10d SG210 a USED Pane of 20

152228. 10d SG210 a superb used full pane of 20 with margins.

 Cancelled by superb upright Guernsey, Gibbons G56, parcel post sans –serif strikes all neatly applied. 

There is a large watermark cross in the bottom right corner: indicating that the pane is from

the left half of the Mill Sheet and from a Pane ‘D’ position on the issued Post Office sheet of four panes of 20. 

The arrangement of the interpane pillars shows those of the Second Marginal Setting.

The purple rules cut away at the corners are rounded showing the printing is from for Head Plate 1:

in Head Plate 2 the rules are cut sharply on the diagonal.

There is apparently a date cut in the purple rule at the right which we have never seen on this 10d value mint or used.  

There is no mention of any such breaks in the Jubilee line in the ‘De La Rue Years’ by Wiseman. 

The colours of the purple and carmine are excellent and the purple is as deep as we have seen on any mint examples.

As per the scan of the reverse side, a few perfs have been strengthened with small hinges.

That so few perfs have been strengthened, bearing in mind the pane has been removed from its original parcel, is remarkable.

There is a light horizontal crease/wrinkling on Row 3.

Only four complete used panes that are known to exist and all used in Guernsey with this same parcel post cancellation.

We have seen each and sold one of them some time ago but its condition was nowhere near as fine as this one.

The pane of 20 offered here is by far the finest of those extant and the only one with such clear upright Guernsey strikes.

 A truly exceptional item and considerably rarer than mint panes from Setting 2. 

A very attractive and memorable item of Exhibition importance.  

Price:  £1,550.00

NB: the scan does not bring out the colours or their freshness.

The top interpane margins is much cleaner than in the scan. 

The left interpane margin appears to have been guillotined before issue.


SG206a with Certificate

152215. Fourpence halfpenny, SG206a, Green and Deep Bright Carmine:

with a light cds, July 1895, and tied to a small piece. 

Priced by Gibbons at £750 before the 50% premium for so lightly cancelled is added.

Offered with a clean PEGB Certificate confirming the shade.

The light cancel allows the carmine shade to be seen to advantage

and not having been soaked off has helped preserved the shade. 

Price:  £245.00

NB: the scan does not do justice to the shade


Jubilee Issue on envelope to Paris from the 1890 July 2nd Exhibition

152113.  1/2d SG197 and 2d SG200( fault bottom left corner), on a very clean envelope to PARIS from the Exhibition.

The stamps tied by the special Exhibition cancellation: the Calais transit cds for July 3rd 1890 has been

considerately applied between the Exhibition cancellations. On the reverse is a Paris Distribution cds for this same date. 

An attractive item and scarce to an overseas destination from this Exhibition. 

Price:  £62.50 

NB: the 2d is close to or at SG199; the scan does not do justice to the very fine green colour.


1/- SG211: block of 4 and a pair

151979. 1/- SG211: a partially severed block of four and a pair

attached to a small piece of a linen envelope, some light wrinkling and overlapping of perfs. 

Cancelled by six Glasgow cds’s for October 23rd 1890. 

Very fine colour and priced by Gibbons for a block of four and two singles at £560

which increases to £840 when the cds premium is added. 

Price:  £85.00   

NB: the green colour is very fine which the scan does not show.


5d Die 1

151951.  1887 5d Die 1 SG 207: fine used 

block of 4, London cds’s on each stamp, August 17 1888.

Very scarce stamp in a block, and

              priced by Gibbons at £260 including premium for cds cancels. 

Price: £78.00 


SG213 Block of 9: largest known block used on the DAY of ISSUE




151949.  1/2d SG213, superb used BLOCK of 9, tied to a registered envelope from London to Budapest.  

The registration fee of 2d and the ordinary postage of 2 1/2d, paid by a superb block of nine 1/2d green

and tied by Charing Cross Registered Ovals for APRIL 17 1900 – the DAY OF ISSUE.

On the reverse is another Charing Cross Registered April 17 1900 date stamp

and a Budapest arrival cds for April 20 1900.  

The largest multiple of this value we have previously seen, used on its Day of Issue, is a marginal pair

which we sold in 1986 on a cover to New Zealand and

a block of 4 that we saw in an International Exhibition in 1995: the latter was not on cover.

In the 2017 Booth FDC Catalogue, a single on cover with a First Day cds is priced at £1,800.

A single example on a postcard, used locally within London,

sold inclusive of the Buyers Premium for £1,426 at a London sale in October 2017.

A considerable rarity and the largest block extant of SG213,

or any other Jubilee value, used on its Day of Issue.

It would make a truly memorable Exhibition item.

Price:  £2,985.00

NB: from our researches, we can find only one larger multiple of ANY QV value used on its Day of Issue:

the well known block of ten 1d blacks used on May 6th 1840.

The browning effects on the front are a trick of the scanner and the browning on the reverse is much paler than in the scan 


Deep grey-green printing: rare used block of 6

151482.  2d SG200, superb block of SIX, tied to piece by

a Registered Cannon Street BO oval for August 29th 1896 with 1/2d SG197. 

The 2d's are printed in the scarce deep-grey green shade, SG SpecK30(4). 

Gibbons prices a used block of 4 in this shade at £170 and

with the lightly used premium of 50%, at £255. Pro rata for a block of 6, the figure is £380. 

