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Belgium Stamps and Postal History

The first Belgium stamps issued on 1st July 1849, are known as the “Epaulettes”. Until 1865 her stamps followed the British tradition and did not have the name of the country included in the design. They were one of the first signatories of the GPU in 1874, which became the UPU in 1878. However, the Flemings complained that the French name for Belgium “Belgique” was the only name on the stamps, therefore from 1893 'Belgie' was added. The name has appeared in both languages on Belgium Stamps since. Between 1893 and 1914 all stamps were produced with a detachable label inscribed 'Do not deliver on a Sunday' in French and also Flemish. All were printed with detachable bandalettes, also know as ‘Sunday Labels’ enabling the sender to indicate whether delivery was to be made on a Sunday.

Their neutrality was guaranteed by the Treaty of London (1839), a breach of this treaty led to the entry of Britain into World War I. The government moved to France on 13th October 1914 and continued to print stamps for use in that locality, also in the small unoccupied parts of Belgium. The Germans issued stamps for use in occupied Belgium on 1st October 1914. These continued in use throughout the war and were used concurrently with the stamps of the German Western Military Command from 1916. The latter were also used in the occupied area of northern France.

From 1919 until 1930, Belgian troops occupied part of the Rhineland and overprinted stamps were issued for this area. They hoped that neutrality would be maintained, however Germany invaded in May 1940. It is a fascinating philatelic country with collectors specializing in not just the stamps but also postal markings. Including a wide array of interesting booklet panes, railway service stamps, in addition much else besides.

Belgium stamps

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  • Lot 107 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £40 - £50

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    BELGIUM - 1865 1f IMPERF PLATE PROOF in blue (SG 33), ungummed paper, fresh
  • Lot 108 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £33

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    BELGIUM - 1884-86 2f lilac on pale lilac,SG 77,Michel 47,vfm PAIR,fresh (2)
  • Lot 109 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    BELGIUM - 1930 'B.I.T.' opts set,Mi 288/90, SG 569/71, vfu BLOCKS of 4 (12)
  • Lot 110 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £60 - £65

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    BELGIUM - 1930 Anti-TB Fund set (COB 308/14, SG 572/78) NHM. (7)
  • Lot 111 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £60 - £65

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    BELGIUM - 1934 Anti-TB Fund set (COB 394/400, Scott B156/62) fine used. (7)
  • Lot 112 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £80 - £90

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    BELGIUM - 1952 UPU complete set,Michel 929/40,SG 1398/1409, NHM, fresh (12)
  • Lot 113 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    BELGIUM - STAMPS PICTURED on philatelic postcard (Zieher, c.1905), used.
  • Lot 185 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £550 - £650

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    BELGIUM - 1849-1997 EXTENSIVE USED COLLECTION IN FOUR SIMPLEX ALBUMS with a good 19th century range incl. Epaulette 10c (4) and 20c (18), Medallion imperfs to 40c (19) in mixed quality, 1930 Antwer...
  • Lot 186 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £140 - £160

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    BELGIUM - 1894-1920 COLLECTION of mint (some nhm) and used incl. 1905-11 set plus shades mainly used; 1910-11 Brussels Exhibition & overprints used range; 1912-14 definitive to 5f mint and used, pl...
  • Lot 187 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £70 - £90

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    BELGIUM - 1914-74 COLLECTION with mint (some never hinged) and used, incl. 1928 Orval Abbey set mint, 1936 35c Arms se-tenant with various publicity labels mint, 1946-1965 complete run of Anti-TB s...

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