1d BLACKS

 

New additions of very fine 1d blacks from various plates.

 

Several on cover including a SUNDAY MAY 1840,

one with Inverted Watermark and one with the EKD for a Leamington Cross.

 

There is a superb Plate 10 with a RED cross and other varieties,

and a 1d black Plate 6 with a certificated superb BLUE CROSS.

 

Most of the 1d blacks not on cover, are in the bottom half of this Section;

do scroll down to view.

 

Plate 10: Brighton Cross SUNDAY usage

152966. 

1d black Plate 10, PE:

large margins three sides and a rough margin at the right but in to above the E square,

on an entire, see details below, from BRIGHTON to London.  

The 1d is tied by a Brighton Cross. 

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1 illustrate some 25 examples of the Brighton Cross

and all but a few are poorly struck.

On the reverse top flap is a superbly struck Brighton date stamp for SUNDAY March 7th 1841.

From this date the Brighton Cross on the example offered here is likely to be the Brighton Special:

the EKD for this type Rockoff records is March 31st 1841.

Gibbons prices Plate 10 on cover at 3,500.

 A Sunday usage of this plate is very rare and this is

only the second example we have seen on cover. 

A very rare item.  Price: 585.00

NB: The letter, addressed to The North Eastern Railway, is a complaint that

a flood has caused a problem with the road to his house which is now hardly passable.

He also mentions an arch being partly blown up which is adding to the problem.

There is the reply of the surveyer who feels it would be better to do the work.

The history of this Railway Company is available on the internet.

NBB: The brown marks are less pronounced than the scan suggests.

 

Aberdeen RUBY Cross on Plate 6

152932. 

1d black, CL, Plate 6, almost full margins but shaved at area of NE corner:  

tied to a part/trimmed invoice by the RUBY cross of ABERDEEN.

The stamp is further tied by some numerals from the date of the invoice

and name of the sender in the top margin: William Whyte. 

The invoice was sent to Smith & Horn, Merchants, Rhynie, (a small village in Aberdeenshire). 

There is a superb and almost upright Aberdeen boxed date stamp for December 4th 1840.

Gibbons lists the Ruby Cross of Aberdeen as Spec A1ve

and prices this cross at 800 on stamp and 2,500 on cover.  

An item that displays well. 

Price: 295.00

NB:

William Whyte was a supplier of various foods and general groceries but also

beers, wines and spirits including Foreign Liquors, Jamaica Rum and Holland Gin.

 

Plate 6 on unlisted Thin Paper

152836. 

1d black Plate 6, LA: very fine/superb with full margins. 

A very large left hand margin (side marginal position),

with a trace of the stamp below in the bottom margin. 

Printed in the intense black shade from early printings.

The light red cross leaves the Queens head nicely visible.

The stamp has a very clean back and is printed

in unlisted Thin Paper for this plate. 

Gibbons prices Plate 6 at 525 in the intense shade.  

An attractive item and very scarce so fine.

Price: 395.00

 

Stokesley Cross: unusual colour

152087.

  1d black Plate 1b, IC, fine with large to very large margins on three sides

and good to just shaving the NW letter square on the fourth.

The 1d is tied to a dated letter from STOKESLEY, North Yorkshire, to Newcastle on Tyne

by an unusual shade of Maltese cross: brownish-red, more brown than red.

The letter is dated January 21st 1841 and on the front is a faint Stokesley 1841 double-arc date stamp.  

In 1841 Stokesley had a population, including the surrounding rural areas, of only 2,300.

One wonders how many people in this rural town and area were able to write?

The number of letters from this location would be very small and we have only seen

and handled one other: a 1d red imperf on a 1842 cover with a blue cross.

Perhaps the sub postmaster/mistress in Stokesley liked to use unusual coloured ink for the MX?  

Plate 1b is priced by Gibbons on cover at 750.00. 

There are no postal markings on the reverse. 

A very scarce/rare Maltese cross in an unusual shade.

Price:  205.00 SOLD

NB: the horizontal filing crease is much less pronounced than in the scan

as is the browning.

 

ARMAGH double-lined cross

152737. 

1d black Plate 5, EI, huge margins on two sides with portions of three other stamps; into on the other two sides.

Printed in the scarcer intense black shade, SG Spec AS24 and priced by Gibbons in this shade on cover at 1200. 

The stamp is tied to a Belfast Bank Armagh letter from ARMAGH to Ballymoney with on the reverse

a very fine Armagh date stamp for August 10th 1840 and a Garvagh date stamp for the following day.  

The stamp is tied by a double-lined Armagh cross and

a large double ringed dated?cancellation with an incomplete name.

Rockoff and Jackson mention several places that are known to have inconsistent double-lined crosses

but only one Irish example is quoted ie Navan: NO mention is made of Armagh.

In their Volume 2 page 311, is illustrated a single example of an Armagh cross on a cover to Moy, October 10th 1840.

The cross is well struck and does NOT show a double-line character.  

A rare combination of features which would make an interesting display item. 

Price: 395.00

NB:

We have not previously seen, nor can we trace, another example of an Armagh double-lined cross.

 

1d Black Plate 1a: Edinburgh entire

152736. 

1d black Plate 1a, NB: superb full-margined example,

tied by a very fine red cross of EDINBURGH to a tailors invoice for clothes.

On the reverse is an Edinburgh date stamp for August 8th 1840 in the same ink as the Maltese cross.

On the top flap are two partial offsets of Maltese crosses again in the same shade of ink. 

Gibbons prices Plate 1a on cover at 1,000. 

An item of Exhibition quality. 

Price:  550.00

NB: the top left corner margin is larger than the scan suggests.

 

Superb ABERDEEN RUBY Cross with Certificate

    

152702. 

1d Plate 6, QL, very fine 4-margined example, tied to clean entire to Leamington 

by an ABERDEEN RUBY, cross, SG2 Spec A1ve.

 On the reverse top flap is a superb Aberdeen date stamp for August 1st 1840 which displays well when raised.

The letter is also dated Aberdeen August 1st 1840. 

Gibbons prices the Aberdeen ruby cross on cover at 4,500. 

This example has the colour of the cross well presented at the left

and is one of the finest examples we have seen. 

It has a clean BPA Expertising Certificate. 

A superb item worthy of its Exhibition status.

 Price: 2,880.00

NB: the scan does not do justice to the Ruby shade

 

LEEDS Special Cross on Plate 9

152640. 

1d Plate 9, 'RE', full margins but with corner rubs in the NE and SW corner squares.

On a family letter from a daughter to her mother, GOMERSALL to DELPH, Saddleworth, with part of the top flap missing.

On the front is a very fine MILLBRIDGE (Yorkshire) udc, County Cat. YK2010. 

On the reverse is a LEEDS date stamp for March 22nd 1841 and a Manchester date stamp for the next day.

The 1d black is tied by the Leeds Distinctive Cross, SG Spec A2ua.

Gibbons prices this cross on cover at 10,000.

Plate 9 is priced on cover at 1,200 whereas the cheapest black on cover is priced at 750.

Hence this suggests a pro rata Gibbon's price for this Leeds cross on Plate 9 of 16,000.

Rockoff and Jackson note the earliest recorded usage of this Leeds Cross on a 1d black to be March 8th 1841.

The example offered here at March 22nd 1841 is the fifth earliest usage on a 1d black and is unrecorded by them. 

A significant rarity and the only Plate 9 on cover we have seen with this cross.

Price:  1,100.00     

NB: the brown marks on the letter are NOT as pronounced as the scan suggests.

 

Perth Cross 1d Black Plate 5 on entire

    

152542.

1d Plate 5, 'CD', printed in a shade close to, or in, the scarcer intense black.

Tied to a clean legal entire from PERTH to Montrave, nr Kennoway by an orange cross. 

On the top flap is a superb boxed Perth date stamp for December 23rd 1840. 

Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 2,  record the Perth thick lined cross from March 2nd 1841.  

There is a 1d black plate 3 known on cover

with a certificated distinctive thick-lined Perth cross used on August 27th 1840.

Rockoff and Jackson in Volume 2 illustrate a wide range of Perth crosses on cover.

They illustrate two examples, both on 1d blacks, one on cover the other on piece.

Both are used on December 7th 1840 with Perth crosses which appear to be, in our view,

little different to the distinctive, thick-lined cross. 

The example offered here may be the thick-lined variety but we are undecided

and our price reflects this situation..   

The 1d black has a very close margin but just clear at the left and is

just clear/touching below the 'C' letter square. 

An attractive item. 

