Welcome to our new look website here at Elstree Stamps. We have been GB dealers for
over 18 years, and specialize in material from Queen Victoria. From Postal History, Line
Engraved issues including the 1840 1d Black, 1840 2d Blue, 1841 1d Red, and 1841 2d
Blue, to Embossed and Surface printed
stamps, with a special interest and stock in the 1887 Jubilee issue
which we particularly like.
We also keep in stock a selection of
material from 1900, and can source many of the more popular later
issues, high values, definitive sets etc. if required at competitive
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1887 Jubilee SG197 1/2d Vermilion. Watermark Crown inverted.
A very fine used example with Watermark Inverted, neatly struck by a Windsor squared
circle cancellation. Although now priced by Gibbons, these are extremely rare. We have
seen no more than 3 or 4 in over 25 years and very rare so fine.
Order 12947 - £99.50
PRINTED ON THE GUMMED SIDE
SG197 1/2d Vermilion. A very lightly mounted on the back, mint example of this scarce
stamp, with inverted watermark, printed on the gummed side. Spec K27d. SG Cat £4000.00
Order 12948 -
1887 Jubilee SG197 1/2d Vermilion.
A fine/very fine used block of 9, each lightly canceled by a Chesterton Road CDS for
October 15th - no year plug?
Scarce used in multiples.
Order 12949 - £49.50 SOLD
Jubilee SG197 1/2d Vermilion. A fine mint interpanneau block of 6, with unfolded gutter.
Large part of the lower marginal rule missing. Marked "sheet E July 1889" possibly added
at the time so a repair could be done to this plate? Top 3 stamps lightly mounted, lower
stamps unmounted mint. An interesting piece.
Order 12950 - £79.50
1887 Jubilee SG197 1/2d Vermilion. A very fine unmounted mint
block of 4 showing a plate cut under stamp 1 row 12. Small watermark cross in the corner
positions this piece from the SW corner of the 480 stamp post office mill sheet.
Order 12951 - £29.50
Jubilee SG197 1/2d Vermilion. A fine mint interpanneau block of 8 spanning 2 panes
of 120 stamps, unfolded in the central gutter. Watermark letter "E" visible in the left
margin, showing this piece was from the right half of the 480 stamp post office mill
sheet. 7 of the 8 he stamps are unmounted mint, one has a small bend. A scarce
Order 12952 -
The 2d Colour Trials - click
on images above for more details, and new Jubilee material being added.
Taken under Warrant 79/99 for 50 sheets in
connection with the 1900 1s, 37 trails were submitted on 21 august 1899.
13 different duty colours with green heads, and 17 different with purple heads. Perf 14
on unwatermarked gummed paper.
1871 SG103 3d ROSE PLATE 7 VERY FINE PAIR IRISH TRALEE SINGLE CDS
CANCEL (DA/DB) Watermark Spray. A very fine used pair, cancelled contrary to
regulations in Tralee by a single CDS for Feb 17th 1872. Note manuscript "7" in
place of date plug. A scarce item.
Order 12912 - £149.50
1883 SG159 3d on 3d LILAC WATERMARK CROWN SUPERB USED
CARNARVON CDS (LI) Plate 21. A superb used example, perfectly cancelled by a central
Welsh CDS for August 17th 1883. Rare so
fine. SG Cat £160.00 ++
Order 12913 - £149.50
SG14 2d Blue (DI) Plate 3. A very fine used 4 large margin example, part next to left, neatly
struck by an Irish Galway "232" in diamond cancellation. Variety "right frame line
extends down - Dendy marshall..
Order 12883 - £39.50
1841 SG14 2d
Blue (PA) Plate 4. A very fine used 4 large margin example, large part next to the
struck late by part London CDS/duplex.
Order 12884 - £69.50
1915 SG412 De La Rue Seahorses 10s Blue. A fine used
example, neatly cancelled by a scarce London CDS for 20th March 1917 code "Z".
cancellation is only found on the 10s & £1 values of this printing and it is not known
what these capitol letters represent.
There is an article about this cancellation in
the July/August 2016 GBPS newsletter.
Order: 12880 - £275.00 SOLD
1853 SG8 1d RED BROWN RARE PLATE 177 (CF) WITH
A fine 4 margin example of this rarest of plates of the
imperforated printing of the 1d Red Brown.
