We’re Off to Stampex!

Filat AG will be represented at Autumn STAMPEX 2016 by Richard Johnson, our English Colonies expert.

Due to his responsibilities as IFSDA President he is unable to be a stand holder, however, please make contact with him through Gary DuBro, Willard Allman and David Morrison who will be at stands 40-42. A map of the venue can be found here.

Stampex takes place at The Business Design Centre, Islington, London and will be open from 14 – 17 September 2016. Further details can be found here.

Stunning Saint Helena

Saint Helena is allegedly Britain’s second oldest colony and was strategically important to the British Empire ships sailing between Europe, South Africa and Asia. The island was often used for exile purposes during the Boer War and quite famously was the location of Napoleon Bonaparte’s second exile and eventual death.

Over six thousand Boer War prisoners were held at prisoner-of-war camps at Broadbottom and Deadwood. This influx of prisoners resulted in a population record of 9,850 on Saint Helena. Several Boers decided to remain on the island after hostilities ended in 1902. This time of turmoil provided an excellent context for Saint Helena postal history. Filat AG has an excellent example of a Boer War censor cover sent to the Netherlands bearing an excellent strike of triangular “HEAD OFFICE” censor mark.

Saint Helena issued its first stamp on 1 January 1856 depicting Queen Victoria with a face value of 6d. This design was later issued again in various colours and overprinted with new values and remained in use until 1884. From 1912 to 1937, King George V issues were in use, followed by King George VI, the first of which was his Coronation set. In 1953 Queen Elizabeth II first stamp was issued. The most expensive set of Saint Helena is the 1961 “ST. HELENA/Tristan Relief” set of four. This set consists of Tristan da Cunha stamps which were overprinted and surcharged and were only sold between 12 and 19 October 1961, making this set quite rare.

Filat AG recently acquired some stunning new Saint Helena items which can be found here. A variety of stamps and covers are available ranging from 1902-1937, including Boer War letters and varieties on cover. Further highlights include 1922 Badge Issue 15/- torn flag variety in superb, mint condition, 1937 1/- Cleft Rock variety on seapost cover to the US and a 1919 War Tax Receiving Authority Specimen. These are but a few notable mentions, for the full range please visit Filat AG’s Saint Helena section.

Saint Helene 1d War Tax Specimen Stamp