This is the finest and largest used block of this scarce shade we have seen. 

Price:  £95.00 SOLD

NB; the scan does not do justice to the shades or condition.


To Japan and redirected locations taking almost a year

 151950. Two pence halfpenny, SG 201, envelope from Hartlepool to Yokohama, Japan, May 3rd 1900. 

A remarkable amount of redirection, including to India, for this letter as it followed

Mr Gill, Second Engineer, to his various ports of call over an almost 12 month period!!

One wonders if he ever did receive it:

let us hope so after such effort by the various postal administrations. 

A very fine and rare memorable display item. 

Price: £145.00

NB: in better condition than the scan and very fine considering its travels!


Very Rare Money Office: no number in diamond in oval of bars

151501.  6d SG208, three pairs and three single on piece:

each stamp cancelled by the 'diamond in oval - no number' variety,

Parmenter, 'Barred Numerals of London', Page 294, the Money Order Office, London.

Each stamp has also been pen cancelled over the oval in bars. 

Parmenter gives this cancellation the highest rarity 'H' grading: very few exist, 

and notes that it has been recorded on stamp only

A remarkable and extremely rare item that is likely to be unique with

a multiple usage in this size.

Price:  £225.00

NB: we have seen only one other multiple of the 6d used with this

cancellation and vertical pen line and that in a block of 4.


Block of 12: Liverpool Roller.

        151499.   SG197, fine/very fine used Block of 12:


cancelled by neatly applied three lines of the LIVERPOOL roller canceller used on parcels.


Very clean reverse with two stamps very light wrinkles.


Attractive and scarce so fine in this size of multiple and with NO perf separation. 


Price: £48.00


Block of 12: Hackney Parcel.

           151500.  SG213, superb used Block of 12, HACKNEY, London, double ring cancellation used on parcels.


Extremely clean reverse with two small hinge remnants and NO perf separation.


A superb deep colour. 


Very scarce/rare so fine in such a large block. 


Price: £46.00


Hand illustrated envelope with contents

151661.   Envelope, trimmed very slightly at the base, used locally within Leeds,

two 1/2d SG197, tied Leeds duplex, July 23rd 1895. 

Fine hand drawn sketch on the front of the envelope - roughly opened on the reverse top flap.

Contents are a printed letter from the Yorkshire Union of Institues and Yorkshire Village LIbrary.

The letter also has, after 'Yours truly', a sketch of the sender, Frank Curzon, instead of his signature.

From our researches, we are aware of one other of his letters, not hand illustrated, also 'signed' in this way.

The sketch has incorporated two Jubilee issue stamps.

In finer condition than the scan. 

An unusual item. 

Price:  £90.00

NB: we can not recall seeing a letter signed with a drawing of the sender.


In Memoriam for Queen Victoria on the day of her burial.

151492. 1/2d SG213: on a fine Mourning Card for Queen Victoria.

A small corner crease bottom left and sent within London, February 2nd 1901.

The message reads:

'In Memoriam, Today February 2nd 1901, Our late and beloved Queen Victoria was buried'. 

A philatelically inspired commemorative item but we have not previously seen this card

used on her burial day, some 11 days after her death.

Unusual and rare. 

Price: £58.00  SOLD


  9d SG209


151870.  9d SG209, superb unmounted mint left side marginal example

in Post Office fresh condition.

Price £75.00




151875.  4d SG205a, used example with only a trace of cancellation at the top. 

A damaged top corner but it has INVERTED watermark. 

Priced by Gibbons at £650 and at £975 with the 50% premium for so lightly cancelled.

There is a small paper adhesion bottom left and an area on the front

where it might have been hinged for displaying the reverse.  

The green is slightly pale but a collectable example of a   

 rarely offered watermark variety.     

Price: £95.00

NB: the green of the head plate is much greener than the scan. 


British Levant: used in BEYROUT


151817.  SG5 5d Die 2, overprinted 80 paras, superb/very fine used block of 4 cancelled virtually by

a single central BEYROUT Britsh Post Office hooded circle date stamp for  August 1 (18)98. 

Parmenter in 'GB Used Abroad' records this cancellation in use to February 1906.  

Very attractive and very scarce in such superb condition. 



Oil Rivers Niger coast Protectorate


151818.   Niger Coast Protectorate Oil Rivers: SG5, 5d Die 2, superb unmounted mint block of 4.

Because of the climate on the Niger Coast, these overprinted

‘Jubilee’ issue stamps were sent from Britain between blotting paper.

Consequently, mint stamps often have reddish fibres on the gum from the blotting paper. 

There is some slight evidence of this on the reverse.

 In the Gibbons ‘Great Britain Numbers Issued1840-1910’ by Rikki Hyde,

the number of the Oil Rivers Protectorate overprints  is given. 

For the 5d only 33,540 were printed. 

A superb item.

Price: £100.00


2d Value Tablet in the INTENSE CARMINE SHADE


151609a. 2d SG 200 in the Intense Carmine Shade:

a truly superb and exceptional unmounted mint marginal block of 12, printed

  in the deepest intense carmine shade we have seen

in more than 40 years of specialising in the 'Jubilee' issue.

The broken marginal rules, of the third and final marginal setting, show the colour to advantage.