Struck by a Trowbridge numeral "813"
With a BPA certificate. SG Cat £4000.00
Order: 12822 -
1841 SG15aa 2d VIOLET BLUE PLATE
4 LAVENDER TINTED THICK PAPER A FINE PAIR BG/BH
In this very distinctive "violet" shade, this lovely
looking pair, has margin just cut into below BH, just
clear NW corner of BG,
otherwise good to large margins above and to the right. It
is on thick lavender tinted paper with the pinkish line around the head,
been lightly cancelled in Liverpool. A rare item from the 1851 printing. Spec ES16. SG
Cat £3600.00 as singles.
Order: 12784 - £595.00
1867 SG114 10d Deep Brown (PL) Plate 1. Watermark Spray.
A very fine unused stamp, lightly hinged with full gum.
One pulled perforation
along the bottom, but this is one of the nicest looking examples of this issue we have
had for many years and is priced accordingly.
Lovely shade and extremely fresh. SG
Order: 12794 -
1867 SG119 2s Deep Blue (TB) Plate 1.
Watermark spray. A very fine unused stamp, lightly hinged with full gum.
It appears to
be original but with some slight sweating and redistribution. However, it is one of the
nicest looking examples of this issue we have had for many years and is priced
Lovely shade and extremely fresh. SG Cat £4800.00
Order: 12793 -
1884 SG181 5s
CRIMSON WATERMARK ANCHOR SUPERB USED CDS STRIP OF 3 (CB/CD)
A superb used
strip of 3, each neatly cancelled by a Manchester Telegraphs CDS for May 24th 1889.
SG Cat £750.00 as singles.
Order: 12638 - £295.00
1887 JUBILEE SG200 2d GREY GREEN &
CARMINE VERY RARE SECOND SETTING CORNER MARGINAL
A very lightly mounted mint example, with full original gum, from the very rare 2nd
marginal setting with two continuous rules in green and carmine in the margin. The
1st setting has no rules, and the 3rd setting continuous green but broken carmine
In over 25 years of collecting marginal pieces of the Jubilee issue, we
have seen only around 8 examples of this very rare setting, and only 2 of them from the
Order:12555 - £1750.00
JUBILEE SG204 3d PURPLE ON ORANGE PAPER MINT BLOCK OF 4 EX. HAROLD FISHER
A rare block of 4 from the famous Harold fisher collection, sold by Phillips in 1983
over 30 years ago for just under £1000.00. Extremely lightly mounted if at all, the
bottom right stamp has a small mark of adhesion, the others less. The top of the NE
is slightly "oily". On the "orange" paper, these are extremely rare in
and this one may possibly now be unique. Spec K32(3)
1840 SG3 1d GREY BLACK PLATE 6
A fine 4 margin unused example, hinged with large part gum.
Good plate wear, and very fresh. Spec AS41 - unlisted in grey shade on this
plate. SG Cat £13500.00
Order 12578 - £2750.00
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 8 UNUSED (BE) RPS CERT.
A fine unused 4
margin example, lightly hinged with large part original gum.
With clean RPS
certificate. Spec AS46. SG Cat £16500.00
Order 12579 - £4500.00
1840 SG3 1d Grey Black (RK) Plate 1a. A
superb used 4 large margin example, cancelled by a large part strike of a bright red
Maltese cross. Good plate wear. Spec AS2.
Order 12580 - £450.00
1840 SG1 1d Intense Black
(PE) Plate 2. A superb used 4 large margin example, cancelled by a nearly full strike of
a brick red Maltese cross. Lovely intense shade. Spec AS14.
Order 12581 -
MANCHESTER FISHTAILS MALTESE CROSS
1840 SG3 1d Grey Black (OE) Plate
3. A very fine used 4 margin example, cancelled by a distinctive Manchester fishtails
Maltese cross. Good plate wear. With RPS certificate. Spec AS21. SG Cat £1400.00
Order 12582 - £525.00
A HUGE STAMP
1840 SG2 1d Black (OF) Plate 3. A huge 4 margin
example, minor faults, perhaps the shallowest of thins,
but a lovely looking stamp.
Order 12583 - £245.00 SOLD
1840 SG1 1d Intense Black (LD/LE) Plate 6. A very fine used 4 margin pair, in a lovely
intense shade, each cancelled by a central strike of a red Maltese cross. Spec AS40. SG
Cat £1250 as SG2 pair.
Order 12584 - £750.00
1840 SG2 1d
Black (EA) Plate 6. A superb used 4 large margin example, part next stamp above,
cancelled by a full strike of a black Maltese cross. Spec AS41.
