.00
1864/1879 SG43/44 1d RED
PLATES MINT HINGED SELECTION
If you are trying to assemble a full set of
mint 1d red plates, we have just purchased a lovely collection which we are now listing
on eBay as a "multiple listing". They nearly all have quite a heavy hinge as usual
across the top but are priced accordingly, but all are nice fresh examples.
also offering further discount if you buy more that one at a time.
Click on any of
the images above to take you straight there.
1887 SG211 1s DULL GREEN 1st & 2nd SETTING DIVISIONAL
ORNAMENT MATCHED PAIRS VERY RARE
the bottom row, stamps 6 & 7 of the post office sheet of 120 stamps.
On the left from
the 1st setting without marginal rules, on the right from the 2nd setting with a green
rule in the margin.
Both unfolded through the divisional ornament, which is rare in
Both items are totally unmounted mint. On the left is the Dull Green shade -
K40(1) on the right the paler Grey Green shade K40(2).
A exceptionally rare
exhibition quality item, and I would suggest almost impossible to assemble as such
today, especially so fine.
Getting bored or having trouble of filling those
spaces in your Windsor album? Well here is an idea for a new area to collect - GB stamps
From the mid 19th century, before Commonwealth countries had their
own stamps printed with their countries name on them, stamps of Great Britain printed
here in England were sent to the "colonies" to be used for postage, and each
country had it's own hand stamps. Eg A25 for Malta, A26 for Gibraltar.
Click on any
of the examples above to see more from this nice collection we are selling.
1852 ALPHABET II 1d RED BROWN PLATE 175 MANCHESTER
SPOON RARE & SUPERB ITEM (FG)
Spoon cancellations on imperf 1d reds are
rare as they were used from 1853, very close to the change over to to perforated 1d
stars in 1854.
To find one so fine on this scarce plate 175 is rare indeed. An
exhibition quality item. SG Cat £1000.00 as a normal fine used.
1902 DLR SGO86 (MO25) 21/2d ULTRAMARINE OFFICIAL OVERPRINT
BOARD OF EDUCATION
MINT HINGED RPS CERT
A fine mint lightly hinged example, with original
gum. Overprint Type 7. Well centered, good colour. with new RPS cert which unnecessarily,
often do, comments - surface dirt? Plus Wenvoe cert which states no faults. A
stamp. SG Cat £4850.00
Note - a similar one sold at a London auction in
June 2017 for £2875.00!
1924 BLOCK CYPHER SG425 5d BROWN RARE CONTROL U34
UNMOUNTED MINT (CONTROL) PAIR
Imperf. From the Waterlow
printing, Comb head B. The control stamp is unmounted
mint, the left stamp hinged at the top.
This item is from a collection of George V controls we are currently listing.
1841 SG7 1d RED BROWN - BLACK PLATE 9 LARGE SHEET
MARGINAL FULL CROSS (BL)
Only just about touching NW corner, otherwise a lovely
example from the right of the sheet with large part sheet margin. Cancelled by a full
Maltese cross, leaving part of the profile clear.
A very scarce positional piece,
especially on a black plate. Spec AS57
1841 SG7 1d RED BROWN - BLACK PLATE 10 SUPERB USED ENORMOUS
MARGINS (PF) A superb used 4 enormous margin example, perfectly struck by a full
central Maltese cross. Part 4 stamps around. Stage 2 "O" flaw. On thin paper.
AS59 An exhibition quality item.
1852 ALPHABET II SG8 1d RED BROWN PLATE 173 SHREWSBURY
SPOON ON COVER RARE (LC)
A large 4 margin example tied by a light strike
of a Shrewsbury spoon cancellation to a folded lettersheet so Ludlow.
receiving on the reverse for April 25th 1854. A rare cancellation on an imperforated
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 4 FINE USED BLACK MALTESE CROSS (AG)
A fine used 4 margin example, cancelled by a black Maltese cross. Left side weak. Spec
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 4 BLACK
MALTESE CROSS (CF)
A good/fine used 4 clear to very large margin example, cancelled
by a nearly full strike of a black Maltese cross. Dot touching right side line of "C"
square. Spec AS23.
1841 SG8 1d RED BROWN PLATE 100 SUPERB STRIP OF 3 LONDON CDS/DUPLEX
CANCELS. A superb used 4 large margin
strip of 3, struck late by London District Duplex cancellations for November 29th 1853.
NW corner very slightly weak, does not detract from this superb exhibition quality item.
1887 SG197 1/2d Vermilion. A fine mint control N block of 6, where the corner has been
folded during printing and therefore perforating the margin. An unusual and scarce item,
especially in a control block.