This is a section devoted to the Postal History of Scotland, Wales and Ireland

from pre-stamp to the end of Victoria’s reign and includes stamped covers and stamps.

The selection of items is a representation only of our current stock so your Wants List is welcomed.


This Section contains a large range of stamps and covers from these three regions

so do scan down to the bottom.




Lafayette Photographers: Dublin to Scotland 1891 






Separated cardboard, front and back (enlarged image), which originally would have contained photographs from LAFAYETTE, Artistic Photographers,


sent from DUBLIN to Glasgow, May 7th 1891.


There is a considerable amount of information about these photographers on the internet. 




Lafayette Photography has one of the oldest histories of any photographic business in the world, having been founded in Dublin in 1880 by James Stack Lauder, the eldest son of Edmund Lauder, a pioneering and successful


photographer who had opened a daguerreotype studio in Dublin in 1853. In adopting the name 'Lafayette', James created a new image for the family business, seeking to prosper from the cachet of a French name


(Paris was then the centre of the art world and of avant-garde photography in particular).


By 1885 the firm was registering some of its best work for copyright, and had attracted the attention of the Royal family with its best-selling portraits of Princess Alexandra, taken to mark the Royal visit to Ireland of that year.


In 1887 James Lafayette was invited to Windsor to photograph Queen Victoria and was granted a Royal Warrant as 'Her Majesty's Photographer in Dublin'.


This Royal Warrant, which was subsequently renewed by King Edward VII and George V, conferred enormous prestige and brought with it the title of 'Photographer Royal'.


This item could make a very interesting display when information about Lafayette was expanded and included.


A rare survivor and the first we have seen.


Price:  £87.50




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.





Derry(Co.Derry) to New Jersey in the Retaliatory Period

152489.  A stampless envelope from DERRY(Co.Derry) to New Jersey, USA.

On the front is a m/s 1/- in red; a boxed Derry in red and a red Paid date stamp for October 27th 1848. 

The latter was struck in Dublin, McKay figure 919, 'Irish Postmarks Since 1840' and recorded from 1849:

this example is for October 27th 1848 and therefore pre-dates. 

On the reverse ia a Derry date stamp in blue for October 26th 1848 and a Liverpool date stamp,

of the type used on maritime mail, for October 28th. 

This envelope would have been carried to America on the Cunarder 'America' leaving

Liverpool on October 28th 1848 and arriving in New York on November 28th 1848.

In New York, it was struck with a '29' (cents) this being the REPRISAL rate to be charged to the addressee on delivery

for up to 300 miles radius of New York during the period of postal conflict between GB and the USA. 

Despite the peripheral faults and wear and tear to the envelope, this is a very rare example of mail

sent to the USA from IRELAND during this time of postal 'war' between these two countries. 

This is the only such example we have seen.

A very rare item and one worthy of display.

Price: £185.00




New Year's Day Cancellations


1d lilac Die 2, tied by a Berwick on Tweed duplex, on an envelope to Reston with Eyemouth and Reston cds's both for December 29th 1882.

The item was delivered on December 30th with Eyemouth and Reston date stamps for  this date.

It was then readdressed to Edinburgh and another 1d lilac die 2, corner fault. added but placed tete beche to the first 1d.

December 31st 1882 was a SUNDAY so the letter was held back at the Post Office until the following day, New Years Day. 

It was then struck by a numeral '423' of Reston and a Reston cds applied to the front for January 1st 1883.

The number '1' in the day date was not placed correctly:

perhaps the postmaster/mistress was still recovering from the Hogmany celebrations of the previous evening!  

On the front is a '363' numeral of Liberton: a suburb of Edinburgh. 

The item was received in Edinburgh later the same day and a January 1st 1883 cds applied.

An extremely unusual item not least having TWO NEW YEARS DAY cds's:

New Year Day usages are rarely seen in Scotland for obvious reasons. 

This is the first example we have seen of two different Scottish locations with a New Year date. 

A superb and very rare item with unique features that would make a very interesting and attractive display page.

Price:  £78.50




1/- SG72 : pair with INVERTED Watermark.


152472. 1/-SG72 pair and 4d SG66 pair:

tied to entire to Canada by Edinburgh duplexes, April 13th 1859

with an additional strike clear of the stamps.

The right hand stamp of the 4d pair has a small fault at the right side

but the 1/- pair is very fine with one stamp having the Edinburgh cds. 

The 1/- pair have INVERTED WATERMARK and this is the first example we have been able

 offer of this 1/- with a cds and watermark inverted even on a stamp not on cover.

Gibbons price for a single 1/- with inverted watermark is £700 and the CDS single at £875. 

Allowing for just these 1/-'s being on cover, Gibbons price increases to well in excess of £2,000.

An attractive and very rare Scottish entire. 

An Exhibition item.

Price:  £680.00



Letter describing a journey from Belfast to Edinburgh in 1845


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 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 were conveyed by special train to Glasgow.

A fascinating 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: £110.00




Dublin Special Cross: superb Type 1

15160.  2d blue, plate 3, ‘AK’:

very fine square 4-margined example in the scarcer deep full blue shade and

with the catalogued 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 Type 1 cross, SG Spec E1ul and

priced on cover by SG in the latest, 2011, QV Volume 1, 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. 

 A very scarce item.   

Price:  £695.00



Kilmarnock Distinctive Cross

S4.  Wrapper, Kilmarnock to Edinburgh, April 13 1844,

1d red plate 39 with margins all round except just touched at NW corner. 

Tied by a fair, but distinguishable, rare Kilmarnock characteristic cross,

SG Spec B1tj and priced by Gibbons at £5500 in the 2011 QV Volume 1, Latest Edition. 

An opportunity to add an example of this rare cross on cover to your collection at a very reasonable price. 

Price:  £450.00



Rare mixed Plates 6 and 8: Belfast to Armagh

15143: 1d black, TWO 4-margined examples, ‘TD’ Plate 8 and ‘AD’ Plate 6

tied to a wrapper from Belfast to Armagh, September 29th 1840. 

The rear flap raises to show the dates.

