Useful Links

Here are some links to other websites that we think you will find useful:

The Modern British Philatelic Circle - If you collect the type of items for sale in my store, then you may well already be an MBPC member. If you aren't then I can thoroughly recommend it. As a member, you receive the Bookmark Journal 6 times a year, have access to regular exclusive member only auctions and are part of a large network of like minded collectors. The annual subscription is very low (£8 at the time of writing) and although members come from far and wide, there are meetings a couple of times a year. The MBPC publish the Bookmark catalogue (8th edition currently in the pipeline) which, along with the Deegam Machin Handbook, is indispensable.

The SB, DB and DP series for cataloguing decimal stamp books and panes and the Loveland scale for perforation condition, which are used by Jerwood Philatelics, are the copyright of the Modern British Philatelic Circle (MBPC) and are used under Licence with the Circle’s kind permission.

The Complete Deegam Machin Handbook - The Complete Deegam Machin Handbook has been the "bible" for specialist Machin collectors since it was first published in 1993. Authored by Douglas Myall, a renowned specialist on this iconic stamp issue, it is available from his website on CD-ROM. Regular updates are included in the purchase price. It is immense in it's scope and detail, daunting to the newcomer, engrossing and utterly indispensible.

The Deegam reference numbers and notations, which are used by Jerwood Philatelics, are the copyright of Douglas G.A. Myall and are used with his kind permission, as given generally on page P-1 of the Handbook, in return for this acknowledgement and copyright notice.

Solihull Philatelic Society - If you happen to live anywhere near me then I can recommend joining Solihull PS. In an era when member numbers are often falling and some societies are struggling to continue, Solihull continues to thrive. It is the only club in the region that meets weekly from September through to April and it has an excellent and varied programme of speakers. The programme secretary is a member of the Royal Philatelic Society London and as such has very good links throughout the philatelic world. It is not uncommon to have national and international award winning collections displayed there. The society also hosts an annual auction for which I am the auctioneer.

Stamp Boards - As far as I know, this is the most active philatelic discussion forum around. It's run by an Australian stamp dealer and as such there tends to be a lot of discussion of philatelic topics from the southern hemisphere. Having said that it's still a great place for general discussion, a useful source of information and advice, and also an opportunity to buy, sell and swap with other collectors. The webmaster is a bit of a cantankerous so-and-so, but he's developed a useful resource for the hobby, so we can mostly forgive him that!

Anthony Wakefield & Co. Ltd - Ensuring that your collection is adequately insured will no doubt be a priority for many of you. Fortunately, I have never had cause to make a claim on any policy I have held, but over the years I have come to the conclusion that it is much better to have a separate specialist policy for a stamp collection. General household insurers simply do not have sufficient knowledge about stamps and postal history and, in my opinion, this could cause problems in the event of a claim. There are several specialist insurance brokers out there but for the past couple of years I have given my business to Anthony Wakefield. His prices are competitive and he provides policies not just for stamps but many kinds of art, antiques and collectibles.

Terence Sinclair – Fine Artist - Born in London in 1964, Terence has developed an exciting style of image creation using thousands upon thousands of used postage stamps. The stamps have been collected from all over the world throughout his life and he has an enormous collection. He studied Fine Art and later Graphic Design to become an Art Director working in London within the advertising and design industry in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2003 he became the Creative Director of a London based advertising agency. Terence has been concentrating on creating his unique art and now has a large number of pieces which will eventually all be cataloged on his website.

I have some of his work in my own office. He also accepts commissions to produce unique works for clients. For example, people will often inherit stamp collections that have little philatelic value if sold at auction. Using them instead to form the basis of a piece of art that has meaning to both you and the original collector is a great idea.

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