This distinctive and known colour variety is as yet unpriced by Gibbons

even though they occasionally offer mint examples for sale. 

From our considerable experience of the 'Jubilee' issue, we can say with certainty that

this shade is significantly scarcer than the listed Green and Scarlet, SG199,

priced by Gibbons at £550 for an unmounted mint single stamp.

This is the second largest known block in this rare shade that we have seen:

we sold the largest known block, one of 15, in 1996.

A fabulous item for which the scan does not do justice to the shades. 

Price: £1,785.00

NB: the green is much stronger than the scan and is in its original colour.


Penny Letter Card: second day of usage

151750.  1d Letter Card pale carmine printed on pastel blue card:

superb complete example, no message inside, sent from London to Antwerp.

The two pence halfpenny postage made up with a 1d lilac and a Jubilee 1/2d SG197. 

All cancelled by very fine London E C scrolls for FEBRUARY 12th 1892 - the SECOND DAY of issue.

First Day of Issue examples sell for up to £2,000. 

Booths Catalogue, 2017 Edition, prices a FDI at  £2,150. 

A rare item especially in such superb, and complete, condition.    

Price: £275.00 

NB. The scan does not show the pastel blue colour at all well.


1/- SG214: superb unmounted mint

151738.  1/- SG214:

superb unmounted mint vertical pair in Post Office issued condition. 

The scan does not do justice to the superb fresh original colours. 

Price: £120.00


4d from bottom right corner of the Mill Sheet

151272.  4d, SG 205, very fine block of 6, 5 stamps UNMOUNTED,

and the sixth very very lightly mounted.

Couple of light gum wrinkles but an attractive corner marginal positional piece.

The small cross in the bottom left corner indicates that this block was

from the pane 'H' position on the bottom right corner of the Mill Sheet.  

Price: £220.00


The next SIX items all show examples of Jubilee issue values in unusual combinations

with earlier issues eg line engraved and surface printed as well as on rare Late Box mail.


Two different 1d Fiscals with 1/2d on a Registered Envelope

151576.   2d embossed envelope: very fine and registered from London to Germany, April 17th 1893. 

The additional twopence halfpenny postage fee paid with a 1/2d SG197 and two different 1d fiscal stamps:

1d SG F19 (issued initially in 1868) and 1d SG F22 (issued initially in 1878) tied with Registered WCDO cds's.

 F19 priced by Gibbons on cover at £140 and F22 at £120 - priced in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1. 

A rare usage of two different fiscal issues. 

An attractive and rare item.

Price:  £95.00


First Day of usage: Edward 7th 1/2d and 1d on Victorian Envelope

151538.   KEV11, two 1/2d's and 1d used on a fine Registered item sent within London, January 1st 1902 - the Day of Issue.

Used in combination with the 1/2d SG213 that was being replaced. 

Unusually a label issued to commemorate Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 also attached. 

Attractive and scarce item. 

Price:  £275.00


Very Late Usage 1d SG40: 1890

151376.  Registered envelope from London to New York City, March 17th 1890 (St Patrick's Day):

the 2d registration fee and the two pence halfpenny postage charge paid by a 1/2d SG197 and

TWO pairs of 1d SG 40, originally a block of 4, 'HH-II'. 

SG40 issued in 1857 so a very late usage of this stamp. 

'II' perfs damaged on the letter being opened, overlapped onto the back of the envelope,

and 'HI' crossed by a registered blue crayon but 'HH-IH' are very fine. 

Registered SMP (London) ovals for March 17th 1890. 

The latest usage of 1d SG40 on registered mail we have seen. 

Rare item. 

Price: £140.00


Liverpool LATE BOX

151339.  UPU card to Germany, written in German from H Raschen & Co Liverpool, 30/11/89. 

A 1/2d SG197 added as a Late Fee payment and cancelled by the

Liverpool Station LATE BOX hooded cancel for November 30th 1889. 

Parmenter in his book on Late Fee Mail records this as Die 2 and

is only seen on Foreign mail and rated RARE.

 Diagonal light creasing at the bottom right corner but otherwise fine/very fine. 

Together with The Manchester Late Box item 151371, these are the first examples

 on full cover of this type of Late Fee cancellation we have been able to offer for a number of years.   

Price: £220.00  SOLD


Manchester LATE BOX

151371.  Very fine clean envelope from Manchester to Zurich, Switzerland.

The 5d postage paid by 2d SG200 and 3d SG203. 

The 1/2d SG197 has been added to pay the LATE FEE. 

Each has been cancelled by the MANCHESTER LATE BOX Hooded Circle date stamp.

Parmenter in his book on Late Fee Cancellations notes that this

cancellation with Code A as the first type and in use to March 1898;

he rates it as scarce but from our experience we would put it in the Rare category.

What adds to its rarity is that the date slugs are in the wrong place:

the 19 should be alongside October with the year in two numerals at the far right hand side. 

In this example the day has been put where the year should be and the year is missing completely! 

This variety is unrecorded by Parmenter and  almost certainly this error

would soon have been picked up as there was no year date indicated.

 We know it to be October 19th 1895 because of the receiver cds on the reverse.  

Clearly a rare item and in excellent condition. 

Price:  £275.00  SOLD

NB: this item would go well with the Liverpool Late Box item 151339.


