Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Mauritius Duty Plate Variety

A nice little find this evening.

Flicking through an old Schaubek Victoria album from which I have gradually been removing stamps, I spotted this stamp.

It is the 1938 10c rose-red, perforated 14, with "Sliced 'S' in 'MAURITIUS'" at the top, listed as SG 256a. Stanley Gibbons price the variety at £40.

The variety has been positioned at R.4/1 (left pane) and R. 8/4 (right pane).

Monday, 9 May 2011

What is a Philatelist?

The Shorter Oxford Dictionary (well my copy, which is the Third Edition) defines a philatelist simply as "a stamp-collector". Within the philatelic fraternity, a Philatelist is generally regarded as something more than a collector. As opposed to simply collecting, the Philatelist studies, researches and enquires into matters concerning postage stamps and their usage.

I have collected and studied stamps for nearly thirty years. My stamp collection consists primarily of British Commonwealth, with most interest in the reigns of King George V, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.

In addition to stamps, I also collect postal history and philatelic literature.

I hope you find something of interest within this blog.