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Stamp Box Auction in France

An auction of a collection of stamp boxes will close on Friday, 20 November 2020.
The auction is in Paris and is on-line only. The first part is of a collection of knives; the stamp boxes begin at Lot 90 and there are more than 70 lots. Most lots consist of more than one box and so, overall, there are a substantial number in the auction. The English version of the catalogue contains some odd (computer?) translations but collectors will be able to understand what is on offer.
The catalogue can be seen here.

Russian Box at Auction

This fabulous Russian stamp box is being auctioned by USA dealers John Atzbach Antiques on Monday 17th August 2020. It is described as:
A Russian silver gilt and shaded cloisonne enamel stamp box, 11th Artel, Moscow, 1908 tp 1917. In the form of a book, the spring loaded lid decorated with numbers against a translucent yellow enamel ground within a border of geometric motifs, the base decorated with scrolling floral and foliate motifs against a gilded stippled ground . The gilded interior with 3 compartments for different denominations of stamps. Dimensions: 1 3/8 h x 2 3/4 in. w”
See the auction website here

Feldman Auction

The David Feldman auction, originally scheduled for 1-3 April, is now being held from June 29 to July 3rd. The auction includes a significant number of stamp boxes which will come up for sale on 1 July. The relevant section of the auction catalogue may be accessed on their website here. Clicking on the images in the on-line catalogue brings up high definition images of the lots.
Image: Lot 30637

Schuyler Rumsey Auction

Once again, an auction by Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions of San Francisco, to be held on 8-11 June 2020, features a large number of stamp boxes such as the one shown here.
Full details can be found on their website here.
The full catalogue available on that site is a large file. The first part of the catalogue with lots containing stamp boxes is available here.

Stamp Box and Cigarette Box Compendium

Just when you thought you’d seen everything:  who dreamt up a stamp box and cigarette box compendium? Perhaps it was so you would get that lovely (!) tobacco taste in the mouth every time you licked a stamp.
This absolutely stunning combination is currently up for auction on eBay. Just search for the item number 274368728603.

Postal Weight Stamp Box

This charming box is being offered as lot 210 by East Bristol Auctions in their sale on 2&3 April. It is described as: “A 19th Century Victorian folding brass stamp box having engraved floral decoration with one side stamped with letter post rates. The four panels held together by the hinged lid atop. Marks to base for W. Avery & Son Redditch. Measures 5 cm tall.

We can add to that description. The diamond registration mark which can be seen on the base in one of the photographs in the catalogue shows the design to have been registered on 18th March 1876. You may wonder why there is a padded cushion inside the box: yes, it is a pin cushion. The Avery company began as needle manufacturers but the son of the founder branched out into making needle cases. Even the most functional were highly decorated in the Victorian taste.  Many, like this one, were novelties taking the form of real objects; in this case, a postal weight.

So, is it a stamp box? We say, “yes”. Victorian inventiveness did not stop with design and engineering; they also knew a thing or two about marketing. If an object could have dual, or multiple, purposes: all well and good for sales. One of their Patents (as opposed to Registered Designs) describes: “… a case to hold needles, pins or other small articles”; another: “Case to hold Postage Stamps, Needles, etc.” Also see our review of the book Victorian Brass Needlecases here.

Feldman Auction Update

David Feldman has announced that the auction scheduled for 1-3 April, “will now be held during the period from June 29 to July 3rd”. (See our post of 6 March).
This does not make it clear  when the stamp boxes, due to have been auctioned on 2 April, will be sold. When we know, we will keep readers informed. Their notice adds:
Bids already received will remain valid unless cancelled in the next 30 days.
All requests including scans are still possible. Please send us an email.
Hopefully, “scans” includes photographs when it comes to stamp boxes!

Keep safe and enjoy your collections during this lock down.


London 2020, the once-a-decade major international philatelic exhibition, has announced that it is being postponed until 2022. More details on their website here.

David Feldman Auction

As part of their Commonwealth Specialised Auction, to be held in Geneva on 1st to 3rd April 2020, David Feldman are offering 100 or so stamp boxes. Full details of the auction can be found on their website here.
The stamp boxes will be auctioned on the 2nd April and an extract from the catalogue featuring them can be downloaded from here.

Our image is Lot 30579, a silver and tortoiseshell stamp case and letter clip.