Late usages on Registered Envelope to Germany.

151467.  February 2nd 1891: 2d SG200 used with 1d red imperf, 1d plate 160 and 2d SG168

on One Penny embossed envelope, Registered to Germany. 

Small part of top flap removed but late usages

of SG8, SG 43 and SG168. 

Some faults but a rare example of a late usage of

line engraved, surface printed with a current Jubilee issue stamp.

 Price: £185.00

NB: envelope in better condition than the scan.


An attractive and very scarce/rare combination

151301.  2/6d SG178 together with a pair of 10d SG210:

fine used and tied to piece by the Lombard Street LS/6 duplex

for October 6th 1893, rated uncommon by Parmenter.

The 2/6 has a very small corner wrinkle/crease bottom left corner. 

A very scarce/rare combination especially so on an original piece. 

Price: £70.00


Rare combination

151356.  5/- SG181, fine used with 5d Die 2 SG207a:

the latter with some light wrinkling/creasing.

Tied to piece by the Lombard Street squared circle for October 3rd 1897.

The 5/- is in a superb and very deep shade. 

Very scarce/rare combination.     

Price: £76.50

NB: the scan does not do justice to the shade of the 5/-.


Both Listed Perforation Varieties

15124:  1898-99: 1/2d SG197, two control ‘Q’ corner mint blocks

illustrating the two different types of perforator. 

The left hand block shows the single extension hole in the bottom margin

from a vertical comb perforator and no outer corner perf hole bottom right.

A scarce variety listed by Gibbons but unpriced, Spec K22a. 

The right hand block shows the common perforator type with

an outer corner perf hole bottom right.

Almost all are very fine unmounted mint except for a slightly blunt corner

on the top right hand stamp of the right hand block.

The top left stamp of each block is very lightly mounted.

An attractive and very scarce pairing.   

Price:  £130.00


Jubilee 6d on front from Transvaal 1900

151622.  Registered front from the Field Post Office - British Army South Africa - to Market Drayton.

July 3rd 1900 date stamps tying Transvaal 1/2d-4d, 'V.R.I' overprints, SG 226-231,

and 6d SG208 on a registered front to England. 

A very colourful franking sent shortly after the release on June 19th 1900 of the British Occupation overprints. 

As these were not yet valid on mail going abroad,

the postage and registration fee was paid by the 'jJubilee' 6d. 

An attractive item and a very scarce usage of this 6d. 



SG197: Hollow Control G       

151703.  1/2d SG197, Control G with perforated bottom margin: a fine mounted mint example.

The browning on the front of the stamp and the browning overall of the gum is a trick of the scanner

There is a small area of light browning at the top of the gummed side, less pronounced than in the scan,

and a small gum thin at the left as seen in the scan. 

The control letter G shows a rare hollowing of the inside,

and the stamp itself has an overall 'fuzziness' in the printing indicative of a Dry Plate. 

This is the FIRST such variety we have seen on ANY Control letter of this issue.

The crown watermark is also displaced.

A rarity which displays well these unusual characteristics.



SG197: Control M

151704.  1/2d SG197, Control M with perforated bottom margin:

a very fine unmounted mint corner marginal strip of three. 

The control stamp has a trace of a small paper adherence near the bottom

 as seen in the scan and a very light  small gum wrinkle. 

There is a large cross watermark at the bottom right corner

indicating that this sheet came from the left half of the 480 stamp Mill Sheet.

The orange dot in the right margin is a guide for the guillotining of the Mill Sheet in a vertical direction.

The Control letter M shows damage/wear and the bottom margin is partially doubly perforated. 

An attractive example with interesting features. 

Price: SOLD


SG197: vertical comb perforator of Control Q

151701.  1/2SG197, unmounted mint corner marginal block of 12:

two stamps creased a a couple with light gum creasing, but showing

the very scarce perforation of the sheet by a vertical comb perforator. 

The use of this perforator was only sporadically used on Contol Q sheets

and is hence very scarce and is seldom found in such a large block. 

The extension hole at the bottom margin and the perforation of the side margin

 are indicative of this type of perforator. 

The 'Jubilee' line rule in the bottom margin shows two adjacent plate cuts.

There is a large watermark cross in the bottom left corner margin

which indicates that this block comes from the left interpanneau position

of the right hand side of the 480 stamp Mill Sheet.

 A very scarce item. 



1/2d SG213: the two types of perforator 

151699.  1/2d SG213, Control R, two positional pieces: a fine corner marginal strip of three,

unmounted/mounted mint, left stamp with part gum and with the usual perforator. 

Very fine corner marginal pair, unmounted/mounted mint, corner gum wrinkle top left on the control stamp.

The extension holes in the bottom margin and perforation in the side margin

indicate the usage of a vertical comb perforator, SG Spec KC23. 

Both control items have the same plate cut markings in the Jubilee rule and are hence printed from the same plate. 

The vertical comb perforator was used less frequently than the normal perforator and is hence scarcer. 

The pair are printed in the scarcer bright blue-green shade.  

Both pieces show a small cross watermark in the bottom right corner margin as seen in the scan. 

This shows that both sheets came from the right hand side of the 480 stamp Mill Sheet. 

A very scarce/rare matched pairing.  



