Original Victorian Stamps that came from the
former home of C S Lewis!
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
(These 54 original Victorian 1d red stamps
are from the Kilns, the former home of C. S. Lewis, and are
now offered, For Sale).
They can never be repeated, only copied!
The stamps came from envelopes, that contained letters from
within the former home of C. S. Lewis the Kilns, Oxford, UK.
One of Lewis' step-son's by marriage to Joy Gresham (Douglas),
said at the time "they belong to my father".
See my book titled 'A Guide to the C S Lewis Tour in Oxford'
pages 123/124/129 where I write about these stamps!
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These 54 Victorian 1d red stamps come from envelopes
that contained letters at the former home of C. S. Lewis (Jack),
the Kilns, Headington, Oxford, UK.
Lewis' step-son Douglas Gresham and I would meet
after school was over up at the Kilns, and on this particular
occasion we were in Douglas' (Dougie's) bedroom. I was collecting
stamps from a very early age and so when Dougie handed me a
bundle of envelopes tied together with a piece of pink wool,
telling me that I could have the stamps, 'but not the letters
inside because they belong to my father', I was very happy to
sit there and peel them off of the envelopes.
There are 54 stamps in total. I have wondered
why 54 - maybe one a week! But from who, a family member?
The postmarks on some of the stamps clearly read
Yes, 30 years before Jack was born, and of course
Lewis' family originated in Ireland so who could they be from,
his parents or grandparents maybe? I took them home and put
them in my stamp album, and probably haven't looked at them
more than a dozen times in 50 years!
These Victorian 1d red stamps are very special
to me. Add to this the provenance, and to think that you could
now own these stamps that really did come off of envelopes containing
letters, from within the former home of C. S. Lewis, and about
which I write about on pages 123/124/129 of my book titled 'A
Guide to the C. S. Lewis Tour in Oxford'.
This really is a one off opportunity to own something
that previously belonged to this great man!
One stamp is now in Boston, MA making the total above now 53 stamps.
My thoughts are that these stamps would be a fantastic
addition to any collection, although clearly not the average
collector, whilst in the full knowledge of where they came from.They
would also make suitable auction items to raise even more funds.
I have idea's about a dna test to prove that they came from
the Lewis family, and this can be discussed later if needs be.
These original 54 Victorian 1d red stamps are
100% genuine. They really did come off of envelopes containing
letters from within the former home of C. S. Lewis, the Kilns.
Oxford, UK. Buyer will receive written confirmation from me
regarding these stamps, which are probably the only surviving
available chattels from the former Lewis home (except for my
decanters ). Remember, there is also a reference to these stamps,
and my decanters in my book.
I am not a professional collector of stamps and
so can honestly say they have never been looked at under a watermark
detector for example, neither do I know from what plates they
The value I believe is not in the specification,
but the provenance.
Buyer agree's to pay for all additional costs
relating to insurance, shipping, duty, packaging and handling.
For further information please contact the owners:
R. K. & A. M. E. Brind
Ronald K. Brind - Author: 'A Guide to the C S Lewis Tour in
Oxford' ISBN: 1857566262 - Janus Publishing Ltd
Emails to: Ron@pestcontrol-supermarket.com
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