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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 111 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £40 - £50

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    BELGIUM - 1865 1f IMPERF PLATE PROOF in blue (SG 33), ungummed paper, fresh
  • Lot 112 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 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 113 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 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 114 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 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 115 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 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 116 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 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 117 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    BELGIUM - EUPEN & MALMEDY 1920 local opt set,Michel 1/7,SG18/24,fine mint,7
  • Lot 118 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    BELGIUM - STAMPS PICTURED on philatelic postcard (Zieher, c.1905), used.
  • Lot 1614 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £600 - £700

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    BELGIUM - 1869-1883 5F red - brown 'Leopold II', Cobb 37, SG 20a, a fine cds used example of this elusive issue. (1 stamp)
  • Lot 1615 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £70 - £80

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    BELGIUM - 1869-80 1fr dull lilac (SG 56, Michel 33b A, COB 36), mint, centred to top left, fresh colour, cat £700.

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