1/2 SG213: Control R

151700.  1/2d SG213, superb unmounted mint corner Control strip of three with perforated bottom margin. 

Printed in the scarcer bright blue-green shade, there is partial double perfing in the bottom margin. 

In the right corner of the bottom margin can be seen a large cross watermark which

indicates that the sheet is from the left hand side of the 480 stamp Mill Sheet.

The green dot in the side margin is a guide for the guillotining of the Mill Sheet in a vertical direction. 

A very fine and attractive control piece with interesting features. 



Control P: used block on piece

151691.  1/2d SG197, Control P, imperf margins, fine/very fine used block of five

tied to part front and rear flap by Ealing squared circles, October 22nd 1897,

and by an Indian Overland Postage Due 5. 

On reverse  is a Calcutta date stamp for November 8th 1897. 

Very scarce/rare item. 

Price  £68.00  SOLD


Control O with variety: block of 5 on envelope

151692.  1/2d SG197, Control O, imperf margins, fine/very fine used block of five, Ealing squared circle March 19th 1897,

on envelope to Colchester, rear flap missing, no postal markings on reverse. 

The Control stamp shows the variety, 'dot in oval under 'H', Spec K27: the cancellation leaves the variety clear. 

Have previously not seen this variety in other than a used single and never on a cover. 

Rare item. 

Price:  £125.00  SOLD

NB: this is a brown envelope but an even colour overall and not 'patchy' as in the scan.


Control O: corner strip of five

151697.  1/2d SG197, Control O, imperf margins:

a remarkable strip of five with four TONBRIDGE cds's for July 28th 1896. 

The central stamp has a light vertical crease and the overall condition is finer than the scan. 

Marginal red dot in the side margin. 

A very rare multiple and the longest used control strip from this issue we have seen. 

Price:  £135.00   SOLD


The unique block with DUBLIN CITY perfin: top row is INVERTED

151669.  1/2d SG213 a fine/very fine used block of SIXTEEN,

a few stamps with light creases/wrinkles, tied to a piece by

Dame Street DUBLIN cds's for 27th September 1901.

 Each stamp perfinned by the distinctive and scarce CITY of DUBLIN Arms design

illustrated in 'The Handbook of British Perfins' by Nelson. 

There is no separation of the perfs horizontally between the rows.

The top row has the perfins INVERTED the bottom row are UPRIGHT: 

this may have occured because a sheet or large block of stamps

was folded in two before the perfinning of the stamps. 

Examination of the horizontal join of this block does show evidence that it was folded along this join. 

The last time we were able to offer an example of this City of Dublin perfin was in 2001.

This was on a single used 1d lilac: the perfin was upright and it sold for £18. 

A very rare item indeed which is likely to be unique. 

Price:  £320.00

NB: the item is finer than the scan suggests.


Controls O and P on 1920 Envelope

151694.  1/2d SG197, Controls O and P on an envelope, roughly opened, to Highgate, London. 

Pair of KGV 1/2d's and all tied by an ILFORD machine cancellation for December 14th 1920. 

The Half penny SG197, was demonitized in 1915. 

An unusual usage. 

Price:  £39.50


Control N on postcard 1924

151695.  Fine postcard from a Cleric in Brighton to Edgbaston, 26th August 1924. 

A 1/2d SG197, Control N, was affixed to pay the postage but a post office official

 wrote 'Obsolete stamp' next to it: the half penny SG197, was demonitized in 1915. 

The card was then struck with the Brighton 2d/132 postage due in black and on receipt in Birmingham,

a Postage Due 2d stamp added and franked with a Handsworth cds for August 27th 1924. 

One wonders the reaction of the recipient having to pay 2d for a card from a Cleric:

unless of course they were a stamp collector! 

Attractive and unusual item. 

Price:  £49.00 SOLD

NB: postcard in finer condition than the scanned image.


1d lilac Control U: HMS MAJESTIC

151690.  1d lilac SG172 and 1/2d SG197 on registered envelope from Crystal Palace, April 23rd 1897,

to HMS Majestic, Channel Squadron:  two 1d lilacs with Control U from different plates.

One with a perforated bottom margin and the other imperforate. 

HMS Majestic was commissioned by the Royal Navy in December 1895

and was the largest pre-dreadnought battleship at that time.

She served with the Channel Squadron until 1904.

Majestic participated in bombardments of Turkish forts and supported the Allied landings at Gallipoli.

On 27 May 1915, she was torpedoed by a U-Boat at Cape Helles sinking with the loss of 49 men.

A superb item and likely a unique usage to HMS Majestic.


NB: the internet picture is of HMS Majestic going to sea.

NB: envelope in a finer condition than the scan suggests.



151388.  SG198, IMPRIMATUR:

very fine lightly mounted mint with full margins:

the scan does not show the very fine green of the Duty Plate. 

The Duty Plate in the definitive condition before any wear and tear.

Priced by Gibbons at £725 in their latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1. 

A rare example in such fine condition. 

Price:  £425.00  


SG198: Deformed Leaf Variety, Spec K29e, and pre-repair states



151657.  SG198, three halfpence, five mounted mint examples, some creasing, gum creases and hinge remains.

The first example shows the duty plate in fine condition without wear:

the second, third and fourth examples, show wear around the leaves and damage to berries at the left side. 

