Quentin Henderson, long-term member, apiarist, plateman and oddfellow, cannot join us at Thierhaupten at Easter, because, naturally, he is walking across America.
But to ameliorate our dolour at his absence, he has very sportingly sent some rare plates for the auction, which we hold to swell Club funds and ensure a luxury retirement for those who have held the Europlate Presidential chain of office.
Here they are, as they have arrived by post; I have not cleaned them, but they are in good order, with just a whiff of rum detected when one holds them directly to the nose.
P 5924 — 1969-99 were the years of issue of the plain ‘P’ plates for Private vehicles on Kitts & Nevis. Prior, the Islands used ‘CN’ (Christopher and Nevis).
P 4829 — Private vehicle, Kitts & Nevis, plate via Quentin Henderson.
P 9999 was issued and PA was first issued in 1997
E – 487 — Of the Dutch Antilles, the most unusual are Saba and ‘Statia’. Quentin’s haul from Sint Eustatius was was taken on a day trip he took there some years ago. (He may have swum over to it from Nevis – the history of his acquisitions is given at the obverse of all his auction plates.) Formerly part of the Netherlands Antilles, Sint Eustatius became a special municipality within the Netherlands on 10 October 2010. The name means ‘a good place to settle’. And a good place to have a plate from!
CD 07 — Here is a true oddity. Saint Christopher and Nevis is a Commonwealth Realm, whose sovereign is that of the United KIngdom. I had not thought that such a status warranted diplomatic representation by foreign embassies and that The Federation of ‘Kitts & Nevis’ might not even need embassies in such a tiny place. However, Quentin produces this remarkable CD plate, showing salt-erosion evidence that it has been out and about there for quite a time. Yellow on blue is the idiosyncratic colour-set for the West Indies CDs (though nowhere else) -= so that’s OK, – but why a leading zero, for goodness’ sake???? Only St. Kitts applies leading zeroes…… There could be some hot bidding for this Extremely Rare Plate….. Thank you Quentin! JULY 2015 – The plate never made it to Thierhaupten as planned, and was therefore not auctioned. Held over until 2016……..
M 551 — A delight to see this characteristic font, which applies only to Montserrat, where still, many/most plates are painted on any old piece of steel/alloy sheet. This was captured on Nevis, from a car which changed islands.