STOCKHOLMIA 2019 Private Treaty Sale

Lot 81

Worldwide, Airmail Etiquettes through 1941. A neatly arranged, highly specialized, extensive collection built over more than 20 years. Organized following Günter Mair's Catalogue of Airmail Labels (The Postal Label Study Group of Los Angeles, 1991), the material is presented by geographical regions (Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, North America, Central America and South America), with each region's holdings further alphabetized by country.

Focusing on scarce and rare early material, the collector amassed an unrivalled array of material. There are approximately 3,150 labels off-cover, including 56 Mair six-star (Very Rare) and 315 (!) five-star (Rare) items, with more common types duplicated for further research. In addition to these single items, roughly 400 unused etiquettes are present as multiples—blocks, full sheets or booklets.

The covers are no less astounding, with about 1,200 in all, selected for the scarcity of the label, unusual postal history or markings, or for research purposes. Covers are arranged by the label's country of issue, rather than by country in which it was used—as people would often take a label from one country and use it elsewhere, offering a glimpse of travel routes and habits over the years.

Further highlights of the collection include First Issue etiquettes on cover, Zeppelin and Catapult flights, rare origins and destinations, plus over 100 stamps that are scarce or rare on cover. Australasia is particularly exciting, with Ross Smith, Herald, and Pals etiquettes each on cover (plus other rare items). We also find a highly specialized collection of about 1000 Great Britain etiquettes from 1920 to 1938, 21 rare Malta green cross Christmas mail labels, 22 rare Polish LOT air routing labels, a small group of Australian and New Zealand pigeon post items, a most unusual group of Australia Flying Doctor Corps material, and much, much more.

A sampling of the collection has been arranged on pages in an 18-ring binder, but most remains neatly arranged in boxes. While not formally mounted, it is organized in such a way that it would be an easy, if extensive, project—perfect for lazy summer evenings…or an extended layover at Arlanda.

Price: $95,000; £74,500; €80,850; 950,000 SEK; HK$741,000.

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