Price: 580.00

NB: Gibbons prices a Plate 5 on cover at 775.

If it is the distinctive Perth cross, Gibbons price is 9,000.

On the reverse is a complete red wax seal with initials.

See item 152085 further down in this Section:

a black Perth Cross on cover listed by Rockoff and Jackson.

 

The following two items are offered as a remarkable and

more than likely unique pairing.

 

Plate 2: MANCHESTER Fishtail Cross.

        

152552. 

ITEM 1.  1d black plate 2, 'SI'.

Very fine 4-margined, part of the adjacent stamp at the right, tied to a wrapper to Knighton, 

North Wales by a light strike of the Manchester fishtail cross: SG Spec AS15ub.

Plate 2 is much scarcer with a black cross, SG Spec AS15m: almost twice the Gibbons price for a red MX.    

On the reverse is a red Manchester cds, code 'I', for March 6th 1841: when the flap is pushed down the date is clear.

The stamp is also printed in the scarcer Intense Black Shade, Spec AS14, priced by Gibbons at 50% more.

Very difficult to find this cross on cover with a 4-margined 1d black. 

Item 2

152552. 

ITEM 2. 1d black Plate 2, 'OH':

fine margins except at the SE corner: possibly lifted to check the watermark and replaced. 

Tied by the Manchester Fishtail Cross, SG Spec AS15ub, to a commercial printed entire

from Nichols, Bindlofs and Allen, 4 Johnsons Buildings, Manchester, Calico Manufactures.

This was sent to the same addressee as Item 1, but in a different hand.

On the reverse is a red Manchester date stamp also for the same date:

March 6th 1840 but with code 'J'.

The stamp is also printed, as with Item 1, in the scarcer Intense Black Shade, SG Spec AS14.

Plate 2 is listed by Gibbons with a black cross, SG Spec AS15m,

and priced at 50% more than with a red cross.

 

From our researches, we cannot find an earlier usage on Plate 2 of this distinctive cross.

The earliest known usage for this cross is March 3rd 1841 on a 1d black plate 8.

and the two examples offered here are clearly very close to that date.

 

This cross is priced by Gibbons at 4,500 on cover without allowing a premium for the varieties on Plate 2.

Both have a small filing spike hole on the front.

 

A truly remarkable, and more than likely unique, pair which would make a memorable Exhibition/Display page.

Price: 1,885.00

 

Plate 2 with an ABERDEEN RUBY Cross

    

152553. 

1d 'GL', Plate 2, a fine 3-plus margins, just tied at the left by a lightly struck ABERDEEN RUBY cross. 

Entire letter to Edinburgh re subscription to the Hyland Society and addressed to Sir Charles Gordon. 

On the reverse is an Aberdeen boxed date stamp for June 27th 1840  and an Edinburgh receiver for the next day: a SUNDAY. 

The 1d is printed in the scarcer Intense Black Shade, priced by Gibbons at 50% more than the ordinary shade of printing.

This Ruby cross is listed by Gibbons as SG Spec A1ve and priced at 4,500 on cover.

Rockoff and Jackson record only five earlier examples of the Aberdeen Ruby cross.

An attractive and rare very early usage. 

Price:  695.00 

NB: See item 151439 for another example on cover of this distinctive shade.

The scan does not do justice to the shade.   

 

1d Plate 10: very early usage of a black cross

152531v.  1d Plate 10, 'TG', fine with three plus margins:

on a wrapper, from WALTHAM CROSS to London, no side flaps and the flap at the right reduced. 

Stamp tied by a very fine BLACK cross and on the reverse top flap a fine/very fine Waltham Cross

date stamp for SUNDAY February 14th 1841 and a London receiver for the following day. 

The use of red ink for the maltese cross was replaced officially by black ink on February 10th 1841.

From our researches we cannot find an earlier example of this scarce 1d black plate 10 cancelled by a black cross.

The example offered here was used on the FIRST SUNDAY after the official introduction of the black cross.

We are unable to trace another Plate 10 used on this first Sunday. 

Plate 10 on cover is priced by Gibbons at 3,500.

A remarkable and very rare/unique combination of features.

An Exhibition item. 

Price: 575.00 

 

Possibly the earliest official Sunday usage of the black cross in Wales

W2.  Front and top flap from Newtown to London with 1d black plate 4?

tied by two strikes of a black cross and Contrary to Post Office Regulations. 

On the front are two strikes in black of a Newtown d/arc for February 21 1841 and

a London receiver for the following day which displays well when the flap is raised.  

This represents a scarce SUNDAY usage.

 With the official introduction of black ink replacing red from February 10 1841,

at February 21st 1841 this is the earliest we have seen for black ink used from a Welsh location.

In fact it is only the second Sunday after the introduction of black ink and possibly unique. 

A rare item. 

Price:  118.00   SOLD

NB: the address is interestingly to Doctors Common and the internet

 has information about it that would enhance the description when fully written up.   

 

Plate 2 with Varieties and the very rare '6'.

152195.  1d plate 2, 'JA', very fine, four square - margined example,

small paper inclusion away from the Queen's head at right.

On a piece with an orange MX and printed in a shade of ink close to, or in,

the scarcer intense black and with a handstruck '6' close to the stamp.

The stamp shows the constant variety, 'double line under 'A' square', SG Spec AS15k

and the variety 'no Ray Flaw' Spec AS15f.  

An attractive stamp and very rare with a combination of these varieties and

especially with this number '6': this item was carried on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway.

See the notes below.

A superb item of Exhibition importance.

Price:  425.00  SOLD

NB: An article in the February 2020 Edition of 'Stamp Magazine' explains in detail the significance of the red '6'. 

Briefly: the Liverpool & Manchester Railway was the world's first intercity-passenger service but also the first to carry mail.

Once mail was sorted, it was put in to bundles and the top item stamped with an identification number,

initially 2-5, and number '6' was added in 1839.

In 1840, because of the large increase in the volume of mail as a consequence of the Uniform Penny Post, 

all trains had to carry mail and the use of these numbers soon ceased:

very examples are known of the short-lived handstamp '6'.

It is one of the most elusive of Railway Postmarks.

 

Plate 2 pair varieties:  Black Cross and unlisted Thin Paper

152423.

 Plate 2 pair, 'MB-MC', cancelled by Black MX's, SG Spec AS15m, scarce on this plate. 

Stamps are printed on Thin Paper: unlisted on this plate. 

'MC' is full margined with a small portion of the adjacent stamp 'MC';

it has a very light, barely descernable,vertical pressed crease at the left

and clear of QV's head: visible in the scan of the clean back.

Allowing for the pair and listed variety of Black Crosses,

Gibbons price is in excess of 2,200 without a premium for printed on thin paper.

A very scarce/rare combination of features. 

Price: 385.00

NB: There is a very small central nick in the top margin between the stamps

as seen on the scan: it is clear of the design. 

 

1d Black Plate 3: SUNDAY May 31st 1840

                       

           

151557.  1d black Plate 3, AH: very fine 4 square margined example printed in

the scarcer Intense Black shade (from early printings), tied to a small, clean and un-creased entire by a fine BRISTOL CROSS.

A handwritten and signed letter from the Temple Gate Pottery by the then owner William Powell.

Below is a brief history of this Pottery and on the reverse is a very fine/superb Bristol date stamp for

SUNDAY MAY 31st 1840 in the same shade of ink as the MX.

This SUNDAY in MAY is priced by Gibbons in the

latest QV Volume 1, 2011 Edition, Spec AS19A(tk), at 13,000.

The example offered here is from the scarcer plate 3: the earliest known date of usage for Plate 3 is May 16th 1840.

We cannot recall previously seeing plate 3 used on any Sunday in May 1840.

An opportunity to acquire an exceptionally rare item of Exhibition Quality

which was last offered for sale more than 30 years ago.

Price: 6,785.00

NB: The Gibbons price may well receive a significant increase when the updated QV Volume 1 is published in 2020.

Temple Gate Pottery Bristol
,Temple Gate, Temple parish: a summary of operating dates and proprietors:

1820-1830 William & Thomas Powell (moved from the St Thomas Street Pottery).
1831-1832 William & John Powell.
1833-1855 William Powell (he died in 1854).
1856-1906 William Augustus Powell.
The Pottery closed and the business was amalgamated with
Price, Sons & Co. in 1907: they produced Stonewares.

 

Plate 6 with BLUE MX and Cert

151440. 

1d black plate 6 'KK': 4-margined with some faults, struck by a complete deep BLUE CROSS,

SG Spec AS41vc, and with Certificate. 

