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BobbyBarnhart
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29 Oct 2013
02:37:43pm
I found the following set in a box lot recently and would like some assistance identifying them. They were obviously printed in conjunction with the coronation of King George VI (May 12, 1937), but there must be some story associated with them. Any information appreciated.

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bamra1
29 Oct 2013
03:52:39pm
re: Help identifying Coronation related stamp-like labels (George VI)

When Edward VIII abdicated the British PO announced it was not going to produce a commemorative stamp for George VI's coronation. (Can you imagine the GPO today not wanting to milk the stamp collectors with a huge set of high values? But it was much more staid in those days!)

But what happened immediately was that half a dozen commercial companies decided to leap in and milk the stamp collectors themselves with souvenir 'stamps' - no postal validity, obviously. In fact I've seen the envelopes they were sold in, and they sometimes had words to the effect of 'Not to be affixed to letters' stamped across the front.

Eventually the PO relented and issued a single commemorative stamp: the penny-halfpenny maroon with the joint portaits of George and Elizabeth. But the commercial companies went ahead anyway.

The set you have is known as the Regalia set. They were printed by Harrison and Son who often printed real stamps, and were sold by a company called Harris & Co. There were 12 stamps to a set (so you have a complete set) but all twelve were printed conjoined on a single sheet - a bit like a modern MS. You could get them in six different colours - black, brown, mauve, red, green and blue.

The stamps were effectively a penny each.You got a sheet of 12 for a shilling or for six shillings you got all six different colours in a souvenir envelope and with a sheet describing each different part of the regalia.

At this very moment a complete set (though not a sheet) of the brown is on sale on EBay for US$5 - two hours to go and not a single bid so far!

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philb
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29 Oct 2013
05:44:06pm

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re: Help identifying Coronation related stamp-like labels (George VI)

bamra1 thank you for the information..they are beautiful...i have 8 of them in colors brown,red and purple...i also have 12 photo type labels that simply say CORONATION !

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philb
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29 Oct 2013
05:45:39pm

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re: Help identifying Coronation related stamp-like labels (George VI)

Oops, i guess its not purple then..possibly black or dark blue !!

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bamra1
29 Oct 2013
07:23:46pm
re: Help identifying Coronation related stamp-like labels (George VI)

Purple = mauve on my list.

The photo type with only 'Coronation' (+ GR in circls at the sides)come from much bigger sets (of 60, I think). Those with a brown frame were made for the Parkshaw company, and those with a violet frame for Vallancey. Again, both sets were printed by Harrison.

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philb
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29 Oct 2013
08:09:26pm

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re: Help identifying Coronation related stamp-like labels (George VI)

Thanks again bamra1..i was not all clear on the mauve..on the coronations i will call the borders dark and light..simplification again...i have 9 with darkened borders and 3 with clearer back rounds !

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DavidG
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29 Oct 2013
08:49:08pm
re: Help identifying Coronation related stamp-like labels (George VI)

I have incomplete sets of brown, green, mauve and grey. I also have a green and a green & grey example of "The Coronation Ring" with the "dot to right of ring" variety.

A number of years ago, a gentleman from England sent me a document outlining the various varieties of the set.

David
(I am a specialist collector of the British Empire of the Reign of H.L.M. King George VI... mostly used)

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