County Philatelic Auctions
sought – Germany – Portugal
In spite of many years experience, from time to
time we come across items we have not seen before and for which we cannot find
a reference in our 1300 book library.
We pride ourselves on our accurate descriptions and need additional
information on these items so we can enter them in a future County sale. If you know exactly what any of these items
are and what they should reasonably sell for (in US $ or UK pounds) please impart your
wisdom. Thank you.
Germany – Hindenburg 3pf yellow brown a
fine unmounted mint (NH) pair but with the left stamp overprinted with a sword
plus sun rays design and text as follows ‘Aussig ist frei – 16 Okt
1938 – BEFREIUNGSKUNDERBUNG’
No problem pricing or
describing the basic stamps but what difference does this overprint make? We assume this is for the liberation of ?Aussig on 16 October 38 but we cannot find it (or missed
it) in the Michel Specialised catalogue.
Answer: thanks to Stephen Tauber, Lexington, Massachusetts
of overprint which you show on one stamp of a Hindenburg pair of Germany was extensively applied in October 1938
to stamps of Czechoslovakia
hard on the heels of the occupation of the Sudetenland by Germany. The overprints referred to individual towns,
but their great similarity makes it clear that it was a systematic effort by
the Germans. Evidently the same sort of
overprint was also applied to then current German stamps. My speculation on the matter is that this
particular example may have been prepared before the Germans had grabbed stamps
from the captured post offices.
- Portugal – a design similar to that of the general 1898 Colonies
issues but with differences – The circle has Portugal at left, Correos at
the top and CONTINENTE at the right.
There is no colony name in the tablet but the value 2˝
Answer (with thanks to the webmaster of the Portuguese Philatelic Society, UK):
It is a D Carlos
Mouchon inverted overprint. These overprints are called 'clandestines' as they were supposedly done
deliberately by the mint house workers 'after office hours'. These exist
for most colonies and are not catalogued, as they are not recognized by
major catalogue houses as being genuine errors. However, collectors buy
these for curiosity.