1892: Birmingham - a very fine Victorian 'D&L' marked silver box, heavily embossed throughout with attractive Sedan chair scenery on the hinged lid on top, opening for two sloped compartments, fine and rare.
1894: Birmingham, attractive Victorian twin compartment silver box, fluted diagonally and flanged edge to base, with hinged lid at top opening to two sloped compartments, few trivial nicks otherwise fine and scarce.
1897: Chester, a very fine Victorian stamp box by 'Stokes & Ireland Ltd.' marked 'SIL.D' with finely hammered finish all round, leaving mongram 'M.A.' free, the hinged lid opening to loosely inserted three gilded sloped compartments.
1899: Chester, very fine Victorian stamp box by 'Stokes & Ireland Ltd' marked 'SIL.D' with finely hammered finish all round, leaving Lion Emblem 'UTO POSSIDETIS.' (lit. 'as you possess') free, the hinged lid reveals two gilded sloped compartments. Fine and rare.
1899: Birmingham, two compartment box on balled feet by 'M. BROS' (Mappin Brothers) plain design with hinged lid at top with two windows (without glass), opening to two concave compartments, fine and attractive.
1900ca.: Combined vesta/stamp case in Sterling silver with ring attachment, top hinged to side and opens to vesta section with additional hinged 'door' on front, which opens to the stamp compartment. Fine and scarce.
1900ca.: Victorian Stamp and Sovereign case combined, plain pocket case opens to guilded interior, with sprung loaded dispense for stamps, half-sovereigns and sovereigns, closing mechanism defective, otherwise fine and scarce.
1903: Chester, novelty box in the form of a miniture coal shuttle, the hinged lid at front with a single glass window (small crack at upper left) opening to a single compartment, marked on reverse 'Rd 430769'.
1901: Birmingham - Edwardian triple sectioned casket style box on ball feet, marked 'L&S' (Levi & Salaman) with decoratively edged lid containing three glass windows displaying specimen stamps. Despite two cracked glasses, a most attractive piece.
1901: Birmingham, Rare solid Sterling Silver Card and Stamp combination case made by William Thorneywork stamped 'W*T' with very fine engraved floral and curlique design on spring loaded hinged lid, opens to guilded interior with two small compartments mounted on lid, full length compartment at base.rnrn
1901 ca.: Stamp and Sovereign case combined, engraved throughout with floral and curlique scrolls, with ring attachment and push-button catch to access the spring loaded stamp and coin compartments. Fine.
1901 ca.: Stamp and sovereign case combined, engraved throughout with floral and curlique scrolls, with ring attachment and push-button catch to access the spring loaded stamp and coin compartments. Fine.
1904: Birmingham, silver and leather three compartment box and moistener combined marked 'CBP', the 'Bordeaux' red covered base with silver mounted hinged lid at top with three windows opening to one compartment (glass and insert missing), the front mounted with a silver collar surrounding the glass roller for moistening the stamps. Despite some wear a most unusual combination.
1904: Birmingham double sided stamp case by Gourdel Vales & Co., the hinged lids at either side neatly enamelled in green, the other in red, showing King Edward VII ½ d. and 1 d. red, with ring attachment on top. Fine and rare.rn
1905 ca.: London Small 925 Sterling silver two compartment stamp box in the form of a Ladies handbag with purse type clasp and attached delicate silver chain, engraved floral design on both sides and marked 'AN'. Most unusual and scarce.
1905ca.: 'A.M.Co STERLING SILVER' - Novelty coil dispenser in the form of a whistle with engraved floral design, the plain body with a slot in the side for dispensing the stamps by tuning the top. Fine and most unusual.
1906: Birmingham, silver and glass two compartment box, ink-well and pocket watch holder combined by John Grinsell & Sons, the glass base mounted with a silver collar and lid housing a silver pocket watch at back opening to a single well, the front mounted with a silver collar and lid opening to two glass sloped compartments, with glass pen rest at front. Very fine and rare.
1906: Birmingham, small vesta and stamp case marked 'W.L.0 (probably William Light of Birmingham) with curlique scrolls and stamp compartment mounted on front, the lift off lid at top attached by a single loop, fine and unususal.
