Wordsworth, Poet Laureate and Stamp Distributer Extraordinaire
SPINK LONDON | As autumn sets in, you might think that Spink was starting to slow down for the end of the year. This could not be further from the truth! Spink have got three more stamp auctions organised for October alone. Starting with the Hong Kong Philatelic Collector's Series sale on the 15th, then the first instalment of the David Pitts Collection, focusing on his in-depth selection of British Africa, which will take place on the 25th. And if they weren't enough for collectors, Spink have also got a colossal sale taking place from the 26th - 28th October 2016, in London.
This sale could rightly be called the collectors' sale of collectors, as many fine collections will feature in this sale, including the Foxley collection of Grenada and, following on from our July sale of the first part, the second part of the Derek Diamond Collection of New Zealand. The sale also begins with just over 400 lots of Ceylon from the outstanding A. C. Edwards Collection. Ever a popular country with collectors, this part of the three-day auction is guaranteed to be a success. Especially with such exciting material, amongst which is lot 1057, a 6d. brown. An extremely rare stamp with fewer unused examples known than the 4d. dull rose. R.P.S. Certificate (1995). S.G. 6a, £10,000.
Lot 1057, estimated: £4,000-5,000
The sale covers the globe over three days and touches back down in Great Britain for the final portion, where there is a fine selection of mint blocks of 1d. blacks. But the true star of the show, and a real piece of interest, is lot 3041, a cover bearing a fine 1840 2d. blue, lettered MK, with large margins, placed diagonally (perhaps suggesting a kiss) and tied by a superb red Maltese Cross in an orange vermilion shade, on printed invoice headed "POSTAGE STAMPS" dated 19 Dec. 1840. This items was from none other than William Wordsworth to Mrs. Hannah Backhouse, Postmistress of Kendal. Wordsworth (1770-1850), the well-known co-author of theLyrical Ballads,and at the forefront of the Romantic Movement and Poet Laureate (from 1843), was also distributor of stamps for the County of Westmorland from 1812-1842. It also has a blue Ambleside d.s. on reverse; fine. A spectacular and important single 2d. Blue on a cover.
Lot 3041, estimated: £6,000-8,000
Stay tuned for more news of our November and December stamp auctions around the globe.
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