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Folding Pocket Knife with Postal Rates FK79
Folding Pocket Knife with Postal Rates FK79
Original, quality folding pocket knife with nickel side covers and two steel blades. This most unusual example is detailed to each cover with the rates for the year "1906 to 1915" for "Letter post", "Parcel Post", "Book Post", "Foreign Post", "Postal Orders", "Money Orders" and "Telegrams". Remember, these blades are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they dislike water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly. Both are detailed for the maker "John Watts - Sheffield and the large blade has further detail of postal charges "British Colonies 1d per ½ oz excepting Australia". All is complete and in good and working order. The first of these we have seen.

Closed 3.25" x 0.25".

Both blades open 7".

 
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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.

6.75" widest.

 
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Price: 75.00


Rubber Stamp Rack P46



Government Seal Brass Stamp PS80
Government Seal Brass Stamp PS80
Original, quality late 19th century oval shaped brass 'Royal Coat of Arms', handstamp with screw on / off turned boxwood handle. Complete and in good and working order.

Stamp 1" x 7/8".

Total 3.75" x 1.5".

 
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Price: 75.00


Brass Letter Balance PS79
Original, quality late 19th century brass letter scale of the pendulum form. This example is calibrated in ounces and parts there of up to 4oz, but not in pence as per usual for this style. The face is also stamped "N.B" for the manufacturer. The front has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good and working order.

6" x 3.25" x 0.75".

 
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Price: 65.00


Brass Letter Balance PS79



Candlestick Brass Postal Balance PS78
Candlestick Brass Postal Balance PS78
Original, quality brass postal balance of the candlesticks form with a decorative pressed brass circular plinth, a cylindrical body and a small circular sprung plate to the top. The scale is calibrated for the years from 1840 to 1865 and the plinth is embossed with details of horns of plenty, an early steam railway engine and a cargo ship with sails up. All is in the original colour and lacquer finish. Complete and in good and working order.

7.5" tall.

3.75" base diam.

2" top diam.

 
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Price: 165.00


Posting Box Brass Plate PS76
Original, quality 1930's / 40's pink brass plaque with four countersunk screw holes for mounting and white enamelled inlaid "Posting Box" in upper cased text. This example would have been used within the main Post Office public area. Has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good order.

17.5" x 4.5" x 0.25".

 
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Price: 200.00


Posting Box Brass Plate PS76



Ludlow GR Letter Box Plate PS75
Ludlow GR Letter Box Plate PS75
Original, quality rectangular shaped enamelled letterbox plate circa 1912 to 1936, from an all wooden, wall mounted letter box manufactured by James Ludlow, 24 Albion St, Birmingham. This clean and bright example is detailed with black text "GR" and the crown for the Reign of King George V and "Post Office Letterbox", with six screw holes for mounting, some chips to the enamel otherwise complete and in good order.

12" x 11".

 
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Price: 450.00


Cast Iron Telegraph Pole Plaque PS68
Original, quality 1920's / 30's curved cast iron plaque for fitting to Telegraph Poles, embossed 'GR' with a crown between and detailing "Persons Throwing Stones at the Telegraphs will be prosected". Much of the original red paint is remaining and all is complete and in good order.

7.5" tall.

5.5" wide.

1.25" front to back.

 
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Price: 145.00


Cast Iron Telegraph Pole Plaque PS68



Challenge Letter Balance PS66
Challenge Letter Balance PS66
Original, quality 1930's / 40's letter balance in pressed tin with nickel mounts and a curved weight detail to the front. This very clean example comes with part of the original box and the original leaflet with the postal rates for the period 1923 to 1940. Complete and in good and working order.

4" tall.

Base 3 ¼" x 2 1/8".

Box 4" x 3.5".

 
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Price: 65.00


Halls Patent Letter Balance PS65
Original, quality sheet brass letter balance in the original matt gilt finish, calibrated with the postal rates for the years 1865 to 1871 and the original green leather covered hinged case. This example was designed by NR Hall in 1863 and is impressed "Hall's Patent" and stamped "Parnell London" for the manufacturer. The case is rather thin at the leather hinge but otherwise in super condition with the underside impressed for the retailer "Asprey 156 Bond Street and 22 Albemarle Street", apart from the weakness of the hinge all is complete and in good and working order.

Case 5" x 2.75" x 0.5".

Scale 4.75" x 2.125".

 
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Price: 115.00


Halls Patent Letter Balance PS65



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


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: 345.00


Set of Mordan Brass Postal Scales PS62



Perry & Co Brass Letter Balance PS57
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: 65.00


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: 78.00


Cased Pair of Salter Balances PS37



Post Office Enamel Sign S320
Post Office Enamel Sign S320
Original, quality 1920's black on white rectangular shaped enamel sign detailing in upper cased text "Post Office for Money order, savings bank, parcel post, telegraph, Insurance, annuity and express delivery business". Also printed to the lower right corner for the sign manufacturer "Chromo Wolverhampton". A good clean bright enamel sign with eight holes for mounting and some minor restoration to small areas see reverse view for detail.

26" x 14".

 
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Price: 300.00


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.

3.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 85.00


Salter No 11 Letter Balance S250



Nickel Plated Stamp Box SB9
Nickel Plated Stamp Box SB9
Original, quality 1920's nickel plated on brass rectangular shaped stamp box with a hand coloured print of a hunting scene under glass to the hinged lid and three compartments for postage stamps to the inside. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

2.75" x 1.25" x 0.5".

 
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Price: 68.00


2 Piece Ceramic Stamp or Envelope Lick SB8
Original, quality 1920's two piece white ceramic stamp / envelope lick of large proportions "office size". This clean example is transfer printed to the front to the maker "Terston Series" with a crown and "Made in England" and with the registration number for the year 1929. Complete and in good and working order.

Water tray base 4.5" x 3".

Total 5" long.

2.5" tall.

 
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Price: 85.00


2 Piece Ceramic Stamp or Envelope Lick SB8



G.P.O Whistle W105
G.P.O Whistle W105
Original, quality 1920's nickel plated and brass tubular whistle impressed "G.P.O" for the General Post Office and detailed for the manufacturer "J. Hudson & Co Barr St Hockley Birmingham". These were used by the Postmen. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Good and loud and complete and in good and working order.

3.25" x 1.75".

 
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Price: 85.00

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