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Post Office Stamp LE9
Post Office Stamp LE9
Original, quality 1920's circular brass post office letter stamp on the original turned and ebonised wooden handle. The brass stamp details "218" within a star shape and the handle is impressed G.P.O. to the end for "The General Post Office". Complete and in good and working order. 3.75" long and 1.1/8" diam brass face. 
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Price: 56.00


Post Office Stamp LE8
Original, quality 1920's rectangular shaped brass post office letter stamp on the original turned wooden handle. The brass stamp details "More To Pay" and "Rate". Complete and in good and working order. 3.75" long and face 7/8" x 1.1/8". 
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Price: 56.00


Post Office Stamp LE8



Brass Letter Rack LR47
Brass Letter Rack LR47
Original, quality, late 19th century, pressed brass wall mounted letter rack on the original shaped, honey coloured oak backboard, with a brass ring for hanging. This larger than average letter rack has a shell form flanked by a pair of opposing mythical fish. The brass has been polished and lacquered and all is complete and in good order. Backboard 7.75" x 5.5", total 2" front to back.  
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Price: 135.00


Rubber Stamp Rack P46
Original, quality 1920's two tier cast iron revolving rubber stamp rack, as used in the office or Post Office for rubber stamps. This example has retained most of its original black with gold dots paintwork but a replacement brass finial has been fitted and all is now complete and in good and working order. 8.5" tall, 4.5" diam base and 6.75" widest. 
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Price: 85.00


Rubber Stamp Rack P46



Post Office 2 Gallon Petrol Can PC11
Post Office 2 Gallon Petrol Can PC11
Original, quality pre-war two gallon petrol can with the original red paintwork. The top is embossed "P.O" for the Post Office and "Petroleum Spirit Highly Inflammable" and has the original cast brass screw on cap and carry handle. Complete and in good and working order. Not a common can to be found. 12.5" tall x 9.75" x 6". 
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Price: 85.00


Avery Parcel Scale PS61
Original, quality circa 1900 / 1920's all brass parcel balance stamped to the top for the makers "W&T Avery Ltd Birmingham". This super example is the first we have seen of this model. The scale is mounted on a rectangular shaped plinth in mahogany with two cast brass cup side handles and cut-outs to take the original set of nine brass nesting weights and 1 x 20 grams standing weight. The nesting weights are marked accordingly from 4lb to ¼ ounce and the five larger ones are stamped for "Avery Ltd". All has been fully overhauled, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working order. Plinth 14" x 11" x 1.5" and total 15.5" x 11" x 6.5" tall. 
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Price: 465.00


Avery Parcel Scale PS61



Mordan Postal Scale and Weights PS60
Mordan Postal Scale and Weights PS60
Original, quality set of late 19th century all brass letter balance on the original mahogany plinth with the full set of original circular brass weights. These scales are marked for the maker "S. Mordan & Co" and detailed with the postal rates for the day on the flat brass plate "Inland Letter Post Not exceeding 4ozs 1d, Each additional 2ozs ½d, India & Colonies (except Australia) 1d per ½oz. Postal union 2½d per ½oz". All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working order. This is the first we have seen with these particular postal rates etc. which actually date it to 1897 to 1915. Base 12.5" x 5.75" and total 5" tall. 
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Price: 230.00


Perry & Co Brass Letter Balance PS57
Original, quality late 19th century brass letter scale of the pendulum balance form. This example is calibrated in old pennies and ounces and is for the postage rates from 1885 to 1897 and has the original steel letter clip and top split ring. The pendulum is impressed for the manufacturer "Perry & Co London". Originally nickel plated with traces still to the reverse and now polished brass and lacquered and complete and in good and working order. 6" x 3.25" widest x 0.5" front to back. 
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Price: 75.00


Perry & Co Brass Letter Balance PS57



Salters No11 Letter Balance PS56
Salters No11 Letter Balance PS56
Original, quality 1920's /30's scale with a very decorative cast iron body, a brass face and brass top plate. The brass dial is detailed "Salters Letter Balance No11" and is calibrated in ounces and parts of and the postage for the years 1923 to 1940. All has been cleaned and lacquered, fully overhauled and is complete and in good and working order. 7" tall, base 5" wide + 3.75" front to back. Pan 3.25" diam, total 4.25" front to back. 
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Price: 185.00