The Chartwell Collection, Spinks 2011, did NOT have an example of a blue cross on a 1d black .

The Mairi Bury Collection, Sotherbys 2010, had one certificated example, Lot 398 with an enlarged colour illustration. 

It has four margins but barely clear/touching at the NE square and with a partial, very lightly struck, blue cross. 

It realised a figure of 4,800: Gibbons list price at that time was 9,000.

From our researches we cannot find another example of a 1d black with

such a complete and clear blue cross as the example offered here.

It is defective having a tear at the right centre repaired by glue.

Despite the faults, as described above this is an extremely rare item

 and priced by Gibbons at 12,000.

Very few collections have an example and this is an opportunity to obtain one

at a very small fraction, ie 7%, of the Gibbon's price.

An item that displays well.

Price: 890.00

NB: the scan does not do justice to the deep colour of the blue cross.

 

Manchester Fishtail Cross: Plate 2

         

152200.  1d plate 2, 'LC':

fine 4-margined example, slightly ragged margin near 'L' square, with part of the stamp below. 

Cancelled by a complete MANCHESTER FISHTAIL CROSS, SG Spec AS15ub.

Rare to find this as a complete cross on a 4-margined 1d black. 

Plate 2 is much scarcer with any black cross, SG AS15m: almost TWICE the Gibbons price. 

This characteristic Manchester cross, in the latest, 2011 QV Volume 1,

is priced at 1,400 without the premium of being on Plate 2. 

A rare/very rare combination of features.

Price:  690.00

NB: the scan does not do justice to the cross.

 

Scroll down to Item 151437 for an example of this distinctive cross

on a 4-margined, 1d Plate 2, on a wrapper:

 

Double Strike of Manchester Fishtail Cross: Plate 4

152201.  1d Plate 4, 'PI': almost full-margins, large on three sides and just shaving the NW corner.

Along the top margin is a trace of the stamp above.

Tied to a small piece by a double strike, Contrary to PO Regulations, of the distinctive Manchester Fishtail Cross. 

This characteristic Manchester cross, in the latest, 2011 QV Volume 1 Catalogue, is priced at 1,400: Spec AS23ub. 

The browning in the right hand margin is much fainter than in the scan and similarly in the cross at the left.

The brown in the top margin is a trick of the scanner: the scan does not do justice to this item. 

Unusual to find a double strike of this cross.  

Price: 360.00 

 Scroll down to Item 151439: Plate 4 on a wrapper with this Cross.

 

1d Black, 1d Red imperf and 1d Venetian red - last day valid for postage.

151427.  1d black, Plate 2, 'DD', 1d red 'NG' and 1d venetian red SG166, 'SE':

tied to a clean and uncreased envelope, registered and used within London, MAY 31st 1901.

The condition is far cleaner than the scan suggests - the envelope is white.

Each stamp neatly cancelled and tied by a very fine Charing Cross Registered oval date stamp for May 31st 1901.

The 1d black is 3-margined, the 1d red full margined but very close to touching/clear at 'N' square: the 1d SG166 is fine.

On June 1st 1901, all line engraved stamps became invalid for postage as did the 1d SG166:

the 1d lilac remained valid for postage until July 1st 1915. 

Hence these three stamps were used on the LAST DAY before becoming invalid for postage.

They were also the only colours of the 1d value printed between 1840 and 1880 - in 1881 the 1d lilac replaced SG166. 

Very few late usage examples are known of the 1d black and especially on cover. 

Our researches going back to 1996, show that from then until now only a very small number of

late use 1d black examples, with other than 1844 numeral cancellations, have appeared on the market. 

In the 'Daisy' Collection, 1996, Lot 262 was a plate 6, single loose stamp, cancelled by a Tunbridge Wells squared circle for 1881

 and Lot 263 plate 6, on small piece, tied by a London cds for November 18(?) 1902. 

This subsequently appeared in a Spinks Sale, April 2009 as Lot 290 and sold for an inclusive figure of approx 1,000.

The Sayeed Collection, Spinks, 2002: lot 2498 was a toned 3-margined plate 7,

tied to envelope by a Bristol s/w duplex for March 29th 1857 which sold for 2,990 inclusive of the Buyers Premium.

Hence this registered envelope is an exceptional item with we believe a unique franking

and the LATEST known usage on cover of a 1d Black. 

A remarkable and memorable item of Exhibition Importance.

SOLD

NB: Neither the Chartwell Collection Sale nor the Lady Mairi Bury Collection

contained an example of a 1d black with a late usage on cover.

 

Plate 1b INVERTED Watermark and other varieties.

151851.  SG1,1d black plate 1b, very fine full - margined example,

close but clear under 'H' square, neat red cross, with a very small natural paper inclusion. 

Stamp printed in the scarcer INTENSE black shade,

on THIN paper and with INVERTED Watermark, SG Spec AS14(l,m).

The thin paper allows the MX to be visible as well as some of the black ink from the printing itself.

This plate with inverted watermark and in the ordinary black shade is priced by Gibbons at 2,500. 

When this combination of the other varieties is taken into consideration,

the Gibbons price rises to in excess of 5,000.

 A very rare combination of features and one we have not previously seen.

An attractive and very rare item of Exhibition quality.

Price: 895.00

 

Mixed plates: 8 and 6 from Belfast to Armagh.





15143: 1d black, TWO fine/very fine 4-margined examples, TD Plate 8 and AD Plate 6: 

tied to a wrapper from Belfast to Armagh, September 29th 1840: the rear flap raises to show the dates.

Plate 8 is very fine used in an intense black shade and Plate 6 is fine used,

  The EKD usage of Plate 8 is September 5th 1840 and this item was used on September 29th 1840.

It is believed to be the earliest known mixed plate franking with plate 8 used in Ireland.  

A very rare MIXED PLATE franking and an Irish rarity.  

An Exhibition item. 

Price: 1275.00

 

Red and Black crosses used on February 10th 1841

   

152153.  a).  1d black plate 9, 'QJ', very close 'J' square, touched at left, other clear margins: on a wrapper from LOCKERBIE to London. 

Tied by a RED cross and on the reverse a Lockerbie date stamp in the same red ink for February 10th 1841: London receivers for February 11th 1841. 

On February 10th 1841, black ink replaced red ink for the Maltese cross cancellations across Great Britain.

The Lockerbie postmaster/mistress did not comply with, or had not yet received, the new Post Office Regulation to use black ink.

This may well be the last day that red ink was used in Lockerbie to cancel a stamp.

There is a light horizontal fold in the paper near the top which does not affect the 1d black.

 

b).  1d black Plate 8, 'LI', not 4-margined with ragged margins on two sides: on a legal entire

used from  LONDON to Ludlow and tied by a fine/very fine upright BLACK cross.

  The letter is dated February 10th 1841 and on the reverse is a London date stamp also for February 10th 1841.

This was the FIRST DAY of official usage of the BLACK cross. 

A remarkable and very rare pairing, both used on the day that the ink for cancelling

the 1d black and the1d red (latter issued on this same date), was changed officially from RED to BLACK.

The pair would make a fine and memorable display item.

Price: 880.00  SOLD

NB: 

prices the First Day of official use of the Black Cross on cover at 4,000.

The MXs leave the 'O' flaws clearly visible.

 

1d Plate 5: BRISTOL Vermilion Cross with BPA Cert

 

152084. 

1d black plate 5, 'LE', very fine 4-margined example tied to a clean and neat entire from BRISTOL to London by a Bristol cross in VERMILION ink. 

On the reverse top flap is a Bristol date stamp for November 9th 1840 and an indistinct large undated circle.

This vermilion cross is listed by Gibbons as Spec AS25vh and priced at 3,000 in the latest, 2011, QV Volume 1. 

The letter is from Bristol College and dated November 8th 1840 - a Sunday.

A superb Exhibition item with a clean BPA Certificate.

Price: 1,175.00

NB: the scans do not do justice to the vermilion shade.

 

PERTH Distinctive Cross on Plate 5

152085.  1d black plate 5, 'FK', 3 plus margins and a small rub at the bottom of the SE 'K' square. 

Tied to a letter from the Bank of Perth to Leith, on reverse top flap a boxed Perth date stamp for May 21st 1841,

an Edinburgh cds for May 22nd and a Leith date stamp for this same date and all display well when the flap is raised.

The 1d black is tied by the distinctive PERTH CROSS, SG Spec AS25um,

priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011 QV Volume 1, at 9,000. 

