Ian Lasok-Smith (Philatelist)

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Empire Stamps

Empire Stamps is one of the "portfolio" of websites owned and operated by Ian Lasok-Smith (Philatelist). These websites cover all aspects of Great Britain and Commonwealth Philately. Each site having a slightly different emphasis.

Empire Stamps has been created to appeal to the specialist and discerning general  collector of British Commonwealth & Empire Stamps and related material. 

The items listed 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 (see below)

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.


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.


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 for which I have a separate dedicated site, see above).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)


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)


My auction site through which I offer material from my own stock for sale using the now common and popular online auction format. Material offered covers all area of GB and Commonwealth & Empire philately.