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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



Rubber Stamp Rack P46
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


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


Post Office 2 Gallon Petrol Can PC11



Salter Letter Balance PS64
Salter Letter Balance PS64
Original, quality pre-war tiny letter balance with its own leather pouch. This example has an ivorine face, a hook to the top and a spring clip beneath. The face is detailed for the maker "Salter", "Made in England" and is calibrated up to four ounces. Complete and in good and working order. Scale 4.5" x 1" x 0.25". Pouch 3" x 2.25".  
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Price: 56.00


Brass Letter Balance with Inkwell PS63
Original, quality late 19th century engraved brass postal scales mounted on the original shaped walnut plinth with the original fitted glass inkwell and old replacement brass weights. This most unusual example is the first we have seen. The brass scales are engraved with flowers and leaf designs to the front and top, the inkwell is in moulded glass with a cast brass hinge and collar to the lid and the walnut plinth is mounted on three bun feet. The weights are of the correct number and denomination but the originals would have been engraved. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Fully overhauled and complete and in good and working order. 12" x 9.5" x 5.5" tall. 
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Price: 650.00


Brass Letter Balance with Inkwell PS63



Set of Mordan Brass Postal Scales PS62
Set of Mordan Brass Postal Scales PS62
Original, quality late 19th century superb set of brass letter scales with a full run of original brass weights all mounted on the rectangular wooden plinth with the top, veneered with coromandel. The beam of this scale is impressed for the maker "S. Mordan & Co London". The weights are all the original with the exception of the one and two ounce ones which are old replacements, the remaining five weights are stamped in a way typical for Mordans "OZ 16", "OZ 8", "OZ 4", "OZ 2" and "OZ ½". The wooden base is mounted on four bun feet, the scale pan to the right shows the postal rates for the year 1885 to 1887 and the left pan is detailed "Book Post, one halfpenny for every two ounces up to 5lbs. Fully overhauled, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order. Base 10.5" x 5.5" x 1.25", total 5.5" tall x 11" x 5.75". Price is for the set. 
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Price: 385.00


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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