Tag Archives: UK Salvation Army FDC


SA 5.6c – SA band – SIGNED

SA Centenary in the UK (and the world) – Issued 09.08.1965. Cachet: Holmes Tolley illustration w/ Salvationists & banner. This cover has both phosphor & ordinary version of the stamp set – Stanley Gibbons 665 – 666. NOTE: Signed by the Stamp Designer of the 3d stamp Michael Farrar-Bell. Nicely coloured version of this cover. Addressed to Jeffrey H Booth. Cat value £80 ++. Estimated £150 due to uniqueness.

SA 5.5 – UK FDC with RARE PM

SA 5.5a – London E1 – ref cover

SA Centenary in the UK (and the world), 09.08.1965. William Booth / open air cahcet. This cover is postmarked with Relevant London E1 PM. According to FDC dealer Brian Reeves, the cat value is at £375. The Salvation Army was formed at Whitechapel London E1. This CDS is the rarest FDC for this issue by a long way. NB! Reference cover – not in my collection!!

1965 – UK – Philcovers FDC!!!

SA 5 – Handpainted Blood and Fire

Finally I got hold of this very rare and quite expensive UK FDC. UK commemorated the UK and world Centenary of the Salvation Army in 1965. Issued 09 Aug. This is a Philcover handpainted Blood and Fire cachet.  Remark: Standard cat. value with London EC postmark is £ 35. A similar Philcover FDC was sold on Ebay July 2017 at £97. Rare cachets like this will typically sell massively above catalogue prices.

1965 – UK – Holmes Tolley FDCs

The Salvation Army Centenary stamps in the UK (and the world) was issued 09 August 1965. The cachet maker Holmes Tolley made a special designed cover with a Salvationists / banner – illustration to the issue.  Covers with 4 blocks are not often seen, at least with this rare cover design!

SA 5.6 - SA band - 4 block SG 665
SA 5.6 - SA band - 4 block - SG 666

SA 5.5 – UK – Booth/Open air

SA 5.5c – Ord. & phosphor sets

The international Salvation Army Centenary was commemorated on these UK stamps. Between 1962 – 67, UK stamps were printed with & without phosphor bands (ref.: Bradbury catalogue). Covers with both sets of stamps are rare. I’m a bit uncertain about cat. value, but have seen £60 mentioned (combined value of FDC with & without phosphor; £25 + £35).  Estimated value (expected salesprice on Ebay) is £25 – £30 and probably much more if the cachet is rare.

High value UK FDCs

SA 5.9 – Porthmouth – (second day PM)

Some rare Salvation Army FDCs from the UK sell for very high prices on Ebay. Due to their scarcity, also national collectors are very keen to have them. Sometimes it’s about a rare cachet (e.g., the Portsmouth Philatelic Society cachet – SA 5.9 – cat. price £100, BFDC 2014). Ideally, pristine cachets should have a typewritten address, but the Porthmouths cachet mostly comes with a handwritten address. They should also have a set of the two SA stamps attached.  My item is not FDC (second day), but is an illustration of the cachet.

SA 5.5a – Booth/open air – Portsmouth PM!!

Other times it’s because some PM’s have higher catalogue prices. As Nottingham was William Booth’s birthplace, cachet with this PM has catalogue value £85 (BFDC 2014). The same is true for the Porthsmouth Phil Society PM on other cachets than the Porthmouth cachet above; the catalogue price is then £125 (with set of stamps attached).

SA 5.4c – Open Air – both sets

Other high priced cachets are those with both the phosphor and non-phosphor set attached. Typically they sell for £ 50 – 100 on Ebay, or even more. In the SA catalogue, non-phospor cachets are numbered as a, phosphor cachets as b and those with both sets as c.