BBC News this morning included a report commemorating the centenary of the closure of the WWI Internment Camp at Knockaloe on the Isle of Man.
The website (knockaloe.im), run by the charity keeping alive its memory, has photographs taken inside the camp. These include workshops, in one of which our stamp box would have been made.
It’s a beautifully made box and the maker has inscribed his (they were all men) prisoner number on its base.
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.
The Stamp Box Study Circle is hosting a drop-in session at Stampex
at the Business Design Centre Islington, London, N1 0QH
on Saturday, 16 February 2019 from 10:30 to 12:00
in Meeting Room F
Do call in and see us and some stamp boxes.
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
If you like your stamp boxes as part of a desk compendium and spectacular, this will be hard to beat.
It is being offered by Matthew Barton Ltd in their sale on 21/22 November, see it catalogued here.
Our picture of a Russian lacquered stamp box is one lot of more than 40 lots of stamp boxes in the Barbara Kirk auction on 23 October 2018. The catalogue may be viewed here.
We have a weakness for the unusual, the quirky; and this box surely qualifies. Currently a “Buy it now” item on eBay (no.: 382561202424) described as a dragon figure; who knew that dragons have the body of a tortoise!