Public Stamp Auction 31

Saturday 17th March 2018

Commencing at 1pm

West Plaza Hotel, Wakefield Street, Wellington, New Zealand

Welcome to our 31st sale. This bi-annual auction should prove to be amongst the most interesting we have held, whilst smaller in estimate value to our October 2017 sale. We are honoured to feature stamps from several major collections, some with instructions to "clear". All lots are new to the market, not having been offered by us before.

  • 1906 1d Claret Christchurch Exhibition "used" CTO.
  • Approx 2,000 Full Face Queens.
  • Over 120 collections.
  • 1996 Teddy Bears x 12.
  • Good selection of 1931 Arms MUH including a 35/-.
  • Interesting and extensive NZ accumulations.
  • Over 4,200 NZ Advertisement stamps
  • Extensive GB
  • Interesting 1960's China
  • 146 album World collection offered as a special low reserve, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Wellington, following a bequest.

We are certain that there is something for everyone in this sale.

We urge collectors planning to attend this sale not to leave their viewing until the day of the sale as not too many people can view the same item simultaneously – so come on the Friday – or arrange to view prior to Wednesday 14 March at our premises in Otaki! We are only 20 minutes from Paraparaumu Airport and ten minutes from Waikanae commuter railway station. We can pick you up from either! (By appointment only).

Like last year’s sale we expect a huge interest with a large number of room bidders. My thanks go to Chris Burtt, David Smitham, Alan Jackson, Maree Malin, Ken Markham and Simon Smelt, who have produced another great catalogue, ably assisted by our office staff of Jan, Keren, Lyndell and Jane. We look forward to your participation in this sale and wish you well with your bidding.

John Mowbray
Managing Director

Auction 31 - Saturday, 17 March 2018

For any enquiries regarding lot descriptions etc, contact our office +64 6 364 8270 or email

At the premises of Mowbray Collectables, Main Highway, Otaki, by appointment;
At the West Plaza Hotel, Wellington: Friday 16th March - 10am to 5.30pm;
And Saturday 17th March prior to Auction - from 9am.

For those not attending the auction, bids can be placed by mail, phone, fax or  e-mail.  Such bids should be received in our office no later than 8am NZ time (GMT + 13) Saturday 17th March (at your risk if not received by auctioneer in time). Telephone bidding may be made during the course of the auction by prior arrangement.

Buyers Premium of 17% (plus GST on buyers premium for NZ buyers) will be added to the hammer price of each lot.
(All buyers please note: no GST will be added to the hammer price of lots).

NZ Dollar equals UK 52p, USA 73c, Australia 93c, Canada 92c, Euro 59c, Japan ¥79, Hong Kong $5.70, Singapore 97c.  Click here for an online currency converter.

Most lots are illustrated online and available on request for single items or sets (within reason).  We regret we cannot guarantee to supply copies of bulk lots.  

NOTE: credit card payments will incur at surcharge of 2% for Visa/Mastercard, and 3% for American Express/Diners.

BIDS UNDER 70% OF ESTIMATE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED as this is the reserve on all lots. No vendor bids shall be accepted.