These are pre-repair states of the well-known variety: Spec K29e 'Deformed leaf, Duty Plate 4, Row 19/1'.

The wear was such that the first leaf above the Duty Tablet at the left was, very badly, redrawn,

 and a number of the leaves at the left were strengthened. 

The fifth stamp, with brownish gum, shows this variety, Spec K29e,

which Gibbons prices at £800 in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1. 

The pre-repair state examples are rare and the first we have seen. 

A very rare grouping. 


NB: the enlarged image of K29e is from a mint block we previously sold.


SG198: States of the Major Retouch Variety, Spec K29f, and pre-repair


151658.  SG198: these three examples show progressive damage/wear to the Duty Plate

and are rare pre-repair states of the Major Retouch Variety, Spec K29f .

The two fine/very fine non-marginals are mounted mint, with the right hand one having a very small gum thin. 

The interpanneau marginal example, Row 10 stamp 2, is superb unmounted mint. 

The wear to the left of the large '1' is very apparent in each stamp as is

the damage around, and at at the top of, the large figure '1'. 


These three examples are ALL Spec K29f: 'Retouch left of tablet and around large figure 1, (Duty Plate 4, R 10/2)'.

From left to right the amount of retouching of the Duty Plate increases suggesting that the retouched plate was

further retouched at different times as the retouched area suffered wear.

All these attemts were to prolong the lifetime of the Duty Plate and so reduce costs.

The variety in the left hand stamp of the three, is virtually identical to the image of it in

Gibbon's QV Volume 1, the latest Edition, (2011), page 264. 

The first stamp from the left is very fine/fine mounted mint,

the second stamp is fine/very fine mounted mint with a hinge remnant

and the marginal pair from Row 10 stamps 1/2 is very fine, very lightly, mounted mint but the variety stamp has a

diagonal crease at the bottom right corner area and can be seen in the scan crossing the interpanneau margin. 

Gibbon's prices Spec K29f at £800 mounted mint in 2011, QV Volume 1. 

In our experience, although priced by Gibbons at the same figure as K29e,

the Deformed Leaf variety, K29f is the rarer. 

A truly remarkable and extremely rare grouping showing: the progressive deterioration of the Duty Plate;

the attempt to repair it and the subsequent further repairs that were required to stop the Duty Plate from having to be replaced. 

A unique grouping the like of which we have never previously seen.



Major Retouch: Spec M8d

151668.  SG211, fine/very fine used with a Windsor cds for April 14th 1903. 

The stamp shows the listed variety, Spec M8d:

'Retouch left of value tablet and around large figure '1', Plate 4, Row 10 stamp 2'.

The example here shows enormous wear/damage to the retouched area of the duty tablet;

 the most extensive we have seen and also shows the 'falling leaf' variety to the left of the tablet. 

This variety bears witness to the decline in De La Rue's standards.

Forcing the plates until printing was not just poor but impossibe, meant stamps appeared which defeated

the careful work put into ensuring they were perfect when accepted by the authorities, ie when proofed.

Duty Plate 4 was eventually destroyed on June 28th 1904. 

This variety is unpriced used by Gibbons in the latest, 2015 Edition, Volume 2,

'King Edward V11 to George V1'  but at £350 for mounted mint.  



Unrecorded Duty Plate Proof?


151643.  Duty Plate only on perforated,ungummed and watermarked paper.

Gibbons lists De La Rue proofs of the Duty Plate only, with no date markings, for QV and Edward V11 values

There is no reference to a Duty Plate on an ungummed, watermarked and perforated stamp.

Perhaps this was done as the next stage in trialling it on the ungummed watermarked paper?

Have not seen such an example and can find no record of

this variety appearing previously for sale.

A rarity in superb condition.


NB: the scan does not do justice to the clarity of the Duty Plate strike.


INVERTED Watermark


151647.  Corner block of Six, SG197, with INVERTED Watermark. 

Very fresh and lightly mounted on the top right stamp, the rest are unmounted.

Some diagonal creasing affects two of the bottom stamps as seen in the scan. 

A very scarce positional block with this watermark variety.

Price:  £225.00


INVERTED Watermark

151648.  A superb unmounted mint block in Post Office fresh condition.

Very scarce/rare to find blocks in this condition. 

Price:  £225.00


Double Frame Line variety

151645.  2d SG200, mounted mint pair:

 very faint age marks affecting a few top perfs but more obvious on the reverse. 

The right hand stamp is a superb example of the listed variety,

Spec K30b, 'Double Frame Line at Left, Head Plate 5, Row 20/12'. 

Not very clear in the scan, but the doubling of the frame line runs fully from top to bottom. 

Priced as mounted mint by Gibbons in the latest edition, 2011, QV Volume 1, at £325.

 Price:  £140.00


2d Green and Scarlet


151646.  2d SG199, fine unmounted mint block of 4: blunt corner perfs top two stamps.

From the colour of the Duty Tablet this block is possibly from the earlier printings of this value.

The bottom pair are very fine.

Priced by Gibbons at £550 for an unmounted mint SINGLE in this shade.

From the shade of the value tablet, this block is from the early printings in 1887.

Price: £695.00

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




151644.  2d SG200, a very fine unmounted mint block of 4:

the top right stamp has a small preprinting paper crease near the top

and some offsetting from another stamp. 

