No doubt not to everyone’s taste but this Russian, silver-gilt stamp box is certainly arresting. It is lot 1519 in John Nicholson’s auction on 21 February 2019.
Spink, the well-known auction house, will be at spring Stampex on stand No. 122 and will have a number of stamp boxes on display but only between Wednesday 13th and Friday 15th.
It has been several months since we have had a spectacular stamp box to bring to your attention. This is currently being offered on eBay, described as, “Rectangular silver London desk triple stamp, box ink well and pen. 1900. Retailed by the Gold Smiths & Silver Smiths Company Ltd. Maker Henry & Albert Batson. All fully hallmarked. The pen being a later addition.”
eBay item number: 362543364511
In our article on embroidered stamp cases, we record many verses which appear on such cases or on their inserts which hold the stamps. A new one has just come to light which is one of the most charming:
The Head of England’s Noble Queen
On every letter should be seen
Then let our postage stamps appear
And find a safe deposit here
Fieldings Auctioneers sale on 1st December 2018 has five lots which include stamp boxes. The illustration is Lot 224, a really classic stamp box design.
Details here: fieldings
We understand that Stanley Gibbons have a number of stamp boxes for sale at their shop at:
399 Strand, London, WC2R 0LX.
They are also on-line at:
However, at the time of writing they have the descriptions and prices, but photos are to come.