Our Heritage, Your Future
With a distinguished heritage dating back to 1856, Stanley Gibbons is the world’s longest established rare stamp merchant. Our world-leading experts are at the heart of everything we do and they travel globally in search of authentic, high quality material often of extreme rarity and value. It is this adherence to quality that gained Stanley Gibbons the Royal Warrant in 1914 and allows us to offer a lifetime guarantee on all our rare items. We remain the only philatelist to offer this assurance.
The company continues to serve pre-eminent collectors, philatelists and numismatists all over the world. We are proud to continue our association with the Royal Philatelic Collection, supplying stamps, publications and advice and assistance, when required.
Based opposite the Savoy on the Strand, the traditional home of stamp collecting, the Stanley Gibbons shop offers the broadest retail philatelic stock available anywhere in the world, with over a million stamps available to browse and purchase. In the same building, our philatelic auction department hosts up to 10 auctions each year, where the strength of our brand and superb location combine to achieve the very best results for our consignors.
With the move of our prestigious 142 year old numismatic business, AH Baldwin & Sons, to 399 Strand we now also offer collectors and investors the opportunity to secure selections of rare coins, tokens, medals and bank notes from a single location. Baldwin’s is one of the oldest and largest numismatic dealers and auctioneers in the world, holding auctions in London, Hong Kong and New York. Together with Stanley Gibbons’ investment department we are able to offer investors balanced and diversified portfolios of investment grade collectibles from our offices in London, Jersey, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The purchase of Mallett Antiques following last year’s acquisition of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions creates a uniquely hybrid dealer/auctioneer in the market for fine and decorative arts, antiques, jewellery and other valuables. Together with Stanley Gibbons’ philatelic authority and Baldwin’s numismatic expertise we are creating a powerful group of brands operating at the pinnacle of the global collectibles market and thereby optimally placed to serve the broadest collecting needs of our clients.
Our acquisition of Mallett plc delivers a premium retail brand in the fine antiques and decorative arts market. Alongside prestigious premises on Mayfair’s Dover Street and Manhattan’s Madison Avenue, Mallett also owns the renowned conservation and restoration studio, HJ Hatfield, as well as a 25% stake in Masterpiece Fair, London’s leading annual fair for fine and decorative arts, jewellery and objets d’art.
One year after the acquisition of bidStart, Stanley Gibbons acquires Noble Investments, bringing Apex, Baldwin's, and Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions into the group.
399 becomes the home of stamp collecting
Having occupied the first floor of Romano House since 1969, Gibbons finally takes over the ground floor shop area of the building, becoming the largest stamp shop in Europe.
The award of the Royal Warrant
King George V, an enthusiastic philatelist, appoints Stanley Gibbons Ltd. Royal Warrant holders— an honour which has been accorded through successive reigns.
A shop in the Strand
A year after Gibbons Stamp Monthly's first issue, Stanley Gibbons makes its first appearance on the Strand on 6 March 1891 at 435. Two years later, the company moves to 391 Strand.
Stanley Gibbons the company is born
A 16 year old Gibbons starts selling stamps out of his father's chemist shop in Plymouth.
Penny Black and the birth of Edward Stanley Gibbons
The world's first stamp, the Penny Black, is issued on 6 May and Edward Stanley Gibbons is born on 21 June.