Great Britain - Channel Islands - Jersey : Jersey REVENUES Collection: It was circa 1976, only 3 years after I entered the stamp trade as a rookie dealer 'Assistant Manager' of Direct Philatelic Supplies (aka DPS) trading from 332 Kilburn High Road, London (not the best of areas). I had just started trading for myself and I came across these lovely high value JERSEY Revenue sets with stamp values to the £200 blue - printed by Bradbury Wilkinson - beautifully executed stamps - complete sets all of which had been overprinted 'SPECIMEN' so that they could be sold to stamp collectors. Today, I'd just Google them - in fact I've just done so but pre-internet - in those days, pre-digital, the telephone to Jersey didn't even work that well it took me some tracking down to locate the Jersey Treasury Office that supplied them. Eventually I found the right Treasury Clerk entrusted to sell the SPECIMEN overprinted stamps to collectors. "What can you offer me?" - She replied they're £3 a set, at any one time we can supply hundreds of sets. That was it - I found a new issue dealer in Germany - Jersey stamps were popular there because of the German occupation in WWII What are they I was asked ? I'll send you a sample. Two weeks later I had an order for 2,000 sets - at an astonishing £5 a set! What a wonderful deal for a young dealer, just starting out (if I could borrow the money to buy them - but that's another story). It being just before Christmas I said I would fly out from Eastleigh Airport Southampton to collect them asap in the New Year. Christmas came and went, I duly arrived in Jersey with £6,000 in my bank account. I said I had come to collect my order for 2,000 sets at £3 each that seemed to cause something of a 'kerfuffle'. Eventually I was ushered into the Treasurers Office. Sitting in his red leather armchair he 'patiently' explained that for the New Year the treasury had decided to increase the price per set from £3 to £5 each. "Ah - but I ordered them before Christmas at £3 a set and said I would come to collect them in early January" - but - alas, 'deaf bureaucrat ears' - my first (unhappy) dose of bureacracy no discounts, nothing could be done - etc etc. Weeks later I persuaded my client to pay £5.50 a set and we made a profit (less, in those days, expensive air travel costs) Suffice it to say, I've still always had a 'soft-spot' for these revenues which were used for stamp duty so much so, that I love this collection we are presenting to you, because it must be one of the finest Jersey Revenue Collections in existence, authoritative, beautifully documented including printings, types, and documents from 1867 onwards. Enough said. Thank you for reading my story - please review ALL 134 images. By the way - a quick search on eBay suggests that there is a good demand for Jersey Revenue stamps they sell but nobody carries a candle to the calibre of this exhibition standard collection! View ALL 134 images (TWO VOLUMES). HEAVY LOT - SHIPPING SURCHARGE FOR OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS.
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