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April 17th  Public Auction in Westchester, NY

     Harmers International, Inc. of  New York will hold their next Public Auction on Saturday, April 17th 2021, at our offices in Yorktown Heights NY.

 The auction will begin at 1pm. 

An fantastic auction of over 500 lots - Highlights include:

·          Many lots of Harmer's famous "Collections & Various"

·         The William Gross Fancy Cancels.

·         Richard Maisel British Guiana .

 ·          The Smith Collection of Foreign

·            Much more.


 Viewing is available at our offices:

 • By Appointment any time observing COVID protocals. 

   Travel from the Croton-Harmon Train Station can be arranged.  

 • By Appointment (call 914.962.6900)










Current News

Harmers on the Move

     Keith Harmer is vaccinated and able to travel or meet you on-line.

 - call 914.962.6900 to arrange a date.


Often to the West Coast Florida - By Appointment

Call 212.532.3700

We are always willing to make arrangements to view your collection at your home or work location



We have several other trips penciled in, so feel free to call – we would love to see you.




Recent Events

Consignments are arriving for our Next Auction - call now

                    Mr. Keith Harmer has begun accepting consignments for his next Auction.  Early consignments are particularly encouraged for large or complex collections.  Please contact our offices at 212.532.3700  for more information or to schedule an appointment.   If you are in Europe - contact our London Office at (01144) 020 79893700 we will be happy to assist.  Please note that meetings at our London Office are by appointment only.

Harmer Family News

  Generations of collectors put their trust in the Harmer Family. 

Brandon Harmer is now an admitted attorney in New York State.

Mauritius Rediscovered by Robert Beech, the Curator of the British Library Philatelic Collections describes the key role the Harmer family played in the famous Post Office Mauritius issue.

Harmers is happy to support Joan Harmer and the British Empire Study Group in their monthly webinars. Visit BEstudygroup.org for a schedule.

Are you a club looking to conduct on line meetings? - Contact us for free assistance.







Key To Catalogue

Effective 4/2010

PRINT PDF of the Key to Catalogue

* Unused   ** Never hinged   O  Used
*  On cover     On piece   S   Specimen
+ Block of Four   B Block larger than four   E   Essay
TC Trial Colour   DP  Die Proof   PP Plate Proof



c.d.s. = Circular Date Stamp; C.T.O = Canceled to Order;

F.D.C. = First Day Cover ; ms. = Manuscript;  var. = Variety


Gum Condition

     The various gradings of stamps are, in order; superb, extremely fine, very fine; fine. In the case of sets, large blocks, sheets, etc., the condition quoted represents the average, and quality above and below this standard can be expected.

Mixed Condition:  In large lots, the condition is generally expected to range from fair to at best fine. Serious defects can be expected.

Handstamp on reverse: Denotes either a dealer, collector or indecipherable expert’s mark.

Signed by:  Denotes either the actual signature or mark of the expertiser.  The absence of  mentioning a signature does not reflect on the ability or knowledge of the party involved

Shaded portion can represent an actual hinge or the area disturbed by a hinge.

n.h.            = Never Hinged – unused with original gum in Post Office  state and unmounted.

l.h.             = Lightly Hinged – unused with full original gum showing some evidence of a previous hinge which may be present in part or entirely removed.

o.g.            = Original Gum – unused with original gum somewhat disturbed by previous hinging which may still be present.

part o.g.   = Part Original Gum – unused with original gum, large hinge remnants may or may not be present.

disturbed o.g. = Disturbed Original Gum – unused with original gum affected by sweating, glazing or mount disturbance; may not resemble the original gum.

unused        = Unused without gum.

UnGummed =  Unused without gum, as issued.

BLOCKS OR SHEETS AND THEIR GUM: Minor separations are the rule rather than the exception, in the case of blocks or sheets of any size.  A few separations, around four perfs. per row – do not affect the value of a block or sheet and are not grounds for the return of a lot. 

CATALOGUE VALUES: The final column shows the catalogue value of the lot.

ESTIMATED VALUES: If the estimated cash value is given , it is shown in the description and always indicated by the abbreviation “Est. Cash Value”.  It is used where the lot is large or where the actual value has little relation to the catalogue price.  It represents the auctioneer’s appraisal of the true MARKET value of a lot.                          

PLEASE NOTE – CREDIT CARDS : A  3% fee will be charged to credit card and PayPal users and a bidding deposit  may  be requested. 

OVERSEAS BUYERS: We require that payment be made by credit card, bank draft, wire, or cheques in U.S. dollars made payable on a U.S. bank.


Up to  $  150           $5

$150 - $300             $10

$300 - $600             $25

$600 - $1,500          $50

Over  $1,500           apx. 5%

Bids which do not conform to the above will be automatically reduced to the correct level.


A)      Reservations must be made at least 2 days prior to the sale.

B)       Any errors are the responsibility of the bidder.



a)        Must be received no later than 2 hours before the session commences.

And MUST be confirmed by a reply from a Harmers International representative.

Fax: 914.962.5885    E-Mail: bids@harmersInternational.com



Valuations of all lots are available the week prior to the auction upon request.



Recognizing that there are occasional differences of opinion concerning gum nomenclature by various expert committees, for example, a stamp described as o.g. being certified as large part o.g. or even part o.g., this minor classification discrepancy alone is not sufficient grounds for return.


Minor faults, including but not limited to file folds, not affecting stamps, small tears and some back flap damage have not been noted in the descriptions and are not grounds for return.


Bidders must  be registered to participate in  Harmers International Auctions.

Bidder registration forms are included with catalogues, are available on our web site, www.harmersinternational.com, or by request.

Trade references are required (no societies or clubs).  Dealers must provide a copy of their Resale Certificate to avoid NYS sales tax.


Live on-line bidding is available.   We are not responsible for technology issues that may impact communication of bids.


Any lots placed on extension for expertising MUST be submitted by Harmers International, Inc.. Submission by the purchaser will nullify any extension request. Therefore, upon notification of purchase, please contact us with the lot numbers you wish submitted and the expert.