Grosvenor auction of British Empire & Foreign Countries No. 159, June 5th–6th 2024

The strongest presentation of Falkland Islands and Antarctica at auction in the first half of 2024, over 500 lots on the first day of the June auction at Grosvenor, will prove an important test of the market as it stands currently and a likely indicator of how it is likely to develop over the next few years.

The range of material at offer is broad and of good quality, featuring as it does the collections of two well known Members of FIPSG – Mike Brown of California and the late Ray Rabbetts of Hertfordshire who passed away in 2022 (Obituary UG Vol XXVIII No. 7, Mar. 2023, p. 330).
Included in the sale are two Black Frank covers, one to Uruguay at the 4d. rate, the other registered (one of eight known) to England. There are also two Red Frank covers, one registered and judged to be the most attractive of the three known.

Amongst other Falklands ‘classics’ are two 1891 Bisect covers, five ‘Paid at South Georgia’ covers or cards (and a piece) and three 1928 Provisionals (one on cover).

The sale also includes many interesting (and more affordably priced) items that should attract good attention, one such being a letter sent by by Montague Craigie-Halkett  to Karl Lellman in 1937 from the Colonial Secretary’s Office, thanking him for photographs that he had supplied of the Memorial and Upland Goose, selected for the forthcoming Pictorial issue, and the fascinating letter written in Stanley over the first four days of the 1982 Invasion.

Ray was the standout ‘Modern Man’ of his day and there is an expectedly strong QEII range including proofs of the vignettes for the 1953 Coronation issue and the 1960 Birds 6d Albatross, together with many rarer errors and watermark varieties.

Among the section of covers and cancellations are strong group of Post Office Parcel Cancellations (SH PSO.2) and formula registered envelopes. An unusual section of airmails includes two Zeppelin covers, the first one of only two known from the first flight to have carried mail to the Islands.

Opening the section and appearing at auction for the first time since the sale of the Dudley Styles collection at Harmers in 1988, is the very first and unique ‘Falklands Airmail’ item. Athough its time in the air was quite a small percentage of its journey the special postcard carried on the First UK Aerial Post between London and Windsor is addressed to Governor Allardyce and a F.4C arrival datestamp proves that it ‘went the distance’.

The offering of Antarctica provides a good range of items from the ‘Golden Age of Explorers’, including a postcard sent by Scott, a postcard and letter signed by Shackleton. From the Post-War era come the exceptional collections of Operation Highjump formed by Karlhans Liebl and of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition by Gerry Pearce, both offered intact.


Congratulations to Mr Kamath for achieving a silver medal with a Falkland islands display at the recent Karnapex exhibition in Bengaluru.


Founder of the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group, Malcolm Barton (left), receives his certificate of display from Mike Roberts at the Study Group display at the Royal Philatelic Society of London on 26th October 2023.

Mike is the current President of the "Royal" and also a committee member of the Study Group.

See more photographs from the event below.


Congratulations to our Editors of the Upland Goose, Elizabeth and James Grist, for their award of a Large Gold in the Literature section of the Great American Stamp Show in Cleveland, OH. Thanks also to all the contributors to the journal that helped achieve this award.


Here are the latest postal rates from the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and BAT. They were valid from 1st July 2023


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here are the latest postal rates from the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and BAT. They were valid from 1st July 2022


The Grosvenor sale on the afternoon of Tuesday 14th March features a strong specialised section of Falkland Islands & Antarctica featuring the collection of the late John Newby of Essex.

In total there are some 380 lots of interest to falklands and Antarctica collectors.

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE AUCTIONEER - How we Progress to Complete the Auction
The results are now on the website together with a list of unsold lots and their availability on a first come first served basis. Please e mail to secure any of these. I am anxious to secure a procedure where we will keep to a minimum our visits to the PO and Bank.
In the first instance I am going to allow 7 days for everyone to decide whether they want to buy any of the unsold lots. I don’t want to duplicate mailings unnecessarily and I won’t be sending anything out until this time period has elapsed.

You should be able to tell in most instances what you have won, although there are a handful of instances where there are tied bids, in which case the first bid will succeed. I realise you will not know this in the first instance.

Before I send anything out, I will email each of the successful purchasers with a total due and we can discuss the payment method.
1. The easiest for me and the Study Group is for you to send a credit by way of internet banking to our auction account:
A/c name: The Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group, Sort Code: 30-94-53, A/c No: 18796468
Many of you do this already and I am hoping numbers increase.
2. You can use Paypal but please remember I will add 5% for our administration costs, otherwise the study group will be penalised.
3. I have a new card machine whereby I can take payments over the telephone. The Study Group will be charged for this and I would be looking for a small voluntary contribution of 2% to relieve our costs.
All these payment methods will be discussed when I email you your respective totals.
Above all I want to avoid the necessity of you sending cheques. I do not want to go to the bank to use counter services please!
It is my intention to send everything below £200 by ordinary first class post which I will achieve using the post box at the end of my road. More valuable consignments will be sent by Special Delivery.
If you have have any queries please email me as above and I will try to get back to you asap.