Order 12585 -
PAIR WITH RUBY MALTESE CROSSES @ BPA CERT
1840 SG5 2d Blue
(QE/QF) Plate 1. A superb used 4 margin pair, each cancelled by a Ruby Maltese cross,
associated with Aberdeen in this distinctive shade. Spec DS5uf. Spec £14,000 as singles.
Order 12586 - £4500.00
1840 SG6 2d Pale Blue (ID) Plate 1. A very
fine used 4 margin example, cancelled by a double strike of a very bright red Maltese
cross. Spec DS6. SG Cat £1000.00
Order 12587 - £375.00
1857 SG66b 4d Rose Carmine Mint. Watermark large Garter. A very fine mint example on
thick glazed paper, extremely lightly hinged with full gum. Very well centered and
scarce so fine. SG Cat £6500.00
Order 12588 - £1850.00
1867 SG117 1s Green (TE/TF) Plate 4. Watermark Spray.
A superb unused marginal pair with inscription. Extremely lightly hinged, full gum, and
very fresh. SG Cat £1950.00 +
Order 12589 - £845.00
1880 SG121 2s Brown (OL) Plate 1. A superb used example, extremely lightly cancelled,
stamp looks nearly unused. Centered just a tad high, but lovely original colour and very
fresh. SG Cat £4250.00
Order 12590 - £2250.00
£1 Brown Lilac (FB) Watermark Crowns. A fine used example, lightly cancelled by a
Birmingham CDS for April 15th 1885, and then again after delivery by a T.A.B. GPO London
Well centered, good colour, most unusual. SG Cat £2800.00
Order 12591 - £495.00 SOLD
1891 SG212 £1 Green (KB) Watermark Crowns. A very fine mint hinged example with gum,
adhesion in the margin. Very fresh and lovely colour. A scarce positional piece. SG Cat
Order 12592 - £2100.00 SOLD
1891 SG212 £1 Green (NC) Watermark Crowns. A superb used example, struck to the right by
a London Paddington West CDS for 3rd May 1893 leaving the profile clear. SG Cat £800.00
Order 12594 - £525.00 SOLD
De la Rue SG266 £1 Dull Blue Green. A very fine used marginal example, lightly cancelled
by a Guernsey CDS for 10th January 1912. Scarce as such.
Order 12595 -
1912 Somerset House SG319 10s Blue. A very fine used lower marginal example, struck by a
central Guernsey cancellation. SG Cat £600.00
Order 12596 - £124.50
Somerset House SG320 £1 Deep Green. A superb used vertical pair, each lightly cancelled
by a Guernsey CDS for 3rd October 1912. Scarce in multiples. SG Cat £1500.00+
Order 12597 - £895.00 SOLD
1887/1900 JUBILEE SG197/214 SUPERB MINT SET OF 14 VALUES
mint set, all very lightly hinged with full original gum.
Each hand picked from our
stock for the best quality, all lovely shades and well centered.
A great buy without
the premium for unmounted mint. SG Cat £650.00
Order: 12551 - £225.00
1855 C7 ABNORMAL 1d RED BROWN PLATE 23 VERY FINE USED
Watermark Small crown, Perf 14, Die II, Alphabet III, Blued
Paper. A very fine used example of this rare stamp, from the first few months of the
print run with Alphabet III letters.
The "P" on this stamp is very distinctive.
Neatly struck by a Scottish roller cancellation. Rare so fine. SG Cat £950.00
Order: 12437 - £575.00 SOLD
A SUPERB PAIR OF "ARCHERS"
1850 SG16b 1d Red
Brown (PI/PJ) Plate 98. A superb used pair of "Archers" perfs, watermark small crown,
perf 16, alphabet I, each neatly struck by a London Inland "11" in diamond cancellation.
Spec CE2. SG Cat £1250.00 as singles, very rare in pairs.
12330 - £895.00 SOLD
1857 C9(4) 1d VERY PALE ROSE PAIR IRISH MULLINGAR SPOON CANCEL SUPERB (SC/SD)
Watermark Large crown, Perf 14, Die II, Alphabet III, Yellowish to Cream paper. A
superb pair tied to small piece by a scarce Mullingar spoon. Very pretty.
Order: 12448 - £99.50
1848/54 SG57 10d Brown Embossed. A good used example, cut square
with 3 just clear to large margins, just cut into lower margin, nicely struck by a Derby
"242" cancellation, unusual on this issue. Good embossing. SG Cat £1500.00
Order: 12303 - £195.00
Brown Embossed. A fine used example, cut square with 4 good margins. Neatly struck by a
Northampton "470" 1844 type cancellation.
