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GB and Empire Stamps is owned and operated by Ian Lasok-Smith (Philatelist).

Through this site I offer vendors material on a commission basis. All areas of Great Britain and Commonwealth are covered. I am happy to sell material on behalf of vendors and can also host "invited" sellers who wish to use the sites features and facilities to sell their own material. Those wishing to consider this option should go to the Invited Sellers page.

I am  not involved in the actual transaction between buyers and "invited" sellers. As a result, I have no control over the quality, safety or legality of the items listed the truth or accuracy of the listings, the ability of "invited" sellers to sell items or the ability of buyers to buy items. I cannot and do not control whether or not "invited" sellers will complete the sale of items they offer or buyers will complete the purchases of items. In addition, note that there are risks of dealing with foreign nationals, underage persons or people acting under false pretence.
Ian Lasok-Smth (Philatelist) will not be responsible for any items sold by "invited" sellers, for any damage to items during transit or during the inspection period, nor for misrepresentations and/or breaches of contract by either buyer and/or seller. This web-site shall not be responsible for the cost of procurement of substitute goods or any losses resulting from any goods purchased or obtained from "invited" sellers
This web-site assumes no liability for the content of the listings. However if you fall victim of a fraudulent transaction I will assist you as much as I can.

NOTE: Ian Lasok-Smith is a full member of the Philatelic Traders Society and adheres to it's professional standards. "Invited" sellers are not required to be members of the PTS or other regulatory organisation. Buyers are advised to check by reference to the store details who they are dealing with.  If buyers wish to seek clarification with regards any seller's status please email enquiries@gbphilately.co.uk

To use this site as a buyer or seller acknowledges acceptance of the terms as set out above.

Professional Memberships:

I am a full member of the Philatelic Traders Society (PTS). Membership No. 5904

I am a full member of the Internet Philatelic Dealers Association. Membership No. 219


Great Britain Philatelic Society

Modern British Philatelic Circle

The Postal Stationery Society

Machin Collectors Club

Other websites owned and operated by Ian Lasok-Smith (Philatelist)


My retail site catering for collectors of all aspects of Great Britain Philately seeking those special items to enhance their collections.

Exceptional scarce and high value items from all reigns are offered, with however a marked emphasis on Modern Errors & Varieties.


Elizabethan Stamps has been created to appeal to the specialist and discerning collector of the postage stamps and related material from the reign of Queen Elizabeth II excluding the Machin issues.The emphasis on Elizabethan Stamps will be the listing items of interest to the more specialist collectors of the era (although a large selection of very competitively priced less specialised material will be offered) . To this end scarcer printings in all formats e.g sheet, booklet..... errors and varieties and more unusual stamps related material will feature. The listings are suited to those use the Gibbon's Specialised Volumes 3 & 5 and the Stoneham Great Britain Stamp Catalogue (and for those who are familiar with it the "Woodstock" Catalogue of British Elizabethan Stamps)


Devoted exclusively to the Machin issue and related material. Specialised single stamps, cylinder blocks, booklets, errors & varieties. There is an emphasis on providing interesting specialised (but not necessarily expensive) items . The listings cater for those who use the Stanley Gibbons Specialised Volumes 3 & 4 and the Machin Collectors Club catalogue.


Offering a range of fine items from the “Four Kings” period. All aspects of the stamps and related material are covered. Items listed include fine quality basic items for the discerning general collector and fine and rarer items for the specialist (suited to those who use the Stanley Gibbons Spec. Vol. 2)


Empire Stamps has been created to appeal to the specialist and discerning general collector of British Commonwealth & Empire Stamps and related material. Listings will in the main be those within the date range of the Stanley Gibbons "Part 1" British Commonwealth & Empire Stamps 1840 - 1970 Catalogue. Items listed after 1970 will be more specialised items particularly errors and varieties as listed in the Stanley Gibbons Specialised Commonwealth catalogue series and other specialist catalogues and references e.g Brusden White range of Australian Specialised catalogues, Pierron's catalogue of QEII Commonwealth Missing Colours....

More general listings post 1970 will be listed on my GB and Empire Stamps website