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


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

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


A significant Irish rarity.   


Price: £1,255.00



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



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: £44.00 

NB: The Rhyl numeral of '973' is much bigger than that of the '241' of Denbigh hence the letter was sent from the latter.



Greenock Characteristic Cross: superb example


1d red Plate 15?, 'DB': fault at the top, tied to an interesting letter by

an exceptional/superb strike of the GREENOCK characteristic cross, SG SpecB1th.

On the reverse top flap a Greenock boxed date stamp in red for September 27th 1841.

The letter is from a man writing to ask for a job in the Customs House or in Excise.

He mentions that Lord James Stewart promised his father he would support his son in a job application. 

Rockoff and Jackson record this cross with only four earlier usages,

of which the first two are on 1d blacks ie May 1st 1841 and May 15th 1841.

The other two are on 1d reds ie September 13th 1841 and September 23rd 1841. 

They record, and illustrate, a 1d red cover example used on September 27th 1841,

the same date as the example ofered here, but it is not the same one. 

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

An very early, and interesting usage, of this distinctive cross on a 1d red. 

Could make a fine display item when enhanced by the contents of the letter. 

Price:  £95.00


On the internet is a wealth of information re the Stewart Family going back to the 16th Century.

There appears to be an outline of a handstruck '1' in black on the front

which may have transferred from another item of mail.


The next two items are the only 'B' Types of Edinburgh Dotted Circles.

More examples of the different Dotted Circle Cancellations

can be found in this Section so please scroll down.




Edinburgh Dotted Circle Type B1

152432.  1d plate 78, 'TG', fine/very fine tied to a mourning envelope, some horizontal creasing,

by a fine/very fine Edinburgh dotted circle Type B1.

Sent on November 24th 1865 to Peebles, receiving date stamp on reverse.

A scarce type of cancellation and although in regular use for its 15 months of service,

it appears to have been lightly used being in concurrent service with Types A3 and A5.

It has an unrecorded combination, by Arundel, of Stamper and Duty Codes, '10F'.

Price: £48.50  SOLD

 NB: The envelope is addressed to the British Linen Bank. 

There is a wealth of information about this Bank on the internet

which could be added to form an interesting Display page.




Type B2 Edinburgh Dotted Circle

152431.  1d plate 105, 'PG', very fine on a clean envelope from Edinburgh to Neilston and tied

by a superb crisp strike of the Edinburgh dotted circle Type B1 for October 6th 1868.

As per the scan there is a portion of the rear side flap missing.

Arundel notes that this canceller was repaired in March 1868 which would account for the horizontal bars

not reaching the dotted circle dater and not being staggered as in Type B1 above.

The cds portion of the cancellation has also begun to twist out of alignment with the bars.

The Stamper and Duty Code combination, '12N', is unrecorded by Arundel as is its use in October 1868.

Although in use for approx three years, there are large gaps in its continuity of use

which appears to indicate an intermittent usage.

An attractive example of the repaired state and a very scarce combination of features..

Price:  £53.50  SOLD





152429.  Free front to Keith, Banffshire, with crowned 'FREE' date stamp for July 6th 1836.

Sent by mistake to KIRKALDY and cancelled by a superb boxed MISSENT TO KIRKALDY in BLUE. 

Recorded by Auckland, FI425a: noted used in 1836 and 1837 and given a 'G' rarity grade.

This is the only Free Front we have seen with a handstruck Missent from any location in Britain.

This rare item is made even more unusual by being mounted on dated portions of TWO other Free Fronts

with different types of Crowned FREE date stamps for January 21st 1839 and 11th April 1839 to BUCKIE.

This is the only such usage of Free Fronts we have seen in 40 years of specialising in Scottish Postal History.

We cannot be certain, but this mounting was probably contemporarily created perhaps around 1839/40's. 

A superb Exhibition item that would, we feel sure, create interest and comment. 

Price: £78.00




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




Edinburgh Type C7 dotted circle

151637.  The rare Edinburgh dotted circle Type C7:

cut in bars below the 1 in '131' numeral. 

Unrecorded usages by Arundel: on the bantam 1/2d;

in October 1880 and with this code combination. 

Price:  £69.50.


Scroll down for a selection of

Edinburgh, Dundee and Greenock.




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 which displays well.

Price: £170.00 




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.

A very scarce Display-quality item.

Price: £375.00




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

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




AIDRIE numeral in GREEN

152396.  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:  £495.0

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 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.

An attractive and rare item which would make an interesting display.

The scan does not do justice to the blue of the cancellations. 

Price:  £275.00 

NB: The address is interesting: below 'Dublin' the writer has added

'or else where'. 

Does he mean Dublin or Ireland?

Could certainly be a challenge for the Postman!




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: this item is from the Statham Collection.

The envelope is finer than the scan suggests.

For exampes of Reserve Plate 51 and Reserve Plates 16 and 17

see the 'Other Line Engraved' Section.




STIRLING Experimental Duplex

152365.  1d SG40, 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.




Selkirk social history: an unusual item the like of which we have not previously seen



No postal markings and dated inside August 14th 1840.

It would prove to be a very interesting display page when fully written up

and should stimulate conversation!

We have never seen such an item in more than 40 years as specialist dealers in Scottish postal history.

Price: £88.00

NB: I feel the originator of this type of printed response was ahead of his time

by wanting to reduce the effort spent on letter writing.




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: £395.00




Strip of 5 Dublin numerals cancelled Contrary 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'.

A scarcer usage in Ireland and a rare item of Exhibition quality.

Price: £170.00 SOLD




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




4d SG62: very rare internal usage in Scotland

152308.  4d SG62: very fine and tied to a wrapper by the '209' of KIRKCUDBRIGHT

with a date stamp for April 8th 1856 and a Dumfries receiver for the next day. 

An internal UK usage of this 4d is very rare and it has been commented in philatelic publications

that such internal usage is almost as hard to find as examples of SG62 used on its day of issue.

This is the first example we have seen used within Scotland. 

Gibbons prices this stamp on cover at £780. 

A Scottish rarity. 

