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This Section has a very wide range of stamps and covers so do scroll down to the end.

 

Please note: there are several distinctive Maltese crosses

on embossed envelopes in the Stationery Section.

 

CLOSEBURN Scots Local: very rare

152721. 

2d Plate 7, SG45, pair ‘EA-EB’: ‘EA’ has a small crease at top left corner and ‘EB’ a blunt NE corner.

They are cancelled by an indistinct  ‘323’ of Thornhill.

On a small envelope to Paris from THORNHILL, Dumfrieshire, date stamp on the reverse for September 15th 1859.

 Also on the reverse is a superb strike of CLOSEBURN, Scots Local Type V, in BLUE. 

This is unrecorded by Alcock and by Auckland.  

Closeburn was the only Receiving House of the Thornhill Penny Post.

 In ‘The Scots Local Namestamps 1840- 1860’ by Stephens and Erskine, no example for Closeburn was recorded. 

However, one example of Type V is now known, cancelled in Black, for May 1859.  

From our researches the Blue example offered here is the only one known.

On receipt in Paris the letter was redirected, possibly twice,

and the latest date stamp added was for September 18th 1859 – a Sunday.

A remarkable Scottish rarity which would make a very fine display page. 

Price: £185.00

NB: difficult to see how a finer strike of the blue Closeburn will be found.

The condition of the item is finer than the scan.

 

Hexham Cross on 1d Plate 12

152723. 

1d Plate 12, ‘CK’, fine full margins, very large in places and close but clear at the NW corner. 

Tied to an uncreased wrapper to the Fleece Inn, Darlington, by a fine strike of a HEXHAM cross. 

On the reverse top flap is a Hexham date stamp for July 7th 1841

and a small Darlington date stamp for the same day.

There is some damage to the bottom flap caused when the letter seal was broken.

The Hexham cross is unrecorded by Rockoff and Jackson. 

1d Plate 12 on cover is priced by Gibbons at £200.   

An attractive item with a scarce plate on cover with full margins. 

Price: £68.00

 NB: The Fleece Inn was one of the oldest in Darlington

but after 300 years it closed in 1968. 

More information available on the internet

 

Kildare Blue numeral and a very rare Irish Skeleton

152694. 

1d red, Plate 77, ‘TC’: very fine, four large margins, tied to an envelope to

Leek, Staffordshire by an indistinct ’265’ of KILDARE in a distinctive shade of Blue. 

On the reverse is a Kildare date stamp, in the same blue shade, for November 11th 1848.

Danzig lists Kildare in blue but no year of usage and gives it the second rarest price code.

On the reverse is a Dublin date stamp for this same date.

Also on the reverse is an unframed Skeleton handstamp for Newcastle St, struck in blue, for November 12th 1848. 

MacKay notes in ‘Irish Postmarks since 1840’, that he has never seen an unframed Irish Skeleton cancellation

only the single ring variety: his comment is echoed by our own experience.

This rare strike is made extremely rare/unique as November 12th 1848 was a SUNDAY usage.

There is a blue receiver of Leek for the following day.  

An Irish rarity. 

Price: £375.00

NB: The scans do not do justice to any of the coloured cancellations.

Rockoff and Jackson in Volume 3, do NOT list an example of blue, or any other colour, for the Kildare ‘265’ on cover. 

This reflects Danzig with no known date of usage but suggests an even greater rarity than assigned by Danzig.

 

1d Plate 10: unrecorded Double Lined Cross

152711.

1d red Plate 10, ‘ML’, fine with 3-plus margins on an entire,

dated inside July 28th 1841, from LOCHGILPHEAD to Inverary. 

On the reverse is a boxed Lochgilphead error date stamp with an inverted ‘3’ instead of a ‘2’.

The letter is addressed to the Procurator Fiscal and is written and signed

by a Police Constable detailing his attempts to catch a number of men. 

Although with m/s ‘OHMS’, the postal authorities applied a very fine handstruck ‘2’ and ‘to pay’ alongside.

The 1d red is tied by a very fine Lochgilphead Maltese cross which clearly shows it to be Double Lined.

Rockoff and Jackson do not list this cross .

Gibbons prices a 1d red Plate 10 on cover at £325. 

A very fine and unusual item which would make a fine display page.

Price: £128.00

 

A SUNDAY duplex and very early Sorting Tender

152706. 

1d Plate 115, fine, tied to a fine envelope to Edinburgh by a very fine NEWCASTLE duplex for January 16th 1870:

a rare SUNDAY usage. 

On the reverse is a superb strike of the ‘Edinburgh and Newcastle Sorting Tender date stamp’ for January 17th 1870.

Wilson notes that although sorting was first carried out in1866,

the EARLIEST recorded handstamps was this cancellation, Fig. 776, being one of two issued,

and used concurrently from November 1869. 

This rare early example is earlier than the illustration by Wilson and the quality of the strike is almost proof-like. 

We have not seen an earlier example.

Also, we have seen few examples of duplexes with Sunday dates.

A superb item with a unique combination of features.  

Price: £62.50 

 

1d Plate 61: remarkable burr markings and other varieties

      

152682. 

1d red, ‘LE-MF’, Plate 61: ‘LF’ has a very small closed nick/tear in the top margin.

The block has full margins except just touching/shaving at the top corners of ‘LE’ and ‘LF’.

All the stamps show some evidence of a basal shift, especially ‘LE’ which is dramatic.

Three stamps have a clear profile and there is evidence of plate wear

on all the stamps but especially on ‘ME’.

On the left side of each vertical pair is burr rubbing, and particularly on ‘MF’,

to an extent that we cannot recall previously seeing on any 1d red.

On the reverse are early stages of Ivory Heads: the scan does not do justice to it.   

The numeral cancellation appears to be the ‘642’ of Ravenglass, Cumberland and rated scarce by Parmenter.   

Gibbons prices a block of four in this plate at £320 before any addition for the varieties. 

A remarkable and rare block that displays well. 

Price: £145.00

 

1d with Inverted Offset

                

152683. 

1d red, ‘NB’, not full margined, with the ‘132’ numeral of BRIGHTON.

On the reverse is an OFFSET which is INVERTED.

We cannot recalling seeing another offset on a 1d red imperf. 

At the bottom on the front is a trace of a hinge

from the stamp having been displayed. 

A rare/very rare item.  

Price: £75.00 

 

Poulton Penny Post with a BLACK MX

152319. 1d red, 'DK', Plate 16: a fine 4-margined example with a clean back. 

Cancelled by the POULTON PENNY POST in black and

 in combination with a Maltese cross.

The MX was usually struck in blue but occasionally in black.

This colour being much scarcer than in blue. 

The MX on the item offered here is in BLACK. 

Gibbons prices a Penny Post with a MX, Spec B1wa, at £320.

No indication of the colour of the MX is quoted.

This is the first example of this Penny Post with a black MX combination

we have been able to offer.

A very rare item.

Price: £210.00

NB: Danzig notes that the Poulton Penny Post combined with a black MX

is much scarcer than with a blue one.

 Poulton Penny Post with a BLUE MX

      

152684. 

1d red, ‘FC’, Plate 36, fine with four margins,

cancelled by a blue cross and a Poulton Penny Post in black. 

On the reverse is a fine Ivory Head:

the scan does not do justice to this variety.  

Gibbons prices a Penny Post combined with a Maltese cross,

Spec B1wa, at £320.

A very difficult combination to find on a full-margined 1d red. 

Danzig notes that the Poulton Penny Post combined with a black MX

Price:  £185.00

 

1d Plate 111: mint pair with inscription

         

152685. 

1d red, a fine mint pair, ‘HA-IA’, Plate 111 with marginal inscription.

The reverse has some adherence and marks but

there is a central broken pin perf affecting both stamps. 

Priced by Gibbons as two singles at £140. 

An attractive item which displays well. 

Price: £65.00

 

1d Plate 178: mint inscriptional

            

152687. 

1d red, ‘HL’, Plate 178,  a fine mounted mint example example with full deckle edging

and inscription: ‘1d Per Label. 1/- Per Row of 12.  £1…Per Sheet’. 

In the margin is part of the ‘POST(AGE)’ watermark apparently inverted. 

A fine item especially with this inscription. 

Price: £57.50

A very rare cancellation

152688. 

1d Plate 196, ‘QE-QG’, fine used strip of three

cancelled by the London SW/1 in bars of the South West District. 

Parmenter gives this cancellation a ‘H’ rarity grading ie ‘Very few exist’. 

A rare multiple with three strikes of this very rare cancellation and possibly unique.

The first time we have been able to offer an example. 

Price: £45.00

 

The next two items are with a letter in a diamond with bars.

Letters had adhesive stamps, at the appropriate rate, attached to letters from

Officers and Seamen in Her Majesty's Navy abroad. 

These were put into the Ships Bag, with the stamps uncancelled,

and dispatched to the UK by packet boat.

On arrival at the Foreign Office of the Post Office,

they were cancelled by the letters in diamond with bars

which were used only for that purpose.

These cancellations are found occasionally used for other than these reasons

and may have been used in error.

Multiple strikes of a rare cancellation

 

152690. 

1d Plate 83, a fine strip of six, ‘SG-SL’, plus a single Plate 83 ‘TB’,

tied to a piece by strikes of the ‘B’ in diamond and bars of the Foreign Branch. 

Parmenter gives this an ‘F’ rarity rating ie RARE.

The largest multiple we have seen with this rare cancellation.

A remarkable and possibly unique multiple usage.   

Price: £110.00

 

Multiple strikes of a very rare cancellation

 

152691. 

1d Plate 83, a fine strip of six, ‘BF-BK’ plus a single ‘BL’,

tied to a piece by strikes of the ‘P’ in diamond and bars of the Foreign Branch. 

 Parmenter gives this a ‘G’ rarity rating ie ‘Very rare’.

A remarkable and very likely a unique multiple usage. 

The largest multiple usage we have seen with this very rare cancellation.

 Price: £138.00

 

In the Surface Printed Section are examples of these rare cancellations on cover.

 

SG23a Plate 5

152665. 

2d SG23a, Plate 5, an exceptional example of this difficult stamp.

A light, part Edinburgh '131' roller, McKay Fig 427, leaves QV's profile clear. 

One of the, if not the, finest SG23a we have seen. 

Priced by Gibbons at £350 and the premium, for so lightly cancelled,

could fairly be added making a figure of almost £800.

A very rare stamp so fine. 

Price: £130.00

 

Taunton Cross: latest known example

152668.

1d Plate 41, 'TK', very fine 4-margined, showing the listed basal shift variety: SpecBS26Dd. 

The 1d is tied to a letter dated April 16th 1844 to Bardon with

on the reverse a Taunton date stamp for the same date.

The Maltese cross of TAUNTON is poorly struck as was virtually always the case

as shown by Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 2, pages 270/272.

The example here is one of the clearer examples from the very many illustrated.

Throughout the Maltese cross period, Taunton did not look after its MX and had to have two replacements.

The example here has to be from the last replacement.

The latest recorded date, by R and J, is February 12th 1844

hence the example here at April 16th 1844 is much later.

Just two weeks after this letter, this Maltese cross was replaced, on May 1st 1844, by the numeral '776'.

This example is one of the, if not the, latest usages of the Taunton cross.

A rare and very fine item.

Price: £135.00 SOLD

NB: 1d Plate 41 is scarce with a maltese cross.

 

Very Rare Late Fee L1

152657. 

1/2d plate 11 and a pair of 1d plate 172, both fine,

tied to an envelope to Leipzig by a St Johns Wood duplex for June 9th 1876. 

On the front is a fine/very fine strike of the North Western District Boxed Late Fee L1. 

Parmenter records its use from May 21st 1878 to September 22nd 1879

and gives it a 'G' rarity ie very rare.

The example offered here predates by almost two years.

It is used with the usual circular Too Late GPO found with boxed L's.

A rare item.

Price: £95.00 SOLD

NB: the browning is either much fainter or not present: trick of the scanner.

 

Superb embossing on Valentine envelope

152645.

1d 1d Plate 89, fine pair, on a Valentine envelope with superb embossing.

Stamps tied by a HARROGATE duplex for February 13th 1865.

On the reverse, top flap roughly opened but not affecting the embossed front,

is a London cds for February 14th 1865.

At the bottom is a very small central tear and a small area of creasing bottom right.

A very scarce 2d franking on this size of envelope and

it has the best embossing we have seen on a Valentine envelope.

A very attractive and rare item: Exhibition quality.

Price: £110.00

 

India Street Scots Local in Dull Green

152651. 

1d SG29, fine, tied to a clean neat envelope from EDINBURGH to Drumlithie by the

Scots Local Type V11 of INDIA STREET struck in a dull GREEN ink. 

 Edinburgh Type V11 has NOT been recorded struck in other than black ink. 

On the reverse is an Edinburgh date stamp for August 18th 1856;

a Stonehaven date stamp and an indistinct boxed name stamp in green. 

This rarity is offered with a part entire, no side flaps, used locally in Edinburgh, with a

fine 1d SG29 tied by the INDIA STREET Type V11 struck in the usual black ink.

On the reverse is a superb strike of the very scarce Posted Since 7 Last Night Edin, June 11th 1858.

Gibbons prices a Scots Local in Green on cover, SG Spec C8yc, at £3,500.

An Exhibition item of significant rarity. 

Price: £785.00

NB: the green ink does not show well in the scan.

The vertical line at the right of the envelope, and

the attached line at the bottom, are in green ink.

 

1d SG17: a rare official pre-issue date example

152650.

1d SG17, 'TB', fine, miss-perfed and showing a trace of the bottom margin inscription,

and tied, by a London numeral, to an envelope sent within London. 

On the reverse are London date stamps for MARCH 8th 1854 and

a very fine, complete, paper embossed seal

with a Coat of Arms: it might be traceable.

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 1854.

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

This fine example was used on March 8th 1854 in London. 

A rare early pre-issue example.

Price: £230.00

NB: there is what appears to be light vertical crease in the envelope at the right

but it does NOT affect the stamp.

There are creases at the left as seen in the scan.

 

1d SG17: used before the official date of release

152580. 

1d SG17, tied to a dated PIECE from LONDON to Birmingham re Port Wine

with a  Lombard Street date stamp for MARCH 1st 1854 and a Birmingham receiver for the following day. 

The piece is dated February 27th (1854). Gibbons in QV Volume 1 p133, notes that a perforation machine

started in operation in London on January 27th 1854 and a second machine on February 22nd 1854:

these were designed by James Napier. 

Instructions were sent to Postmasters on March 12th 1854 NOT to issue the new perforated stamps

until stocks of the imperforated stamps were exhausted.

The earliest recorded cover is stated by Gibbons to be February 24th 1854 and they

 note that covers dated before March 12th 1854 are RARE.

The item here used on March 1st 1854, is the earliest we have been able to offer or indeed seen. 

A very rare early usage. 

Price:  £240.00 

 NB: this item was displayed in an important line engraved Collection. 

The earliest date we have previously handled was March 3rd 1854

 

DUMFRIES Special Cross

152652. 

1d, 'SC', Plate 38, very fine, square margins on a FRONT with Kirkcudbright, November 21st 1843, date stamp. 

The 1d red is tied by a fine DUMFRIES Special cross, SG Spec B1tfa, listed by Gibbons but unpriced.

Rockoff and Jackson record and illustrate examples from June 1843

but the example offered here is NOT listed by them: none are recorded for November 1843.

A very scarce cross and especially so on this plate. 

Price: £225.00 

 

2d Plate 4: Leeds Spoon

152648.

 2d Plate 4, 'EA', very fine with full margins except just touched below the 'E' square.

Cancelled with the numeral section of the LEEDS Spoon, '447'.

A very scarce spoon but rare/very rare on this 2d blue.

The stamp has a very clean back and is printed on the listed variety

 'THIN Paper': SG Spec ES14q, priced by Gibbons at £225.

We have not previously seen this spoon on the 2d Plate 4.

Very few examples of a spoon cancellation are known on the imperf 2d value. 

Superb item. 

Price: £120.00

 

2d Plate 3: a rare example used in 1841.

Links to Henry Fox Talbot and his Family

152644. 

2d Plate 3, 'DB', guide line NE corner, fine with full margins but touched along a short distance at the right.

Printed in the deep blue shade and with a trace of another stamp at the left. 

Tied to an entire letter, dealing with financial matters, from London to HARLING, Norfolk, by a superb Maltese cross.

On the top flap is a London date stamp for SEPTEMBER 7th 1841 and on the front a Thetford date stamp for the next day. 

Examples of 2d Plate 3 used in 1841 are RARE: we have found only two offered for sale in the past 20 years or so. 

These were for October 1841 and the example offered here is the earliest we can recall seeing.

The reason for the rarity of 1841 usages of 2d Plate 3 has been established by

Alan G Druce in Volume 1 of his award-winning publication: 

'Perkins Bacon Great Britain Line-Engraved Postage Stamp Printings 1840-1846'.

He shows evidence that the initial supply of the 2d Blue Plate 3 was one of only 4,919 unspoilt sheets

returned to the Stamps and Taxes Office by February 24th 1841.

The second printing of this stamp was delivered by December 19th 1841 and was only 2,000 sheets.

He further concludes that the majority of 1841 used examples will be from

the first printings carried out between February 27th 1841 and March 13th 1841.

 

This rare item is made more unusual by the addressee and the writer.

The letter, reinforced by hinges, is addressed to

 The Rev'd George Montgomerie at Garboldisham Rectory, Harling, Norfolk.

The Rev'd Montgomerie was a close friend of all the Talbot family

and especially Henry Fox Talbot and his mother, Lady Elisabeth Fielding.

 He was a very fine artist and it is said that if Henry Talbot could have drawn as well as George Montgomerie,

there would have been little reason him to invent the new art, ie photography.

The letter is signed 'C M': the initials of Capt.Crisp (Molineux) Montgomerie, his eldest brother.

On the internet can be found transcripts of correspondences between the Revd George Montogomerie

and Talbot: the originals are in the Talbot Collection, British Library.

Sadly the Revd George Montgomerie, apparently, took his own life in the Rectory at Garboldisham on June 6th 1850.

Another of his brothers, Thomas Montgomerie, took over at Garboldisham Rectory as noted by Talbot himself.

A superb rarity that would make an important Exhibition, and memorable, display item. 

Price: £895.00

NB: Scroll down to the next Item 152623:

a long letter, written from Crisp, to Revd Mongomerie in 1843,

with two marginal 1d reds, and again signed 'C M'.

 

Friends of FOX TALBOT and his family:

extremely rare letter with reference to Talbot's mother.

152623.

1d plate 23?, a separated marginal pair, 'Al' and 'BL'; 'AL' full margins and 'BL' almost so. 

Lightly cancelled by Dover crosses and showing ivory head characteristics.

On an entire from Dover to Harling, March 3rd 1843, and tied by an unclear Thetford date stamp.

The letter is addressed to the Rev'd George Montgomerie at Garboldisham Rectory, Harling, Norfolk.

Scans of the letter follow: some of it was written on the flaps.

The letter, dated March 3rd 1843, refers to a variety of domestic matters and opinions including the writer's view on the dangers of drink

and that manufacturing would be the ruin of the Nation. 

The letter is signed 'C M': the initials of Capt.Crisp (Molineux) Montgomerie a brother of Revd.George (Stephen Molineaux) Mongomerie.

The second scan of the letter has a reference to LADY E FIELDING and that 'I left a note for her Ladyship at the ship in Dover'.

Lady Elisabeth Fielding was the  MOTHER of William Henry FOX TALBOT.

The Rev'd George Montgomerie was a close friend of all the Talbot family and especially Lady Elisabeth and Henry Fox Talbot.

 

He was a fine artist as the following drawing of Laycock Abbey, taken from the internet, clearly shows.

Laycock Abbey drawn by George Mongomerie dated 1832

 

It is said that if Talbot could have drawn as well as Montgomerie, there would have been little reason for

the new art, ie photography, to even have occured to Talbot.

 

On April 13th 1843, barely a month after George received the letter from his brother offered here, Talbot took portraits of his friend.

The Revd George Montgomerie April 13th 1843 taken by Henry Fox Talbot.

Images taken from the internet.

 

Talbot mentions taking the portraits, and the process he used, in his research notes detailed below.

                                                                                            

Talbot's research notes re George Montgomerie's portrait.

Image taken from the internet.

 

On the internet can be found transcripts of correspondences between the Revd George Montogomerie

and Talbot: the originals are in the Talbot Collection, British Library.

 

Sadly the Revd George Montgomerie, apparently, took his own life in the Rectory at Garboldisham on June 6th 1850.

Another of his brothers, Thomas Montgomerie, took over at Garboldisham Rectory as noted by Talbot himself.

 

A remarkable and unique item that would make an important and memorable Exhibit.

Price:  £690.00

NB: an enclosure is mentioned which explains the 2d postage.

The letter would be worth transcribing.

 

2d Plate 3 with variety

152642. 

2d Plate 3, 'PK', fine on a wrapper from LONDON to Kendal.

Stamp has three clear margin, trace of the stamp below in the bottom margin. and very close to touching at the top.

It is tied by a very fine Maltese cross and on the reverse of the wrapper is a Lombard Street

 date stamp for August 1st 1842 and a blue Kendal receiver for the next day. 

Stamp 'PK' has the listed variety, SG Spec ES11d, 'Shifted transfer, distorted white letters and basal duplication'. 

The cancellation leaves this variety clearly visible.

Gibbons prices 2d Plate 3 with MX on cover at £650 before an addition for the variety.

An attractive and very scarce/rare item with this variety on cover with an MX. 

Price: £235.00

 

The next five items show the range of coloured cancellations that

TULLAMOORE, Co. Offaly, used in the 1840's and 50's.

They are offered individually but should you be interested in them all do get in touch.

They would make an excellent and rare Exhibit.

This grouping was put together over a long period of time:

we know because we found one of these items for our client

and that was a long time ago!

 

The TULLAMOORE Cross in BLUE

152628.

1d red, 'DB', fine 3-margined example, on a letter from the Caledonian Insurance Office in TULLAMOORE to Dublin.

The 1d is tied by a neat BLUE Cross of TULLAMOORE and below it a very fine Tullamoore date stamp

 for May 15th 1843 in the same blue ink and on the reverse a Dublin receiver for the next day.

Gibbons prices a blue cross, Spec B1sc, at £1700.

Danzig notes the Tullamoore cross in use between March and October 1843.

A very scarce Irish item which displays well.

Price: £675.00

NB: the item is finer than in the scan and the latter does not do justice

to the colours of the MX and the date stamp.

 

The TULLAMOORE numeral in GREEN

152629.

1d, Plate 60, 'OH', 3-margined example, very close but clear at the bottom, part of the adjacent stamp at the right

and just crossed at the far left side by a vertical filing crease.  

The 1d red on this wrapper to Dublin is tied by a double strike of the '438'  of TULLAMOORE, in GREEN.  

Alongside is a Tullamoore date stamp in the same GREEN as the numeral cancellations, for February 27th 1846. 

Danzig note a green example for December 1845 and a green usage in 1848 but no date is given.

Gibbons prices a green numeral, Spec B1xc, on cover at £9,000. 

The scan does not do justice to the green.

An extremely rare item that displays well.

Price: £1,185.00 

NB: Neither the Lady Mairi Bury nor the Chartwell Collections had an example

of a green numeral cancellation on stamp or on cover from any location.

From our researches we have not found another example offered for sale.

 

The Tullamoore numeral in Deep Blue

152631. 

1d red, 'IF', full margins to just clear/ barely touching the bottom corner of the 'I' letter square,

on a wrapper from TULLAMOORE to Ballinasloe.

The stamp is tied by a very fine '438' of Tullamoore in a deep blue.

On the reverse is a blue supporting Tullamoore date stamp for February 11th 1852. 

Danzig notes a blue usage in 1852 but no date is given,

Priced by Gibbons as a blue numeral at £750 on cover without an allowance for an Irish location: 

Danzig prices Irish blue numerals higher than those from England or Scotland. 

A fine display item. 

Price:  £385.00

NB: there is a filing spike hole near the Ballinasloe date stamp on the front.

 

The Tullamoore numeral in Blue on 1d pink envelope

152632. 

1d pink stationery envelope to Westminster from Tullamoore, cancelled by a BLUE numeral '438' of TULLAMOORE.  

On the reverse is a Tullamoore date stamp, in the same shade of blue, for January 31st 1853; 

a Dublin date stamp for the same day and a London receiver for February 1st 1853. 

Danzig notes a blue usage of the '438' on the 1d red in 1852, no date given.

 The example offered here extends the usage of this blue numeral into 1853. 

Danzig prices Irish blue numerals higher than those from England or Scotland and

Gibbons prices a blue numeral on a 1d red at £750 without allowance for the scarcer Irish usage.

The envelope is in a finer condition than the scan suggests:

the apparent browning at the top left is a trick of the scanner.

A fine and very scarce item. 

Price: £325.00 

NB: In our experience, blue numeral cancellations are much scarcer on stationary envelopes

than on the 1d red on cover and seldom found with blue Irish numerals.

 

The Tullamoore numeral in Blue

152630. 

1d red, 'EA-EB', Plate 69?, not full margins but in a deep rich shade

with some signs of plate wear especially on 'EB': the scan does not do justice to the shade.

The stamps are tied to an envelope to Dublin by lightly applied strikes of the '438' of TULLAMORE.

 Alongside the 1d's is a Tullamore date stamp, in the same shade of BLUE as the numerals, for September 6th 1846. 

On the reverse, in red, is a Dublin receiving date stamp for September 7th 1846.

On the inside flap of the envelope is an interesting message:

'I have been offered a seat in The Privy Councll but I have declined the offer. D.M.'

There is a complete wax seal that may provide clues as to the sender, 'D.M. 

Danzig prices Irish blue numerals higher than those from England or Scotland and

Gibbons prices a blue numeral on a 1d red at £750 without allowance for the scarcer Irish usage.

An atractive and scarce item.

Price:  £285.00

NB: the addressee was from a well known Irish family being himself a lawyer.

There is a lot of information on the website about the Corballis family

which could enhance the write up of this item.

 

CASTLE DOUGLAS Cross on black Plate X1

152637. 

1d 'AJ', Plate X1, very fine with square margins. 

On a wrapper from CASTLE DOUGLAS, boxed date stamp for September 18th 1841,

to Edinburgh and with a superb and complete Castle Douglas Cross. 

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1, note that this cross has variable and intermittent amounts of debris/dirt in the canceller.

Of the examples illustrated one, in 1843, suggests that

'the post office did occasionally clean their obliterator but generally they appear to have taken very poor care of it.' 

Only three covers of the eight illustrated are recorded for 1841 and the one offered here is unrecorded.

This example shows some debris but is a very fine strike for this cross. 

Gibbons prices a 1d red Plate X1 on cover at £350.

Castle Douglas in 1841 had a population of only 1,848 and one wonders how many of these could write.

A fine and rare item.

Price: £165.00

NB: the first example of this cross we have been able to offer.

 

Bridgewater Cross on very small envelope

152633. 

1d, 'PH', Plate 33: a fine 3-margined example

on a very small clean envelope from BRIDGEWATER redirected to Glastonbury. 

The stamp had to be placed, Contrary to PO Regulations, at the bottom left because of the space available.

However, a m/s 'Pd 1' was written in the place where the stamp should have been affixed.

On the front is a part, but indentifiable, strike of the rare 'MISSENT TO WELLS', County Cat SO947.

This cancellation is recorded used in black to 1840 and in red 1841. 

This example used, in 1844, would appear to be an isolated strike. 

On the reverse is Bridgewater date stamp for January 18th 1844

but the date slug has an inverted '7' in place of the first '4'.

There is a Glastonbury receiving date stamp for January 19th 1844. 

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

Price: £110.00 RESERVED

 

KIRKALDY Cross

152636.

1d, 'CG' Plate 12: fine example with full margins slightly close at the left but clear.

Tied to an entire to Leslie, October 2nd 1841, by a fine KIRKALDY Cross.

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1, illustrate a number of examples but the one offered here, is not recorded by them.

It is the earliest usage on a 1d red with this cross. 

1d Plate 12 is priced by Gibbons on cover at £200. 

A scarce item. 

Price:  £85.00

 

KIRKCUDBRIGHT Cross

152635. 

1d, 'KG', Plate 18, a fine 3 plus margins, tied to an entire to Castle Douglas,

by a fine strike of the KIRKCUDBRIGHT cross. 

On the reverse top flap is a very fine Kirkcudbright date stamp for June 1st 1842. 

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1, illustrate only three examples of this cross.

One is the 1842 example taken from Alcock and Holland, Figure 2696,

and comment that they were only able to indentify two others: both are for 1843.

The example here is not recorded by them. 

1d Plate 18 is a scarce plate on cover and priced by Gibbons at £220.  

A very scarce item. 

Price: £90.00  RESERVED

 

KIRKCUDBRIGHT Cross

152634. 

1d, 'TF', Plate 21, fine 3-margined example, ragged margins at the bottom but clear.

Tied to a wrapper by a superb upright KIRKCUDBRIGHT cross to Edinburgh with a

very fine Kirkcudbright date stamp on reverse for November 9th 1842 and an Edinburgh receiver for the next day. 

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1, illustrate only three examples of this cross.

One is the 1842 example taken from Alcock and Holland, Figure 2696.

R&J comment that they were only able to indentify two others: both are for 1843.

The example here is not recorded by them and is

a finer strike than any of the others including that of A&H.

Hard to see how one could find a better strike extant.

A superb and rare item.

Price: £128.00

 

EKD for the Leicester numeral

152638.  RESERVED

1d, PL', Plate 41: very fine with full margins and fine colour.

Tied to a clean entire to Manchester  by a very fine strike of the LEICESTER '449' numeral.

On the reverse is a Leicester date stamp for MAY 11th 1844, the same date as inside the letter.

Parmenter grades this numeral 'F' ie RARE and notes the earliest date recorded as May 25th 1844.

Hence the example offered here at MAY11th 1844 is two weeks earlier. 

We have not traced an earlier date of usage for this rare numeral. 

An attractive and rare item which displays well.  

Price:  £65.00

 

EKD for the Reading numeral

152639. 

1d, 'JL, Plate 44: 3-margined example, vertical filing crease affects the stamp at the far left side.

Tied by the '635' numeral of READING to a wrapper to Manchester.

On the reverse is a Reading date stamp for MAY 6th 1844.

This date pre-dates that noted by Parmenter as the EKD for this numeral.

The earliest usage of this numeral we have seen. 

A very scarce item. 

Price: £45.00  RESERVED

 

Manchester Fishtail Cross: earliest known usage on a 1d red

152625. 

1d red Plate 1b?, 'LH', not full margined, just crossed at the top left area by a light crease,

on a part entire, dated March 2nd 1841, to Canterbury.

The side flaps have been removed for display purposes and the letter reduced to some extent. 

On the reverse are overlapping date stamps for: Manchester March 2nd 1841; London March 3rd 1841

and Canterbury March 3rd 1841. 

The 1d is tied by a fair strike of the MANCHESTER Distinctive Cross, SG Spec AS2 ub.

 Rockoff and Jackson record the Earliest Known Date(EKD) for this cross as March 2nd 1841:

two examples are listed, both on 1d blacks;

one sold at auction in1988 and the other in 'The Sayeed Collection', 2002. 

The EKD for a 1d red on cover was March 3rd 1841 in the FLETCHER Collection, British Library. 

The example offered here is March 2nd 1841 and hence

the EKD for the 1d red with this cross in private hands.

A considerable rarity.

Price: £685.00

NB: Gibbons prices this cross on a 1d red from a black plate at £2,500

 

1d Plate 9 early multiple usage with Edinburgh Cross

152626.

1d Plate 9, 'RB', QC', some scuffing on 'RB', 3-margined, and 'QC' is almost full margined. 

Both tied to an entire by superb/very fine Edinburgh crosses.

On the reverse is a partial offset on the rear flap of the Maltese cross

and an Edinburgh date stamp for MARCH 12th 1841: both display well when the flap is raised.

Danzig notes that covers bearing the 1d red despatched in February and March 1841,

are very much rarer than covers bearing 1d blacks: that is confirmed by our experience. 

Gibbons prices a single 1d red Plate 9 on cover at £325.

A rare early multiple usage of a 1d red from a black plate.

An attractive display item.

Price: £125.00

NB: the letter was written by a Sir James Gordon from Edinburgh.

The 2d rate was because of the letter having had enclosures.

The verical filing crease at the right is clear of 'QC'.

 

1d red Plate 5: a very early provincial usage

152586. 

1d 'BC', Plate 5, fine 4-margins, tied to a clean wrapper to Yeovil from KREWKERNE, by a fine Crewkerne Cross.

This cross is not listed by Rockoff and Jackson.

There are no postal markings on the reverse but on the front is a superb Krewkerne date stamp for MARCH 2nd 1841

and a written note on the front below the stamp confirming this date.

The 1d red was issued on February 10th 1841 and this example is used inside three weeks of issue.

It is the earliest usage of 1d red Plate 5 we have handled or indeed seen

and is a particularly early usage from a provincial location.

Danzig comments that 1d reds on cover used in February and March 1841 are very much rarer than

1d blacks on cover used in this same period: our experience confirms this.

1d red Plate 5 is one of the scarcer black plates on cover and Gibbons prices it at £400. 

A superb item that displays very well.

Price: £185.00

 

From the Isle of Man and redirected to France.

152624. 

