Collection of rare and valuable postage stamps in sale

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Tuesday, February 28 is set to be a red-letter day for philatelists, as a particularly impressive collection of Queen Victoria and King Edward postage stamps goes under the hammer.

Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones will handle the sale out of its Penkridge saleroom, with lots originating from a single, private collection known as ‘The Dunston Collection’.

Amassed over a period of 10-20 years by a sadly deceased local enthusiast, the will be split down into individual lots.

The star lot of the sale looks set to be a set of six ‘Penny Blacks’ – famed as the world’s first self-adhesive postage stamp, and always a hit with collectors. Hailing from 1840 the 1d black block of six stamps, tied to a small piece by a red Maltese crosser, is expected to achieve £2,000 – £2,500.

Elsewhere, a superb, used 1878 £1 brown lilac with postmark for Glasgow MY2 92 is expected to fetch £800-£1,000.

Other highlights include a rather colourful set of four 1913 ‘Waterlow Seahorse’ stamps trip in fine, mint condition on which the hammer could fall at £600-£700 and a set of five 1840 2d blue plate postage stamps, presented as a horizontal strip and with clear margins all round, expected to achieve £400-£500.

Cuttlestones’ stamp expert, Geoff Milsom, said: “This really is a fantastic quality collection with some real rarities that any collector would be delighted to get their hands on. We anticipate strong interest not only from UK collectors but from those worldwide thanks to our popular live internet bidding.”

The Specialist Stamp Sale will take place at Cuttlestones’ Penkridge sale room on Tuesday February 28, 2023, with bidding in person, on the telephone lines, by commission or live via the internet at The fully illustrated catalogue will be available via from Friday February 17. Advance viewing strictly by appointment – call 01785 714905.