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A Gem of the Pontifical States

A Gem of the Pontifical States

  During our recent autumn 2021 auction series, there were a number of standout lots within the seven catalogues which attracted the eye of the discerning philatelist, and one item in particular, within the Italian States offering, received what can only be described...
A Tale of Two Halves

A Tale of Two Halves

Once upon a time, in the fifty-first year of the eighteen hundreds, in the commune of Mézières in the region of Ardennes in northern France, an aspiring thespian by the name of Gabriel left his cottage as the sun rose on a frosty February morning. Clutching a letter...