Price:  £475.00 

NB: unusually the 4d has NO cracking of the highly glazed surface.




LIMERICK Cross: very rare usage on a Stationery Envelope.

152306.  A fine/very fine 1d pink stationery envelope from LIMERICK to Woodbrook,

cancelled by a fine strike of the Limerick cross with a superb Limerick date stamp for March 26th 1844 on reverse. 

In 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', Volume 1 page 157,

the examples listed do NOT include one used on a stationery envelope and only one example, on a 1d red, is recorded for 1844. 

Gibbons in the latest Edition, 2011, of QV Volume 1, prices this rare cross on a 1d red cover at £1,900. 

Usage on a stationery envelope is significantly rarer. 

An Exhibition item.

Price: £475.00

NB: we cannot recall seeing previously this cross used on a stationery envelope.




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:  £850.00

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.




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 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: £128.00

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.




Observance of the Lord's Day and the rare Edinburgh UPP 2d





This item is from a Display and the description was as follows:

The small selection of scanned pages give a flavour of the questions asked and the written replies to

Questions 1-12 from a total of 35. 

The black marks are caused by the scanner and are not on the pages.

The description could be expanded to include: steamers, ferries, public houses, funerals etc etc.

A truly remarkable document that gives a deep insight to the demands and influence of the Church in Scotland in 1840. 

This rare document is made rarer, possibly unique, by it being sent postage unpaid and receiving a fine strike of

the rare Edinburgh, Uniform Penny Post,  Auckland ED262, for April 2nd 1840: this variety was in use for only a few months.

This would make a memorable display item which could be expanded in its description in so many ways. 

Price:  £380.00

NB: the brown marks on the front of the document are NOT present: a trick of the scanner.

 More details of George Burns, Minister of Tweedsmuir, are available on the internet. 

As is more information about, and photos of, CROOK INN: which claims to be the oldest inn in Scotland.




Welsh Social History 1844: Office for Stamps and Taxes


Superb window into passenger vehicle hire in 1844.

Price:  £58.50




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:  £690.00




STONEHAVEN: the none 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




6d SG147 Dotted Circle to New Zealand: rare combination

152292.  6d Plate 15 SG147: very fine/fine tied to a

flimsy envelope from Edinburgh to Mount Ida, NEW ZEALAND

by an Edinburgh Type A9 dotted circle, January 4th 1877, Codes 14Y.

The envelope has peripheral faults and a part missing of the front at the right. 

However, Arundel does not record Edinburgh, Dundee or Greenock Type 1 with any dotted circle cancellation on a 6d value

and only Greenock Type 2 is recorded on a 6d SG147 and that on a letter to Portugal.

The superb handstruck deficient postage, with a fine and surcharge of 1/- ,is illustrated by

Johnson in 'Unpaid and Underpaid Mail of England and Wales', number H4. 

This London mark he rates as rare or important enough to be in any serious collection of the subject. 

A superb and rare Exhibition item with a likely unique combination of features. 

Price:  £220.00  SOLD





152236. 1/2d SG 215:

fine/very fine example, very small wrinkle at right, tied by a superb strike of the

Columba steamer GK & Ardrishaig Packet, July 4th 1904 with the scarce Code A.

Postcard with a view of the Ruel River at Glendaruel.

The card is in excellent condition apart from a small corner crease and sent to West Cliffe on Sea, ESSEX.

Very attractive item.

Price: £57.50





152237.  1d SG 219, very fine used:

tied to a postcard in exceptional condition by a fine/very fine strike of the

Columba steamer GK & Ardrishaig Packet for July 11th 1906, Code B. 

The postcard was sent to the USA with a fine receiver date stamp for July 23rd 1906. 

We have seen only a few postcards to the USA with this steamer cancellation. 

Superb item. 

Price:  £60.00

NB: the Columba strike is better than in the scan.

The view on the p/card is of Derwentwater from Castle Hill.




Glasgow Experimental Duplex, 'Madeleine Smith', on Transatlantic Envelope


152239.  1/- SG71, DEEP GREEN, tied to a clean envelope from GLASGOW to New York by a fine strike of

the Glasgow EXPERIMENTAL DUPLEX, February 6th 1857:

there are no postal markings on reverse but an embossed ' The Queens Hotel Glasgow'.

In m/s red is 'over 1/2oz' with a red signature alongside and in black '38 cents' and '48' charges. 

This item would have been carried on the Cunarder 'ASIA' which sailed from

Liverpool on February 7th 1857 arriving in New York on February 22nd.

Very unusual not to have postal marking in Liverpool and no cancellation on arrival.

The 1/- has some very short perf at the top right but is from the early printings of the much scarcer deep green shade. 

This shade is priced by Gibbons on stamp alone at £550. 

Examples of any Scottish Experimental Duplex on cover with other than the contemporary 1d values are rarely found. 

An attractive and rare item. 

Price:  £145.00

NB: see the next item 152240.




Greenock Experimental Duplex on Transatlantic Mail


152240.  1/- SG72, fine, tied to an ENTIRE to New York by the GREENOCK Type 2, EXPERIMENTAL DUPLEX for April 29th 1858. 

At the top on the front in m/s is 'per packet of 1 May': this letter would have been carried on the Cunarder 'PERSIA'

which left Liverpool on May 1st 1858 and arrived in New York/Boston on May 11th 1858.

Examples of any Scottish Experimental Duplex on cover with other than the contemporary 1d values are rarely found. 

The interesting family letter, rather fragile, is easy to read.

An attractive and rare item. 

Price: £126.00

NB: see the above item, 152239.




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 perf 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




6d SG107: Dotted Circle Cancellation

152218.  6d SG107 plate 6: fine/very fine used

with an EDINBURGH Dotted Circle Type B2, January 20th 1868.

This cancellation unrecorded (Arundel) on any surface printed issue.

An attractive and rare item.

Price: £47.50  SOLD




4d SG154: Dotted Circle Cancellation


152220.  4d SG 154, plate 17:

cancelled by an EDINBURGH dotted circle, Type C, October 7th 1880.

