G. S. F. Napier

Lieut. Colonel George S. F. Napier (c. 1862 – 29 January 1942)[1] was a British Army officer of the 52nd Oxfordshire Light Infantry.[2]

Lieut. Colonel George S.F. Napier
Bornc. 1862
Died29 January 1942
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Napier was an expert on the "Bull's Eye" stamps of Brazil.

Napier was also a noted philatelist, who was a specialist in the stamps of Brazil. In 1924 he was awarded the Crawford Medal by the Royal Philatelic Society London for his work The stamps of the first issue of Brazil.[3] Napier's classification of the Bull's Eyes contained errors, but has largely survived to this day as the most widely used system for describing the issue.[4]

Napier was also knowledgeable about the stamps of Iran, North Borneo and Liberia. He compiled an index of the fourteen catalogues from the sale of the Ferrary collection.[1]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • The stamps of the first issue of Brazil. London: Sefi, Pemberton & Co., Ltd., 1923. (Limited edition of 200, later reprinted.)
  • "Types of the Second Issue" in The London Philatelist, January 1940.
  • "100 Reis Bi-colored Stamps of 1891–92" in Collectors Club Philatelist, 1943. (With Henry A. Meyer)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Obituaries" in The London Philatelist, Vol. LI, February 1942, No. 602, p. 32.
  2. ^ "Deaths" in The Times, 31 January 1942, p. 1, Issue 49148.
  3. ^ The Society's medals and honorary fellowship. The Royal Philatelic Society London, 2009, p. 2.
  4. ^ "The Philately of the Empire of Brazil" Archived 28 December 2012 at WebCite in Empire of Brazil: The Meyer Collection, auction catalogue, David Feldman, Geneva, 2007, p. 6. Archived here.