Jackson and Rockoff, (Volume 2), record ONLY three examples of this cross on a 1d black on cover

The example offered here is one of the three and the LATEST recorded on a 1d black

There is a small burn mark at the bottom left of the letter: in view of its position inside the letter itself,

possibly caused by the reader holding it too close to a lamp or candle! 

A superb and rare item. 

Price: 1,295.00

 

Leamington Cross Plate 8

152045.  1d Plate 8, 'JG', 3-margined with parts of two other 1d blacks: tied to an entire from LEAMINGTON to Henley in Arden. 

Letter opened at the top and stuck down at the sides with the top flap carefully removed leaving the wax seal almost totally intact. 

Stamp tied by the characteristic Leamington Cross with a Leamington date stamp for March 24th 1841

and a partial strike on the reverse of a Straford on Avon date stamp for the following day.

Also on the front is a very fine strike of the Upper Parade Leamington, County Cat. WA212 in orange-red. 

This is recorded from 1841-51 and therefore the example here is one of the, if not the, earliest known.

The Leamington cross is unrecorded by Gibbons on the 1d black but is listed as SpecB1tk on the 1d red on cover at 800. 

Plate 8 on cover with an ordinary cross is priced by Gibbons at 1,000 before allowing for the Leamington Cross. 

Rockoff records the EKD on a 1d black for the characteristic cross as March 15th 1841. 

The example offered here at March 24th 1841, matches the second earliest such usage on a 1d black. 

A very scarce and attractive item.

Price: 625.00

NB: The earliest recorded usage by Rockoff of the Upper Parade Leamington strike

is on a 1d Mulready for April 20th 1841 hence this example predates.

 

1d Plate 1b: INVERTED and Upright Watermark in Matched Pairing

152039.  1d Plate 1b, 'FI', double letter 'F', SG Spec A55f: two very fine 4-margined examples

both with this variety and each with a vertical guide line in the NE corner square.

The first is on a wrapper from Paisley to Edinburgh, September 7th 1840, and tied by a fine/very fine PAISLEY cross.

There is a vertical filing crease close to, but clear of, the stamp at the left.

The stamp has been affixed over a pre-existing light horizontal crease in the wrapper near the top.

The stamp has an INVERTED watermark, SG Spec AS55l. 

The margin at the bottom shows part of 'GI': stamp 'GI' is also one of only EIGHT double letters listed on this plate. 

The second is on a front with the top flap from Edinburgh to Prestonpans, December 18th 1840,

 sent from the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway; the stamp tied by a lightly struck Edinburgh cross and Its watermark is UPRIGHT. 

Plate 1b with inverted watermark is priced by Gibbons in this plate at 2,500 for a stamp not on cover. 

Allowing for being on cover and with the double letter variety, an estimated Gibbons price is 5,700.

This is the first example we have seen with inverted watermark on cover. 

An Exhibition quality pair both used within Scotland.

Price:  1,890.00 

NB: Rockoff, in Volume 2 of 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', the earliest listed example of the

Paisley cross is for March 16th 1841, all the examples illustrated are on1d red covers and are poor debris-filled strikes.

The Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway was opened to passengers in 1842.

 

1d black Plate 10 with matched 1d red

             

                                                           

151902.  1d black, 'II', fine Plate 10 tied to wrapper, no side flaps, by a superb, and clear, black cross:

virtually full margined, close but clear at right and very close to barely touching top NW corner square. 

The partially open NW top frame line is visible on the Nissan plating images; the cross leaves the 'O' flaw neatly visible. 

Sent to Thornbury, Gloucestershire with a ROSS (Herefordshire), date stamp on reverse for March 11th 1841.

The Ross date stamp is County Cat. HF386, recorded in red only in 1841 and unpriced in the County Catalogue.

The letter 'I' is a distinctive one characteristic of this plate. 

The 1d black is letter-matched with a truly exceptional 1d red from Plate 10,

and with the 'O' flaw again neatly clear of the superb cross and the letters.

Gibbons prices the 1d black Plate 10 on cover at 3,500.

A very rare and attractive Exhibition pair of items. 

Price: 790.00

 

1b Black Plate 10: Leeds Distinctive Cross

151801.  1d black Plate 10, 'MH', (distinctive H):

very fine 4-margined on a clean commercial entire from LEEDS to Sheffield, July 23rd 1841.

The stamp tied at the large right margin by a superb strike of the LEEDS distinctive cross,

 SG Spec AS66ua, leaving the 'O' flaw visible. 

We can find no record of this cross on a 1d black Plate 10 on cover.

Gibbons in the latest, 2011 Edition of QV Volume 1, prices this Cross

on a 1d black on cover at 10,000.

A Gibbon's Estimated Price for this cross, on Plate 10 is well, in excess of 20,000.

An extremely rare and superb item. 

Price:  3,985.00

NB: the scans do not do justice to the quality of the Cross

or to the fine condition of the entire..

 

A Rare Turned and Re-Used Envelope

             

               

151672.   A small envelope from ROTHERHAM to LEWES, Sussex, September 5th 1840 with a 1d black, 'BK', Plate 1b, Spec AS5. 

A very fine example, wragged margins are full and close but clear at the right, and with an open top to

the NE letter square as illustrated by Nissan for this plate and tied by a fine orange-red cross.

The envelope a few days later, was opened at the sides, refolded and addressed to London with a very fine 4-margined

1d black 'QG' added from Plate 1b but in the scarcer Intense black shade, SG Spec AS4. The 1d is tied by a very fine orange-red cross

and on the reverse a Lewes date stamp for September 10th 1840 and a London receiver for the following day. 

Also on the reverse side is a partial offset of another Maltese cross.

Two 1d blacks used on turned covers is a very rare occurence. 

From our researches, we have located only three other examples since 2001.

In 2001: an entire used within Scotland on March 26/28 1841, smudged black crosses and one 1d black creased. 

In 2002: an entire letter from Eastbourne to London, April 7th 1841, then turned and sent within London.

One 1d black cut into, not tied, and with a poor and unclear black cross.

In 2008: an entire letter used within Scotland, sent originally on August 29th 1840. 

One 1d black touched along the top and crossed by a pressed crease. 

Both 1d blacks are cancelled by a red/orange cross which may tie the other 1d black.

This 2008 example was sold by a London Auction House for an inclusive figure of almost 4,000. 

From our researches, the example offered here is the only example we could find

of a refolded envelope used with a 1d black in both directions.

A superb item of considerable rarity and Exhibition importance.

Price: 3,785.00

NB: a couple of the envelope folds have been strengthened with hinges.

The condition of the envelope is finer and cleaner than the scans suggest.

 

Plate 1b: Aberdeen RUBY Cross

151548.  1d black Plate 1b, 'AE':  very fine example on wrapper to Harwich from Aberdeen,

September 24th 1840 with the top flap reinforced along the top fold. 

An apparent small 'scuff mark' above QV's head is a weakness in the printing

as when viewed in oblique light there is no surface disturbance. 

Stamp tied by a very fine Aberdeen cross in the distinctive RUBY ink, SG Spec A1ve. 

This colour of cross is priced by Gibbons on cover in the 2011, QV Volume 1, at 4,500.

Letter 'E' is a listed double letter, SpecAS4d, and the stamp is in the scarcer intense black from early printings. 

Allowing for the Ruby cross on the scarcer intense black, a Gibbons price is in excess of 6,000. 

A rare clear example of this coloured cross on cover. 

Price:  1,270.00

NB: the firm strike of the cross allows the ruby colour to be clearly seen which is seldom the case

as the cross was often lightly struck.

 

Plate 2:  superb WATERY CROSS.

151504.  1d black Plate 2, 'OK':

 tied to a small piece by a Watery Cross the stamp with clipped corners.

Watery crosses are discussed in Rockoff Volume 1, page 116.

No water was added to the ink but an oil such as linseed. 

The three criteria for a cross to be correctly described as watery are set out in Rockoff page 116. 

The example here fulfills all of the three criteria and it could be a Glasgow watery cross.

A superb example neatly struck and leaving a large portion of QVs Head clear.

A black cross on plate 2 is scarcer than a red cross, SG Spec AS15m.

The finest example of a watery cross we have seen.

Rare item.

Price: 420.00  SOLD

 

Plate 2: York crosses.

151466.  1d black, SG1, Plate 2, 'NH', Intense black shade:

fine/very fine 4-margined example in this scarcer shade,

tied to an entire from York to Malton, York cds's on reverse top flap for August 26th 1840. 

Stamp tied by a double strike of the red cross, Contrary to Post Office Regulations,

and there is a third strike clear/just touching the 1d black at the base.

