Sandafayre
Welcome to our site! Advanced Search

Falkland Islands 1929-37 Fin Whale And Gentoo Penguin Issue

WHALES HO!

The first Antarctic theme set to be issued by any country were the Falkland Island "Fin Whale and Gentoo Penguins" stamps of 1929-37.

Whales and Penguins were of course integral to Falklands life for many years as the Islands were used as a base for Whaling Ships at least as early as the 1770's, with American whaling vessels anchoring at New Island around 1774. Christian Salveson and Company (based in Leith, Scotland) were whaling in the South Atlantic from the mid 19th century, and set up the first on shore Whaling Stations - on New Island (named Leith Bay) in 1908 and on South Georgia in 1909.

The Penguins were exploited on the Falklands from 1860 through to the 1880's, with Gentoo and Rockhopper Penguins being caught and rendered down for their oil. It was reported in 1867 that 50,000 gallons of penguin oil were produced that season - at about 8 penguins per gallon of oil. This was destruction on a large scale!

This much admired and sought after set was of course the first pictorial set from the Falkland Islands, previous stamps having exclusively featured the Monarch's head. It spoke to the world of the importance of this far away Isle. That on the far flung edges of the British Empire men were engaged in daring exploits in extreme conditions, recalling those romantic schoolboy tales of Ahab & Ishmael…

47 item(s) found

Sort By:
Items Per Page:

Lot Number: 1496
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 1800 - 2000
  • Currency guide (USD): 2358 - 2620
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6061
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 150 - 175
  • Currency guide (USD): 197 - 229
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6062
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 300 - 400
  • Currency guide (USD): 393 - 524
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6063
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 700 - 800
  • Currency guide (USD): 917 - 1048
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 1497
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 325 - 350
  • Currency guide (USD): 426 - 459
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 1498
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 175 - 200
  • Currency guide (USD): 229 - 262
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6064
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 100 - 110
  • Currency guide (USD): 131 - 144
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6065
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 450 - 500
  • Currency guide (USD): 590 - 655
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 1499
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 300 - 350
  • Currency guide (USD): 393 - 459
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 220
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 35 - 38
  • Currency guide (USD): 46 - 50
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 1500
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 110 - 120
  • Currency guide (USD): 144 - 157
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6066
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 500 - 600
  • Currency guide (USD): 655 - 786
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 1501
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 400 - 450
  • Currency guide (USD): 524 - 590
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 1502
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 45 - 50
  • Currency guide (USD): 59 - 66
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 1503
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 70 - 80
  • Currency guide (USD): 92 - 105
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6067
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 65 - 70
  • Currency guide (USD): 85 - 92
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 1504
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 50 - 60
  • Currency guide (USD): 66 - 79
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 1505
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 50 - 60
  • Currency guide (USD): 66 - 79
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6068
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 45 - 50
  • Currency guide (USD): 59 - 66
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 1506
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 175 - 200
  • Currency guide (USD): 229 - 262
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 1507
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 50 - 60
  • Currency guide (USD): 66 - 79
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 1508
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 190 - 200
  • Currency guide (USD): 249 - 262
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6069
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 120 - 140
  • Currency guide (USD): 157 - 183
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 221
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 140 - 150
  • Currency guide (USD): 183 - 197
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 1509
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 300 - 325
  • Currency guide (USD): 393 - 426
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP