LINE ENGRAVED

 

SPLISBY Extra Cross on Entire

151853.  1d plate 16, 'JJ', virtually 4-margins, just touching to clear under SE letter square.

Tied to an entire from Spilsby to West Ashby, Nr Horncastle(Lincs) by the SPILSBY cross

with as usual from this office an additional strike clear of the 1d red. 

On the top flap is a very fine Spilsby date stamp for September 10th 1841

which displays well when the flap is raised.

On the front  is a very fine Horncastle date stamp for the following day. 

This example is unrecorded by Rockoff and Jackson. 

An attractive item which displays well. 

Price:  £200.00

NB: See Item 151852 in the Line engraved Section for a 1d black on cover with this same Cross.

 

Isles of Scilly 1860

                   

151786.  1d, SG40, 'FK', tied to a small envelope by the rare/very scarce '610' of the SCILLY ISLES. 

On the reverse a Scilly cds for August 18th 1860, a Penzance transit cds,

August 18th 1860 and a London receiver, August 20th 1860. 

Upto 1859 mail was carried to and from the Isles by sailing ship but in 1859,

'The Little Western', a steam schooner, came in to service and carried the mails. 

On the top flap of the envelope is a fine embossed image of a steam ship

with  the 'Isles of Scilly' in an oval.

 This envelope is very possibly from 'The Little Western' as the embossing is of a steam schooner.

A superb and rare item which would make a fine display item. 

Price:  £175.00

NB: the scan does not do justice to the embossed steam ship.

'The Little Western' was lost off the Scilly Isles in 1872.

 

1d SG24 Plate 9

              

151805.  1d SG24, Plate 9, 'GA-HB' SG Spec C3:

generally fine/very fine but with some light wrinkling in the corner areas of the top two stamps.

Bottom two stamps with almost clear profiles, cancelled by the '698' of Scarborough, North Yorkshire. 

Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1, prices a block of four at £650,

without the premium for 'HA-HB' so lightly cancelled. 

Very difficult to find this stamp in such a fresh block.  

Price: £175.00 

 

1d Plate 72 on piece

151802.  1d plate 72, 'BA-CC' block of 6 and a strip of three 'CG-CI'.

All very fine with excellent colour except small corner perf fault on 'BC' and on 'CI'.

Tied to a large piece by MAIDSTONE duplexes for July 3rd 1865 and

with London and Ashbourne cds's for July 4th and July 5th 1865 respectively.

'More to Pay' and a m/s 'over 4 1/2 oz' at the two corners. 

An attractive and unusual item. 

Price:  £48.50.

 

Exceptional block of Plate 90

                     

151779.   1d Plate 90, 'KB-LC', very fine used block of 4 with a clean back.

Exceptional margins with parts of four other stamps at left and right.

 Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011 Edition of QV Volume 1

at £320 with 1844 numeral cancellations. 

A rare block in this condition. 

Price:  £265.00

 

Hastings U 1d Post in combination with a 1d red

                     

151781.  A fine stampless wrapper from Hastings to London, March 11th 1846, with

a fine central HASTINGS 'PAID 1d' strike of the Uniform Penny Post, County Cat. SX630. 

On receipt in London the wrapper was turned around, a 1d red added, 4-margined, with a pre-affixed crease,

and addressed to Maidstone with a poor strike of a Maidstone dated receiver for March 13th 1846.

Walker in 'Uniform Penny Post', published in 2015, prices the Hasting U1d Post strike at £60-£80. 

A rare combination of a Uniform Penny Post cancellation and 1d red usage on the same wrapper. 

                          Price:  £70.00                                      

 

A rare pre-issue example of SG17

151778.  1d SG17, 'TH', plate 167, very fine used with most of the Queen's head clear on a clean envelope.

Part of rear top flap missing and tied by the London '72' in bars duplex for March 3rd 1854. 

Sent locally in London so no postal markings on reverse.

Instructions were sent to postmasters on March 12th 1854, NOT TO ISSUE

the new perforated stamps until stocks of the imperforate 1d were exhausted.

However some were issued in late February 1854.

Gibbons comments that covers dated BEFORE MARCH 12th are RARE. 

This very fine example was used on March 3rd 1854 in London and is one of the earliest known used:

in fact we have not seen an earlier example.

A very rare early pre-issue example. 

Price: £325.00

NB: the apparent browning on the front and periphery of the envelope is a trick of the scanner.

 

Waterford Cross on 1d Plate 5

151780.  1d red, Plate 5, 'LH', very fine 4-margined example on a clean wrapper from WATERFORD to Dublin. 

Stamp tied by a superb strike of the Waterford cross

with a superb Waterford date stamp on the top flap for May 13th 1841. 

Rockoff records only three earlier examples of this cross. 

Plate 5 priced by Gibbons on cover at £400. 

Very fine item and scarce as such. 

Price:  £235.00

 

1d Plate 21: NEWTON-LIMAVADY cross

151749.   1d red plate 21, 'EF', fine 4-margined, close at 'F' square but clear:

tied to a clean banking entire from NEWTON-LIMAVADY to Ballymoney. 

On the reverse is a blue cds of Newton-Limavady for March 6th 1843

and a superb COMPLETE red wax seal 'Belfast Bank Branch N.Limavady'.

Rockoff in Volume 2 page 210, 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland',

illustrates only six examples on cover of this cross

A late strike, May 30th 1844, shows a cross with an empty centre.

The authors speculate as to whether this is a weakened centre or a result of inking. 

This example, March 6th 1843, shows a similar empty centre.

The later examples in 1843, August and December, are complete strikes with the usual diamond in the centre. 

Hence the example offered here confirms the emty centres are a consequence of inking. 

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price: £85.00

 

1d red Plate 9

151752.   1d red Plate 9, 'NG', fine/very fine, very close/just touching at the left:

tied to a clean wrapper from London to Perth by a very fine black MX.

Lombard Street date stamp on the reverse for March 8th 1841,

less than 4 weeks since issued, and an Edinburgh transit cds for March 10th 1841. 

This black plate priced by Gibbons at £325.  

Attractive and clean item. 

Price:  £58.50

 

1/2d Plate 9 on Bankruptcy hearing 1872

151746.  1/2d SG48, Plate 9, fine example of the rarest plate, tied to a clean and uncreased printed entire

referring to a public examination of bankrupt Joseph Taylor, Leather Seller and Boot Maker.

To be held in The London Bankruptcy Court in Lincolns Inn Fields, April 13th 1872. 

The London WC cancellation leaves the plate number 9 clearly visible at the right.

No postal markings on the reverse as sent locally within the WC area.

Gibbons price for this plate on cover is in excess of £2,000. 

Price:  £425.00

 

1d SG29 used locally in Stranraer

151739.   1d SG29, 'NK', on a printed Land and Tax Assessment demand from the Inland Revenue in Stranraer,

dated New Years Day January 1st 1857; on the reverse is a Stranraer date stamp for January 2nd.  

Tied by a partial strike of the '312' of Stranraer and

sent locally in Stranraer to a George GUTHRIE from a David GUTHRIE! 

The cancellation leaves the Gothik K on 'NK' clearly visible: SG Spec C8j, Plates 23-31. 

The 1d is very badly miss-perfed and as such scarce on cover.

A rare combination of features. 

Price:  £67.50

 

Burnley Sleleton: SUNDAY usages.

   

      

151737. Two examples of the rare BURNLEY SKELETON, County Cat. LA233.

The first is a 1d red, 'MJ', tied to a clean letter from Manchester to Burnley, July 26th 1845.

The name has been blocked out as has the short letter inside except for a Manchester date of July 25th 1845. 

On the reverse is a Blackburn date stamp for July 26th 1845 and a strike of the BURNLEY skeleton

for JULY 27th 1845 - a SUNDAY - struck in the recorded blue. 

The second is a 1d red, 'MI', Plate 52, fine 4-margins, very close but clear at the top margin,

tied to a separated large part entire and opened at the base for display purposes. 

Sent from Clitheroe to Burnley, August 2nd 1845, the 1d red is tied by a superb '207' of Clitheroe.

 On the reverse is a strike of the BURNLEY skeleton for AUGUST 3rd 1845 - a SUNDAY - again in blue.

It begs the question whether this Burnley cancellation was only for Sunday usage?

We have other examples in stock of this type of skeleton eg Cheltenham, Item 151745, used on weekdays.

The scan does not show the blue colour very well.

This cancellation only recorded in 1845 and these are first we have seen. 

A remarkable and rare/unique pairing: the Burnley skeleton used on consecutive SUNDAYS. 

Price for the pair:  £138.00

NB: on the reverse are partial offsets of the '207' in black and Clitheroe date stamps in red.

 

Cheltenham Skeleton 1848: EKD

        

151745.  1d red, 'FF', almost 4-margined, rub in SE letter square:

tied to a small, neat envelope by a very fine/fine '177' of Cheltenham. 

Sent to Berkeley with on the reverse a receiving date stamp for February 8th 1848. 

This date stamp, County Cat. GL38, recorded to 1847 so this extends slightly the period of recorded usage. 

Also on the reverse is an exceptional strike of the rare Cheltenham skeleton,

County Cat. GL169, for February 7th 1848, struck in the recorded green ink. 

This cancellation only recorded used in 1848 and this believed to be the earliest known example. 

The front of the envelope has a brown stain caused by the wax seal on the reverse BUT the other browning

 is NOT present: a trick of the scanner and the central stain is fainter than in the scan. 

This skeleton cancellation was used on a MONDAY. 

Price:  £69.50

NB: see item 151737 above for SUNDAY usages of a skeleton cancellation.

 

PAID 6d EXTRA of Edinburgh

151736.   1d red, 'AD', very fine 4-margined, Plate 49:

tied to a clean wrapper to Hamilton by the '131' of Edinburgh

with an Edinburgh cds on the reverse for August 15th 1845. 

Next to the 1d red is a good strike of the

Edinburgh boxed: ' PAID 6d EXTRA', Auckland ED184. 

This is a rare strike and was applied as a Late Fee

which for the high price of 6d, a letter could be handed in

just before the Post Office closed for the day and would be processed that evening. 

Considerably rarer than the 'PAID 1d EXTRA' variety. 

Price:  £95.00

 

Paisley Cross: 1d red Plate 9 repaired state

151735.  1d red Plate 9, 'EC-ED': fine full margined partially severed pair,

prepared by the postmaster/postmistress for ease of separation.

Both stamps are from the 2nd repair printing, 'no 'O' flaw', SG Spec AS61.

Tied to a cross written entire by three strikes of the PAISLEY cross with a boxed

Paisley date stamp on the reverse for September 2nd 1841. 

Rockoff in 'The Maltese cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', Volume 2 page 219, illustrates and describes this cross.

Its appearance is similar to the so-called 'Post Road' crosses of Arbroath, Dundee, Perth and Stirling.

Of the 10 examples he lists and illustrates, this is the third earliest at September 2nd 1841. 

He comments that from  September 1841, the cross was poorly struck with evidence

of varying amounts of debris in the obliterator: the cross does not appear to have been regularly cleaned. 

The 1d red Plate 9 without 'O' flaw is priced as a single stamp by Gibbons

 in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1, at £325.

A pair in this repaired state would be priced at £850 and on cover at £1,450. 

A very rare item. 

Price:  £385.00 

NB: the condition of the letter is much finer than the scan suggests and there is NO browning. 

 

The following three items show usage of the extremely rare 'GPO Newspaper Branch'.

A leading expert in the cancellations of London said that in more than 35 years

he had never seen this cancellation on either piece or cover

and very rarely even a partial strike on a stamp.

 

Extremely rare GPO Newpaper Branch

151726.  11/2d, SG52, Plate 1, excellent colour, very fine used:

cancelled by the extremely rare GPO Newspaper Branch, Alcock Fig 587. 

This may well be a unique usage on this stamp.   

Price£135.00

 

Extremely rare GPO Newpaper Branch

151727.  1d plate 140, two examples, one damaged:

each tied by the the extremely rare GPO Newspaper Branch, Alcock Fig 587. 

We have been unable to trace from our researches

another example on piece or cover and this supports the above comment.

A remarkable item which may be a unique survivor.

Price:  £250.00

 

Extremely rare GPO Newpaper Branch

151728.  1d Plate 146, a pair perfinned H and Co? 

Each cancelled by the the extremely rare

GPO Newspaper Branch, Alcock Fig 587. 

An extremely rare multiple usage.

Price:  £175.00

 

LAST DAY OF MX USAGE: London Chief Office

151705.  1d red, 'NB', fine 3-margined example tied by a LONDON cross on a fine small neat envelope with its original letter. 

On the reverse is a very fine strike of a London Chief Office date stamp for MAY 20th 1844. 

This is one of ONLY TWO KNOWN usages of the London Maltese cross

on the LAST DAY before replaced by the numerals in diamond. 

Rockoff in Volume 1, page 179 of 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland',

refers to two known covers and illustrates one: this is that other known cover. 

The letter, written by one Cleric to another, is dated Sunday May 19th 1844 - Ascension Day.

The envelope does NOT have an overall brown appearance: it is a trick of the scanner.

A considerable rarity. 

Price: £675.00 

NB: the letter is addressed to The Reverend Dr Jarvis. 

Dr Samuel Farmar Jarvis was the son of the second Bishop of Connecticut. 

He became an intellectual leader in the Episcopal Church in the United States

and achieved a very high profile in America. 

In 1843 he was sent as an Emissary to Canterbury by the American Church

and remained in England until late 1844.

His achievements, and influence, during his year in England are documented on the internet.

 

Very early usage of the London numeral replacing the MX

151705c.   1d red, 'OA', 3-margins, tied to a dated piece with part side flaps,

 by the London Inland Office numeral cancellation.

On the reverse top flap is a fine strike of the Inland Office for MAY 20th 1844. 

In Rockoff in Volume 1, page 179 of 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland',

it notes that the replacement for the London Maltese Cross

by such numerals in the Inland Office took place on May 17th 1844

 ie the last day of usage of an MX cancellation in this Office was May 16th 1844. 

On page 179 is an illustrated cover with numeral 1 used on that date.

 A few numbers in crosses are known used on May 16th 1844,

 their last day of usage; the next item is such an example. 

May 19th 1844 was a Sunday and the Inland Office did not operate. 

Hence the example of May 20th 1844 is only the third day of usage

We have not previously seen May 18th or May 20th 1844 usages. 

A rare item.

Price:  £110.00

NB: the black 'mark' on the top flap is the black of the Hawid mount.

 This item would clearly team up with the previous item, 151705

and togther with the next item 151490, make a truly outstanding and unique trio.

 

Number 10 in Cross: the LAST DAY OF USAGE.

151490.  1d red, 3 margins, on entire from London to Warwick:

tied by the Number 10 in Cross, applied sideways, and the Warwick cds for MAY 17th 1844. 

On the reverse is a London cds for MAY 16th 1844 - the LAST DAY of USAGE of the Number in Cross cancellations. 

In 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', by Rockoff, Volume 1, page 179,

it is noted that only SEVEN examples of the Numbers in Crosses are known

used on this last day before replacement by a numeral cancellation:

we have handled previously three of the seven examples ie numbers 7,8 and 9. 

However, this is the ONLY known example of the Number 10 in Cross

used on the last day before being withdrawn. 

A significant rarity.

Price: £480.00

NB:  please scroll down for more examples of Numbers in Crosses on cover.

 

INDIA STREET Scots Local: 2d Blue Plate 4

151698.  2d blue SG14, Plate 4, 'QJ-QK', very fine/fine square 4-margined:

partially separated between by the postmaster/mistress in preparation for issue. 

Tied to a neat piece by two partial strikes of the Scots Local, Type V11, of INDIA STREET.

Few examples are known of the imperf 2d blue

with any type of Scots Local cancellation on piece or cover. 

A very rare item. 

Price:  £425.00

 

Plate 55: 306 of Lisnaskea

151678.  1d Plate 55, SG40, 'FL-GL':

overall a fine used block of 4, cancelled, Contrary to Regulations,

by only two '306' numerals of LISNASKEA. 

Gibbons, in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1,

prices a block of four in this plate at £150.

Unusually, there is a plate sratch on 'GL' to the left of QV's head.

A misalignment of the stamps is also visible. 

A very scarce/rare Irish usage.  

Price:  £85.00

 

Plate 55: 302 of Letterkenny

151679.  1d Plate 55, SG40, 'GC-HD': 

some light wrinkling, short/pulled perfs on 'HD' and a brownish reverse,

but cancelled by the '302' of Letterkenny. 

Gibbons, in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1,

prices a block of four in this plate at £150. 

Scarce Irish usage.

Price:  £45.00

 

Plate 59: 28 of Ballaghaderin

151681.  1d Plate 59, SG40, 'DJ-EK':

short perf 'E' square of 'EK' otherwise fine/very fine block.

Cancelled by inverted '28' numerals of BALLAGHADERIN. 

Gibbons, in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1,

prices a block of four in this plate at £150. 

Very scarce Irish usage.

Price: £55.00

 

Plate 60: 272 of Killarney

151682.  1d Plate 60, SG40, 'GI-HJ': 

some light wrinkling on 'HJ' otherwise a fine block of 4.

Incomplete numeral cancellations but appear to be '272' of KILLARNEY. 

Two stamps with clear profile.

Plate 60 is a scarce plate and Gibbons, in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1,

prices a block of four in this plate at £250.  

A very scarce Irish usage. 

Price  £82.50

 

Plate 60: 141 of Ballygawley

151683.  1d Plate 60, SG40, 'NH-NK':

strip of 4 cancelled by superb strikes of the '41' of BALLYGAWLEY.

Each of 'NI-NK' cancelled by an inverted, numeral single type of '41' but

'NH' by the upright numeral portion of the '41' Ballygawley duplex. 

'NI-NK' are very fine used, 'NH' has a light vertical crease. 

A most unusual combination of the types of numeral '41' used on a scarcer plate.  

Gibbons, in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1, four singles are priced at £120. 

A rare and possibly unique usage of the '41' numeral:

we cannot recall seeing any similar combination.

An attractive and very rare item.

Price: £75.00

 

Plate 62 SG40

151686.  1d SG40, 'AL-BK':

very fine used block, very faintly and indistinctly cancelled

leaving virtually each stamp with clear profile.

'BL' has apparently a small piece of black hair 'impressed' into the surface:

perhaps as a love token from the sender? 

Gibbons, in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1, prices a block of four

in this plate at £150 before the 125% premium is added for so light a cancellation. 

Unusual and scarce. 

Price:  £68.00

 

Number 1 in Cross: Plate 32

151677.  1d red Plate 32, 'QE', very fine/fine 4-margined, close at SW corner but clear:

tied to a clean entire by a very fine Number 1 in Cross, very light horizontal central filing crease.

 On the reverse is a London date stamp for March 31st 1843 and a Rochester date stamp for April 1st 1843. 

Number 1 in Cross priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1 at £550. 

EKD for this number in cross is March 21st 1843 so this an early example of its usage.

An attractive and very scarce item in such fine condition. 

Price:  £235.00

NB: Please scroll down for many other numbers in crosses.

 

Dublin to London to Whitby 1866

151627.  1d Plates 74 and 79 on an envelope, one side flap missing, from DUBLIN to London. 

1d plate 74 cancelled in Dublin but another full duplex applied at the left for August 17th 1866:

Contrary to Regulations.

In London it received a N W Miss-sorted strike and a 1d plate 79 affixed for the redirection to Whitby,

tied by a N W London duplex for August 20th 1866. 

An attractive and scarce combination of usage and cancellations. 

Price:  £55.00

 

Registered wrapper from Edinburgh to Glasgow

151665.   Two single 1d reds, one defective, tied to a wrapper by a

SINGLE '131' of Edinburgh and Contrary to Regulations as such.

Addressed to 'The Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway Office'.

This Railway Company opened in August 13th 1846 and was taken over on 28th October 1850.

Edinburgh December 30th 1846 cds on reverse and a receiving Glasgow date stamp for New Years' Eve 1846. 

M/s 1/- in red for the Registration Fee and a partially handstruck, also in red,

Registered Edinburgh, McKay figure 1150, 'Scottish Postmarks' and rated RARE. 

Despite the faults, two single 1d reds are much scacer than a pair especially cancelled by a single numeral. 

Filing creases but overall the wrapper is in fine condition.

A very scarce/rare combination of features.

Price:  £67.50.

 

Late usage of 1d red imperf in 1856

151663.  1d red, Plate 175, 'TK': fine 4-margined example, small wrinkling SE letter square. 

Tied to envelope used locally in London by a London duplex for February 18th 1856. 

Envelope in better condition than the scan suggests and less browning near the stamp. 

Can not recall seeing this type of London duplex used so late with a 1d red imperf. 

Very scarce item. 

Price:  £215.00

 

2d Plate 3: full margined strip with Double Letter variety

151666. 2d Plate 3, 'SB-SD': a fine full margined strip of three, tied to an

entire from GLASGOW to Birmingham, September 28th 1850, by '159' numerals.

This plate has only FIVE double letter listed varieties and 'SD' is one of them, Spec ES11h. 

On reverse is a partial boxed Queen Street and other transit date stamps. 

A pair of 2d blues in this plate priced by Gibbons on cover

at £550 in the latest Edition, 2011, QV Volume 1.

Very scarce item. 

Price:  £370.00

 

Dublin to Port Philip Australia

151656.  2d blue Plate 3, 'block of 4', split into two pairs, 'FH-GI': 

on an envelope from DUBLIN to a very scarce destination, PORT PHILIP, Australia. 

Dublin date stamp on reverse for April 1st 1852 and a Ship-Letter London date stamp for the following day on the front. 

Front of letter with 'p First Ship Direct'. 

M/s '3' in black applied on receipt and a Melbourne Ship letter mark on the reverse for July 1852. 

The two pairs of the 2d are each cancelled Contrary to PO Regulations, at that time, by a SINGLE strike

of the DUBLIN '186' numeral applied upside down.

Although this was again Contrary to PO Regulations perhaps appropriate as it was sent 'down under'!

The envelope has an embossed crest of The Royal Dublin Society 1731. 

This Society was founded on June 14th 1731 by 14 men who met in Trinity College: the 'Royal' prefix was added in 1821.

It was formed to promote 'husbandry, manufacturers and other useful arts and sciences'.

Further information available on the internet. 

A very rare item in better condition than the scan suggests.

Price:  £885.00

NB: in 1999, a long/large envelope, not to Australia,

was offered with an untied pair of 2d blues, cancelled by an upside down '186' of Dublin.

It was described as ex Shaida and that only four such examples were known.

We have seen only one other item, (in 2004), addressed to Port Philip (1852), with a

strip of four 2d blues: it was sent from Sheffield. 

 

2d Plate 4 strip of 4 on envelope to SIDNEY

151655.  2d Plate 4, strip 'MB-ME':

full margins except 'ME' which has faults, on a small, uncreased, envelope to SIDNEY, New South Wales, Australia.

'MD' has a paper wrinkle/crease around the NE corner but is cancelled by the

Ship-Letter London date stamp, May 14th 1852, in RED and extremely rare as such.

 Sent from CATRINE with a MAUCHLINE boxed date stamp for May 13th 1852

and a red London Ship letter date stamp for May 14th 1852.  

On receipt in Australia, various transit marks applied on reverse, 

and on the front is a handstruck '3' and a m/s '5' both in black. 

Also there is a boxed ADVERTISED UNCLAIMED applied in Sidney. 

A remarkable item and especially rare with a 2d blue cancelled

by the red London Ship Letter date stamp: the only example we have seen and quite likely unique.

Gibbons prices this 2d blue with a RED 1844 numeral cancellation,

Spec E1wc, at £28,000 on a stamp OFF COVER

and unpriced on cover in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1.

A superb line engraved rarity. 

Price:  £1,685.00

NB: the envelope is in better condition than the scan suggests especially on the reverse.

 

Rare numeral 69 Cancellation

151650. 1d red, 3-margined pair, Archer plate 99, 'RA-RB', portions of two other stamps at the top:

tied to a wrapper used locally in London, March 22 1850, by two fine/very fine strikes of

the '69' in oval of bars from the London District Post Chief Office. 'RA' has some NW corner creasing.

Parmenter in 'Barred Numeral Cancellations of London', grades this cancellation as very rare.

Wrapper addressed to Lady Anna Loftus and above her name is a signature 'Edward'.

Lady Anna Loftus (Marchioness of Ely), was Lady of the Bedchamber to Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen from 1830-34.

The signature appears to be that of Prince Edward (1823-1902), a British Military Officer of German parents. 

His mother was Princess Ida of Saxe-Meiningen, sister of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen

who became the wife of the Bristish King, William IV: the City of Adelaide in Australia is named after her.

The numeral 69 in oval of bars was used mainly on unpaid/postage due mail.

In view of the relatively small size of the wrapper one 1d paid the postage and the other possibly a late fee.

We have seen very few examples of the '69' in oval of bars and even fewer on full cover.

Multiple usages of this cancellation are rare.

Superb item which would display well when fully written up.

Price:  £225.00

NB: the wrapper is in better condition than the scanned images:

very little 'browning' and almost none around the stamps.

   

Numeral 34 in oval of bars of Richmond

151654.  1d red, worn plate, almost 3-margined, tied to a clean and uncreased envelope to Bristol

by the '34' in an oval of bars of RICHMOND, June 9th 1845. 

This numeral cancellation rated RARE by Parmenter in 'Barred Numeral Cancellations of London'.

Richmond and Hounslow date stamps on the front and

a Bristol receiver for June 10th 1845 on reverse. 

Very scarce item. 

Price:  £285.00

 

Block of TEN SG40 on part entire

151654.  1d SG40, block of TEN, 'GB-HF':

'GC' some creasing the rest are fine/very fine. 

Tied to a large, folded at left side, part entire from Worcester, May 29th 1861, to Malvern. 

A 10d rate indicates a letter upto 5oz. 

An impressive and very scarce/rare multiple usage. 

Price:  £95.00

 

Valentine embossed envelope: 1854

151649.  1d red imperf, 'QJ', Plate 169:

3-margined example with a diagonal scratch to the plate in the NE corner. 

This has resulted in an unprinted area. 

The stamp is tied by the '798'  of THRAPSTONE, Northants. 

Sent to a Miss Beale in Cambridge, on Valentine's Day, February 14th 1854. 

On the reverse is a receiving cds for the day after Valentine's Day!! 

This might explain why the reverse of the envelope has some damage to it:

perhaps the recipient was very eager to get at the contents? 

A delightful fancy printed envelope with an embroidered and flowery design. 

Some peripheral faults but a rare example of a Valentine with a 1d red imperf.

 Rare also to find the 1d red displaying damage to the printing plate. 

An attractive and rare item. 

Price:  £195.00

NB: the reverse side is in better condition than the scan suggests

 

1d red on redirected item to Paris 1850

151652.  1d red, Archer plate 93, 'IJ', 3-margined:

tied to an envelope by the '52' in oval of bars of the London Chief Office. 

This at July 11th 1850 extends its period of use. 

Redirected to a Hotel in PARIS with a handstruck '8'

with other transit markings on both the front and reverse. 

Very scarce/rare usage of the 1d red imperf on a redirected item to an overseas destination. 

Price:  £290.00 

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

 

1d Plate 21: NEWTON-LIMAVADY cross

151749.   1d red plate 21, 'EF', fine 4-margined, close at 'F' square but clear:

tied to a clean banking entire from NEWTON-LIMAVADY to Ballymoney. 

On the reverse is a blue cds of Newton-Limavady for March 6th 1843

and a superb COMPLETE red wax seal 'Belfast Bank Branch N.Limavady'.

Rockoff in Volume 2 page 210, 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland',

illustrates only six examples on cover of this cross

A late strike, May 30th 1844, shows a cross with an empty centre.

The authors speculate as to whether this is a weakened centre or a result of inking. 

This example, March 6th 1843, shows a similar empty centre.

The later examples in 1843, August and December, are complete strikes with the usual diamond in the centre. 

Hence the example offered here confirms the emty centres are a consequence of inking. 

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price: £85.00

 

1d red Plate 9

151752.   1d red Plate 9, 'NG', fine/very fine, very close/just touching at the left:

tied to a clean wrapper from London to Perth by a very fine black MX.

Lombard Street date stamp on the reverse for March 8th 1841,

less than 4 weeks since issued, and an Edinburgh transit cds for March 10th 1841. 

This black plate priced by Gibbons at £325.  

Attractive and clean item. 

Price:  £58.50

 

1/2d Plate 9 on Bankruptcy hearing 1872

151746.  1/2d SG48, Plate 9, fine example of the rarest plate, tied to a clean and uncreased printed entire

referring to a public examination of bankrupt Joseph Taylor, Leather Seller and Boot Maker.

To be held in The London Bankruptcy Court in Lincolns Inn Fields, April 13th 1872. 

The London WC cancellation leaves the plate number 9 clearly visible at the right.

No postal markings on the reverse as sent locally within the WC area.

Gibbons price for this plate on cover is in excess of £2,000. 

Price:  £425.00

 

1d SG29 used locally in Stranraer

151739.   1d SG29, 'NK', on a printed Land and Tax Assessment demand from the Inland Revenue in Stranraer,

dated New Years Day January 1st 1857; on the reverse is a Stranraer date stamp for January 2nd.  

Tied by a partial strike of the '312' of Stranraer and

sent locally in Stranraer to a George GUTHRIE from a David GUTHRIE! 

The cancellation leaves the Gothik K on 'NK' clearly visible: SG Spec C8j, Plates 23-31. 

The 1d is very badly miss-perfed and as such scarce on cover.

A rare combination of features. 

Price:  £67.50

 

Burnley Sleleton: SUNDAY usages.

   

      

151737. Two examples of the rare BURNLEY SKELETON, County Cat. LA233.

The first is a 1d red, 'MJ', tied to a clean letter from Manchester to Burnley, July 26th 1845.

The name has been blocked out as has the short letter inside except for a Manchester date of July 25th 1845. 

On the reverse is a Blackburn date stamp for July 26th 1845 and a strike of the BURNLEY skeleton

for JULY 27th 1845 - a SUNDAY - struck in the recorded blue. 

The second is a 1d red, 'MI', Plate 52, fine 4-margins, very close but clear at the top margin,

tied to a separated large part entire and opened at the base for display purposes. 

Sent from Clitheroe to Burnley, August 2nd 1845, the 1d red is tied by a superb '207' of Clitheroe.

 On the reverse is a strike of the BURNLEY skeleton for AUGUST 3rd 1845 - a SUNDAY - again in blue.

It begs the question whether this Burnley cancellation was only for Sunday usage?

We have other examples in stock of this type of skeleton eg Cheltenham, Item 151745, used on weekdays.

The scan does not show the blue colour very well.

This cancellation only recorded in 1845 and these are first we have seen. 

A remarkable and rare/unique pairing: the Burnley skeleton used on consecutive SUNDAYS. 

Price for the pair:  £138.00

NB: on the reverse are partial offsets of the '207' in black and Clitheroe date stamps in red.

 

Cheltenham Skeleton 1848: EKD

        

151745.  1d red, 'FF', almost 4-margined, rub in SE letter square:

tied to a small, neat envelope by a very fine/fine '177' of Cheltenham. 

Sent to Berkeley with on the reverse a receiving date stamp for February 8th 1848. 

This date stamp, County Cat. GL38, recorded to 1847 so this extends slightly the period of recorded usage. 

Also on the reverse is an exceptional strike of the rare Cheltenham skeleton,

County Cat. GL169, for February 7th 1848, struck in the recorded green ink. 

This cancellation only recorded used in 1848 and this believed to be the earliest known example. 

The front of the envelope has a brown stain caused by the wax seal on the reverse BUT the other browning

 is NOT present: a trick of the scanner and the central stain is fainter than in the scan. 

This skeleton cancellation was used on a MONDAY. 

Price:  £69.50

NB: see item 151737 above for SUNDAY usages of a skeleton cancellation.

 

PAID 6d EXTRA of Edinburgh

151736.   1d red, 'AD', very fine 4-margined, Plate 49:

tied to a clean wrapper to Hamilton by the '131' of Edinburgh

with an Edinburgh cds on the reverse for August 15th 1845. 

Next to the 1d red is a good strike of the

Edinburgh boxed: ' PAID 6d EXTRA', Auckland ED184. 

This is a rare strike and was applied as a Late Fee

which for the high price of 6d, a letter could be handed in

just before the Post Office closed for the day and would be processed that evening. 

Considerably rarer than the 'PAID 1d EXTRA' variety. 

Price:  £95.00

 

Paisley Cross: 1d red Plate 9 repaired state

151735.  1d red Plate 9, 'EC-ED': fine full margined partially severed pair,

prepared by the postmaster/postmistress for ease of separation.

Both stamps are from the 2nd repair printing, 'no 'O' flaw', SG Spec AS61.

Tied to a cross written entire by three strikes of the PAISLEY cross with a boxed

Paisley date stamp on the reverse for September 2nd 1841. 

Rockoff in 'The Maltese cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', Volume 2 page 219, illustrates and describes this cross.

Its appearance is similar to the so-called 'Post Road' crosses of Arbroath, Dundee, Perth and Stirling.

Of the 10 examples he lists and illustrates, this is the third earliest at September 2nd 1841. 

He comments that from  September 1841, the cross was poorly struck with evidence

of varying amounts of debris in the obliterator: the cross does not appear to have been regularly cleaned. 

The 1d red Plate 9 without 'O' flaw is priced as a single stamp by Gibbons

 in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1, at £325.

A pair in this repaired state would be priced at £850 and on cover at £1,450. 

A very rare item. 

Price:  £385.00 

NB: the condition of the letter is much finer than the scan suggests and there is NO browning. 

 

The following three items show usage of the extremely rare 'GPO Newspaper Branch'.

A leading expert in the cancellations of London said that in more than 35 years

he had never seen this cancellation on either piece or cover

and very rarely even a partial strike on a stamp.

 

Extremely rare GPO Newpaper Branch

151726.  11/2d, SG52, Plate 1, excellent colour, very fine used:

cancelled by the extremely rare GPO Newspaper Branch, Alcock Fig 587. 

This may well be a unique usage on this stamp.   

Price£135.00

 

Extremely rare GPO Newpaper Branch

151727.  1d plate 140, two examples, one damaged:

each tied by the the extremely rare GPO Newspaper Branch, Alcock Fig 587. 

We have been unable to trace from our researches

another example on piece or cover and this supports the above comment.

A remarkable item which may be a unique survivor.

Price:  £250.00

 

Extremely rare GPO Newpaper Branch

151728.  1d Plate 146, a pair perfinned H and Co? 

Each cancelled by the the extremely rare

GPO Newspaper Branch, Alcock Fig 587. 

An extremely rare multiple usage.

Price:  £175.00

 

LAST DAY OF MX USAGE: London Chief Office

151705.  1d red, 'NB', fine 3-margined example tied by a LONDON cross on a fine small neat envelope with its original letter. 

On the reverse is a very fine strike of a London Chief Office date stamp for MAY 20th 1844. 

This is one of ONLY TWO KNOWN usages of the London Maltese cross

on the LAST DAY before replaced by the numerals in diamond. 

Rockoff in Volume 1, page 179 of 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland',

refers to two known covers and illustrates one: this is that other known cover. 

The letter, written by one Cleric to another, is dated Sunday May 19th 1844 - Ascension Day.

The envelope does NOT have an overall brown appearance: it is a trick of the scanner.

A considerable rarity. 

Price: £675.00 

NB: the letter is addressed to The Reverend Dr Jarvis. 

Dr Samuel Farmar Jarvis was the son of the second Bishop of Connecticut. 

He became an intellectual leader in the Episcopal Church in the United States

and achieved a very high profile in America. 

In 1843 he was sent as an Emissary to Canterbury by the American Church

and remained in England until late 1844.

His achievements, and influence, during his year in England are documented on the internet.

 

Very early usage of the London numeral replacing the MX

151705c.   1d red, 'OA', 3-margins, tied to a dated piece with part side flaps,

 by the London Inland Office numeral cancellation.

On the reverse top flap is a fine strike of the Inland Office for MAY 20th 1844. 

In Rockoff in Volume 1, page 179 of 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland',

it notes that the replacement for the London Maltese Cross

by such numerals in the Inland Office took place on May 17th 1844

 ie the last day of usage of an MX cancellation in this Office was May 16th 1844. 

On page 179 is an illustrated cover with numeral 1 used on that date.

 A few numbers in crosses are known used on May 16th 1844,

 their last day of usage; the next item is such an example. 

May 19th 1844 was a Sunday and the Inland Office did not operate. 

Hence the example of May 20th 1844 is only the third day of usage

We have not previously seen May 18th or May 20th 1844 usages. 

A rare item.

Price:  £110.00

NB: the black 'mark' on the top flap is the black of the Hawid mount.

 This item would clearly team up with the previous item, 151705

and togther with the next item 151490, make a truly outstanding and unique trio.

 

Number 10 in Cross: the LAST DAY OF USAGE.

151490.  1d red, 3 margins, on entire from London to Warwick:

tied by the Number 10 in Cross, applied sideways, and the Warwick cds for MAY 17th 1844. 

On the reverse is a London cds for MAY 16th 1844 - the LAST DAY of USAGE of the Number in Cross cancellations. 

In 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', by Rockoff, Volume 1, page 179,

it is noted that only SEVEN examples of the Numbers in Crosses are known

used on this last day before replacement by a numeral cancellation:

we have handled previously three of the seven examples ie numbers 7,8 and 9. 

However, this is the ONLY known example of the Number 10 in Cross

used on the last day before being withdrawn. 

A significant rarity.

Price: £480.00

NB:  please scroll down for more examples of Numbers in Crosses on cover.

 

INDIA STREET Scots Local: 2d Blue Plate 4

151698.  2d blue SG14, Plate 4, 'QJ-QK', very fine/fine square 4-margined:

partially separated between by the postmaster/mistress in preparation for issue. 

Tied to a neat piece by two partial strikes of the Scots Local, Type V11, of INDIA STREET.

Few examples are known of the imperf 2d blue

with any type of Scots Local cancellation on piece or cover. 

A very rare item. 

Price:  £425.00

 

Plate 55: 306 of Lisnaskea

151678.  1d Plate 55, SG40, 'FL-GL':

overall a fine used block of 4, cancelled, Contrary to Regulations,

by only two '306' numerals of LISNASKEA. 

Gibbons, in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1,

prices a block of four in this plate at £150.

Unusually, there is a plate sratch on 'GL' to the left of QV's head.

A misalignment of the stamps is also visible. 

A very scarce/rare Irish usage.  

Price:  £85.00

 

Plate 55: 302 of Letterkenny

151679.  1d Plate 55, SG40, 'GC-HD': 

some light wrinkling, short/pulled perfs on 'HD' and a brownish reverse,

but cancelled by the '302' of Letterkenny. 

Gibbons, in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1,

prices a block of four in this plate at £150. 

Scarce Irish usage.

Price:  £45.00

 

Plate 59: 28 of Ballaghaderin

151681.  1d Plate 59, SG40, 'DJ-EK':

short perf 'E' square of 'EK' otherwise fine/very fine block.

Cancelled by inverted '28' numerals of BALLAGHADERIN. 

Gibbons, in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1,

prices a block of four in this plate at £150. 

Very scarce Irish usage.

Price: £55.00

 

Plate 60: 272 of Killarney

151682.  1d Plate 60, SG40, 'GI-HJ': 

some light wrinkling on 'HJ' otherwise a fine block of 4.

Incomplete numeral cancellations but appear to be '272' of KILLARNEY. 

Two stamps with clear profile.

Plate 60 is a scarce plate and Gibbons, in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1,

prices a block of four in this plate at £250.  

A very scarce Irish usage. 

Price  £82.50

 

Plate 60: 141 of Ballygawley

151683.  1d Plate 60, SG40, 'NH-NK':

strip of 4 cancelled by superb strikes of the '41' of BALLYGAWLEY.

Each of 'NI-NK' cancelled by an inverted, numeral single type of '41' but

'NH' by the upright numeral portion of the '41' Ballygawley duplex. 

'NI-NK' are very fine used, 'NH' has a light vertical crease. 

A most unusual combination of the types of numeral '41' used on a scarcer plate.  

Gibbons, in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1, four singles are priced at £120. 

A rare and possibly unique usage of the '41' numeral:

we cannot recall seeing any similar combination.

An attractive and very rare item.

Price: £75.00

 

Plate 62 SG40

151686.  1d SG40, 'AL-BK':

very fine used block, very faintly and indistinctly cancelled

leaving virtually each stamp with clear profile.

'BL' has apparently a small piece of black hair 'impressed' into the surface:

perhaps as a love token from the sender? 

Gibbons, in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1, prices a block of four

in this plate at £150 before the 125% premium is added for so light a cancellation. 

Unusual and scarce. 

Price:  £68.00

 

Number 1 in Cross: Plate 32

151677.  1d red Plate 32, 'QE', very fine/fine 4-margined, close at SW corner but clear:

tied to a clean entire by a very fine Number 1 in Cross, very light horizontal central filing crease.

 On the reverse is a London date stamp for March 31st 1843 and a Rochester date stamp for April 1st 1843. 

Number 1 in Cross priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1 at £550. 

EKD for this number in cross is March 21st 1843 so this an early example of its usage.

An attractive and very scarce item in such fine condition. 

Price:  £235.00

NB: Please scroll down for many other numbers in crosses.

 

Dublin to London to Whitby 1866

151627.  1d Plates 74 and 79 on an envelope, one side flap missing, from DUBLIN to London. 

1d plate 74 cancelled in Dublin but another full duplex applied at the left for August 17th 1866:

Contrary to Regulations.

In London it received a N W Miss-sorted strike and a 1d plate 79 affixed for the redirection to Whitby,

tied by a N W London duplex for August 20th 1866. 

An attractive and scarce combination of usage and cancellations. 

Price:  £55.00

 

Registered wrapper from Edinburgh to Glasgow

151665.   Two single 1d reds, one defective, tied to a wrapper by a

SINGLE '131' of Edinburgh and Contrary to Regulations as such.

Addressed to 'The Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway Office'.

This Railway Company opened in August 13th 1846 and was taken over on 28th October 1850.

Edinburgh December 30th 1846 cds on reverse and a receiving Glasgow date stamp for New Years' Eve 1846. 

M/s 1/- in red for the Registration Fee and a partially handstruck, also in red,

Registered Edinburgh, McKay figure 1150, 'Scottish Postmarks' and rated RARE. 

Despite the faults, two single 1d reds are much scacer than a pair especially cancelled by a single numeral. 

Filing creases but overall the wrapper is in fine condition.

A very scarce/rare combination of features.

Price:  £67.50.

 

Late usage of 1d red imperf in 1856

151663.  1d red, Plate 175, 'TK': fine 4-margined example, small wrinkling SE letter square. 

Tied to envelope used locally in London by a London duplex for February 18th 1856. 

Envelope in better condition than the scan suggests and less browning near the stamp. 

Can not recall seeing this type of London duplex used so late with a 1d red imperf. 

Very scarce item. 

Price:  £215.00

 

2d Plate 3: full margined strip with Double Letter variety

151666. 2d Plate 3, 'SB-SD': a fine full margined strip of three, tied to an

entire from GLASGOW to Birmingham, September 28th 1850, by '159' numerals.

This plate has only FIVE double letter listed varieties and 'SD' is one of them, Spec ES11h. 

On reverse is a partial boxed Queen Street and other transit date stamps. 

A pair of 2d blues in this plate priced by Gibbons on cover

at £550 in the latest Edition, 2011, QV Volume 1.

Very scarce item. 

Price:  £370.00

 

Dublin to Port Philip Australia

151656.  2d blue Plate 3, 'block of 4', split into two pairs, 'FH-GI': 

on an envelope from DUBLIN to a very scarce destination, PORT PHILIP, Australia. 

Dublin date stamp on reverse for April 1st 1852 and a Ship-Letter London date stamp for the following day on the front. 

Front of letter with 'p First Ship Direct'. 

M/s '3' in black applied on receipt and a Melbourne Ship letter mark on the reverse for July 1852. 

The two pairs of the 2d are each cancelled Contrary to PO Regulations, at that time, by a SINGLE strike

of the DUBLIN '186' numeral applied upside down.

Although this was again Contrary to PO Regulations perhaps appropriate as it was sent 'down under'!

The envelope has an embossed crest of The Royal Dublin Society 1731. 

This Society was founded on June 14th 1731 by 14 men who met in Trinity College: the 'Royal' prefix was added in 1821.

It was formed to promote 'husbandry, manufacturers and other useful arts and sciences'.

Further information available on the internet. 

A very rare item in better condition than the scan suggests.

Price:  £885.00

NB: in 1999, a long/large envelope, not to Australia,

was offered with an untied pair of 2d blues, cancelled by an upside down '186' of Dublin.

It was described as ex Shaida and that only four such examples were known.

We have seen only one other item, (in 2004), addressed to Port Philip (1852), with a

strip of four 2d blues: it was sent from Sheffield. 

 

2d Plate 4 strip of 4 on envelope to SIDNEY

151655.  2d Plate 4, strip 'MB-ME':

full margins except 'ME' which has faults, on a small, uncreased, envelope to SIDNEY, New South Wales, Australia.

'MD' has a paper wrinkle/crease around the NE corner but is cancelled by the

Ship-Letter London date stamp, May 14th 1852, in RED and extremely rare as such.

 Sent from CATRINE with a MAUCHLINE boxed date stamp for May 13th 1852

and a red London Ship letter date stamp for May 14th 1852.  

On receipt in Australia, various transit marks applied on reverse, 

and on the front is a handstruck '3' and a m/s '5' both in black. 

Also there is a boxed ADVERTISED UNCLAIMED applied in Sidney. 

A remarkable item and especially rare with a 2d blue cancelled

by the red London Ship Letter date stamp: the only example we have seen and quite likely unique.

Gibbons prices this 2d blue with a RED 1844 numeral cancellation,

Spec E1wc, at £28,000 on a stamp OFF COVER

and unpriced on cover in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1.

A superb line engraved rarity. 

Price:  £1,685.00

NB: the envelope is in better condition than the scan suggests especially on the reverse.

 

Rare numeral 69 Cancellation

151650. 1d red, 3-margined pair, Archer plate 99, 'RA-RB', portions of two other stamps at the top:

tied to a wrapper used locally in London, March 22 1850, by two fine/very fine strikes of

the '69' in oval of bars from the London District Post Chief Office. 'RA' has some NW corner creasing.

Parmenter in 'Barred Numeral Cancellations of London', grades this cancellation as very rare.

Wrapper addressed to Lady Anna Loftus and above her name is a signature 'Edward'.

Lady Anna Loftus (Marchioness of Ely), was Lady of the Bedchamber to Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen from 1830-34.

The signature appears to be that of Prince Edward (1823-1902), a British Military Officer of German parents. 

His mother was Princess Ida of Saxe-Meiningen, sister of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen

who became the wife of the Bristish King, William IV: the City of Adelaide in Australia is named after her.

The numeral 69 in oval of bars was used mainly on unpaid/postage due mail.

In view of the relatively small size of the wrapper one 1d paid the postage and the other possibly a late fee.

We have seen very few examples of the '69' in oval of bars and even fewer on full cover.

Multiple usages of this cancellation are rare.

Superb item which would display well when fully written up.

Price:  £225.00

NB: the wrapper is in better condition than the scanned images:

very little 'browning' and almost none around the stamps.

   

Numeral 34 in oval of bars of Richmond

151654.  1d red, worn plate, almost 3-margined, tied to a clean and uncreased envelope to Bristol

by the '34' in an oval of bars of RICHMOND, June 9th 1845. 

This numeral cancellation rated RARE by Parmenter in 'Barred Numeral Cancellations of London'.

Richmond and Hounslow date stamps on the front and

a Bristol receiver for June 10th 1845 on reverse. 

Very scarce item. 

Price:  £285.00

 

Block of TEN SG40 on part entire

151654.  1d SG40, block of TEN, 'GB-HF':

'GC' some creasing the rest are fine/very fine. 

Tied to a large, folded at left side, part entire from Worcester, May 29th 1861, to Malvern. 

A 10d rate indicates a letter upto 5oz. 

An impressive and very scarce/rare multiple usage. 

Price:  £95.00

 

Valentine embossed envelope: 1854

151649.  1d red imperf, 'QJ', Plate 169:

3-margined example with a diagonal scratch to the plate in the NE corner. 

This has resulted in an unprinted area. 

The stamp is tied by the '798'  of THRAPSTONE, Northants. 

Sent to a Miss Beale in Cambridge, on Valentine's Day, February 14th 1854. 

On the reverse is a receiving cds for the day after Valentine's Day!! 

This might explain why the reverse of the envelope has some damage to it:

perhaps the recipient was very eager to get at the contents? 

A delightful fancy printed envelope with an embroidered and flowery design. 

Some peripheral faults but a rare example of a Valentine with a 1d red imperf.

 Rare also to find the 1d red displaying damage to the printing plate. 

An attractive and rare item. 

Price:  £195.00

NB: the reverse side is in better condition than the scan suggests

 

1d red on redirected item to Paris 1850

151652.  1d red, Archer plate 93, 'IJ', 3-margined:

tied to an envelope by the '52' in oval of bars of the London Chief Office. 

This at July 11th 1850 extends its period of use. 

Redirected to a Hotel in PARIS with a handstruck '8'

with other transit markings on both the front and reverse. 

Very scarce/rare usage of the 1d red imperf on a redirected item to an overseas destination. 

Price:  £290.00 

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

 

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 date 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 almost 30 years ago.

Price: £6,870.00

Temple Gate Pottery Bristol
,Temple Gate, Temple parish.

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.

 

Exceptional margins on strip of three

151638.  1d red, 'IJ-IL' strip of three with '207' of CLITHEROE, Lancs:

a fine multiple with exceptional margins showing traces of SIX adjacent stamps. 

Each stamp shows an early stage of the ivory head which the scan does not show well. 

Very scarce. 

Price: £165.00

 

Marginal inscription multiple

151639.  1d red, 'FJ-FL': large margined strip of three, London cancellation. 

'FL' has a closed fault at the bottom and similarly in the bottom margin well clear of the design.

Full deckle edging at right with 'STA' of the watermark 'POSTAGE'.

Marginal inscription reads '...1d Per Label.  1/-...' 

An attractive and scarce item with Ivory Heads which the scan does not show well. 

Price: £110.00

 

1d plate 130: INVERTED watermark

151641.  1d plate 130, 'MD':

a superb 4-margined example with INVERTED watermark and a very clean back. 

Cancelled by an equally superb '515' of SOUTH CAVE, Yorkshire. 

This cancellation rated RARE by Parmenter in 'Barred Numerals of England'. 

Very probably a unique combination of watermark variety and cancellation.

The finest example of a 1d imperf with inverted watermark we have been able to offer. 

Exhibition quality and standard. 

Price:  £375.00

 

1d plate 69: INVERTED watermark

151642.  1d red plate 69, 'JI', very clean back: fine, 4-margined example

very lightly cancelled with a Scottish numeral,

and with INVERTED watermark.

A very small grease spot? at the base of QV's head.

An attractive item. 

Priced by Gibbons at £400.

Price:  £145.00

 

Bantam 1/2d: complete set of plates 1-20 on piece all used at Worcester

                   

151631.  A complete set of 1/2d SG 48/49, Plates 1-20, all tied to small pieces by either a duplex or cds(5) of WORCESTER.

Fine to very fine and the plate 9 has both plate numbers visible: dates range from 1871 to 1880.

Gibbons priced in excess of £1,500 as single stamps with no premium added for the cds examples

or for othesr lightly cancelled with clear profiles or on piece. 

A remarkable and possibly unique grouping. 

Price:  £490.00

 

1d plate 55 cancelled INDIA STREET Scots Local

151636.  1d SG40, Plate 55, 'MA-NC':

fine/very fine used block of six, a few short perfs, cancelled Contrary to Regulations

 by three strikes only of the India Street Type V111 Scots Local.

A rare usage, in this manner, of this cancellation. 

A used block of 4 of SG40, priced by Gibbons at £150

in this plate with an 'ordinary' cancellation. 

Rare and attractive item.   

Price: £120.00

 

Bristol Cross on Plate 15: Coach Builders Bill

151623.  1d red Plate 15, 'TG', very fine 4-margined with a listed Basal Shift:

tied to an invoice used locally from a BRISTOL Coach Builders, Perry and Perrot, by a Type 1 Bristol Cross. 

Invoice lists all the work done from April 19th 1841 with a Bristol date stamp on the reverse for January 5th 1842:

all this work for just over 12 gns. 

A superb display item. 

Price:  £95.00

 

A rare franking on a Money Letter.

151616.  Entire from LAIRG to GOLSPIE, May 31st 1854:

with no less than EIGHT 1d reds, only 'IL' has full margins, but a rare franking. 

The letter refers to its contents of £36 so it is a Money Letter. 

The postage is made up of 6d Registration Fee and 2d for the weight of the letter - up to 1 oz.

 We have seen a 6d Registration Fee paid for by a 6d embossed or three 2d blues

but can not recall it paid by six 1d reds imperfs - possibly Plate 171. 

Rare item.

Price: £185.00

 

Late usage 1d plate 196 on 1913 entire

               

151621.  1d plate 196 on envelope with family letter from a father to his son dated April 10th 1913

on headed paper, Ardeley Vicarage, Stevenage, Herts. 

Sent to Chelsea, April 11th 1913, but redirected and cancelled by

the Krag, continuous impression machine, of Chelsea, for April 12th 1913.

Two pages of the letter are devoted to a description of this late usage of this 1d value,

replaced in 1880, 33 years earlier as mentioned in the letter, by the 1d venetian red.  

Supplied also with an envelope addressed to the father, 1d plate 171, from Dingwall in 1877,

the same year as the 1d plate 196 was issued! 

This group would make an interesting display page. 

Price:  £125.00

NB: the age markings are not as pronouced as in the scan.

Scroll down for more late usages of the 1d plates and 1d stars on cover.

 

Queen Anne's Bounty: superb surcharge markings

151605.  Printed letter, Queen Anne's Bounty, May 1874, with 1/2d plate 6,

used locally within London, May 21st 1874. 

Contents assessed as a letter hence with ' Contrary to Regulations S.W.'

and the other surcharge markings, hence a 1d more to pay. 

Very fine condition and an attractive example. 

Price:  £58.50

 

Rare cachet: Found Without Contents

151606.  1d plate 92 tied to small mourning envelope by Bury St Edmunds duplex, June 28th 1869. 

In London it received a superb strike of the boxed 'Found in S.E. without contents'.

This is the first example of this strike we have been able to offer.

Price: £65.00

 

Found in W.C. in bad order

151607.  1d perf 14, tied to an envelope used locally in London, April 14th 1864. 

Small surface fault top left corner which may be the reason for the strike of 'Found in W.C. in bad order'. 

The first time we have been able to offer this strike. 

Price: £60.00

 

2d Plate 3: block of 6 with MX's

                              

151602.  2d Plate 3, 'RA-TB': 

a block of 6 cancelled by Maltese crosses, 'SB' with small fault at right, rest of the block is sound.

''RA' and 'SB' full margined and 'TB' just touched at 'T' square.

A block of 4 with MX priced by Gibbons at £6,000 in the latest (2011) Edition of QV Volume 1

hence a block of 6 prorata at £9,000. 

A very rare and impressive item. 

Price: £450.00

 

1d SG Spec C9: cream toned paper

151603.  1d SG C9 yellowish to cream toned paper, 'MG-NK':

the transitional period from blued to white paper printings.

A very rare used BLOCK of 10, with some perf strenghening by stamp hinges and

a perf fault on 'NJ' but this the largest used block in this printing we have seen or been able to offer. 

Some areas with part of the original gum.

Cancelled by six strkes only of the numeral '864' of Wells (Somerset) and hence Contrary to PO Regulations.

'MJ-MK', 'MH-MI' and 'NG-NH' have been cancelled by a single strike of the '864' numeral.

In the most recent Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1, Gibbons prices a used block of 4 at £525. 

A remarkable item. 

 Price:  £440.00

 

A much-directed envelope from Liverpool

151604. 1d star perf 14 on a very unusual envelope sent from Liverpool, April 14th 1858

and addressed to Dunkirk, Gloucestershire.

It has no less than 16 cds's from various attempts to deliver it and include:

Old - Sodbury(2), Stroud(3), Garmouth, Edinburgh, Bridge of Earn, London, Lochabers and Birmingham.

The latest date is May 12th 1858.

There is also an inspectors star in red on the front and various handwritten comments about the attempts to deliver it.

The Old-Sodbury udc in blue is an unrecorded cancellation in the County Catalogue for Gloucestershire.

A superb item in far better condition than the scan

as the browning on both sides of the envelope is far less pronounced in the flesh.

Considering this envelopes travels, it is in fine condition. 

It would make an excellent display item when fully written up. 

Price:  £67.50

 

An important recent IRISH addition to our stock.

 

1d red Plate 9: February 20th 1841

151579.  1d red Plate 9, 'SE': large/very large square margined example, crossed by a filing crease,

tied by a very fine MX to a financial entire, dated February 20th 1841, from BALLINLEA to BALLYMONEY, Co Antrim. 

Superb Ballymoney date stamp on reverse for February 21st 1841 - a SUNDAY. 

The 1d red was issued on February 10th 1841and the earliest known usage of the 1d red Plate 9 on cover

was in the Pichai Collection: a 3 plus margin on a cover used locally within London on February 19th 1841.

The example offered here is the earliest known example used in Ireland.

In fact, it is believed to be the earliest known Irish usage of a 1d red from any plate. 

It is also one of the earliest known Irish usages of the BLACK cross:

black ink officially replaced red ink on February 10th 1841.

The letter is in a cleaner condition than the scan suggests.

An Irish rarity.  

Price:  £1,185.00

NB: the Pichai cover was last seen in 2005 in a London Sale: the cover torn, creased and rather dirty.

In 2009, a 1d red Plate 9, with only 2 plus margins, on a wrapper from DUBLIN to WEXFORD,

February 25th 1841, was offered for sale by a specialist London dealer at £2,250. 

 

1d Plate 41: re-entry with Number 9 in Cross

    

             

151585.  1d red Plate 41, 'IL': a fine 4-margined example tied to a wrapper from London to Leith,

February 2nd 1844, (side flaps removed for display purposes), by the Number 9 in Cross.  

Stamp 'IL' shows the listed variety, SG Spec BS26D(b) 'Major Re-entry' and

only one other stamp on this plate has a re-entry: the cancellation leaves the variety visible.

Gibbons prices this number in cross on cover at £550 in the latest, 2011, QV Volume 1 Edition

not allowing for the re-entry or it used on a scarce plate with an MX. 

A rare item and the only example of this re-entry we have seen with a number in cross on cover. 

Price:  £325.00

 

Single usage of Number 12 in Cross

151620.  1d red, Plate 32? 3 plus margined, close but clear at SW bottom corner,

on commercial entire to Glasgow: fine London cds on reverse for September 27th 1843

and an equally fine Glasgow boxed date stamp for September 29th 1843.

Stamp tied by a very fine and almost upright strike of the Number 12 in Cross.

Vertical filing crease and a small surface fault below the stamp.

Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1, at £1,100 on cover

without the premium for a SINGLE usage. 

Price:  £285.00

Scroll down for examples of Number 1 through to Number 12 in Cross on cover

 

1d red Plate 9: London Type 2 Cross

151575.  1d red Plate 9, 'HA': very fine large square-margined example

tied to a printed and uncreased entire by the scarcer Type 2 LONDON Cross with Broken Points.

London date stamp on the reverse for May 25th 1841.

The printed entire is in connection with an appeal for donations for

a Portrait of the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. 

Gibbons prices 1d red Plate 9 on cover at £325 without allowing a premium for the London distinctive cross. 

This is one of the finest examples of Plate 9 on cover we have been able to offer for some considerable time. 

The watermark is unusually misplaced to just above the SW letter square. 

Superb item. 

Price: £230.00

NB: the browning at the left side of the entire is NOT present - a trick of the scanner.

 

YORK Cross

151574. 2d Plate 3, SG 15, deep full blue:

 fine 3 plus margins, cancelled by the distinctive YORK CROSS, SG Spec E1(3)ui. 

Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1, at £2,500. 

A rare item.

Price:  £490.00

 

SEVEN SINGLE 1d reds on cover

151570.  1d Plate 166 and 1/2d bantam Plate 6:

an unfolded envelope from London to New York, August 27th 1875, with a New York receiving cds on the reverse. 

The total postage paid is 71/2d - the rate introduced on July 1st 1875 for a letter between 1 and 1.5 oz to America.

This scarce item made rare by it being franked with SEVEN fine/very fine SINGLE 1d reds.

An early and very fine example of this new rate to the USA.

A very scarce/rare and attractive item. 

Price:  £75.00  SOLD

 

1d red on cover to BERLIN

151558.  1d red, 'BH', Plate 57, fine 4-margined, very small marginal wrinkle in NE corner,

on a fine/very fine wrapper from Huddersfield to BERLIN. 

Huddersfield blue date stamp on the front for July 10th 1846 and

the 1d red tied by a partial ' 387' of Huddersfield. 

London PAID in red date stamp for 11th July 1846 also on the front.

Transit marks on the reverse include a very fine HAMBURG 17th JULY. 

A rare usage of the 1d red to a very scarce overseas destination

especially with the 1d in such fine condition: probably added as a late fee.

An attractive and rare item.

Price:  £438.00

 

Cork Crosses: 1d red Plate 33

                                   

151561.  1d red 'KK-NK', Plate 33, full margined VERTICAL strip of 4

each cancelled by the distinctive CORK cross. 

Rubbing on each stamp but a very rare multiple

with this cross which Gibbons lists as SG Spec B1td and prices

at £400 on a single 1d red in the latest edition, 2011, QV Volume 1.  

A vertical strip of 4 of Plate 33 is at least as scarce as a used block of 4

in this plate which Gibbons prices at £850 with an ordinary MX.

Hence this multiple with the Cork crosses has a Gibbon's price of £1,600

as four singles but considerably more with a vertical strip of this size. 

Despite the faults a very rare and collectable item.

Price: £175.00

 

BLACK, RED and BLUE cancellations

151557.  1d red 'BD', full margined except just touching at the NE top corner

and small light corner crease on legal letter to Basingstoke, August 2nd 1852. 

Stamp tied by a London numeral in BLACK, a straight-line Cornhill in a vivid RED and a BLUE Basingstoke date stamp.

In the Spinks GB Sale of December 2007, was Lot 1473, an entire used within London,

July 1849, with a 4-margined 1d red tied by a black District Office '55' and by a light strike of this same Cornhill in red.

It realised an inclusive price of £530.

The example offered here is the ONLY example of which we are aware

with a 1d red on cover tied by BLACK, RED and BLUE cancellations.

This rare/unique item is offered with a 1d red, 4-margined, tied to a piece by

the London District Office '52' with a straight-line Corhill in red alondside

and a piece with a 2d blue plate 4, not full margined, cancelled by the London District '55'

and tied by a part straight-line Cornhill in RED. 

A remarkable and unique trio which would display well.

Price:  £675.00

 

Dublin Special Cross: superb Type 2 on entire

151549.  1d red, 'TA', Plate 36: superb 4-margined on a financial letter from Dublin to Bagshot,

August 16th 1843, Dublin date stamp on reverse and a Bagshot large date stamp for August 19th 1843.

The stamp is tied by an exceptional strike of the Dublin Special Cross, Type 2, SG Spec B1tf. 

'TA' is missing from the Imprimatur sheet for this plate. 

The cross is priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011 Edition, of QV Volume 1 at £300 on cover. 

Hard to see how a better strike on such a superb 1d red on cover could be found. 

Price:  £270.00   SOLD

NB: the browning from the MX around the top of the cross is very faint and not as pronounced as the scan. 

This also applies to the browning on the file crease which is not present - a shadow effect of the scan.

 

1d Plate 106: rare multiple with miss perfing

151542.  1d plate 106, a strip of 6 showing an unusual degree of miss perfing. 

We can not recall seeing a more dramatic miss perfing

on a larger used multiple of this issue.

Some faults and strenghened perfs but rare. 

Price:  £96.50

 

1d Plate 155: plate and warrant numbers

151543.  1d Plate 155, 'AA', fine mint example:

with plate and warrant numbers and marginal inscription.

Attractive item and very scarce. 

Price:  £145.00  SOLD

 

1d Plate 112: very rare used with plate number

151565.  1d Plate 112, 'AA': fine used with the '253' of Dewsbury, Yorkshire.

 Very rare used example with the plate number and inscription ' Price 1d Per Lab(el)'. 

There is a trace of the Warrant Number in the top margin.

This is the only used plate number corner example we can recall seeing. 

Superb item. 

Price:  £225.00 

 

Number 6 in Cross: 1d red Plate 37

151584.  1d red Plate 37, 'PE':

very fine 4-margined example tied to a neat envelope, finer condition than the scan,

by a fine/very fine  strike of the Number 6 in Cross.

An interesting address, Doxford House, Embleton, nr Alnwick

with an Alnwick date stamp on reverse for September 16th 1843. 

On the front is a faint but legible TP East Barnet at the top.

Stamp placed Contrary to Post office Regulations at the bottom left side.

This plate is scarcer with a Maltese cross as listed by Gibbons. 

Number 6 in cross priced by Gibbons

in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1 at £450 on cover

not allowing for this scarcer plate usage.

An attractive and scarce item. 

Price:  £210.00 

 

Number 10 in Cross: the LAST DAY OF USAGE.

151490.  1d red, 3 margins, on entire from London to Warwick:

tied by the Number 10 in Cross, applied sideways, and the Warwick cds for MAY 17th 1844. 

On the reverse is a London cds for MAY 16th 1844 - the LAST DAY of USAGE of the Number in Cross cancellations. 

In 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', Volume 1, by Rockoff, it is noted that only SEVEN examples of

the Numbers in Crosses are known used on this last day before replacement by a numeral cancellation:

we have handled previously three of the seven examples ie numbers 7,8 and 9. 

However, this is the ONLY known example of the Number 10 in Cross

used on the last day before being withdrawn. 

A significant rarity.

Price: £480.00

NB: see Items 151705 and 151490 near the top of this Section.

 

NB:  please scroll down for more examples of Numbers in Crosses on cover.

 

London Cross: constant break in outer cross

151534.  1d red 'OF', Plate 31, 3-margins, very close to just clear at left:

tied to a clean locally used entire, by a very fine double strike of the MX.

In the outer cross at the right can be clearly seen a break on both strikes.

In Volume 3 of 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations' by Rockoff, page 384-5, this MX variety is illustrated. 

However, of the six examples recorded, NONE are on full cover with only two on cover fragments.

This MX is thought to have been used in the Chief Office of the London Twopenny Post. 

On the reverse top flap of the item offered here is a

London Chief Office shield date stamp for March 30th 1843. 

A superb and rare item. 

Price:  £95.00

 

Norwich Cross: rare 2d multiple

151523.   2d blue, 'HJ-HL', Plate 3: 'HJ' and 'HK' almost 4-margined and 'HL', 3-margined,

some light creasing visible on the back.

Cancelled by the distinctive NORWICH cross, SG Spec E1uh. 

Priced by Gibbons in the latest Edition, 2011, QV Volume 1 at £1,300 on a SINGLE stamp. 

Rare multiple with these crosses. 

Price:  £340.00

 

1d SG17: miss perfed block

151522.  1d SG17, Plate 180: fine used in a very scarce BLOCK of 6 with significant miss perfing.

Some perf strengthening as per the scan with very fine colour and a large part original gum. 

A used block of 4 priced by Gibbons in the latest Edition, 2011, QV Volume 1, at £400. 

Attractive and very scarce multiple. 

Price:  £100.00

 

1d SG17: superb

151531.  1d SG17, 'AC': a superb example tied by a Derby sideways duplex,

May 30th 1855, to a clean entire to Leek - very light central filing fold. 

The S/W duplex leaves the Queen's head virtually totally clear. 

The scan does not do justice to the rich shade of the stamp.

Cannot recall being able to offer a finer example of SG17 on cover. 

Superb and attractive item. 

Price:  £56.50. 

 

1d SG21: 'Minute G' variety

151530.  1d SG21, perf 16, 'DG', Plate 5: tied to a very clean, uncreased small envelope

to Reigate by a Manchester Sideways duplex for July 10th 1855. 

Stamp at the top right affixed over a bump in the paper caused by the original enclosed letter. 

A couple of shortish perfs but the cancellation not only leaves almost all of the Queen's head clear

but also the letter 'G' clear and this is the listed variety: 'Minute G' SG Spec C4(i).

Gibbons prices this variety, in the latest Edition, 2011, QV Volume 1, at £175 on a stamp not on cover.

Superb and very scarce item of Exhibition Quality.   

By far the best example of this variety on cover that we have seen.

Price:  £120.00

 

New Additions of Numbers in Cross on cover: 

at least one example of Numbers 1 to 12 is offered and in some cases several. 

One example is on the First Day of Usage.

 

Number 1 in Cross: a very rare combination 1d red and 2d blue

151472.  1d red, NG' 4-margined, just touched at NE corner by very light crease in the wrapper, Plate 42,

and 2d Plate 3, 'PK', 3-margined: each tied to a clean wrapper to Lincoln by the Number 1 in Cross.

1d red added as a Late Fee making the rare 3d rate.

The 2d has the listed variety, Spec ES11d (shifted transfer, duplicated base), cancellation leaves this clearly visible.

On reverse a London cds for April 30th 1844 - the last day of usage of the MX outside of London,

and a May 1st 1844 Lincoln cds - the first day of usage of numeral cancellations which replaced the Maltese Cross.

Gibbons prices on cover the 1d red with number 1 in cross at £550

in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1 and the 2d blue at £2,250. 

An extremely rare item and the first such 3d rate with a Number in Cross that we have been able to offer. 

Price: £875.00 

 

Number 1 in Cross on Entire: an exceptional strike.

151508.  1d red, 'EA', Plate 37:

an almost 4-margined example, small SE corner crease, tied to a commercial entire

 by an exceptional, Exhibition quality, upright strike of the Number 1 in Cross.  

Very fine double ring More to Pay and m's '2' in black. 

November 3rd 1843 London cds on reverse and a Stourbridge cds on the front for the following day. 

This cross on cover is priced by Gibbons at £550 in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1.

An attractive and rare combination of features with such an exceptional strike. 

Price:  £225.00

 

Number 1 in Cross: one of the Earliest Known Usages.

151509.  1d red 'PD', fine Plate 28, almost full margins, on wrapper to Manchester:

roller flaw in NW square, Spec BS17d, illustrated in QV Volume 1 page 91. 

Stamp tied by a fine strike of the Number 1 in Cross.

Partial London cds on the reverse and a Manchester cds for Sunday March 26th 1843. 

Extremely early usage of this number in cross - EKD March 21st 1843. 

Gibbons prices this strike on cover at £550 in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1.

Very scarce item. 

Price:  £200.00

 

Number 2 in Cross: EKD for multiple usage.

151511.  1d red pair, 'FD-FE', very large margins, surface fault NE corner of 'FE', scarcer Plate 30: 

an entire to Dawlish, London cds on reverse top flap for March 24th 1843 and a Dawlish date stamp

on the front for the following day and tied by superb/very fine strikes of the Number 2 in Cross.

Plate 30 is scarce in pairs, priced by Gibbons at £275 on stamps alone, and very scarce on cover with this type of cancellation. 

Interesting and legible letter family letter: 'glad to hear you arrived safely without encountering any of those

'moving accidents by flood and field' which now happily very seldom occur'. 

This expression has references on the internet to 'Othello' and Wordsworth in his poetry.

The cross is priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1

at £550 on a SINGLE stamp on cover. 

The EKD for this cross is March 21st 1843 and the example offered here

at March 24th 1843, is the earliest known multiple usage. 

Rare item. 

Price:  £375.00

NB: the brownish markings at the left are much fainter than the scan suggests.

 

Number 2 in Cross: exceptional example.

151510.  1d red, 'CA', very fine/fine almost full margins:

tied to a small envelope - vertical filing crease - by a

superb strike of Number 2 in Cross leaving most of the Queen's head clear.

London cds on reverse for October 31st 1843 and a Ferrybridge cds for the following day. 

This cross on cover priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1 at £550. 

Stamp placed contary to PO Regulations at the top left corner. 

Very scarce/rare item. 

Price: £220.00

 

Number 2 in Cross sent to the Channel Islands.


15011.  1d red, ‘LB’, fine 4-margined, tied to envelope by a very fine/superb NUMBER 2 in cross, 

London to Guernsey, Channel Islands, Guernsey date stamp for June 23rd 1843.  

On reverse a complete wax seal impressed by a type of medal/decoration? 

Addressed to Major General W Napier, Commanding in Guernsey:

 marked private and signed by a friend or family member? 

In February 1842, he became Lt-Governor of Guernsey and Alderney: item supplied with a full biopic. 

Number 2 in Cross priced by Gibbons at £550 on cover. 

When written up fully this would make a very fine display item. 

Rare usage to the Channel Islands.

Price:  £285.00

NB: the envelope in finer condition than the scanned image.

 

Number 3 in Cross: 1d red Plate 20

151512.  1d red 'SK-SL', Plate 20: fine pair, 'SK' full margined, 'SL' 3 plus margins. 

Wrapper to Cheltenham, part of the name erased, London May 29th 1843 cds on reverse and a Cheltenham receiving cds.

Very small scissor cut at the top between the stamps but clear of the design.

'SK' has the catalogued variety BS9g, recut 'K' square and cancelled by a fine number 3 in cross.

'SL' cancelled by a lightly applied strike leaving the whole of the Queen's head clear

and then by another which has about 90% off the stamp. 

This cross priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1

at £600 on a SINGLE stamp on cover.

Very scarce item.

Price:  £180.00

 

Number 4 in Cross: one of the Earliest Known Usages.

151513.  1d red 'LC', Plate 31, 3 plus margins, close but clear at the left: on a small, clean wrapper to Manchester.

Stamp tied by a partial strike of the Number 4 in Cross leaving a clear profile and most of the Queen's head clear too. 

London March 23rd 1843 and  Manchester March 24th 1843 cds's on the reverse top flap. 

The EKD for the Number 4 in Cross is March 21st 1843 and hence

this is one of the earliest known usages of this cancellation.  

This cross priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1 at £2,000 on cover. 

A rare item. 

Price:  £380.00

 

Number 5 in Cross: addressed to the Headmaster of Eton College.

151514.  1d red 'TA', full margins but just touched under 'A' square: 

wrapper with side flaps removed for display, London June 8th 1843 to Windsor.

Addressed to Dr Hawtry, Headmaster of Eton College, 1834-53.

His biopic is on the internet and the views of old Etonians from this period. 

Stamp tied by a very fine strike of the Number 5 in Cross:

priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1 at £550 on cover.

An unusual item. 

Price:  £125.00

NB: there is some light age browning on the edges but NOT as pronounced as in the scan.

 

Number 5 in Cross: double strike.

151515.  1d red, 3-margined, on a clean entire used locally within London, December 18th 1843:

stamp tied by a double strike on the Number 5 in Cross,

the second almost missing the stamp and as such is very scarce. 

This cross priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1 at £550 on cover.  

Very scarce item with this double strike so applied. 

Price:  £160.00

NB: the browning is far fainter than the scan.

 

Number 6 in Cross: upright strike.

48.  1d red 'GD', large/very large 4-margined example:

 on a clean wrapper to Preston from London December 13th 1843.

Stamp tied by a very fine upright strike of the Number 6 in Cross.  

Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1 at £450 on cover. 

Fine item.

Price: £265.00 

 

Number 7 in Cross: superb upright early strike.

151516.  1d red, 'RA', Plate 28, richly coloured, very fine 4-margined, close but clear NE corner:

on a clean wrapper from London to Colchester, April 24th 1843.

 Superb upright strike of the Number 7 in Cross. 

EKD for this strike is April 1st 1843 so this example barely three weeks from this date. 

Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1 at £450 on cover. 

Rare combination of quality of strike and a full margined 1d red.

Price:  £280.00

 

 

FIRST DAY EXAMPLE:  Number 8 in Cross





15012.  1d red, ‘GE’, fine 3 plus margins, tied to letter, one inside page missing,

by a very fine upright NUMBER 8 in cross, London to Birmingham.

On reverse is a London date stamp for APRIL 1st 1843. 

This is the FIRST DAY OF USAGE of this number in cross: Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 1. 

Only one other example of this First Day of Usage known on a 1d red. 

Very fine and an extremely rare item. 

Price:  £885.00

 

Number 8 in Cross: very early usage on envelope.

51.      1d red, 3 plus margined, 'GK', on a very clean and uncreased mourning envelope used locally within London.

Addressed to The Lord Mayor of London from Lord Liverpool, (signed 'Liverpool' bottom left front). 

Double strike of the Number 8 in Cross, London date stamp on reverse for April 10 184. 

This is ONLY 9 days after the official issue of this maltese cross cancellation.

Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1 at £450 on cover.   

Price: £185.00

 

Number 8 in cross on 2d Blue Plate 3 Entire.

151402.  2d blue plate 3, 'AB', SG14:

4-margined example on clean entire to Cheltenham, September 23rd 1843.

Tied by a very fine strike of the Number 8 in Cross, SG Spec E1vh,

priced by Gibbons at £2,800 on cover in the latest Edition, 2011, QV Volume 1. 

The stamp has a pre-affixing diagonal crease across the left hand side corner. 

Despite this, an attractive example and hard to find full margined on such a clean entire. 

Price: £425.00

NB: the grey shape above the letter is caused by a relection of the scanner on the hawid mount.

 

Number 9 in Cross: sent to HMS Rodney

151517.  1d red 'TI', plate 34, fine 4-margined on incomplete entire:

a page missing inside, from London to Portsmouth October 3rd 1843,

addressed to a Lieut. Edmund Lyons, HMS Rodney.

Letter mentions an Admiral Warren and may repay transcription; stamp tied by a very fine Number 9 in Cross. 

There are full details of HMS Rodney on the internet but briefly:

HMS Rodney was a two-deck 90-gun second rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy,

launched on 18 June 1833 at Pembroke Dockyard

She served in the Med but also in the Crimea as depicted in the painting: Bombardment of Sebastapol.

Number 9 in Cross priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1 at £550 on cover. 

An interesting and rare item. 

Price:  £325.00 

 

Number 10 in Cross.

151518.  1d red 'LF', Plate 34, fine 4-margined example: on a neat and uncreased engraved entire from Robinson & Sons,

Licensed Custom House, Water lane, Tower Street, London, January 24th 1844, to Hathersage. 

Stamp tied by a very fine/fine strike of the Number 10 in Cross. 

Gibbons prices this at £1,000 but the analysis by Rockoff in Volume 3 of: 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland',

suggests that the Number 10 in Cross is the rarest. 

This reflects our own experience of full margined examples on cover. 

A rare item especially so fine. 

Price: £385.00

 

Number 11 in Cross.

151307.  1d red, 'SK', Plate 41, superb example with parts of three other stamps, on wrapper, December 12th 1843,

tied by a Number 11 in Cross, unusually applied sideways, which leaves part of QV's profile clear. 

Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1 at £1,100 on cover.   

Rare to find this cancellation on such a large margined 1d red.  

Price:  £395.00

 

Number 11 in Cross: pair on Turned Letter.

                    

151270.  Turned letter: the original stampless entire sent on September 1st 1843

with a very fine/superb Erith 1py P Paid strike and a London lozenge for this same date.

The letter was sent with a reply on September 14th 1843 and a pair of 1d reds affixed

over the filing crease and tied by two strikes, one with the centre uninked, of the Number 11 in Cross,

'QE' full margins except just touched SE corner, 'QF' three plus margins.

On reverse is an almost full red wax seal of the PRIVY PURSE and the most complete one we have seen.

A single number 11 in cross on cover priced by Gibbons at £1,100.

A very rare cover.

Price: £430.00

NB: The Privy Purse is the British Sovereign's private income, mostly from the Duchy of Lancaster.

This amounted to £13.3 million in net income for the year to 31 March 2009.

 

Number 11 in Cross on a LIST of 47 COLLERIES


15014.  1d red plate 37, ‘OE’, fine/very fine 4-margined on letter London to Blyth, January 9th 1844,

tied by a fine upright NUMBER 11 in cross, priced by Gibbons in latest Edition, 2011, QV Volume 1 at £1,100. 

North-Shield cds on reverse.   Rare to find this cross on a full-margined 1d on cover.   Letter refers

to the market and shipping of coal with a long printed list on the left and right side flaps of

COLLIERIES in Sunderland, Hartlepool, Stockton, Blyth, Scotch, Welch and Yorkshire one flap

and a list of Colleries under a Newcastle heading on the other flap – some 47 names on each flap!! 

More information on each is available on the internet. 

A rare and remarkable item giving a glimpse into the coal industry at that time. 

Price:  £475.00

NB: scan available on request of the printed inside lists of Colleries.

Would make a very fine display item when written up with research.

SINGLE USAGE of Number 12 in Cross
 

15015.  1d red, ‘IF’, Plate 27,3 margined, scratch in ‘F’ square, superb clean entire London to Halesworth,

superb Lombard Street date stamp on reverse, September 2nd 1843,

and tied by an exceptional strike of the Number 12 in Cross. 

This number in cross usually found on heavier mail with multiple franking

and is very scarce used on cover with a single 1d red. 

Priced by Gibbons at £1,100 without the premium for single usage.    

A superb and very scarce item. 

Price:  £315.00  SOLD

 

Number 12 in Cross on 2d blue with full margins

151521.  2d SG14, Plate 3, 'DC':

fine 4-margined, close at the left but clear, on a wrapper to Rochester,

and tied by a fine upright strike of the Number 12 in Cross: London cds on reverse for December 11th 1843.

Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1 at £1,600. 

Seldom found on cover with full margins. 

Price:  £485.00

 

Superb Greenock Cross. 

151506.  1d red, 'SJ', almost 3-margined, NE small corner wrinkle:

tied to a small, uncreased envelope to Liverpool by an exceptional upright strike of the distinctive Greenock cross. 

Greenock boxed date stamp on reverse top flap, May 11th 1844.  Priced by Gibbons on cover at £500.

The stain from the wax seal is much fainter than it appears in the scan. 

Very fine item and one of the most attractive Greenock cross examples

we have seen for a considerable time.  

Price:  £57.50

 

SG36a: Very Rare with cds.

151498.  2d SG36a, 'IA': a superb, missperfed example,

cancelled by an upright LIVERPOOL cds for March 25th 1858. 

An exceptional stamp and the finest we have been able to offer.

Very rare to find with a cds and in such fine condition.  

Price:  £250.00 

NB: the scan does not do it justice and the uneven blueing is a trick of the scanner.

 

Very early 6d Registration Fee

151496.  2d SG 14 Plate 3, very fine pair, 'SE-SF' with excellent margins

showing portions of three other stamps, and a single 'KB' just shave at bottom 'B' square:

tied to a neat clean REGISTERED wrapper by the '436' of LANCASTER, m/s '6' in red. 

May 4th 1848 blue cds alongside the 2d's and a Kendal receving date stamp,

also in blue on the reverse for May 5th 1848.

The registration fee was reduced from a 1/- to 6d on March 1st 1848 and remained at that figure until 1862. 

This usage in one of the earliest examples known of this new registration fee

and the earliest we have seen with the fee paid in stamps. 

A superb, rare and attractive REGISTERED item of Exhibtion quality

Price:  £385.00   SOLD

 

Liverpool Registered front 1843.

151497.  1d red(fault at right), on a clean REGISTERED FRONT from LIVERPOOL to

the Post Office, Wellington, 'Until called for': the paid registration fee of 1/- in red m/s.

 Fine/very fine Liverpool date stamp on the front for March 9th 1843.

 Even as a front this is a scarce registered example used during the MX period. 

Price; £68.50 

NB: it is much cleaner than the scanned image. 

 

'TO5': letter written on board Cunarder 'RUSSIA'.

151487.   1d Plate 89, tied to a small very clean and uncreased envelope to Leith

by an exceptional strike of the very rare 'TO5' Travelling Office.

The recipient inscribed at the top of the envelope:

' 22 Oct. 1867 - From Frank.  Dated off Queenstown on Board Russia .......... 20th 1867 expect to arrive on Tuesday 29th inst.' 

Queenstown cds on the front for October 20th 1867 - a Sunday.  Edinburgh cds on reverse for October 22nd 1867. 

The 'Russia' was a Cunard Steamship which began service on the transatlantic run from Liverpool via Queenstown in 1867,

this letter was carried on only its 4th crossing and it stayed on this route until at least 1875.

It left Queenstown on October 20th 1867 and arrived in New York on Wednesday October 30th. 

In a private communication one of the leading postal historians of this period,

described the item as a 'Great Rarity and one that could be unique' .

This is arguably one of the, if not the, finest 'TO' cover extant. 

Hard to see how a finer strike of the 'TO5' could be found.

A significant rarity from the line-engraved period.

Price: £2,435.00

 

Plate 3. 

151457.   2d blue plate 3, SG14, 'JL':

very fine used, marginal inscriptional with full deckle edging,

reading: 'SIDE of the Lette(r)'.

Full margins except into top right. 

Rare item. 

Price:  £335.00

 

PLATE 4


15019:  2d blue plate 4, SG14, ‘FA’: 

Fine used marginal inscriptional ‘to remove the Cem(ent)’, with deckle edging. 

Almost full margined, close to touching at right. 

An attractive and rare stamp. 

Price: £270.00

 

Plate 3: superb strip.

 151458.  2d SG14 plate 3, 'FJ-'FL':

superb strip of three, very scarce/rare so fine.

Each cancelled by the '92' numeral of Bolton.

Price:  £238.00

 

The following EIGHT items are LATE USAGES

of the 1d black, 1d red imperf and the Maltese Cross.

 

Late usage 1903.

151454.  1d SG8, 'JE', 4-margined with closed tear in bottom margin:

cancelled by a fine MAIDA HILL squared circle for JULY 16th 1903.

One of the latest usages we have seen of SG8.

A rare item even with a fault.

Price £66.50

 

Late usage of the MX in Scotland.

151424.  1d SG8, 'AC', full margins but just touched top corner of NW corner square.

Tied to  commercial entire from Portobello to Old Melrose by a very fine MX.

Letter dated inside Portobello October 24th 1844 and with cds's on the reverse confirming the date.

As Scottish MX's were replaced by numerals in June 1844,

this is a LATE USAGE of an MX in Scotland.

Price: £225.00

 

Late usage of an MX at Bruton.

151425.  1d SG8, 'BC', margins close in places but clear all around:

on a letter - 'he is out of control' - from Bruton, dated inside November 13th 1844 and again on the inside flap.

The stamp is tied by a fine MX, applied at Bruton, Bruton undated circle on reverse;

Bruton was never issued with its own dated canceller.

On reverse is a Shaftesbury cds for the following day - missing '4' in the date. 

When the top flap is raised, these cancellations are displayed well. 

Numeral cancellations introduced on May 1st 1844 in England,

hence this is a LATE usage of a Maltese Cross. 

Rare item. 

Price: £290.00 

 

Late use of the Maltese Cross at Grantham.

151426.  1d SG8, 'QG', 4-margined, small NE corner wrinkle,

on small neat envelope addressed to Ruddington nr Nottingham. 

The letter left Grantham on September 21st 1848 and was sent to London. 

It was then sent to Nottingham being received on September 22nd 1848.

It would seem that it went sent to London because the post office official miss-read Ruddington for Paddington! 

Numeral cancellations replaced the Maltese Crosses in England on May 1st 1844:

this MX was used more than 4 years after it was withdrawn from use. 

A rare and interesting example of the LATE usage of the MX.  

Price:  £395.00

 

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':

paying the 2d registration fee and the 1d postage,

tied to a clean and uncreased envelope, registered and used within London.

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 they became invalid for postage.

They were also the only colours of the 1d value 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 item 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 an 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 a unique franking.

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

A remarkable and memorable Exhibition quality item. 

Price:  £5,775.00

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

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

 

Latest usage of the 1d red imperf on cover.

151428.  1d red, Plate 79? 'HA':

3-margined example tied to an envelope used locally within London. 

The 1d red tied by a double strike of the New Cross SO for July 13th 1905

with on the reverse a London W C cds for the same date. 

Line engraved stamps were invalidated for use by the Post Office on June 1st 1901. 

The cover was not surcharged so it got through the system unchallenged.

From our researches, this is the LATEST known usage on cover for the 1d Imperf.

A superb item of considerable rarity.  

Price:  £490.00

NB: the condition is finer than the scans.

 

SOUTH SHIELDS CROSS: very LATE USAGE.

1115.  1d red APRIL 7th 1852: 

Late Use 1d red imperf – not full margined – but tied by a very fine

black cross of South Shields to an entire to Leeds.

Danzig in ‘The Cancellations of the 1841 Penny Red’, page 91,

illustrates another late usage of the South Shields cross for April 3 1852.

This April 7th 1852 late usage of a Maltese cross is

one of the LATEST USAGES recorded of the MX on the 1d red imperf from any location in the UK .  

As seen in the scans the date markings from South Shields and Leeds display well when opened. 

A significant rarity.

 Price:  £650.00  

 

1d plate 166: late usage 1860

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1117.  1860 March 26 1d imperf plate 166, ‘AL':

a very fine, very large to good, 4-margined example, on mourning envelope – rear flap missing.

Sent to Gainsboro, Lincs, and tied by a very fine Leeds duplex for March 26 1860.

A rare late usage of the 1d imperf and unrecorded by Danzig for Leeds .

Sheffield and Gainsboro transit CDS's on reverse.

Price: £360.00

 

NORWICH Characteristic Cross: rare DOUBLE strike.

151423.  1d red 'HG', 3-plus margins:

tied to entire from NORWICH to London cancelled Contrary to PO Regulations,

by a double strike of the characteristic NORWICH CROSS, SG specB1ts. 

This cross priced by Gibbons at £1,800 in the last, 2011, Edition of QV volume 1. 

On the reverse is a Norwich cds for November 8th 1843 and a London cds receiver for the following day.

Both are on the reverse top flap which displays them well when raised.  M/s top left 'Under 1/2 oz'. 

We have not seen previously a double strike on cover of this cross on a single 1d red.

Rare item. 

Price: £375.00

 

Letter Edinburgh to Liverpool: initials of 15 postmen who tried to deliver it.

151420.  1d red very fine 4-margined 'KD':

on envelope with contents from Edinburgh to Liverpool July 1st 1852. 

Remarkably there are the initials of FIFTHTEEN postmen who tried to deliver it. 

Very unusual and interesting item with a three page personal letter from 1 George Street, Edinburgh. 

Price:  £35.00

 

1d red Plate 157: parts of SIX other stamps.

232.   1d SG8 plate:

remarkable fine used example with parts of SIX other stamps. 

Price: £38.50

 

1d pink uprated with SG52 Plate 3 to Chicago.

151422.  1d pink envelope uprated with a fine SG52 Plate 3:

tied by DALMALLY duplex for September 13th 1878 and sent to Chicago, USA. 

On the reverse is a purple CHICAGO MAIL CARRIER cds for September 27th. 

A rare usage of this stamp on a 1d pink envelope. 

Price:  £125.00

 

KILMARNOCK Cross

1019.  1841 1d red plate 21, ‘PE’:

3+ margined with a very fine and almost complete strike

of the rare and distinctive Kilmarnock cross, SG spec B1tj.

Seldom found with such a clear strike of this cross

 and priced by Gibbons (2011 QV Volume 1) at £1,700.

Price: £430.00

 

COVENTRY CROSS: one of the earliest known examples.

 

1021.  1842 1d red plate 21,'BI', 3-margined, on entire from Coventry to Lutterworth:

 tied by the Coventry distinctive cross, SG spec BS10te, July 8 1842. 

This example is listed and illustrated by Rockoff in

'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland' Volume 1 page 84.

Only one earlier example of the Coventry Special Cross is listed. 

It is on a 1d pink envelope, last seen almost 30 years ago,

 in a Christies/Robson Lowe Auction in 1989.

 The example offered here has a PEGB Certificate.

Gibbons prices this cross on a 1d red on cover at £2,800.   

Price: £625.00

 

1d red: Blackpool Penny Post in BLUE

151418.  1d red 'RH', 3-margined, tied to piece by the

BLACKPOOL PENNY POST in BLUE without a MX, SG Spec B1wb.

Gibbons prices a 1d red on piece with a Penny Post in BLACK at £1,800. 

A Penny Post cancellation is only priced by them in black ink. 

An estimate of their price in Blue ink is £3,000. 

A rarity and the only example of a Penny Post Cancellation, in a colour

 other than black, used without the MX that we can recall. 

Very rare item.

Price: £625.00

 

February 25th 1841: EDK for 1d red Plate 10

151415.  1d red PLATE 10, 'TH' 4-margins, crease NW square and 'QC' 2-margins:

used on a printed Balance Sheet for the Great Western Railway, up to February 22nd 1841. 

Sent from London to Bath, Lombard Street date stamp on reverse for February 25th 1841.

This is believed to be the Earliest Known Date of usage of a 1d red from black plate 10

 -and also the Earliest Known Multiple franking of the 1d red. 

A damaged example of 1d red Plate 10, 'EH', used on cover dated February 26th 1841,

was in the Sale of the Dr Buranasombati Collection and later offered, in 2009, by another Specialist Dealer for £2,250. 

Stamps 'TH' and 'QC' show three of the seven distinctive letters of Plate 10: T, H and Q. 

A very rare and possibly unique item with an interesting railway connection. 

Price:  £880.00 

NB: the letter is in overall better condition than appears in the scan.

 

1d Plate 15: rare used marginal inscription example

1514171d red Plate 15, 'OA' superb colour with a complete and upright MX:

attractive and rare side margin example, not full margined but with

almost complete deckle edge at left showing 'STA' of 'POSTAGE' in the watermark.

Margin has the inscription: '(PRI)CE 1d Per Label.  1/-..' 

Very clean reverse and the colour is more of a chocolate brown than appears in the scan. 

Shows some extent of a basal shift but not listed by Gibbons. 

Rare item.  

Price:  £145.00

 

1d red: rare used block of 12

109.     1d red-brown, SG 8, plate 71:

a rare used Block of 12 (3 by 4), 'EH - GK', light 258 numeral cancels of Dover,

touched in places and some creasing as to be expected for a block of this size.

An attractive item and rare multiple. 

Price: £550.00

NB: The Chartwell Collection Sale in 2012 had a similar used block of 12,

4X3, cancelled by the '250' of Devonport.

It was touched in places, scissor cuts, creases and other faults.

The block realised in excess of £1,400 inclusive of the buyers premium.

 

1d Plate 48: Dublin '186' on Block of 8.

1020.  1841 1d red plate 48, ‘SA-TD’, block of 8: very fine/superb used block, Dublin ‘186’.

Touched or just in to at places but the central block of 4, ‘SB-TC’, is 4-margined. 

The ‘T’ row all show a degree of double bottom as noted in QV Volume 1 page 100, SG spec BS27h.

Rich shade of red brown and with a German, H Richter, Certificate of Authenticity.

Gibbons prices a block of 4 at £320 without the variety.

Price: £345.00 

 

Mullingar Co.Westmeath: cancelled Contrary to Regulations

151411.  1d SG17, finevery fine miss perfed strip of three and a single:

tied to piece and cancelled Contrary to Regulations

by two strikes only of the '345'numeral from MULLINGAR, Co. Westmeath.

An attractive and rare item in a deeper shade than the scan shows.

Price:  £69.00

 

UNIQUE cancellation on 2d Plate 3

1033. 1850 2d blue plate 3, SG14, pair ‘DK-DL’:

 DL 4-margined and DK 3-margined, scissor cut between not touching the designs, both stamps with faults.  

However, each stamp has been cancelled only by strikes of the Liverpool transit mark, (Robertson type 64/65), 

used on the outside of maritime mail going through Liverpool .The date is August 31

and the only sailing in the period 1840-1860 on that date was on August 31 1850

when the Cunard packet ‘Asia’ sailed from Liverpool to New York/Boston. 

From our researches we can find NO other such example of this type of transit mark

being used alone as a cancellation on either the 1d red imperf or 2d blue. 

An exceptionally rare and probably unique item from the line-engraved period.  

Price: £775.00  

 

2d blue Plate 4: Spectacles Variety

151409. 2d blue SG14 'BH-BJ', fine 4-margined strip of three:

the misalignment problem of the impressions on the sheet can be clearly seen.

Indistinct numeral cancellations but stamp 'BH' has the listed variety:

SG Spec ES14o, 'Spectacle Variety - later printings'. 

The cancellation leaves the variety visible. 

Priced on a single stamp by Gibbons at £1,000 in the last QV Volume 1 Edition (2011).

The stamps are also printed on the listed THIN PAPER, Spec ES14q.

Allowing for this additional variety, the Gibbons price for this item is £2,000 plus.

To find this variety clear of a cancellation and on a 4-margined stamp is very difficult indeed. 

To obtain it in a full - margined strip is a RARITY - the first example we have seen in a used multiple. 

Price:  £450.00

 

Flower Effect MX - Carlisle.

 151401. 1d red 'DA' Plate 26, not full margined:

 Entire from Carlisle to London, November 9th 1842 cds on reverse. 

Shows an excellent example of a ‘Flower’ MX. 

This effect is discussed in Rockoff Volume 1, pages 100-102 for Dunning

and four other recorded places: in each case only one example is known. 

The example here for Carlisle is the first recorded from this location and is a very fine example. 

Rare item and the only example on cover of this effect we have been able to offer.  

Price:  £120.00 

 

Stamp affixed with Sealing Wax: London Orphan Asylum Petition

151400. 1d red 'DD', full margins, close but clear at right, defect in SE 'D' square:

tied by a black cross to a completed London Orphan Asylum Petition for an 8 year old boy, James Martin,

from Willey, Shropshire, WENLOCK udc on the front: C.Cat 330 and an IRONBRIDGE date stamp for August 15th 1842. 

The stamp has been affixed with BLACK SEALING WAX, rare as such, and

would have been cancelled with an MX in Ironbridge. 

Rockoff and Jackson do not record in Volume 1 any Ironbridge Cross examples for 1842. 

A remarkable item full of social history and would make an interesting display item when fully written up.

There is a wealth of information re the history of the London Orphan Asylum with plans/pictures/photos on the Internet.

Price:  £145.00

NB: the Petition was completed and signed by the Rev Wm Bates, The Rectory, Willey, Shropshire, August 1842.

 

Very Rare Birmingham SOLID CENTRE CROSS

1513991d red 3 margined, 'OB', Plate 31:

tied to an entire from BIRMINGHAM, dated on inside flap July 13th 1843, by a fine full SOLID CENTRE CROSS. 

Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 1, p 52, record ONLY ONE other complete

solid centre Birmingham cross and that for July 4th 1843: ex Danzig Collection.

On reverse is a Birmingham cds for July 1843 with the '3' missing but dated on the inside flap. 

Very rare item. 

Price:  £185.00

 

Superb distinctive YORK Cross.

151398.  1d red 'EA' Plate 24, just shaved at top right side:

cancelled by superb distinctive YORK cross,

SG Spec B1tx, priced by Gibbons at £800. 

Rare with such a fine strike. 

Price:  £155.00

 

1d Plate 24 Block with Ivory Heads

151393. 1d red Plate 24, 'RJ-SK', full margins except around the SE letter square but very fine IVORY HEADS.

Gibbons prices a block of 4 in this plate at £850. 

Attractive and scarce item. 

Price: £168.00

 

Very Rare Usage: 1d red imperf at the July 1890 Exhibition

151396.  Envelope posted at the July 2nd 1890 Penny Postage Exhibition: 

the postage to Southampton has been paid by a an almost full-margined 1d red imperf, Alphabet 1. 

This has been cancelled by the Special Exhibition Cancellation. 

We cannot find any other example offered for sale of a 1d red imperf postally used and cancelled in this way

at the July Exhibition though we are aware of a similar usage at the May 1890 Penny Postage Exhibition.  

Please note: although there are age markings on the envelope they are FAR LESS pronounced than the scanned image. 

A RARITY.

Price:  £625.00

 

Rare pre-issue of 1d SG17

151389. 1d SG17, 'DF', fine example tied to clean wrapper from London to Stow-On-The-Wold:

London cds on reverse for MARCH 4th 1854 and a Stow-On-The-Wold cds on the front for MARCH 5th 1854. 

Instructions were sent to postmasters on March 12th 1854 NOT TO ISSUE

the new perforated stamps until stocks on the imperforated 1d were exhausted.

However some were issued in late February.

Gibbons comments that covers dated BEFORE MARCH 12th are RARE. 

This fine example was used on March 4th 1854 in London. 

A rare early pre-issue example. 

Price:  £225.00  SOLD

NB: the browning around the cancellation on the stamp if far fainter than the scan suggests.

 

WELSHPOOL Solid Centre Cross MAY 11th 1840: EKD and the only known example of this cross in RED

151384.  1d Mulready ENVELOPE, A164, Forme 4, fine/very fine and in a far finer condition than the scan suggests:

dated on the front, MAY 11th 1840 and used locally within WELSHPOOL. Carefully cancelled by a superb solid centre cross -

a variety well known for this location, listed and priced by Gibbons for the 1d black and 1d red but NOT for any Mulready envelope or letter sheet. 

On the reverse inside the top flap is a hand written message refering to 'this strange contraption courtesy of Mr William Mulready.

Perhaps he should have stuck to painting sweet cherubic children':

the Mulready envelopes and letter sheets had only been issued to the general public a few days before on May 6th 1840.

The end of the message is dated Welshpool May 11th 1840. As the item was used locally, dated on the front and addressed to an important local family -

more info on the internet re Glansevern Gardens etc - the local Postmaster/mistress did not bother to apply a date stamp after cancelling it with the MX. 

This is the EARLIEST KNOWN USAGE of this solid centre MX and the ONLY known example with a red cross.

It is offered with a clear Certificate. 

By comparing this same cross in black on the 1d black and 1d red with other distinctive cross prices including those on a Mulready,

a Gibbon's estimated figure would be at least £20,000 for this rarity.

A superb and extremely rare item giving a fascinating insight as to how the general public were already reacting to the newly issued Mulready. 

Price: £5,885.00  SOLD

 

Extremely Rare 5d Franking with MX's

 

151379.  A clean and uncreased wrapper without contents but listing several enclosed letters

from Ceylon, Manila, Singapore, Macao, Batavia and Forbes from London to Preston, February 7th 1843.

The very rare franking of 5d is made up of 1d red 3-margined, added as a late fee,

and a very fine SG14, four margined pair, close but clear at the right, 'GK-GL', plate 3. 

The pair has been partially severed between the stamps ready to be cut as required by the postal clerk.

All the stamps are cancelled by black MX's. 

Researching over the past 10/15 years has revealed

only a few examples appearing on the open market of the 3d rate

where it was made up of a 1d red plus single 2d on cover cancelled by MX's:

H O Fraser Spinks Sale, 2001, Lot 401, realised an inclusive figure of £3,105

and another example in a Spinks GB Sale, 2006, Lot 368 realised £3,500. 

A specialist GB dealers list in 2005 offered the 3d rate with MX's on cover,

1d and 2d both 3-margined and overlapping, at £2,250. 

We have not seen previously the 5d rate with MX's on cover.

A remarkable and very rare item indeed and neither the Lady Mairi Sale

nor The Chartwell Collection Sale had examples of the 5d rate.  

Price: £3,285.00  

NB: the colour of the stamps is far better than the scan suggests.

 

Rare 5d Rate: London numerals on piece.

151416.  1d red and pair 2d Plate 4 SG14, 'EK-EL', 'EL' full margins, 'EK' 3 plus margins:

tied to piece by London '12' in diamond in oval of bars. 

All tied to a piece of a wrapper? posted under the Printed Matter scheme, introduced in February 1848  

by Rowland Hill to encourage the circulating libraries of the time.

The charge was 6d up to 16oz: this piece has printed on it 'Under 12 oz'.

Perhaps the sender calculated a pro rata cost would be 4d halfpenny for 12oz

but no halfpenny stamps had been issued at that time so they rounded it up to 5d? 

A rare and unusual usage which would repay research. 

Price:  £275.00

 

Very Rare Red Numerals with BPA Certificate

151380. 1d red Plate 158: two 4-margined examples,'TA-TB',

close NW corner of 'TB' and uneven margins at top of 'TA' but on piece with lightly struck

RED cancellations in the same shade of red as the PICKERING North Yorkshire cds for October 27th 1854.

Gibbons prices the cheapest red numeral cancellation at £9,750 on stamp alone and £15,000 on piece. 

Clearly an extremely rare item even so lightly cancelled, and it is offered

with a clean BPA Certificate confirming a red cancellation and the plate. 

A true line-engraved rarity.

Price: £2,780.00

 

1d Red Plate 5 Exeter Skeletons

151366.  1d red Plate 5 ‘FJ’:

Very fine/superb 4-margined, tied by a very fine MX to a clean and uncreased wrapper from London to Exeter.

The MX leaves most of QV’s head clear. On the reverse is a London cds for March 29th 1841

and TWO very fine/superb  strikes of the very scarce Exeter(skeleton) temporary hand stamp,

County Cat DV608, for March 30th 1841 which is only recorded in use in 1841.

This example is believed to be the earliest recorded usage of this skeleton cancellation on a 1d red cover.

Gibbons prices the 1d red from black plate 5 at £400 on cover. 

A rare combination of condition and features.   

Price: £325.00

 

KIRRIEMUIR Cross on 2d Blue Re-entry

151364.  2d Plate 3, SG 15 DeepFull Blue 'OD' and 'OG':

Tied to an entire, no enclosures, from Kirriemuir to Edinburgh,

superb Kirriemuir boxed date stamp in orange for August 26th 1843 on reverse top flap

which displays well when raised. 'OD' is a large full margined example, 'OG' with 3 plus margins.

Each tied by black crosses - with part of a third - of KIRRIEMUIR, discussed by Rockoff and Jackson in Volume 1 of

 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland' and with

only four examples of dated covers which does not include the example offered here. 

Population of Kirriemuir in 1841 was only 3,000.

Stamp 'OG' has the ONLY re-entry on Plate 3, Spec AS12b,

illustrated in QV Volume 1 p164, and grossly under-priced. 

The MXs leave most of the re-entry marks visible especially in the top margin. 

A non-variety single 2d with black cross on cover is priced by Gibbons at £650. 

This is the only example we have seen of this rare re-entry on cover with a MX cancellation.

Price:  £420.00

 

GREENOCK CROSS on 2d Blue Plate 3

260.  1841 2d blue SG 14 plate 3:

tied to entire by very fine GREENOCK cross, Spec E1um. 

February 12 1844 Greenock date stamp on reverse. 

Not 4-margined but a rare usage of this cross

Priced by Gibbons in the last Edition of QV Volume 1 (2011) at £2,000 on cover.

Price:  £580.00

 

UNION JACK RE - ENTRY on COVER

42. SG8 1d Red Plate 75  'LK':

a 3+ margined copy of the famous Union Jack re-entry, SG spec BS28c.

 Tied to wrapper from Leeds to London by Leeds 447,

cancel leaves almost all of re-entry visible.

Priced by Gibbons at £3,000 on a stamp not on cover. 

Price: £880.00

 

Largest Block of 1d Plates used in Ireland.  

151362.  1d plate 119, 'JC-NF':

A remarkable postally used Block of 20 cancelled by lightly applied

GALWAY '232' duplexes for January 2nd 1871. 

Some surface scuffing on a few stamp, a small fault on 'MD' and several with

perf strenthening as to be expected with a used block of this size.

This is the largest multiple of this issue we have seen used in Ireland. 

An impressive and rare item. 

Price: £185.00 

 

LATE USAGES of QV 1d Values.

1890: 1d SG40

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

 

1912.

151343.  Two envelopes both from the village of LISBELLAW, Co. Fermanagh,

to Edge Hill Liverpool sent in 1912 and with LATE USAGE of QV 1d stamps.

The first sent on August 20th 1912 bears a 1d star, SG 40, issued between 1857 and 1863

and therefore used around 50 or more years after it was issued.

The second was sent on December 2nd 1912 and the stamp affixed is a 1d plate number 131,

issued in 1869 and used more than 40 years after first issued. 

The first envelope is in fine/very fine condition;

the second has peripheral damage at the top being roughly opened.

They would make a remarkable pairing and are rare as such. 

PRICES: the 1d SG40 item is £145.00

the 1d plate 131 item is £ £65.00

We will sell as a PAIR at £195.00

NB: the scanner shows a browning at the top edge of the first envelope which is not there, it is a shadow effect

and the overall browning on the second envelope is not as pronounced as the scan suggests.

 

The RARE 3d Rate

1512342.  Three 1d reds tied to wrapper, peripheral fault at the top, by the '54' numeral of Battle,

Battle cds on reverse for September 29th 1844.  Bexhill udc, County Catalogue SX98, recorded from 1845 so this example predates.

The scanner gives the impression of yellowish marks but these are NOT present.  Central stamp full margins. 

Very scarce 3d rate with a More to Pay d/ring not overlapping the other cancellations.

Price:  £48.50

 

1d SG17.

151341.  1d SG17, very fine used strip of 4 tied to piece by the '131' of Edinburgh.

Superb rich shade and a scarce multiple so fine. 

Price: £50.00

 

Coventry Cross.

151294.  1d red brown, Plate 22, vertical pair 'LF-MF', fine with full margins:

cancelled by the distinctive COVENTRY CROSS and clear on the 'LF'. 

Spec B1te, and priced by Gibbons at £1000 on a single stamp.

Price: £235.00

 

Superb Strip Plate 36.

151292.  1d red brown Plate 36, 'MA-MC':

very fine and attractive strip of three with full margins

and two stamps with clear profiles. 

The small MX is reminiscent of the listed variety of Dumfries.

Horizontal Guide line thru the values and each stamp shows a fine Ivory Head,

and offered with a clean RPS Certificate. 

A pair in this plate priced by Gibbons at £170. 

The scan does not do justice to the rich colour. 

Price: £110.00

 

Superb Strip of Plate 60.

151293.  1d red brown Plate 60, 'SE-SG': very fine strip with excellent margins and colour

and cancelled by the London Chief Office '17' numeral. 

Each stamp shows the characteristic basal shift and the misplaced 'G'.

All three stamps show signs of plate wear indicating a late print from this plate.

Very scarce multiple so fine. 

Price:  £60.00  RESERVED

 

2d Plate 3 INVERTED Watermark.

151361.  2d plate 3 SG15 'JK', very fine square margined example but with a very small thin on the reverse

and with parts of two Maltese crosses: watermark inverted, Spec ES11a. 

This is the first example of this stamp with the wmk inverted cancelled

by a MX we have been able to offer for several years.

Not listed by Gibbons with a MX on this variety but priced by them at £875 with a numeral cancellation. 

An estimated Gibbon's price based on a comparison of the normal stamp with

a numeral cancellation and one with a MX is £2,500. 

An opportunity to obtain a rare/very rare stamp. 

Price:  £390.00

 

2d Plate 4 Block of 4.

151296.  2d SG19 Plate 4: very fine, clean backed, Block of 4 'KE-LF',

excellent perfs and showing miss perfing in both directions; two stamps with almost clear profiles. 

Some corner wrinkling/light creasing on 'KF' but very difficult to find

such a clean and fresh block of this issue.  This is reflected in

the price by Gibbons of £1,800. 

Price:  £475.00

 

OP-PC ERROR Used in Scotland

151253.  Three halfpence, SG53, Plate 1: 

Error of Lettering, OP-OC for CP-PC 

a good used example of this popular rarity tied to small piece by the '235' of Lochmaben (Dumfrieshire).

Bluntish perfs at bottom left but a very collectable example and one of the few we have seen used in Scotland. 

Priced by Gibbons at £2,000 on stamp only and matched with a very fine Plate 3

showing the correct lettering CP-PC, also used in Scotland.

Price: £385.00

 

St Boswell Cross.

151269.  Entire from Earlston, mention of enclosures, to Edinburgh and dated October 21st 1843.

Boxed date stamp of ST BOSWELL, October 21st 1843 on the top rear flap 

which displays well when raised as does the Edinburgh receiver for the following day - a SUNDAY.

Two 1d reds, ‘EL’ full margins but crossed at the top by a filing crease and ‘QA’, not full margined.

However each tied by fine/veryfine MX’s of St Boswell. Rockoff, Volume 2 page 241,

records only three examples of this cross and these between 1840 and 1842.

St Boswell had a very small population of ONLY 747 in 1841 and Rockoff observes that

examples of this cross are VERY UNCOMMON;

the example offered here is the first we have seen. 

 Rare item.   

Price: £85.00

        Clitheroe Crosses.

151268.  Dated piece, on both the front and rear, from CLITHEROE, Lancashire, April21st 1842.

Unusual franking of four single 1d reds, seen less often than a block of four.

‘DA’ with a vertical crease and ‘HA’ with full margins close but clear at the ‘A’ square.

Each stamp is from PLATE 18 and cancelled by the characteristic/distinctive

‘balloon’ type of cross illustrated for Clitheroe in Volume 1 page 75 by Rockoff and Jackson

in their publication on the MX.  Attractive and very scarce piece.

Price: £68.00

            

151245.  1d Plate 76 tied to an envelope originally sent from London on August 7th 1867,

to a Lieutenant  S C Bath, Royal Battery, The Citadel, Plymouth.   Mounted for display.

It then went on a journey being redirected FIVE times and recharged FOUR times up to August 18th.

Redirected to Dublin, then to Pembrook, then back to London and onto Plymouth,

then back to Dublin, then to Plymouth, then to London.

The detailed analysis shows the different Regiments to which the letter was sent. 

A remarkable example of the efforts made to find the recipient. 

A rarity and a memorable display item. 

Price:  £145.00

 

The next two items are ARCHER Trial Perforations used outside of London.

 

Archer Plate 94 used in Edinburgh

151240.    1d ARCHER Experimental Perforation, SG16b: fine example from plate 94,

tied to a letter from The Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee RAILWAY COMPANY.

Used locally within Edinburgh, June 8th 1854, and tied by the '131' of Edinburgh; this is 

and a very rare usage in Scotland. Filing fold clear of the stamp. 

The item is offered with an RPS Certificate.

Priced by Gibbons at £2,200 in this plate.

Price: £1,100

Archer Plate 100 used in Carlisle

151239.    1d ARCHER Experimental Perforation, SG16b: fine example from plate 100

tied to a Life Insurance entire by the '165' of Carlisle. 

Sent to London, April 11th 1854 with Carlisle cds on the reverse.

Envelope with some slight imperfections but a

VERY RARE PROVINCIAL USAGE of this trial separation.

BPA Certificate. 

Priced by Gibbons at £2,100 in this plate.  

Price:  £985.00

 

Bristol S/W duplex in BLUE.

151278.  Entire from Bristol to Llandovery with 1d star tied by a Bristol sideways duplex for April 10th 1860

with Camarthen and Llandovery cds's on top flap for April 11th 1860. 

Offered with a piece, 1d LC perf 14 plate 60 tied by a superb superb Bristol sideways duplex in rare DARK BLUE for October 8th 1860. 

Parmenter does NOT record this sideways duplex in blue and Gibbons does NOT price any coloured sideways duplex.

They do however price blue duplexes at £400 on piece.

These would make an interesting display pair of items showing the same type of cancellation,

 used in the same year, but in black and blue inks. 

Price:  £65.00

 

Distinctive STERLING Cross

 

 

151216: 1d red ‘RD’, Plate 27, fine 4-margined tied to a commercial entire, Stirling to Edinburgh December 23rd 1843, by a

fine strike of the Distinctive STIRLING cross recorded in use by Rockoff between August 1843 and June 1844. 

Underpriced in our experience by Gibbons on cover at £550. 

Price:  £225.00

 

Distinctive GREENOCK Cross on 1d red from a Black Plate

151217: 1d red ‘IK’, black plate 10:

fine 3-plus margined example tied to a very clean and un-creased  entire to Edinburgh

by a superb GREENOCH cross, SG Spec A2uj, and priced by Gibbons at £1,500. 

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price:  £380.00

 

1d Plate 15.

151242.  1d red plate 15, ‘QG’: very fine/superb 4-margined and richly coloured example,

 

tied to an entire from CHIPPING NORTON to Papworth; mention of a cheque enclosed and dated inside

 

January 10th 1842 with a Chipping Norton cds on the reverse for this same date.  The Chipping Norton cross leaves

 

the whole Queen’s head clear and hence has the majority of the cross on the letter allowing

 

both the stamp and the cross to be seen to advantage.

 

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1 page 73 discuss the Chipping Norton cross.

 

A very fine and very scarce/rare  item.

     

Price: £135.00

 

2d Plate 3: block of 8

151220: 2d SG14 Plate 3, ‘MF-NI’, a used block of 8 on piece, tied by the ‘258’ of Dover. 

The left hand block of 4 has full margins and is fine;

the right hand block of 4 has a scissor cut between ‘MI’ and ‘NI’

and ‘NI’ and a small SE corner fault. 

However, ‘MF-MG’, is cancelled contrary to PO Regulations, by a single ‘258’.

We cannot recall a block of this size with one pair cancelled in this manner.  

Gibbons prices a block of 4 in this plate at £1,700.  

An impressive and rare multiple. 

Price:  £635.00

 

1d red Plate 12

 

 

1112. 1842 March 10: 1d imperfs plate 12 Two superb 4-margined singles,

‘TE and TB’ both with clear profiles

on clean entire from East Grinstead to Wellington, Somerset. 

‘TB’ with basal shift and faint letter ‘B’.

Exceptional item from a Gold Medal Winning Collection.  

Price: £290.00   

 

Rare Leeds Experimental Duplex

151258.  Envelope, Leeds to Otley: 1d star (faults),

tied by the Leeds Experimental Duplex for February 1st 1864.

  An early usage of this very scarce cancellation.

Otley receiver on the reverse for the following day. 

Price:  £67.50

 

1d plate used at the July 1890 Exhibition.

151321.  A 1d Plate 179 in a rich shade on a very clean and un-creased envelope used locally in London,

tied by the July 2nd 1890 Penny Post Jubilee Special Cancellation. 

On reverse is a red cds for July 3rd 1890.

1d plate 179 was issued in 1875 and very scarce to find this issue postally used

from The Exhibition rather than just cancelled to favour.   

It itself is worthy of being on display in a stamp Exhibition!  

Rare to find in such superb condition.   

Price:  £185.00  SOLD

NB: The few age spots are nowhere near as pronounced as the scanner suggests.

 

Late usage 1d Plate 120

151251.   Envelope from Winchester to London, March 22nd 1905.  Postage paid by a 1d plate 120.

This stamp was registered in 1868 therefore used some 37 years later.

Attractive and scarce late usage of this 1d issue.  

Price:  £85.00

 

1d Plate 225 on cover

 

151210: 1d Plate 225 on an envelope used locally in London January 23rd 1880.

Very fine example of this most difficult plate to find on cover. 

An estimated Gibbons price on cover is in excess of £2300. 

Clean and uncreased envelope but with the rear top flap missing.

The London duplex leaves the plate number clearly visible. 

Price:  £595.00

 

S6:    Entire, Glasgow to Bordeaux,

August 26 1870 with SG 47 2d plate 13 and a two 1d SG43 from the scarcer plate 142

one of which is a superb and scarce cds example. Attractive item.

Price: £68.00

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Late usages of QV stamps and cut out

151330.   August 4th 1911: piece with various QV stamps and a cut out

tied by Anerley Road - Crystal Palace cds’s for this date.  

The stamps are: the bantam 1/2d Plate 19, issued 1878: 1/2d SG164 and 1d SG166 both issued 1880;  

1/2d SG187 issued 1884 and a 3d rose cut out from an embossed envelope.  

All were legal tender at that time and made up a 6d rate. 

When this item was posted in the Crystal Palace area, The Festival of Empire Imperial Exhibition

was being held at Crystal Palace – May 12th to October 27th 1911. 

Perhaps the person posting it expected the item to be cancelled with the Flag Duplex! 

A remarkable and rare usage of QV stamps between 27 and 33 years after they were issued.   

Price:  £75.00

 

Very rare 3d rate with MX's

151209 1d red and 2d blue plate 3 on entire to The Earl of Scarborough at Rufford Abbey, February 23rd 1843: tied by

London crosses with the 4-margined 1d red cancelled contrary to PO Regulations by two MX's.  As this is the very rare

'3d rate', probably the Post Office worker had not seen this combination before and decided he would strike the stamps

three times for the total of the postage!? There is a very light vertical filing crease at the right which crosses the stamps

but it is barely visible. The 2d blue has 3 large margins.  This combination of the1d and 2d values is very rare and seldom

offered with MX cancellations eg in the Spinks GB Sale, May 2006 Lot 368, a cover December 1843 with this combination

and both 4-margined, realised with premium almost £3,500.  This is the only such usage we have seen with three MX's. 

Price:  £780.00

 

1d Plate 34

 

15198.  1d red plate34, ‘SF’: superb large square margined example on a building trade entire from Manchester to

Warrington, August 24th 1843 with a crisp double strike, contrary to PO regulations,  of the Manchester Type 2 cross leaving a

clear profile – see Rockoff Volume 1.  An early usage of this plate, registered in July 1843.  Very attractive and scarce so fine. 

Price:  £120.00

 

KELSO cross on 1d red Cover

15199.  1d red plate 19, ‘NE’: almost 3-margined and tied by a fine strike of the rare characteristic KELSO CROSS with some

debris on a small neat entire to Edinburgh, April 17th 1843 – Rockoff Volume 1.  The Kelso date stamp displays well when the

top flap is raised.  Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, QV Specialised Catalogue, at £4,000, SG Spec B1ti and the first

example on a 1d red cover we have been able to offer for a number of years.   A Scottish rarity.  

Price:  £550.00   

NB: please see Item 15200 in the Stationery Section - Kelso cross on 1d pink envelope.

 

Dublin Cross with outer breaks

 

15196.   2d blue plate 3, ‘IH-II’: pair, ‘II’ full margins, just clear SE square, with a contemporary written date of 1844, and tied

by two superb strikes of the DUBLIN characteristic cross to a piece.  Both crosses clearly show the constant break in the outer

frame which is recorded by Rockoff, Volume 1, p 92/3, between March 1843 and March 1844 with only 3 out of 41 covers

showing this variety and all on 1d reds.  None are recorded on the 2d blue and as far as we are aware, the examples offered

here of this variety are the only known strikes on the 1841 2d blue. The characteristic Dublin cross, without the constant break,

is priced on a single 2d blue by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, QV Specialised Catalogue, at £700, Spec ES11ul.   A rare and

attractive item.    Price:  £390.00    

NB: this Item would make a unique pairing with Item 15195 in the 1840 2d Blue Section.

 


Channel Islands 
 



15185.  1d red imperf, ‘CK’: a three plus margined example, tied to a large part entire from

London to Guernsey, by the Number 4 in Cross – the stamp has been placed across a

line watermark in the paper and is NOT creased as the scan may suggest. 

A strike of the London Paid Ship Letter, April 17th 1843 is on the front and

 in m/s at the top ‘via Southampton per private steamer’. 

On the reverse is a Guernsey date stamp for April 19th 1843.

The sender took advantage of the Post Office concession for private steamers to

carry mail to and from the Channel Islands via Southampton in this period.

The Number 4 in Cross on full cover is priced by Gibbons at £2,000. 

We have seen very few examples of Numbers in Cross on mail to the Channel Islands

and this is the ONLY one with the Number 4 in Cross of which we are aware.  

A rare/unique combination of usage and destination.    

Price: £475.00

NB: in the Grosvenor Sale, November 2014, Lot 1869, was an entire to Guernsey from London

with a 3-margined 1d red, tied by an ordinary cross, with a similar London Ship Letter strike in red for 1842

and also in m/s ‘via Southampton per private steamer’.  It realised an inclusive figure of £332.


Number 4 in Cross: unique usage?


 
15186.  1d red imperf ‘SA’: not full margined but tied to a House of Commons Par.Pro front by the Number 4 in Cross. 

Such an item is rare to find used with a 1d imperf added as it was ‘Post Paid’ : a late fee?

It is likely to be unique with the Number 4 in Cross. 

Addressed to Lobley and Co, Flaxspinners in Leeds with a Leeds SUNDAY date stamp for March 10th 1844.

The Number 4 in Cross on full cover is priced by Gibbons at £2,000 and £600 on stamp alone. 

This exact front is listed in Rockoff Volume 3, page 487 and last appeared on

the market in a Christies Robson Lowe Sale in April 1988. 

An extremely rare item.    

Price:  £500.00

The Special LEEDS Cross on 1d red Cover


 
15187.  1d red imperf, ‘NL’: superb, large to very large margins, on clean wrapper to London from Leeds with a very fine Leeds

November 2nd 1841 and London receiving cds both on the reverse. The stamp struck by a fine Leeds Special Cross, SG

Spec B1tl.  Although not tied it clearly belongs and the margins are so large that when the cross was struck centrally, it did not overlap

on tothe wrapper. Priced by Gibbons at £2,500.  This item is recorded by Rockoff in Volume 1, page 154, with only two later

examples recorded for the Leeds Special Cross. 

This superb item last appeared on the market in 2002.   

Price:  £880.00

NB: The addressee, the Rev Elijah Hoole, 1798-1872, was a

well known Tamil Scholar and Wesleyan Methodist Missionary. 

Many references to him can be found on the Internet.
 

PLYMOUTH Special Cross


 
15189.  1d red black plate 5, ‘AB-AC’: a pair on an entire to Edinburgh with a Plymouth cds on the reverse for April 20th 1841.  Although

‘AC’ is affected by a filing crease, both stamps are cancelled by fine strikes of the rare PLYMOUTH Special Cross.

 In Rockoff Volume 1, page 226, this item is recorded and both strikes illustrated. 

Only one other earlier example of this cross on a 1d red is recorded – March 1841 – and ONLY four other examples of this Special Cross are

 recorded on 1d red covers and the pair offered here is the ONLY recorded multiple usage on either the 1d black or 1d red. 

Gibbons prices this Plymouth or Norwich Cross on a SINGLE 1d red on cover from a black plate, SG Spec A2uc, at £4,000.

The Plymouth Special is a much rarer cross on cover than the rather similar Norwich Special Cross despite being given the same price by Gibbons.  

The example offered here is with a RPS Certificate confirming the Plymouth Cross and the 1d red pair from Plate 5, State 2.  An extremely rare item.   

Price: £890.00


Glasgow Experimental Duplex

15168.  1855, ‘PB’, Perf 14 Large Crown:

a defective example tied to piece by the rare FIRST TYPE

of Glasgow Experimental duplex, December 1855. 

A difficult cancellation to find clearly struck and this example is very fine/fine. 

 Price:  £58.00


Dublin Cross


15160.  2d blue, plate 3, ‘AK’: very fine square 4-margined example in

the scarcer deep full blue shade and with the listed variety ‘guideline in the NE corner’.

Tied to a wrapper used internally within Ireland from DUBLIN to CORK,

April 16th 1844, by a superb distinctive DUBLIN cross, SG Spec E1ul

and priced on cover by Gibbons at £2,000. 

The MX leaves a largely clear profile; Cork receiving cds on reverse for April 17th 1844. 

This cross is seldom found on cover with a full margined 2d blue. 

Very scarce item.  

Price:  £665.00



DUMFRIES distinctive cross: largest known multiple on cover.




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15150.  1d reds Plates 34, ‘GE and 38,’TH-TL’ strip of five, on wrapper to Glasgow from DUMFRIES,

April 13th 1844.Most are 3-margined and ‘TJ’ with a filing crease, but each stamp cancelled by the

characteristic small DUMFRIES CROSS, catalogued as SG Spec B1tfa and

UNPRICED by Gibbons in the latest 2011, QV Volume I Edition, page 79. 

Rockoff Volume 1, records only 16 examples of this distinctive cross on 1d red covers.

The only multiple usage recorded by him is on one cover with a pair of 1d reds. 

A very rare /unique multiple franking with two different 1d red plates and SIX strikes of this distinctive cross.      

Price:  £740.00
 

Ireland to Holland: 1d red usage







15158.  1d red, ‘ML’, 3-plus margined example tied by a BELFAST ‘62’ numeral

on a wrapper to ROTTERDAM. 

On reverse two Belfast EVg for November 8th 1850 Blue

single arc cds’s and other transit date stamps

 with a Rotterdam receiver for November 11th.

A rare usage of the 1d red from Ireland to Holland

probably added as a late fee.       

Price:  £190.00



 15148:  1d red, Plate 9, ‘PD’, very fine 4-margined, firstly cancelled by a complete RED cross

and then by a complete BLACK cross, SG Spec 57vk with a clear 2003 Certificate. 

Priced by Gibbons in the latest, SG QV Volume 1 2011, at £3,500. 

This example is arguably one of, if not the, finest extant. 

A considerable line-engraved rarity. 

Price: £2,700.00 



Dr Perkins Experimental Blued Paper

                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                
15141:  Dr Perkins Experimental Blued Paper, a very fine UNPRINTED sample, block of 4, Large Crown Type 11.

A few sheets of this paper were used to print 1d perforated plate 121, 2d blues plates 9 and 13 and the three halfpenny plate 1. 

The printed single stamps are priced by Gibbons in the latest Volume 1, 2011 Edition,

at £6,500, £11,000 (2d plates 9 and 13) and £9,500 respectively. 

Only in marginal examples of the printed stamps is the blueing easily visible from the front.

All unprinted gummed paper should have been destroyed. 

The unprinted sample offered here clearly shows the blueing on the side to be printed

and, on the reverse, the way in which the gum was affected by the blueing process.  

An opportunity to obtain a superb item of considerable rarity, offered with RPS Certification,

at a small fraction of the printed stamp price.     

Price:  £780.00

                         NB: Gibbons are currently offering a non-marginal block of 4, 1d plate 121, at £27,500.  

 

 

DUBLIN CROSS



15010.  1d red plate 35, ‘NB’, superb large margined example on clean wrapper, inside flap repaired,

used locally in Dublin, July 27th 1843. Stamp tied by a superb DUBLIN characteristic cross, Spec B1tf. 

Superb item and priced by Gibbons in the latest Edition, QV Volume 1, 2011 at £300.00  

Price:  £120.00


 




15013.  1d pink embossed envelope, London to Basingstoke, July 7th 1843.  Superb strike of the NUMBER  9 in cross – very rare

to find such a high quality strike on these envelopes.  Priced in the latest Edition, 2011, QV Volume 1 at £550 on a 1d red on cover. 

Superb item and the finest strike we have seen on any embossed 1d envelope. 

Price:  £225.00  SOLD


DUBLIN CROSS

 

15016.  2d blue plate 3, SG14, ‘FA’. 

A fine example with large square margins cancelled by the characteristic Dublin cross,

Spec ES11ul and priced by Gibbons in the latest at £700. 

Printed on thin paper – listed by SG for 2d plate 4 but not yet for plate 3. 

A rare combination of this cross on a 2d blue with full margins. 

Price:  £220.00

 

BLUE MX's on 2d Blue Plate 3



15017.  2d blue plate 3, SG14, ‘MJ-MK’. 

Each stamp with 3 plus margins albeit close in places,

small scissor cut in NW square and small surface rub on ‘MK’. 

Some wrinkling and minor surface rubs on reverse

BUT each stamp cancelled with a BLUE cross, Spec E2ua. 

SINGLE stamp with a blue MX priced by Gibbons at £5,000

hence a pair catalogued at least £10,000 pro rata.

A very rare item and the first multiple with a blue cross that we have been able to offer. 

Price:  £590.00

PLATE 3


 
15018.  2d blue plate 3, SG14, ‘IA-IC’. 

Full margined strip of three, close but clear on ‘IB’,

small cut bottom of ‘I’ square on ‘IA’,printed on uncatalogued thin paper and

cancelled by three strikes of the black MX; a single stamp catalogued at £275.00.

This would make a remarkable matched pairing with Item 239,

same lettering ‘IA-IC’, plate 4, with Dublin numerals and also printed on thin paper. 

Price:  £155.00


DUBLIN: Contrary to PO Regulations.


239.  1841 2d blue plate 4 SG15:

very fine used strip of three, IA-IC, large to very large margins,

cancelled contrary to regulations by two only 186 numerals of DUBLIN and rare as such. 

Stamps printed on THIN paper, Spec SG15q.

Superb item.

Price: £265.00


Plate 4



15020.  2d blue plate 4, SG14, ‘RA-TB’. 

Used BLOCK of 6, not full margined but each stamp cancelled by the numeral ‘51’ in oval

of horizontal bars of the Registration Clerk; usually seen used on Registered Mail. 

The largest block we have seen with this rare cancellation. 

A used block of 4 of 2d plate 4 priced by Gibbons at £1,700. 

Price:  £175.00




   
 
15021.  1d red, plate 1b,‘GH’.  Large square margined example from this scarce black plate, tied to entire used within London.
 
Stamp with a barely detectable horizontal crease apparently caused by being affixed over a light paper crease in the letter.
 
Entire dated Sunday February 21st 1841 and on the top flap a fine London date stamp for February 22nd 1841.
 
