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Current Catalogues

The Dennis Firth Collection of British Africa Wednesday September 7, 2016
Worldwide & G.B. Stamps & Postal History Wednesday & Thursday September 7 & 8, 2016
The Tony Eastgate Collections of Cyprus, Gilbert & Ellice Islands and Tahiti Wednesday September 21, 2016


Cavendish have held continuous regular stamp auctions focused purely on philately every year since 1952, and we are soon to arrange our 800th consecutive sale; a unique business with a unique record of integrity, expertise and continuity.

Next Cavendish Auctions
Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September 2016
(in Derby)
Wednesday 21 September (in London)

The catalogues for the Cavendish Philatelic Auctions are now on-line.

You can view and search the catalogues by following this link, and bid on-line using our Bid Form.

There are over 2000 lots to view, taking place at the following times and places (click on the pictures to see larger versions):

Derby, Wednesday 7 September at 1pm

The Dennis Firth Collection of British Africa

An exceptional collection featuring specialised sections of Bechuanaland (inc. Village Cancellations), Basutoland, Swaziland, and South West Africa (inc. German WW1) stamps and Postal History with strength in Specimen Stamps, Proofs, QV Revenues, and Varieties including rare Double and Inverted Overprints, etc.


The Bob Preston Shipping Line & General Maritime Ephemera Collection

Thousands of high quality items gathered over decades of collecting. This is a rare opportunity to obtain memorabilia of all the major shipping lines - Allan, Anchor, Cunard, Dominion, Inman, White Star - and such a wide variety of artefacts - Picture Postcards, Dinner Menus, Concert Programmes, Advertising, Passenger Lists, Etc.


Worlwide Stamps and Postal History

Superb British Commonwealth & Foreign Collections, Philatelic Literature, and Worldwide Postal History including Maritime & Military & Airmails. Including the rarely seen STAMP COLLECTORS GUIDE by Frederick William Booty, the world’s first illustrated stamp catalogue.


Derby, Thursday 8 September at 1pm

The Tony Eastgate Collection of the 1982 Falklands War

A rare collection of British and Argentinian mails from and to the area, spanning the pre-war period, the early days of occupations, to the post-war including delayed mails and a reassuring letter from Margaret Thatcher to the Falklands.


The Mrs. Bower Correspondence Shanghai to G.B. 1855-1858

An original find of Rare GB QV stamped covers to Shanghai, 1856-59, including Embossed and Surface Printed Issues with varied rates, featuring unusual Spoon Cancellations etc.


The Don Walton Collection of Hull Ship Letters

A collection of 19th Century maritime postal history including the very rare "POST PAID WITHDRAWN SHIP LETTER" cover to the United States charged the U.S. 'war rate'.


Worlwide & G.B. Stamps and Postal History

The stamps and postal history of Aden to Zululand, as well as superb Great Britain stamps from Postal Reforms to QEII, and G.B. Postal History including Maritime Mail & Ship Letters, Railway & T.P.O. Stamps & Covers, Overseas Destinations, Exhibition Cancellations & Instructional Marks, Parcel Post, Pictorials, and English Counties, Scotland & Ireland.


London, Wednesday 21 September at 1pm

The Tony Eastgate Collections of Cyprus, Gilbert & Ellice Islands, and Tahiti

Tony Eastgate (1928-2016) was one of the best known Postal Historians of recent years, having focussed on studies of the smaller islands of the Mediterranean and of the Pacific. This auction provides collectors with the opportunity to acquire many great rarities that have been in Tony’s safe hands for up to 50 years; truly a once in-a-lifetime opportunity.


Public viewing will be at the Cavendish Gallery in London (by appointment) and Cavendish House in Derby, on the following dates:

Cavendish Gallery in London (viewing by appointment only)

Lots from all the September 2016 catalogues
  • Monday 22 August - 2.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 23 August - 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 24 August - 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • Thursday 25 August - 9.00am - 12.00pm
Lots from the Tony Eastgate catalogue Only
  • Monday 19 September - 2.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 20 September - 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 21 September (Auction Day) - 9.00am - 11.45am

Book early to avoid disappointment. Bulky lots from these sales will not be available for viewing at the Cavendish Gallery in London.

Cavendish House in Derby

    Lots from all the September 2016 catalogues
  • Monday 5th September - 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 6th September - 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 7th September (Auction Day - Dennis Firth & Part 1 of the Worldwide Auction) - 9.00am to 11.45am
  • Thursday 8th September (Auction Day - Part 2 of the Worldwide Auction) - 9.00am to 11.45am

Consignments for the December auctions end on Monday 3 October 2016. The sales will feature:

  • Superb G.B. QV including high values
  • 19th & 20th Century Postal History

We look forward to being of service to you.