1906: Chester, a fine silver and glass two compartment stamp box and glass moistener (roller) combined, marked 'JD/WD' by James Deakin & Sons, the glass base with silver banding around the edge, opposite two silver hinge mounted lids opening separate concave stamp compartments, standing on curved silver wire skate blades. Most attractive and unusual.
1906: Lantz's silver stamp dispenser by William Hornby, marked 'WH' and 'PATENT', the handle forming a water sprinkler to dampen the envelope before applying the stamp by plunging the handle. Fine and very rare.
1906: Single compartment stamp case by John Rotherham (a case-maker of the watch makers Rotherham & Son), pocket watch style design with purse type clasp at top, the front inscribed 'Stamps' and with monogram on reverse, opening to a single compartment, fine and scarce.
1907 Chester, plain slightly curved pocket case, opens to guilded interior, one side with spring loaded dispensers for stamps, half Sovereigns and Sovereigns, in addition to fancy sprung clip, compartment for visiting cards on opposite side, on front with engraved "CAPt. E. TEMPERLEY 6th NORTHd. FUSILIERS", a few trivial dents, otherwise fine.rnrnEx Harmers of London, 1989, lot 1037.
1908: A most unusual Edwardian, Silver Capstan type Inkwell with a hinged top revealing a clear glass liner in the well and with a small pull-out stamp drawer set into edge of base, a few tiny blemishes and main hallmark worn, not detracting in any way. A lovely inkwell in great antique condition.
1908: Sterling silver novelty box on ball feet, with wooden silver fronted drawer with two compartments, on the top surmounted with a cute silver piggy and inserted sponge for moistening the stamp. Fine and unusual.
1909: Birmingham, Novelty single compartment box modelled as a 'wheelbarrow', the hinged lid with a single glass window, showing a specimen stamp, marked 'K&S' and 'RD 520190'. A fine and very rare example of the most sought after novelty desing.
1910: Birmingham, large envelope-type case with engraved 'C.M.M' to flap, opens to reveal three internal compartments, two small compartments doe small stamps each side and with full length compartment for large stamps behind.
1910ca.: 'A. Barrett & Sons, 63 & 64 Piccadilly', Novelty single compartment case in the form of an envelope with engraved address 'H.B. Debenham, Cheshunt Park, Herts', bearing on front enamelled 1 d.lilac cancelled "LONDON W. DEC 25 93" in black, the flap on reverse with swivel action and ring attachment on the side, fine and rare.
1911: Birmingham, Stamp and Sovereign case combined in pocket watch style design with push-button catch, the front inscribed 'Stamps' with one side opening to a single Stamp case, the other to the Sovereign case or vice-versa, fine and scarce.
1915: 'ALL & Co.' (Adie & Lovekin?) twin-compartment envelope-type stamp case with ring attachment at left and attractive and elaborate foliate scrollwork all round with uninscribed cartouche on reverse.rnrn
1916: London novelty cigarette case (12 x 8 cm) of 142 gr. Sterling Silver, marked 'GU/r' with engraved 1d. stamp, London cds (14 SEPT 16' and address of 'Mr. P C Turner Esq. / Abbey Lodge / Little Abington / Cambridgeshire' on top and with gilding inside, opened by push-button closure, some minimal denting, otherwise fine and attractive.
1929: CARTIER - Cylindrical shape stamp dispenser with removable lid engraved monogram 'J.P.L:', with a slot on lid and base for pulling out stamps, marked 'STERLING 1926' and 'Cartier' on bottom side. Diameter: 48 mm. A fine and scarce item.
1941: Sterling Silver Stamp Case By W.E.G. of Birmingham - small flat two compartment stamp case with engine-turned cover applied on front with the lettering "STAMPS", and thumbpiece opening to reveal a plain interior. The inner case inscribed "PAT. APPLIED FOR". Wartime silver items are rare.
Two similar 925 Sterling silver flat pocket cases with purse type clasps and showing two different 'stamp' designs, both embossed, one with 'US-TWO CENTS' on front and 'U.S.MAIL.' on back, the other with Penny Black 1 d. stamp on front. A fine and appealing pair.
Balances and Scales 1904: Birmingham postal balance with calibration panel in ivory, as usual calibrations somewhat worn, mounted to rectangular base containing silver fronted wooden twin compartment drawer, standing on four balled feet, circular top plate with 'GJH' monogram. A fine and appealing item. Ex Harmers of London 1986, Lot 1241.