Short perfs bottom left and a defect NW corner BUT

this stamp has not previously been recorded with ANY Dotted Circle from any location.

The watermark, large garter, has been shifted upwards and it has additional marginal watermark letters.

A remarkable item that deserves to be displayed.

Price:  £88.50  SOLD




Madeleine Smith Cancel 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: £220.00  




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:  £445.00

NB: the scan does not do justice to the green colour.




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




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 cancelling a 2d blue:

in fact it is the earliest example 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: £585.00

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 piece dated July 23th 1857.

The scan does not do justice to the blue ink.




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: £545.00 




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 postmaster/mistress recovering from the Hogmanay celebrations!


Scroll down for more examples of  Experimental Duplexes including some of the rarest varieties.




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: a 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 and rare item that would, when written up fully, make an 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




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. 

The first such item, with the imperf 1d or 2d sent overseas

from a location other than from Cardiff, we have been able to offer.  

A rare Welsh item to an overseas destination.

Price:  £335.00

NB: envelope in finer condition than the scan.





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




The Extremely Rare Edinburgh Experimental Type of Duplex


     The Extremely Rare Edinburgh ‘Monocycle’ Experimental Duplex on cover:


     sent within Edinburgh, May 31st 1856 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. 


     and that 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 in 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' and


another proof strike for this same June 10th 1856 date shows the date circle going into the bottom bar of the '131' in bars.




Hanover Street Scots Local: rare usage on stampless overseas letter


HANOVER STREET: Scots Local cancellation Type V11, a fine strike on an October 6th 1856 stampless commercial entire from Edinburgh to CALCUTTA.

Inside the letter is a1d Receipt SG F6; within the bill is a postal and stamp charge of 1/1d and on the reverse a boxed Calcutta Steam Letter strike.

The single rate to India was 6d for 1/2oz via Southampton in 1856.

In the Robson Lowe Meredith Sale of 'Scots Local Cancellations', there was NO example of any Scots Local cancellation used on a stampless letter or cover.

A rare usage and to a scarce destination with such a cancellation. 

Price:  £110.00




Duke Street Leith Scots Local: two stampless entires to same addressee in France


Duke Street Leith: Scots Local cancellation Type V11, very fine strikes on two fine stampless commercial entires to the same addressee in France.

The first sent on April 19th 1858, the last year of usage recorded by Alcock, and the second on June 21st 1859 with an Edinburgh duplex next to it.  

The first has a handstamped '8' and the second a m/s '8' ,both in black, as they were sent unpaid and charged the double rate.

In the Robson Lowe Meredith Sale of 'Scots Local Cancellations', there was NO example of any Scots Local cancellation used on a stampless letter or cover.

A rare and attractive pair of Exhibition quality.

Price: £155.00




niform 4d Post: a rare FIRST SUNDAY usage

152041.  Uniform Penny Post Period: a Scottish Widows Fund and Life Assurance Office printed request for

a statement of health on the Revd James Porteous, Parish Minister of RICCARTON, Ayrshire. 

Also printed inside are details of the 18th Annual AGM, 1832, listing of the Court of Directors and the value of insurance policies. 

The letter is hand dated inside December 4th 1839, AYR - the day before the introduction of the Uniform 4d Post.

However the letter was posted to Edinburgh on DECEMBER 8th 1839:

the FIRST SUNDAY of this short lived uniform 4d post period, a m/s '4' in black on the front.

There are only five Sunday date usages possible in this perod which ended on January 9th 1840.

On the top flap is a fair but legible boxed date of AYR, December 8th 1839, and an Edinburgh cds for the next day. 

The letter was possibly held back until after the 5th December to take advantage of the reduced postage charge.

This the first example we have been able to offer of this rare first Sunday usage and can not recall seeing another one. 

A Scottish item with an extremely rare combination of dates:

the day before the U 4d Post period was introduced and a First Sunday usage in its period.

A first Sunday usage is considerably rarer than a first day December 5th 1839 usage.

An Exhibition item.

Price:  £490.00




Uniform  4d Post: very rare First Sunday 8d rate usage on a letter re sheep stealing

152042.  Uniform 4d Post Period: a detailed and long letter to the Procurator Fiscal in Inverary from DUMBARTON re SHEEP STEALING.

The letter is dated inside December 8th 1839 and on the reverse top flap is a fine boxed date stamp of Dumbarton also for DECEMBER 8th 1839:

the FIRST SUNDAY in the short lived Uniform 4d Post Period. 

There are only five Sunday date usages possible in this perod which ended on January 9th 1840. 

This already rare item is made extremely rare as on the front is a m/s '8' indicating a double rate charge.

The sender had written OHMS and as the letter is under 1/2oz but charged 8d,

the OHMS was not accepted as going post free and it was charged a double rate.

This is the ONLY example of this rate used on the first Sunday of the uniform 4d post we have seen and

may well be unique especially as a surcharge on a single rate letter on this date. 

We have not seen a letter surcharged in this way in the Uniform 4d Post period.

A first Sunday usage is considerably rarer than a first day December 5th 1839 usage.

A remarkable item of Exhibition quality and importance. 

Price:  £640.00 

NB: this item and Item 152041 would make a remarkarkable and unique pairing and with both used withiin Scotland.





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

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

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

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

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

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

The stamp has an INVERTED watermark, SG Spec AS55l. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Exhibition quality pair both used within Scotland.

Price:  £1,890.00 

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

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

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




1d 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:  £76.50

NB: seldom find vertical pairs on cover.




Rare combination with a Scots Local Cancellation.

15005.  1/- SG55, Die 2, full margined, very slight buckling, priced by Gibbons at £1,100:

used in combination with a fine 4d SG63, priced by SG at £575. 

Tied to piece by a fine strike of Scots local SAUCHIHALL, Type X111 with a hand written 1856 date. 

Very rare to find this cancellation on either of these two stamps

and possibly unique in combination.

Price:  £425.00




d SG62: Queen Street Scots Local

151309.  4d small garter, SG62:

a fine pair tied to piece by the Queen Street (Glasgow) Scots Local Type XV111. 

The Meredith Sale of Scots Locals had no examples of any type on the 4d SG62.

Gibbons only prices Scots Locals on the contemporary 1d value but

their price for two single SG62's is £900. 

A very rare item. 

Price:  £230.00 




Envelope from Llangefni to Germany 1845: two strikes of the Penny Post

152006.  Envelope, top flap stuck down for display purposes, sent from Llangefni on the Isle of Anglesey, to Wurtemberg, Germany.

Rarely found on both the front and the rear top flap, are very fine/superb strikes of the very scarce Llangefni Penny Post, C Cat. W1417.

There is a Bangor date stamp for September 6th 1845 and a London tombstone in red for September 8th 1845. 

Various other transit markings including handstruck ones in Germany. 

The letter appears to have been redirected in Wurtemberg. 

A fair description would be to say the item is 'full of character' and one which could be very fine display page.

A very scarce early item from Anglesey with a rare double strike of a Penny Post.

Price: £110.00  SOLD

NB: the population of Llangefni in 1845 was approx 1,700: one wonders how many of these could write at that time?

The central black area is from the hawid on which it is resting and the gap from the removed seal.




Paid 6d Extra 1847

1512001.  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:  £130.00




Rare early usage of 1d lilac die 2 on an interesting envelope.

151947.  Linen envelope, with original letter, posted in RATHMINES, a suburb of Dublin, December 22nd 1881,

addressed to a Post Office in New York.  

Registered Dublin hexagonal date stamp for December 23rd 1881 on reverse.

The postage and registration fee paid by a vertical pair of 2 1/2d plate 22, SG 157 and a vertical pair of 1d lilac die 2.

Letter received in New York January 7th 1882. 

The letter mentions that it contains TWENTY POUNDS: at least £1,000, if not more, in today's money. 

The letter was not well written and the envelope addressed to an individual,

and then 'Post Office to be called for, State of New York'. 

The letter, it would seem, was never collected during 1882 and there are two strikes of the USA Dead Letter Office

triangular date stamps for December 5th 1882, eleven months after the letter was received at the New York Post Office.

No return address on the reverse so presumably the Postal Authorities opened the letter by removing the central seals.

The name and address in the letter are not very clear so one hopes the money was returned safely to the sender. 

A very interesting and rare item made even rarer as the 1d lilac die 2 was issued

on December 13th 1881 and this pair used on December 22nd 1881. 

This is the earliest we have seen on a cover and it is likely to be the earliest known usage of die 2 on a registered envelope. 

The 1d lilac is from the first printing and in a shade close to or at the scarce bluish lilac, SG172a. 

A remarkable item, full of character, that would make a memorable and fascinating display page. 

Price:  £295.00

NB: the scan does not show the 1d lilac shade at all well.




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




SG141 Plate 9 on printed embossed envelope from Ireland to USA

151907.  SG141 two pence hafpenny Plate 9: from LETTERKENNY to the USA. 

Stamp tied by a superb '302' of Letterkenny but the date portion of the duplex unclear.

A very considerate sub postmaster/mistress may have deliberately lightly impressed

this portion of the duplex to avoid spoiling the embossed design on the envelope.

A date of '26' is visible and as it was received in New York on January 6th,

 the letter was more than likely sent on December 26th.

The front of this delicately and attractively embossed/embroidered envelope

is in a remarkable and very fine condition except for a very small portion of the top right flower. 

A very rare, and superb example, and especially so emanating from Ireland.

Exhibition quality.

Price:  £155.00

NB: SG141 plate 9 was put to press on September 14th 1877.

Envelope in cleaner condition than the scan suggests.




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. 





The next three items are examples of the very rare DUBLIN Additional 1/2d tax.


May 1834 Dublin to Edinburgh

151846.  Long letter from one brother to another describing largely his lengthy journey from Scotland to Dublin,

the weather conditions, his sleeping arrangements and the number of people affected with sickness because of the rough seas.

He was not one of them! 

On the front a superb strike of the very rare DUBLIN Additional 1/2 with on the reverse

a Dublin date stamp for May 30th 1834 and a complete wax seal.

This Additional 1/2 strike is in the first of the three periods of usage.

In the recent publication, April 2017, of the Additional Mail Tax by Baker et al,

the Dublin Additional 1/2 is priced at up to £175 on cover.

The latest date they record for this first period of usage is May 27th 1834

so the example offered here extends it by 3 days! 

A very rare item.

 Price:  £135.00




January 1837 Dublin to Edinburgh

151847.  Printed request from an Insurance Company asking for an opinion as to the health of a named person. 

On the front is a very fine strike of the DUBLIN Additional 1/2 and on the reverse top flap and

a Dublin date stamp for January 19th 1837 which displays well when raised. 

This is the third and final period of usage of this very rare 1/2 strike. 

In the recent publication, April 2017, of the Additional Mail Tax by Baker et al,

the Dublin Additional 1/2 is priced at up to £175 on cover. 

A rare item. 

Price: £118.00




July 1837 Dublin to Edinburgh

151848.  Entire from Dublin to Edinburgh with on the front a fine strike of the very rare DUBLIN Additional 1/2

and on the reverse a Dubil date stamp for July 27th 1837 and an

Edinburgh receiver for July 29th 1837 and a m/s charge of 2/8. 

This is the third and final period of usage of this Additional 1/2. 

In the recent publication, April 2017, of the Additional Mail Tax by Baker et al,

the Dublin Additional 1/2 is priced at up to £175 on cover. 

A rare item.

 Price:  £105.00




Experimental Duplex cancellations on the contemporary 1d values. 

S9.  Glasgow type 2 – ‘Madeleine Smith’ – February 7 1856 on wrapper to Rothbury.

One day after the earliest known date of usage

and the earliest recorded multiple franking.  





The RARE Glasgow Type 1 Experimental Duplex

151249.  Glasgow Type 1 Experimental duplex:

fine 1d SG21, clear profile, tied to a wrapper to Manchester by this RARE,

and sporadically used cancellation for November 28th 1855; Manchester receiver on the reverse. 

This cancellation is usually smudged and this example is a fine strike for it.  