Smallest of pink stain on the left does not
detract from this pretty stamp. Cat £1500.00
Order 11625 - £335.00
Scottish Isle of Mull use.
1840 SG2 1d Black (AI) Plate 4. A fine used 4
margin example from the top of the sheet, tied to entire by a red Maltese cross to
Tobermory to Inverary.
Tobermory forwarding on the reverse for January 4th 1841, a
scarce item from the Isle of Mull to the mainland to James Macdonald, a solicitor
Order: 12272 - £375.00 SOLD
1840 SG2 1d
Black (BL) Plate 4. A fine used just clear to good margin example tied to envelope by a
London Maltese cross in red to Glasgow.
London forwarding on reverse for
September 3rd 1840, Glasgow receiving for the 5th in red.
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 1b FINE 4 MARGIN LEITH PP CANCEL IN GREEN ON PIECE (GB)
fine 4 margin example, tied to piece by a red Maltese cross,
with Leigh Penny Post
cancel in green. A scarce piece.
Order 12072 - £245.00
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 6 FINE 4 MARGIN TIED BY MORE TO PAY ON PIECE (IK)
A fine 4
margin example, tied to piece by a red Maltese cross, and
a double rig circular
"MORE TO PAY" cancellation. A pretty item. Spec AS41.
Order 12073 - £275.00 SOLD
SUPERB USED £5 ORANGE
1882 £5 Orange(DL) On white paper. Watermark large
Anchors. A superb used example, great colour, well centered, and good perforations,
neatly cancelled by an upright Belfast CDS for April 11th 1885.
Tiny J.H. Stolow
dealers experisation mark on the reverse. A beautiful stamp.
SG137 Cat £4750.00
Order 11617 - £2450.00 NOW
- 10% DISCOUNT = £2200.00 SOLD
1880 2s Brown (AA) Plate 1. Watermark spray. A superb used example of this scarcest of
from the "first off the sheet" position, beautifully struck by a London late
duplex, leaving the head almost fully clear.
This is easily the finest examples of
this stamp we have ever handled.
SG 121 Cat £4200.00 plus 75% premium for well
centered lightly used.
Order 11753 - £2450.00
SG187 WATERMARK INVERTED UNUSED - VERY RARE
1884 1/2d Slate Blue.
Watermark Crown Inverted unused. Without gum, but a very rare stamp. We have never
2 other major GB dealers of 40 years each experience each tell me they
have only ever seen one used example which is in a private collection.
catalogued at £3000.00.
Order 11930 - £995.00
1870 SG48 1/2d
Rose Red (SJ/TL) Plate 11. A very fine used block of 6, each struck by a CDS.
Order 11931 - £99.50 SOLD
1870 SG48 1/2d
Rose Red (SX) Plate 13. A very fine mint example, appears to have never been hinged with
original gum, showing the imperforated margin on the right to the edge of the sheet.
Lovely fresh deep shade and a scarce positional piece.
Order 11932 - £124.50
1880-83 Crown watermark bit in sheet brass, stitched to a
calling card comprising of pairs of marginal corners and large and small crosses.
The image of the Post office Mill sheet shows the position of the crosses and corners in
the margins of the watermark. A rare item.
Order 11798 - £225.00
1909 De La Rue
4d Orange Red. A very fine mint block of 16 from the interpanneau position.
unmounted mint (MNH) except for one top left which is hinged. A vertical light gum
bend affects 4 stamps. Spec M25(3) RPS Certificate.
Order: 11554 SOLD
11/2d RED BROWN CANCELLED AND PUNCHED MINT PANE OF 6 Two of the upper stamps are hinged,
the rest unmounted. Watermark upright.
These are so often split by dealers and sold
as singles. Usual trimming perfs from the booklet along the top but scarce in a pane.
Order: 11657 - £195.00
1840 MAY DATE
1840 1d Black Mulready envelope. May 30th 1840. Forme
2 A145. A good used example to Tovil - near Maidstone Kent. Cancelled by a red Maltese
A nice example of May date use. SG Cat £1200.00
Order: 11561 -
1840 Spooner No. 5 "By Post" design envelope. A fine original example of this
scarce Mulready caricature "Front" unused. Very well executed contemporary hand
Order: 11003 - £195.00 SOLD