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Here Come The Girls!

Many years ago I enjoyed a dinner with the Chief Engraver of the American Banknote Company. I learned a lot about the process of security engraving but one interesting ‘nugget’ clearly sticks in my mind; that you can add an additional level of security by adding a female face to a stamp, bank note or document. Apparently we are programmed to notice subtle changes to a familiar female face whereas my host believed that she could engrave an additional wart on the face of a man and nobody would notice!

Our homepage shows 52 ‘Featured Lots’ on 3 screens. Please look at the first image of each lot and let us know how many of our 52 lots show a clearly female image (whether real or allegorical).

No entries will be accepted after 4pm on Tuesday 11th September (around 4.30 the lots are changed anyway) and all correct entries will be put in the Sandafayre hat and the winner drawn the next day. The winner will receive a £50 credit to spend in our auctions!

Good luck!

Vincent

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  • MAURITIUS - 1835 UNIQUE POSTAL HISTORY ITEM. 1835 (10 Jun) entire letter with full contents (French) from Port Louis to Bordeaux, endorsed

    MAURITIUS - 1835 UNIQUE POSTAL HISTORY ITEM. 1835 (10 Jun) entire letter with full contents (French) from Port Louis to Bordeaux, endorsed "pr Nouvelle Louise", and showing a fine upright centrally- placed previously unrecorded large (approx 37.5mm) circular "POST OFFICE/JUIN / 10 / 1835 / MAURITIUS" datestamp with framed "PAYS D'OUTREMER" handstamp & manuscript "10" (decimes) French delivery charge alongside; Bordeaux arrival cds of 14 Sept 1835 on reverse. The exhaustive work by Proud shows a gap between markings PS5 and PS6 for the years 1834 to 1838, where this new datestamp now comfortably sits. The rarest postal marking of Mauritius and deserving of international exhibit.

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  • MAURITIUS - 1848-59 2d blue imperf

    MAURITIUS - 1848-59 2d blue imperf "PENOE for PENCE" variety, Row3/1, Worn Impression "POST PAID", SG 20a, fine used with a neat central ringed cancel, tiny pinhole under cancel & a clear example of the variety. A beautiful example with good colour of this seldom seen issue.

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