by John Ineson
In the November London auction of Argyll Etkin Lot 304 - Egypt 1956 Scout miniature sheets set of two on First Day Cover tied by July 25 Cairo cancellations, fine and scarce. Estimate £700-800, sold for £800 (US$ 1220 €900) plus buyers premium. Also in November in Switzerland, David Feldman had the following for sale “Lot 60007 Belgium - One of the Scarcest Scouting Thematic Items Possible. 1940 WWII Redirected cover from Diest to Leuven with extremely scarce cancel PADVINDERS-POST / DIEST 6/6/40, only 3 covers recorded with this postmark and this being the only redirected cover”. This was estimated at €1200-€1600, but it finally made €1800 (£1565, US$ 2500).
On sale by Harmers of London during September were three covers used in Kuwait, showing the 1957 U.K. World Jamboree stamps with the Muscat overprint. I was not aware about these until after the sale (as for some reason known only to themselves, they do not have any search engine on their website), and the three lots, all with the same estimate of £250 went unsold. These covers had the overprinted Muscat stamps used in Kuwait. Lot 815 cancelled with the circular date stamp Kuwait Oct 7 1957 long commercial envelope franked 15n.p. and Muscat Scouts 75n.p. Lot 816 Oct. 9 1957, a similar long commercial envelope franked 9n.p. not cancelled, together with Muscat Scouts 15n.p. and 25n.p. Lot 817 Oct. 10 1957, another similar commercial envelope franked 15n.p. together with Muscat Scouts 15n.p. and 75n.p. The envelope was roughly opened and with tape stain at top, otherwise fine and scarce.
It is well known to Scout stamp collectors that the U.K. set of three stamps for the Jubilee Jamboree were overprinted for use in the territories of Bahrain, Muscat and Qatar. The SGSC Bulletin Vol. 35 No 4, July/August 1991 gives this explanation:“Supplies for Kuwait were actually in Bahrain when it was decided for political reasons that these stamps should not be issued in Kuwait”. The Journal of the Scout Stamp Collectors Club Vol. 1 No 4, January 1958 states "They were not put on sale because the Ruler of the territory said he would prefer that the stamps were not issued in view of the agreement with certain Arab countries to boycott the Jamboree on account of the Suez incident!". Although the overprints for Kuwait were never put on sale, the overprinted World Scout Jubilee Jamboree stamps were issued in Bahrain, Qatar and Muscat, the latter overprints showing the value in local currency only. The overprinted Scout Jamboree stamps used in Kuwait were those issued by the other territories. The following quantities of Kuwait overprinted stamps were sent to the Postmaster: 1,200 sheets of the 2½d stamp (there were 120 stamps in each sheet), 800 sheets of the 4d stamp, and 400 sheets of the 1s 3d value. Although all the stamps were returned to the Royal Mail in London, it was reported that one cylinder block of six belonged to a collector in the U.S., but this has not been confirmed.