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Next Cavendish Auction

Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 March in Derby

Following the resounding success of our 2 day sale in December when an unprecedented number of bidders were successful online, we are pleased to announce that the follow-up auction in March also promises to be a strong one with many highlights throughout.

The sale commences with a superb KGVI Commonwealth collection in a printed 'Crown' album (cat. £15,000 – est. £3,000) and includes many fascinating miscellaneous lots, among them a four volume KGVI & QEII collection estimated at £1,000.

The country section of the sale includes a very good range of collections, notably Andorra (£300), Belgium (£180), British East Africa (£400), Brunei (£340), Burma (£300), Egypt (£300), Ethiopia (£400), France (£700), German States (£300 & £400), Iceland (£400), India (£400), Italy (£500), Italian States (£600), Luxembourg (£600), Malayan States (several collections in excess of £300), Monaco (£500), North Borneo (£800), Nyasaland (£500), Poland (£400), Sarawak (£400), Trinidad (£360), and Zanzibar (£400).

We are delighted to announce that a magnificent collection of China has been consigned. Broken down into around 50 lots it represents a wonderful opportunity for the collector of Chinese stamps and postal history. The Local Posts section commences with an excellent collection of Shanghai (£750) and includes good ranges of Amoy (£400), Chefoo/Chinkiang (£400), Chunking/Foochow & Hankow (£500), etc., finishing with a lovely lot of Wei Hai Wei & Wuhu (£1,000). Moving on we have 1878-94 Imperial Customs Post and 1897-1911 Imperial Post ranges at £400 and £600 respectively, and the scarce 1912 'Revolution and Republic' sets (mixed mint & used) catalogued at £500 & £400 apiece. The 1930s and 1940s are represented by two superb collections rated at £600 each whilst the post WWII period incorporates ranges of Central & South China (£750), miscellaneous Provincial issues including a 1949 Kiangsi unused set of 7 featuring amongst other rarities (est. £1,000), a North-West China range (£600), South-West China collection at £700, plus a fine selection of Japanese Occupation lots. Overall a remarkable holding which promises to produce rewards.

In addition to the aforementioned lots, the country section features a good number of small collections, sets, singles, etc. Highlights include a fine selection of Belgian lots (1932 Cardinal Mercier & 1933 Orval sets mint noted), useful Hong Kong including a rare 1944 3rd type "Sce des Prisonniers de Guerre" on flimsy postcard from Camp "N" to Stanley Camp (£800), and an 1866 18c lilac fine well centred mint example priced at £1,800.

The Great Britain portion of the catalogue contains much of merit including particularly strong line-engraved. This section commences with a selection of mixed lots and collections and continues with a particularly impressive group of 1d blacks (many on cover) featuring further treasures from the Howard Hughes FRPSL and Professor S. David Rockoff collections. Included here is a wonderful specialised section of distinctive Maltese Crosses on cover including examples of such cancellations from Boston, Cork, Dursley, Kelso, Kilmarnoch, Leeds, and Welshpool, plus the rare Alderney type on part E (front & top flap only) to Eton College (£3,000).

The surface-printed section includes a fine collection of mint issues (£500) and fine used examples of the 1878 £1 brown (£400), 1882 £1 brown (£750), and 1882 £5 (£1,200). Later lots include the 1929 £1 PUC black, mint and used.

The G.B. section continues with an assortment of QEII collections and smaller lots including particularly interesting items, notably from the Isle of Man incorporating some errors of colour, and concludes with the ever popular Postal History range featuring material from the John Sussex RDP FRPSL collections of Postal Stationery and Registered Mail.

To sum up, the March sale looks to be a wide-ranging one with something for every taste. With an ever-increasing number of on-line bidders we anticipate robust competition and an exciting two days.