Price:  £390.00


151250.  Glasgow Type 1 Experimental duplex: 

fine 1d perf 14, tied to a letter, large part missing on reverse,

by an EXCEPTIONAL strike of this RARE cancellation, for February 1st 1856

and one of the finest examples we have seen. 

There is a similar quality of strike, for the same date,

in the Dendy Marshall Colection now housed in the National Postal Museum. 

The last day of recorded usage is February 4th 1856. 

This cancellation is made even rarer by the Code 'H' being to the left - very few examples on cover are known. 

Without doubt, one of the, if not the, finest examples in private hands.

Price:  £525.00




Very Rare Inverness Experimental Duplex

151841.  2d SG34: two fine singles, 'HD' and 'ID' tied to a small envelope to France

 by a very fine INVERNESS Experimental Duplex Type 1, for September 29th 1856. 

Of the 18 experimental duplexes recorded by the Scottish Postal History Group,

the Inverness Type 1 is the 17th rarest and only Kilmarnock is rated rarer.

It is rarely found on a value other than the contemporary 1d.

A very rare strike but especially so used on an item of mail going abroad. 

In fact, the only example we have seen of this cancellation on overseas mail. 

A very rare item. 

Price:  £360.00




Rare Greenock Type 1 Experimental Duplex

151842.  1d perf 14, SG 29, on envelope to Burntisland, tied by a fine strike of

 the rare GREENOCK Experimental Duplex Type 1 for December 2nd 1856.

Of the 18 experimental duplexes recorded by the Scottish Postal History Group,

 only four other types are rarer than the Greenock Type 1.

This example is very close to the latest known recorded date.

The 1d SG29, is in the period, October 1856 to March 1857. 

Known as the transitional period, the printers were gradually trying to remove the blueing of the paper.

The example here shows some blueing. 

A rare item. 

Price:  £128.00




Aberdeen Experimental Duplex

151843.  2d SG34, 'TI', LC perf 14: very fine example with an almost clear profile, tied to a wrapper to Edinburgh

by a superb ABERDEEN Experimental duplex Type 1b ie larger letters and longer side bars. 

March 3rd 1857 Code E with an Edinburgh receiver on reverse for the following day. 

Opened roughly where the seal would have been; 2d SG34 priced by Gibbons at £200 on cover. 

Very scarce usage of this experimental duplex on a value other than the contemporary 1d. 

Price: £80.00




Aberdeen Experimental Duplex



151844.  1d SG29, corner fault and crossed by a very light folding crease,

tied to an envelope to Kintore by a very fine/fine Aberdeen Experimental Duplex Type 1b. 

October 31st 1860 code H with a superb boxed KINTORE date stamp for the following day. 

The envelope could not be delivered and marked 'Removed gone no address' in red . 

Aberdeen cds in blue next to the duplex for November 7th 1860.

The envelope has its original contents - a demand for 4d to be sent to the School-house in Kintore! 

Attractive item. 

Price: £38.50




Edinburgh Cross: Last Day of Usage

151845.  1d plate 38, strip of 4, 'GA-GD', 'GB' affected by a filing crease, on a wrapper from EDINBURGH to Brechin.

Stamps tied by the Edinburgh Special Type 6 (Balloon) cross.

This was the last type of cross used in Edinburgh before replaced by the 131 numeral canceller. 

Rockoff and Jackson note the last day of usage to be June 24th 1844

and only record it used on a 1d pink envelope with this date. 

The example offered here has a very fine Edinburgh date stamp for JUNE 24th 1844 on the top flap

and a Brechin date stamp for the following day.

This is the only example of which we are aware of the 1d red used on this last day, and this item

with a strip of four 1d reds, is very likely to be a unique mulitiple usage of this cross on its last day. 

A Scottish rarity. 

Price: £385.00




Uniform 4d Post Period: rare Free Front Sunday Usage


151792.  Very fine front, mounted on card, from Haddington, SUNDAY December 15th 1839,

to Lady (Elizabeth) Grosvenor, Eaton Hall, Chester: signed TWEEDDALE, George Hay, 8th Marquess of Tweeddale.

On the front is a Haddington P.P.Pay One Penny, Auckland EL 78a, for December 15th 1839, struck in Blue.

Auckland only records this cancellation struck in black and red.

As it was not struck in red to denote 'paid' one wonders if the recipient was surcharged.

December 15th 1839 was the SECOND SUNDAY of the Uniform 4d Post Period which began on December 5th 1839. 

There were only FIVE Sundays in the short lived Uniform 4d Post period, which ended on January 9th 1840.  

The painting, image available on the internet, is of Lady Elizabeth just before she married, in 1819,

Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster: he became Earl Grosvenor in 1831 and they had 10 children.

A very rare and fine item.

Price:  £95.00

NB: see item 151793 in the Stampless Section.




Waterford Cross on 1d Plate 5


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

Stamp tied by a superb strike of the Waterford cross

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

Rockoff records only three earlier examples of this cross. 

Plate 5 priced by Gibbons on cover at £400. 

Very fine item and scarce as such. 

Price:  £210.00




Kirkwall Type VI Scots Local

151325.  4d SG66, fine/very fine, tied to a small piece by a superb strike

of the unique Kirkwall Scots Local Type V1. 

This type is illustrated by Alcock, on a 1d star, in 'Scots Local Cancellations Illustrated'

but the strike is a poorish one in comparison with that offered here.

In the 1971 Meridith sale of Scots Local Cancellations, Lot 200, a 2d perf and an example of

this 4d with this cancellation, on two separate small pieces realised, in modern money, approx £600. 

This is the first example we have been able to offer for some considerable time

and the first on a value other than the contemporary 1d.  

An attractive and rare item.

Price: £145.00  SOLD




1d Plate 21: NEWTON-LIMAVADY cross

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

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

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

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

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

illustrates only six examples on cover of this cross

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

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

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

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

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

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price: £85.00




1d 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. 





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 between 7 and 7.20pm

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

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

Price:  £90.00




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. 

The stamps placed at the bottm left side contrary to Post office Regulations.