Such additional strikes of the MX on 1d black covers are rare

and this is the first we have been able to offer for a considerable time. 

A Yorkshire rarity. 

Price: 570.00

 

1d black Plate 2 from Glasgow

151581.  1d black Plate 2, 'FK': very fine/fine 4-margined

tied by a light red MX to an entire from Glasgow to Dorset, September 16th 1840. 

On the reverse a wafer seal with the inscription: 'Please Do It'. 

The well written letter is from a young man thanking his uncle for acting as a Cautioner in connection with a loan. 

Filing crease and a light wrinkle on the front but the stamp printed in the scarcer Intense black shade, Spec AS14

and priced by Gibbons on cover in this shade in excess of  1,100. 

Price: 465.00

 

Plate 5: London to Petworth

151502.  1d black SG1, Plate 5, 'OD', Intense black shade:

very fine 4-margined example in this scarcer shade.

Neatly tied by a London cross on a clean entire to Petworth, February 6th 1841.

Stamp affixed unusually at the far left hand bottom corner

Contrary to the Post Office Regulations at that time. 

Priced by Gibbons on cover at 775. 

Attractive and scarce item. 

Price:  520.00

 

Plate 6: very early usage of a BLACK MX

151582.  1d black Plate 6, 'HK':

fine 4-margined tied to a wrapper, peripheral fault at top, by a very fine/fine BLACK cross

 with a couple of small tone/ink marks in the right margin area.

Used locally within London, on the reverse a date stamp for September 16th 1840. 

This is an early and fine example of the experimental use in London of black ink. 

The trial began in London on August 31st 1840.

Stamp affixed at the top left Contrary to Post Office Regulations.

 Wrapper in a finer condition than the scan suggests. 

Price:  485.00  SOLD

NB: Item 151581, Plate 2 - scroll up to see it,

is also dated September 16th 1840, sent from Glasgow with a RED cross.

 

1d Plate 6.



 
15149: 1d black, KB, Plate 6 (State 1), fine 4-margined on entire:

 London to the Aire and Calder Navigation Office in LEEDS, September 2nd 1840. 

Stamp in the scarcer intense black shade, SG Spec AS40,

and tied by a red-orange cross leaving almost the entire QVs head clear.

It is also tied by a 'TP Paddington' in black. 

Very attractive and rare.  

Price: 695.00

 

Plate 6: BRISTOL Vermilion Cross

   

152178.  1d Plate 6, 'AG': fine 4-margined example, close at left but clear.

The stamp is printed in the scarcer Intense Black shade, Spec AS40.

Tied to a clean entire from Bristol to Chard by a parially smudged BRISTOL Vermilion Cross, SG Spec A2vh.

On the reverse is a fair strike of a Bristol date stamp, October 14th 1840, also in the same vermilion ink.

 Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1, at 3,000.

A rare item. 

Price:590.00 

NB: The letter refers to a TRAIN ACCIDENT and the 'cargo of lace was saved and is now in the Cheltenham Station'.

 

Plate 7: London to Leith

151583.  1d black Plate 7, 'DK':

very fine large margined example tied to a wrapper from Leith to London,

October 26th 1840 date stamps on reverse, by a fine red cross. 

Partial strike on the front of 'TP Queen Street CS'

ie Cheapside, a London Twopenny Post Receiving House. 

This plate priced by Gibbons on cover at 825. 

Price:  490.00

 

Plate 9 : Fine pair on entire.

151503.  1d black, SG1, PLATE 9, 'PC-PD', Intense black shade:

fine/very fine PAIR in this scarcer but unlisted shade from this plate.

Tied by Manchester crosses to an entire to Bolton, Manchester cds on reverse top flap

for January 11th 1841 in the same shade of ink as the crosses. 

Gibbons, last Edition QV Volume 1, 2011, prices a pair of Plate 9, not on cover, at 2,500

which gives a figure of 5,000 on cover.

A very scarce/rare multiple on cover and the first

we have been able to offer in such fine condition. 

Price:  1,280.00

 

SPILSBY Extra Cross wrapper from ALFORD to Folkingham

151852.  1d black Plate 7, 'GF', 3-margins, into at the bottom and this area crossed by a horizontal filing fold. 

Wrapper with ALFORD/140 mileage strike. Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 2 p 250 note that Alford was a sub office of Spilsby.

Inside is a date for April 24th and the item was received in Folkingham on SUNDAY April 25th 1841.

In there listed examples of the extra cross, only one has a full date, on a 1d red cover, 21st September 1841. 

They note that Danzig mentions 1d red examples from Alford for April and November 1841 but no precise date is quoted. 

At  April 24th 1841, it is later than the latest example on a 1d black cover listed by Rockoff and Jackson. 

This example from Alford is the only one with a mileage mark - the other example has a udc. 

A rare and attractive example with all the postal markings on the front. 

Price:  500.00       SOLD

NB: the population of Splisby in 1841 was only 1,457 souls.

See Item 151853 in the Line engraved Section for a 1d red on cover with this same Cross.

 

Sample of Engine Turning: similar to that used on the 1d Black and Mulready.

151410.  In the 'Story of the Penny Black' by Rigo de Righi, p.15, he notes that J B Bacon (Perkins, Bacon & Co),

had patented a machine - the Rose Lathe, a type of geometrical design lathe. 

This was used for engine turning on the back of watches.

Bacon's proposed to use engine turning as the background on the 1d black (and 2d blue) and

in the 'POSTAGE' design part of he Mulready as a protection against forgeries.

This was agreed by Rowland Hill and Henry Cole. 

The example offered here is an engine turned sample, circa 1838/9, no. 5D (ex Plate 'D'). 

This item would make an excellent addition to the early part of a 1d black,

2d blue or Mulready Collection as well as a general Line Engraved Collection. 

The first such sample we have been able to offer. 

SOLD

 

1d Plate 7: Orange Cross of Liverpool.

151408.  1d black, SG2, Plate 7, 'OC': superb 4-margined example with part of stamp above in top margin. 

Tied to a very clean personal letter from son to his mother in Greenock from Liverpool, August 31st 1840.

The MX is the orange cross of Liverpool, SG Spec A1vg, with a Liverpool cds on the top flap in the same orange ink.

The top flap when raised show the cds to advantage and the MX leaves a clear QV profile. 

The orange cross of Liverpool priced by Gibbons at 2,600

on the cheapest 1d plate but 2,850 on the scarcer Plate 7. 

Attractive and very scarce item so fine. 

Price:  575.00  SOLD

 

1d Plate 1b: INTENSE SHADE

151373.  1d plate 1b, 'HJ', INTENSE black shade, SG AS4:

very fine square margined example, affixed over a light bump in the paper before posting. 

Tied to a wrapper from Edinburgh to Gagashiels by an orange cross which leaves QV's profile virtually clear. 

Priced by Gibbons in this scarcer shade at 1,100 on cover.

Ediburgh cds on reverse top flap for January 6th 1841. 

Attractive item. 

Price: 475.00  SOLD

 

Plate 3: Newport-Mons Cross

151336.  1d black fine plate 3 'DE', full margins with a trace of the adjacent stamp at left, very close but just clear at the right.
 
Printed in the Intense Black shade from the early printings.

Tied to a clean and uncreased entire (fragile insides), from NEWPORT-MONS to USK,
 
by a lightly applied deep red MX in the same shade of ink asthe Newport-Mons cds on the reverse for July 28th 1840.

The MX leaves QV with a clear profile and the 1d black affixed, Contrary to PO Regulations, at the top left.
 
An attractive and scarce WELSH usage of the 1d black with Plate 3 in this shade priced by Gibbons in excess of 1,000.   

Price:  520.00    SOLD

NB: the scan suggests browning at the top of the image but this is barely visible.

 

Plate 5: double strike Experimental Black Cross

151267.  1d black plate 5 'AI': 3 good/large margins and close to just touching in the bottom margin

 on a clean wrapper, side flaps removed for display purposes, used locally in London November 28th 1840.

The stamp is tied by two BLACK crosses Contrary to Regulations.

This is an experimental use of black ink as the usual ink at that time was red.

Very scarce especially with the double strike of the black cross.

The stamp is printed in the scarcer intense black shade SG Spec AS24 which

Gibbons prices at approx 1,200 on cover in this scarcer shade of ink. 

Price:  285.00  SOLD

 

Plate 4: clear profile.

151214: 1d black CF, very fine Plate 4:

tied to a very fine clean and uncreased wrapper from London to Norwich,

November 24th 1840, by a neatly applied orange cross.   

