Great Britain - 1923 Mercury Air Mail labels or "Essays"

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Great Britain - 1923 Mercury Air Mail labels or "Essays"

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Someone was looking for information about Mercury Air Mail 'Essays' on another thread.

Are these what you are referring to?

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A competition was organised by the Junior [now National] Philatelic Society for members to design an Airmail stamp for Great Britain. The winning design by J Bickerton Sifton and was produced as a Label to commemorate the 1923 London International Stamp exhibition at the RHS Hall.

Printed by De La Rue in the then colours of the KGV definitives. Other colours exist, for presentation purposes.

Of the six colours, at least 10 variations exist for each, Watermark Upright and inverted, imperfs, Different Perf gauge etc.

Ack: British Stamp Exhibitions by Glenn Morgan and Graham Wilson.

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These labels have acquired the term 'Essay' over the years and are often named as such in Dealers and Auction lists.

However, they are purely Exhibition Labels, and were never intended to be anything but labels.

They can be found with some searching for between 50p-£3 each label depending on condition and variety. The Block of 4 mentioned will no doubt stand a mark-up.

The other item mentioned in the other thread was an Essay presented to the Post Office in 1922 by Bradbury Wilkinson. Here are reproductions of those essays;

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I'm a little surprised at Mike Holt describing these as Essays when they obviously are not.
Also, his prices quoted appear to be more than a little wayward !!!


http://www.mike-holt.com/02_stamps_list_38_02.htm#28aa" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Here is another expensive piece, beware of them.
The seller states that they are reproductions of the 1923 labels but he still gives a high starting price, when the actual retail is only about 10-20p per label.

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https://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GB-STAMPS-ESSAYS-AIR-MAIL-UNMOUNTED-MI ... 4611137298" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

These are on unwatermarked,ungummed paper
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Londonbus1 wrote:Someone was looking for information about Mercury Air Mail 'Essays' on another thread.

Are these what you are referring to?

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A competition was organised by the Junior [now National] Philatelic Society for members to design an Airmail stamp for Great Britain. The winning design by J Bickerton Sifton and was produced as a Label to commemorate the 1923 London International Stamp exhibition at the RHS Hall.
Printed by De La Rue in the then colours of the KGV definitives.
Other colours exist, for presentation purposes.
Of the six colours, at least 10 variations exist for each, Watermark Upright and inverted, imperfs, Different Perf gauge etc.

Ack: British Stamp Exhibitions by Glenn Morgan and Graham Wilson.

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Any interest in the red and blue one used on cover with a penny ha'penny brown KGV dated during the exhibition? Google does not seem throw any covers up.
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GB 1921-22 essays of first airmail stamps - value please

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I've been asked to get a value on these two unissued essays of the first GB airmail stamp from the 1921-22 competition. The story is described on the newspaper clipping and two mint examples are shown at the bottom of the scan. Thanks in advance.

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Re: GB 1921-22 essays of first airmail stamps - value please

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Not much -- there are quite a lot of them about. There's a thread on them here:

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Londonbus1 wrote:These labels have acquired the term 'Essay' over the years and are often named as such in Dealers and Auction lists.

However, they are purely Exhibition Labels, and were never intended to be anything but labels.

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Never seen those before. :mrgreen:
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Lakatoi 4 wrote:I've been asked to get a value on these two unissued essays of the first GB airmail stamp from the 1921-22 competition. The story is described on the newspaper clipping and two mint examples are shown at the bottom of the scan. Thanks in advance.

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'Not Bruce' (member here) has some of these on his ebay site (I B Redguy) at £4.95 each "Buy It Now" -

https://www.ebay.com.au/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=i.b.redguy&_os ... y&_sacat=0

Interesting newspaper article to go with them though. :mrgreen:

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