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:  £320.00 

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





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 '141' of BALLYGAWLEY.

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

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

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

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

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

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

we cannot recall seeing any similar combination.

An attractive and very rare item.

Price: £75.00




Plate 62 SG40

151686.  1d SG40, 'AL-BK':

very fine used block, very faintly and indistinctly cancelled leaving virtually each stamp with clear profile .

'BL' has 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




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 front 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,

N W London duplex for August 20th 1866. 

An attractive and very scarce combination of usage and cancellations. 

Price:  £56.50




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 on 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 from GLASGOW 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:  £335.00




2d Plate 4 strip of 4 on envelope from CATRINE to SIDNEY

151655.  2d Plate 4, strip 'MB-ME':

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also there is a boxed ADVERTISED UNCLAIMED applied in Sidney. 

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

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

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

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

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

A superb line engraved rarity. 

Price:  £1,435.00

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




Unique usage: Day Before the U4d Post; Last Day of the Additional 1/2d tax and First Day of the U4d Post




151601.  Entire, Edinburgh to Coldstream, addressed to a General Sir Martin Hunter, a former Governor of Stirling Castle and various biopics are available on line.

Letter dated inside December 4th 1839 and with a superb Edinburgh cds on the reverse top flap for December 4th 1839 - the DAY BEFORE the introduction of the Uniform 4d Post.

On the front is: a scarce Coldtream Penny Post, (Auckland BK 68b), recorded previously to November 1st 1839; a m/s '7' and a fair but legible strike of the Edinburgh Additional Half,

Sedgwick Fig 21 - the LAST DAY of this tax. Only one other location is known with an Additional Half used on this last day and that is Glasgow. 

On receipt, the letter was turned inside out, a reply written and dated inside December 5th 1839, and posted back to Edinburgh.

On the reverse is a fine boxed date stamp of Coldstream for December 5th 1839 and a m/s '4' on the front: the FIRST DAY of the UNIFORM 4d POST. 

Edinburgh receiver for December 6th 1839 on the reverse. The cost of the letter almost halved in usage from December 4th to December 5th and

presumably the original sender was unaware of the imminent postal rare change. 

A remarkable letter which has a usage on:

the DAY BEFORE the Uniforn 4d Post; the LAST DAY of the Additional 1/2d tax and the FIRST DAY of the Uniform 4d Post. 

An exceptional item of Scottish Postal History illustrating the important rate changes all on one item. 

A superb, unique and important, Exhibition-quality item.   

Price:  SOLD




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 V11 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




Important recent IRISH additions to our stock.




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. 

Top left corner 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. 

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. 




1d red Plate 9: 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 black Plate 2 from Glasgow

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price: £435.00




4d SG153: variety 'large 5' in the plate number

151569.  Very fine Registered Envelope from Leith to Prussia, September 3rd 1879. 

Leith duplex on the reverse cancelling the embossed ' Registered Two Pence' die. 

The unusual franking is made up of a bantam 1/2d and a 4d SG153, Plate 15, lettered 'AA'. 

The very fine 4d sage green - superb colour - shows the listed variety, Spec J64d: Stamp 'AA', 'Large '5' in '15'.

The cancellation leaves both plate numbers almost totally clear.

This variety priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1 at £800 on a stamp not on cover. 

The estimated Gibbons price on cover is £1,500 plus.

Although we have handled several examples of this variety, this is the ONLY example we have ever seen used on a cover. 

A very rare Exhibition quality item and likely to be a unique survivor with this variety on a registered envelope.

Price:  £855.00

NB: the browning around the stamps and on the front of the envelope is NOT present

and neither is it present on the reverse side: tricks of the scanner.





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

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

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

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

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

Attractive item. 

Price: £380.00




Superb 1d black plate 4 from HUNTLY.


S3. 1d black plate 4, 'MA':  

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

by an orange cross leaving a clear profile. 

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

This plate priced by Gibbons at £775 on cover. 

Superb item.  

Price:  £495.00  SOLD

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




5d SG169 from Glasgow to the US

151560.  5d Indigo, SG169:

fine/very fine example on envelope to Chicago from Glasgow, May 17th 1884. 

Chicago cds on the reverse for May 27th 1884. 

Gibbons prices this 5d on cover at £325. 

Price:  £69.50



DALMALLY Scots Local

151507.  Wrapper to ARDMADDY, near Oban, m/s ‘Meteorological Instruments’, on the front.

Inverness and Oban date stamps on reverse both for April 30th 1857. 

The 1d perf 14, defective at the bottom, tied by an exceptional strike of DALMALLY, Scots Local Type 111. 

In the 1971 Meridith Sale of Scots Local Cancellations, there was one example,

illustrated, on a soiled part-entire, it realised £22.00: a very good weekly wage at that time!

The example offered here is a finer strike.

A rare item with such  a superb strike.

Price:  £245.00    




'First Day' of new rate to India.

151468.  1856 stampless envelope, pre-paid 6d (amended from originally one shilling),

sent to a Dr COLVIN SMITH, Assistant Surgeon, MADRAS ARMY, India.

Shows a very fine green Aberdeen/Paid boxed date stamp for February 2nd 1856.

Alongside is a fine red hand struck '1d', Late Fee? and paid London cds for February 4th 1856.

On the reverse a fair green undated circular OLD ABERDEEN

which fortunately shows the 'N reversed' and a blue embossed wafer seal. 

The rate to India was reduced from 1/- to 6d on February 1st 1856 and lasted until March 1st 1868. 

Letter posted on February 2nd 1856 so this is very likely to be in effect

a 'FIRST DAY' of the new rate to India via Southampton from Scotland. 

The letter arrived in Madras on March 15th.

A Scottish rarity with the the markings on the front not overlapping. 

Superb item. 


NB: envelope is cleaner than the scan.




uperb used example: SG137

15183.  £5 Orange, SG137: 

a very attractive example of this popular high value, superb colour and perfs,

cancelled with a finely struck 1896 Edinburgh cds and leaving a clear Queen’s profile. 

Superb overall condition with possibly a very small rub on the reverse in the top left corner. 

