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Old 5th March 2012, 04:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there a Philatelist in the house?

I found myself as custodian for my great grandfather's stamp collection. an album ca. the size and shape of an Webster's unabridged.

I'm getting some pressure from family to make some sort of assessment therof.

I haven't the faintest idea how to begin.

The term "philatelist" sounds so filthy, that I'm half afraid to be caught in a websearch "seeking Philatelist." };-}

About the only reason I know the term is that "Philatelist tongs" were an euphemism for "Roach Clip" in head shops, back in the day; though it was never clear why a philatelist would want a tongs with a pot leaf shaped handle.

Mostly what I've found online are people offering instruction books, and catalogs for sale.
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Re: Is there a Philatelist in the house?

Alex, we are in the exact position at the moment, and we contacted the local society who are sending someone local out to assess them for us. Their advice so far is pre 1950 are the most collectable.
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The term "philatelist" sounds so filthy, that I'm half afraid to be caught in a websearch "seeking Philatelist." };-}
You may get people who think you particularly like artists' studios and workshops**, I suppose.





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Old 5th March 2012, 06:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Alex, we are in the exact position at the moment, and we contacted the local society who are sending someone local out to assess them for us. Their advice so far is pre 1950 are the most collectable.
Good idea, thanks. I live in an isolated, rural area and consider it unlikely that we have many local experts; but if I contact an organization in The City, maybe they can make a recommendation.

I'd hate to walk in, ignorant, to a dealer; or leave the thing with an appraiser of unknown repute.
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