The Duty Tablet has been printed in an INTENSE CARMINE SHADE

and the ink is almost suffusing through the paper as seen in the scan.

Unlisted by Gibbons but offered for sale by them on occasion. 

The deep intensity of the carmine is such that it could well come

from the same printing and sheet as the unmounted block of 12, Item 151609a. 

Scroll down to view it. 

Price:  £585.00

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


Rare Late Fee 1d Scroll

151634.  47 Cannon Street L.1d., 7pm, Scroll cancellation: envelope to Paris, February 6th 1901,

ordinary rate paid by 'Jubilee' twopence halfpenny, SG201, with the 1d late fee paid by a 1d lilac. 

Each cancelled by this unique Victorian late fee scroll type. 

The envelope has the staining from apparently a pin

but this is the only example we have seen of this rare type on cover.

The strike on the 1d lilac is paticularly fine.

Priced by parmenter at £60 more than 10 years ago. 

Price:  £83.00 SOLD


Unique multiple usage: November 1911.

151577.  Large envelope, 31.5cm by 13cm, used locally in BRIGHTON, November 23rd 1911 with Brighton cds's on the reverse. 

The 8d franking is made up of a 1d SG166, a 1/2d SG 187, the entire top row of 12 of 1/2d SG213

and a single from the interpane area of the sheet with vertical pillars. 

The 1d SG166 was issued on January 1st 1880 and replaced by the 1d lilac the following year. 

The 1/2 SG187 was issued on April 1st 1884 and replaced by the 1/2d vermilion on January 1st 1887.

SG166 and SG187 were demonitized on June 1st 1901. 

Although not demonitized until July 1st 1915, SG213 was replaced on January 1st 1902 by the KE 7th issue.  

A remarkable and unique item in fine condition for its size. 

A memorable Exhibition item!!  



Scarce destination with War Fund Label

151573. 1d lilac Die 2 and 1/2d SG213: tied to an envelope to Brazil by Failsworth, cds's for September 16th 1900. 

Letter carried on the 'Orellana'. 

On the reverse is the Manchester Philatelic Society Label raising money for the BOER WAR:

damaged when the letter was opened by the postal authorities because the letter was UNCLAIMED.

It was returned to sender almost a year later with a London cds on the front for July 2nd 1901. 

An unusual item that would display well when fully written up. 



Unofficial Adverising Ring on full cover.

151559. 1d pink envelope with an UNOFFICIAL advertising ring for

 'Publishers of the Permanent Stamp Album Brighton'

with a 1d lilac and a 'Jubilee' 1/2d vermilion tied by the Preston Rd, Brighton duplex, May 29th 1891.

The envelope was sent to Rotterdam with a Rotterdam receiving cds on the reverse for May 30th 1891. 

The envelope has been opened at the base not the top and has a small peripheral fault at the centre top. 

This adverising ring is illustrated by Arundel in 'Advertising Rings'.

His listing for this one is 36.2, 'the 1d pink envelope with an Orange Ring'.

It is priced at £75 for a cut out example and he comments

that the price on cover for the scarcer ones,

of which this is one, is 4 to 10 times the cut out price.

 A rare item and one of the few Unofficial examples

we have been able to offer on full cover. 

Price:  £285.00 

NB: the brown mark at the top is not as pronounced as in the scan.


1/- SG211: the Earliest Known Usage

151563. 1/- green, SG211: a fine/very fine example in a

TRUE deep green shade which the scan does not show.

Tied to a small piece by a London EC scroll for JANUARY 2nd 1887. 

This stamp was issued on January 1st 1887 and in 40 years of

specialising in the 'Jubilee' issue, this is the EARLIEST usage we have seen.

This is reflected in the Booth 2017 catalogue of FDC's which

does NOT quote for this stamp used on its day of issue.

A rarity. 



SG214: scarce block fine colour.

151540.   SG214, fine/good used block of four:

some creasing/wrinkling but priced by Gibbons at £700. 

The green is much deeper than in the scan. 

Price:  £65.00


5d SG207a: used on a Registered Wooden Box/Crate

151495.  5d SG207a (Die 2):

tied to part of a wooden case/box by a Registered Oval - date unclear.

Addressed to The Town Clerk, EXETER. 

Remarkable item of which we have never previously seen the like!! 

A talking point and worthy of being displayed. 

Very rare/unique usage.

Price:  £76.50


FIRST VOYAGE of S S MANHATTAN, August 10th 1932:

151491FIRST VOYAGE of S S MANHATTAN, August 10th 1932:

clean and uncreased envelope carried on the SS Manhattan and

posted on board at Plymouth back to America.

Remarkably, in Plymouth a block of 4, SG213 of the 'Jubilee' Issue

 which was invalidated for postal use by the Post Office on July 1st 1915, 

was affixed and neatly cancelled by a Plymouth cds for August 19th 1932.

The envelope was also franked by a USA 3c which was cancelled

on arrival in the USA by a Newark cancellation for September 14th 1932,

Newark, New Jersey cds in purple on the reverse. 

Very unusual and scarce item. 

Price:  £58.50

NB: there is a wealth of pictures and information about this famous ship on the internet.