Winfield Postal Balance PS47
Original, quality brass postal balance of the candlestick form with a decorative pressed brass circular plinth, a cylindrical body and a small circular sprung plate to the top. The body is embossed for the manufacturer "R.W Winfield Birmingham" and the scale is calibrated to weigh up to 4oz for the years from 1840 to 1870. All is in the original unpolished finish, fully overhauled and complete and in good and working order. 6.5" tall and 3.25" diam of plinth. Top pan diam 1.75". 
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Price: 230.00


Winfield Postal Balance PS47



Cased Pair of Salter Balances PS37
Cased Pair of Salter Balances PS37
Pair of original, quality, pre-war, nickel plated tubular spring balances, in the original blue velvet and white silk lined leather look paper covered box, with a hinged lid and a pair of clasps. Both these balances are stamped for the maker "Salter" and the one with the spring clip, presumably for letters, is calibrated in ounces up to 16oz and the other, with a hook for parcels? is calibrated in pounds up to 15lbs. All is in near mint condition, probably not seen action and both balances are complete and in good and working order. Case 9" x 3.75" x 1". Price is for the set.  
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Price: 135.00


Salters No 35 Parcel Balance PS36
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast iron parcel scale to weigh up to 7lbs calibrated in ounces. The cast iron body is decorated in relief, to the front and base with designs of acanthus leaves. The circular painted face is marked "Salters Postal Parcel Balance No 35, 7lbs by 1oz" and has the postage rates for the years 1883 to 1886. The top rectangular flat pan is in brass and all has been cleaned and lacquered. The detail to the face is rather faded in places, otherwise all is complete and in good and working order. Top pan 6" x 4", total 8.5" tall, base 6" wide and 4.75" front to back.  
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Price: 115.00


Salters No 35 Parcel Balance PS36



Salter No 11 Letter Balance S250
Salter No 11 Letter Balance S250
Original, quality cast iron letter balance, with a brass dial and top letter tray. The dial is calibrated to 24 ounces in ¼ ounce divisions for the years 1923 to 1940 and is impressed for the manufacturer " Salters " and " Letter balance No 11 " and " Made in England ". The body has retained a green stippled paint finish and the brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All has been fully overhauled and is complete and in good and working order. Top pan 3.25", total 7.5" tall, base 4" wide and 3.5" front to back.  
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Price: 85.00


Post Office Enamel Sign S187
Original, quality 1920's, enamel sign, detailing in black upper cased text on white background "Post Office and "Money Order Office, Savings Bank" all within a black border. A good bright sign, with eight screw holes to the outer border, but with chip damage to the enamel edges, mainly to the top and corners. 26" x 10".  
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Price: 185.00


Post Office Enamel Sign S187



Brass Stamp Machine Front SB7
Brass Stamp Machine Front SB7
Original, quality pre war, cast brass frame from the front of a postage stamp dispensing machine originally fitted to the outside of a post office or to a pillar posting box. This good example has 'Postage' 'Stamps' embossed to the top and bottom, has the four mounting bolts and nuts and the original plate glass all weather hood. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and in good order, although incomplete. Exterior 16" x 6" and 3" front to back at hood and bolts 1" long.  
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Price: 125.00


Carved Stamp Box SB3
Original, quality, late 19th Century, carved lightwood, three sectioned stamp box with a hinged lid, carved to simulate a box with leather straps and with a carving of flowers to the centre. A small area of damage to the front of the lid, otherwise all is complete and in good order. 3" x 2" x 1". 
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Price: 56.00


Carved Stamp Box   SB3



G P O Whistle W39
G P O Whistle W39
Original, quality post war nickel plated whistle impressed for manufactured "J Hudson and Co, Barr St. Hockley Birmingham" and "G P O" for the General Post Office. These were used by the Postmen delivering letters door to door.  
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Price: 65.00

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