We’ve built up lots of oddments from Staffa lately, and have now packaged these up into lots of 50 different local stamps at a great-value price.
Each packet is made up of Staffa Cinderella stamps in cancelled-to-order (CTO) condition, mostly unhinged and with their gum intact, but also including some that are missing their gum, and others that have gum but have been previously hinged.
We have removed and discarded any obviously damaged stamps, but a few spare stamps are included in each packet, should we have inadvertently missed any damaged or duplicate ones.
The picture gives an example of the quality and variety of stamps featured, but each individual selection varies in the exact stamps that it includes. A handful of the same stamps do appear in more than one of these lots, but if you buy multiple packets you can be confident that nearly all the stamps you get WILL be different.
Staffa is a real island in the Inner Hebrides – owned since 1986 by The National Trust for Scotland – but the stamps that bear its name have a somewhat colourful history.
Just like the stamp issues in the 1970s and 1980s that purported to come from Eynhallow, Nagaland or Dhufar, Staffa’s stamps were produced by the controversial English stamp dealer Clive Feigenbaum. They were issued with the permission of the island’s owner at the time, but, unlike local carriage labels from other islands such as Herm or Lundy, were produced primarily for collectors, and are not thought to have ever performed any postal function.
Still, while not ‘proper’ postage stamps – and therefore falling into the category of Cinderellas – Staffa issues are still collected as a philatelic curiosity in their own right.