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The Stamps and Postal History of Great Britain

Great Britain stamps is one of the world's most popular collecting fields, individually, and also collections. Appreciated and collected the world over, due to the historic background in addition, the story of their origin. Rowland Hill's reform, introduced in 1839–1840 changed communications forever. The significant contribution is a uniform postage rate applying to all parts of the kingdom. Also, increments of cost being dependent on the weight of the item, rather than the distance travelled with payment being made by the sender. This led to the introduction of a brilliantly simple devise, the world’s first postage stamp, the Penny Black issued 6th May 1840. 


To this day Britain doesn't put the name of the country on her stamps. A portrait of the current monarch is seen as enough, as the issuers of the first postage stamp, this is therefore an accepted international convention.

Popular Stamps

Collectors collect the entire period from 1840 onwards, with comprehensive and popular albums being the specially-printed ‘Windsor Series’. Philatelists also collect their favourite reigns, including Queen Victoria 1837–1901; King Edward VII 1901–1910; King George V 1910–1936 also King Edward VIII 1936. Similarly, King George VI 1936–1952 or Queen Elizabeth II from 1952 to present day. The most popular include the Queen Victoria Penny Reds, the Edward VII and George V definitive issues in their myriad shades, the superbly engraved 'Seahorses', the 1929 PUC £1 and even the long running QEII Machin issues, in use for over 50 years.


Collectors subscribe to the Post Office new issues service, whilst continuing to obtain older stamps. There are areas of great specialization with outstanding books and catalogues to aid the philatelist collector. These contain the sum of years of diligent research by generations of philatelists. 

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  • Lot 646 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £600 - £700

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    GREAT BRITAIN - 1840-1951 USED COLLECTION IN A WINDSOR ALBUM well represented from 1840 1d blacks (2) and 2d, other line engraved issues, extensive Surface printed to 10s, Kings issues etc. (100's)
  • Lot 647 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £600 - £700

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    GREAT BRITAIN - 1840-1970 A MAINLY USED COLLECTION IN THREE ALBUMS incl. 1840 1d blacks (4) and 2d in mixed condition, 1841 issues incl. 1d's with blue cancels, 'Stars' issues, 1d plate numbers loo...
  • Lot 648 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £550 - £600

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    GREAT BRITAIN - S.G. 'LUXE' HINGELESS ALBUMS WITH SLIPCASES set of four albums in good condition, with sparse earlier from Victorian used issues, then mint or NHM from 1924 to 2007, incl. both Wemb...
  • Lot 649 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £400 - £450

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    GREAT BRITAIN - 1840-1995 COLLECTION IN THREE S.G. HINGELESS ALBUMS WITH SLIPCASES with various Victorian from 1d black, 1883-84 6d and 9d mint, 1902-11 to 1s mint, Kings issues, QE2 incl. many dec...
  • Lot 650 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £400 - £500

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    GREAT BRITAIN - 1840-2000 BIG COLLECTION IN TEN STOCKBOOKS from 1840 1d blacks (5) and 2d blues (3) in mixed condition, later Victorian issues, most Decimal commemorative sets mint, few Channel Is ...
  • Lot 651 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £330 - £360

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    GREAT BRITAIN - COLLECTION IN 11 ALBUMS from some earlier incl. Victorian, 1902-12 to 1s mint, Decimal mint issues incl. Machin types never hinged, various Cinderellas incl. Strike post, albums of ...
  • Lot 652 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £230 - £250

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    GREAT BRITAIN - 1900's-92 MINT AND USED COLLECTIONS IN EIGHT PRINTED ALBUMS companion collections of largely never hinged mint and used issues, some better earlier, the decimal face value around £3...
  • Lot 653 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £150 - £200

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    GREAT BRITAIN - SET OF FOUR HINGELESS SG 'LUXE' PRINTED ALBUMS WITH SLIP CASES for issues 1840 to 2003, with a general used collection, albums in very good condition, retail alone £800+. (100's)
  • Lot 654 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £150 - £200

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    GREAT BRITAIN - SORTER CARTON OF GB with albums and stockbooks, or on pages, note 1841 and 1d Stars and plate number ranges, various 1841 1d reds on covers largely with Yorkshire cancellations, als...
  • Lot 655 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £140 - £160

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    GREAT BRITAIN - 1860 SOUTHAMPTON CROWN REGISTERED MARK A letter from Southampton to Denmark, 2nd August 1860, via London, Belgium and Hamburg, with red ‘(Crown) REGISTERED’ and rare black ‘(Crown) ...

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