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Current Catalogues

The Captain T.G.S. Ward Collection of Australia/New Zealand-British Maritime Mail Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Peter Brack Collection of Central & South America Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Worldwide & G.B. Stamps & Postal History Thursday, June 15 & 16, 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.

Specialised & Worldwide Auctions
Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June 2016

The catalogues for these sales are now on-line. There are over 2000 lots to view, taking place at the following times:

Wednesday 15 June

The Captain T.G.S. Ward Collection of Australia/New Zealand-British Maritime Mail

The Captain T.G.S. Ward Collection of 19th century Ship Letters between Great Britain and Australia & New Zealand (in both directions) contains some extraordinary examples of postal history including the earliest example of mail from Western Australia (1830), New Zealand Goldfields mail, the earliest example of a South Australia wreck cover (1838), an 1839 'Free' letter from London to Western Australia, 1843 1d Pink envelope to New South Wales uprated strip of three 1840 2d Blue + 1d Red, numerous examples of registered, redirected mail and unusual frankings and other rare handstruck instructional markings. Much of the collection has been off the market for many decades some of which was acquired privately in the 1950's and '60's.

The Peter Brack Collection of
Central & South America Stamps & Covers

Peter's outstanding collection of South and Central America is dominated by his extremely impressive holding of Venezuela, which includes some real treasures, but contains a good number of scarce items from almost all of the countries in the region including Argentina, Brazil (strong in Bullseyes), Columbia, Mexico, and Uruguay.

The "Longtail" Collection of Bermuda P.H. 1795-1952

The Cavendish June 2016 auction week will feature this comprehensive collection of Bermuda with strength in the Prestamp period (Fleurons, Crowned Circles, etc.), QV cancellation covers, unusual Destinations, Postal Stationery, Airmails, KGV/KGVI Key-Type covers, WWII transit Censor Labels and much more.

Thursday 16 June

The "De Meza" Collection of US/GB Transatlantic Mails

US Transatlantic Mails (1800-1908, both in and out; mainly stamped); including superb 1850's Ocean Penny Postage Propaganda covers (one to Norway & one from Australia), Retaliatory/Restored Rate covers, Late Fees, Prussian Mails, a US cover to China, some rare Canada Map Stamp covers (inc. FDC etc.), and much more.

The "Grayburn" Collection of Transatlantic Mail,
US Classics, US Express Mail & Civil War Patriotic Covers

The range of material includes early 18th century mail from the Colonies to GB, pre-stamp 19th century U.S. Transatlantic mail with U.S. mail carried on GB ships & French mail carried by U.S. ships, later mail to U.S. from; Austria, Italy, India, Belgium, France & Switzerland with attractive frankings. Also U.S. Private letter carriers mail including Adam's Express Co., American Letter Co., Wells Fargo (1864-1898) & (1861-65) U.S. Civil War patriotics. Plus stamp rarities including a Post Masters provisional 'ACM' & Scott 1, 2 on/off cover, with later U.S. classics featuring an array of fancy cancels.

The Professor Paul Phillips Exhibition Collection of 1840-56 British International Mails Reform

The 8-frame award-winning Exhibition Collection showing the development of international postal agreements between Great Britain and the whole of the rest of the world, during the first 16 years after the start of Uniform Penny Postage, with the emphasis on postal rates. Including Transatlantic New York Postmasters Provisional and US 1847 Issue 5c covers, a study of Prussian Mails, a stunning corner marginal GB 1/- Embossed on cover to New Zealand, Surface Printed gems, and mails to and from all 5 Continents.

The "Gate" Collection of Classic G.B.

With extensive line-engraved, embossed, and surface printed issues.

As well as the Michael Frederiksen Collection of Sudan, rare Indian Campaign covers with 1st Afghan War, Indian Mutiny etc., and the fine & unusual stamps and postal history that Cavendish is renowned for.

Public viewing will be at the Cavendish Gallery in London (by appointment), the New York World Stamp Show 2016, and Cavendish House in Derby, on the following dates:

Cavendish Gallery in London (viewing by appointment only)

  • Monday 23 May – 2.00pm - 6.00pm
  • Tuesday 24 May - 9.30am - 6.00pm
  • Wednesday 25 May - 9.30am - 6.00pm

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

  • Monday 13 June - 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 14 June - 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 June (Auction Day) - 9.00am – 11.45am (Captain T.G.S. Ward, Peter Brack, & "Longtail" Collections)
  • Thursday 16 June (Auction Day) - 9.00am – 11.45am (Worldwide Auction)

New York World Stamp Show 2016

Cavendish Philatelic Auctions will be attending the New York World Stamp Show, and we would very much like to meet you. We will have with us selected rarities from our upcoming June auctions to view (details in each catalogue).

If you would like to view items from our June auctions, or sell single significant items, part or all of your collection, here is the ideal opportunity to meet with us and discuss your plans. We will be attending the show from Saturday May 28th to Saturday June 4th at:

Stand 930
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street (at 11th Avenue)
New York
NY 10001
on Level 3 (Ground level)

Further information and directions can be found here at www.ny2016.org

Consignments for the September auctions end on Monday 27 June 2016. The sales will feature:

  • The Denis Firth Collection of British Africa
  • Transatlantic Mail
  • Superb G.B. QV including high values
  • 19th & 20th Century Postal History

We look forward to being of service to you.