A Very Rare Control Variety

151479.   SG197, Control D with marginal rules square at corners:

a superb UNMOUNTED mint corner pair of this rare variety, SG spec KC22b. 

Gibbons priced this variety mounted mint at £250 in 2011 - last Edition of QV Volume 1.

Very few examples appear to have survived

and it is hard to see how a finer example could be found. 

Exhibition plus quality. 



One of the RAREST Control Varieties

151480.   SG197, Control E with no marginal rules:

a very fresh and very lightly mounted mint corner pair showing this very rare variety,

SG Spec KC6, priced by Gibbons at £350 for a mounted mint SINGLE in 2011 - last Edition of QV Volume 1.

As with the 1d lilac controls, 50% could be added for a corner control pair. 

The pair offered here has a blunt top corner but in

the past 10 years we have seen only one other corner pair offered

with this control variety and that too was mounted mint: it sold for £525.

An opportunity to acquire a seldom offered variety.

 Price: £225.00


Very scarce Marginal Rule Variety


151481.   SG197, Control E with marginal rules square and bevelled at corners:

an extremely lightly mounted mint corner pair, almost unmounted,

showing this very scarce variety, SG Spec KC22c.

Priced by Gibbons at £40 for a mounted mint SINGLE in 2011 - last Edition of QV Volume 1. 

As with the 1d lilac controls, 50% could be added for a corner control pair. 

Rarely offered in such fine condition.



SG214 on envelope to Paris.

151378. Envelope with a light vertical filing crease, not as evident as the scan suggests,

from London to Paris, October 14th 1901, with an interesting address: 'The Engineering Magazine'. 

The postage totals 1/8d ie eight times the basic 2 1/2d for 1/2oz therefore 1/8d paid for up to 4 oz. 

The franking is 1/- SG214, 6d SG208 and 2d SG200 in a shade close to or at the scarce SG199. 

The stamps have each been affixed in a very precise way - by an engineer or scientist? 

Theo Brauers in his book ' Scarce Victorian Postage Stamps of GB on Cover', of the 40 covers illustrated with the 1/- SG214,

only SIX are a non-registered usage of which two have the 1/- perfinned.

Only one cover has the same franking of 1/8d and this is a large format envelope and each stamp is perfinned.

The 1/- has the original strong full colours which the scan does not show well and the apparent browning of the

right hand side of the envelope and browning of the 2d are both tricks of the scanner. 

 An attractive cover with a rare usage of the 1/-. 

Gibbons prices SG214 on cover at £1,000. 

A rare item and certainly one of the finest covers extant with the 1/- green and carmine.  



131365.  2 1/2d SG201:

tied to small piece of a mourning envelope by an exceptional strike of the V.R scroll cancel

with the very scarce Code A – used on Royal items of mail.  

Alongside is another strike in the same exceptional condition. 

Superb and rare item.  



151328.  4d SG 205: fine used tied to piece by a Jersey Registered oval, April 24th 1890.

leaving QV's head almost completely clear of the cancellation. 

This is a rare item as the margin has no Jubilee lines and

hence this stamp is from the Second Marginal Setting. 

Only the second USED example we have seen from this setting. 



A franked stamp fraudulenty used

151337. Mourning envelope to London, 1d postage paid by two 'Jubilee' 1/2ds, SG197. 

The left hand one has been lightly used previously and this is the

only instance we have seen of any 'Jubilee' issue being reused in this way. 

It got through the system and cancelled by a very fine and scarce

Rock-Ferry Birkenhead square circle for June 16th 1892. 

Price:  £63.50


151271.  1 1/2d, SG198: superb UNMOUNTED mint, Post Office fresh, block of 6. 



151273.  4 1/2d, SG206, Very fine/superb UNMOUNTED mint, one stamp light toning. 

Attractive FULL PANE of 20 with interpane margins at left and the top. 



151315.  5d SG207a Die 2: a superb used side marginal BLOCK OF 12,

perf strengthened between the top two stamps.

Part of the 'POSTAGE' watermark in the side margin.

Cancelled by the Guernsey parcel post double ring in black.

Gibbons prices a used block of 4 at £65. 

An attractive and very scarce/rare multiple used in the Channel Islands.  



1132 1887 ‘Jubilee’ 1 1/2d, SG198 deformed leaf variety.

A superb block of 4 in virtually Post Office fresh condition,

  three stamps un-mounted and the fourth stamp, with the variety,

has the smallest trace of being hinged.  

A superb example of this well known redrawn/retouched leaf variety,

Duty plate 4, row 19 stamp 1, spec K29e. 

The other left hand leaves of the variety stamp and those on the stamp below,

ie row 20/1, also show possible retouching and strengthening of the design.  

Superb and rare item.  


15179:  2d green and scarlet, SG199: very fine/superb example tied to a superb ‘Inland Registered Post,

Certificate of Posting of an Insured Letter  No 16’, by a George Street Edinburgh cds for December 7th 1887. 

Clear RPS Certificate for this difficult shade from the early printings. 

Rare item. 


15180: 2d green and scarlet, SG199: very fine/superb example tied to a superb ‘Inland Registered Post,

Certificate of Posting of an Insured Letter  No 17’, by a George Street Edinburgh cds for December 7th 1887. 

Clear RPS Certificate for this difficult shade from the early printings. 

Rare item. 


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