The cross leaves the Queens profile and the head almost totally clear.

Full margins, close but clear at the C square with the others

large and with a small part of the adjacent stamp at the right margin. 

Stamp printed in the scarcer intense black  shade. 

A superb item.  

Price: 555.00

 

Superb 1d black plate 4 from HUNTLY.

S3. 1d black plate 4, 'MA':  

superb 4-margined tied to a clean and uncreased wrapper to Aberdeen,

by an orange cross leaving a clear profile. 

No date markings but with a single line HUNTLY in black on the reverse.

This plate priced by Gibbons at 775 on cover. 

Superb item.  

Price:  495.00 SOLD

NB: the cover is in a cleaner condition than the scan suggests.   

 

PAID AT CAVAN with 1d black plate 1b.




15161.  1d black plate 1b, IJ, 3-plus margins:

wrapper from CAVAN to Hastings, January 21st 1841 received in Hastings January 24th 1841.

The 1d black was affixed top left over the boxed Paid at Cavan,

and the letter re-addressed to Mincing Lane, London and received on January 25th 1841. 

A very scarce/rare item. 

Price:  365.00

 

1d black plate 3: MARYPORT Crosses in RED.





 
15162.  1d black plate 3, JJ, very fine 4-margined with part of next stamp at left:

uncreased legal letter with a very small surface fault, sent to London from MARYPORT

with the 1d black tied by two fine strikes of the Maryport cross. 

On the top flap is a fine Maryport cds for February 11th 1841, with inverted 1's.

Black ink replaced red on February 10th 1841 so perhaps the sub postmaster/mistress

was using up the red ink, hence the double strike, before using black ink. 

In Rockoff Volume 2 page 200, are illustrated 6 examples of the MX of Maryport and most are poorly struck with debris:

the population of Maryport in 1841 was only 5,311.

The earliest usage of this cross that they record is June 13th 1842 and the only one with a 1d black is for June 17th 1842. 

Hence the example offered here predates both these. 

1d black plate 3 on cover priced by SG at 900. 

An attractive and rare item.    

Price:  665.00  SOLD



1d black PLATE 10: RAMSGATE cross.






 
15163.  1d black plate 10, AG, very fine large square 4-margined with part of stamp below in bottom margin:

just tied by a black cross at the right  to an un-creased family letter,

son to mother and sister, from RAMSGATE to Newbury, Berks, March 24th 1841.

The Ramsgate cross is recorded by Rockoff, Volume 2, page 232. 

Only three examples are illustrated, none on a 1d black. 

An exceptional item with this rare plate in such superb condition and

 one of finest we have been able to offer. 

1d black plate 10 on cover priced by Gibbons at 3,500.  

Price: 1,250.00


A Unique Quartet of Items May 22nd 1840.

 


















 
15146:  A unique quartet of items all used on the same date - MAY 22nd 1840.
 
1.  1d Mulready Envelope, A153, from Great Yarmouth to Norwich, overall fine with clear date stamp on the reverse.

2.   2d Mulready wrapper, from Wellingborough to the Rev Harold Browne, Emmanuel College,

Cambridge together with his biopic. Superb deep orange cross, very fine address panel, faults on the reverse but

with a clear Wellingborough date stamp. Jackson records a total of ONLY FIFTY May 1840 usages of the 2d Mulready

which includes both letter sheet and envelopes.  The rarity of these is emphasised by Jackson recording 86 1d black covers

used on the First Day of Issue, May 6th 1840!

3.  1d Black, Plate 2, MD, very fine 4-margined example tied to clean entire from London to Marlborough by a

fine red/orange cross. London date stamp on reverse top flap, unrecorded by Jackson Code O for evening duty.

4.   2d Blue, Plate 1, JA, not full margined but tied to a wrapper from London to Truro by a very fine and superb red/orange cross. 

London date stamp, Code R, (evening duty), on reverse. Jackson records ONLY 70 examples of the 2d Blue used in

May 1840 which includes pieces as well as full covers but 86 1d black First Day of Issue examples.

Neither the 2d Mulready nor the 2d Blue wrapper are recorded in Jacksons book of May 1840 usages.  

The prices from Gibbons QV Volume 1, 2011, Latest Edition for these May dates are:

1d Mulready - 1,200.

2d Mulready wrapper - 17,000.

1d Black - 2,800.

2d Blue - 17,500.
 
Some variable condition but a truly remarkable and unique grouping with a total Gibbons price of 38,500.

Offered at less than 18% of this figure. 

Price:  SOLD

NB: each item is in a better condition than the scan suggests.

A  new QV Volume 1 is due to be published in 2020.

 

Plate 2: Experimental London Black Cross



15007.  1d black plate 2, HA,

very fine 4-margined on neat entire London to Edgbaston and tied by a superb London cross in EXPERIMENTAL BLACK ink. 

Top flap raises to display the London date stamp, September 7th 1840.

The experimental usage of black ink in London started on August 31st 1840

hence this example a very early usage in this experimental period.

Plate 2 with black cross rarer than with a red cross, SG Spec AS15m,

and this example is believed to be the EARLIEST KNOWN USAGE of a black cross on plate 2. 

Stamp printed in a shade close to, or in, the scarcer intense black, Spec AS14, of the earlier printings. 

A superb and rare item. 

Price:  685.00


Plate 1a.


 
15147:  1d black, SG3, EB, Plate 1a:

4-margined example, tied to small piece by a lightly struck red cross. 

This allows the considerable plate wear to be seen to advantage. 

The extent of the wear is the most extensive we

have seen on this plate: SG Spec AS3, priced by Gibbons at 500 plus,

and a result of the plate not having been hardened. 

Price:  295.00

 

Plate 1a: superb pair with RPS cert.

151206: superb 4-margined pair of Plate1a, 'MK-ML':

MK has the catalogued variety 'mark on left margin at top of M square', Spec A52e. 

Natural minute paper inclusion in 'MK'. 

Lightly applied red crosses allowing the moderate plate wear to be clearly visible.

Gibbons prices a pair in this plate at 1,800. 

Supplied with a 2001 RPS Certificate. 

Price:  795.00  SOLD

 

Plate 1a.

151446.  1d black plate 1a, 'RH', superb large full margined example:

cancelled by a MX in an unusual shade of ink.

Printed on THIN PAPER which is unlisted on this plate

but listed for Plate 1b.

Rare stamp so fine. 

Price: 380.00 SOLD


Plate 1b.

151445.  1d black plate 1b, 'AA', FIRST off the SHEET:

fine 4-margined example, red cross. 

Attractive example. 

Price:  190.00 

 

Plate 1b.

152171.  1d Plate 1b, 'IA: superb 4-margined example

with huge margins on three sides, cancelled by an orange cross.

Printed in a shade close to or at the listed Intense Black.

There is a vertical watermark guide line on the reverse.

Exceptional stamp and very attractive.

Exhibtion quality.

Price:  420.00

 

Plate 1b: tied to piece.

151444.  1d black plate 1b, 'BC':

very fine 4-margined example, part of adjacent stamp in the top margin. 

Tied to piece by a complete MX in a shade close to, or at, vermilion. 

Attractive and scarce so fine. 

Price:  258.00

 

1d Plate 1b: 'Magenta' cross.

151429.  1d Plate 1b:

an exceptional example, CL, with the

non-coincident re-entry, Spec AS5b.  

Very large to enormous margins all round and

tied to a small piece by forged magenta Maltese crosses.  

With a 1995 PEGB Cert.

An unusual and attractive stamp and

would make a very interesting display item. 

Price: 295.00

NB: very surprising to see a forged cross on such a superb 1d black.

 

Plate 1b INVERTED Watermark and other varieties.

151851.  SG1,1d black plate 1b, very fine full - margined example,

close but clear under 'H' square, neat red cross, with a very small natural paper inclusion. 

Stamp printed in the scarcer INTENSE black shade,

on THIN PAPER and with INVERTED Watermark, SG Spec AS4(l,m).

The thin paper allows the MX to be visible as well as some of the black ink from the printing itself.

This plate with inverted watermark and in the ordinary black shade is priced by Gibbons at 2,500. 

When the combination of the other varieties is taken into consideration,

the Gibbons price rises to in excess of 5,000.

 A very rare combination of features and one we have not previously seen.

An attractive and very rare display-quality item.

Price: 895.00

 

Plate 1b: INVERTED WATERMARK.

 

WM 11d black plate 1b OH:

large margins on three sides but touching at places along the bottom margin. 

Cancelled by lightly struck red cross and with INVERTED watermark. 

