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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 Candle Light on the Crimea War

A Candle Light on the Crimea War

There was something smelly going on in late January 1855, and it all seemed to originate from the foul stink permeating from the Crimea War. The Duke of Newcastle, Henry Pelham-Clinton, was the Secretary of War for the British Government from June 1854 but resigned...
Your James Bond Cover to Geneva

Your James Bond Cover to Geneva

With the very sad news that Sean Connery passed away this week, we thought it would be fitting to pay homage in some way to this iconic actor. And what better way than highlighting a cover that has a touch of James Bond about it, and connects us with the iconic film...
Austria’s Unique Survivors

Austria’s Unique Survivors

Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I (1830 to 1916) was also the King of Hungary, Croatia, and Bohemia, and monarch of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He’s a fascinating fellow if you care to dig around in the history files. Not least because quite a few of his closest and...