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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...
The Gospel Truth about a Stamp

The Gospel Truth about a Stamp

The British Guiana Cotton Reels are among the World’s rarest stamps and these Primitives are scarcely, if ever, described as ‘attractive’ but we take a closer look at one example which most definitely can be called a ‘beauty’. There was once a notable 17th century...
Puerto Rico: The Coamo Provisional

Puerto Rico: The Coamo Provisional

The Spanish-American War took place between April 21st and August 13th, 1898. The main issue was Cuban independence where revolts had been occurring for some years against the Spanish colonial rule. By the late 1890s, American public opinion swayed in support of the...