Priced by Gibbons at 2,500.  

An opportunity to obtain an attractive example of this variety

at a small percentage of the Gibbons price.        

      Price:  500.00 

 

Plate 2:  superb WATERY CROSS.

151504.  1d black Plate 2, 'OK':

 tied to a small piece by a Watery Cross the stamp with clipped corners.

Watery crosses are discussed in Rockoff Volume 1, page 116.

No water was added to the ink but an oil such as linseed. 

The three criteria for a cross to be correctly described as watery are set out in Rockoff page 116. 

The example here fulfills all of the three criteria and it could be a Glasgow watery cross.

A superb example neatly struck and leaving a large portion of QVs Head clear.

A black cross on plate 2 is scarcer than a red cross, SG Spec AS15m.

The finest example of a watery cross we have seen.

Rare item.

Price: 420.00  SOLD

 

Plate 2.

151436.  1d SG1 Plate 2, 'TD', hinge remnant on reverse: 

printed in the scarcer Intense Shade Spec AS14, priced by Gibbons at 525.  

Superb margins with part of the stamp above in the top margin.

A black cross is scarce on this plate and priced by Gibbons at 650 without the premium for the shade.

The cross leaves a clear profile and is clear of the plate corrosion around 'One Penny'.

Vertical guide line in the SE letter square. 

A superb stamp with a rare combination of features and a Gibbons price in excess of 1,000. 

Price: 395.00

 

Manchester Fishtail Cross: Plate 2

         

152200.  1d plate 2, 'LC':

fine 4-margined example, slightly ragged margin near 'L' square with part of the stamp below. 

Cancelled by a complete MANCHESTER FISHTAIL CROSS, SG Spec AS15ub.

Rare to find this as a complete cross on a 4-margined 1d black. 

Plate 2 is much scarcer with any black cross, SG AS15m: almost TWICE the Gibbons price. 

This characteristic Manchester cross, in the latest, 2011 QV Volume 1 Catalogue,

is priced at 1,400 without the premium of being on Plate 2. 

A rare/very rare combination of features.

Price:  690.00

 

The following two items are offered as a remarkable and,

more than likely, unique pairing.

 

Item 1.

Plate 2: MANCHESTER Fishtail Cross.

        

152552. 

ITEM 1.  1d black plate 2, 'SI'.

Very fine 4-margined, part of the adjacent stamp at the right, tied to a wrapper to Knighton, 

North Wales by a light strike of the Manchester fishtail cross: SG Spec AS15ub.

Plate 2 is much scarcer with a black cross, SG Spec AS15m: almost twice the Gibbons price for a red MX.    

On the reverse is a red Manchester cds, code 'I', for March 6th 1841.

The stamp is also printed in the scarcer Intense Black Shade, Spec AS14, priced by Gibbons at 50% more.

Very difficult to find this cross on a 4-margined 1d black on cover.  

Item 2

ITEM 2. 1d black Plate 2, 'OH':

fine margins except at the SE corner: possibly lifted to check the watermark and replaced. 

Tied by the Manchester Fishtail Cross, SG Spec AS15ub, to a commercial printed entire

from Nichols, Bindlofs and Allen, 4 Johnsons Buildings, Manchester, Calico Manufactures.

This was sent to the same addressee as Item 1, but in a different hand.

On the reverse is a red Manchester date stamp also for the same date:

March 6th 1840 but with code 'J'.

The stamp is also printed, as with Item 1, in the scarcer Intense Black Shade, SG Spec AS14.

Plate 2 is listed by Gibbons with a black cross, SG Spec AS15m,

and priced at 50% more than with a red cross.

 

From our researches, we cannot find an earlier usage on Plate 2 of this distinctive cross.

The earliest known usage for this cross is March 3rd 1841 on a 1d black plate 8.

and the two examples offered here are clearly very close to that date.

 

This cross is priced by Gibbons at 4,500 on cover without allowing a premium for the varieties on Plate 2.

Both have a small filing spike hole on the front.

 

A truly remarkable, and more than likely unique, pair which would make a memorable Exhibition/Display.

Price: 1,885.00

 

Plate 2.

151438.  1d black SG 1 plate 2, RE:

 very fine large 4-margined in scarcer intense black shade, spec AS14.

 Tied to entire by fine red cross, cover with couple of vertical filing folds clear of adhesive,

used locally in Edinburgh/Portobello.

Price: 380.00 

 

Plate 2

152172. 1d Plate 2, 'LB':

superb/exceptional example showing a portion of the next stamp

at the right and with a horizontal guide line in the NE square. 

The neatly applied cross leaves QV's profile visible.

The stamp is printed in a shade at, or very close to, the

listed scarcer Intense Black: priced by Gibbons at 50%

more than the ordinary shade.  

A rare and attractive stamp.

Price: 375.00  SOLD

 

Plate 3.

151447.  1d black Plate 3, 'PA':

superb large square 4-margined example with almost a complete orange MX. 

The letter 'P' shows the listed variety Spec AS20a, 'Letter P with small loop'.

Printed on un-listed THIN PAPER and showing plate wear.

A very attractive and rare stamp with a number of features.

Price: 390.00   SOLD

 

Plate 3.

151448. 1d black Plate 3, 'GJ':

very fine/fine 4-margined example with red MX.

An attractive item. 

Price: 275.00

         

Plate 4         

151432.   1840 1d black plate 4 (SI). 

Very fine used, scarce intense shade with a red cross. 

The stamp has been printed on Unlisted THIN PAPER.

Price: 285.00

 

Plate 4

152173.  1d Plate 4, 'NI':

very fine, square margined example, lightly applied orange cross

leaving the Queen's profile largely untouched by the MX. 

The stamp is printed on THIN PAPER: unlisted by Gibbons.

An attractive stamp and printed in the scarcer Intense Black ink, Spec AS22. 

Price: 310.00

 

Plate 4: double lined cross

151442.   1d black Plate 4, 'NJ', very fine 4-margined example.

Margin close but clear at 'N' square with small part of adjacent stamp in right margin. 

Tied to small piece by a fine example of a double-lined cross. 

Very scarce variety of the MX.

Price:  330.00

 

Double Strike of Manchester Fishtail Cross: Plate 4

152201.  1d Plate 4, 'PI': almost full-margins, large on three sides and just shaving the NW corner.

Along the top margin is a trace of the stamp above.

Tied to a small piece by a double strike, Contrary to PO Regulations, of the distinctive Manchester Fishtail Cross. 

This characteristic Manchester cross, in the latest, 2011 QV Volume 1 Catalogue, is priced at 1,400: Spec AS23ub. 

The browning in the right hand margin is much fainter than in the scan and similarly in the cross at the left.

The brown in the top margin is a trick of the scanner: the scan does not do justice to this item. 

Unusual to find a double strike of this cross but see the next item.  

Price: 360.00 

 

1d Black Plate 4 and 1d red Plate 8: Manchester FISHTAIL cross

 

     

   151439.  1841 1d black plate 4, 'MD', and 1d red plate 8, 'BD', with a Manchester fishtail cross:

the 1d black is on a wrapper to Liverpool, Spec A1ub and,

Contrary to PO Regulations, cancelled by a double strike of this cross.

The1d red is on a printed advertising wrapper with a partial double strike of this same cross, Spec A2ub.  

The 1d black priced by Gibbons at 4,500 and the 1d red at 2,500,

in the latest Edition, 2011, QV Volume 1.

Each is 3-margined but remarkably USED on the SAME DAY, with a  

Manchester date stamp in red on the reverse of each for March 26th 1841. 

A unique 1d black and 1d red same-day usage pairing

which whould make a fine display page. 

Price:  895.00 

NB: See item 152552: 1d blacks plate 2 on same day of usage with Manchester Fishtail MX.

 

Plate 5.

 151431.   1d SG2 Plate 5 (KA): 

very fine/fine example with a superb and neatly applied red cross. 

An attractive example and very scarce with a complete cross. 

In the 'A' square is a trace of the horizontal guide line

referred to by Litchfield in 'Guide Lines to the Penny Black'.

It is printed on Thin Paper as yet unlisted for this Plate.

Price:  255.00  SOLD

 

Plate 5.

151450.  1d black Plate 5, 'FD':

very fine large square margined example with

a partially struck orange-red MX. 

Very scarce/rare so fine. 

Price:  325.00

 

Plate 5: with corrosion.

151449.  1d black Plate 5, 'TH', very fine 4-margined example:

light black MX with the double letter 'H', SG Spec AS25b variety

and printed on unlisted Thin Paper. 

