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!
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.
This amazing, silver gilt desk compendium incorporates a three-compartment stamp box. It once belonged to the last Maharaja of Rajpipla. The button in front of the stamp box rings a bell in the base of the compendium to summon your servant to post your correspondence.
What home can manage without one; and it is currently for sale on eBay at £2,500 (or Make Offer).
(Item no.: 202244994308)
These two boxes are currently on sale from this eBay shop: raresilver
The seller also has a physical shop in the London Silver Vaults in Chancery Lane, London. These underground vaults are home to the largest retail collection of silver in the world. This is a must-visit place for anyone interested in silver, stamp boxes or otherwise.
The asking price is US $1,495. For potential UK buyers there is also quite a cost of postage plus the likelihood of being charged 20% VAT on import.
Is this the highest price at which a wooden stamp box has been offered? But has quality ever been cheap? Examples of Rohlfs’ work are to be found in many American museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
UPDATE: The box was offered as a “Buy it now” item and did not sell by the first closing date. It has been re-listed as item no.: 232050504675 and ends on 15 September.
This stamp box will be familiar to many of our readers. It was produced in 1990 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Penny Black (the world’s first postage stamp) in a limited edition of forty. One is now for sale on eBay where it may be found under reference 272309907078. The sale ends on 15 August.
This splendid bronze bird is currently for sale via the sellingantiques.co.uk website. Said to date around 1900 and measuring 5.5 cm high x 6 cm, the asking price is £595. As always, we have no connection with this site or seller; we just pass this on for information to our readers.