1d red, 'QA', pronounced basal shift, 3-margined, into along the top and a light horizontal crease. 

Tied to a neat wrapper by the '407' of the ISLE OF MAN: Isle of Man date stamp on the reverse for February 25th 1848. 

Originally addressed to London and then redirected to Nantes, France; London receiving date stamp for February 28th 1848

 and a London redirection date stamp for March 3rd 1848. The various French transit marks display well.

The 1d red has been affixed Contrary to Post Office Regulations at the bottom left.

We have handled only a small number of 1d red imperfs sent from the Isle of Man but

this is the ONLY one redirected overseas.

Parmenter gives this '407' a rarity 'F' grade ie rare.

A rare item. 

Price: £135.00 

NB: the browning on the front of the wrapper is far less pronounced than in the scan

 

Portadown: late usage of 1d red

 

152611. 

1d red, 'RB', Plate 167: fine/very fine, full margins, on a wrapper from PORTADOWN to Lurgan. 

Stamp tied by a legible strike of the '375' of PORTADOWN.

On the reverse are very fine date strikes for Portadown, April 29th 1857 and

for Banbridge and Lurgan for the following day.

The 1d red imperf was replaced by 1d SG17 on March 12th 1854. 

The example offered here is a rare Irish LATE USAGE of the 1d imperf issue. 

Price: £87.50

 

1d Red Plate 1b: Edinburgh Cross

       

152622. 

1d red Plate 1b, 'DH', superb with full margins, trace of another stamp in the bottom margin. 

Tied to an entire from Edinburgh to Ayr, very fine Edinburgh cds on reverse top flap for June 5th 1841. 

The Edinburgh cross  leaves QV's profile clear. 

1d red Plate 1b on cover priced by Gibbons at £650.

One of the finest examples on cover of this rarest of 1d reds from black plates

we have seen or been able to offer.

An excellent Display/Exhibition item. 

Price: £340.00

 

A rare Christmas Day Station Cancellation

152620. 

1d Plate 139, fine, on an envelope to Cheadle from Teddington, December 24th 1870.

On the reverse is a very fine/superb STAFFORD STATION cds for DECEMBER 25th 1870.

Christmas Day Station cancellations are rarely found. 

The example offered here is a particularly rare example as this Christmas Day in 1870 was a SUNDAY. 

During Queen Victoria's entire reign,1837 to 1901, there were only NINE Christmas Days that fell on a Sunday.

The first was 1842 and the last 1898: this is the only example we have seen.

A superb and very rare item that would make an interesting display page. 

Price: £95.00 

NB: The Stafford Station cds was in use from July 7th 1869 until September 30th 1905.

1d Plate 139 is one of the scarcer plate numbers.

The envelope is finer than the scan suggests.

 

Ayr to Fraserburgh with contents: a decorated poem

       

152621. 

1d red, margins on three sides but into at the right, on an envelope from Ayr?,to Fraserburgh:

February 7th 1846 date stamp on reverse.

The content is a folded letter sheet with printed coloured decorations and a love verse.

Sent only a week before St Valentine's Day and addressed to a man. 

A very attractive and unusual item that would display well. 

Price:  £55.00

NB: the indistinct cancellation allows the ivory head variety around Victoria to be clearly seen.

There is a hair firmly attached to the stamp: possibly contemporary but.......?

 

1d Plate 30

    

152605.

1d red, 'FA', Plate 30: very fine colour and full margins but just touching the left side of the NW corner. 

Rare to find this plate with such a superb upright and complete Maltese cross. 

Plate 30 priced by Gibbons at £120.

Price: £42.50

 

DUBLIN distinctive cross Type 11

    

152606. 

1d Plate 31, 'EE' and large part of 'EF', very fine full margins and portions of the stamps above in the top margins.

Cancelled by strikes of the distinctive DUBLIN Type 11 cross.

This is listed by Gibbons, Spec B1(tf), and priced at £150. 

On the reverse there appears to be a diagonal crease at the left on 'EE' as in the scan.

This is NOT a crease and is within the paper fibres giving this impression from certain angles.

There is no trace of a crease on the front of the stamp. 

An attactive example of this cross.

Price: £65.00

NB: stamps printed on very blued paper with  early stage of an ivory heads.

There is possibly a very small rub in the margin below 'Y' of Penny on 'EE'.  

 

1d Plate 139: used Block of Eight

152610. 

Overall a fine/very fine block of eight, 'EA - FD', cancelled by the '334' duplex of Halstead, Essex for June 21st 1873.

Stamps, 'FA-FD' are lightly cancelled and each has largely very clear profiles: 'EC' has a light horizontal rub near the top.

Stamps 'EB' and 'FB' have broken pin perfs, unusually TWO on each stamp,

which can be clearly seen on the front and on the very clean back for the whole of the block.

From Plates 71 to 225, only fourteen, including Plate 77, have a higher Gibbon's price than Plate 139.

The largest and finest used block of this plate we have been able to offer.

A very attractive and a rare used block with this combination of condition and features.

A fine display item.

Price: £95.00

 

Trio of 2d Blue Plate 4 letters from COLERAINE

        

      

 

     

152587.  

A very rare/unique TRIO of banking letters from the same bank in COLERAINE

and each sent to the same bank, Belfast Bank, in Ballymoney.

The First:  2d SG 13 Plate 4, scarcer pale blue shade,

two fine singles 'NB', 'KK', tied by a SINGLE partial strike of the '149' numeral of COLERAINE.

'NB' has full margins to very close/touching in the NE corner; 'KK' has full margins.

Remarkably, both stamps have the listed variety SC Spec ES13e; 'Shifted transfers: upper shifts'.

On the reverse are date stamps for Coleraine February 7th 1852 and

a Ballymoney date stamp for SUNDAY February 8th 1852.

The Shaida Collection contained a long cover with a pair of 2d blues plate 4

cancelled by a single inverted '186' of Dublin.

A photocopy of the Shaida cover is provided with this item.

It appears that only four such examples are known.

The example offered here has two SINGLES, rarer to find on a 'normal' cover than a pair.

From our researches we cannot find an example of a pair on cover, except for the Shaida item,

cancelled by a single numeral from any location,

With TWO SINGLES cancelled by a single numeral, this example appears to be the ONLY ONE KNOWN.

In addition, with the varieties on the 2d blues, we are confident that this example will be UNIQUE.

               

The Second:  2d SG13 Plate 4, pale blue shade, a fine single with full margins, 'ND',

tied by a fine upright strike of the '149' numeral of Coleraine. 

On the reverse are date stamps for Coleraine, June 17th 1852 and a partial strike of Ballymoney for the following day, a Friday.

This stamp lettered 'ND', in the same pale shade as those affixed to the first letter,

is only two stamps away on the sheet from the 2d 'NB' used on the first letter.

Although separated in date by some months, it is possible the bank had 2d's from the same sheet

already cut up into singles for ease of using.

This could explain why two singles were used in the first item and not a pair. 

 

The Third:  2d SG19 Plate 4, 'CF', fine and missperfed, tied by an inverted '149' of Coleraine.   

On the reverse is a date stamp of Coleraine for September 9th 1854 and

                                                                                                                                            a SUNDAY Ballymoney date stamp for September 10th 1854.                                                                            

 

A unique grouping that would make a memorable display.

Price: £980.00

NB: two of the three letters have SUNDAY receiving date stamps and

each shows a different orientation of the '149' numeral.

 

2d Plate 3 on an early Railway Letter 1842

       

152526. 

2d SG14, fine/very fine Plate 3, 'JE', almost full margins, close but clear at left until just touching the NW square. 

Lightly cancelled by an underinked Edinburgh Cross on an interesting entire to Irvine, October 7th 1842, 

addressed to a Mr B H Blythe, Resident Engineer, Glasgow and Ayr Railway,

it contains references to the purchase of railway sleepers, railway lines and slate: a note on the rear top flap also refers to these.

The addressee was Benjamin Blythe who trained as a Railway Engineer with Grainger and Miller.

Wikipedia has a lot of detail about this man and his famous family members briefly:

 in 1848 he established an engineering practice on the prestigious George Street (at no 124) in Edinburgh

where it would remain for the next 100 years.

 In 1854, after his brother Edward Lawrence Ireland Blythe, finished his own apprenticeship with Grainger & Miller,

Benjamin took him into partnership of the renamed B & E Blyth.

On the front is a very fine strike of the Edinburgh 'Paid 1d Extra', McKay Fig 1150.

For an extra 1d, mail could be handed in late at the Edinburgh Post Office between 6pm and 7pm.

Hence the 2d stamp paid the 1d postage plus the 1d Late Fee.

 We have seen few examples of the 2d used in this way.

 A rare item which the internet information would enhance as a display page. 

Price £375.00 

NB: there is a great deal on information on the internet about the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway,

including drawings of the early rolling stock,and a print out from the internet is available with this item.

 

2d Plate 3: INVERTED watermark with MX

151361.  

2d plate 3 SG15 'JK', very fine square margined example, 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 and

cancelled by a MX we have been able to offer for many 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 approx £2,500. 

An opportunity to obtain a very rare stamp. 

Price:  £395.00

 

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 most of 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 obtain it in a full margined strip is a RARITY:

the first example we have seen in a used multiple. 

Price:  £420.00

 

Earliest known usage of CATTERICK numeral.

152591. 

1d Plate 45, 'SG', not full margined, tied to a tired thin envelope, no rear flap, to Brackley,

by a very fine strike of the '133' of CATTERICK.  

On the reverse is a superbly struck Catterick MAY 8th 1844 in blue

and a Brackley receiver for the following day.

Parmenter records that this numeral was sent from the GPO in April 1844

but the earliest recorded date of usage is September 10th 1845.

Clearly this numeral will have been used earlier than this. 

However we have not seen many examples of 1d imperf covers with this '133' numeral.

A very scarce early usage that considerably predates the EKD by Parmenter.

Price: £59.00

 

Edinburgh Balloon Cross used instead of the numeral '131'.

152592. 

1d Plate 40, 'IK', almost full margins and a rub in the SE corner: not tied but clearly belongs. 

Wrapper from EDINBURGH to Peebles, no side flaps.

The stamp is cancelled by a superb and virtually complete Edinburgh Type 6 Special, Balloon Cross. 

On the reverse top flap is an interesting handwritten note referring to 'drain? at the Tollbars in the 2nd district'.

There is an Edinburgh date stamp for June 27th 1844 and a Peebles receiver for the same date.

Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 1, record the Last Day of Usage of the MX in Edinburgh at

June 24th 1844 and that was the Type 6 cross.

The example offered here was used 3 days later on June 27th 1844

by which time the '131' numeral should have been used. 

Perhaps the MX canceller was closer to hand than the '131' one.

An interesting and rare item that displays well with the rear flap raised. 

Price: £85.00 SOLD

NB: the example Rockoff and Jackson illustrate for the June 24th 1844 is on a

1d pink envelope and a less fine strike compared to the example here. 

Plate 40 is a much scarcer plate with a MX than with a numeral and

is priced by Gibbons at £140 on a stamp with a MX not on a cover.

The browning on the front and rear flap is fainter than the scan suggests.

 

Nottingham Sideways Duplex in BLUE

152554.

1d SG29, fine/very fine with a clear QV profile:

tied by a very fine NOTTINGHAM sideways duplex in BLUE, August 15th 1856,

and a small portion of a second.

Sent to Beccles with a fair strike of a Beccles date stamp on the front for the following day. 

Gibbons prices a blue duplex on cover on a 1d perforated issue at £1,000.

The example offered here is one of the best examples we have seen.

A very attractive and rare item. 

Price:  £270.00

NB: the scan does not do suggest to the deep blue shade of the cancellation.

 

NOTTINGHAM Sideways Duplex in GREEN

152556. 1d SG24, Plate 9, fine:

tied to an envelope by a partial strike of the NOTTINGHAM (583) sideways duplex in GREEN for July 9th 1855.

The very fine dater portion of the cancellation allows the green ink used to be clearly seen.

On the reverse are transit date stamps for Derby and Belper.

Gibbons price a green duplex on cover at £1,300 on a perforated issue BUT note that this price is for Irish green duplexes

and those from Scotland and England offices command a significant premium.

This is the first example in green we have been able to offer.

Price: £295.00 

NB: the scan does not do justice to the green shade of the duplex

 

1/2d Plate 4: numeral and pen cancellations

152612. 

Bantam 1/2d Plate 4: a fine separated pair, 'OX' and 'PX',

on an embossed, lace-effect, envelope from HIGHAMPTON to Truro in Cornwall, February 13th 1872. 

There is an area of browning at the bottom between the stamps. 

Each stamp has been placed on the envelope Contrary to Post Office Regulations. 

The right hand stamp has been cancelled by a fine '012' numeral of Highampton, Devon. 

Parmenter gives this numeral a rarity grading of 'F' ie Rare:

this is the first time we have been able to offer an example of it.

The left hand stamp has been PEN CANCELLED and it is

very unusual to find both numeral and pen cancellations used in this way.

The envelope would clearly have had inside it a Valentine message and

was received in Truro on Valentines Day, February 14th 1872.

An attractive and rare/very rare combination of features. 

Price: £125.00 SOLD

 

1/2d Plate 5: with a very rare cancellation

152514.  Bantam 1/2d Plate 5: on to a written receipt and balance, no side flaps. 

The 1/2d tied by a very fine London N/A in bars, and illustrated by Parmenter for the Northern District,

and given an 'H' rarity grading ie 'Very Few Exist'. 

It is likely that the example offered here, used with this 1/2d, is a unique usage. 

There is a m/s date inside for November 1873.

 A fine and very rare display item. 

Price: £63.50 

NB: the filing crease is not as pronounced as the scan suggests

 

1/2d Plate 6: extremely rare cancellation

152550. 

1/2d Plate 6, fine and on a clean printed letter from the Inland Revenue Office London, to

the STAMP OFFICE in Blairgowrie, March 20th 1873.

The stamp is tied by a fair strike of WC/7 barrred numeral of the West Central District, Dubus Type 13.

In Parmenter's 'Barred Numeral Cancellations of London', this cancellation is given a 'H*' rarity grading

ie 'unkown on cover, only recorded on stamp'. 

This is the first example we have seen of this cancellation on cover.

It is likely that the example offered here, used with this 1/2d, is a unique usage. 

The last paragraph in the printed letter refers to the fact that several letters have been lost

that contained coins and all remittances should be by Post Office Order.

A rare item, sent at the Book Post rate of 1/2d, which would make an interesting display page.

Price: £59.00  SOLD

 

The Stirling Observer with Advert

152551.

1/2d SG48 fine Plate 5: tied by a STIRLING duplex for August 8th 1872

to an Advertising entire from The Stirling Observer to Blairgowrie.

It contains an actual advert dated August 1st 1872, for a Farm to be let. 

An unusual and rare survivor in very fine condition. 

Price: £57.50

 

Dumb cancellations: an unusual mixed franking.

152560. 

1d Plate 207 and 1/2d Plate15:

tied to a piece in an unusual arrangement by dumb cancellations. 

The two pairs of the 1/2d, 'HK-HL' and 'II-JI', are a separated strip

and the 1d plates 207, 'TJ' and 'TK' are a separated pair. 

Plate 15 is a scarcer plate.

 An interesting and unusual item. 

Price:  £42.00

 

'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 Sunday October 20th 1867 and arrived in New York on Wednesday October 30th. 

In a private communication one of the UK's 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' covers extant. 

Hard to see how a finer strike of the 'TO5' could be found.

A significant rarity from the line-engraved period.

An important item of Exhibition quality.

Price: £2,200.00

 

Archer Plate on entire from a Customs House with unrecorded UDC's

152565. 

1d red Archer Plate 98, 'KB', very fine with 4-margins, on a commercial entire from the CUSTOMS HOUSE, ALNMOUTH. 

On the reverse are undated circles of ALNMOUTH and LESBURY both of

which are UNRECORDED in the County Catalogue listing for Northumberland, and a date stamp for ALNWICK, November 21st 1850. 

The 1d red is tied by an indistinct oval cancellation leaving most of QV’s head clear. 

The letter, dated November 20th, left Alnmouth, going via Lesbury and then  on to Alnwick from where it would have gone south to Field House. 

So where was the1d red cancelled? 

It is possible that it was cancelled, either intentionally or by accident, at the Custom House before being posted in Alnmouth but more likely, on

balance, that it was cancelled by an underinked numeral ‘8’ of Alnwick and is offered, and priced, on that basis.

An intriguing item and rare with TWO unrecorded UDC's: it would make a very fine display page. 

Price:  £138.00

NB: the Queen's head shows evidence of plate wear.

 

Superb example of the 'dot in centre' variety

152590. 

1d Plate 28, 'CG', fine full margined, the filing crease at the right crosses below the 'G' square. 

Tied to a wrapper to Paisley by a very fine/superb GLASGOW cross. 

On reverse is a fine Glasgow date stamp for April 13th 1843 and

a Paisley receiving date stamp for the same day:

a better service than we have today, 177 years later!! 

1d Plate 28 is priced on cover by Gibbons at £135. 

The cross shows the variety 'dot in the centre' which is listed by Danzig. 

It was caused by the nail holding the metal cross in place

to the handle of the canceller becoming 'proud' by usage. 

An excellent example of this variety which is seldom found on cover. 

Price  £49.50

 

Almost a totally clear QV Head

152525. 

1d Plate 36, 'OF', very fine and full margins except just shaved 'O' square:

on a wrapper from NEWPORT - MONS to Bristol, March 11th 1844. 

Stamp tied by a Monmouth MX, not a location listed by Rockoff and Jackson. 

The MX leaves almost the whole of the Queens Head clear of a cancellation. 

Very scarce/rare to find so much of QV's Head visible. 

Price:  £62.00

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

 

Contrary to Regulations: Liverpool Cross

152524. 

1d Plate 36, 'DA', very fine 4-margined on a wrapper from LIVERPOOL to Skipton, Yorkshire. 

On the reverse is a Liverpool date stamp for February 5th 1844. 

The stamp has been placed Contrary to Post Office Regulations at the top left instead of top right:

perhaps because of the address leaving little space. 

The Liverpool MX leaves most of the Queen's head clear and is a

very fine strike of the final MX that Liverpool received sent on August 29th 1843. 

Rockoff and Jackson note that Liverpool received a total of four Maltese Cross cancellers at different times. 

A superb and very scarce example which displays well. 

Price: £70.00 

NB: there is some very light browning around the stamp BUT is much fainter than the scanned image

as is the case for the other brown areas which are also very faint.

The overall condition is finer than the scanned image suggests.

 

Very rare Kings Langley numeral and a Christmas Day date stamp

152562.

1d Plate 49, 'DA', fine full margins, very small wrinkling at the right, on a small neat envelope to Southampton:

Plates 49 and 50 are equal rarest of the plates 46-58, Gibbons QV Volume 1, p100. 

The 1d is cancelled by a perfectly positioned and complete '354' of KINGS LANGLEY. 

On the reverse are a KINGS LANGLEY/29, County Cat. HE296, very scarce,

and a superb Hemel Hempstead date stamp for DECEMBER 25th 1844.

Very unusual to find a combination of a name/mileage cancel with the

 stamp cancelled by the numeral for that same location.

In view of the relative proximity of Kings Langley to Hemel Hempstead it is possible that

the envelope was posted on Christmas Day in Kings Langley.

There is a London date stamp for Dec 26th 1844 and a partial Southampton receiver for the same day. 

Parmenter gives the '354' numeral of Kings Langsley an 'H' rarity grading ie 'Very few exist'.

He records only ONE example and that is on a cover for September 23rd 1844. 

A superb rarity with a unique combination of features and one which displays well. 

Price:  £120.00  SOLD

NB: we have never previously seen an example of the '354' numeral on a stamp or on a cover.

There is NO browning either on the reverse or to the left of the 1d red or in the centre on the front and

the brown marks at the  top left are far fainter than the scan suggests.

 

Worcester numeral on 1d Plate 52

152585. 

1d Plate 52, 'KF', 4-margins, superb colour and tied by a fine neatly applied '918' of Worcester to a clean legal entire.

On the reverse is a fine Worcester date stamp for January 31st 1845: plate 52 registered on December 17th 1844.

The cancellation leaves almost all of QV's head clear and allows the superb colour to be seen to advantage. 

A very attractive and scarce item. 

Price: £39.00 

NB: the paper to the right of the filing crease is not quite as white because of the way the letter was stored.

 

Late usage 1d red Plate 162 at Abergavenny

152563. 

1d Plate 162, 'HG', full margins except just touching below the 'H' square. 

Tied to a legal letter to Usk by a very fine '1' in bars of ABERGAVENNY

and with a superb Abergavenny date stamp on reverse for October 6th 1856 - the same date as in the letter. 

On the reverse is an Usk receiver for the follwing day and this same red Usk date stamp ties the 1d red. 

This numeral '1' is seldom found on the 1d imperf on cover

and this is only the second example we have been able to offer.

The 1d imperf was replaced by 1d perforated examples officially from March 12th 1854 so

the example offered here is a Late Usage of the 1d imperf.

An attractive item and a very scarce late usage of Plate 162 from a Welsh location.

Price:  £85.00

NB: see the next item for an example from Abergavenny sent abroad.

 

Envelope from Abergavenny to Prussia

W6. Small envelope from ABERGAVENNY to Prussia, January 28 1854. 

The 6d ship letter rate to Prussia has been paid by three imperf plate 4 2d blues,

AJ, AK-AL in a single and a pair with consequetive letterings.

Stamp ‘AJ’ has 4-margins and shows plate corrosion marks in both ‘Postage’ and ‘Twopence’ areas.

The 1d imperf, plate 172, almost 4-margined, was probably added as a late fee.

Aus England Per Aachen in orange on the front. 

Stamps tied by the numeral ‘1’ in oval of bars for Abergavenny. 

On the reverse are overlapping date and transit markings including one for Abergavenny, January 28 1854. 

This item with the imperf 1d or 2d sent overseas from a location other than Cardiff, 

is the first as such we have been able to offer from a Welsh location.  

A rare Welsh item and franking to an overseas destination.

Price:  £325.00

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

This item and 152563 would make a fine and rare pairing.

 

Red Numerals with BPA Certificate

151380. 1d red 'TA-TB', Plate 158: two fine 4-margined examples,

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.

An extremely rare item even so lightly cancelled: it is offered with a

clear BPA Certificate confirming on piece with the red cancellations and plate 158. 

Very few genuine examples are known and fewer still

in a multiple usage with full margins and Certificate.

Gibbons prices a red numeral cancellation at £9,750 on single stamp and £15,000 on piece

A significant line-engraved rarity and an attractive Exhibition item.

Price: £2,895.00

 

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: £340.00

 

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 and on one flap

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. 

Gibbons prices the number 11 in cross on cover at £1,100.

When fully written up this would make a memorable and interesting Display item.

A unique item.

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.

 

Scroll down for a large selection of Numbers in Crosses on covers

 

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.

An excellent display item.  

Price:  £380.00

 

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 of the 1d Imperf.

A superb item of considerable rarity.  

Price:  £490.00

NB: the condition is finer than the scans.

 

Late usage of 1d red

152516. 

1d 'RA', Plate 88?, fine almost 4-margins, tied to a mourning envelope, top rear flap missing,

by a very fine London SW duplex for May 8th 1871 and on the reverse is a Rugby cds for May 9th 1871. 

Danzig recorded a late usage of only a London SE duplex June 1859 and March 1860.

The example example offered here for May 1871 is a very late usage of a London duplex on cover

with a 1d red from Alphabet 1: Plate 88 was registered in March 1849.

An attractive and very scarce/rare late usage of a 1d red

which would make an interesting display page with information about the family.

Price: £128.00  SOLD

NB: the adressee Captain Lister-Kay is from an very old English family. 

The internet has a lot of information about the family and the Manor House: there is a fine picture of it.

It would seem his father was Sir John Lister Lister-Kaye, 2nd Baronet (1801–1871)

so this mourning envelope was probably sent to one of his sons in 1871 after the death of his father.

There is furter information on the internet about some of his famous family members

who are alive today including Sir John Lister-Kaye a well known Naturalist.

 

Scroll down for other examples on cover of Late Usages of 1d red imperfs.

 

Underinked Cross

152558. 

1d red, 'NE', Plate 17, very fine full margins on a letter from WOODBRIDGE to London, April 11th 1842. 

The 1d is tied by a very fine example of an underinked cross with an empty centre.

The cross leaves an almost totally QV head clear of the cancellation. 

A superb example of the 'underinked cross' variety.   

Display/Exhibition quality. 

Price: £83.00

 

1d Red Plate 5 with two 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 recorded used only 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: £250.00

 

ROMFORD Cross on late plate.

152559. 

1d red, 'TF', Plate 37, fine 4-margined, on an envelope from ROMFORD, January 22nd 1844. 

The 1d is tied by an upright but slightly underinked Romford cross.

This cross is not listed by Rockoff and Jackson.

A scarcer plate with a Maltese cross.

Fine item. 

Price: £49.00

 

Greenock Distinctive Cross

152520. 

1d, Plate 31, fine 'AH', 4-margins and 'GH', almost 3-margins, tied to an entire from GREENOCK to Edinburgh

by fine strikes of the distinctive Greenock Cross, Gibbons Spec B1th, priced at £500 on a single 1d red on cover.

On the reverse top flap is a fine boxed Greenock date stamp for December 2nd 1843 and

an Edinburgh receiver for SUNDAY December 3rd 1843. 

An attactive and rare multiple usage of this cross. 

Price:  £138.00

 

2d Plate 3: PERTH Distinctive Cross

152541.  2d Plate 3, 'TF': fine three plus margins: tied to a wrapper to Crieff by a lightly struck PERTH Cross. 

Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 2, records the distinctive Type 2 Perth Cross

used exclusively between March 2nd 1841 and 30 January 1844,

including an example used on July 12th 1842. 

At no time during this period was the common Perth cross used. 

The example offered here is for July 26th 1842 and shows the thick outer lines. 

Gibbons lists 2d Plate 3 cancelled by a number of distinctive crosses but NOT that of  Perth. 

Rockoff and Jackson lists 35 examples of the distinctive Perth Cross. 

Only one example is recorded on the 1841 2d.

A piece with a pair used on February 23rd 1842:

it is in the BRITISH POSTAL MUSEUM.  

From our researches we cannot trace another example of this cross on any 2d blue.

This is an extremely rare example and may be the only one,

or at least one of only a few, in private hands.

An Exhibition rarity.

Price:  £900.00

NB: Gibbons does not list the 1840 2d blue plates on cover with a Perth Cross 

but does list the 1d black at £9,000.

See the next item,15144, from the 1840 2d Blue Section.

It would make a very special and unique pairing

and a memorable Exhibition display page.

 

Perth Distinctive Cross on 2d Blue Plate 2




15144:  2d deep blue, Plate 2, ‘BK’, SG Spec DS7:

An almost three margined example, crossed by a light filing crease, tied to a

wrapper, Perth to Dunkeld August 11th 1841, by a fine PERTH characteristic cross. 

This cross is NOT listed by Gibbons on the1840 2d blue, only on the 1d black as SG Spec A1um,

and priced by Gibbons at £9,000 on cover in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1.  

Rockoff and Jackson has NO recorded example of this Perth cross on an 1840 2d blue.

 The example offered here is possiblythe only one in private hands.

A very rare and attractive item.  

Price:  £880.00

NB: see the item above,152541, as it would make a a very special and unique pairing

and a memorable Exhibition display page.

 

YARMOUTH Norfolk sideways duplex in BLUE: EKD

152538. 1d, SG29, 'RK', with an unusual small pre-printing paper crease at right,

Tied to a piece by a partially struck YARMOUTH - NFK Sideways Duplex for December 21st 1856. 

Parmenter records the earliest date of usage for this cancellation as December 19th 1856 struck in black

with only one example recorded in BLUE and that for December 24th 1856. 

Hence the example offered here predates this by three days and is only two days after the EKD (in black).

This cancellation is recorded in use to October 9th 1859. 

Gibbons prices a duplex in blue on piece at £400. 

Despite the strike being unclear is some parts this is an extremely rare item

and the only example of this cancellation we have seen in blue.

Price:  £78.50

NB: the scan does not do justice to the blue shade of the cancellation.

 

Rare Blue numeral of DUNNING and unrecorded udc

152540. 

1d, 'GB', fine with 4-margins, tied to a wrapper to Alva by a fine and rare BLUE '120' numeral of DUNNING. 

On the reverse is a very fine Dunning udc in the same shade of blue as the '120'. 

Also on reverse is an Edinburgh date stamp for November 23rd 1850 and what appears to be

a Stirling date stamp for November 24th 1850 - a SUNDAY. 

The Dunning udc is NOT recorded by Auckland.

 Danzig notes the '120' blue Dunning numeral as recorded only in September and October 1850

so this example extends its usage in blue to November 1850. 

Danzig gives the Dunning blue '120' the rarest grading; 

Gibbons prices the commonest example of a blue numeral on cover at £750.  

A superb item with a rare/very rare combination of features. 

Price:  £325.00

 

Rare DUNSTABLE '266' in Blue and an unrecorded Toddington udc

152539.  1d, 'AB', not full margined and with some pre-affixing creases:

tied by a very fine strike of the rare '266' of DUNSTABLE to an envelope to Spithead.

On the reverse is a Dunstable date stamp for September 15th 1852 in the same shade of blue as the '266' numeral. 

Also on the reverse is a very fine TODDINGTON udc in black and a Portsmouth date stamp in blue for September 16th 1852. 

The Toddington udcis UNRECORDED in the Couny Catalogue for Bedfordshire. 

Danzig notes the '266' numeral in blue of Dunstable as recorded used only in September 1852 and gives it the highest rarity grading.

The example offered here is for September 15th 1852 and the only example we have seen.

Gibbons prices the commonest example of a blue numeral on cover at £750.

Despite the marks on the item, which are not as pronounced as the scan suggests,

this is a rare/very rare item. 

Price:  £120.00

 

      Leeds Distinctive cross on 1d red black plate 8

       

152521. 1d red, 'FI', Plate 8, 3-plus margins on a front and and top flap. 

Stamp tied a Leeds Cross with a Leeds date stamp for June 17th 1841 and a

Bradford, Yorkshire receiver for the following day on the front: it has an inverted '8' in the date.

Also on the front, bottom left, is a legible strike in blue of the PUDSEY PENNY POST, rated Rare by Oxley. 

The stamp is tied a typical debris filled strike of the destinctive Leeds Cross, SG Spec A2ua, and priced

by Gibbons in the current, 2011 Edition, QV volume 1, at £900 on a stamp and £4,000 on cover. 

The characteristic outer loops, almost touching, can be clearly seen.

As seen in the scan there is appears to be a thread, or human hair, attached to the MX canceller. 

The stamp is affected by a light vertical crease at the left. 

A very scarce item and one that displays well with the rear flap raised. 

An opportunity to obtain a very interesting example of the Leeds Special Cross at a small fraction of the Gibbon's price. 

Price: £278.00 

 

York Cross: a few days before being replaced

 

152512. 

1d red, 'TK', Plate 21, very fine full margins: on a clean wapper from YORK to Settle, June 28th 1842. 

This first type of the York Cross, as recorded in Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 2, produced very poor and unclear strikes

over a number of months until in early July 1842, a new Maltese Cross canceller was brought in to use:

the distinctive and SG listed York Cross recorded used from July 12th 1842. 

Rockoff records an example of the deteriorated cross for July 6th 1842:

the example offered here is for June 28th 1842 and is the earliest example we have seen or been able to offer

 it s unrecorded by Rockoff.

He records an example for February 15th 1842 and no other until the July 1842 example.

A superb Exhibition item.

Price:  £115.00 

NB: on the reverse is a superb and complete small black wax seal of a Gentleman.

See the item below,152059, for an example of the replacement cross.

These would make a superb display pairing.

 

YORK distinctive cross on cover: very early usage.

152059. 

1d red, not full margins, tied to a clean wrapper to Tadcaster by a fine strike of the distinctive YORK cross, SG Spec B1tx. 

On the reverse is a fine York date stamp for July 19th 1842 and a Tadcaster receiver for the following day. 

Gibbons, in the latest, 2011 QV Volume 1, prices this cross on cover at £2,500. 

Only five earlier dates for this cross have been recorded by Rockoff and Jackson in

'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', Volume 1: the example offered here is UNRECORDED by them.

An attractive item and an opportunity to acquire a fine example of this cross at a fraction of Gibbon's price. 

Price:  £325.00

NB: it would make a very fine and rare display pairing with Item 152512:

the cross used only a few weeks earlier and showing the need for a replacement.

 

Distinctive 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:  £480.00

 

Bishop Auckland '80' in the very rare VIOLET ink

      

152393. 

1d. 'SF', Plate 79, tied to a dated part front and part back by the '80' of Bishop Auckland struck in VIOLET, SG Spec BS29xe.

On the part back is a violet Bishop Auckland date stamp for April 4th 1848

and a partial Darlington date stamp in blue for April 1848.

Parmenter records this numeral '80' in violet only on April 4th 1848:

the same date as the example here and it is believed that this is the one to which he refers.

In the 2010 Sotherby's Sale of The Mairi Bury Collection, Lot 790 was an example of the numeral '80' in violet on a cover,

similarly lightly struck, with a violet March 15th 1848 date and again with a blue Darlington date stamp alongside:

it realised £5,400: Gibbons list price was £12,000 at that time.

Gibbons in the latest QV Volume 1, 2011 Edition, prices this violet cancellation

at £4,750 on piece and £16,000 on full cover.

A superb rarity which displays well and the first dated example we have been able to offer.

Price: £685.00

NB: the scans do not do justice to the colours of the violet numeral

and the violet Bishop Auckland back stamp.

 

Lampeter numeral in Green

152537.  1d red, 'LH', full margins except just shaved below 'L' square.

Tied to a very small entire to Bristol by a partially visible '434' of Lampeter in a dark green ink.

On the reverse are date stamps for: Lampeter October 3rd 1851 in green;

Tregaron in blue for this same date and Bristol for SUNDAY October 5th 1851.

Danzig notes the Lampeter in green recorded between June 1849 and January 1852.

Gibbons prices a green numeral on cover at £9,000.

A very rare item on an unusually small and neat entire.

Price:  £680.00

NB: we have seen only one previous example of the Lampeter numeral in green on cover

and that was used on September 8th 1851 in a Philips GB Sale held in September 1998.

   

1d red Liverpool numeral May 2nd 1844

152537. 

1d red, almost 3 margins, tied to a clean legal entire by the '466' of Liverpool.

 Letter dated MAY 2nd 1844 and on the top flap is a LIVERPOOL date stamp also for MAY 2nd 1844

and a London receiver for the following day.

On MAY 1st 1844, numeral cancellations replaced Maltese Crosses. 

Hence the example offered here is used on the SECOND DAY of numeral cancellations.

A rare item. 

Price: £290.00

NB: Examples of numerals on 1d reds on cover used on May 1st 1844

usually sell for prices in excess of £2,000.

 

1d red with EKD for the Dawlish numeral

152528. 

1d red, 'NG', fine Plate 41, virtually full margined, very close to just clear at the bottom,

tied to a small clean envelope to Exeter by the '239' numeral of DAWLISH.

On the front is a Dawlish date stamp for MAY 8th 1844 and an

 Exeter date stamp on the reverse also for MAY 8th 1844. 

Issued on May 1st 1844, this example is the Earliest Known Date

and much earlier than that recorded by Parmenter.

A very fine and attractive item which displays

well this very scarce May 1844 date.

Price:  £68.50 RESERVED

 

Scarce 1d Plate 30 with Number 2 in Cross

152535.

1d reds, 'LJ' almost 3 margins and 'CG' almost 4 margins, both with fine colour and from the scarce Plate 30.

tied to a clean wrapper to Kendal July 1843 with a very fine Kendal date stamp in blue for July 7th 1843.

Each cancelled by fine/very fine strikes of the Number '2' in Cross: 'CJ' has a large area of QV's head clear.

A single 1d red on cover from Plate 30 is priced by Gibbons at £250.

A Number '2' in Cross, on a common plate, is priced at £550.

An attractive and very scarce/rare combination of a scarce multiple 1d red plate and cancellation.

Price: £138.00

 

1d red Number 6 in Cross Latest Known Usage

1d red, 'EI', fine 3-margined Plate 42, tied by a fine Number 6 in Cross to a clean wrapper to Gainsborough.

On reverse is a London date stamp for MAY 14th 1844. 

The item was redirected back to London, with a m/s '1' in black and

received in London on May 16th 1844; date stamp on reverse for that date. 

The Last Day of Usage of all the Numbers in Crosses was MAY 16th 1844 as recorded by Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1.

We have handled examples of Numbers: 4,7, 9 and 10 used on May 16th 1844

but have never seen a Number 6 used on the Last Day. 

The example offered here at May 14th 1844 is believed to be the Latest Used Date recorded. 

Gibbons prices the Number 6 in Cross on cover at £450.

A rare item which displays well. 

Price: £148.00

NB: Examples of the Last Day of Usage of Number 4 and Number 10 in Cross

can be found in the Section so do scroll down if interested:

Items 152307 (Number 4) and 151490 (Number 10).

The adressee Sir Jon Beckett: more information about him is available on the internet.

 

There is a large selection of all the Numbers 1 to 12 in Crosses on cover

 in the bottom half of this Section.

 

2d Plate 3: Dublin Special Maltese Cross

152530v.  2d Plate 3, 'OE', fine three margined each with traces of an adjacent stamp. 

On an envelope, some light creasing, from Dublin to Drogheda, April 13th 1843. 

The stamp is tied by the distinctive Dublin Cross, SG Spec ES11ul, leaving a clear QV's profile.

Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, QV Volume 1 at £2,000 on cover.  

The 2d has been placed top left Contrary to Post Office Regulations

that stated the stamp should be affixed at the top right. 

An attractive item that displays well. 

Price:  £335.00  

NB: There is a reference on the internet to Alderman Thomas Ennis,

Westgate Ward, Drogheda, in an 1843 Handbook to Carlingford Bay.

 

1d red: RED numeral with Certificate

152081

1848 1d red 3-margined, ‘OH’ plate 80, cancelled indistinct RED numeral, 

SG spec BS29xd, with a Certificate and  priced by Gibbons from £8,500

An opportunity to obtain a very collectable certificated example.

A significant rarity offered at a fraction of Gibbon's price.   

Price: £620.00

 

1d red: RED numeral cancellation

152490. 

1d red, 'EF', fine 3-margined with a clean back,

cancelled by an indistinct numeral in RED.

Listed by Gibbons as SG spec BS29xd and priced from £8,500.

Although the numeral is unclear the number at the right may be a '6'

and could be the Liverpool, '466', as Danzig lists this in the

handfull of recorded examples of a 1d red with a red cancellation.

An extremely rare item and a very collectable example.

An opportunity to fill a gap in your Collection at a fraction of the Gibbon's price.

Price: £590.00

 

STIRLING Roller Cancellation

152502. 

1d Plate 100 Block of 9: cancelled by the scarce/very scarce '308' STIRLING Roller.

A block of nine, some perf faults and  some perf strengthening with hinges.

Even as specialist dealers in Scottish Victorian cancellations,

this is the largest block we have seen with this roller cancellation and may be a unique survivor.

A rare/very rare item that Displays well.

Price: £95.00

 

Edinburgh Roller Cancellation:

mixed franking

152503. 

A pair of 6d SG70, horizontal crease close to the bottom, and

a fine/very fine pair of 2d SG34 plate 5, 'DA-DB'. 

The 2d 'DB', has the only major re-entry on this plate, SG Spec F6(d);

the cancellation allows the re-entry marks to be clearly seen in the NE corner star.

This variety is illustrated by Gibbons in QV Volume 1 and much underpriced at £200.

The stamps are cancelled and tied by the '131' Edinburgh roller, McKay fig 428,

recorded in use from March 1856 and the third type to be introduced ie with vertical division bars. 

An attractive combined usage with both surface printed and line engraved issues:

a very rare/unique combination of features and a Display item. 

Price:  £118.00

 

Edinburgh Roller on 2d Plate 5

152504. 

2d blue SG 34 Plate 5, 'MK' very fine, deep shade of blue:

tied to a banking entire to Cromarty, March 17th 1857, by a fine '131' EDINBURGH Roller, McKay Fig 427,

which was the Second Type to be introduced ie the '131' in bars separated by gaps. 

2d SG34 priced on cover by Gibbons at £200. 

An attractive and scarce Display-quality item.

Price:  £79.50

 

Edinburgh Roller on a Pair of 1d's

152505. 

1d SG29/33, Pair 'FH-FI', 'FI' defect at bottom left, 'FH' very fine,

neatly tied to a wrapper to Glasgow by the '131' Edinburgh Roller, McKay Fig 428, January 6th 1857.

This is the third type to be introduced ie with vertical division bars.

An attractive and clean item.

Price: £36.50

 

The next items are examples of ERRORS of Numeral Cancellations.

 

Ringwood Error of Numeral

152462.  1d SG40, fine, tied to a very fine mourning envelope from RINGWOOD to Shaftesbury, by a numeral '120'. 

This is an ERROR as Ringwood was assigned in May 1844, number '644': number '120' was issued to Bridgend.

On the reverse is a Ringwood date stamp for May 18th 1864. 

An attractive example of this scarce Error of Number which displays well. 

Price:  £125.00

 

Saffron Walden Numeral Error

152463.  1d Plate 182, fine, tied to a fine/very fine envelope from SAFFRON WALDEN to Cambridge, July 30th 1870. 

The duplex has the numeral '699' which is an ERROR: Saffron Walden was originally issued with number 669.

Number '699' was issued to Sheerness in Kent. 

On reverse is a Cambridge date stamp for SUNDAY July 31st 1870. 

On the front is a m/s note in red 'Not to be found' and on the reverse 'Not Known' with various postal employers' initials.

The envelope has been roughly opened and there is a 'neat' flap tear at the left visible in the scan not affecting the front. 

An attractive and very fine example of this very scarce/rare Error of Number.

A superb display item.

Price:  £175.00

 

EKD for Oxford duplex Error '613' and the '613' of Petersfield

152447. 

1d Plate 139, a few short/uneven perfs at the top, tied to a mourning envelope to Stow -on-the- Wold

by the OXFORD ERROR '613' numeral instead of the correct '603'. 

Parmenter notes the Earliest Known Date,(EKD), for the Flat Top to the Number '3' variety as July 18th 1872.

The example offered here is used on the day before hence this is the EKD at July 17th 1872: a superb item.

The EKD is offered with an example of the correct numeral in the duplex for Petersfield, Hampshire.

Petersfield used the correct duplex throughout the period during which Oxford was using the same, but incorrect, '613'

The envelope has a tear at the front which does not appear on the reverse.

A very scarce/rare pairing which displays well.

Price the pair: £85.00

 

Oxford duplex ERROR '613': very late usage

152615. 

1d plate 143, short/rubbed SE corner perfs, tied to an envelope to Farringdon by a fine

OXFORD error of duplex, '613', for October 24th 1873 showing the 'Flat top to 3',

very fine Farringdon cds for the following day. 

Envelope roughly opened with damage at the top and on the reverse flap.

However, the flat top 3 variety  is recorded by Parmenter in use to October 30th 1873. 

This example here is dated October 24th 1873, less than a week before that date, and is

the latest example we have seen or indeed able to offer.

Price: £55.00

 

Oxford Error of  Duplex

152446. 

1d Plate 155, a fine strip of three tied to a piece by the OXFORD ERROR of numeral '613' instead of the correct '603'. 

These are the 'Flat top to 3' recorded by Parmenter in use to October 30th 1873. 

The example offered here is dated September 22nd 1873 and hence some

 5 weeks before the latest recorded date.

We have not seen a later multiple usage of this error.

 A rare item. 

Price: £46.50 

NB: This item would be a very rare grouping with Items 152447 and 152615 and make a superb display page.

 

Oxford Error of Duplex: SUNDAY usage

152564. 

1d pink embossed stationery envelope to Ipswich and cancelled by a superb Oxford '613'error of duplex, flat topped '3' variety.

The correct number should have been '603' and not the '613' assigned to Petersfield in Hants.

On the reverse is a partial strike of the Ipswich Sorting Tender with no index letter, Wilson fig. 520.

The envelope has been roughly opened and a part of the top reverse flap is missing.

However, the duplex date of July 27th 1873 is a rare SUNDAY usage

and is the only Sunday example we have seen for this duplex error.

We have seen few examples of this error on embossed envelopes and

it is hard to see how a better strike could be found.

 An attractive and rare item item that displays well. 

Price:  £75.00

 

The next item is from the Surface Printed Section but is included

as it shows other very scarce usages of the Oxford duplex error.

 

Oxford Error of Duplex 613: both varieties

    

152548.  3d SG103 Plates 6 and 9: both tied to pieces from mourning envelopes.

The Plate 6 is tied by an Oxford error '613' duplex with a round top '3', August 28th 1871. 

The outer ring of the dater is breaking up giving an appearance of a 'dotted circle'.

The Plate 9 is tied by the Oxford error '613' with a flat top '3', January 17th 1873.

This error is seldom found on values other than the contemporary 1d.

A very scarce/rare pairing showing both varieties 'round' and flat top' to the '3'.

Price:  £57.50

NB: The correct number for Oxford was '603', '613' being that of Petersfield in Hampshire.

Petersfield used its correct '613' duplex throughout the period that Oxford was using the same but incorrect one.

 

Redirection 'R' in red and black crowned circle

    

 

152464. two items showing a different usage of the Redirection mark: 'R' in a circle with crown.

The first was redirected within the same areas of London and was not charged a redirection fee hence struck in RED.

The second item was redirected outside of its area of origin and hence was surcharged with a strike in BLACK.

This strike in red if much scarcer than black examples.

The second item, an envelope, was addressed to Sir Robert Clifton Bart MP.  

 He was an English Liberal Party politician who sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1861 and 1869.  

There is a large biopic of him on the internet including a picture of his statue erected near the Wilford Toll Bridge.

These two items would make a fine display page with the description enhanced by the information on the internet.

A scarce/very scarce pairing.

Price: £42.50  SOLD

NB: the first item, December 1875, has a fine 1d plate 145, 'AA', first of the sheet.

The second, June 1863, has a 1d SG40, 'TF' with a fault under the' F' square.

There is a history of the Westminster Palace Hotel, and photos, on the internet.

 

SG52 Plate 1: used in Ireland with a single franking

152517.  Threehalfpenny SG52 Plate 1:

fine used and tied to a clean envelope to Ballymeny by a fine BELFAST duplex for December 22nd 1874. 

Ballymena receiving cds on the reverse top flap for the following day. 

Plate 1, scarcer than Plate 3, priced by Gibbons at £400 on cover. 

This is a fine example of a very scarce single usage as the

 postage should be 1d or 2d on such an envelope.

Displays well.

Price:  £97.00 

NB: it would form an excellent and very scarce/rare pairing with the Plate 3 example,

Item 152497 to Whitehaven.

 

SG51 Plate 3 single usage: Whitehaven Sorting Tender

          

152497.  Threehalfpenny SG51 Plate 3:

very fine tied, to a clean legal entire from London to Whitehaven, by a London W C/21 duplex for June 28th 1880.

On the reverse is a fine strike of the Whitehaven Sorting Tender on the top rear flap which displays well when raised.

The filing crease on the front is NOT present on the reverse side. 

A very scarce stamp to find used singly on a cover or letter as the postage should be 1d or 2d. 

Gibbons prices Plate 3 on cover at £275. 

An item that displays well. 

Price:  £86.50

 

Liverpool Surcharges

152495.  1d Plate 85, fault at the top, on a wrapper from Glasgow to Liverpool, March 3rd 1868

with a Liverpool date stamp on reverse for the folowing day.

The item was surcharged in Liverpool by handstamps of 'ABOVE 1/2 OZ' and '2d' both in black. 

This distinctive '2d' to pay is a type we are unable to trace. 

An attractive item which displays well. 

Price: £38.50

 

Pair of underpaid envelopes to HALIFAX Nova Scotia

152461.  A pair of neat, underpaid, envelopes to the same addressee in HALIFAX, Nova Scotia.

The First: 1d Plate 145, tied by the 'G09' numeral of STONEHOUSE, Devon, with a date stamp for October 9th 1873 on reverse. 

The stamp has been affixed in a position Contrary to Post Office Regulations.

Addressed to Dartmouth with on the reverse, not overlapping, are Canadian date stamps including Dartmouth for November 3rd 1873.

Clearly underpaid and in London handstamped, but unusually in red, 'Insufficiently Stamped'. 

On receipt in Canada the m/s surcharge in blue can be seen. 

Parmenter records the Stonehouse 'G09' and it is given a 'G' rarity grading ie Very Rare.

The EKD noted in the publication is January 5th 1874 so the example here pre-dates.

We have previously not been able to offer, nor have seen, an example of this very rare numeral.

On mail to Canada it may well be a unique usage.

The Second: 1d Plate 172, tied by a Bristol Duplex for July 8th 1874 with a supporting date stamp on the reverse for the 9th July. 

As with the first envelope, it is clearly underpaid and received in London a handstamped, in black, 'Insufficiently/Prepaid'. 

On receipt in Canada, as with the earlier envelope, it received the same m/s surcharge in blue.

A remarkable and very rare/unique pairing of items that would make an excellent Display page.

Price:  £168.00

NB: the envelopes are generally in a finer condition than the scan suggests.

 

Last Day of the 3d rate to France

152444.  1d Plate 183, a single and a vertical pair, all fine, on an attractive and neatly folded entire from Brighton to France. 

Stamps tied by Brighton duplexes for December 31st 1875. 

This was the last day of the 3d rate to France as on January 1st 1876,

rates to France came in line with other UPU countries ie twopence halfpenny per 1/2 oz. 

A superb and rare item worthy of being Exhibited. 

Price:  £108.00  SOLD 

 

1d Plate 212 Guernsey duplex

152460. 

1d red, SG 43, pl 212, fine example tied to very clean, un-creased wrapper, used locally in Guernsey,

by very fine/superb Guernsey 324 duplex, type G17a, for January 30th 1879.

The wrapper is addressed to Carteret Castel.

Very attractive and scarce.

Price: £65.00

 

1d Plate 224

152449.

1d Plate 224: a fine example of this scarce plate tied to a superb envelope used within London, January 13th 1880.

Interestingly addressed to the 'Royal London Opthalmic Hospital, Moorfied': now the Moorfield Eye Hospital. 

A superb and attractive item.. 

Price: £48.00  SOLD

 

1d Plate 222 Caledonian TPO Day-Up

152459.

1d SG43, scarcer plate 221: a separated strip of three, ‘OI-OK’, on an envelope to Malvern.

Envelope roughly opened at the top but not affecting the stamps.

Each is tied by a superb Caledonian TPO Day-Up cds, May 27 1879.

An additional strike of this TPO cds is away from the stamps. 

Attractive and rare with multiple strikes.   

Price: £135.00  SOLD

 

1d Plate 225 on cover

 

151210.

1d Plate 225, fine, 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 £2,300. 

Clean and uncreased envelope but with the rear top flap missing.

The London duplex leaves the plate number clearly visible.

A display quality item. 

Price:  £580.00

 

1d Plate superb used item

152448. 1d Plate 105, superb example, placed in a position contrary to the then Post Office Regulations.

Tied to a superb mourning envelope to Gravesend,

an appropriate address given the sad circumstances, by a London W/47 duplex for April 13th 1876.

The duplex leaves most of QV's head clear showing the fine colour of the stamp to advantage.

A rare and attractive item of Exhibition quality. 

Price: £30.00

 

Rare multiple usage of 1d Plate 219

152450. 

1d Plate 219; 'PL' single and a pair 'PJ-PK' tied to an envelope from Bideford, August 4th 1879 to Dieppe, France. 

The stamps paid the 3d rate to France for 1/2 oz: see Item 152444. 

'PL' has a small area of light creasing and 'PJ' with a few short perfs at the top, but Plate 219 second in rarity only to Plate 225.

A single is priced by Gibbons on cover at almost £250 and this is the largest multiple usage of this plate we have seen. 

A rare item. 

Price: £78.00

 

Stamp placed in a unusual position

152445. 

1d SG40 placed contra to Post Office Regulations, and upside down, on a superb envelope used within London.

A very fine Western W 32 duplex, for April 6th 1861, applied where the stamp should have been placed.

Addressed to W(illiam) Noel Sainsbury who was the archivist at the Public Record Office, London.

He worked chiefly at calendaring and publishing records relating to North America and the Caribbean:

more information on the web.

An attractive and very scarce item which displays well. 

Price: £32.50

NB: the apparent browning is very faint.

 

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 very 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.

 

Plates 8 and 9 on the same cover: unique?

152458.   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’.

An estimated Gibbons price for Plate 9 on cover is in excess of £1,600 and Plate 8 is £280.  

The only cover we have seen with this combination of the two rarest plates.

An extremely rare item of Exhibition importance. 

Price: £685.00.

 

1/2d Plate 15 on envelope to France

152454.   1/2d Plate 15 and a pair of 1d Plate 184, NE corner rub on 'CF':
tied to an envelope to France by a Birmingham duplex for June 12th 1879. 

The 1/2d is tied by the Birmingham cds: plate 15 is priced by Gibbons on cover at £115 plus 200%

for rhe cds ie in excess of £300 allowing for the premium. 

A scarce plate to an overseas destination. 

Price:  £58.50

 

1/2d Plate 11 with a single ASH cds

152455. 

1/2d Plate 11, pair tied to a mourning envelope to Hastings by an ASH cds for August 19th 1881: the '8' is inverted. 

Cancelled Contrary to Post Office Regulations by a SINGLE date stamp and unusual as such.

The stamps are slightly toned along the bottom perfs but less so than in the scan. 

A small part of the rear top flap is missing and 'BU' with some brown age marks.

A single Plate 11 on cover priced by Gibbons at £70 and at £210 allowing for the cds premium.

A scarce single cds usage on a pair on cover. 

Price:  £35.00

 

1/2d Plate 5 on redirected Bank Instruction

152456.  1/2d Plate 5 on a redirected bank instruction from Hemel Hempstead, May 20th 1875,

for the London and County Bank Hereford on behalf of the Earl of Verulam (St Albans):

details of him and his family are on the internet. 

The bank standing order has on it a 1d revenue SG F19.

A very unusual item that would display well with an expanded write up about the Earl of Verulam. 

Price:  £57.00 SOLD

NB The annual Standing Order was for six guineas: a significant sum in 1875.
 
 

Printed Advert with rates for several Newspapers
 

152457.  1/2d Plate 13, tied by a superb Worcester cds for September 29th 1879, sent to Abergavenny

and on a very fine printed Advert for the rates in local and nearby areas Newspapers including:

Worcester Advertiser; Kidderminster Times; Tewkesbury Record; Bromsgrove Independent

and the Ledbury Free Press.

Plate 13 with a cds priced by Gibbons at £210 on cover. 

A rare survivor with the printed advert in a finer condition than the scan suggests

and one that would make a superb display item. 

Price:  £69.50

NB: we have not previously seen this type of printed Advert.

The top perfs of the 1/2d are NOT toned as in the scan.

 

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

              

     

Plate 9

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

151631.  A complete set of 1/2d SG 48/49, Plates 1-20, all tied to small pieces by either a duplex(10) or cds(5) of WORCESTER.

All are 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 those lightly cancelled with clear profiles or on piece. 

A remarkable and likely to be a unique grouping. 

Price:  £490.00

 

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 £1,600. 

Price:  £425.00

 

Two different Welsh Christmas Day Cancellations

152443.  1d perf 16, tied by a poor strike of the '241' of DENBIGH on a fine envelope to Bettus nr Abegele. 

On the reverse are December 25th 1855, Christmas Day strikes, of DENBIGH in black and RHYL in green.

We have not seen previously two different Christmas Day cancellations on the same envelope.

 A rare item and the date stamps display well.

Price: £48.00 

NB: The Rhyl numeral of '973' is much bigger than that of the '241' of Denbigh hence the letter was sent from the latter.

 

Missent to Gloucester and Station Postmark

152441. 1d SG17, on an envelope to Wootton under Edge and cancelled by an indistinct Irish numeral. 

On the reverse is a Dublin 1854 datestamp and a Gloucester Station date stamp in red for November 5th 1854:

a rare SUNDAY usage of this cancellation and the first Station cancellation for a Sunday that we can recall.

On the front, also in red, is a fine MISSENT TO GLOUCESTER, County Cat GL403.

This is an UNRECORDED strike being listed as known only in the GPO archives and clearly very rare.

An unusual and very rare number of features making it an item worthy of display. 

Price: £115.00

NB: Some details of the Nina and Monk Mills  can be found on the internet.

 

Single strikes of '545': Contrary to Regulations

152433. 1d Plate 84, 'GA-HB': an attractive and fine block of four cancelled

Contrary to PO Regulations by two single strikes of the '545' of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Danzig notes that the single usage of an English numeral cancellation on a pair of 1d reds

is significantly rarer than Scottish or Irish numerals used in a similar way. 

This concurs with our experience.

Stamps 'GA', 'HA' and 'HB' have clear profiles to a varying extent. 

A used block of four was priced by Gibbons at £320 in the latest 2011, QV Volume 1

before adding a substantial premium for the single cancellations.

A rare item which displays well.

Price: £155.00

NB: the block has a very clean back.

 

Entire from Long Horsley

   

   

152434.  1d Plate 44, 'TK': almost full margins, touched below the 'T' square. 

Tied to a legal entire from LONG HORSLEY to Alnwick, December 22nd 1844, by a poor but just legible '537' of MORPETH. 

This numeral is given a rarity 'H' by Parmenter, ie very few exist, and he notes only ONE example known and that is for September 5th 1844. 

On the reverse is udc for Long Horsley, County Cat. NR392, recorded only in 1842 and in black ink.

The example here is struck in a bluey-green and used in 1844: the scan does not show the colour well. 

On the reverse to flap is a strike in black of a MORPETH temporary date stamp for December 1844:

the County Cat. has NO RECORDED example of any temporary date stamp for this location. 

A remarkable item with a unique combination of rare features which would make an excellent display page. 

Price: £88.50

 

Edgbaston Penny Post

152435. 

1d, 'NC', appears to be Plate 35, into on three sides, tied to an envelope to London, March 16th 1844,

by a poor but identifiable, EDGBASTON Penny Post, County Cat. BM273. 

Gibbons lists the sole usage of a Penny Post without a Maltese Cross as B1wb,

and is priced at £8,000 on cover in the latest, 2011, QV Volume 1.

Despite the poor strike and the 1d red, this is a very rare item.

Offered at a small fraction of the Gibbons price.

Price: £350.00 

 

Saffron Walden underinked cross!!!

152436.

1d 'RK', Plate 14: very fine with full margins tied to a clean entire, dated December 26th 1841, from SAFFRON WALDEN to Ludlow.

On the reverse is a poor and partial Saffron Walden date stamp and a London date stamp for December 27th 1841. 

On the front is a Ludlow receiver for December 28th 1841.

The Saffron Walden cross is the most underinked example of any MX we can recall seeing!

The Queen's Head is totally clear and one is tempted to think the postmaster/mistress was still recovering

from the Christmas festivities which could also explain the poor Saffron Walden date stamp on the reverse.

It was problably struck before the MX and used up almost all of the ink on the pad. 

Plate 14 on cover is priced by Gibbons at £200. 

An exceptional and rare example of an 'empty centre' cross and the finest example we have seen. 

A superb item of Exhibition quality.

Price: £195.00 

NB: Rockoff illustrates in Volume 2, page 336, an example of a Saffron Walden cross in 1843.

It was poorly struck but with most of the elements of the cross visible.

 

Letter describing a journey from Belfast to Edinburgh in 1845

152437. 

1d 'QG', fine 4-margined, tied to a letter from Edinburgh to BELFAST, dated Sunday August 10th 1845, by the '131' of Edinburgh. 

On the reverse is an Edinburgh date stamp for SUNDAY August 10th 1845 and a Belfast receiver for August 12th 1845. 

In the three page letter, sent from the Albion Hotel, Edinburgh, the writer describes first of all the rail journey from Glasgow to Edinburgh, a distance of 46 miles. 

He comments that 'they arrived safely at Greenock after a very rough (sea) passage in about 8 hours having both wind and tide against us.

The most severe gale by far the Captain has encountered' 

He desribes going onto the principal business street in Glasgow and the thousands of people in the thoroughfare

and from 9 to 10 all the shops being brilliantly lighted with gas'. 

He comments that 'the crops look well but not much further forward than at home. I saw no wheat as good or heavy as ours' 

Mentioned is made of the appearance of potatoes that they look well as they (the passengers) were conveyed by special train to Glasgow.

A fascinating and rare letter giving a glimpse of the journey from Belfast via Glasgow to Edinburgh.

The letter would warrant a full transcipt in making an excellent display.

A rare item.

Price: £120.00

 

The last type of Perth Cross

152438.  1d 'EL' Plate 34: almost full margins, touching at the bottom right, on a wrapper  from PERTH to Aberfeldy. 

The stamp is tied by a superb strike of the Type 3, and the final variant, of the PERTH cross as detailed by Rockoff in Volume 2

leaving largely a clear profile and a large area of the Queen's head away from the MX.

Rockoff records only FIVE examples of the final Perth cross between March 29th 1844 and May 21st 1844.

The example offered here is used on MAY 20th 1844: the day before the last one recorded and is unrecorded by Rockoff. 

The addressee is an interesting person and the internet has a large amount of information about

John Campbell, 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane including an image of him in highland dress.

This could clearly enhance the description of this rare item and make a fine display page. 

Price:   £58.00  SOLD

 

Winslow, Bucks: 1d worn plate

152440.  1d 'RJ', Plate 40: very fine/superb with full margins and showing a worn plate. 

Stamp is tied to a clean entire to Stony Stratford by the '894' of WINSLOW Bucks:

a November 24th 1846 Winslow date stamp on reverse and a partial date stamp for Stony Straford, November 5th, on the front.

The numeral cancellation leaves a clear profile and is rated RARE by Parmenter.

An attractive item with a rare combination of features.

Price:  £45.50 

 

Holbeach 370 in Blue: very rare

152428.

1d, 'LD', appears to be Plate 133, not full margins but

cancelled by a complete '370' of HOLBEACH, Lincs, in BLUE. 

Parmenter lists this cancellation in black, and the rarer blue, inks.

In black this is given a  'G' rarity grade ie: 'very rare' and hence making the strike in blue extremely rare. 

This is the first example in either colour of ink we have been able to offer.

This cancellation is very unusual and distinctive with the numerals unevenly spaced:

we believe this to be the ONLY numeral from any location with this characteristic.

Gibbons prices a blue numeral cancellation as 'from £250'. 

A display item of rarity. 

Price:  £56.50  SOLD

NB: this cancellation is recorded in use from July 7th 1852 and Plate 133 was registered on February 21st 1852.

This example is possibly the earliest known usage in blue ink.

 

1d red from Black Plate 9: London to Edinburgh

152427.  1d red Black Plate 9, 'EI', fine/very fine, four margins:

tied by a maltese cross leaving the Queen's profile and a large portion of the head clear.

A clean and uncreased envelope from LONDON to Edinburgh;

London date stamp on the reverse for March 6th1841and an Edinburgh receiver for March 8th1841.

March 7th 1841 was a Sunday hence the Edinburgh date for the following day.

The 1d red used within the first month of issue and very scarce as such.

Gibbons prices the 1d red plate 9 on cover at £325.

A very scarce/rare combination of features: display quality. 

Price: £148.00  SOLD

NB: Danzig notes that 1d reds on cover used in February and March 1841

are very much rarer than 1d blacks on cover used at that same time.

That concurs with our own experience.

The brown mark on the front is fainter than in the scan.

 

1d red on an Envelope to CANADA and a Stampless Wrapper both sent in 1848

  

152409.  A pair of items, one stamped and the other stampless, both sent in 1848 to CANADA.

The first is to TORONTO and the second to QUEBEC.

The printed description for the Toronto item was taken from the original display page. 

The 1d red has almost full margins except possibly just touched in one place at the bottom.

The top corner creases were there before it was affixed to this small envelope.

The numeral obliterator is '717', SLOUGH and not '777'.

From the Liverpool receiving date stamp of February 19th, the next Cunarder sailing

was on February 27th 1848, the 'Cambria', which arrived in New York on March 20th 1848.

Then sent on to Toronto?

The envelope could have been held held back until this sailing.

NB: The condition of the envelope is finer than in the scan.

The second item is a clean stampless wrapper from PLYMOUTH to QUEBEC via Liverpool, November 16th 1848.

On the reverse is a fine Plymouth date stamp for November 16th and a London transit for the 17th.

The Liverpool receiver for November 17th would suggest that the item was possibly carried on the Cunarder 'Britannia',

which left Liverpool on November 18th 1848 and arrived in Boston on December 6th 1848: then sent onto Quebec.

On the front is a 1/4sCurrency handstamp applied by the Canadian PO which, as in the envelope above,

 indicated the currency conversion from Sterling to the Canadian currency

and the amount to be collected on delivery by the postman.

It was possibly applied in Quebec.

A very rare pair of items both sent to CANADA, one with a 1d red and the other stampless,

and with different surcharge handstamps.

These would make a superb Display and Exhibition page.

Price:  £490.00

NB: We have seen only one other example of a 1d red imperf on a cover to Canada with this surcharge

and that was more than 10 years ago.

 

1d red to France 1854

152424.  1d red, 'EG', Plate 168, fine 3-plus margins, ragged at the NE corner but clear,

on a clean and uncreased envelope from LONDON to GIRONDE, France, March 23rd 1854.

Handstruck '16' on the front: a scarce double surcharge for underpaid mail to France. 

The 1d red was probably added as a Late Fee.

An interesting address and a superb arrangement of transit marks on the reverse. 

An attractive item which displays well. 

Price: £180.00

 

1d Plate 19 pair 1842

152405.

1d red plate 19, 'HA-HB', full margins but 'HA' at the left side crossed by a vertical filing crease.

At the bottom margin are portions of the two stamps below ie 'IA' and 'IB'.

The stamps are tied to the last page of a letter from London to Wincanton.

On the reverse is a London date stamp for Saturday April 23rd 1842 and on the front two strikes of

the Wincanton receiving date stamp for SUNDAY April 24th 1842: one of which faintly ties 'HB'.  

The third Wincanton date stamp is for Monday April 25th 1842: the day the letter was sent out to be delivered.

This strike firmly ties stamp 'HA'.

The letter is in a finer condition than the scan - there is no browning on the letter.

Gibbons prices a pair of Plate 19 on cover at £300.

An attractive item with a very scarce combination of features including Sunday date stamps. 

Price:  £130.00

 

KELSO Distinctive Cross

152150. 

1d, 'TA', almost full margins, vertical crease, tied to a small piece

by the distinctive KELSO CROSS, SG Spec B1ti. 

Priced by Gibbons on stamp at £800 in QV Volume 1, latest Edition 2011. 

An opportunity to obtain a collectable example of this very scarce cross

at a small fraction of the Gibbons price.

Price:  £72.50

 

1d Plate 160: full margined block of four

152416.  1d, 'ND-OE', Plate 160, fine used with good to enormous margins. 

Light indistinct numeral cancellations leaves 'OD' with a totally clear QV head

 and 'ND' with an almost fully clear profile.

Very clean reverse and priced by Gibbons in this plate at £550 plus.

Large portions of four adjacent stamps.

Very scarce item with such margins.

Price:  £280.00

 

Plate 62: major re-entry

152417.

1d 'TJ', Plate 62, full margins except shaved at the side of the 'J' square.

The major re-entry, SG SpecBS28b, is clearly seen at the base.

This variety on Plate 62, is illustrated in QV Volume 1, 2011 latest Edition, page 105.

Priced by Gibbons 'from £90'.

Very fine example of this re-entry.

Price:  £44.50

 

Registered 'R' in Red on a 1d Red

152418. 

1d Plate 79, some trimmed perfs, but cancelled only by a RED Registered 'R' in oval. 

A portion of the oval is black ink and part of the outline of the 'R' is in black.

We cannot recall a 1d with just the 'R' cancel in red.

A very unusual item which could produce discussion when displayed.

Price: £58.00  SOLD

 

Red 'PD' in Oval on a 1d Red

152419.

1d Plate 119, 'FB', very fine used, a slightly blunt perf SE corner,

cancelled only by a number of 'PD in oval' in RED.

This is a very rare example of a red cancellation on a red stamp

and the only example we have been able to offer.

We have seen only one other such example, some 15 years ago,

and that was offered by a specialist London dealer for more than £500.

As with the example offered here, it was on a stamp off cover.

A very rare Exhibition item.

Price: £270.00

 

ANTWERP  to London June 1841: 1d red Plate 8

152420. Family letter written in ANTWERP, dated June 9th 1841, sent to Hoxton, London.

The pripheral and other browning is a lot fainter than the scan or not present at all.

London Ship Letter in red, County Cat. London  L1218, June 14th 1841. 

Letter went from Addlestone to Hoxton, black Addlestone Penny Post, Surrey County Cat. SY4,

recorded in black, 1839-40 so this example extends this period of use.

 Chertsey date stamp on reverse for June 25th 1841 and London date stamps for the following day.

The earlier London transit date stamp for June 14th 1841 has been struck out.

The 1d red'BC', fine 4-margined from Plate 8, is tied by a MX applied probably at Chertsey:

no Chertsey crosses are recorded by Rockoff and Jackson.

1d red Plate 8 priced by Gibbons on cover at £350. 

An attractive combination of features and a rare early usage of

a 1d red black plate on a family letter from BELGIUM.

It would make a very interesting Display especially when the contents of the letter were included.

A superb and rare item.

Price: £285.00 

NB: the detailed and clearly written 3-page letter is from a son to his mother. 

He describes looking on to a square in Antwerp and hearing a band playing as they approach. 

Mention is also made of the Railway Station and a train to Brussels:

it would be worth transcribing as it would enhance the display of this rare item.

The address has in it The Whitmores Head:

a public house which is no longer there but photos are on the internet.

 

Brighton S/W duplex: rare usage on 1d red imperf

152416.  1d red 'AB', fine 4-margined, Plate 160: tied to an envelope from BRIGHTON to London

by a BRIGHTON sideways duplex, '132', for August 16th 1854. 

This cancellation is usually found on the 1d SG17/18 and this is

the first example we have seen on a 1d red imperf, on or off cover.

Danzig records only 12 examples of sideways duplexes on the

1d red imperf on cover and Brighton is NOT one of them. 

A very rare item. 

Price:  £130.00

 

Gravesend Maltese Crosses: a rare second strike off the stamp

15215.  1d 'HB', very fine/fine 4-margined Plate 14: tied to a wrapper, no side flaps, from GRAVESEND to London.

Off the 1d is an additional strike of the Gravesend cross.

On the reverse top flap, which displays well when raised, are

fine date stamps for Gravesend, March 9th 1842 and a London cds for the following day.

The Gravesend date stamp shows the March date as 'MA' and the London cds shows it as 'MR'.

An attractive and very rare item. 

Price:  £210.00  SOLD

NB: The following locations are known with similar second cross usages:

Colchester; Cork; Edinburgh; London, Spilsby and Alfreton.

From our researches we can not find another example of the Gravesend MX off the stamp.

 

Liverpool cross: double strike on Plate 27

152343.  1d red plate 27, 'OD', fine 4-margined and tied to a clean wrapper to Glasgow by

 a double strike of the LIVERPOOL cross: contrary to Post Office regulations. 

The second cross barely touches the stamp and may explain the second strike.

Liverpool date stamp for June 19th 1843 and a boxed Glasgow receiver for the next day. 

Gibbons prices Plate 27 at £120 on cover (QV Volume 1 2011 Edition - the latest). 

Price:  £68.50

 

Liverpool cross: rare second strike off the stamp

152344.  1d 'KK', ragged margin at right and top right corner, tied by a LIVERPOOL cross with a second applied below the stamp.

Addressed to the Hon Colonel Macadam Cathcart.and details of him and the family are available on the internet. 

The crosses show some debris and overinking.

A rare item. 

Price: £175.00 

NB: we have not previously seen a second strike of the Liverpool cross away from the stamp.

The following locations are known with similar second cross usages:

Colchester; Cork; Edinburgh; London, Spilsby and Alfreton.

See item 152151 above for an example from Gravesend.

 

1d Plate 27: DUBLIN Special Crosses

152411. 1d reds, rejoined pair, 'CF and CG', Plate 27, both stamps completely open NE square.

 'CF' very fine', CG' thinned, both have fine margins and are

cancelled by fine/very fine DUBLIN crosses,

SG Spec B1tf, priced by Gibbons at £300 as two singles. 

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price:  £65.00

 

1d Plate 37: DUBLIN Special Cross

152412. 1d red 'OH', very fine/fine Plate 37, very clean back.

cancelled by a fine DUBLIN Special cross,

very scarce on this plate with a Maltese Cross.

Gibbons prices this Dublin cross at £150, SG Spec B1tf,

 on an 'ordinary' plate but at £300 on Plate 37. 

An attractive item with a very scarce combination of features.

Price: £67.50

 

1d plate 39: Dublin Crosses

152276.  1d plate 39, 'HJ-HL':

 'HJ' full margins, close at 'H' square, with a very light vertical crease barely visible from the front. 

Very fine colour and a clean reverse, each stamp cancelled by a very fine strike of the characteristic DUBLIN cross. 

Gibbons prices this cross on a single 1d red at £150 and a

pro rata strip of three Plate 39 with an ordinary MX at £330 - QV Volume 1 latest Edition 2011. 

This Dublin strip priced by Gibbons at £500 +++

A very attractive and very scarce item. 

Price:  £90.00

 

Dublin Special Cross: marginal inscription

152413. 1d 'TD', full margins, close but clear at left, possibly Plate 25,

cancelled by the DUBLIN Special cross,SG Spec B1tf, priced by Gibbons at £150.

Very small light crease just into the 'T' square and a clean back. 

In the bottom margin is a part inscription: '.....(S)heet  Place the .....'. 

Very scarce to find a 1d red with an MX and marginal inscription

 but especially so with a listed distinctive cross and full margins. 

An attractive and very rare item. 

Price: £98.00

 

1d Inscriptional: first off the sheet

152414.  1d red 'AA', very fine and full margins except just in to SE letter square.

Possibly a very small wrinkle at the left side: very clean back.

The MX leaves almost the entire Queen's head clear and rare as such.

This stamp is the first off a sheet of 240 and has

the marginal inscription: 'PRICE 1d Per La(bel)'. 

An attractive item with a very rare combination of features. 

Price:  £110.00

 

Triple MX from London on Plate 30

152149.  1d Plate 30, 'PJ' and 'QB', both fine/very fine 4-margins,

very large in places and portion of another stamp at the bottom of 'QB': tied to a legal letter used locally in LONDON.

There is a very small wrinkle in the SW corner letter square of 'PB'. 

On the reverse top flap is a red London date stamp for July 23rd 1843. 

The stamps are tied, Contrary to PO Regulations, by three MX's instead ot two:

'QB' was cancelled first, then 'PB' and then another strike on 'PB' by which time the ink on the canceller was reducing

hence the open centre to the second cross on 'PB' leaving the Queen's head more visible. 

1d reds from Plate 30 are very scarce especially on cover and a single on cover is priced

by Gibbons at £250 in QV Volume 1, 2011 ie the latest Edition. 

A multiple usage of this plate on cover is rarely found and

we can not recall previously a 'Contrary to PO Regulations' number of MX's on this Plate.  

An attractive and rare item which would make an interesting display and

could be enhanced from the information about the addressee available on line. 

Price:  £180.00

NB: the letter is addressed to His Excellency Major Macphail. 

Reference is made to him on the internet in parliamentary reports in this country and abroad. 

 

Late usage of 1d   

   

152402. 

1d, fine/very fine 4-margined, 'HA' with a clean back:

cancelled by the letter and number section of the London Northern Distict duplex .

This N/17 cancellation recorded in use from December 1858 to June 1863.

Very scarce usage of this duplex on the 1d red imperf issue. 

The first example we have been able to offer 

and rare to find such a fine example. 

Price: £49.50  SOLD

 

Coventry Cross.

151294.  1d red brown, Plate 22, vertical pair 'LF-MF', fine with full margins:

cancelled by the distinctive COVENTRY CROSS clear on 'LF'. 

Spec B1te, priced by Gibbons at £1000 on a single stamp

hence on a pair at £2,000 plus plus.

A rare cancellation in a vertical multiple of this distinctive cross.

Price: £275.00

 

Superb Strip Plate 36.

151292.  1d red brown Plate 36, 'MA-MC':

very fine and attractive strip of three with large/very large margins

and two stamps with clear profiles. 

The small MX is reminiscent of the listed variety of Dumfries.

Horizontal Guide line thru the values, each shows a fine Ivory Head

and offered with a clean RPS Certificate

The misalignment of the stamps is clearly seen.

A pair in this plate priced by Gibbons at £170. 

The scan does not do justice to the rich colour. 

Price: £135.00

 

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.

Stamp tied by a crisp double strike, contrary to PO regulations, 

of the Manchester Type 2 cross leaving a clear profile:

this example unrecorded in Rockoff Volume 1. 

An early usage of this plate, registered in July 1843:

we have not seen an earlier example.. 

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price:  £118.00

 

Distinctive GREENOCK Cross on 1d red from a Black Plate

151217: 1d red ‘IK’, black plate 10:

fine 3-plus margined on a very clean entire to Edinburgh, December 18th 1841.

Stamp tied by a superb GREENOCH cross, SG Spec A2uj,

and priced by Gibbons at £1,500 in the QV 2011 Volume 1, latest Edition.

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price:  £380.00

 

1d Plate 48: Dublin '186' on Block of 8 with Certificate

152406.  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 fine 4-margined: very close but clear at NW corner of 'SB'.

The ‘T’ row all show a degree of double bottom as noted in QV Volume 1 page 100, SG spec BS27h.

Superb rich shade of red brown and with a German, H Richter, Certificate of Authenticity.

Gibbons prices a block of 4 at £320, in 2011 QV Volume 1, without the variety.

Price: £375.00 

 

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 strengthening 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: £170.00 

 

TRURO Cross: examples in Black and Blue inks both on Plate 9

152394.  TRURO Crosses in Black and Blue inks both on 1d red Plate 9:

BLACK Cross

1d red 'FD', Plate 9, almost full margins, just shaved top left side, and shows the listed variety

 'Basal Shift' SG Spec AS57b recorded on this plate for only a number of the 'F' row. 

Tied to a Front by a very fine strike of the Truro cross in Black with a Truro date stamp for March 31st 1841.

Rockoff, Volume 2, records the earliest 1d red used with a black Truro cross as on a cover to Helston for March 21st 1841.

It was sold by Spinks in 2007; the Truro date stamp however was struck in blue.

The example offered here has the date stamp in black and is the

second earliest recorded usage of the black Truro cross.

The item is addressed to: 'The Earl of Falmouth' in London.

BLUE Cross

1d red 'RA' Plate 9, not full margined but tied to an envelope to Devonport by the Truro cross in Blue. 

On the front is a blue Truro date stamp for April 17th 1841 and a Devonport date stamp on the reverse in red for April 18th 1841. 

Rockoff Volume 2, records the earliest blue truro cross as April 24th1841 on a cover to Liskeard, sold at a Gibbons Auction in 1974. 

The example offered here predates this by 7 days and is the Earliest Known Date of usage.

Gibbons prices a blue cross on a 1d red from a black plate, SG Spec A2vc, at £7,250. 

A remarkable and extremely rare unique pairing and of Exhibition importance.

Price:  £1,285.00

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

the browning is far less pronounced than in the images.

On the internet is an interesting biopic of the Earl of Falmouth:

eg in 1829 he acted as second to Lord Winchilsea in his famous duel

with the Duke of Wellington over the issue of Parliamentary Reforms.

 

1d reds Plate 12 with variety

 

 

152415. 1d imperfs plate 12, 'TE' and 'TB':     

two superb 4-margined singles, both with clear profiles.

Tied to an entire, March 10 1842, from East Grinstead to Wellington, Somerset. 

‘TB’ with basal shift and faint letter ‘B’: SG Spec BS1c.

A single plate 12 on cover priced by Gibbons at £200 not allowing for the variety.

Exceptional item from a Gold Medal Winning Collection.  

Price: £240.00   

 

The next group of items illustrate some of the different types of duplexes introduced

in London in 1853 which replaced the numbers in 'oval of barrs only' cancellations.

 

1d Plate 166: early London duplex

152397. 

1d red, 'AD', Plate 166, fine/very fine 4-margined: tied to an envelope, filing crease away from the 1d,

by a very fine first type of London duplex for June 27th 1853. 

This is type 72A, the bars arrangement in the numeral part of the duplex is: 2-10-9-2.

 The only type with a different number of bars on the sides of the circle with the number.

Sent locally in London to Hammersmith with an interesting addressee: Sir John Philippart.

A very fine item that would make an interesting display page

and enhanced with the information re Sir John. 

Price:  £46.50  SOLD

NB: these duplexes are very difficult to find on cover with full-margined 1d reds.

On the internet is a full biopic of Sir John Philippart:

he was elected a Knight of St. John of Jerusalem on 11 November 1830.

  

1d Plate 170: early London duplex

152398. 

1d red, 'AD', Plate 170: a fine large square-margined example

tied to a slightly tired envelope by the early type of London duplex for June 24th 1854.

This is Type 72A which is the only type with a different number of bars

on the sides of the circle with the number ie 2-10-9-2.

An interesting address to a 'Soap Manufactory', sent to the Minories in London.

At the top in a different hand is: 'For Book of Martyrs': perhaps a link to the Minories Holy Trinity Church?

These duplexes are very difficult to find on cover with full-margined 1d reds.

An interesting item.

Price:  £39.50

NB: 1d perf 16, SG17, introduced in March 1854 hence

the example offered here is a late usage of the 1d red imperf.

 

1d red Plate 165: early London duplex

152399. 

1d red 'IK', appears to be Plate 165: very fine 4-margined example,

tied to a clean envelope, very light vertical bump/crease clear of the stamp and barely visible.

The superb duplex, August 11th 1853, is Type 73A with 2-9-9-2 bars arrangement

in the numeral part of the duplex around the circle. 

On the reverse is a 'Chief Office' struck in blue - better strike than in the scan.

Very difficult to find these duplex types on cover with such a fine 1d red. 

An attractive item and very scarce so fine. 

Price:  £53.50. 

 

1d SG17 with a London duplex

152400. 

1d SG17, 'HI', fine, on a clean envelope sent locally in London. 

The stamp is tied by Type 74A duplex for October 26th 1854:

the bars arrangement around the circle with the numeral is 3-6-6-3. 

The month and day plugs are unusually shifted to the right and the

'12' is larger than any we have seen on these early duplex types:

compare it with the previous item, 152399, which has a normal size code '12'. 

An attractive and very unusual item. 

Price: £46.00

 

1d SG29 on wrapper with a London duplex

152401. 

1d SG29, 'HB', fine, on a clean wrapper used locally in London, part of top rear flap missing,

Stamp tied by a very fine/superb Type 76D London duplex for January 2nd 1857. 

This type, bars arrangement 3-7-7-3 around the numeral circle, is the RAREST of all the types

that do not have the smaller Cresswell type cds in the duplex. 

A very fine and very scarce/rare item. 

Price:  £48.50 

 

Late usage of 1d red imperf in 1856

151663.  1d red, Plate 172, 'TK': fine 4-margined example, small wrinkling SE letter square. 

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

This is Type 80D, bars arranged as 3-7-7-2 and the Code 2 is unrecorded.

 The number '80' duplex was the last in the series from '72-80'.

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

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

A rare item. 

Price:  £228.00  SOLD

NB: Danzig records such London duplex types used on the 1d red imperfs in 1854:

the example offered here significantly extends this usage.

 

London to Milan 1850

152388.  2d Plate 4, SG13 pale blue shade,'JK-JL':

 'JK' full margined with surface adherence, 'JL' 3-margined, 1d red 3-margined.

Tied to an entire from London to MILAN.

The letter is dated CHRISTMAS DAY1850, written mainly in italian but partly in English.

 In the italian section of the letter, a reference is made to the GREAT EXHIBITION of 1851.

An unusual and rare 5d rate with the 1d possibly added as a late fee. 

A rare combination of features. 

Price: £285.00

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

 

York to Cheltenham redirected to Manchester

152383. 

1d red 'NB', not full margined, tied on a small neat envelope, Contrary to Post Office Regulations, by a double strike of the '930' of YORK. 

On the front is a fair, but legible strike, of Mickelgate York in blue, County Cat. YK 3388, a scarce mark.

On the reverse is a partial strike of the temporary York 'skeleton' handstamp for November 15th 1844, County Cat. YK3330,

recorded used only in 1844 and with a rarity grading 'F', priced some years ago upto £80.

Received in Cheltenham, November 16th 1844 code B date stamp.  

It was redirected to Manchester, Cheltenham date stamp for again November 16th 1844, but code D.

The '177' numeral of Cheltenham was used in a double strike to obscure 'Cheltenham':

we have previously never seen any numeral used in this way.

At the left 'Manchester' was boldly written. 

A handstruck '1' in black was struck in Cheltenham to indicate the 1d redirection fee had not been paid.

In the County Cat. it is noted that : '1 and 2 handstamps were used on redirected or underpaid mail

but have not yet been seen used for the Uniform Penny Post'. 

No catalogue number has been given to these strikes as a consequence and

we have previously never seen either the handstruck 1 or 2 used. 

It arrived in Manchester on November 17th 1844. 

A truly remarkable item with a superb and unique variety of transit strikes. 

This would make a memorable display page.  

Price:  £180.00  

NB: the brown marking on the front is a result of the complete wax seal on the reverse

but NOT as pronounced as the scan suggests.

 

CAPPOQUIN cross in Deep Indigo-blue (Co Waterford)

152395.  1d red, 'GA', fine Plate 33, 3-plus margins, very fine colour, tied to a clean

and uncreased wrapper from CAPPOQUIN to Dungarvan. 

The stamp is tied by a superb and upright strike of the rare Cappoquin cross in Deep Indigo-blue. 

On the reverse is a fine date stamp of Cappoquin for May 30th 1843 in the same shade of ink as the Maltese cross

and a black Dungarvan date stamp for the following day which display well. 

In Rockoff Volume 3, only two other examples of this cross, struck in this same shade, are recorded,

November 12th 1842 and January 20th 1843, both to Dungarvan. 

The example of this cross offered here is arguably the finest extant

as it is hard to see how it could be bettered.

A very attractive item of Exhibition quality.

Price: £595.00  SOLD

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

 

AIDRIE numeral in GREEN

1d SG29, fine, tied to an uncreased printed entire from the National Bank of Scotland

from AIDRIE to Kilmarnock, October 24th 1856. 

Stamp cancelled by the '17' numeral of Aidrie in Bright Green ink, SG29uc. 

Gibbons prices this colour of ink on cover at £1,500 in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume1,

and note that this price is for green numerals in Ireland;

those of Scotland or England command a significant premium. 

A superb and rare Exhibition quality item. 

Price:  £480.00

NB: the scan does not do justice to the bright green cancellation.

 

SLIGO Cross and Penny Post

152382. 1d 'EK', fine, 4-margined except just touching at 'E' square:

clean entire to Dublin requesting advice on applying for a post with Customs and Excise.

Stamp tied by a fine strike of the Type 2 SLIGO cross:

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 2, note that Moxter records the Sligo cross on covers between July 1840 and February 1844. 

However Rockoff and Jackson have been able to record only seven examples,

from October 1841 to February 1844, and they classify two types of cross.

Of these, only two examples December 1843 and February 1844, are of Type 2. 

The example offered here is a later usage than recorded by either Moxter or Rockoff and Jackson.

On the front all struck in the same shade of blue are:

a Sligo March 26th 1844; a Sligo Penny Post; a No.1 and a TOO LATE. 

The TOO LATE strike explains the Sligo March 27th 1844 on the reverse.

Also on the reverse is a fine red Dublin receiver for the following day.

The scan does not do justice to the blue of the cancellations. 

An attractive and rare item which would make an interesting display.

Price:  £320.00 

NB: The address is interesting: below 'Dublin' the writer has added

'or else where'. 

Does he mean Dublin or Ireland?

Would certainly be a challenge for the Postman!

 

Number 8 in Cross: a superb strike

      

152390.  1d red 'NE', 3-plus margins with portion/traces of FOUR adjacent stamps.

Tied to an unreased entire from London to Manchester, by a superb Number 8 in Cross.

London date stamp on reverse for August 17th 1843 and a Manchester receiver for the following day.  

A most attractive strike of the number 8 in cross and priced by Gibbons at £450. 

Price:  £148.00

 

Plymouth Cross

152391. 1d , 'LB', Plate 32, fine 4-margined tied to a neat mourning envelope by the Plymouth 'ordinary' cross.

From the list of examples recorded in Rockoff and Jackson, the example offered here is, at November 4th 1843,

the second latest usage noted and unrecorded by them.

On the front is a superb strike of the Plymouth Py(Penny) Post County Cat. DN 1127 first used in 1843:

a scarce combination and the first we can recall. 

The envelope is addressed to LADY LOPES, MARISTOW. 

On the internet is a wealth of information re the Lopes Family and images of Maristow House. 

An attractive and scarce item which would make an interesting display when fully written up. 

Price:  £85.00 

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

 

A letter with a unique combination of features sent to a famous Scientist

152392.  1d 'EB' very fine 4-margined (portion of adjacent stamp below), tied to a clean entire by the '191' of Chippenham. 

On the reverse is a strike of the very rare BECKINGTON*/S, County Cat. SO175. 

This is recorded only in use in 1840 but the usage here is October 23rd 1844 so probably an isolated late usage. 

This unique type (with a letter - S - in the centre) is given the highest rarity 'H' grading: we have not seen it previously. 

The letter is addressed to Professor WHEATSTONE at Kings College, London. 

He was a famous scientist of that time, a large amount about him is available on the internet and an image. 

Those of us who studied A Level Physics may recall the Wheatstone Bridge. 

The letter descibes a Periscope but is unsigned. 

A remarkable and unique item that would make a very interesting display when fully written. 

Price:  £225.00  SOLD

 

1d red sent from JERSEY

152386. 1d red 'FL', 4-margins on a wrapper to London, JERSEY cds in red on reverse, July 15th 1850,

and a London receiver for the following day. 

The fine 4-margined 1d red is tied by a fine '409' of Jersey and has the full deckle edge and the inscription 'PRICE'. 

A very rare/very scarce inscriptional item from the Channel Islands: the first we have been able to offer.

Price: £175.00

 

1d red sent to Paris

152389.  1d red, 'OG', 3-margins, fine colour, tied by the '405' of IPSWICH on entire to Paris:

Ipswich September 5th 1845 date stamp on reverse top flap.

10d charge in m/s and a red Boulogne transit cds on the front.

Scarce usage of the 1d on an overseas cover; possibly added as a late fee.

A fine and attractive item. 

Price:  £145.00 

NB: the apparent browning at the top of the 1d is far fainter than the scan suggests.

 

Stamps lost in transit and surcharged

152279.  Neat envelope, finer condition than in the scan, sent to London, March 14th 1871.

On the front is a fine strike of the scarce INSUFFICIENTLY PREPAID handstruck London mark. 

The symbol in the centre varies and indicates the worker who used it: next to it in m/s is a hand written '6d'.

The surcharge was applied because the envelope was unfranked or at least it was by the time it reached London.

The scan shows that two stamps were originally affixed at the top right corner but had come off in transit to the Capital. 

On the reverse is a boxed London E.C for March 14th 1871 which was used to indicate a LATE FEE:

this which may explain two stamps being originally affixed. 

It overstrikes an illegible cds which is for this same date and it appears likely

that this envelope was sent locally to London. 

A fascinating and scarce item which could make an interesting display page. 

Price:  £55.00 

NB: this is the first time we have been able to offer this surcharge mark on cover. 

 

1d red: London to France

152378.  1d red, fine, almost full margined, into at right top corner:

tied to a clean entire from LONDON to France, by a superb '2' in damomond of bars of the Inland Office.  

'Pd 10d' in m/s on the front to indicate 10d paid: the then rate to France for a letter up to 1/2oz. 

Very fine Paid London Tombstone in red for November 15th 1844 and

a red Foreign Office 'PD' indicating the postage had been paid. 

The 1d red was probably added as a Late Fee. 

All the postal markings are on the front of the letter. 

An attractive item with a scarce usage of the 1d red which displays well.

Price: £220.00  SOLD

 

1d SG19Wi plate 4: INVERTED Watermark

152377.  2d SG19Wi, Plate 4, 'BI': a very fine/fine used example with INVERTED watermark.

Cancelled by the '51' in oval of bars and a partial boxed red transit mark. 

This '51' cancellation was applied at the London District Post, Registration Clerk,

and is recorded by Parmenter with a Rare grading. 

The combination this cancel on this 2d with inverted watermark is, at the least, very rare if not unique. 

Gibbons prices the basic SG20Wi at £325 without the premium for the rare cancellation.

A superb item that would display well when written up. 

Price:  £180.00 

NB: the London Postal History Group record

this '51' as seen used on both registered and apparently normal mail. 

The latter were on registered covers prepaid in cash and then put in another envelope.

 

Christmas Day 1844

152375.  1d red, 'JK', 3-margins on a letter from RIPON, dated December 24th 1844, cancelled by the '646' of Ripon. 

On the reverse is a Ripon date stamp for December 2(4)th 1844 but the second digit is an inverted  '7' :

perhaps the postmaster/mistress was already celebrating the next day

or it looked like a '4' in the candle or oil lamp lighting of the time?

Sent to Bradford Yorkshire with a Bradford CHRISTMAS DAY December 25th 1844 struck on the front in a central position.

The letter was sent to an interesting address: the Bowling Iron Works.

An attractive, scarce and clean item that would make an interesting display page. 

Price: £38.00  SOLD

NB: this Christmas Eve usage of the '646' numeral is

several months EARLIER than the EKD noted by Parmenter.

The brown marks around the stamp are a trick of the scanner

  and the brown marks on the front are fainter than in the image.

 

1d red full margins with part inscription

153374.  1d, 'PL', possibly plate 19, fine/very fine 4-margined example tied to a neat and clean

entire from LONDON to Ashburton by a fine Maltese cross; small part of the upper flap corner missing. 

Slightly ragged margin at the left but a very large margin at the right with a part marginal inscription.

London date stamp on reverse for January 10th 1842 and an Ashburton receiver for January 11th 1842 on the front:

The scan does not do justice to the deep brown shade.

Priced by Gibbons on cover at £120 in QV Volume 1, 2011 (latest) Edition. 

An attractive item whivh displays well. 

Price:  £58.50

 

Late Fee usage of 1d Red on a Mourning Envelope

152373.  1d reds, 'DG' and 'EH', both fine and each with QV's profile clear;

 'DG' is 3-margined and 'EH' full - margined except just shaved at the bottom of the 'E' square.

'EH' has virtually a complete Queen's head clear of the '383' numeral of HULL. 

Very unusual to find two 1d reds on a mourning envelope, peripheral tear at the top as in the scan.

We can not recall seeing another such usage.

It is likely that the 1d added at the bottom left was paying a Late Fee. 

A Hull date stamp on the reverse for April 30th 1852 and a Wakefield transit stamp for May 1st 1852.

On the front is a Halifax receiving date stamp also for May 1st.  

An attractive and unusual item. 

Price:  £48.00

 

The next two items are ARCHER Trial Perforations used outside of London.

 

Archer Plate 94 used in Edinburgh with Certificate

151240.  1d ARCHER Experimental Perforation, SG16b: fine, 'NI', 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: £950.00

Archer Plate 100 used in Carlisle

151239. 1d ARCHER Experimental Perforation, SG16b: fine, 'OA', 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.

Item offered with a BPA Certificate

Priced by Gibbons at £2,100 in this plate.  

Price:  £925.00

 

The next group of four items show:

the Experimental Engraving of the letters rather than hand punched,

for Plates 50 and 51,

and the Provisional use of Reserve Plates16 and 17.

They are each ex the Statham Collection.

 

1d Reserve Plate 50: SG42

152353.  1d SG42, 'SF', very fine tied to an envelope from KELSO to Glasgow, May 26th 1864.

The stamp is printed from Plate 50, experimental engraved letters on the plate rather than the usual hand punched ones.

The envelope has a part of the rear flap missing but is very fine otherwise.

Priced by Gibbons at £70 on cover which is undervalued in our experience. 

Price:  £45.00

NB: the envelope is finer than the scan suggests.

 

1d Reserve Plate 51: SG42

152354.  1d SG42, 'DJ', fine/very fine, used locally within LONDON, August 17th 1863.

The stamp is printed from Plate 51, experimental engraved letters on the plate rather than the usual hand punched ones.

Fault to the top left corner of the envelope but on the reverse is a very fine embossed 'L.& N.W.R. Solicitors Office':

sent from the London and North Western Railway:  full details of this Railway Company are available on the internet.

Priced by Gibbons at £70 on cover which is undervalued in our experience. 

Price: £39.00

 

1d Reserve Plate 16

152351.  1d, Spec C13, 'GL' very fine, used locally in LONDON, April 1st 1864:

the stamp is printed from Reserve Plate 16. 

Reserve plates 15, 16 and 17 were brought into use owing to a shortage of the penny plates with stars in upper corners

and the delay in preparing the new plates with letters in those corners ie the penny plate numbers.

They were used upto March 1st 1864.

The example offered here is, significantly, used on April 1st 1864: the day the 1d plate numbers, SG43/4, were issued.

From our researches we cannot find an example of SG43/4 used on this date and none are reported by Booth. 

Priced by Gibbons at £70 on cover which is undervalued in our experience.

Price:  £59.00

NB: the envelope has a small corner fault top left otherwise it is very fine.

 

1d Reserve Plate 17

152352.  1d Spec C10, 'DG' fine/very fine printed from Reserve Plate 17

 used locally in LONDON, May 10th 1864.

Reserve plates 15, 16 and 17 were brought into use owing to a shortage of the penny plates with stars in upper corners

and the delay in preparing the new plates with letters in those corners ie the penny plate numbers.

They were used upto March 1st 1864.

Priced by Gibbons at £70 on cover which is undervalued in our experience.

Price: £46.00

 

Superb STIRLING Experimental Duplex

152365.  1d SG40, fine except for one pulled perf at top, tied to a clean envelope,

horizontal filing crease away from the 1d and cancellation.

Superb STIRLING Experimental Duplex for September 10th 1858:

the cancellation shows the characteristic short '1' in the year plug and the break in the bar beneath the number '3'. 

This is a scarce cancellation rated 10th rarest of 18 types by the Scottish Postal History Group. 

Exhibition quality. 

Price:  £68.50

NB: the envelope is cleaner than the scan suggests.

 

1d Plate 171 on envelope Wales to Germany

152356.  1d red, 'EJ', Plate 171, three margins, tied to an envelope to HAMBURG by the '561' of NEWPORT-MONS. 

On the reverse is a partial Newport-Mons date stamp for July 26th 1853. 

The envelope was surcharged three and a half groschen: the 1d is slightly touched at the top by a light filing crease.

Also on the reverse is a fine and complete embossed 'PONTYPOOL IRON COMPANY with initials. 

A rare example of the 1d imperf on an envelope from Wales to a German destination. 

Price: £78.50  SOLD

NB: the envelope is in a finer condition than the scan and there is almost NO browning on the front or the back.

The 1d possibly added as a late fee payment.

 

Saffron-Walden Cross: 1d Plate 30

+

152357.  1d red 'IL', Plate 30, fine with large to very large margins:

tied by a lightly struck cross of SAFFRON - WALDEN, April 18th 1843, to an envelope to Maidenhead. 

Rockoff Volume 2, illustrates only one envelope, May 10th 1843, with a 1d red tied by

a very weak strike of the Saffron-Walden cross: struck just 3 weeks after the example offered here.

It appears the ink pad had dried out even more for the May 10th strike! 

1d red plate 30 is priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, QV vOlume 1 at £250 on cover:

a very scarce plate and especially with such large margins.

A fine Display item.

Price: £75.00  

NB: the envelope is much finer than in the scan and there is almost NO browning front or back.

 

London Duplex: scarce usage and historical links

152358.  1d red, 'DA' very fine 4-margined, close but clear at top to very large other three sides:

tied to an envelope used locally in London by a strike of the duplex

Type 74A, for July 27th 1854 with the rare code 1. 

Very hard to find these cancellations on cover with a full margined 1d red.

On the front is written: 'Honble F Baring': this is Sir Francis Baring, Chancellor of the Exchequer  26th August 1839 to 30th August 1841. 

During this time he had considerable dealings with Rowland Hill and early in his term of offfice offered him a post at the Treasury.

 Baring and Hill were involved in the plans for the 1d black

and Baring suggested the name of William Mulready to Rowland Hill that led to the design of Mulready Envelopes. 

Baring also communicated with Hill over the cancellation experiments for the new 'labels' and the colours of inks.

An item that could be written up to make a fine Display page.

Price: £58.00  SOLD

NB: there is a full biopic of Sir Francis Baring on the internet and a painting of him.

There is the name Edward Lawford on the front:

he was a London solicitor and on the internet is his photograph.

 

Earliest Recorded Usage of a numeral cancellation in IRELAND

152347.  1d red, 'KF', 3-plus margins just tied to a very clean mourning envelope by the '186' of DUBLIN. 

On the reverse is a Dublin date stamp for JUNE 22 1844 and

a Six Mile Bridge date stamp for June 23rd 1844 - a SUNDAY.  

This is the earliest recorded usage of a numeral cancellation in Ireland.

A superb Exhibition item.

Price: £385.00

 

1d red Plate 9: Ballinlea, February 20th 1841

151579.  1d red Plate 9, 'SE': 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:  £1,100.00

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 reds plate 21: Thetford MX underinked

152370.

1d reds, 'LI' and 'HG', both 3-margined, 'HG' vertical filing crease: tied to an entire by THETFORD open MXs.

 Letter from GARBOLDISHAM sent to Harleston,

Thetford date stamp for March 18th 1842 and a Harleston receiver for the next day. 

HALLING undated circle NOT recorded in the County Catalogue unless it is a misspelling of Harling which is recorded for Norfolk. 

There is a Halling in Kent which has no postal markings in the Kent County Catalogue listing.

The example here would appear to be an unrecorded misspelling

The stamps, especially 'LI' showing an excellent example of the underinked cross giving an open centre impression. 

A single 1d Plate 21 priced by Gibbons on cover at £120 in 2011in the latest QV Volume 1. 

An interesting item which would display well. 

Price:  £52.50

NB: Plate 21 registered on December 11th 1841, hence an early usage at March 1842.

The browning on the letter, caused by the ink of the writing showing through, is NOT as pronounced as the scan suggests.

 

ALFRETON Cross: underinked centre

152359. 1d 'DC', superb colour, almost 3-margined on a very clean wrapper from ALFRETON to Nottingham. 

The 1d is tied by an Alfreton cross with an almost completely void inner.

On the reverse is an Alfreton date stamp for June 3rd 184(2) with the last year digit missing.

This date is confirmed by a written note on the inside flap.

Rockoff in Volume 1 of the 'Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland',

lists only three examples of this cross not including the one offered here.

Two are on 1d blacks and only one on a 1d red May 1841: two are debris filled.

The example here is the exact opposite: grossly underinked. 

A superb example of a void centre to the cross.

A scarce place of origin. 

Price:  £46.50 RESERVED

 

1d Plate 31: very fine pair from Bruton

 152334.  1d Plate 31, 'QH-QI', very fine full square-margined pair tied to an entire from BRUTON, Somerset, by lightly applied MX's. 

The entire is dated inside Bruton August 25th 1843 and sent to Castle Cary.

 On the top flap is a very fine/superb strike of the Bruton udc, County Cat. SO305, which displays upright as seen in the scan. 

The Maltese crosses were probably applied at Wincanton. Gibbons prices a pair of plate 31 at £160 and on cover at £320:

these prices are in the latest, 2011 Edition, of QV Volume 1. 

A very scarce and attractive display item. 

Price: £115.00 SOLD

NB: the letter is in a finer condition than the scan suggests:

the apparent browning is NOT present - a trick of the scanner.

 

Engraved advert for a SAFE inside the letter

152339.  1d red, 'RK-RL', Plate 153, RK has 4-margins but ragged at the left, RL is 3-margined and the right side is very ragged:

the stamps are cancelled by the '466' of LIVERPOOL, cds on the reverse for

June 21st 1853 and a Wakefield receiver for the next day,

the former in green and the latter in blue.

One of the '466's just catches the SE letter square:

presumably this first attempt to cancel the stamps was then corrected with two further strikes. 

The letter has a fine engraving of a safe and printed details of their products. 

An interesting item. 

Price: £55.00

NB: Items 152343, 152344 and 152339 would make an interesting Display showing

unusual usages of the Liverpool Maltese cross and numeral cancellation.

 

Scarce usage of 1d red going abroad

152355.  1d red 'LJ', fine with 3 plus margins on a Cross Written entire from MANCHESTER to LEYDEN, Holland.

Manchester '498' double strike tieing the stamp with on the reverse a date stamp for October 2nd 1846

together with a very scarce transit mark in red. 

Please note the item is generally cleaner than the scan suggests. 

Rare destination with the 1d red probably added as a late fee payment. 

Price:  £175.00

 

Dublin Special Cross

152332.  1d red 'OJ', Plate 40, very fine 4-margined, tied to a clean and uncreased legal entire

 by a very fine strike of the DUBLIN special cross, Gibbons spec B1tf. 

The back flap when raised show the Dublin date stamp for May 8th 1844

and the London receiver for May 10th 1844 which do not overlap.  

Plate 40 is scarce with any type of Maltese cross rather than a numeral cancellation,

and very scarce with a distinctive listed cross.

An attractive item that displays well. 

Price: £185.00

 

London to Guernsey in the concessionary period:

Number 4 in Cross 
 



15185.  1d red imperf, ‘CK’, Plate 27: a fine 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.

This is the ONLY one with the Number 4 in Cross of which we are aware and

the only number in cross example during the concessionary period. 

A rare/unique combination of usage and destination.    

Price: £450.00

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.

 

Guernsey to London sent during the concession period

152346.  1d red 'KL', alsost 3 margined, tied to a part printed entire from

the SLAC Assurance Co to London by a very fine '324' of Guernsey

with on the reverse a very fine Guernsey date stamp for October 31st 1844

and a London receiver for the next day. 

Also on the reverse is a poor strike of the Southampton/Ship Letter. 

On the front is written 'pr private Steamer via Southampton'.

The sender took advantage of Royal Mail's concession

at that time to allow mail to and from the Channel Islands

to be carried on private vessels. 

A very scarce item. 

Price: £95.00

NB: This item and the Number 4 in Cross from London to Guernsey, Item 15185,

would make a superb display pairing.

 

Redirected from London to Brighton: temporary skeleton cancellations

152327.  1d red 'JK' plate 80, fine with full margins except just touched at the 'K' square corner,

and  tied by a London numeral in diamond and bars to a commercial entire to MAYFIELD.

 On the front is a fair/good strike of a Mayfield udc UNRECORDED in the County Catalogue. 

The letter was redirected to Brighton with a 1d red, 'GK', poor margins, tied by the '428'  of Hurst Green. 

On the reverse are two strikes in blue of the Hurst Green temporary (skeleton) date stamp. 

The first is for March 18th 1849 - a SUNDAY, and the second for March 19th 1849.

The strikes are County Cat. SX729, and given a rarity 'F', price code which many years ago

was up to £80 and is certainly well above £100 now.

This temporary date canceller was recorded used up to 1849 so these examples in the last year of usage.

The letter was delivered in Brighton on March 20th 1849.

We have seen very few double uses of a skeleton cancellation and not previously with a SUNDAY usage. 

A superb and very rare item which would make an excellent display page. 

A unique combination of features. 

Price:  £160.00

 

LEEK numeral in Blue: matching pair of envelopes

        

152331. 

1d reds on two envelopes, 'CI' and 'CG', sent on the same day, April 3rd 1850, to the same addressee and address nr Ashbourne.

LEEK date stamp for April 3rd 1850 on the reverse of each in the same shade of blue as the numeral '448'

and an Ashbourne date stamp on the front for April 4th 1850. 

However, on one the date is clearly April 3rd but on the other it appears to be a date error of the 30th. 

On the reverse both have a complete black seal with initials within a shield. 

The 1d reds are both 3-margined and each has a small corner bend at a bottom letter square. 

Gibbons prices a blue numeral on cover at £750 hence the pair at £1,500. 

The envelopes have some wrinkling and some peripheral faults but an unusual pair

which would make an interesting display page.

Price the pair: £115.00 

 

1d red: Blackpool Penny Post in BLUE

151418.  1d red 'RH', Plate 23?, 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. 

Danzig noted that only TWO locations of a Penny Post in Blue

on a 1d red had been recorded: Blackpool and Kirkham.

Although the stamp is defective at the right this is

a very rare item.

Price: £470.00

NB: the only example of a blue Penny Post cancellation,

not in combination with a MX, we have been able to offer.

 

A u=nique used 1d red

152320.  1d red 'AK', fine with three very large even margins and an enormous top margin.

The top margin shows a part inscription: '...............remove the cement'. 

The other part of the inscription would have read 'In wetting the back be careful not to (remove the cement)'.

The stamps 'AJ' and 'AL' have been removed leaving 'AK' and then presumably attached to a letter or wrapper and posted. 

The indistinct cancellation has bars which appear straight suggesting a Scottish usage after June 1844.

In more than 40 years as specialist dealers in Victorian stamps we have

NEVER seen anything like this used example with the top margins in this form.

A truly remarkable item and one that is likely to stimulate discussion when displayed. 

An intriquing and fascinating unique survivor. 

Price:  £185.00

 

South Molton Cross

152317.  1d red 'QH', Plate 31, full margins: very close in the top margin but clear. 

Commercial entire to Wellington with the 1dr red tied by a strike of the SOUTH MOLTON debris-filled cross.

November 24th 1843 date stamp on reverse and a Wellington date stamp, date plugs reversed, for 1843 November 24th.

In 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', Volume 2, Rockoff illustrates one cover from South Molton, 30 June 1841. 

Its Maltese Cross is debris filled to a similar extent to that offered here. 

More than 2 years later in November 1843, the MX is still debris-filled to a large extent.

As the population of South Molton in 1841 was only 4,274, perhaps very little mail was sent from the local Post Office

and the postmaster/mistress just did not clean the MX canceller very often if at all? 

 Plate 31 on cover priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, QV Volime 1 at £120.

A very unusual item which would Display well.

Price: £87.00

NB: an excellent example of a debris-filled cross.

 

1d imperf from Jersey to Ireland

152272.  1d, 'OK', 4-margins, (close but clear NE'):

tied to a neat envelope to Banbridge, Ireland, by a partial double strike of the '409' numeral of JERSEY. 

On the reverse an attractive array of 1852 coloured transit date stamps including:  Jersey date stamp in blue for January 8th;

an Irish transit cds in orange-red for January 11th - a SUNDAY and a Banbridge cds in green for January 12th.

 A very scarce/rare combination of place of origin and destination. 

Price: £85.00 

NB: the apparent staining on the reverse is barely visible in 'the flesh'.    

 

Bridgenorth Maltese Cross: a double strike.

152318.  1d red, 'PB', Plate 31, fine/very fine 4-margined tied to a very clean wrapper (very small filing spike hole)

 by a DOUBLE strike of the BRIDGENORTH cross: contrary to Post Office regulations. 

On the front a fine date stamp for August 13th 1843 - a very scarce SUNDAY usage.

On the front also is a receiving date stamp of Ironbridge for the following day which does not overlap with the other. 

In 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', Volume 2, Rockoff illustrates one cover, with a 1d black,

from Bridgenorth but with a single strike of this cross and not a Sunday usage. 

A superb and attractive item with a rare combination of features which Displays well. 

Price: £125.00  SOLD

NB: unusual to find both the origin and destination date stamps on the front of a cover and so neatly placed.

One strike of the cross, the first struck, was almost dry of ink? hence the need for the second.

This item and that from South Molton would form an interesting pair showing

the variation in the inking of the MX and its consequence.

 

Number 6 in Cross upright strike: 'Half Bank of England Notes enclosed'

          

152316.  1d red 'GD', Plate 37, very fine/superb 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. 

On the inside flap is a note about the contents: 'Half Bank of England Notes enclosed'.

It is known that for security in transit, some organisations and individuals would send two letters

 to the same addressee, each letter with half of the same bank note(s) in it..

It may be the case here but in view of the sums mentioned it might be some

form of a money order which in effect was as good as cash?

We have not previously seen this type of description of enclosures.

A very unusual and rare combination of features that would display well 

A superb Display item.

Price: £290.00 

NB: Plate 37 is scarce with a MX cancellation and rarer still with a Number in Cross.

Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1 prices a Number 6 in Cross on cover at £450.

The slight browning near the top of the stamp does not affect the 1d red.

 

1d Plate 35: exceptional

152311. 1d 'OD', from Plate 35:

an exceptional example with a black maltese cross

and the top margin showing part of the stamp above.

The reverse shows an early stage of the Ivory Head variety.

Exhibition quality.

Price:  £43.50

 

Single usage of a MX

152312. Two single 1d reds,'HE' and 'HF', both Plate 21, with margins in places,

cancelled by a superb SINGLE MX which was contrary to Post Office regulations.

The two 1d reds have been soaked off the original cover or letter in the past

and put back together with a large type of hinge. 

A single MX on two single 1d reds is much scarcer than on an intact pair.

An attractive and very scarce item which displays well.

Price: £55.00  SOLD

 

Contrary to Regulations: ony two cancellation.

152310.  1d 'RH-RK', no margins to speak of and some rubbing on RH/RI, but a strip of four

cancelled contrary to Post Office regulations by only two strikes of the '538' of Nantwich, Cheshire.

Parmenter grades this as a scarce numeral and Danzig notes that English numerals,

used in this non-regulation way, are scarcer than with Irish or Scottish numerals.

Two stamps with clear QV profiles and in a bright shade. 

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price:  £56.00  SOLD

 

Strip of 5: Dublin numerals cancelled Contray to Regulations.

152313.  1d red 'FF-FJ', a fine full margined strip of five.

'FF/FG' and 'FH/FI' are both cancelled contrary to Post Office regulations, by a SINGLE '186' numeral of DUBLIN.

    There is a vertical fold in the margin between 'FH' and 'FI' but no damage.

A scarcer usage in Ireland and a rare item of Exhibition quality.

Price: £165.00 SOLD

 

2d Plate 4: Dublin numerals 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 P O Regulations by only two186 numerals of DUBLIN and rare as such. 

Stamps printed on THIN paper, Spec SG15q.

An estimated Gibbons price allowing for the strip and paper variety

is in excess of £1,000 before allowing a premium for only two cancellations.

Superb item of Exhibition quality.

Price: £285.00

 

Envelope to Balbriggan from Dublin:  cancelled Contray to Regulations

152274.  1d SG17, fine pair, 'RA-RB':

on an envelope from the Royal Irish Academy to Balbriggan, receiving date stamp for November 8th 1854. 

The stamps are cancelled Contrary to Post Office Regulations by a single '186' in bars of DUBLIN.

There is a lot of information on the internet about the HAMILTON FAMILY

and George Alexander Hamilton MP, including an image of him,

and a lot of information about The Royal Irish Academy, founded 1785 in Dublin. 

An attractive item with a rare combination of features

and one that when written up fully would make an interesting display page. 

Price:  £87.50

 

Mullingar Co.Westmeath: cancelled Contrary to Regulations

151411.  1d SG17, very fine miss perfed strip of three and a single:

tied to a piece and cancelled Contrary to Regulations

by two strikes only of the '345' numeral of MULLINGAR, Co. Westmeath.

An attractive and rare item in a deeper shade than the scan shows.

Price:  £69.00

 

The Rare C18 of BILTON: used Contrary to PO Regulations

152094.  1d Plate 81, strip of three and a single, on a wrapper to Preston from BILTON - Northumberland. 

Cancelled, Contrary to Post Office Regulations, by only two strikes of the C18 of Bilton: rated RARE by Parmenter. 

On the reverse is a superb upright strike of the EDINBURGH and BERWICK SORTING TENDER, Wilson Fig 786.

This strike is recorded as a backstamp between 1866 and 1868 and known with seriff and sans seriff letters - the example here is sans seriff. 

At July 17th 1868, this is a late usage. 

A rare/very rare combination of features and a fine and interesting Display item. 

Price:  £145.00 

NB: the only other example of the Bilton C18 cancellation we have seen on cover was with

a single 1/2d plate 5 for September 1871, no Sorting Tender marks, and it sold for £50 - that was 10 years ago!! 

The C18 was also applied inverted as in this example.

 

2d Plate 4: Single ABERDEEN numeral Contrary to Regulations

152314. 2d SG14 Plate 4, 'BA-BB': a very fine 4-margined pair, close at the NW corner on 'BA' but just clear. 

Cancelled contrary to Post Office regulations by a SINGLE number '1' of ABERDEEN. 

The cancellation leaves both stamps with a clear QV profile. 

The pair is printed on THIN PAPER, listed by Gibbons as ES14q and priced as a single at £225. 

With SG's premium for a pair, their price increases to £700 without a premium for the single cancellation. 

An attractive and very scarce item which would display well. 

Price:  £225.00

 

2d Plate 3 used in ABERDEEN

152315. 2d SG14, 'AD-AE', Plate 3, very fine with fresh colour:

A full margined pair lightly  cancelled by Aberdeen numeral '1's.

The stamps show the characteristic letters 'A' and 'D' of plate 3.

Printed on THIN PAPER which is NOT listed by Gibbons

on this plate 3 but is for plate 4 - see item 152314.

Priced by Gibbons as a pair at £280.

A very fine and attractive item.

Price: £120.00

 

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 Plate 9, 'T' row: Wolverhampton numeral 905

152322.  2d plate 9, SG45: 'TA' to 'TF', generally fine used, 'TA' pulled perf at the top

Stamps are from the bottom row of the Post Office sheet.

Remarkably EACH cancelled by the '905' of WOLVERHAMPTON.

The watermarks show variation in shape and position.

A rare grouping that would display well.

Price: £78.50

 

The very rare numeral 69 with a scarce More to Pay variety

152309.  1d red, 'HI', plate 64, fine with  3-plus margins on an entire which originally contained copies of legal documents.

On the reverse is a London type of date mark for the evening of April 7th 1846.

The 1d is tied by a very fine/superb upright strike of the very rare '69' in oval of bars: the best strike we have seen.

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

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

On the front of the entire is a very fine strike of the very scarce/rare 'More to Pay' illustrated by Johnson in

 ' Unpaid and Underpaid Mail of England and Wales', listed as K6, and noted as an important variety.

The vertical filing crease has been strenghtened by inside hinges.

A rare item with a rare/very rare combination of strikes.

Price:  £95.00  SOLD

 

Plate 45 with Number 4 in Cross used on the LAST DAY

152307.  A rare VERTICAL strip of FOUR and a single 1d red, all from Plate 45,

making up the very rare  5d rate, tied by Number 4 in Crosses to a large part entire; side flaps removed, from London to Thatcham.

Plate 45 with any type of Maltese Cross especially on cover, is very scarce and rare in a multiple usage.

On the reverse top flap is a London date stamp for May 16th1844 and a Newbury date stamp for May 17th 1844.

As detailed in the London Section of the GB and Ireland MX’s by Rockoff and Jackson,

May 16th 1844 was the Last Day of Usage of the Number in Cross cancellations.

Very few are known, only seven examples recorded previously including the 7, 8 and 9 mentioned above,

and none have been previously recorded for the rarest Number 4 in Cross.

A memorable and Exhibition quality item with a unique combination of features.  

Price: £1685.00

NB: Gibbons prices, in the latest, 2011 QV Volume 1, a single 1d red with Number 4 in Cross on cover at £2000.

No other multiple usage of the 1d red with a any Number in Cross on the Last Dayof Usage is known
.

The use of a Maltese Cross cancellation in London, both ‘normal’ and with Numbers in Cross, ended in the Inland Office on May 16th 1844.

 Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 1 page 179 note that after this date numerals in diamond in bars replaced the Numbers in Crosses.

Over the decades we have only
been able to offer Numbers in Crosses for 7, 8 and 9 on cover used on the Last Day of Usage, May 16th 1844,

except for the Number 10 in Cross currently on our website in the ‘1d Red Section’, Item 151490.

This is the only example known for the number 10 in cross used on its Last Day of usage.

 

Envelope to TOBAGO: very rare usage of 1d red

152297.  1d red, 'NC', 3-plus margins, tied by a smudged numeral '159' of GLASGOW to a very clean and uncreased envelope to TOBAGO (West Indies). 

On the front is a good strike of the very scarce and miniature single-arc stamp with a letter 'L', McKay figure 422 in 'The Postal History of Glasgow'.

This stamp was used to denote a late posting and as usual here it is used in conjunction with a late fee paid by a 1d red. 

On the front are superb/very fine strikes of 'Insufficiently Stamped' and 'Part-Paid/More to Pay' both in the same shade of red: these were applied in London.

The latter of the two strikes is very scarce and Johnson in 'Unpaid and Underpaid Mail' notes that

this strike is 'rare/important enough to be included in a collection of unpaid marks'. 

A m/s '11d' in black on the front indicates an underpayment and the paper seal has the initials of a Company. 

A very rare destination and extremely rare bearing a 1d red: the first we have seen to Tobago. 

Also, we have not previously seen this unique type of Glasgow late fee, McKay figure 422, used with a 1d red imperf going to an overseas destination.

A very rare and attractive Exhibition quality item. 

Price:  £880.00

NB: it is possible that the post office worker in the London Office,

who probably put on both underpayment strikes, initially applied the 'Insufficiently Stamped'

 but then put on the 'Part-Paid/ More to Pay' because he thought the 1d was paying part of the postage fee to Tobago,

not realising the significance of the tiny Glasgow late fee strike. 

The colour of the strikes suggests the same ink pad was used for both.

 

1d Plate 9: Red and Black MX's with Certificate.

 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 clean Certificate. 

Priced by Gibbons in the latest Gibbons QV Volume 1, 2011, at £3,500. 

This example is certainly one of the, if not the, finest extant. 

An item of Exhibition quality and importance.

Price: £2,285.00 

 

Number 4 in Cross on entire to Chorley

152305.  1d 'KC', full margins, close but clear NE corner, creased by a vertical fold:

tied to an entire by a very fine/fine almost upright strike on the Number 4 in Cross. 

On the reverse are transit date stamps for London Charing Cross April 26th 1843

and a Chorley date for the following day.

An early usage of this rarest of the numbers in crosses, barely a month after the EKD.

Gibbons prices this cross on cover at £2,000. 

An opportunity to obtain an example of this cross on cover at a small fraction of the Gibbon's price. 

Price:  £ 145.00

 

Mixed perf types and shades

         

152295.  1d SG26 perf 14, 'NA', ragged perfs at the bottom, and a very fine 1d SG26 perf 16, 'OI',

both tied to a North of Scotland Banking Company Scottish letter by the '1' in bars of ABERDEEN. 

The 1d SG26 perf 16 is in the scarcer very deep brown shade, SG Spec C5(2) and

the 1d SG26 in a shade close to, or at, the rare orange-brown, Spec C6(5)

There is an Aberdeen date stamp in green on the reverse top flap for January 2nd 1856:

  just a few days before the introduction of the Experimental Aberdeen duplex on January 7th 1856,

and a Crieff receiving date stamp for the following day. 

A rare and attractive item which would make a superb Exhibition pairing with Item 152296.

Price: £185.00 

NB: SG26 perf 16 priced by Gibbons on cover, in the cheapest shade, at £240 and the SG 26 perf 14 at £75.

As both date stamps are on the top flap, they display well when raised.

 

Mixed perfs and cancellation types on a turned envelope

   

                                                                                                                                          

  152296.   1d fine SG26 perf 16, 'GB',Spec C5(1) tied by a partial strike of the HAWICK '174' numeral, on an envelope to Hull, November 12th 1855.

Soon after the envelope was received on November 13th 1855, it was turned inside out and addressed to LIVERPOOL. 

A fine 1d perf 14, 'OJ', Spec C6(1) added which was cancelled by a fine/very fine HULL spoon, Type D for November 14th 1855. 

A very rare combination of perf types and cancellations. 

Price: £138.00

NB: this item would make a superb Exhibition pairing with item 152295.

1d SG26 Spec C5 priced by Gibbons on cover at £240 and Spec C6 at £75 with a numeral cancellation.

 

An 1822 Document sent in 1842 in Wales 

152278.  A remarkable item: an official document, dated 1822 with another dated note inside for 1835, turned into a letter and

sent locally within CORWEN, Merioneth, on May 2nd 1842 and received the following day. On the front is written 'Stamped Sunday Night': May 1st 1842 was a Sunday. 

The postage fee has been paid by a 2d blue Plate 2, SG5, and two 1d red imperfs. The 2d blue, NL', is just 4-margined has a large portion of the Queen's head clear though with faults.

One 1d red is almost full margined and the other is only a partial stamp. The three stamps would all have been marginal and the margins have been folded on to the back of the letter to help to seal it.

The staining on and around the stamps and on the back of the letter, appear to be largely from the gum of the stamp margins.

The partial 1d stamp was damaged when the letter was opened.

A 4d rate with an 1840 2d blue used in conjunction with the 1d red is a rare combination and especially so on a complete cover or letter.

The 'Daisy' Collection, The Dr Pichai Collection, The Chartwell Collection and the Lady Mairi Bury Collection: none of these contained a 4d rate with this combination on cover or letter. 

The 2d Plate 2 on cover is priced by Gibbons at £3,250. 

A very rare Welsh usage.

A truly remarkable survivor which despite the faults would make a memorable Exhibition item. 

Price: £695.00

 

1d PLATE 177 with Certificate on an Entire

152269.   1d imperf, 'NE', not full margined but printed from the very rare Plate 177 and with an RPS Certificate. 

Gibbons, in the grossly out of date latest QV Volume 1, 2011 Edition, prices this rarest of 1d imperf plates at £4,000 on a stamp alone:

no price is quoted on cover.

Very few examples of this plate are known on cover;

neither the Mairi Bury Collection nor the Chartwell Collection contained an example on cover.

This entire was used in London, July 7th 1854 and the stamp is tied by

a very fine '79' in oval of bars of the London District Post Chief Office, 79D4B. 

 As in the scan, the stamp is surrounded by some non-blueing of the wrapper's paper but the stamp is not affected by it. 

A considerable rarity with an RPS Certificate.

Price:  £885.00

NB: a new Edition of QV Volume 1, covering the Line Engraved issues, is due to be published in 2020.

 

Dr Perkins Experimental Blued Paper with Certification

                                                                            

     FRONT                                                                                          REVERSE                                  

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. 

These 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. 

A superb and rare Exhibition item. 

Price:  £675.00

                         NB: Gibbons offered a non-marginal block of 4,1d plate 121, at £27,500.  

 

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

 

STONEHAVEN: the non double-lined cross variety

              

152294.  1d 'SA', Plate 30:

a very fine/fine 4-margined example from this scarce plate tied to an entire from

STONEHAVEN to Montrose, July 22nd 1842 and delivered this same day. 

The Stonehaven cross here shows no double-lined effect. 

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 2, list and illustrate 18 examples of the double-lined cross,

but only 11 examples of the Stonehave cross with no double-lined effect.

Only one 1842 example is listed, that on a 1d pink envelope.

 Stonehaven had a population in 1841 of only 3021 and even the none double-lined cross on cover is very scarce. 

Gibbons in the latest 2011 Edition Of QV Volume 1, prices a 1d plate 30 on cover at £250. 

A rare combination of plate and cross. 

Price:  £125.00

 

Missent to Glasgow: a rare SUNDAY usage

152180.  1d red, corner crease on entire written in Edinburgh and sent to Stiirling. 

1d red would have been cancelled in Edinburgh; Edinburgh type of cds on reverse for June 13th 1847.

On the front is a fine strike of the MISSENT TO GLASGOW, Aukland GW184, rated very rare.

On the reverse top flap is a fine Glasgow date stamp also for June 13th 1847 which displays superbly when the flap is raised.

There is also a small part of a Stirling date stamp in blue for the 14th.

June 13th 1847 was a SUNDAY so this is a rare Sunday usage of a Missent mark

and the ONLY example we have seen of a Missent strike used on the Sabbath.

Attractive item with a rare combination of features.

Price: £85.00

 

 A Postal Fraud: 1d re-used on wrapper

          

152293.  1d red, fine full margined with a very small nick at NW corner, on a clean wrapper from ROCHDALE to Halifax, September 27th 1845.

The 1d has been previously used, the original cancellation is partially visible below the ink that has been applied to obscure it,

and then overlapped onto the wrapper to simulate a cancellation.

The original cancellation appears to be a diamond in bars therefore used in London.

This fraud was not picked up by the post office and so the letter got through without a surcharge.

Rather a risky fraud as the letter was addressed to a Solicitors!

Very rare item and a fine Exhibition example of a postal fraud.

Price: £295.00  SOLD

NB: an inside flap has the hand written name 'Butterworth and Son'.

 

The rare Number 35 in oval of bars

  

152281.  1d , 'HA', defective at the right, tied to a very clean and uncreased envelope,

by the number 35 in oval of bars of TWICKENHAM, sent to Holborn, December 15th 1848. 

The number 35 is rated as RARE by Parmenter in 'Barred Numeral Cancellations of London'. 

Very difficult to find such cancellations on cover and this is the

first Twickenham numeral we have been able to offer. 

Price: £100.00

NB: on the reverse is a complete red wax seal imprinted of

Joshua Hutchinson & Son London. This company was based in Twickenham in 1848.

 

Redirected with pen cancel and numeral

                                    

152102.  Mourning envelope with original letter, sent from PLYMOUTH, April 1847, to London

with one stamp cancelled by a partial 620 numeral of Plymouth. 

Redirected in London to Tombridge Wells with  a 1d red added and cancelled by a London numeral in diamomd and bars. 

The right hand stamp pen cancelled. 

Both stamps are not full-margined but an unusual item. 

Price: £53.50  SOLD

NB: the condition of the envelope, front and back is finer than the scan suggests.

There is a full black wax seal on reverse.

 

Number 6 in Cross in BLUE overstruck by a London Cross in Black

         

152270. 1d red, 'MJ', Plate 20?, on an undated front and part back to Redditch.

The stamp is tied by first of all a Number 6 in Cross struck in a shade of watery BLUE ink.

It has then been overstruck by a London Type 1 Cross in the normal black ink. 

From the way this black cross has been applied, its purpose was to overstrike the incorrect blue cross so that little of it could be seen.

In more than 40 years as specialist dealers in QV material, we have never seen any Number in Cross struck in other than black ink.

From our researches going back to the 1940's, we cannot find any such examples in other than black ink. 

A remarkable and unique item of  Exhibition importance.

Price:  £2,285.00  SOLD

NB: The scan does not do justice to the blue ink. 

Both the blue and black inks show through to some extent on the back of the paper.

 

1d Plate 22 Orange brown shade

       

152233.  1d, Plate 22, 'GL-HL', orange-brown shade:

four-margined vertical part inscriptional pair in this very scarce shade. 

The part inscription reads '(P)er Row of 12.  £1..Per Sheet.' 

Cancelled by debris-filled MX's: some of the dirtiest strikes we have seen! 

There is a vertical scissor cut in the 'H' square of 'HL' just touching the design

with a small hinge covering it on the reverse as seen in the scan.

A SINGLE in this shade is priced by Gibbons at a minimum of £275. 

Very scarce/rare multiple with these features. 

Price:  £135.00 

NB: the scan does not do justice to this very scarce distinctive shade.

 

1d Plate 36: Number 8 in Cross Block of Four

      

152234.  1d, 'IK-JL', block of four, light crease across the top two stamps: 'JK' and 'JL' both show the J Flaw variety, BS25e. 

Gibbons prices in the latest, 2011 Edition of QV Volume 1, due to be updated in 2020, a block of 4 in this plate at £850

before a significant premium added for the number 8 in cross cancellations which have been applied upright. 

Rarely are blocks of four found with any number in cross cancels other than number 12 in cross:

the latter used mainly on heavy packages/letters. 

An attractive and rare item. 

Price:  £325.00

 

Belfast Spoon: 1d with Gothik K

152287.  1d SG29 Plate 27, 'MK' with the Gothik K variety, SG Spec C8J:

tied to an entire by a BELFAST English type b spoon for February 20th 1856 struck in blue-black. 

Very scarce combination of variety and cancellation. 

Price:  £68.50

NB: In the Embossed Section of the website are rare examples of

Irish Spoons on cover with 1/- Embossed values.

 

Envelope to Balbriggan from Dublin:  cancelled Contray to Regulations

152274.  1d SG17, fine pair, 'RA-RB':

on an envelope from the Royal Irish Academy to Balbriggan, receiving date stamp for November 8th 1854. 

The stamps are cancelled Contrary to Post Office Regulations by a single '186' in bars of DUBLIN.

There is a lot of information on the internet about the HAMILTON FAMILY and George Alexander Hamilton MP, including an image of him,

and a lot of information about The Royal Irish Academy, founded 1785 in Dublin. 

An attractive item with a rare combination of features

and one that when written up fully would make an interesting display page. 

Price:  £87.50

 

EKD Creswell machine duplex on a Ladies Embossed Envelope

152277.  A fine 1d star, 'IH' :

 tied to a neat embossed ladies envelope by the Creswell machine duplex type 72F, used locally in London. 

This variety has been recorded in use in November and December 1857. 

The example here is dated October 26th 1857 and is believed to be the Earliest Known Date for Type 72F: 3-7-7-3 bars. 

There is a tear on the reverse but the browning is NOT as as pronounced as the scan suggests.

The envelope is generally in a finer condition than in the scan.

A rare combination of features; the first ladies envelope we have seen used with a Creswell machine cancellation.

Price: £48.00  SOLD

 

1d imperf from Jersey to Ireland

152272.  1d, 'OK', 4-margins, (close but clear NE'):

tied to a neat envelope to Banbridge, Ireland, by a partial double strike of the '409' numeral of JERSEY. 

On the reverse an attractive array of 1852 coloured transit date stamps including:  Jersey date stamp in blue for January 8th;

an Irish transit cds in orange-red for January 11th - a SUNDAY and a Banbridge cds in green for January 12th.

 A very scarce/rare combination of place of origin and destination. 

Price: £88.00 

NB: the apparent staining on the reverse is barely visible in 'the flesh'.    

 

1d with a Clear Profile

                  

152275.  1d 'DB', Plate 22?:

Very fine/superb 4-margined with excellent colour on entire London to Rye, May 13th 1842. 

On the reverse a Rye date stamp for the following day.

The MX leaves a large amount of the Queen's head clear. 

The letter mentions the Duchess of Kent, Buckingham Palace and the Prince (Albert). 

An attractive item that would display well. 

Price: £55.00

 

Registered MONEY LETTER

152271.  1d, 'HI', 3-margined, filing crease: Registered Letter from Leeds to Pontefract, Yorkshire, November 18th 1848:

a Pontefract receiving date stamp on the reverse for the following day.

The registration fee was reduced from 1/- to 6d in March 1848:

on the front is a m/s '6' in red paying the newly introduced registration fee. 

The letter refers to enclosing FOUR Banknotes with a total value of THIRTY POUNDS

confirming that this was a registered Money Letter.

A very scarce and attractive item which displays well. 

Price:  £110.00

NB: £30 was a considerable sum in 1848!! 

  

1d red Plate 2: from JESUS COLLEGE Cambridge

152013.  1d red, Plate 2, 'AG', very fine square margined example from this black plate and tied by a very fine CAMBRIDGE cross. 

The printed entire is from JESUS COLLEGE and is an account for rent due for the year ending at Michaelmas, 1841.

It would appear to be for a crop of malt and wheat from land owned by the College. 

Very fine Cambridge date stamp for November 20th 1841 and a London receiver

for November 22nd 1841; November 21st was a Sunday. 

1d red plate 2 is priced by Gibbons at £550 on cover. 

A superb item with a very rare/unique combination of features. 

Would make an interesting and memorable Display item. 

Price:  £255.00 

 

1d red Plate 2: Birmingham Cross

152014.  1d red, Plate 2, 'IB', fine 4-margined example tied to a neat wrapper to Sheffield

on July 30th 1841 by a fine Type 2 BIRMINGHAM Cross:

thicker lines to the inner and outer parts of the cross and longer diamond points. 

Rockoff in 'Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', Volume 1 page 52, records

only ONE earlier example of a Birmingham cross on a 1d red cover ie for June 20th 1841.

Gibbons prices a 1d red on cover from black plate 2 at £550.

A fine and interesting item. 

Price:  £155.00 

NB: the wrapper is in a much cleaner condition than the scan suggests with none of the yellowing.

 

1d Red: Black Plate 2

152012. 1d red, 'BC', Plate 2:

very fine large margined example from this black plate.

Priced by Gibbons at £325. 

A difficult stamp to find in such fine condition.  

Price:  £128.00

 

Leeds Special Cross on 1d Plate 1b

     

152007.  1d red, 'QJ', plate 1b,very fine large margined example with signs of plate wear:

cancelled centrally by the Leeds distinctive cross, SG Spec A2ua. 

As is often the case, the strike of the cross is rather smudged but

the characteristic shape of the outer part of the cross can be seen at the bottom and right side. 

Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, QV Volume 1 at £900 on the cheapest red and

from a black plate and at a minimum of £1,800 on this very scarce plate. 

We can not recall previously seeing this rare plate with a Leeds cross.

A very rare item. 

Price: £330.00

 

BROMPTON numeral '37' on wrapper

152262.  1d red, not full margined, tied to a wrapper used locally within London by a clear BROMPTON '37' in oval of bars.

This strike is recorded in Black and Blue ink with BLACK being the rarer as noted by Danzig. 

On the reverse top flap is a fine London date stamp for April 3rd 1847. 

This is a very scarce/rare strike especially on cover and the first we have been able to offer for some considerable time. 

Price:  £110.00  SOLD

 

ROYSTON Square circle: LATE usage of 1d red

152263.  1d red Plate 88:

not full margined but cancelled by the ROYSTON  Cambs (Cambridge) squared circle for MAY 17th 1889. 

Plate 88 registered on March 20th 1849 so this example used some 50 years after issued. 

This Royston Cambs squared circle is the first issued variety replaced by the much commoner Royston Herts

caused by a change of County from Cambridgeshire to Herfordshire. 

A rare item. 

Price: £60.00  SOLD

 

NORWICH Characteristic Cross: an interesting Addressee

152264.  1d red, possibly with some crude rouletting?, tied to an envelope from Norwich to London by

the distinctive NORWICH Cross, SG Spec B1ts; priced on cover in 2011 at £1,800,

and unusually leaving most of the Queen's head clear. 

A Norwich cds on the reverse for January 12th 1844 and a London receiver for the following day.

This example is NOT recorded by Rockoff and Jackson. 

The addressee is the Reverend William Sandys Wright Vaux:

the celebrated 19th Century English antiquary and numismatist at the British Museum.

There is a FULL BIOPIC of him on the internet which would provide a useful resource

for writing up this interesting and very scarce item. 

Price: £165.00 

NB: the browning of the envelope is not as pronounced as the scan suggests.

 

1d red Norwich Cross

152009.  1d Red, 'CA, Plate 28, fine 4-margined: close but clear at 'A' square,

cancelled by the Norwich distinctive cross, SG Spec B1ts. 

Priced by Gibbons at £550 in the latest 2011 QV Volume 1.

On reverse is a fine Ivory Head.

Very difficult to find this cross on a full-margined 1d red.

Price:  £79.50

 

Wrapper to The Postmaster, Ledbury: EIGHT different date stamps

       

152265.  1d Plate 38, 3 -margined, tied to an outer wrapper from MANCHESTER to Ledbury by the ordinary Manchester cross, February 15th 1844. 

There are no less than EIGHT different Ledbury date stamps, four are on the inside and five on the outer flaps:

two are for February 15th; and the others are for February 16th; 19th; 20th; 21st; 22nd; 23rd and 26th - the latter has the '2' hand inserted as seen in the third scan. 

Clearly the Postmaster used this item to check the date stamp before use on items of mail received in the Post Office at Ledbury. 

Very unusual and the first as such we have seen.

An interesting and memorable Display item.

Price:  £52.50

 

London Cross: MAY 3rd 1844

152266a.  1d red, Plate 43:

full margined except JUST touched under SE letter square, tied to an entire used within London.

The 1d has a superb rich colour with the London cross leaving the ENTIRE QV head clear. 

On the reverse top flap is a fine London date stamp for MAY 3rd 1844: barely two weeks before the London cross was replaced with numerals. 

A point of the central diamond can just be seen and with the curved inner portion,

thse confirm that this is not the number in cross cancellation - see the following item 152266b.

1d Plate 43 with a Maltese cross cancellation on cover is very scarce and this is the finest example we have seen.

A very attractive item with a rare/very rare number of features. 

Price:  £150.00

NB: See item 152266b below also used on May 3rd 1844. They would make a remarkable pairing.

 

Number 2 in Cross: MAY 3rd 1844

152266b.  1d red pair, Plate 39, huge margins in places but into at base, Number 2 in Cross, on entire London to Southampton. 

Fine Lombard Street date stamp for MAY 3rd 1844 and a Southampton receiver for the following day, both on the rear top flap. 

The Last Day of Usage of the Number in Cross cancellations was MAY 16th 1844 so the example here is inside two weeks of its last usage.

Gibbons prices a single Number 2 in Cross on cover at £550 not allowing for the pair OR

that Plate 39 on cover with a Maltese cross is scarce and carries a significant premium.

A rare combination of features. 

Price:  £135.00 

NB: the weight of the letter does not require a 2d fee so the 'additional 1d' may have been a Late Fee payment. 

This item and Item 152266a would make a very interesting and very rare pairing.

 

Late Usage: Plate 170

152267.  1d Plate 170, 4-margined on neat envelope to Chaford, April 4th 1858.

1d imperfs were replaced officially by 1d perforates on March 12th 1854:

hence the usage here of this imperf stamp is a late usage: stamp cancelled by an indistinct numeral. 

This is the latest usage of imperf plate 170 we have seen. 

Price:  £67.00

 

Greenock Cross on piece

152015.  1d red, almost 3-margined, tied to a small piece

by an excellent strike of the Greenock cross, SG Spec B1th. 

Priced by Gibbons in the latest 2011 QV Volume 1 at £250. 

Price:  £42.00

 

BRIGHTON Cross on 1d red Plate 10

151990.  1d red Plate 10, 'RC', superb 4-margined tied to an entire from BRIGHTON to London, January 25th 1842. 

This example of the distinctive Brighton Cross shows its peculiar asymmetry. 

Rarely found with a complete strike and this example is fine. 

Unrecorded by Gibbons on a 1d red from a black plate.

On a 1d red from a non-black plate, this cross on cover priced by Gibbons at £900 in the latest, 2011 Edition of QV Volume 1. 

An estimated Gibbons price for this cross on a 1d red on cover from a black plate is £2,500-£3,000. 

This item is made rarer by the 1d red showing the listed variety: Spec AS69c, (Check letter P converted to R by hand engraving).

The date markings display superbly when the rear flap is raised as per the scan. 

A superb and very rare item.  

Price:  £685.00

NB: Only four earlier dates are recorded by Rockoff in 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland, Volume 1'.

 

EKD Cheltenham Numeral

152252.  1d red Plate 35, 4-margined close but clear 'E'square:

tied to a clean wrapper to London by the '177' of CHELTENHAM. 

Cheltenham date stamp on the top flap for MAY 6th 1844.

This predates the EKD recorded by Parmenter as is the Earliest Recorded Date for this numeral:

numerals were introduced on May 1st 1844 replacing the MX cancellations.

Very scarce item that displays well.

Price:  £65.00   SOLD

 

Haslingden Penny Post with MX

152253.  1d red 'PK', Plate 23, full margins but just touched NW square:

tied to piece by HASLINGDEN PENNY POST, County Cat. Manchester M298, recorded to 1842,

and overstruck by a Manchester Cross; possibly a small cut under the 'P' letter square but clear of the design.

The letter 'P' shows the rare listed variety Spec BS12c: 'Letter without foot' for Plate 23. 

Gibbons prices in the latest QV Volume 1, 2011, the combination of Penny Post and MX cancellations, Spec B1wa, at £550. 

This combination used with the variety on plate 23, is very likely UNIQUE. 

A remarkable item of Exhibition quality. 

Price:  £155.00  SOLD

 

Handsworth Penny Post and MX Cancellations

152254.  1d red, almost full margins, tied to piece by:

the Handsworth Penny Post, 'PyP No 15'  in BLUE and overstruck by a MX,

both tie the stamp to the piece: stamp with small area of creasing at left.

In the latest QV Volume 1, 2011, Gibbons lists this combination as B1wc,

and on piece is priced at £1,000. 

Rare item. 

Price: £160.00

 

1d red Plate 12

152255.  1d red Plate 12, 'HD', very fine 4-margined, tied to clean entire from Grays Inn,

by a MX leaving almost all of the Queen's head clear. 

London date stamp for June 7th 1841 and a Ludlow date stamp for the following day,

both on the top flap which displays well. 

Scarce plate on cover priced by Gibbons at £200

and rare/very rare with such a partial MX leaving the Head so clear.

Display quality item.

Price: £85.00

 

Hebden Bridge Penny Post and Halifax Cross

152256.  1d red Plate 31, very fine 4-margined tied to entire

to Huddersfield from Hebden Bridge, by a HALIFAX Cross leaving a clear profile. 

Letter dated April 17th 1843 with on the top flap an unusual Halifax ERROR of Date (April 18th 183).

Also on the reverse is a Huddersfield receiver for the following day.

On the front is a very fine strike of the HEBDEN BRIDGE / PENNY POST, Yorkshire County Cat. YK1331. 

This cancellation is recorded in Red but the strike here is in a shade closer to Orange. 

An attractive item with a very scarce/rare combination of features which displays well. 

An Exhibition item.

Price: £95.00  SOLD

 

LYME Town Cancel on 1d Red

152257. 1d red, 'SG', virtually 3 margins, tied to an entire from LYME to Chard.

The stamp, light vertical crease, is tied by a fine strike of the LYME 'Wessex' circular name stamp for June 17th 1842. 

It is also tied by a lightly struck, but legible, CHARD 'Weesex' name stamp for June 18th 1842. 

Interestingly, Danzig records the Chard 'Wessex' name stamp used on a 1d red from June 1842. 

In the latest, QV Volume 1, 2011 Edition, Gibbons prices this type of cancellation, Spec B1va, at £3,000 on cover. 

We have not previously seen a 1d red on cover tied by TWO different 'Wessex' date stamps. 

An extremely rare item. 

Price:  £390.00 

NB: the overall condition of the item is finer than in the scan.

 

Registered at Glasgow

152258.  1d red Plate 91: SEVEN SINGLE full margined examples on a Registered Front from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

The six single stamps paying the 6d registration fee are fine and

cancelled by the '159' of Glasgow, the stamp bottom left is full margined but creased.

On the front is a fine strike of the very scarce circular double arc 'Registered at Glasgow', McKay Fig 463.

Plate 91 was registered on May 24th 1849. 

A remarkable franking with six SINGLE 1d reds paying the registration fee and significantly rarer than a strip of six.

A very rare and attractive Exhibition item. 

Price: £285.00  SOLD

 

Registered at Glasgow

152259.  Registered part front and back, December 7th 1850.

The 6d registration fee paid with a strip of three, 2d plate 3, and a 2d Plate 3 paying the postage.

'SC' full margined and the strip has 3 margins with 'RL' creased as in the scan.

On the front is a fine strike of the very scarce 'Registered at Glasgow' circular double arc, McKay Fig 463. 

Scarce item. 

Price; £69.50

 

Early usage 6d Registration Rate

152261. 1d red 'QG', possibly Plate 76, 3 margined, very close at top but clear, placed over a fold in the wrapper. 

Tied to a clean registered wrapper from OSWESTRY to Bakewell, May 7th 1848, and on the reverse a Bakewell date stamp for May 9th 1848. 

The 6d registration fee paid as indicated by a m/s 6 in red. 

The 6d registration fee was changed from 1/- to 6d in March 1848 and the example offered here is

one of the earliest usages of this reduced fee that we have been able to offer:

the earliest was only a day earlier than this example!   

A very scarce item.

Price: £85.00  SOLD

 

A Rare SIX single 1d red franking

152260. 1d reds, all Plate 50: SIX singles, all full margined except 'CG' which is full except close to shaved at left. 

Tied to a wrapper from PERTH to Dunfermline, May 10th 1845 and received the next day.

Stamps cancelled by the '280' of Perth; a clean wrapper with the left side flap missing.

A SIX SINGLE stamp franking is much rarer than one of a strip of six and

remarkable to find virtually each stamp with full margins. 

Plate 50 is the rarest of plates 46-58 and priced by Gibbons at £50 for a single stamp NOT on cover. 

A very rare combination of features: an Exhibition item. 

Price: £185.00

NB: the front of the wrapper is cleaner than the scan suggests.

SEE item 152258 above: also has multiple single full - margined 1d reds.

 

First Day Usage of the World's First Duplex Cancellation

152179.  1d, 'TA', 3 margins, just clear to touched NW corner and a small scratch near the top:

tied to a piece by a fine strike of the very first duplex cancellation, '73', which was initially introduced in London, February 24th 1853. 

Only one example of this first day of usage is known on full cover.

It first appeared on the market in a 2006 Spinks sale and realised a figure of £2,470 inclusive of the Buyers Premium.

This cover has the London 73 duplex on a 3-margined 1d red, 'AJ', cut well in to at the right and only a partial strike of the ‘FE’ date. 

The example offered here has a totally clear date and also the same code 4 as the cover. 

From our researches, the full cover and the piece offered here, are the only known examples

of this historic cancellation used on its first day of usage.

The development of the London duplex was the forerunner of this type of canceller used not only within the UK but globally.

An important Exhibition item of historic significance in the development of cancellations.

Price:  £680.00  SOLD

 

SG51 Plate 1: Multiple Usage on a Registered Envelope

152222.  Fine SG51 plate 1, threehalfpence, partially separated strip of three, 'BG-BI', and a 1d plate 150.

Tied to an envelope by BURTON on TRENT duplexes for May 5th 1876.

Registered to Ashbourne, cds on the front for the following day. 

On the reverse a DERBY Registered Oval for May 5th 1876 and two wax seals for the Burton-on-Trent Bank. 

Very difficult stamp to find with a multiple usage especially used internally within the UK. 

An attractive and rare item. 

Price:  £195.00 

 

1d SG17 on wrapper: very worn plate

152213.  1d SG17, very fine:

tied to a clean, wrapper by a fine BRADFORD Yorks sideways duplex for May 6th 1855. 

Leeds date stamp in blue, for this same date, on the bottom flap that displays well when opened.

The 1d is misperfed and shows a remarkable degree of plate wear: the most we have seen on this stamp.

The cancellation leaves most of the Queen's head clear allowing the plate wear to be seen superbly.

An item of Exhibition quality.

Price: £55.00  SOLD

 

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. 

 

Sunday usage of a rare spoon.

152204. 1d SG29, 'QH', Q corner perf missing:

tied to a piece by a very fine/superb strike of the rare STOKE-on-TRENT spoon

for March 29th 1857 - a SUNDAY.

In the GBJ some years ago an article appeared with the results

of a date analysis of a collection of 135 examples of spoons, NONE was a Sunday usage. 

We can recall seeing only one other example of a spoon used on a Sunday.

It was a common spoon and we sold it many years ago! 

A very rare Exhibition item with a unique combination of features. 

Price: £160.00

 

Madeleine Smith in GREEN

152197.  1d SG29, fine, 'GB':

tied to a small piece by a strike of the Glasgow Type 2 Experimental Duplex in GREEN.

Green ink is known used from May 5th 1856 to May 15th 1856: a period of only ELEVEN days.

The date, not a full strike, is MAY 5th 1856: the first day of this ink being used. 

Priced by Gibbons in QV Volume 1, 2011 - latest Edition, at £550 on piece for an Irish duplex

with a note that green duplexes in England or Scotland command a significant premium.

It is very hard to find any example in green with such a short period of usage.

A very rare item. 

Price: £200.00  

 

Madeleine Smith in GREEN

    

       152196.  A pair of SG29, light horizontal crease:

tied to a piece by two fine strikes in GREEN of the Type 2 GLASGOW Experimental Duplex. 

This cancellation in green is known in use for ELEVEN days only between MAY 5th 1856 and May 15th 1856. 

The strikes on this piece are for MAY 6th 1856 - the second day of usage.  

Priced by Gibbons in QV Volume 1, 2011, latest Edition, at £550 for a SINGLE strike on piece for an Irish duplex

with a note that green duplexes in England or Scotland command a significant premium.

It is very hard to find any example in green with such a short period of usage.

From our researches, the example offered here is the only known multiple usage of this rare colour.

On MAY 16th 1856 green ink was replaced by the usual black

as seen in the piece which is included with this item.

An extremely rare/unique pair of Exhibition importance.

Price:  £465.00

NB: the scan does not do justice to the green colour.

 

2d SG34 plate 5

           

152213a.  2d SG34 plate 5, 'QG-RH':

fine/very fine used block of 4 each cancelled by the DUBLIN '186' and priced by Gibbons at £1,000.

One or two perfs strenghened by a small hinge at the top centre. 

An attractive and very scarce/rare item especially so fine and with an Irish usage. 

Price: £285.00

 

Captain F W Egerton: H M S Salamis

H M S SALAMIS

152185.  Envelope from NEWARK, May 13th 1877:

to Capt. F W Egerton R N of H M S SALAMIS, Mediterranean Squadron, Malta or elsewhere. 

Malta has been deleted and Piraeus added in two places: the port of Piraeus is the chief port in Greece.

The postage has been paid by a 1/2d plate 10 and two 1d plates, 195 and 199. 

The photo of H M S Salamis is available on the internet as are more details of the ship.

 In the National Maritime Museum, is an inscribed cigar case:  'To Commander F W Egerton R N, H M S Salamis

From Captains R N Sir William N W Hewitt, John K E Baird and Richard Wells

in Rememberance of their Pleasant Shooting Excursion Oct.15th 1877'. 

A very rare item that when fully written up would make an interesting and memorable display. 

Price:  £120.00

NB: Those who presented the cigar case were all Vice-Admirals and Knighted: biopics on the internet.

Sir William N W Hewitt, won the Victoria Cross in the Crimea War in 1854.

There is a full biopic on the internet and a photo of him.

The brown marks on the reverse of the envelope are fainter than the scan suggests.

 

Fine Strike of the Rare 'Misdirected to York'

152187.  A fine1d SG 40 tied by a STAINES duplex for March 16th 1859 to a mourning envelope to Easingwold. 

On the front is a fine strike in blue, of the rare/very rare 'Misdirected to York', County Cat YK 3378. 

This strike is given the highest rarity grading of 'H'. 

The only example we have ever been able to offer or can recall seeing. 

An Exhibition item. 

Price:  £125.00 

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

 

First Rideout Machine: rare usage on 2d Plate 7

152142.  2d SG45, 'AJ', Plate 7: fine example, one very short perf at the top, 

tied to a clean and uncreased legal entire to Wymondham by the First Machine.

Code HS with 7 bars at the top and bottom ie 2.7.7.2 bars, for December 17th 1858.

The stamp is tied by an additional partial second strike. 

Plate 7 is a scarcer plate with an estimated Gibbons price on cover

 in excess of £200 before allowing for the cancellation. 

We cannot recall seeing this 2d plate on cover cancelled by a Rideout Machine:

covers with a usage of these machines on values other than the contemporary 1d are rarely found.  

Very scarce/rare item. 

Price:  £95.00 SOLD

NB: the condition of the front of the entire is finer than in the scan.

 

This item came from an Award-Winning Display and other examples of the Rideout Machine Trials,

and its usage as a dater backstamp, can be found in the

'Early Machine Cancellations and Trials' Section of this website.

 

The LEEDS Special 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 to the 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:  £850.00

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.
 

KELSO cross on 1d red Cover

15199.  1d red plate 19, ‘NE’:

an 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 - the Kelso cross on 1d pink envelope.

 

DUMFRIES distinctive cross: largest known multiple on cover.




Click above for larger image of the strip



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; 

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. 

     An Exhibition item.     

Price:  £735.00


 

London to Guernsey in the concessionary period:

Number 4 in Cross 
 



15185.  1d red imperf, ‘CK’, Plate 27, a fine 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.

This is the ONLY one with the Number 4 in Cross of which we are aware and

the only number in cross example during the concessionary period. 

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 display-quality item.    

Price:  £550.00  SOLD

 

2d Plate 3 Strip of Four

152190.  2d Plate 3, 'KA-KD': stamps into at the top margin, tied to a piece to Morpeth

by fine numeral 5's in diamond and bars of the London Chief Office, Inland Section.

On the reverse is a hand-written date for December 5th 1846. 

The 8d rate paid up to 4oz in weight; the 1d imperf, filing crease, would have paid a Late Fee.

We can not recall seeing a 9d rated item from this period on inland mail. 

An unusual item. 

Price: £75.00

 

1d red Plate 9: Newcastle Stamp Office to Alnwick Stamp Office 1841

152181.  1d red, 'RC', Plate 9:

very fine 4-margined example tied by a double strike of the Newcastle on Tyne MX leaving a clear QV profile. 

Rare entire from the Newcastle Stamp Office to the Alnwick Stamp Office, August 28th 1841. 

We can not recall previously seeing a 1d red from a black plate on a Stamp Office letter. 

On the reverse is a partial strike of the ALNWICK date stamp in red for August 29th 1841 - a SUNDAY. 

Gibbons prices a 1d red plate 9 on cover at £325. 

A very rare/unique combination of features. 

Price:  £295.00

 

EKD Leeds numeral

152184.  1d red 'DF', fine, 4-margins, corner wrinkle below 'D' square, on a wrapper from LEEDS to Bradford. 

1d tied by a fine '447' numeral of Leeds with a Leeds date stamp for MAY 4th 1844. 

The change from MX to numeral cancellations took place on MAY 1st 1844. 

Parmenter notes an EKD for the Leeds numeral as May 7th 1844. 

From our researches we cannot find an earlier example of the Leeds numeral than the one offered here.

On the front is a BRADFORD date stamp for MAY 5th 1844:

the first SUNDAY after the numeral cancellations were introduced in England and Wales.

Rare item which displays well.

Price: £68.00  SOLD

 

Nottingham numeral in GREEN with RPS Certificate

152162.  1d red 'TE', fine Plate 70, three plus margins, on a clean wrapper to Chesterfield from NOTTINGHAM, February 21st 1847.

Stamp tied by a very fine '583' of Nottingham in GREEN. 

Offered with a clean RPS Certificate (2010) confirming plate 70 and the Nottingham numeral in GREEN, SG Spec BS28xc. 

Priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011 Edition of QV Volume 1 at £9,000.

Parmenter records this numeral in green ink used on February 5th 1847and on occasion to March 6th 1847.

An attractive and rare item that displays well. 

Price:  £1,580.00

 

DUDLEY numeral in bright GREEN 1856

152163.  1d 'GK', Plate 140, almost 3-margined but with some light creasing: on an insurance report, side flaps removed for display purposes. 

Sent from DUDLEY to Cradley, the stamp is tied by a fine '263' of Dudley in bright GREEN. 

On the reverse is a Dudley date stamp, in the same green ink, for January 1st 1856 and a Stourbridge receiver for the following day in red.

This is a late usage of the 1d red imperf and from our researches this example is

the latest known usage of any GREEN numeral on cover with a 1d red imperf.

Gibbons prices a green numeral on cover on the 1d red imperf at £9,000 in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1:

the example here is SG Spec B2xc. 

The rarity of the '263' numeral - Parmenter rates it as RARE even in black - suggests a Gibbons price well in excess of this figure. 

An exceptional rarity and an Exhibition item of importance.

Price: £1,785.00

 

1d Plate 18: rare multiple with basal shifts

152174.  1d Plate 18, 'NA-NC':

very fine/superb full-margined strip of three, from this very scarce plate.

Each stamp shows the listed variety 'Basal Shift'. BS57b.

Gibbons records this variety on 'NB' and 'NC' but NOT on 'NA'. 

Each stamp cancelled by a fine MX which barely overlap. 

A strip of three, prorata, in this plate is priced by Gibbons in the

QV volume 1, 2011, Latest Edition, at £465 not allowing for the basal shift varieties. 

A very attractive and rare item and one of Exhibition Quality. 

Price: £325.00 SOLD

 

1d Plate 18

152175.  1d Plate 18, 'CG-CH':

fine/very fine full margined pair except for just barely touching NW corner square of 'CG'.

Tied to a piece by MX's and priced by Gibbons in QV Volume 1, 2011, Latest Edition, at £310.00 for a pair. 

An attractive item from this very scarce plate and seldom found in a multiple.  

Price:  £98.00  

 

1d Plate 27

152176.  1d red Plate 27,'GE-GF', full margined except touched at right side of 'GF'.

Tied to a piece by fine/very fine strikes, not overlapping and almost upright, of the Number 4 in Cross.

The scan suggests small rubbing on 'GE': there is possibly a very small scuff at the bottom but this is only slight if at all.

The totally open top of the NE square can be clearly seen confirming Plate 27.

Gibbons prices two single 1d reds with number 4 in cross at £1,200 not allowing for the pair and the plate.

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price: £228.00

 

1d SG12: Orange-Brown in a rare multiple

 

152128.  1d SG12, 'LD-LF': Plate 102: a superb and rare multiple printed in the distinctive orange- brown shade.

'LD-LF' have exceptional margins with portions of three other stamps in the margins.

'LF' has 3-plus margins, touched at the right side, and a portion of the stamp above ie 'KF'. 

The stamps are printed on uncatalogued thin paper:

the 2d blue plate 4, printed during the same period as this 1d red, is listed by Gibbons as a variety.

The stamps are cancelled by the seldom found '195' numeral of CHIPPING NORTON (Oxon).

A SINGLE of 1d SG12 priced by Gibbons at £275.

A superb item of Exhibition Quality. 

Price:  £275.00

NB: this is the finest multiple in this shade we have seen.

 

Number 7 in Cross

152177.  1d red, fine/very fine, full-margined pair, 'KJ-KK', on small envelope, part of the bottom rear flap missing, to Ramsgate.

On the reverse is a London date stamp for July 25th 1843 and a Ramsgate receiver for the following day.

Gibbons prices a single number 7 in cross on cover at £450.

A very scarce usage and rare to find a full margined multiple on cover: an attractive item. 

Price: £290.00

 

1d with double strike 38 duplex with indented corners

152168.  1d red 'TA', 2 plus margins, on a Medical Insurance Annual Statement, from London to the ISLE OF WIGHT. 

On the front is a partial strike, but legible, of the udc from GODSHILL, Isle of Wight, County Cat. IW51: this is recorded in magenta (1841) and black (1846-47).

The strike here is in BLUE, unrecorded as such and used some 6 years later than previously recorded in black: it may be an isolated usage of an old canceller.

The stamp is tied by a double strike, barely overlapping, of the duplex 38 with indented corners for August 9th 1853: Contrary to PO Regulations. 

Parmenter, 'London Late Fee and Too Late Mail', records the square variety of the 38 duplex without indentations in use to August 8th 1853 and

the EKD for the indented corners variety as August 19th 1853: the example offered here is 10 days earlier than this. 

Used on August 9th 1853, one might consider this its first day of usage after the variety without indented corners ended on August 8th 1853. 

However, see the following item 152169. 

A rare/unique combination of features. 

Price: £185.00  SOLD

 

1/- and 10d Embossed with strikes of the 38 duplex with indented corners

152169.  Entire from London to Calcutta via Marseille: the 1/10d charge for a 1/4oz letter going via France has been paid by a 1/- SG55, Die 1 and a 10d SG57,

both are cut to shape but the design of the 1/- is not touched and the 10d design is almost totally intact. 

Both stamps are neatly tied by the 38 duplex with indented corners.  

Parmenter, 'London Late Fee and Too Late Mail', records the square variety of the 38 duplex without indentations in use to August 8th 1853 and

the EKD for the indented corners variety as August 19th 1853: the example offered here is 16 days earlier than this.

Parmenter notes that only approx 10% of mail cancelled by this type of 38 duplex went overseas.

The item offered here is believed to be the earliest known usage of this duplex on mail to an overseas location. 

Parmenter from the dates of recorded usage of the two types of 38 duplex,

suggests that the indented corners variety was used after the end of the squared corners variety. 

This example clearly shows that both types of duplex were in use at the same time at least for some period.

The 10d has been affected by a light vertical filing crease. 

A very attractive and very rare usage which would make a fine Exhibition item. 

Price:  £490.00  SOLD

NB: these 38 duplex types have been considered as possibly used on Late Fee mail.

However in this example, and in 152168, there is no indication that a late fee has been paid.

This item and the previous one,152168, would make a remarkable and unique Exhibition pairing.

 

Archer Plate 94 used in Edinburgh with Certificate

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: £960.00

Edinburgh: the first duplex cancellation

152164.  1d SG29, very fine, tied to a clean wrapper to Dunse by a superb Edinburgh duplex in BLUE, May 15th 1857. 

This is the first type of Edinburgh duplex.

Mckay notes in 'Scottish Numeral Postmarks'that there is a proof strike for May 14th 1857

and the item offered here at May 15th 1857 is believed to be the EARLIEST known used example extant:

in fact it is the earliest of any Scottish duplex cancellation. 

Gibbons prices a blue duplex on cover at £1,000 in the latest, 2011 Edition of QV volume 1.

On the reverse is a Dunse date stamp for May 16th 1857 and a superb strike of the Edinburgh fancy 'TOO LATE', Auckland ED150. 

This is a considerable Scottish rarity showing the development of cancellations as the volume of mail increased.