There is substantial plate corrosion evident around 'One Penny'

which is more extensive than we have previously seen on any 1d black plate. 

Rare stamp with these features and condition.  

Price: 355.00

 

Plate 6 with BLUE MX and Cert       

     

151440. 

1d black plate 6 'KK': 4-margined with faults, struck by a complete deep BLUE CROSS,

SG Spec AS41vc, and with Certificate. 

The Chartwell Collection, Spinks 2011, did NOT have an example of a blue cross on a 1d black .

The Mairi Bury Collection, Sotherbys 2010, had one certificated example, Lot 398 with an enlarged colour illustration. 

It has four margins but barely clear/touching at the NE square and with a very lightly struck, partial blue cross. 

It realised a figure of 4,800: Gibbons list price at that time was 9,000.

From our researches we cannot find another example of a 1d black with

such a complete and clear blue cross as the example offered here.

It is defective having a tear at the right centre repaired by glue.

Despite the faults, as described above this is an extremely rare item

 and priced by Gibbons at 12,000.

Only a few collections have an example and this is an opportunity to obtain one

at a very small fraction, ie 7%, of the Gibbon's price!!

An item displays well with the complete deep blue cross and full margins.

Price: 890.00

NB: the scan does not do justice to the colour of the deep blue cross.


Plate 6: re-entry variety

152170.  1d Plate 6, 'OB':

very fine 4-margined example, close but clear at the right:

printed in the scarcer Intense Black shade. 

This stamp shows the listed variety 'Re-entry', Spec AS40a

and the MX leaves all the re-entry marks clearly visible. 

This exact variety is illustrated by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1, page 65. 

There are only four listed re-entries on this plate: ie four per sheet of 240. 

The stamp is printed on THIN PAPER: this variety is unlisted by Gibbons. 

An exceptional and rare stamp with this combination of features.

Prce: 380.00

 

Plate 6.

 

151433.   1d, plate 6, 'BB', very fine used: 

large part of another stamp in bottom margin.

                Very fine red cross lightly applied.            

Price:  285.00

 

Plate 6

152191. 1d plate 6, 'NG' very fine 4-margined

with a light orange cross and a clearly visible QV profile.

Printed on UNLISTED thin paper.

An attractive stamp.

Price: 295.00

 

Plate 6.

151434.   1840 1d black plate 6 (AF). 

Very fine large square-margined example with black cross. 

Plate wear at the top.  

Price:  275.00

 

Penny Post and MX Cancellations on Plate 7.

151202.  1d black Plate 7, BG:

very fine 4-margined, tiny paper inclusion, tied to piece by a red cross

AND the rare Newby Bridge Penny Post, CC LA690, lightly struck in black. 

Newby Bridge Penny Post came under MILNTHORPE: the red cross would have been applied there.

The combination of Penny Post cancellations and Maltese cross on 1d blacks

are more frequently seen with a black MX: the red MX here leaves QVs head largely clear.

This combination is priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, QV Specialised Catalogue,

SGSpec AS44ya, from 3,000 on piece. 

An attractive and rare item.    

Price:  885.00

 

Plate 7: Orange cross of LIVERPOOL.

   151441 1d Black Plate 7:  Liverpool Orange Cross on Entire.  

Very fine 4-margined copy from Plate 7 with portions of THREE other stamps in the margins. 

Tied to entire to Ballymoney by the orange maltese cross of Liverpool, Spec A1vg. 

On the reverse is a Liverpool date stamp in the same orange shade as the cross for August 15 1840.

Also on reverse a Dublin date stamp for SUNDAY August 16 1840.

Gibbons prices this orange cross at 2,600.

 An exceptional item.

Price: 850.00

 

Plate 7

152192.  1d plate 7, 'AH': fine 4-margined example,

 printed on Experimental Thin Paper, SG Spec AS44c.

Cancelled by a red-orange cross.

An attractive example.

Price: 195.00

 

Plate 7

152193.  1d plate 7, 'KF', very fine used,

cancelled by an orange cross.

Printed on 'Experimental thin paper', SG Spec AS44c.

An attractive example.

Price: 300.00

 

Plate 7.

151451.  1d black Plate 7, 'FG':

superb large 4-margined example, lightly cancelled by an

orange MX and with a trace of the adjacent stamp along the

bottom margin and part of another bottom at the right.

Very scarce/rare stamp so fine.

Price:  345.00

 

Plate 8

152194.  1d plate 8, 'KJ', fine used, full margins

 with a light orange cross.

Printed on 'Thin paper', SG Spec AS46e.

Attractive stamp with the 'O' flaw visible.

Price: 290.00

 

Plate 8: major re-entry variety.

151512.  1d black Plate 8, 'TJ', light red cross: very fine 4-margined example. 

'TJ' is one of only FOUR re-entries on this plate, SG spec AS46a,

and is illustrated in the QV Volume 1 page 68. 

The cancellation leaves the re-entry marks clearly visible

along the bottom margin as well as in the corner stars. 

The printing is in a Deep Shade although Gibbons does not list it. 

The stamp is also printed on thin paper, Spec AS46e. 

We have not seen this stamp previously with such a large

bottom margin showing the re-entry so clearly.

The re-entry is grossly under-priced by Gibbons at 575. 

A very rare stamp in this condition with multiple varieties and features. 

Exhibition quality. 

Price:  445.00  RESERVED

 

Plate 8.

 151435. 1840 1d black plate 8 (SF). 

Four square margins, nibbled at top,

just touching the design at one pont above 'S'.

but good to large margins elsewhere. 

Partial black cross top right leaves the

Queens head virtually completely clear

and very rare as such. 

A very attractive alternative to a mint 1d black

with so much of the design on show.

Price:  195.00

 

Plate 8: Leamington Cross.

1106. 1841 1d black plate 8 (AJ):

a very fine large square margined example, tied to an entire from

Leamington to Rugeley by a very fine Leamington characteristic cross, April 20 1841.  

Un-priced as yet by Gibbons but as Perth and Leamington crosses on the 1d red imperf 

have similar catalogue prices and the Perth cross is priced at 9,000 on a 1d black on cover.  

Leamington can reasonably be expected to have a similar Gibbons price.  

Rare item.  

Price:  845.00  

 

Plate 8: BROWN cross with RPS cert.

     

151241.  1d black plate 8, ND, SG Spec AS46vi: an almost 3-margined example tied to a small piece

 

by a very fine strike of the extremely rare BROWN cross, Spec AS46vi.  In the 2011 SG QV Volume 1.

   

This rare cross is priced by SG at 3,000 on a 1d black off cover and, in our experience, significantly undervalued.

 

One could reasonably add a premium for this cross on a

 

1d black plate 8 compared to the cheapest black plate: this gives a figure in excess of 4,000.

 

This is the first true BROWN cross we have been able to offer for a considerable time.

 

It is for sale with a clean RPS Certificate.   

 

Price: 950.00

 

Plate 9.

1107.  1840 1d black plate 9 (GD): a very fine 4-margined example,

printed in an un-listed intense shade and

on thin paper: variety Spec AS56f. 

 Very scarce/rare combination of features. 

Priced by Gibbons at 730 with this paper variety. 

Price:  328.00  SOLD

 

Plate 10: rare RED cross.

151443.  1d black Plate 10, 'RE', superb 4-margined:

cancelled by a RED cross, rare on this plate

and priced by Gibbons, Spec AS66h, at 1,500. 

This example has two other listed varieties:

letter 'P' converted to 'R', Spec AS66d,

and printed on thin paper: Spec AS66i. 

Allowing for the varieties, Gibbons price is approx 2,000. 

A very rare example with possibly a unique combination of varieties. 

A Superb item of Exhibition quality. 

Price:  785.00

 

Plate 10: scarcer shade

151430. 1d black SG3, plate 10 (TG): 

 fine copy from this very scarce plate, margins cut close at top

but clear to very close to possibly touching at left. 

Very fine, upright and almost complete black cross. 

Characteristic letter short stumpy T of this plate and

printed in the scarcer grey-black shade showing plate wear. 

Priced by Gibbons at a minimum of 950.  

A very collectable example of this difficult plate.  

Price:  220.00

 

Plate X1

 

1014.  1840 1d black plate XI:

fine 3+ margined example PL, large margins on three sides and in to part way along the bottom margin.  

Black cross clear of NE ray flaw and the distinctive weak looped letter P,

illustrated on page 91 of the QV Specialised Catalogue, 

characteristic of this rarest of plates and catalogued at 4,500. 

A very collectable example of this rarity. 

SOLD

 

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