Gone are the days when stamp collecting was a byword for boring! Philately – the official name given to the pursuit – is not only the world’s most popular collectible but it is also fast gaining followers, especially amongst the younger generations who can easily share their passion via social media platforms such as Instagram or Twitter.
This is also a hobby that can be pursued on many levels, from single stamp purchases costing just a few pounds to entire collections worth thousands. You don’t need much space to store your finds and specialisms are boundless – from different countries and time periods to topics as diverse as space, natural history or sport.
If stamp collecting takes the number one slot in the popularity stakes then postcard collecting (Deltiology) is not far behind. The Royal Mail estimates that around 135 million postcards are sent annually and this number is increasing. As with stamps, the range is limitless – historically, geographically and socially – and while some examples reach very high prices, it can also be a relatively inexpensive pursuit.
The Department of Stamps, Postcards and Social History encompasses all facets of these fascinating fields – as well as items relating to their history – and caters for all levels of interest.
Talk to a specialist
This department is run by leading expert Trevor Chinery, who has over 25 years’ experience both as a dealer and collector.
He took over as the owner of the renowned Philatelic Auction Agency in 2012 – the largest establishment of its kind in the UK – and has trade connections across the globe that enables him to access the latest prices for accurate valuations. He is also an active member of the Royal Philatelic Society, Philatelic Trade Society and West Indies Study Circle.
Trevor has helped many clients build prestigious collections and has handled countless important and unusual sales. As an avid collector and enthusiast himself, he is equally happy to advise those just starting out or wishing to buy or sell at an entry level.