The 1d red issued on February 10th 1841 and this example, used on February 22nd is believed to be the EARLIEST

known example from this the rarest of the 1d red black plate printings.  Catalogued on cover at £650.  Price:  £490.00  SOLD





 
15022.  1d SG17, ‘CC-CK’.  Remarkable horizontal used strip of 9 – some strengthened perfs and rejoined between ‘CG’ and ‘CH’ with some bottom damage to ‘CH’ and ‘CI’ – but each stamp cancelled by the ‘51’ in oval of bars of the Registration Clerk usually seen on Registered Mail. Parmenter in ‘Barred Numeral Cancellations of London’ notes this as a RARE cancellation and the strip is the largestmultiple we have seen with this rare numeral.  1d printed in rows of 12 and hence this strip likely to be the largest extant with this cancellation.    Price:  £120.00    NB: This would pair well with Item 15020.  SOLD

RIDEOUT Machine Cancellations




15030.  1d SG40, ‘GJ’.  Very fine example tied on a clean wrapper to Hull by a superb strike of the

CHARLES RIDEOUT FIRST TRIAL number 2 machine, with codes ‘CR’, April 15th 1859. 

Lambs-Conduit St udc on top flap.  Very hard to find this quality of strike on such a neat cover. 

Price:  £115.00

1308.  Fine envelope to Ledbury with a 1d plate 98 tied by a fine strike of the Rideout  Number 2 Machine code ‘CR’ for

November 16th 1866 and used early in the later trial period – the number 2 Machine trialled sporadically between

October 23rd 1866 and July 10th 1867. A rare example especially so early and in such overall fine condition.
  

Price:  £385.00



151236.   1d SG 43 plate 101: trimmed perfs at top right BUT has an INVERTED watermark AND

cancelled by the Rideout Number 2 Experimental Machine.  The SECOND TRIAL took place in 1867-68

and examples from this trial are rare.  Possibly a unique combination of the 1d with this watermark variety and rare cancellation.

Price: £46.50

 

Imperf variety with RPS Certificate



15032.  1/2d SG48, plate 6, ‘CA’.  Variety IMPERF, Spec G4h:  large to enormous margins three sides,

only just into on the fourth, tied to small piece and with a clean 2003 RPS Certificate. 

A rare item and priced by Gibbons from £3,200 on stamp alone.

Rarely seen offered for sale and the first one we have been able to offer. 

Price: £695.00

Red numeral with Certificate

1031.   1848 1d red 3-margined ‘OH’  plate 80 cancelled indistinct RED numeral, 

SG spec BS29xd and with a Certificate. 

A rarity and priced by Gibbons from £9,500.

An opportunity to obtain a good certificated example

of this rarity at a fraction of Gibbon's listed price.   

Price: £825.00

   

Coventry Cross

 

  

1022. 1843 1d red plate 24. Very fine 4-margined, on wrapper from Coventry to London

tied by an equally fine Coventry distinctive cross, SG spec BS10te, June 28 1843. 

Interestingly the cross appears to be showing signs of wear. 

A rare item so fine and priced by Gibbons at £2,800. 

Price: £1275.00   

 

    B Blank Corrected with Certificate    

Plate 77b B Blank Corrected Spec BS 29b:

 a used copy of this rare stamp with the ‘92’ numeral cancellation of Bolton, Lancs.  

Not a 4-margined copy but the cancel leaves the letter squares clear. 

Clear 1991 RPS certificate.

Priced by Gibbons at £1,900.

 Price:  £670.00

 

BLUE Nottingham CDS on 1d red cover

1114. 1851 March 28 1d imperf blue town cancel.

A very fine example, ‘AI’, 4-margined with close but clear to large margins,

on envelope to Derby – part of rear flap missing and opened roughly at the top.

However, the 1d imperf is  tied by a superb Nottingham Town circular date stamp  in BLUE for March 28 1851.

A further similar cds strike applied top left with the same orientation

and showing the blue ink of the cancellation to advantage.

There is also a red ‘1’ in m/s applied centrally.   Derby receiver on reverse in green for March 29 1851. 

In the Spinks GB Sale, December 2005,  Lot 812 was a 1d red imperf, small to large margins,

tied to an envelope by a partial blue cds of Truro, applied upside down.  It realised an inclusive figure of £2,875.  

The example offered here is arguably as rare and is a more attractive item which displays better.  

Unrecorded as a blue cds by Danzig.  

A blue Town cds, Spec BIbv, is priced by Gibbons at £8,000 on cover.  

A considerable line-engraved rarity.  

Price:  £2,250.00

 

  Forwarding Agent cachet of Edward, Sandford and Co

 

1116.  1853 July 8:  Entire to London from Liverpool  Almost 4-margined 1d red imperf

cancelled ‘466’ of Liverpool and on the bottom left front a very fine upright strike of the

very attractive Forwarding Agent cachet of Edward, Sandford and Co incorporating an image of a

transatlantic paddle steamer.  This exact cachet is illustrated by Rowe in

‘The Postal History of The Forwarding Agents’, page 115.  

The letter mentions cargoes on the Cunard Line’s  ‘Europa’ and ‘ Asia ’ and on the Collins Line’s ‘Artic’. 

The 'Artic' was lost the following year with great loss of life in a collision in dense fog neatr St John's, Newfoundland.

An attractive and rare item.

Price:  £275.00 

  NB: the apparent  browning on the letter is caused by the scanner.      

 

2d Plate 3: full-margined BLOCK of 4

1206.  2d blue plate 3, SG14, block of 4, (BC-CD). 

A fine 4-margined block of 4 with close to large margins tied by light ‘466’ numerals of Liverpool. 

On reverse is a Liverpool cds for December 12 1846 and

a very fine boxed date stamp of Glasgow for SUNDAY December 13 1846.

Also on reverse is a complete red wax seal with the imprint of a Paddle Steamer with full sails. 

Full-margined blocks on cover of this 2d blue are very scarce indeed.  

A block of 4 is priced by Gibbons at £1,700 on stamps alone and

hence an estimated Gibbons price on cover is in excess of £5,000.  

Price:  £775.00

 

2d Plate 3: exceptional STRIP of THREE

SS7. 1841 2d blue plate 3 SG14. 

An exceptional strip of three, ‘TA-TC’, cancelled by Aberdeen numerals.

Huge to very large margins and printed on un-catalogued thin paper

Thin paper is listed by Gibbons for 2d plate 4 but not as yet on plate 3. 

Exhibition quality and rare so fine.    

Price:  £325.00 



2d Blues with BLUE numerals

 

1119.  1852 September 6 2d blue plate 4 SG14, pair, ‘MH-MI’:

 tied to an unfolded envelope to Loughborough by BLUE ‘448’ numerals of Leek, Staffs. 

‘MH’ has large to huge margins and ‘MI’ is almost full margined with a minor rub in the SE corner.  

Leek cds on reverse for September 6 1852 in the same blue ink as the ‘448’. 

Spec E11wb, and priced by Gibbons as a single 2d with blue numeral on cover at £3,000. 

Rare multiple usage of a blue numeral on cover.  

Price:  £1,280.00   
 

 

RECONSTRUCTED SHEET of 240: 2d PLATE 4. 

114.  2d SG 13-15, pl 4:

RECONSTRUCTED SHEET of 240 stamps, almost 70% are 4-margined examples. 

Remarkable and rare with additional blocks, multiples, varieties, papers and covers.

Priced by Gibbons well in excess of £30,000. 

Great basis for development and with huge potential. 

More details and scans are available on request. 

Price: £8,450.00

1d Plate 37: used BLOCK of 20

1207.  1d SG40/41 Plate 37:

 A remarkable used block of TWENTY, ‘HA-IL’, 10X2. 

‘IA’ with fault but the stamps are cancelled by indistinct strikes of the numeral ‘76’ in bars,

 three above and one below – illustrated by Parmenter in 

‘The Barred Numerals of England and Wales’ in the Gloucester Section. 

As seen in the scan, there is one clear impression of this ‘76’ type

which Parmenter notes is recorded in the proof books for Campden

However, he further notes that this cancellation may never have been issued!

A rare multiple and proving the usage of this unusual cancellation.  

Price:  £580.00
 

Rare example with division ornament

151232.    SG48 plate 10 very fine lightly mounted mint marginal inscriptional pair,

superb colour and with the complete sheet division ornament in the bottom margin. 

Stamps printed in sheets of 480, 20 across and 24 down with

ONLY ONE division ornament in the top and the bottom margins at the centre of the sheet.

Very scarce item.

Price:  £165.00

 

'First Day'

151237.  SG48 plate 5:

a mounted mint marginal example, hinge remains on reverse

and hinge strenthening the margin attached but only partly severed perfs. 

Written in the margin in a contemporary hand: ' bought the first day October 1st 1870';

a stamp purchased on the FIRST DAY of issue. 

Very unusual and the first as such we have seen. 

Price: £45.00

 

Plates 8 and 9 on the same cover.

271.  1870 SG48 1/2d plate 9 and plate 8.

A clean neat envelope to Haverfordwest,

plate 9 tied by ‘539’ duplex of Narberth, Wales

and the plate 8 unusually by a single ‘539’.  

The only example of which we are aware with this combination of the two rarest plates.

A very rare item. 

Price: £720.00

 

Early usage

   

151238.  SG51 plate 1:

very fine example and rarely found with such a superb upright cds - Exeter October 28th 1870. 

One pulled perf at the top. The stamp was issued on October 1st 1870 so this an early usage.

Priced by Gibbons with premium for cds at £160 plus.

Price: £48.50

 

OTHER LINE ENGRAVED

 

1d Red Imperfs Stamps and Covers

 

DUBLIN distinctive Cross: rare type with break.

1027.  1843 1d pink embossed envelope, December 27 1843:

with very fine strike of the characteristic DUBLIN cross.

Seen clearly at the right is the BREAK in the outer cross.

Rockoff Volume 1 page 93, lists only five recorded examples of this constant variety

with NONE for usage on the 1d pink envelope.

 SG spec B1tf and priced by Gibbons at £300 on a 1d red on cover

but much scarcer usage on embossed envelopes.

Price: £185.00 

   

303.     1845 1d red SG10 plate 57 OA-PD:

superb used block of 8 in a rich shade close to or at deep red brown, cancelled ‘930’ of York .

Each top row stamp shows some degree of basal shift but especially PA-PD. A rare and outstanding multiple from a scarcer plate,

full margins all around and large part original gum. 

Price:  £560.00  SOLD

 

 

Numbers in Cross on Cover

43.      Number One: A fine/very fine almost upright strike tieing v fine 4-marg'd 1d plate 20 to a very clean, uncreased entire to Wakefield, d/st on rev June 13 1843. A scarce item with this combination of features.   Priced by Gibbons at £550.00.   Price:  £190.00 IMAGE

44.      Number Two: good/fine strike tying very fine 4-margined 1d red plate 25 to very clean entire to Ludlow, London cds on reverse April 26 1843 .  £110.00 IMAGE

45.      Number Three: very fine strike tieing deeply coloured 1d red, good margins but just touched at NE corner, open NE top and10 o'clock ray flaw, to clean entire to Spalding, latter recvr in green on rev, April 4 1843, early use of this number in cross. Now cat £600.   Price: £85.00

46.      Number Four: 1d red SG8, plate 32, 3-margined with number 4 in cross: almost complete, upright superb strike tying richly coloured example to wrapper from London to Edinburgh . Wrapper with central horizontal filing crease but on reverse is a Lombard St date stamp for 27 March 1843 - only 4 days after the official issue of this rarest number in cross cancel and as such is one of the earliest known dated covers.   Priced by Gibbons at £2,000  Price: £350.00   IMAGE

47.      Number Five: An almost upright strike tieing a superb richly coloured 4-marg'd 1d plate 24? to a very clean wrapper to Norwich, d/st on rev for 4 August 1843. Very attractive item.  Priced by Gibbons at £550.       Price:£175.00 IMAGE

48.      Number Six: Fine/V fine upright strike tieing large/v large 4-marg'd 1d red on v clean wrapper to Preston, Dec 13 1843. Priced by Gibbons at £450. Price: £265.00  IMAGE

50.      Number Seven: very fine near upright strike on very fine 4-marg'd 1d plate 42? tied to large part wrapper, 12 April 1844. £58.00

51.      Number Eight: Double strike tieing 3 1/2 marg'd 1d on very clean and uncreased mourning envelope addressed to The Lord Mayor of London from Lord Liverpool, (signed 'Liverpool' bottom left front), d/st on rev for April 10 1843 - only 9 days after official issue of this maltese cross cancel.  Priced by Gibbons at £450.   Price: £185.00  IMAGE

53.      Number Ten: superb 4-marg'd 1d red, pl 28, tied by fine/good strike, to large part wrapper, missing part rear flap, to Devonport, Sept 19 1843 dst on rev, horiz filing crease clear of adhesive. Scarce cross, £85.00  SOLD

54.      Number Eleven: fine strike tieing a 1d red, almost 4-margins with clear profile, to wrapper to Leeds, addressee's name inked out, horiz filing crease well clear of adhesive, Leeds dbl/arc d/st on front, Aug 9 1843. Scarce cancel and priced by Gibbons at £1100.    Price: £80.00  IMAG SOLD

 

2d Blue Stamps and Covers 

285.    1841 2d plate 3 SG 14: fine/very fine used ‘NH’ 4-margined with light black cross.  Guide line through value. Attractive example.  £45.00  IMAGE

244.       1841 2d blue plate 4 SG 14: very fine used large margined strip of 3, DA-DC, tied to small piece by light indistinct numeral cancellations.  Characteristic letters blind ‘A’ and broad ‘D’ of plate 4. £135.00 SOLD

1023.  1841 2d blue plate 3, PD, deep full blue, SG15: very fine example cancelled by an almost complete and upright characteristic YORK cross, SG spec ES12ui, catalogued at £700.  Very scarce cross on this stamp and rarely found so complete. £385.00  SOLD

1025.  1841 2d SG 14 pair and SG 15 single plate 4: envelope from Bristol to St Columb, Cornwall , November 30 1853. TF single is in a deep blue shade and shows the variety  ‘First Repair SG spec ES15m – only five such on this plate. The pair, PC-PD, in a blue shade with stamp PC showing the only double letter variety on this plate, SG spec ES14f.  Stamps TF and PC are 4-margined and the cancellations are clear of the varieties.  A remarkable and very likely unique combination of shades and varieties on cover.    £325.00  SOLD

286.    1841 2d plate 4 SG 15: used pair in a deep blue shade and printed on thin paper. Margins very close to parts of other stamps at top and side.  £42.00  IMAGE

1036.  1855 2d blue plate 5, SG 34: fine/very fine used block of 4, ‘QG-RH’ with Dublin ‘186’ cancels.  Scarce and catalogued at £1000.  £285.00  IMAGE  

1139. 1855 July 17 SG19 plate 4 ‘BH’: fine example tied to entire from Belfast to Ballymoney by fine Belfast spoon English type b without code. Placed upside down as frequently seen – possibly as a protest re British rule at that time. Stamp ‘BH’ shows the ‘Spectacles variety’, spec F1q. On reverse is a Ballymoney receiver for SUNDAY July 18 1855. The first example of this stamp with this popular variety on cover we have been able to offer. A rarity especially with an Irish spoon cancellation – this combination very likely to be a unique usage. Price: £495.00  IMAGE 1 IMAGE 2 IMAGE 3  

309.     1859 2d SG45 plate 9: superb used block of 4, NC-OD, very light cancellations, three with clear profiles and top pair with single numeral cancel.  Catalogued £325 with premium.  Price:  £135.00  IMAGE

 

1d Red Perforated Issues Stamps and Covers

263.    1855 1d SG22: Brighton s/ways duplex, July 6 1858, envelope to London heavily illustrated by hand on reverse.  Unusual drawings and possibly in a coded series of messages and images.  Intriguing.  £85.00  IMAGE 

82.      1d star, defective, canc'd by both parts of the Pearson Hill 'Opera Glass' machine cancel, MR 26 1858 and one of the earliest known used examples of this cancel. £95.00 IMAGE

1037.  1856 1d, SG29, plate 28, LATE USE OF MALTESE CROSS: fine example but with a few trimmed perfs at top, cancelled by black cross.  Very scarce/rare usage and with PEGB Certificate of Authenticity.  £225.00 SOLD

1038.  1856 1d, SG29, plate 44, LATE USE OF MALTESE CROSS: washed example with tear at base but cancelled by a BLUE cross and with a PEGB Certificate. Priced by Gibbons at £1,500.   £155.00  IMAGE  

305.     1856 1d SG29: very fine example tied to clean envelope, some creasing, by a very fine Belfast English type a spoon, September 13 1856, code EgX, to Shrewsbury. Un-recorded usage for this month by Arundel.  Price:  £42.00  IMAGE

273.    1857 1d plate 60 SG38: very fine/superb used block of 4, small scrape on ‘BG’ but each stamp struck with a Buncrana (Donegal) in BLUE for Feb 13 1862 .  Rare.  £250.00  SOLD

1039.  1857 1d red SG 40 plate 44, wmk LC perf 14, fine/very fine mint Block of 15, 5 by 3 (10 stamps un-mounted), rich deep shade and impressive appearance.  A mounted mint block of 4 catalogued at £325.00.  A very scarce and attractive multiple. £585.00  IMAG

1046.  1858 1d red SG40: clean envelope from Eastbourne to Tenderden, Kent, October 23 1858. Superb strike of the rare MISSENT to TUNBRIDGE on front, Pevensey village-type thimble name stamp on reverse and Tunbridge and Tenterden cds’s for October 24 and 25 respectively. This missent strike, County Catalogue KT255, is recorded in use to 1854 hence this example some 4 years later may be an isolated strike.  Superb item. £165.00  SOLD

307.     1858 1d SG40: tied to clean envelope to Leichlinbridge by superb Waterford Irish type spoon, August 3 1858 code C. Couple of short perfs.  Price: £45.00.  IMAGE

269.    1867 1d plate 84 SG43: very fine example on small entire to Pershore tied very fine/superb Worcester Spoon 6th recut, September 11 1867 .  £52.00  IMAGE

64.      1d red, SG 43, pl 212, fine copy tied to very clean, un-creased wrapper, used locally in Guernsey, by very fine/superb Guernsey 324 duplex, 21mm type G17a. Addressed to Carteret Castel. Very attractive and scarce. £50.00  IMAGE

268.    1879 1d plate 222 SG43: separated strip of three, ‘OI-OK’, from a scarcer plate, on envelope to Malvern. Each tied by a superb Caledonian TPO Day-Up cds, May 27 1879 . Additional strike of this TPO cds away from the stamps.  Attractive and rare.  £195.00  IMAGE 

57.      1/2d rose red, SG 48, plate one, on neat entire, Cleland Colliery Bill, Motherwell to Glasgow, Nov 26 1872. Very scarce plate on cover. £60.00  IMAGE

1040. 1870 1/2d SG 48 plate 9: a fine/very fine used example from this rare plate with the plate number clearly visible on both sides.  Catalogued at £850.    £185.00  IMAGE  

125.    11/2d lake red SG 52 pl 1, fine/v fine USED Block of 4 from this scarcer plate, two stamps have Herne Hill Dulwich CDS's for August 10 1872. Cat £750+    £225.00  IMAGE  

 

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