“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 World’s Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago in 1893. Thousands of souvenirs were produced to sell to visitors. These included many different stamp boxes and cases. The website of the American Philatelic Society carries an excellent article about these items which may be downloaded from here. The many fine illustrations include two Mauchline Ware stamp boxes. However, it does not include the one we illustrate above. It just shows: there’s always more to be discovered.
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.”
We start the year as we hope to go on – with the best of the best.
Spink has instructions to dispose of the illustrated Fabergé stamp box together with a significant quantity of less prestigious, but still interesting, stamps boxes and cases. At the time of writing, it is not known whether they will go to auction or be sold by private treaty. We will update readers when we know more; until then, any enquiries should be made to Spink.
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.
Currently being offered on a BuyItNow basis on the eBay website is this Charles Rohlfs, Arts & Crafts, oak stamp box.
(Item No.: 252118221885)
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.
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 rather splendid looking pewter desk piece incorporates a three compartment stamp box in the centre. It is on eBay as a “Buy it now” item (no.: 131909692656) until 15 September or sold.