“I’ve never seen one like that before!”
One of the joys of this area of collecting is never knowing what may turn up. So many items are one-offs that the most experienced collector can find him/herself uttering the above words.
This quirky combination in silver, hallmarked London 1895, was recently sold by Willingham Auctions for £180 on the hammer (plus premium). The box lid and front hinge open to two, gilt-washed compartments. The large wetter doesn’t look to have tasted water for many a year.
The Gentleman’s Library Sale at Bonhams on
19 January 2017 includes this amazing object described as: “An extraordinary Victorian silver inkwell and stamp holder by E H Stockwell, London 1893.
The inkwell on a gimbal mechanism, and accessible through eight openings, the sphere with six gilded compartments, the lids inset with Jubilee issue stamps ranging from 1/2d to 5d, height 8cm, weight total 14oz.”
This combination stamp holder and inkwell (the head hinges back to reveal it) is currently being offered on eBay by a vendor in Belgium. (Item No.: 201697496376)
This is one of a significant number of stamp boxes being offered for sale in a forthcoming auction by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries.
The mainly philatelic auction is over three days, 16-18 November 2016. The stamp box section comes up on the second day.
The catalogue may be downloaded from here.
This is one of many stamp boxes in the Woolley and Wallis auction of The Arthur Holder Collection of Silver & Vertu (Part 1) on 25 October 2016. The catalogue is available on-line here.
In their regular silver sale the next day, 26 October, there are also a number of stamp boxes. The catalogue is available here.
UPDATE: the stamp box illustrated proved to be the star of the auction selling for £2,200 (plus 21% buyer’s premium).
This is one of about twenty stamp boxes on offer at Hampstead Auctions’ sale on 20 September 2016.
Visit their website here.
This spectacular desk piece including an inkwell, vesta and stamp box is up for auction at Bellmans sale beginning on 15th March with an estimate of £1,000 – £1,500.
This is Lot 16 in the Canterbury Auction Galleries sale on 16 February 2016, described as: “An Elizabeth II silver and shell mounted rectangular inkstand in the form of a silver ingot, inset with inkwell with shell carved lion’s head cover and stamp box with lion rampant carved cover, all enclosed by gilt metal framed magnifying glass …”.
This is one for lovers of quirky combination stamp boxes: a pen wipe on the hinged lid of a two compartment stamp box.
It is lot 869 in Dickens Auctioneers sale on Saturday 30th January 2016.
Another Russian stamp has appeared on eBay to join the two we previously noted.
It is item number 151873004488 shown left.
Our previous note was (item nos. updated):
Two Russian stamp boxes are currently (October 2015) on offer on eBay. NOTE: this website has no connection with either seller nor do we vouch for their descriptions; we just thought they would be interesting to our readers. Search 201458460503 on eBay to see the silver gilt one (left) and 321909971291 to see the silver one (below).