An important Exhibition quality item.

Price: £585.00  RESERVED

NB: as with the Edinburgh dotted circles and the Glasgow first type of duplex canceller,

BLUE ink was used in the first few months after their introduction before reverting to black.

We have seen this first type of Edinburgh duplex in BLACK used on July 17th 1857.

The scan does not do justice to the blue ink.

 

2d Plate 5 BLUE Edinburgh Duplex

152165.  A bank entire from Edinburgh to Callendar with a fine 2d SG34 Plate 5 'LF':

tied by the first Edinburgh duplex in BLUE.

On the reverse is a Stirling date stamp in black and a boxed Callender date stamp in green both for May 19th 1857. 

It is offered with a fine 2d on piece with the Edinburgh first type of duplex struck in BLACK, August 7th 1857. 

Mckay notes in 'Scottish Numeral Postmarks' that there is a proof strike for May 14th 1857

and the item offered here at May 18th 1857 is believed to be the EARLIEST known used example on a 2d blue:

in fact it is the earliest example known cancelling other than the contemorary 1d.

Gibbons prices a blue duplex on a 1d value on cover at £1,000 in the latest, 2011 Edition of QV volume 1.

A blue duplex on a 2d blue is not listed but a Gibbons price must be at least £2,000.

A significant Scottish rarity of Exhibition importance..

Price: £580.00

NB: as with the Edinburgh dotted circles and the Glasgow first type of duplex canceller,

BLUE ink was used in the first few months after their introduction before reverting to black.

We have seen only one other 2d blue, again Plate 5, on a cover to Perth, cancelled with this

Blue duplex and that was dated July 8th 1857: in 2011 it was offered by another Specialist Dealer at £675.

We have seen this first type of Edinburgh duplex in BLACK used on a 2d blue on a piece dated July 23th 1857.

The scan does not do justice to the blue ink.

 

'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 Sunday October 20th 1867 and arrived in New York on Wednesday October 30th. 

In a private communication one of the UK's 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' covers extant. 

Hard to see how a finer strike of the 'TO5' could be found.

A significant rarity from the line-engraved period.

An important item of Exhibition quality.

Price: £2,200.00

 

1/2 Plate 8: a superb and rare block of 8

        

152160.  1/2d SG48, 'QC-TD', Plate 8:

a remarkable Block of Eight, cancelled by crisp Edinburgh 'steel' cds's for October 27th 1880. 

There are a couple of shortish perfs, not surprising in a block of this size: 

the colour is superb and as close to the shade when it was issued as is possible. 

Of the fifteen 1/2d plates, Plate 8 is the second rarest with only Plate 9 the rarer. 

 A used block of 4 is priced by Gibbons at nine times the single price. 

A single used Plate 8 is priced at £120 so a block of 4 at £1,080 before adding the premium for the cds and condition of 200%. 

The Gibbons price for a used block of EIGHT, before the premium is added, is a minimum of £2,160. 

The earliest known date of usage of Plate 8 is October 13th 1870 so this block is a very late usage.

We cannot recall seeing neither a later multiple usage of this plate nor a larger one.

A rare item of Exhibition quality. 

Price: £575.00 

 

OP-PC ERROR Used in Scotland

151253.  SG53, three halfpence, Plate 1:

Error of Lettering, 'OP-OC' for 'CP-PC'. 

Good used example of this popular rarity tied to small piece by the '135' of ELIE, Fife.

Bluntish perfs at bottom left but a very collectable example and

one of the few we have seen used in Scotland. 

It is offered with a very fine Plate 3, SG51,

with the correct lettering 'CP-PC', also used in Scotland.

The error is priced by Gibbons at £2,000.

An attractive and rare pairing that would display well.

Price: £370.00

 

SG52 Very Fine Used Block of Four

125.  SG52, 11/2d lake red plate 1, 'EA-FB',very fine USED Block of 4 from this scarcer plate,

two stamps have Herne Hill Dulwich CDS's for August 10 1872.

Priced by Gibbons at £750 before a premium for the cds's is added.   

Price: £270.00 

 

SG51 Plate 1: Multiple Usage on a Registered Envelope

152222.  Fine SG51 plate 1, threehalfpence, partially separated strip of three, 'BG-BI', and a 1d plate 150.

Tied to an envelope by BURTON on TRENT duplexes for May 5th 1876.

Registered to Ashbourne, cds on the front for the following day. 

On the reverse a DERBY Registered Oval for May 5th 1876 and two wax seals for the Burton-on-Trent Bank. 

Very difficult stamp to find with a multiple usage especially used internally within the UK. 

An attractive and rare item. 

Price:  £195.00 

  

Perth Experimental Duplex: very rare New Years Day usage

152158. 1d SG29, fine used, tied to a part wrapper, no side flaps, from PERTH to Kirriemuir by

the Perth Experimental Duplex for JANUARY 1st 1857.

Of the 18 types of Scottish Experimental Duplexes, this is the ONLY example of any type

we have seen used on New Years Day.

On the reverse is a fair strike of the South Metheven Street Receiving House struck in green.

This strike is recorded in black from 1846 to 1857 and in green in 1857 and 1858.

Hence its usage on January 1st 1857 is the earliest recorded in this ink and may well be a First Day usage in this shade.

Also on the reverse is a Kirriemuir cds for January 2nd 1857 also in green.

On the inside is a printed heading: Edinburgh Perth & Dundee and Scottish Central Railways

Superintendent's Department Perth. More info on the internet about this early Railway Company.

A rare/very rare item. 

Price:  £85.00 

NB: one wonders if the slightly blurred impressions of the Perth duplex and the Receiving House could be a consequence

of the postmasters/mistresses recovering from the Hogmanay celebrations!

 

CORK SPECIAL Cross: one of the latest known usages.

152157.  1d plate 44, 'JC', almost full margins, just touched/clear at left side of the 'J' square:

tied to a dated piece, April 9th 1844, by the CORK SPECIAL cross. 

Rockoff records ony three later used examples of this disctinctive cross. 

This example shows some debris/dirt in the cross. 

Gibbons, Spec B1td, prices this cross on stamp only at £400 and on full cover at £1,500: QV Volume 1, 2011, latest Edition. 

Very scarce item. 

Price: £125.00 

 

MOTTRAM Penny Post on 1d Red Plate 9

        

 

152132.  1d red, black plate 9, 'TL', very fine with full margins except partially into at the SE letter square.

 Tied to a wrapper from Manchester to London, July 13th 1841, by a very fine strike of the

MOTTRAM Penny Post (P.P.), County Catalogue M322 and a Manchester Type 1 cross: this large strike is often smudged and unclear.

The combination of a Penny Post and an MX is UNLISTED by Gibbons for a 1d red from a black plate printing.

Gibbons do list as Spec A2za, the 1844 numeral in combination with a Penny Post strike and

in the latest, 2011, QV Volume 1, it is priced at £4,250 on cover.

They do list an 'ordinary' 1d red plate with this combination at £1,800

A 1d black is listed with this combination with a price on cover at £9,000.

Clearly the 1d red from a black plate combination is rarer. 

The stamp has been placed over a very light pre-existing horizontal line in the paper. 

An extremely rare item that displays well. 

Price:  £760.00 

NB: Although there is a difference in the shade of the paper, caused by the way the wrapper was filed in the Solicitors,

it is far less than the scan suggests: this applies to the front and reverse sides. 

An indication of this item's rarity is that in neither the Lady Mairi Buri nor the Chartwell Collection

was there an example with a Penny Post/Maltese cross combination on cover.

 

1d Plate 54: late usage of MX in a matched pair

152129.  1d reds SG 8, 'GH', Plate 54:

the Maltese Cross was replaced by a numeral cancellation on May 1st 1844.

Plate 54 was registered on January 25th 1845 and so the example with MX is a LATE USAGE of it. 

Offered in a matched pair with an example having a numeral cancellation, normal on this plate. 

The MX plate 54 is a very fine 4-margined example;

the numeral cancelled plate 54 is also 4-margined but has a barely detectable light crease. 

A rare marched pairing. 

Price: £92.50  SOLD

NB: both stamps show the 'E Flaw' variety in 'Postage', SG Spec BS27a.

 

1/2d Plate 1 on a Fossils Auction Catalogue 1870

152133.

 1/2d SG 48 Plate 1,very fine, tied to an Auction Cataloge of FOSSILS and other Collectables by a BEWDLEY cds for October 13th 1870. 

Addressed to Shifnal with Sheffield cds for October 14th 1870 and a Shifnal receiving cds for October 15th 1870. 

Each page of this16 page Catalogue has been carefully repaired. 

Plate 1 is a scarce plate to find on cover, priced by Gibbons at £230 before the premium for cds is added. 

Despite the repair to the Catalogue, this is a very rare and unusual survivor

and the first as such we have seen.

Price: £68.00  SOLD

NB: the 1/2d SG48 was issued on October 1st 1870

so this example at October 13th 1870 is a very early usage.

 

1/2d Plate 19 on facsimile entire to Vienna

152143.  1/2d SG48 Plate 19:

a fine/very fine example on an unusual facsimile entire from Middlesbrough to Vienna, August 31st 1880. 

The 1/2d placed contrary to regulations bottom left. 

The Middlesborough duplex has been applied where the stamp should have been affixed -

probably struck before the Post Office official realised the stamp was in the wrong place

which was then cancelled by the '946' numeral of Middlesborough.

The abbreviated 'Mbro' in blue crayon was applied at the time. 

Plate 19 is a difficult plate to find with the plate number so clearly visible and on cover. 

A very unusual item with a very scarce/rare combination of features. 

Price:  £70.00

NB: the condition is much finer than the scan suggests as the apparent browning is barely visible.

 

Plate 8 Imperf Margin and Inscription

  

152130.  1/2 SG 48 Plate 8, 'MX': couple of shortish perfs at base otherwise very fine, tied to a wrapper,

side flaps removed, from Maidstone to nearby Harrielsham, Maidstone duplex for Valentine's Day, February 14th 1872. 

Addressed to a Miss Ellen Day so almost certainly a Valentine Greeting.: no postal markings on reverse.

The right margin is imperf, SG Spec G4g variety. 

The envelope has an area of light browning on the front but it is fainter than in the scan.

 Only Plate 9 is scarcer than Plate 8 and in this example the plate number is clearly visible on both sides. 

Allowing for the scarcer plate 8 and imperf margin variety on this plate,

an estimated Gibbons price for these features, on cover, is around £1,000.   

A rare combination of features 

Price: £85.00

 

1/2 Plate 5: N E Railway Wrapper

  

152127.  1/2d SG49 Plate 5:

fine example, a few short short perfs on the right side, tied to a wrapper to Alnwick by a superb Newcastle on Tyne cds for February 7th 1873. 

The wrapper is of the type used to send circulars and on the reverse is a printed NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY. 

There is a diagonal crease/fold near the bottom on the front. 

Difficult to find this stamp issue on cover with such a superb cds cancellation. 

Price:  £48.50  SOLD

NB: the apparent browning around the stamp's perfs is a trick of the scanner.

 

Arbroath Cross on 1d Plate 8

152124.  1d red Black Plate 8, 'OG', 3 plus margins but defective at the right, tied to an entire from ARBROATH to Irvine:

very fine strike of the Arbroath Cross with an Arbroath date stamp for July 4th 1842 on the top flap which displays well when raised.

Rockoff and Jackson record this cross in Volume 1 but not the example offered here.

Only five examples with an earlier date are recorded by them. 

Although this cross is unlisted by Gibbons, in our experience it is rarer than Greenock, Perth and Stirling which

together with Dundee are the 'Post Road Crosses' and difficult to distinguish from each other unless on cover.

Gibbons prices the Greenock cross on cover with a 1d red from a black plate at £1,500 and the Perth cross at £3,000. 

This is only the second example we have been able to offer and the first for some years.

Price:  £130.00

 

PERTH CROSS: letter from and to interesting individuals

152131.  1d red, a very fine 4-margined example, plate 21, 'IG': tied to an entire by a fine/very fine PERTH CROSS, SG Spec B1tt. 

On the top flap is a superb Perth boxed date stamp for November 29th 1842 and a similar Dundee receiver for the same day. 

The letter is from a Rev Kerr Johnston, wax seal with his intitial 'J', to a Dr Thomas Dick of Broughty Ferry Nr Dundee.

The Rev Johnston is asking Dr Dick if he could stand in for him on the next Sunday and give the sermon.

He mentions that the STEAMER sails on Saturday from Dundee at 1 0'Clock so he could have a comfortable seat and cabin.

An engraved picture of Dr Thomas Dick is in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and his picture, and a detailed biopic, is on the internet.

Briefly: he was a scientist and a natural philosopher who in his writings assured readers of the compatibility of science with religion.

Also on the net is a portrait of the Rev Kerr Johnston of Perth and a detailed biopic of him too.

The PERTH CROSS on cover is priced by Gibbons at £1,000 in the most recent Edition, 2011, QV Volume 1. 

A superb item that would, when written up fully, make a rare and interesting Exhibition page. 

Price:  £325.00

 

Distinctive PERTH Cross on Banking Entire

152125.  1d red, 3-margined, clear profile, tied to a clean Perth Bank letter to Edinburgh

by a very fine/superb strike of the PERTH characteristic cross, SG Spec B1tt. 

Perth date stamp on the top flap for March 5th 1842: this example is unrecorded by Rockoff and Jackson. 

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

An attractive example of this cross. 

Price:  £125.00

 

Entire to Switzerland: very rare Forwarding Agent Cachet

152095.  1d red plate 54, 'OK', very fine, large square full margins:

tied to a shipping invoice, December 4th 1846, from Liverpool to WOHLEN, Switzerland - a rare destination. 

On the front is a fine strike, neatly applied and upright, of the very rare HARNDEN & Co, No.6 Cook St. Liverpool. 

In 'The Postal History of The Forwarding Agents', by Rowe, this strike is given a rarity grading of 6: 10 is the highest.

There are only four strikes within the UK with a higher grading.

He notes that most markings were struck on the rear of letters and strikes on the front command a premium.

  The shipping invoice states that shipment was sent on (the Cunarder) 'CAMBRIA': 

she sailed on December 4th 1846 and arrived in Boston, USA on December 16th 1846.

The strike is an attractive design having a sailing ship within it. Rowe records 1846 as the last year of usage.

 

This item is offered with an interesting letter, dated April 7th 1849, from the same Forwarding Agent in Liverpool to a hotel in London.

 

A 1d red, 'EL', full margins except just touched at the SW letter square, is tied by the '466' of Liverpool.

On the reverse is a strike of the same very rare HARNDEN & Co No. 6 Cook St. Liverpool as on the invoice to Wohlen.

Rowe records this cancellation in use to 1846 so this may be an isolated strike.

A remarkable and unique pairing that are of Exhibition quality and importance. 

Price: £1,100.00

NB:  short shipped is when a cargo is listed on a shipping manifest but not included in a shipment.

 

Forwarding Agent cachet of Edward, Sandford and Co, Liverpool

 

 

152120. 1853 July 8: an interesting entire to London from Liverpool.  Almost 4-margined 1d red imperf

cancelled ‘466’ of Liverpool and on the bottom left front a very fine/superb 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 and he notes that examples

struck on the front of a letter carry a premium as most were applied on the reverse side.  

The letter mentions cargoes on the Cunard Line’s  ‘Europa’ and ‘Asia ’ and on the Collins Line’s ‘Artic’:

The Cunarder 'ASIA'  left Liverpool on July 16th 1853: 'Europa' left on July 9th 1853.

The 'Artic' of the Collin's Line had departed on June 25th 1853.

The 'Artic' was lost the following year, 1854, with a great loss of life,

in a collision in dense fog near Cape Race, St John's, Newfoundland.

An attractive and rare item.

Price:  £350.00 

  NB: the apparent  browning on the letter is NOT present: a quirk of the scanner.      

 

2d Plate 3: full-margined BLOCK of 4

152119.  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 rarely found.  

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:  £875.00

 

Envelope from Abergavenny to Prussia

W6. Small envelope from ABERGAVENNY to Prussia, January 28 1854. 

The 6d ship letter rate to Prussia has been paid by three imperf plate 4 2d blues,

AJ, AK-AL in a single and a pair with consequetive letterings.

Stamp ‘AJ’ has 4-margins and shows plate corrosion marks in both ‘Postage’ and ‘Twopence’ areas.

The 1d imperf, plate 172, almost 4-margined, and was probably added as a late fee.

Aus England Per Aachen in orange on the front.  Stamps tied by the numeral ‘1’ in oval of bars for Abergavenny. 

On the reverse are overlapping date and transit markings including one for Abergavenny,  January 28 1854. 

This item with the imperf 1d or 2d sent overseas from a location other than from Cardiff, 

is the first as such we have been able to offer.  

A rare Welsh item to an overseas destination.

Price:  £325.00

NB: envelope in finer condition than the scan.

 

2d Plate 4 Spectacles Variety

  

 1139.  SG19 plate 4 ‘BH’:

fine example tied to entire from Belfast to Ballymoney by fine Belfast spoon English type b without code for July 7th 1855.

Placed upside down as frequently seen – possibly as a protest against British rule at that time.

Stamp ‘BH’ shows a trace of the ‘Spectacles Variety’, Spec F1q, which suggests wear to the plate,

the stamp was issued perforated in March 1854.

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: possibly a unique combination.

 Gibbons prices this variety on stamp, not on cover, at £700 in the latest Edition, 2011, QV Volume 1.

This suggests an estimated price on cover of £1,500.

The only such variety used on a cover in Ireland that we have seen.

   Price: £485.00  

 

2d Plate 4: Re-entry

      

152008.  2d SG 19, Plate 4, 'CE-CF', fine used pair;

The cancellation is clear of the listed re-entry marks in the bottom margin and NW letter square. 

Listed by Gibbons as SG Spec F1f, and priced at £200 in the latest, 2011, QV volume 1.

There is also a broken pin perf at the bottom between the stamps. 

Attractive item especially in a pair so that the difference between

the re-entered and non re-entered stamp can be seen.

A rare item.   

Price:  £110.00

 

2d Plate 4 SG23

152152.  2d very fine SG23, 'OA', blind 'A' of Plate 4:

tied to a clean wrapper from London to Basingstoke, a light London cds on reverse for June 15th 1855.

The light cancellation leaves a large portion of QV's head clear.

Gibbons prices this 2d on cover at £375 without the premium for so lightly cancelled . 

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price:  £135.00

 

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, especially upright, and in such superb condition.

Gibbons priced at £325 plus125% is £800 plus. 

An exceptional stamp of Exhibition Quality.

Price:  £290.00 

NB: the uneven blueing is a trick of the scanner.

 

SG45 Plate 9

309.     2d SG45 plate 9:

superb used block of 4, NC-OD, very light cancellations,

three with clear profiles and the top pair with

virtually a single numeral cancel. 

Rare in such fine condition.

Exhibition quality.

  Price:  £180.00 

 

PLYMOUTH Special Cross: 1d Plate 5 State 2 RPS Cert


 
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. The pair offered here is the ONLY recorded multiple usage on either the 1d black or 1d red. 

Gibbons prices this Plymouth or Norwich 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: £885.00

 

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: £385.00

 

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:  £720.00  SOLD

NB: From our researches we can find only a few examples of the 3d rate appearing on the market in the past 17 years.

These are listed, with the prices, in the 5d Rate item 151379 below.

 

Extremely Rare 5d Rate 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 by the postal clerk ready to be fully cut when required.

All the stamps are cancelled by black MX's. 

Researching over the past 17 years or so has revealed

only a few examples appearing on the open market of the 3d rate

and NONE for the 5d Rate with MX's.

Examples of the 3d Rate were:

 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, a

1d and 2d both 3-margined and overlapping, at £2,250. 

We have not seen previously the 5d rate with MX's on cover and

have not found another example from our researches.

A remarkable and extremely rare item.  

Price: £2,670.00  

NB: the colour of the stamps is far better than the scan suggests.

Neither the Lady Mairi Sale nor the Chartwell Collection Sale had examples of the 5d rate.

 

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:  £260.00

 

Rare 3d rate with 1d and 2d both full margined.

           

151882.  1d Plate 63, 'MB', fine 4-margined and 2d Plate 3, 'BL',

fine 4-margined, tied to a legal entire from London to Warminster. 

London cds on reverse for February 26th 1847 and a partial

Warmenster date stamp for the following day. 

The 2d has been affixed over a light fold in the wrapper. 

A very fine example of the very scarce/rare 3d rate and

rarely is this rate found when both the 1d red and 2d blue have full margins. 

Price:  £375.00

 

Advertising Poster for Auction of Land in SHAP

152112.  1d plate 85 tied by a double strike '606' of PENRITH to a printed poster sent to a Lt Colonel Salmond in Alfreton,

with a receiving cds for April 26th 1865 on the reverse. 

The poster, approx 42cm by 34cm, is in excellent condition. Printed in black, it is advertising the auction sale of valuable lands at SHAP.

Sale to be held at The Greyhound Inn, Shap on Friday April 28th 1865.

Two valuable Closes of Grass Land situated near The Kings Arms Inn, Shap.  The Auctioneer was a Mr John Jackson, Penrith.

Superb item in excellent condition: a rare survivor. 

Price: £67.50

NB: on the internet are uptodate pictures of the two Inns mentioned.

 

LEEDS Continental Duplex: EKD and Sunday Usage

152111.  1d SG40, missperfed, and tied to a small, clean and uncreased envelope to London by a fine strike of the rare LEEDS Continental Duplex. 

The stamp, placed as it is on the envelope, resulted in it being turned around 180 degrees by the post office official

 and the duplex applied so that the '447' bars cancelled the stamp with the dater portion clearly visible. 

A rare cancellation, especially on such a neat envelope, but the item is made very rare/unique

by the date of January 10th 1864 being not only the Earliest  Known Date but also a SUNDAY usage.

On the reverse is a London cds for the following day and an interesting embossed shield. 

The missperfing affects the SW letter square and there is a very short corner perf.

The stamp has been pierced by two small pin holes, seen in the scan of the reverse side,

and the surface has been disturbed by two other even smaller pin holes.

Despite these, this is an attractive item of Display Quality and importance.  

Price:  £220.00

 

A Very Early Sailing of the new Royal Mail Steam Packet Company

152108.  A clean wrapper, no enclosures, from MONTREAL to Hawthorn Hill, nr Maidenhead, May 28th 1842:

in m/s at the top 'per Halifax Royal Mail Steamer'. 

This item was carried from HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. 

As detailed below, the inaugural sailings of this Company took place on January 3rd 1842. 

Two ships, paddle steamers, THAMES and TAY, left on this date from Falmouth: the Thames destined for Berbice, Havana, New York and Halifax. 

The Tay was bound for Barbados.  On all outward bound sailings, the steamers would call at Coruna, Spain and Madeira. 

Because of the great number of ports which the ships had to visit, a round trip would take from anywhere between four and six months.

Sailings from Falmouth would be on the 3rd and 17th of each month.

In view of the time taken for each each round trip, this item has to have been carried on one of the very early sailings,

and possibly on the first sailing of The Thames. 

On receipt in MAIDENHEAD on June 15th 1842, the wrapper was redirected to London with a

block of 4,1d red plate 24, 'FI-GJ', affixed

and cancelled/tied by four very fine/fine strikes of the Maidenhead Maltese Cross.

'GL-GJ' have been separated by a vertical cut which would have been done by the postmaster/postmistress

before the Post Office was opened to save time cutting them off the sheet when needed during the day.

Offered with this item is a front addressed to the Company's Office in London.

The Line's motto is 'Per Mare Ubique': 'Everywhere by Sea'.

A superb and unique item of Exhibition importance.

Price:  £1,350.00

NB: the wrapper is in a remarkably fine condition considering its size and the journey it has experienced.

We have neither seen, nor can we find, an earlier survivor of mail from this Royal Mail Packet Company.

There is a wealth of information about this Shipping Company on the internet that could further expand

the item's description for Exhibition or Display purposes: see further details below.

 

Osbourne Buildings on 1d Red Imperf

152055.  1d red plate 165, 'IJ': cancelled by a partial strike of OSBOURNE BUILDINGS, Scots Local Type XV1. 

This cancellation is recorded in use from 1855-58 and hence not expected to occur on the imperf 1d. 

This is the first example we have seen on a 1d red imperf. 

Not full margined but a rare/very rare item. 

Price:  £39.00  SOLD

 

Valentine embossed envelope: 1854

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

3-margined example with a diagonal scratch to the printing 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 early Valentine Envelope.

A rare item.

Price:  £165.00

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

 

Embossed envelope used within Liverpool 1858

151942.  1d SG36 tied to a lace-effect embossed envelope, by a Liverpool Spoon, Type C4 Recut, for 24th February 1858.

Sent within Liverpool, no postal markings on reverse, but on the top flap is an embossed Cherub holding a dove.

SG36 was issued on December 26th 1857 and this example, used on February 24th 1858,

is the earliest usage we have seen and the only example on an embossed envelope.

Priced by Gibbons at £160 on an ordinary cover. 

A rare combination of features. 

Price:  £78.00  SOLD

NB: the browning of the envelope is far less pronounced than the scan suggests.

Was it a delayed Valentine's Day item?

 

Matched Pair of Embossed Valentine Envelopes

152093.  Two fine/very fine identical envelopes, with delicate embossing, posted the day before Valentine's Day February 13th 1868,

to the same addressee in THORNER near LEEDS from Newcastle upon Tyne. 

From the time code, it would appear they were posted at the same time. 

The handwriting appears to be different but the top envelope has a fine1d red 'BG' plate 86 and the other a fine 1d plate 86 'AG'. 

The top envelope has a part of the rear flap missing. 

Intriguing to ask the question why the same sender would try and disguise their handwriting? 

Both are addressed to three young ladies! 

On the reverse of each is a Leeds receiving cds for February 14th 1868,

applied in almost the same place on the envelope and with the same codes. 

A remarkable and attractive pair of items which would make an interesting and memorable display page. 

Price the pair: £140.00

NB: the house, Thorner Lodge, can be seen on the internet.

Both envelopes are finer than in the scan.

 

Belfast Spoon: Irish Type a

152098.  1d SG40, fine block of 6 on envelope, bottom flap missing, to Dunmurry and

tied by four strikes of the BELFAST Irish Type a spoon, code EgX, for March 17th 1858 (St Patricks Day). 

This spoon is recorded from march 1857 to April 20th 1858 so this example close to its end of use. 

Gibbons prices a used block of 4 of SG40 at £100. 

On cover an estimated Gibbons price would be approx £200 and a block of 6 at £300 pro rata

before a premium for the Irish spoon cancellation. 

Very scarce item. 

Price: £82.50

NB: No postal markings on reverse.

 

The Rare C18 of BILTON

152094.  1d Plate 81, strip of three and a single, on a wrapper to Preston from BILTON - Northumberland. 

Cancelled, Contrary to Post Office Regulations, by only two strikes of the C18 of Bilton: rated RARE by Parmenter. 

On the reverse is a superb upright strike of the EDINBURGH and BERWICK SORTING TENDER, Wilson Fig 786.

This strike is recorded as a backstamp between 1866 and 1868 and known with seriff and sans seriff letters - the example here is sans seriff. 

At July 17th 1868, this is a late usage. 

A rare/very rare combination of features and a fine and interesting Display item. 

Price:  £135.00 

NB: the only other example of the Bilton C18 cancellation we have seen on cover was with

a single 1/2d plate 5 for September 1871, no Sorting Tender marks, and it sold for £50 - that was 10 years ago!! 

The C18 was also applied inverted as in this example.

 

1d Red: used in the Isle of Man

152080.

1d red 'TB', fine 4-margined, close but clear at the bottom,

tied to a very fine small mourning envelope to Edinburgh by the '407' numeral of the ISLE OF MAN. 

On the reverse is a partial duplex of the Isle of Man for November 25th 1853,

a Liverpool blue/green cds for November 26th and an Ednburgh receiver for November 27th 1853. 

Parmenter records this specific type of '407' numeral in use from January 11th 1851 to December 14th 1852 and is rated as RARE. 

The example offered here extends its usage by almost a year and so may be an isolated strike. 

An attractive and superb item with a rare combination of features. 

Price:  £125.00

 

1d Red Plate 8: multiple usage with Walsall Crosses

152079.

1d reds 'BE' and 'BG' both from black plate 8: 'BE' full margins except just touched NE letter square;

'BG' has a clear profile and almost 3-margined and are on an legal entire to Lichfield from Bentley, WALSALL.

 Letter dated November 11th 1841 and on the reverse a Walsall date stamp with a year slug missing. 

Rockoff Volume 2 p285, records only three examples of the Walsall cross

on single 1d reds, with one showing a collection of debris.

The two strikes here both show the crosses to be filled with some debris and are clear of the '0' flaw.

Gibbons prices a single 1d red plate 8 on cover at £350. 

Very scarce multiple usage of this plate. 

Price: £98.00  SOLD

NB: Bentley is noted for its involvement in the English Civil War as described on the internet.

 

Greenock cross on 1d Plate 9

152058.  1d red PLATE 9, 'GL': large margins except at right, clear to just touching. 

Tied to a small piece by a double strike of the GREENOCK characteristic cross. 

Gibbons prices this cross on a 1d red from a black plate at £750

in the latest, 2011, QV Volume 1, SG Spec A2uj.

This stamp has an unlisted broken bottom frame in the SW corner. 

Attractive item. 

Price:  £155.00

 

YORK distinctive cross on cover: very early usage

152059.  1d red, not full margins, tied to a clean wrapper to Tadcaster by a fine strike of the distinctive YORK cross, SG Spec B1tx. 

On the reverse is a fine York date stamp for July 19th 1842 and a Tadcaster receiver for the following day. 

Gibbons, in the latest, 2011 QV Volume 1, prices this cross on cover at £2,500. 

Only five earlier dates for this cross have been recorded by Rockoff and Jackson in

'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', Volume 1: the example offered here is UNRECORDED by them.

An attractive item and an opportunity to acquire a fine example of this cross at a fraction of Gibbon's price. 

Price:  £325.00

 

Distinctive 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:  £480.00

 

The Extremely Rare Edinburgh Experimental Type of Duplex

152056.    

     The Extremely Rare Edinburgh ‘Monocycle’ Experimental Duplex on cover:  

     sent within Edinburgh, May 31st 1856 dated entire, from 1 Heriot Row, to Niddry Street.

     A very fine 1d red brown from Plate 33, SG Spec C8(1),  

     tied by a fine strike, for this, of a unique type of Edinburgh duplex: ‘131/M/May 31/1856/M’.

       This is the RAREST of all Scottish Experimental Type of duplexes with ONLY ONE OTHER KNOWN ON COVER. 

       That is on a locally used Edinburgh cover for June 2nd 1856 – June 1st 1856 was a Sunday. 

      In 1989 it sold for £1,700.

       An item of Exhibition importance for any Collection of Scottish and Line Engraved Cancellations.

     Offered with a clean RPS Certificate.

     An opportunity to acquire one of the rarest of all Scottish cancellations.

     Price:  £2,690.00  SOLD

     NB: In 'Experimental Duplex Cancellations of Scotland' by The Scottish Postmark Group, proof strikes of this cancellation are illustrated.

 

The earliest is dated May 20th 1856 and has a gap between the date circle and the '131' in bars as has the example offered here.

 

The second proof strike is dated June 10th 1856 and there is no gap between the date circle and the '131'. 

 

Another proof strike for this same June 10th 1856 date, shows the date circle going into the bottom bar of the '131' in bars.

 

Coventry Cross

 

  

152121.  1d red plate 24, 'SI': very fine 4-margined, on wrapper from Coventry to London.

Tied by a fine Coventry distinctive cross, SG spec BS10te, for 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 in their latest, 2011, QV Volume 1.

Rare to find this cross with full margins on cover.

Superb item.

Price: £1,100.00 

 

Very rare BLUE Nottingham CDS on 1d red on cover

152115.  1851 March 28, 1d imperf blue town cancel.

A very fine example, ‘AI’, 4-margined with close but clear to large margins,

on an 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 and a Derby receiver on reverse in green for March 29 1851. 

It is possible the 1d red was paying a Late Fee charge.

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 item offered here is a more attractive example 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 in their latest, 2011, QV Volume 1. 

A superb line-engraved rarity: an Exhibition item.  

Price:  £2,250.00

NB: a loose thin card has been place inside the envelope for display purposes.

 

A UNIQUE cancellation on 2d Plate 3

152106. 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 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 as a cancellation on either the 1d red imperf or 2d blue. 

An exceptionally rare and probably unique item

and one of Exhibition importance.

Price: £750.00  

 

2d Blue Plate  with BLUE numerals

152117.  September 6, 1852, SG14, pair 2d blue plate 4, ‘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. 

An estimated Gibbons price for a PAIR with a Blue Numeral on cover is £9,000

A very rare item which displats well.  

Price:  £1,200.00   
 

RECONSTRUCTED SHEET of 240: 2d PLATE 4. 

152118.  2d SG 13-15, PLATE 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 further development and with huge potential. 

Rare to find a reconstruction of this 2d in such fine overall quality.  

Price: £7,800.00

 

  B Blank Corrected with RPS Certificate    

152078.   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 RPS certificate.

Priced by Gibbons at £1,900.

 Price:  £550.00

 

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’ has 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:  £650.00

 

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. 

A SINGLE stamp with a blue MX priced by Gibbons at £5,000

hence a pair 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:  £675.00

DUBLIN CROSS: 1d Plate 35



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.  

