Themed Auctions


Every week in our auctions we will feature, in addition to our usual range of Canada and British West Africa, one or more themes from various countries around the world. It is these themes that truly set our auctions apart. 

What is a Theme?

A theme can be a single issue from a country, like the ones shown above, or it can be a period from a country or group of countries. An example of this would be New Zealand and all dependencies, such as Cook Islands, Penhryn Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Samoa etc. from say 1952-1975. 

When we compile a theme for the auction our goal is to give you a taste of what can be accomplished with a particular field of specialty and to present you with a wide enough range of material from that area to enable specialists to add to their existing collections, and to give new collectors looking for a new collecting field, a decent start at building a specialized collection. 

How Are Our Themes Chosen?

We choose our themes largely based on what we have been able to buy and what has been consigned and then, once we make that choice and schedule an approximate sale date, we will set about acquiring as much material as we can. We rotate themes over time, so that all collectors get an opportunity to bid in a sale that features material they are interested in. 

What Does a Theme Include?

A theme will include any philatelic material issued for that area, such as:

  • Mint and used singles
  • Marginal multiples and sheets
  • Booklets
  • Coils 
  • Collateral material such as proofs, brochures and posters
  • Postal history

Our Current Theme: The Wilding, Castle and Commemorative Issues of Great Britain From 1952 to 1971

Starting on the week of November 4, 2020 we will begin offering the stamps and postal history of Great Britain covering the period from 1953 to 1971. Most collectors of this country will be well aware of the various watermark and phosphor varieties that are listed in the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue. However, what many may not be aware of is that there are many paper varieties on these issues that are not listed anywhere, even in the Gibbons specialized. There are also variations in phosphor tagging that are listed in Gibbons Specialized, but which are not offered by very many dealers due to their complexity. 

This sale will bring you all the basic variations that are listed in Gibbons, together with many unlisted varieties and postal history, that together demonstrate how rich an area this is for specialization. We will also include all the overprints for offices abroad associated with this material also. 

The approximate schedule of material to be offered, subject to change as we progress through the material will be as follows:

November 4-11: The 1/2d to 1/6d Wilding definitives including all overprinted issues for Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco Agencies, Muscat, and Qatar.

November 11-18: The high value Castle definitives and the Regional low value Issues.

November 18-25: The commemorative Issues to 1967.

November 25-December 2: The Pre-Decimal Machin Head Definitives and  complete booklets for the Wilding and Machin issues.

December 2-9: Commemoratives from 1968 and Postage Dues.

December 9-16: Postal History

Information From My Blog

I have started to write a short series of blog posts on this issue. The posts published so far are:

1. The low value Wilding and Regional definitives, 1952-1969

2. The high value Castle definitives of 1955-1968