Stamps & Covers of the World

10 Sep 2003, starting at 10:30 BST.

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Rowland Hill:
An important collection of personal possessions and memorabilia relating to Sir Rowland Hill KCB – Postal Reformer and the inventor of Uniform Penny Postage, comprising:

A rosewood travelling dressing-case, the lid with inlaid brass nameplate engraved "Rowland Hill", the interior fitted with eight silver topped bottles engraved with the crest of Sir Rowland Hill (a laurel wreath out of a three turret castle - hallmarked London 1863), the lid with fold-up mirror, and with sliding side jewellery drawer.

A silver watch with enamel Roman dial, moon hands and engine turned case hallmarked for London 1861, the cuvette bearing an engraved inscription “This watch formerly belonging to Thomas Wright Hill, was bequeathed by his son Sir Rowland Hill KCB to the latters grandson Arthur Fellows, August 27th 1879”. The movement signed E.I. Dent, but with balance, spring and all wheels lacking.

Books from Rowland Hills Library, including “The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” bound in blue cloth with gold embossing, signed inside in two places by Rowland Hill, "A Legall Vindication of the Liberties of England against Illegall Taxes" by William Prynne (1649) rebound and with some damage, and two others.

Miscellaneous items including a letter dated 1684 (no outer cover) from Thomas Wright (great-great grandfather of Rowland Hill), together with a rat-tailed silver spoon engraved “TW 1724”; a leather purse, two letter seals, and two later stamp boxes (one marked “Sterling”).

A red case containing two Bruce Castle Medals (one gilt, and one silver), each inscribed on reverse “R. Lawford”.

The written-up display collection relating to Rowland Hill and his postal reforms, including a carte-de-viste photograph of Rowland Hill seated at a desk, (signed by him on the front and reverse), an 1866 signed letter, 1860 (c.) envelope signed by Rowland Hill sent without stamp to an address in London, 1812 Caution Notice sent from the G.P.O. to solicitors against unlawfully conveying letters, a page from a scrap-book with Whiting Treasury essay embossed in blue (damaged), 1840 2d.blue used on cover from London to Harwich, 1840 1d.Mulready lettersheets used (2, one with advert inside), 1890 Postal Jubilee – with postal stationery items (16) showing special cancellations, Elliot caricature envelope unused, and chromo-lithographed Xmas card, and various modern commemorative items.

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Sold for £19,975 (US$ 25,659) inc. premium
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Switzerland: 1900 U.P.U. a specialized range inc. solid figures of value 5c. to 25c. line perf and comb perf (2 sets of each mint), 5c. with missing “FLORIAN” [position 170], re-engraved mint 5c. (3) and 10c. (3), used on covers and postcards, etc. (425)

Indian States: Sirmoor: A mint and used collection in varied condition on leaves inc. 1885-96 and 1894-99 values to 1r., official issues, some strips, blocks and multiples with various printings and shades, etc., some of the stamps are unmounted. (234)

China: Taiwan: 1948-49(c.) four covers with Sun Yat-sen frankings. (2133)

China: Taiwan: 1953 Chiang Kai-shek set, mainly fine unused. (554)

China: Taiwan: A mint and used collection in an album inc. 1952 Anniversary perf. set mint, 1962 Paintings set mint, etc. (1486)

China: Taiwan: A mint and used collection to 1992 in varied condition in a Schaubek album, from 1945 inc. 1950 definitives, miniature sheets, postage dues, etc. (1399)

China: Japanese Occupation: 1941-45 a mint and used collection, varied condition on leaves, inc. Kwangtung, district opts., Nanking and Shanghai, also a range of covers, etc. (1163)

China: Japanese Occupation: 1942-45 a collection of mainly covers, written-up on leaves, inc. Honan, Hopei, North China, Shansi, Shantung, Supeh, very good range of frankings, combinations, cancellations, etc. A marvellous group. (1043)

China: Chinese Post Office in Tibet: 1911 (March) 3p. on 1c. to 2r. on $2 set, some minor toning, otherwise fine, also 2½a. on 10c. used. (1164)

China: French P.O's: 1903 (Sept.) postage due handstamped on 1894-1903 issue 5c. yellow-green opt. in red, slight crease, otherwise fine. (558)

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