Category Archives: Auctions

“The Sewing Sale”

Why are we reporting on the Bleasdales auction to be held on 25 July 2018 titled “The Sewing Sale”?

It’s because Mauchline ware and Tartan ware feature heavily and at least 9 mixed lots include a stamp box. Our illustration is from Lot 117 which comprises 6 Tartan ware items.  The catalogue may be viewed from here.

Woolley & Wallis Auction

This is one of seventeen lots of stamp boxes in the upcoming Woolley & Wallis auction on 25 April 2017. They are part of The Arthur Holder Collection, the first part of which was offered in their auction last October. We reported it here on 27 September 2016.
The current catalogue is available on-line here.

Beautiful Stamp Box on eBay

This silver and enamel stamp box was made by Mordan & Co and hallmarked for London 1891. It was sold on eBay on 2 April 2017 following an exciting auction. The vendor listed it with the minimum starting price of 99p. Bids followed quickly and were into three figures by the end of the first day. As the auction approached its close, bidding stood at £1,400. A flurry of bids in the closing minute took it to its final price of £2,662.

Tiffany Stamp Boxes

TiffanyWe illustrate two superb Tiffany stamp boxes.

The top one is currently for sale on the eBay auction site where it can be found by searching the item number 272563405451. Bidding has already started at $1,250 (over £1,000).

The one below resides in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It can be seen on their website here. Do follow the link because there are other images as well as information about the box on that page.


Stamp Box / Wetter Combination

WetterBoxCombination“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.


Extraordinary Victorian silver inkwell and stamp holder


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.”

Stamp Boxes in US Auction


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.