The Bill Greenwell collection

All the albums

The Bill Greenwell collection consists of around 46,000 labels in 69 albums. It is being offered by auction. Bill Greenwell was a member of the BML&BS (2540).

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Overview 

This is a very interesting collection, of high quality and well worth taking a detailed look at. It represents a rare opportunity to acquire some beautiful, top-quality labels in beautifully maintained albums.

It is considered a general collection, with a particularly good showing of Japanese, Swedish, Belgium, and Indian labels. Britain, Finland, Czechoslovakia, and other European countries are also well represented. The collection does not contain any bookmatch covers, and all skillets are thinned, but otherwise in good condition.

The vast majority of the collection are pocket box size labels, used and mint, all secured with stamp hinges. All of the collection is mounted in high quality “Stanley Gibbons 22 ring, leaf 3844” albums (easy release metal rings). The pages are black coloured card and with a protective transparent interleaf.

The collection was remounted in 2008, and the labels are in excellent condition, well organised by country, and by brand or theme, well laid out and arranged, most pages contain around 20 labels.

Overview

The list below gives a guide to the country of origin in each album and it also gives an estimate of the number of labels mounted in it. This figure was achieved by counting the number of pages and noting if the page was full or part full, this was used to arrive at an approximate figure of pieces in each album. It cannot be guaranteed and is to be taken as a guide only. The albums hold between 300 to 1,100 pieces approximately. Bill’s handwritten notes for each album are also included in this Overview PDF.

Some example pages in each album have been photographed and can be seen in the table below, and these total around 600 images. No other details about an individual album contents are available. However, the albums will be available to view when they are auctioned. 

This collection will be auctioned on an album-by-album basis at the following meetings :

  1. 9th September 2023, Northwich Meeting, Memorial Court, Chester Way, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 5QJ 15 albums
  2. 8th October 2023, BML&BS Autumn Meeting, East Sheen 30 albums
  3. 10th December 2023, BML&BS Winter Meeting, East Sheen 24 albums

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Auction Catalogue : 9th September 2023

Album Country Approx. Labels Description Photos
1 Austria 1100 World Brands and Ads, UK market
2 Austria 300 Sets, UK and domestic market
3 Belgium 800 UK market brands
10 China 750 World market
11 China 600 Chinese domestic
17 Finland 850 World brands
18 Finland 1000 Adverts, UK + domestic markets
23 Great Britain 700 World Brands, artb labels
24 Great Britain 250 Brymay brands
28 India 600 General labels, people, adverts
29 India 700 Themed No 1 A – L
46 Russia 700 World markets + UK imports
49 Sweden 800 UK and continental markets
50 Sweden 900 World markets + UK imports
57 France 1000 Labels, sets, few thinned skillets

Auction Catalogue : 8th October 2023

Album Country Approx. Labels Description Photos
4 Belgium 1000 Themed brands, world wide brands
5 Belgium 400 Threes variations
6 Belgium 650 UK market, adverts
12 Czechoslovakia 660 World brands
13 Czechoslovakia 700 UK brands
14 Czechoslovakia 600 Adverts, UK imports
21 Holland 600 World Brands + Adverts
25 Great Britain 220 Brymay Ark, J John Masters, Maguire & Paterson
26 Great Britain 350 Shipping Lines, Old adverts, sets, bengals
30 India 600 Themed No 2 M – Z
31 India 500 Animals No 1 A – H
34 Italy 600 World brands
36 Japan 500 General – English speaking
37 Japan 550 Domestic Culture modern
38 Japan 800 People, adverts, tobacco match
39 Japan 950 Themed No 1 A – K
40 Japan 900 Themed No 2 L – Z
47 Russia 700 Adverts and Russian domestic themed
51 Sweden 900 Vulcan, sets, adverts
52 Sweden 700 Themed + artb
53 Sweden 900 3’s, transport, shipping lines
56 Australia 1000 Sets, singles, thinned skillets
58 Germany 900 Singles labels
59 Portugal 800 Common sets, some larger labels
61 USA 1000 Singles, some artbs
63 FM 300 Mixed bag
64 Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Denmark, Estonia 600 Assorted
69 Smaller countries No 1 300 Assorted
70 Smaller countries No 2 400 Assorted
71 Smaller countries No 3 400 Assorted
  • Smaller countries No 1 : Afghanistan, Argentina, Bohemia, Canada, Cameroon, Chile, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, Eire
  • Smaller Countries No 2 : Fiji, Ghana, British Guiana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Mali,Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria
  • Smaller Countries No 3 : Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rumania, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Trinidad, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Auction Catalogue : 10th December 2023

Album Country Approx. Labels Description Photos
7 Belgium 350 Benelux adverts, Belgian home market
8 Belgium 700 Adverts, drink, tobacco
9 Belgium 900 Sets, general. UK market, Benelux
15 Czechoslovakia 700 Adverts, domestic & sets
19 Finland 700 Sets, UK domestic, CMC sets
22 Holland 900 Sets
27 Great Britain 350 Modern Adverts artb cws
32 India 450 Animals No 2 J – Z
33 India 600 Birds Fish Vegetation
35 Italy 250 Sets artbs UK
41 Japan 900 Animals No 1 A – G
42 Japan 900 Animals No 2 H-Z
43 Japan 600 Fish, insects, flower, fruit/veg
44 Japan 800 Birds
45 Japan 700 Modern sets
48 Russia 900 Sets
54 Sweden 900 Animals
55 Sweden 500 Birds, flowers, fruit
60 Spain, Canary Islands 400 Labels, artbs and thinned skillets
62 Yugoslavia 700 Mostly well-known labels, some sets
65 Hungary, Iran 700 Many singles, some Hungary sets
66 Israel, Palestine, Latvia, Malaya, Morocco, Mexico 600 Assorted
67 Norway, Poland, South Africa, Sri Lanka 300 Assorted
68 Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey 700 Assorted

 

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