Great Britain - Stamp Auctions

In 1661 British Royal Mail, created the world's first stamped-mail service by adopting the “Bishop marks" so that no letter Carrier may delay a letter from post to post. In 1680 William Dockwra opened an independent postal service for local delivery in London using “Penny Post Paid” for payment marking. Within two years British post shut down Dockwra’s service, but continued operating a local “Penny Post” using a remarkably similar triangular stamp. Letters marked with Dockwra’s original stamps are extremely rare and bring high prices in stamp auctions.

The next big innovation in postal services was when Rowland Hill proposal for prepaid letters and suggested that postage be uniformly charged by weight, rather than destination. To ensure payment he proposed the use of adhesive stamps and in May 1840, Britain’s first adhesive stamps were on sale to the public. These first two stamps, known as the Penny Black and Two Pence Blue, featured the portrait of Queen Victoria, “Postage” along the top and the price along the bottom, the name "Great Britain" were not included and this tradition continues as of today. The stamps were cancelled by canceller shaped like a Maltese cross and required colored ink.For the British Empire Exhibition in 1924 held in London the first commemorative sets were issued showing the bust of King George V and a symbolic roaring lion. Only in 1953 after the crowing of QE II set was issued GB adopted the trend of issuing set of stamps commemorating national event.

Collecting GB stamps is very popular as being the innovators of postage stamps and therefor our great hobby of stamp collecting. King George IV was a great collector and his collections are kept by British Crown.

Lot 653 - Great Britain  -  Cherrystone Auctions U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History

Lot 653 - Great Britain - Cherrystone Auctions U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History

1840 1p black, lettered A-J, unused, part original gum , margins all around but clipped lower left corner, some soiling on back only, fresh and fine appearance
Estimate: $1000

Cherrystone Auctions U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History

Great Britain
Price: $ 900.00
Lot 655 - Great Britain  -  Cherrystone Auctions U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History

Lot 655 - Great Britain - Cherrystone Auctions U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History

1913 George V Seahorses, 2sh6p-£1 complete set of four, handstamped "Specimen", unused without gum, well centered, v.f., rare set of Specimens (SG 399/404s)
Cat. Val. £5,200
Estimate: $1500

Cherrystone Auctions U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History

Great Britain
Price: $ 1,400.00
Lot 656 - Great Britain  -  Cherrystone Auctions U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History

Lot 656 - Great Britain - Cherrystone Auctions U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History

1913 5sh indigo blue, l.h., v.f.,
Cat. Val. $900
Estimate: $500

Cherrystone Auctions U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History

Great Britain
Price: $ 450.00
Lot 654 - Great Britain  -  Cherrystone Auctions U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History

Lot 654 - Great Britain - Cherrystone Auctions U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History

1840 1p black, used, five singles, small faults, fine appearance, also additional three defective copies
Estimate: $150

Cherrystone Auctions U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History

Great Britain
Price: $ 140.00
Lot 1355 - Great Britain stamp booklets -  Corbitts Sale #166

Lot 1355 - Great Britain stamp booklets - Corbitts Sale #166

1980 £3 Wedgwood book incl. phosphor omitted pane SG UEP5a, another with phosphor omitted pane SG UEP6a, 1982 S.G. booklet SG DX3 with phosphor shift to left on pane UWB11 - producing 2p SG U80, broad band at right, 3p SG U113 broad right band, 12½p SG U213 very narrow left band & 12½p SG U214 broad right band, another SG booklet with phosphor shift to the right on pane UW49 producing 15½p SG U238 broad left band & narrow right band. 1984 Christian Heritage booklet pane UEP18 (2nd) phosphor shift to right resulting in 13p (SG U219) 1st column - narrow right band (SG U220) 2nd column wide left band. Ex. Cyl B2/B63 (phosphor) unrecorded by Gibbons.

Corbitts Sale #166

Great Britain stamp booklets
Price: £ 80.00
Lot 1359 - Great Britain stamp booklets -  Corbitts Sale #166

Lot 1359 - Great Britain stamp booklets - Corbitts Sale #166

1982 Christmas £2.50 with Star underprint (4), first comprising pane Ink Cyls B.22/21, Phos Cyl 1351 (Cat. £190), second - Ink Cyls B22/21, Phos Cyl B52, third - Ink Cyls B22/21, Phos Cyl B54 (Cat. £180), fourth - Ink Cyls B23/21, Phos Cyl B52 (Cat. £140). Scarce group. (4) Cat. £50+

Corbitts Sale #166

Great Britain stamp booklets
Price: £ 100.00
Lot 1354 - Great Britain stamp booklets -  Corbitts Sale #166

Lot 1354 - Great Britain stamp booklets - Corbitts Sale #166

1978 70p Design 2 - Thatching, SG.FD3. (1) Cat. £275

Corbitts Sale #166

Great Britain stamp booklets
Price: £ 40.00
Lot 1358 - Great Britain stamp booklets -  Corbitts Sale #166

Lot 1358 - Great Britain stamp booklets - Corbitts Sale #166

1982 50p Paxton Tower (2) MISCUT ERRORS resulting in impossible combinations of panes, both with good perfs & rare. Spec.EP19a, Cat. £1300

Corbitts Sale #166

Great Britain stamp booklets
Price: £ 250.00
Lot 1352 - Great Britain stamp booklets -  Corbitts Sale #166

Lot 1352 - Great Britain stamp booklets - Corbitts Sale #166

1969 Stamps for Cooks stapled edition (3) basic booklet and two other containing panes UB17ab, uncoated paper, (pane Cat. £130), others includes pane UB2ag (pane Cat. £750). (3)

Corbitts Sale #166

Great Britain stamp booklets
Price: £ 200.00
Lot 1356 - Great Britain stamp booklets -  Corbitts Sale #166

Lot 1356 - Great Britain stamp booklets - Corbitts Sale #166

1982 £1.25 Ashmolean Museum (SG.FK1) MISCUT ERROR shows a complete row of stamps with two rows of halves within miscut corner.

Corbitts Sale #166

Great Britain stamp booklets
Price: £ 100.00