Balances and Scales 1920's: A fine English brass postal balance on a dark oak base with beam quadrant (diameter 50 mm.) and letter plate (75 x 90 mm.) as well as three inserts for six weights of 4 dr. plus ½ oz. to 8 oz..
Ivory Box 1900 ca.: Large late 19th. century Sperm Whale Tooth with inserted silver stamp box by Mappin & Webb Ltd. London, hinged lid opens to one concave stamp compartment. Small split of ivory on top of tooth, right to the compartment, due to the ageing process. Length 15 cm., high 5 cm. of 348 gr. weight. Very unusual and scarce item.
Ivory Box Hand-painted three compartment box (73 x 34 x 17 mm.) with decorative floral ornaments on all four sides of base and lid, depicting a delightful pastoral scene in 18th. century style on hinged lid. Slight colour abrasion, otherwise fine and most attractive.
A small two compartment pocket case modelled as a book with hinged lids on each sides, of which one enamelled in red opening to a sloped twin-compartment stamp box and on the opposite side to another box.
Antique Chinese Brass box with floral enamelled design on three sides, on base as well as on hinged lid on top, depicting flowers in rose, yellow and white with green leaves on a cobalt background, marked CHINA at bottom. Fine.
Limoges Porcelain 1900 ca.: Unusual vintage Limoges Stamp Box opening to two different compartments, one for small stamps, the ofther for larger stamps, completely hand-painted with floral gold decoration and hinged lid with metal rim and base with decorative leave shaped clasp. A wonderfull collectable miniature box.
Limoges Porcelain: Hand Painted Gilt and floral Pink Rose two compartment box with decorative design and gold enamel finish, hinged lid with metal rim at lid and base and bow shaped clasp. A wonderful collectable miniature box. Fine and rare.
American Stamp Boxes 1891: 'Gorham MFG.Co.' (Pat. June 2490 /STERLING) - Novelty single compartment case in the form of an envelope, flap with swivel action, front with enamelled stamp and engraved cancel "New Haven Conn. 1 5 PM 91" and 'backstamped' "P.O. 1.21.91 REC'D" on reverse, fine and scarce.
American Stamp Box 1890: Novelty single compartment case with swivel action in the form of a 'United States Postcard' with embossed header addressed to 'P.O. Stage / Stamps Inc.' and 'cancelled': "NEW YORK P.O. MAY 20", on reverse with 'handwritten' message: "Dear Uncle..." (minimal text abrasion). Fine and scarce.
1925ca.: A circular stamp-roll dispenser with slit to side, inscribed 'M.J.S.' on top and marked STERLING and TIFFANY & CO., diameter 46 mm. Fine and rarernrnProvenance: Phillips, London, Sale No. 26954, Dec. 1987.
Dutch Stampbox 1890ca.: Small four compartment box with hinged lids on two sides, one showing embossed 'Sailing Boat' and, on opposite side, a 'Windmill', each opening to a sloped double compartment, fine and unusual.
Germany 1910ca.: Heavy electro-plated silver-brass box with Art Nouveau floral openwork designed lid showing Sunflower, inside with engraved 'Postamt Solingen Oligs', opening to two concave stamp compartments.
Swiss Wooden Stamp Box Attractive 19th. Century three compartment wooden stamp box with a hand painted view of 'Chateau Chillon' and 'Dents du Midi' at Lake Geneva on hinged lid. Slight age-related colour abrasion, otherwise a fine and attractive antique Swiss souvenir.
Swiss Wooden Stamp Box Attractive 19th. Century wooden stamp box with a hand painted view of Lake Lucerne (Urnersee) presumably from Brunnen (Schwyz) in direction to Canton Uri on hinged lid, opening to three sloped compartments. Minimal age-related colour abrasion, otherwise a fine and attractive antique Swiss souvenir.
Wooden Stamp Boxes Two carved two compartment stamp boxes with hinged lids, one from 'Lucerne', the other from 'Geneva', further a handpainted two compartment stamp box (defective hinge) with a view of 'Chateau Chillon'. Attractive early 20th century Swiss Souvenirs.