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aurence Gibson, Chief Operating Officer North America & Asia Philatelic Divisions Escala Group George Eveleth, President H.R. Harmer, Inc. An Escala Group Company Now as a member of Escala Group, H.R. Harmer is now under the respected leadership of George Eveleth and Lawrence Gibson who together have over fifty years of experience in the philatelic auction business. The historic firm of H.R. Harmer was founded in 1918 by Henry Revell Harmer of London. In 1940, the firm opened its New York auction gallery and quickly ascended to the top ranks of philatelic auction houses in the United States. Henry R. Harmer, a signatory of the exclusive "Roll of Distinguished Philatelists," founded the company that bears his name in England in 1918. In 1940, the Harmer firm opened its New York auction gallery and quickly ascended to the top ranks of philatelic auction houses in the United States. In 1946, H.R. Harmer Inc.of New York was selected to sell the late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s stamp collection. This represented one of the first of many important landmark auctions to be conducted by the firm. Over the next 58 years, the firm was chosen again and again to sell many of the finest stamp collections ever formed, including the most valuable philatelic collection sold at any U.S. auction -- the famed Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred F. Lichtenstein collections -- through a series of 25 sales beginning in 1968 and ending in May of 2004. In October of 2004, the firm began its series of the Edward M. Gilbert collections, which are also very impressive with a total presale estimate to exceed $20,000,000. Other important collections sold through H.R. Harmer include those formed by Alfred H. Caspary, William Moody, Sir Henry Tucker, Maurice Burrus Hawaii, Adolphe Menjou, Sandra Ilene West, Paul Beaver, Caesar Cone, Consul Weinberger, Erwin Griswold, Sidney Hessel, Arther Hetherington, Richard Canman, Sigmund Adler and Dr. James A. Matejka. Harmer's has also offered many valuable properties including the Princeton University Block of Four of the Inverted U.S. 24¢ Airpost, the Charnley and Whelan Find. In October 2007 HR Harmer moved to new facilities in Bethel, Connecticut.
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