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BACON Edward Denny - ALS 1820 choosing stamps for the Royal philatelic collection

  • £450.00

Edward Denny BACON (1860-1938)

Autograph Letter Signed (“E.D. Bacon”) to Thomas Allen, sending a cheque for the stamps selected and informing him that he will be away for the whole of August.
1 page 8vo with integral blank leaf, “Private”, Buckingham Palace, 30 July 1920. 
I return your book of stamps & enclose cheque £98.17.6 for those kept. Please forward receipt in due course & do not send any further selection before September, as I shall be away from Town nearly the whole of August.”
Edward Denny Bacon, a famed philatelist, advisor to many noted enthusiasts on their collections, President of the Philatelic Society and the Philatelic Literature Society was appointed Curator of the Royal Philatelic Collection by King George V in 1913. 
George V was himself a knowledgeable and enthusiastic philatelist, and would have spent some of his more relaxed moments with Bacon. E.D. Bacon retained his post under Edward VIII and the early years of King George VI’s reign before retiring in 1938, well into his seventies.
His correspondent, Thomas Allen, was a dealer who at the time specialised in British Colonial stamps.
A pencilled calculation on the verso of the blank leaf suggests that the Royal Collection may have acquired eight stamps for the sum mentioned in the letter. Two of the stamps would therefore have been particularly expensive, priced at £28 and £26/10.


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