News and Views. . .
We are very pleased to be attending “Royal 2018 Royale”, Canada’s National
Stamp Exhibition, sponsored by the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada and the
St. Catharines Ontario Stamp Club.
From Friday June 22nd to Sunday June 24th, the Parkway Convention Centre in nearby St. Catharines will be bustling with philatelic activity.
There will be first class exhibits, a bourse with over 30 dealers, seminars, an awards banquet, and many other special activities. Months of planning have gone into this exhibition, and it promises to be a great event.
Our June 27th auction features one of the strongest sections of Canadian
King George V Admiral issues that we have ever offered. The Admiral series was
so named because King George is depicted in his full dress uniform as Admiral
of the Fleet of the Royal Navy. This series lasted from 1911 until 1928, making it one of Canada’s longest running series of definitive stamps. Admiral issues have provided collectors with all kinds of specialized areas to study such as colour shades, printings, plate varieties, plate imprints, re-entries, and booklets.
Some of the most sought after Admirals are those with lathework designs in the sheet margins. In 1916, the fancy lattice designs were added to the bottom margins of the engraved sheets of Admiral issues. Its purpose has never been absolutely clear, but printers may have used lathework to monitor the quality of the printing. If the lathework grew faint and less detailed, it could be a signal that the plate was worn. Another theory is that printing near the bottom edge of the sheet kept the paper in place on the cylindrical printing plate while the stamps were being printed.
Naturally collectors noticed the beautiful patterns in the margins of Admiral sheets, and a collecting craze was born that is still popular over 100 years later!
Six different lathework patterns and four different inverted patterns have been identified. Lathework items can be collected as singles, pairs, blocks, or multiples.
Please see Lots 5840-6041 in this sale for some exceptional Admiral material including some fine examples of lathework.
We are pleased to present over 8,100 lots in Sale #331. You will find great sections including Canada, Newfoundland, United States, Great Britain, Germany, France and Australia. There are some world class rarities including a mint Great Britain #O53,
a USA mint #70c, and Australia’s scarce mint #J38 Postage Due.
One of the perks of being an auctioneer is having the opportunity to handle
such a wide variety of fascinating material. After 45 years, items that I have never
seen before still cross my desk every day, and it is a pleasure to pass them on to you. We hope that you will enjoy the sale!