Price:  £138.00

 

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 three recorded examples

of this constant variety on cover:

 NONE are recorded 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: £220.00 

 

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 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:  £250.00

 

Dublin Cross: 2d Plate 3


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/rare item.  

Price:  £635.00

 

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 very rare and attractive item.   

Price:  £475.00    

NB: this Item would make a unique pairing with Item 15195 in the 1840 2d Blue Section.

 

2d 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 the next item: Item 239,

same lettering ‘IA-IC’, plate 4, with Dublin numerals and also printed on thin paper. 

An estimated Gibbons price is £1,300 not allowing for the unrecorded paper variety.

Price:  £175.00

 

2d Plate 4: Dublin numerals 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 P O Regulations by only two186 numerals of DUBLIN and rare as such. 

Stamps printed on THIN paper, Spec SG15q.

An estimated Gibbons price allowing for the strip and paper variety

is in excess of £1,000 before allowing a premium for only two cancellations.

Superb item of Exhibition quality.

Price: £285.00

NB: see Item 15018 above.

 

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 

 

Please scroll down for more 2d blue examples.

 

1d Plate 15: totally clear Queen's Head

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: £175.00   SOLD

 

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,

 illustrated by Parmenter in ‘The Barred Numerals of England and Wales’. 

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!

An impressive and rare multiple proving the usage of this unusual and rare cancellation.

A superb and impressive Exhibition item.  

Price:  £550.00

 

1d SG40 Plate 44

1039. 1d red SG 40 plate 44, 'HH-JL', some short perfs on  'JK' and 'JL'.

very fine/fine mint Block of 15, (10 stamps un-mounted) in a rich deep shade. 

Gibbons price a mint block of four at £325 in their latest, 2011, Edition QV Volume 1.

A very scarce and attractive multiple.

Exhibition quality.

Price: £585.00 

 

1/2d 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 for sale and the first one we have been able to offer. 

Price: £670.00

1/2d Plate 9

1040. 1870 1/2d SG 48 plate 9: 

very fine/fine used example from this rare plate,

and neatly cancelled by the '625' of Portsmouth.

 The plate number is clearly visible on both sides and scarce as such. 

Price: £220.00       

 

1d SG 40 pair: Single Scots Local Contrary to Regulations

152040.  1d SG40, very fine vertical pair on a wrapper from GLASGOW to PAISLEY, March 8th 1857.

Cancelled Contrary to PO Regulations by a fine/very fine single Scots Local of Queens Street, Type XV111. 

Recorded in use from 1854-57 so this the last year of usage. 

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price:  £75.00

NB: seldom find vertical pairs on cover.

 

The following items all show varying degrees of missperfing some on cover.

 

1d SG21 showing partial inscription

152036.  1d SG21: very fine tied to a mourning envelope by a PLYMOUTH sideways duplex for June 11th 1855.

On the reverse is a lightly struck ORESTON udc in blue.

Oreston was a suburb of Plymouth and this strike is unrecorded in the County Catalogue. 

The 1d is missperfed to such an extent that part of the marginal instruction has been printed on the stamp itself:

(Place the) 'Labels ABOVE the' (Address)........ 

The envelope has hinge remnants in two corners as the reverse side was originally displayed to show the rare Oreston strike. 

A rare/very rare combination of features. 

Price:  £110.00

NB: the browning is much less pronounced than in the scan.

 

1d SG17: parts of four stamps

152024.  1d SG17, 'SG-TH': 

rich colour, couple of shortish perfs at base and one pulled perf. 

Very fine example of a dramatic missperfing resulting in portions of FOUR stamps. 

The watermark is in the centre of the left hand stamp, 'SG'. 

A superb and rare example of this perforation variety. 

Price:  £57.50  SOLD

 

SG17 marginal inscription pair

151905.  1d SG17, a very fine used miss-perfed pair

with marginal inscription (P)rice 1d Per Label', and full deckle edge. 

Hinged to a blue surround and mounted for display purposes. 

A very scarce and attractive item. 

Price:  £63.00.

NB: there are full perfs at the left, not obvious from the scan.

 

1d Plate 118: marginal inscription

152025.  1d SG 43, Plate 118: cancelled by a London EC duplex. 

The missperfing is so extreme that the marginal inscription has been printed on the stamp. 

It reads: '(b)ack be careful not.....' 

This is part of 'In wetting the back be careful not to remove the Cement'.

The vertical marginal line is also visible. 

A couple of short perfs at left but a rare example showing the problems

sometimes encountered in the printing process.

A superb and rare item

Price:  £75.00    SOLD

 

2d Plate 4: variety and inscription

152026.  2d SG19, Plate 4, 'TB:

a scarce repaired stamp from the first repair, SG Spec F1(h),

priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, QV Volume 1 at £225.

 In the right margin can be seen the roller line. 

The rarity of this item is enhanced by the extreme missperfing resulting in the

stamp being printed with part of the marginal inscription: '(l)abel 2/- Per Row of ....' 

Superb item and the only such combination of this variety

printed with the marginal inscription that we have seen.

Price:  £115.00

 

2d SG23 Plate 4

152027. 2d SG23,Plate 4, 'TK': the cancellations leave QV's profile totally clear. 

A significant missperfing which we can not recall seeing to such an extent on SG23. 

Gibbons prices SG23 at £225.

A very scarce/rare item. 

Price:  £85.00

 

1d Plate 164: Christmas Day 1873.

152028.  1d SG43 Plate 164, 'HA':

grossly missperfed on mourning envelope, posted from Norwich on Christmas Day 1873. 

Very scarce to find on cover this type of missperfing. 

No postal markings on the reverse. 

A very scarce combination of features.

Price:  £56.00  SOLD

NB: there is staining on the envelope but the staining at the top is very faint compared to the scan. 

The other areas of browning are also not as pronounced as the scan suggests.

There is corner staining on the reverse.

 

2d SG19: trio of missperfed singles from ALNWICK

152029.  2d SG19 Plate 4: three missperfed singles, from the same vertical row on the Post Office sheet,

each with the Queen's profile and most of the head clear of the cancellation. 

On a folded envelope from ALNWICK to Warkworth with on the reverse an Alnwick cds for October 25th 1854

 and an Acklington cds in red for October 26th 1854.

The stamp on the right has a light vertical crease possibly present before affixing.

The envelope has been folded at the left hand side for display purposes.

Gibbons prices a single SG19 on cover at £200. 

A rare multiple franking in singles. 

Price: £130.00

 

2d Plate 3: PAISLEY MX used on New Years Day

152011.  2d Plate 3, 'DF', fine 4-margined: tied to an entire to INVERARY by fair double strikes of the PAISLEY CROSS.

Rockoff, 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', Volume 2 page 219,

records and illustrates the cross on 9 covers; the latest is for January 4th 1843.

In all of these examples bar one, the cross is consistently poorly struck with varying amounts of debris.  

The stamp in this example is poorly struck too: it may have been lifted and replaced but certainly belongs. 

On reverse is a fine strike of the boxed Paisley date stamp for JANUARY 1st 1844.

A rare New Years Day usage in Scotland:

only four New Year Day usages are possible for this 2d plate during the Maltese Cross period.

Gibbons prices this 2d on cover with a Maltese cross at £650. 

A rare/unique and interesting combination of features. 

Price:  £185.00 

NB: the letter refers to a servant who left without giving a month's notice and went to a post as Butler in another household. 

His previous employer, the Earl of Glasgow, had decided to prosecute him for breaking his contract.

The brown markings on the front and rear of the letter are far fainter than the scan suggests.

 

2d Plate 4: Re-entry

      

152008.  2d SG 19, Plate 4, 'CE-CF', fine used pair;

The cancellation is clear of the listed re-entry marks in the bottom margin and NW letter square. 

Listed by Gibbons as SG Spec F1f, and priced at £200 in the latest, 2011, QV volume 1.

There is also a broken pin perf at the bottom between the stamps. 

Attractive item especially in a pair so that the difference between

the re-entered and non re-entered stamp can be seen.

A rare item.   

Price:  £110.00

 

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, SpecB1th, in the latest 2011 QV Volume 1,

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

on cover we have seen for a considerable time.  

Price:  £83.50  SOLD

 

1d SG17: used block of 6

   

152010. 1d SG17, 'IA-JC', overall fine used: very scarce block of 6 with fine colour and Greenock '163' numerals.

'JA' with a corner crease and 'IA' with a small corner wrinkle.

A few short perfs but a very scarce block in overall fine/very fine condition.

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

and hence a block of 6 at £600 pro rata.

An attractive item. 

Price: £115.00

 

1d Spec C10 Plate 43: rare item with Sheet Ornament

         

152020.  1d SG40, Spec C10 Plate 43, not 52: used marginal block of 6 cancelled by the '75' of Birmingham. 

Some perf faults as seen but the block has the Sheet Dividing Ornament in the margin indicating the mid point of the Post Office sheet of 240 stamps. 

ONLY TWO PLACES on a sheet of 240 have this ornament - at the mid point right and left margins. 

This is the only USED multiple we can recall seeing with the marginal ornament. 

An extremely rare item. 

Price:  £165.00  SOLD

 

1d Plate 76: very fine used block of 8

       

152021. 1d Plate 76, 'MJ-PL':

very fine vertical block of 8, with SALISBURY duplexes for March 11th 1865.

The block clearly shows missperfing on each stamp. 

An attractive item. 

Price:  £65.50   

 

1d Plate 119: used Block of 12

      

152038.  1d Plate 119, 'PD-SF', very fine used Block of 12: upright BIRMINGHAM Telegraph Office cds's for May 20th 1872.   

Some perf strenthening on the back with hinges and some browning but this is NOT as pronounced as the scan suggests.

The colour of the stamps is truly exceptional.

A very attractive item of Exhibition quality.

Price: £170.00  SOLD

 

1d Plate 120: Used Block of 12

    

152022.  1d plate 120, block of 12, 'BI-DL':

fine used overall with some slight wrinkling as expected for a multiple of this size. 

Indistinct cds's for September 12th 1872. 

An attractive and scarce item. 

Price: £85.50 SOLD

 

1d Plate 142: Rare Used Block of 9

      

152023.  1d Plate 142, block of 9, 'AD-CF': a rare fine used block from this scarcer plate.

Some perf irregularities, especially on 'AD' and 'AF': each stamp with a crisp Eastcheap B.O. EC cds for March 19th 1872. 

'AD-AF' show a broken pin perf at the bottom sides.

Rich original colour that the scan does not fully show.

Plate 142 used is the 7th rarest of all the plates, 71-225, including Plate 77. 

A used block of 4 in this plate, without the adding the premium for the cds's, is priced by Gibbons at £270.

This is the largest used block of this plate we have seen.

A rare and attractive item.

Price:  £168.00  

 

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 rarity. 

Price:  £160.00 SOLD

 

A rare trio 'F' row showing marginal watermark letters

152003.  A trio of used 1d reds: 1d imperf 'TF', fine used, 4-margined with a NW cut clear of the design;

 1d 'TF' plate 213 (both from the bottom row of the sheet) and 1d 'AF' plate 137 from the top row.

Each has the watermark displaced such that marginal watermark letters are visible.

The 1d imperf has the letters 'OS', the 1d plate 213 has portions of the letters 'GAT' and 1d plate 137, portions of the letters 'TA'. 

These are from the marginal watermark 'POSTAGE' which occur at the top and bottom of each Post Office sheet as well as at the sides. 

At the bottom of the Post Office sheet it is reversed on these issues.

The 1d imperf and 1d plate 213 show the watermark letters the correct way round but

with the 1d plate 137, the watermark letters show the sheet was reversed before printing.

1d plate 137 having lettering 'AF' is from the top row of the sheet and the 1d plate 213,

'TF' from the corresponding position but at the bottom of the sheet.

The perforating of 1d plate 137 shows a problem with the vertical perforators which did not fully punch out the holes.

This same stamp has perf irregularities at the bottom probably caused by poor perforating.

A unique and rare trio.

Price: £76.50

 

1d Plate 70 LATE USAGE of a PRESTON CROSS: 1846

             

152004.  1d red Plate 70, 'RA': very fine with almost full margins, touching in NW corner square,

on a very clean and uncreased entire from PRESTON to GIGGLESWICK near Settle(Yorks).

The letter is dated inside Preston October 11th 1846, the date should have been October 10th 1846 as

on the reverse, both struck in blue, are date stamps of Preston and Settle for October 10th 1846.

The 1d red tied by a fine strike of the Preston cross: this was replaced by the numeral '628' on May 1st 1844. 

Hence this is a late usage of a Maltese Cross and, from our researches, it appears to be

the first example recorded from the Preston Office. 

An extremely rare item of Exhibition quality. 

Price:  £535.00 

NB: Plate 70 was put to press on June 30th or July 30th 1846.

 The well written letter is begging for clothes or the money to buy a winter coat and other items.

 

2d Plate 3: Aberdeen Cross 1842

152005.  2d blue Plate 3, 'JL', fine 4-margined:

tied to an entire from ABERDEEN to Edinburgh, December 5th 1842. 

One side flap has been removed which leaves a partial letter. 

The 2d tied by an upright Aberdeen cross - Rockoff and Jackson illustrate one example

of this cross on a 1d red cover, also for 1842, in Volume 2.  

Gibbons, in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1, prices this stamp at £650 on cover. 

A difficult stamp to find on cover with an MX and full margins. 

Price: £185.00 

NB: The Aberdeen date stamp and the Edinburgh receiver are on the top flap which raises for display.

 

Paid 6d Extra 1847

152001.  1d red Plate 70, 'DI', fine 4-margined, possibly a very light scuff,

tied to a clean envelope from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, April 12th 1847. 

On the front is a fine strike of the rare Edinburgh 'Paid 6d Extra'. 

This late fee charge of 6d was applied for mail posted at

the Post Office between 7pm and 7.20 pm - just before it closed.

Full wax seal on reverse.

This late fee strike is considerably rarer than the 'Paid 1d Extra' variety.

Price:  £135.00

  

Two entires, 1d red Plate 14, same letterings and basal shift variety

 

151991.   Two fine entires, each with a 4-margined 1d red from PLATE 14 and lettered 'RI' with the listed basal shift variety, Spec B53d.  

The FIRST is to STONY STRATFORD, August 26th 1841. 

The superb 1d red tied by the Stony Stratford date stamp, County Cat. BU301 in addition to the MX; the letter is to an uncle from his nephew.

On the reverse top flap is a partial strike of a Coventry cds for August 25th 1841. 

The SECOND is from GLASGOW to Inverary with a Glasgow hexagonal date stamp for December 10th 1841 on reverse. 

The fine/very fine 1d red is tied by a Glasgow cross with typically retained debris

 as commented by Rockoff and Jackson in Volume 1 of the MX's of GB and Ireland. 

The commercial letter with printed headings is from 'Engraving and Lithographic Establishment, 54 St Vincent Street, Glasgow'. 

1d red plate 14 is priced by Gibbons at £200 on cover, without the basal shift variety, in their latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1. 

A very rare pairing of Exhibition quality.  

Price:  £180.00

NB: the apparent browning on the first letter is fainter than the scan suggests.

 

1d red affixed by SEALING WAX to an 1843 entire

151989. 1d red 'AI', almost full margins, affixed by SEALING WAX to a family letter from BROADSTAIRS, dated August 1st 1843.

Partial BROADSTAIRS udc at the top: UNRECORDED in the County Catalogue. 

On the reverse a RAMSGATE d/arc for August 1st 1843 and a London receiver for August 2nd 1843. 

The Ramsgate MX has not struck well because of the stamp being raised by the sealing wax. 

A very rare usage of sealing wax to affix a 1d red to a letter. 

Have seen very few such examples and this is the first we have been able to offer for some considerable time. 

Price:  £155.00  SOLD

NB: Rockoff in 'The Maltese cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', Volume 2,

records only two examples of the Ramsgate Cross on a 1d red.

 

1d red on entire to Morristown USA 1853

151987.  1d red, ‘PC’, plate 168, 4-margins but with faults, on a commercial/legal letter to

Morristown, St Lawrence County, New York State from London, July 5th 1853 cds on reverse. 

On the front of the entire, is a Too Late GPO strike, Parmenter, ‘London Late Fee and Too Late Mail’, p82,

second issue of the first type in use from April 2nd 1851. 

He notes that 90% of this cancellation is found on inland mail and used on mail too late for a particular despatch.  

Affixed top left and contrary to PO regulations, the 1d red is tied by the London ‘27’ in diamond and bars.

In view of the ‘Too Late’ strike, this confirms that the 1d red was in payment as a Late Fee because

the letter was posted after the usual closing time for accepting mail.

New York American Packet cds charge applied on receipt at the New York Exchange Office

and a ‘3 cents’ charge, both in black, and neither overlapping with the Too Late strike.

Attractive combination of cancellations and a rare transatlantic usage of the 1d red

to a location in the USA which had a population of barely 2000 in 1850.     

Price: £140.00          

NB: as to whether the usage of the 1d red was a Late Fee payment or not

on inland and overseas mail has been the subject of some debate.

However, the example here confirms this usage and as such is rare. 

 

1d imperf to USA on Cunarder 'America'

151987a.  1d red 'SA', margin in places, tied to a clean wrapper by the '700' numeral of SHEFFIELD. 

Sheffield date stamp on the front for September 14th 1849 and on the reverse a lIverpool transit mark for the following day. 

This item would have been carried on the Cunarder 'America'

which left Liverpool on September 15th 1849 arriving in Boston on September 26th.

This was 'America's' fifth sailing to the USA after the introduction of the Treaty Rate Period

following the periods of the RetaliatoryRate Period and the Restored Rate Period. 

The 1d red was added as a late fee for the time the letter was handed in at the post office in Sheffield. 

Attractive and scarce provincial usage of the 1d red on an item of mail to the USA. 

Price:  £145.00

 

1d Plate 8: PERTH CROSS unlisted by Gibbons

151940.   1d red Plate 8, 'BK': very fine 4-margined clearly showing the 'O' flaw.

Tied to an uncreased wrapper to Dunkeld by a superb strike of the distinctive PERTH CROSS.

On the reverse a very fine Perth date stamp for July 2nd 1841 which displays well when the rear flap is raised.

Gibbons in QV Volume 1 2011 (latest) Edition, does NOT LIST the usage of this cross

on a 1d red from any black plate only on the 1d black itself, Spec A1um.

The Perth cross on a 1d red from, a non-black plate on cover,

is priced by Gibbons at £1,000 and the Greenock cross at £500. 

The Greenock cross on a 1d red from a black plate is priced at £1,500. 

Hence an estimated minimum Gibbons price for the Perth Cross would be £3,000. 

An attractive and very rare item. 

Price:  £500.00 

NB: There is some peripheral browning on the edges of the envelope,

not affecting the 1d red, and far less pronounced than the scan suggests.

 

2d Plate 4: late usage 1856

          

151923.  2d SG14 Plate 4 'DK-DL':

pair cancelled by the DUNDEE Experimental Duplex for April 19th 1856 

with a break at the bottom of the outer circle. 

The SPHG reported that this break appeared between April and June 1856

in the lower arc of the date circle due to damage. 

This at April 19th 1856, is believed to be the earliest example of this damage

and the only one known on the imperf 2d blue. 

Very few examples are known of any of the Scottish Experimental Duplexes

used on the 1841 2d blue and this is the first one we have been able to offer. 

A very rare/unique item. 

Price:  £185.00

 

DUMFRIES distinctive cross

151903.  1d red 'LH', on entire from TERREGLES, a small village near DUMFRIES, sent to DUMFRIES

with on the reverse a lightly struck but legible Dumfries boxed date stamp in red for August 17th 1843. 

The 1d red, good margins on three sides but in to at the top, tied by a fine strike of the

distinctive DUMFRIES CROSS, listed by Gibbons as Spec B1tfa, and unpriced in the latest, 2011, QV Volume 1.

The letter refers to rent arrears for the past NINE YEARS totalling £5.13.3:

barely the price of a gallon of petrol in today's money!! 

This example is NOT listed by Rockoff in Volume 1, and only four earlier examples are noted - the EKD is June 17th 1843.  

None of the examples listed by Rockoff are used locally in Dumfries.

An attractive example of this small cross on an interesting local entire. 

Price:  £290.00 

NB: the vertical filing crease at the right does not cross the 1d red. 

 

Entire from the USA with a very early 1d red redirection in Scotland

151893.  A chatty family letter written in RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, USA on July 17th 1841

by a brother and sister to their uncle at an address in Glasgow.

Carried privately by a family friend, Mr Oxley, on a transatlantic ship to Liverpool,

Liverpool date stamp on the reverse for August 15th 1841 - A Sunday. 

It is possible that the letter was carried on the 'Caledonia' of the Cunard Line leaving Boston

on August 1st arriving in Liverpool on August 14th 1841 and then posted on the same or the following day.

The letter received a strike of the very scarce CROSBY Penny Post, C Cat LL433. 

On receipt in Glasgow, it was redirected to Rothesay, Isle of Bute.

On receipt in Rothesay, boxed date stamp for August 17th 1841, a 1d red was added and

the letter redirected back to Glasgow, boxed date stamp for August 18th 1841.

The 1d red was cancelled by the Rothesay Cross - very similar to that illustrated by Rockoff in,

'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', Volume 2, page 336.

The cross has very thick components and a slightly 'watery' black ink.

 This is one of the, if not the, earliest example of a redirected usage of the 1d red imperf in Scotland.

Very rare and one that would make a memorable Display/ Exhibition item.  

Price: £350.00  SOLD

NB: the letter is far cleaner than the scan suggests

with NONE of the browning either on the front or reverse.

 

6d rate with 1d reds from mixed plates.

      

151883.  1d plate 83 and plate 80: pair is almost full margined the block of 4 is not. 

Tied by the '308' of Stirling on a printed entire to Dundee with a completed Agent's Confidential Report,

East of Scotland Life Assurance Company on Henry Monteath, Manufacturer from Galashiels. 

Stirling green date stamp on reverse for December 8th 1849 and a

Dundee receiver date stamp in blue for December 9th 1849 - a Sunday.

Both these date stamps are on the top flap which display well when raised. 

In the latest, 2011 Edition of Gibbons QV Volume 1, the minimum price

of a used block of 4, not on cover, is £320 and approx £450 on cover.

A very scarce franking for a 6d rate especially with mixed plates. 

Price:  £110.00

 

1d SG40 SIX single examples with a SUNDAY usage

      

151885.  1d SG40, SIX single examples tied to a OHMS printed envelope by

the '419' of KINGTON with a Kington cds for February 16th 1862. 

Some peripheral faults to the envelope but the date of February 16th 1862 is a SUNDAY usage from Kington. 

Envelope addressed originally to Edward Divett, MP for Exeter in London.

Then redirected to Sidmouth then redirected further to Exmouth:

London cds for February 17th and 18th, Sidmouth cds for February 18th and an Exmouth cds for February 20th 1862.

Very unusual to have the 6d postal charge paid by SIX SINGLE stamps, four of which show misperfing. 

A very scarce item. 

Price:  £67.50

 

1d red Plate 10: rare early usage on a Fire Certificate.

151884.  1d red plate 10, pair 'KI-KJ': 'KI' 3-margins,has a tear bottom right because the entire

was opened roughly but 'KJ' is a fine 4-margined example.

This entire is a large FIRE CERTIFICATE from the CALEDONIAN Insurance Company, Edinburgh,

pertaining to a property owned by a John Wilson of Blackhall. 

There are several handwritten amendments, on the inside flaps, covering the years up to 1844. 

Also inside are two superb line engraved images of Britannia holding her shield against a country background.

One is large but affected by an internal tear; there is an Edinburgh cds on the top flap for March 3rd 1841.

We have not seen an earlier usage of a PAIR of 1d red plate 10 on cover. 

The stamps are tied by superb Edinburgh MX's.

In the latest, 2011Edition of QV Volume 1, Gibbons prices a pair of plate 10 at £500 not on cover

and an estimated price on cover in excess of £850. 

A rare, if not unique, usage and combination of features. 

Price:  £148.00 

NB: the contents would merit research and this could produce a very interesting display item.

 

Rare pair of Plate X with Manchester Fishtail Crosses

         

151890.  1d red plate X, 'QC-QD' with parts of three other stamps:

some creases as in the scan of the reverse BUT

each cancelled by the distinctive Manchester Fishtail Maltese Cross. 

In the latest Edition, 2011, of the QV Volume 1, Gibbons lists this as Spec A2ub

and prices a SINGLE 1d red with this cross from a black plate at £900.

Hence a Gibbons minimum price without the premium for a pair in this plate is £1,800. 

A very rare multiple despite the creases.

Price: £135.00  

 

151891.  1d SG17, misperfed example, perf fault/rube bottom left, tied to piece by a very fine strike

 of the CALTON Glasgow date stamp for December 9th 1854. 

This, and other dated name stamps were used before, during and after the official period

of use of Scots Locals which were undated. 

Scarce item. 

Price: £36.50

 

1d red worn plate and Worcester Skeleton

151892.  1d red, 'TF', full margins but rather ragged, the '918' Worcester numeral leaves a clear profile

and most of QV's head and ties it to a clean entire to Pershore; the stamp shows overall wear.  

On the reverse are three strikes which hardly overlap.

These are: a London - RD - Worcester undated Town Receiving House C Cat CCWO895; 

a very scarce Worcester Skeleton/Temporary handstamp for December 26th 1846, C Cat WO889

recorded to 1846 so this example possibly the latest recorded and

a Pershore date stamp for the following day, C Cat WO552.

An attractive number of features and very scarce thus. 

Price: £58.00

 

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      SOLD

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  SOLD

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 

 

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:  £238.00

 

Hastings Uniform 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:  £85.00  SOLD                                  

 

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: £335.00  SOLD

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 and one is a 1d black cover.

Plate 5 priced by Gibbons on cover at £400. 

Very fine item and scarce as such. 

Price:  £210.00

 

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 empty 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

 

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. 

SOLD

 

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:  £148.00

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 at the Post Office, during only a 20 minute period between 7pm and 7.20pm,

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

This strike is considerably rarer than the 'PAID 1d EXTRA' variety. 

Price:  £78.00

 

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:  £370.00 

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

 

The following four 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 as 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,

except for the item below, on piece or cover and this supports the above comment.

A remarkable item and a very very rare.

Price:  £200.00

 

Extremely Rare GPO Newspaper Branch

152114.  Two superb/very fine strikes of the extremely rare GPO Newspaper Branch on a large piece. 

Postage paid by a 1d plate 167, perf missing and small surface fault at left and a 1/2d plate 12,

MX imperf variety at the left from the X vertical row,

damaged when separated at this margin: a scarce 1d 1/2d franking. 

From our researches, this item and the item above,

are the only examples we can trace with this cancellation on piece. 

A superb rarity. 

Price:  £265.00

NB: Alcock Fig 587.

 

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  SOLD

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  SOLD

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: £495.00

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  SOLD

 

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: £70.00

 

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; entire with a 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.  SOLD

 

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:  £350.00

 

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:  £850.00

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 of Exhibition importance.

Price:  £1,485.00

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   SOLD

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:  £195.00  SOLD

 

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:  £120.00

 

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:  £180.00 

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 30 years ago.

Price: £6,785.00

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  SOLD

 

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

 

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: £95.00  SOLD

 

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: £180.00 SOLD

 

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:  £63.50  SOLD

 

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  SOLD

 

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  SOLD

 

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: £470.00

 

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 and very rare. 

 Price:  £420.00

 

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:  £1,100.00

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:  £300.00

 

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. 

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: possibly added as a late fee.

An attractive and rare item.

Price: £395.00 SOLD

 

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: £160.00

 

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:  £585.00

 

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: £275.00 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  SOLD

 

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. 

SOLD

 

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: £495.00

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. 

SOLD

 

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 and offered at a fraction of Gibbon's price.

Price:  £320.00

 

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:  £120.00

 

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 SOLD

 

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

46.   1d red SG8, 'PC', Plate 32, 3-margined with Number 4 in Cross:

almost complete, upright superb strike tieing 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 23rd March 1843.

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.  

Priced by Gibbons at £2,000 

Price: £390.00  

 

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:  £350.00

 

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: 'Half Bank of England Notes Enclosed'

          

152316.  1d red 'GD', Plate 37, very fine/superb 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. 

On the inside flap is a note about the contents: 'Half Bank of England Notes enclosed'.

It is known that for security in transit, some organisations and individuals would send two letters

 to the same addressee, each letter with half of the same bank note(s) in it..

It may be the case here but in view of the sums mentioned it might be some

form of a money order which in effect was as good as cash?

We have not previously seen this type of description of enclosures.

A very unusual and rare combination of features that would display well 

A superb item.

Price: £295.00 

NB: Plate 37 is scarce with a MX cancellation and rarer still with a Number in Cross.

Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of the QV Volume 1 prices a Number 6 in Cross on cover at £450.

The slight browning near the top of the stamp does not affect the 1d red.

 

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 SOLD

 

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:  £875.00

 

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: £400.00

NB: the grey shape above the letter is caused by a reflection 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:  £375.00 

 

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.

We cannot recall previously seeing a turned letter with a Number in Cross.

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 and on one flap

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. 

Gibbons prices the number 11 in cross on cover at £1,100.

When fully written up this would make a memorable and interesting Display item.

A unique item.

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. 

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:  £475.00

 

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: £400.00  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  SOLD

NB: it is much cleaner than the scanned image. 

 

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:  £320.00

 

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  SOLD

 

Late usage of the MX in Scotland.

151424.  1d SG8, 'AC', full margins except 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:  £380.00

 

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:  £5,685.00  RESERVED

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:  £560.00  

 

1d plate 166: late usage 1860

.

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: £380.00

 

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:  £39.00  SOLD

 

1d red Plate 157: parts of SIX other stamps.

232.   1d SG8:

A remarkable and rare fine used example

with parts of SIX other stamps. 

Price: £32.50

 

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: £350.00

 

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: £570.00

 

1d red: Blackpool Penny Post in BLUE

151418.  1d red 'RH', Plate 23?, 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: £485.00

 

February 25th 1841: Earliest Known Date 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. 

An important Showpiece item.

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  SOLD

 

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: £580.00

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.

 

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

 

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  SOLD

 

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:  £148.00  SOLD

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 ie 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  SOLD

 

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 complete strike. 

Price:  £175.00

 

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.  

A RARITY.

Price:  £570.00

NB: although there are age markings on the envelope they are FAR LESS pronounced than the scanned image. 

 

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. 

SOLD

NB: the browning around the cancellation on the stamp if far fainter than the scan suggests.

 

1d Red Plate 5 with two 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 recorded used only 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: £250.00

 

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 a black cross of KIRRIEMUIR, 'OG' with part of a third cross. 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.

An Exhibition quality item.

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.

Very few examples are known with this cross on a 2d blue 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 alone. 

A rarity and an Exhibition item.

Price: £820.00

  

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 and a

very rare combination of the Jubilee and line engraved issues.

Rare item. 

Price: £140.00

 

A 1912 late usage

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  SOLD

 

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

 

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. 

SOLD

 

2d Plate 3: INVERTED watermark with MX

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 and

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 approx £2,500. 

An opportunity to obtain a rare/very rare stamp. 

Price:  £395.00

 

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.  SG53, three halfpence, Plate 1:

Error of Lettering, 'OP-OC' for 'CP-PC'. 

Good used example of this popular rarity tied to small piece by the '135' of ELIE, Fife.

Bluntish perfs at bottom left but a very collectable example and

one of the few we have seen used in Scotland. 

It is offered with a very fine Plate 3, SG51,

with the correct lettering 'CP-PC', also used in Scotland.

The error is priced by Gibbons at £2,000.

An attractive pairing that would display well.

Price: £350.00

 

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  SOLD

        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:  £130.00

 

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:  £220.00

 

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:  £95.00

 

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.   

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

 

S6:    Entire, Glasgow to Bordeaux,

August 26 1870 with SG 47 2d plate 13 and

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:  £70.00


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


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




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. 

SOLD
 

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. 

Gibbons priced on cover at £650. 

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.   

SOLD

 NB: This would pair well with Item 15020. 

RIDEOUT Machine Cancellations

This is a small selection from an Award-Winning display that can be found in

the 'Early Machine And Trials' Section of this Website see Homepage



152077.  1859: 1d SG40, ‘GJ’, very fine example tied on a clean wrapper to Hull by a superb strike of the

CHARLES RIDEOUT TRIAL machine number 2, 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:  £120.00

 

Rare Later Trial in 1866


152075.  Fine envelope to Ledbury with a fine1d plate 98 tied by a very fine strike 

of the Rideout Number 2 Machine code ‘CR.’

Used on November 16th 1866 and early in this later trial period as

the Number 2 Machine was trialled sporadically between October 23rd 1866 and July 10th 1867. 

Examples from this trial are therefore rare. 

A very fine strike of this rarity and in overall fine condition.  

Price:  £375.00

 

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 this rare cancellation.

Price: £46.50

 

Very early usage 

   

151238.  SG51 plate 1:

A 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

 

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  SOLD

 

'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  SOLD

 

OTHER LINE ENGRAVED

 

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. 

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 tieing 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 23 March 1843  EKD is March 21st 1843 so this one of the earliest known dated covers.   Priced by Gibbons at £2,000  Price: £390.00   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: £295.00  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.   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. 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. 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.    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

 

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 

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.  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.  SOLD

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. 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

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 

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