One of the finest we have seen for some time and the scan does not do it justice. 

Gibbons priced at £4,750 plus 75% for superb used. 

Price:  £2,100.00

NB: there is NOT a crease under the cancellation as the scan may be suggesting: it is the watermark.

15121. 1899: Envelope sent to New York City, vertical strip of four, one with defect, and a single SG197,

paying the 2 1/2d rate to the USA with FOUR strikes of the scarce Columba Steamer Greenock duplex afternoon service Code B,

August 3rd 1899 and on the reverse the David MacBrayne and The Royal Route motif.  This item is rare sent to an overseas

destination when posted on board the Columba Steamer. Information available on the internet about The Royal Route and the MacBrayne Company

including a photograph of ‘Columba’ herself. This ship was possibly the most majestic paddle steamer of all time.

Over 300 feet in length, she had a curved bow and was magnificently fitted out. Columba had a barbers and a post office on board

and this was unique in Clyde steamer history. Whilst the post office was closed in the Great War it was later re instated.

All Columba's distinguished career was on the Tarbert and Ardrishaig route, which was used by the cream of Victorian and

Edwardian society as part of the "Royal Route" to shoots and lodges in the Highlands. After fifty eight summers, she was sold to shipbreakers,

Arnott & Young and was scrapped at Dalmuir in March 1936.  Superb and rare item posted on board this memorable R.M.

Paddle Steamer to an overseas destination.




A new collection of Dotted Circles added to our stock.


References in the descriptions are to Arundel’s publication: ‘Dotted Circle Cancels’.


Your Wants List is welcomed.

15061.  Edinburgh A1:

piece with fine 1d star perf 14, tied by a very fine A1, April 29th 1857, in BLUE. 

Arundel notes that this new type of cancellation was initially struck in blue then, a short time later, in black.
He also notes that examples in blue, or in black, prior to May 1857

are decidedly rare and we agree with this from our considerable experience. 

Gibbons in QV Volume 1 latest Edition 2011, prices an ordinary blue duplex on piece at £400. 

Superb and rare item. 


Price: £120.00




15062.  Edinburgh A1: 1d pink stationery envelope locally used. 

Superb strike of this type in BLUE for May 13th 1857

with an Edinburgh cds on reverse for this same date in the same shade of ink.

Arundel notes that blue ink for this duplex was replaced

with black after a few weeks from the EKD of usage, March 6th 1857,

although isolated examples are known until the end of June.

No examples of this type were recorded by him on this prepaid envelope. 

The image suggests browning around the dater part of the duplex

but this is not present and the crease is not as pronounced as the scan shows. 

Priced by Gibbons by on a 1d red on cover with an ordinary

 blue duplex at £1,000 and this type is far rarer used on items other than the contemporary 1d. 

Superb and rare item. 

Price:  £290.00  SOLD


15063.  Edinburgh A9: 

Very fine entire to Havre, France, October 4th 1872. 

Superb strike on fine 3d rose plate 8, SG102. 

Unrecorded usage by Arundel on any surface printed example. 

Rare and attractive item. 

Price:  £130.00  


15064.  Edinburgh A9: 

Fine envelope, locally used, 1d plate 164 placed bottom left with partial double strike but with

a complete superb strike top right where the 1d should have been affixed. 

Rare to find such a Contrary to P O Regulations usage with a complete strike away from the adhesive. 

Price:  £38.50 

15065.  Edinburgh A11: 

superb original issue 1/2d lilac postcard to Rotterdam, December 28th 1875 cancelled by superb strike of this type. 

Very scarce usage to an overseas destination – message asks for an order to be shipped on a named vessel. 

Examples used in the period November 75 to November 76 are very scarce

as this canceller saw infrequent usage at that time. 

Rare combination of features. 

Price:  £62.50  SOLD


15066.  Edinburgh A12:  superb strike of this rare type for March 16th 1879. Arundel records only about 12 known examples

 including only three after October 1875, two of these in 1878 and one in July 1879. This 1879 cancel is on a very fine un-creased

halfpenny brown postcard and is unrecorded by Arundel on any stationery card. There is an interesting printed message and written

response on the reverse side as per the scan. This item is made even rarer as March 16th 1879 is a SUNDAY usage. 

We know of only one other Sunday usage on any variety of dotted circle and we sold that a number of years ago.

Exceptional condition and features.   



15067.  Edinburgh A13: 

superb strike, March 12th 1879, of this very scarce/rare type

showing damage to the outer ring of the dater

which appears to have occurred in September 1878. 

Halfpenny brown postcard in very fine/superb condition except for a peripheral nibble at the top. 

Same printed addressee as in item 15066, with a similar printed message, and showing two different types of

dotted circle used within a few days of each other. 





15068.  Edinburgh B1: 

printed letter to Glasgow, 1d plate tied by fine/very fine strike of the scarce B1, September 14th 1865.

Arundel suggests this canceller was a reserve put in to service at peak times

with A3 and A5 used to cancel the bulk of the mail.

 Not an easy type to get so clearly struck.  

Price:  £46.50



15069.  Edinburgh C1: 

superb strike of this scarce type, March 11th 1879, on equally superb 1/2d brown postcard. 

Interesting printed message on scan of reverse. 

Unrecorded  code and very scarce/rare on this postcard and in this condition.

See the A12 and A13 examples to the same addressee. 





15070.  Edinburgh C2: 

very fine strike of this rare type on fine 1/2d brown postcard, January 22nd 1880. 

Unrecorded stamper and time code and unrecorded usage on a 1/2d postcard.  

Printed plumbing message on reverse – scan. 

Price:  £85.00  


15071.  Edinburgh C2:  superb strike of this rare type tying two pence halfpenny plate 16, SG 141, on clean envelope to Ontario,

January 7th 1880, Per Canadian Mail Packet.

Cleaner than the scan suggests and an unrecorded usage on any surface printed issue. 

Rare combination of features.  




15072.  Edinburgh C2: 

very fine strike with an unrecorded usage on 1/2d brown postcard

and with printed plumbing service message on reverse. 

Unrecorded code combination and at November 18th 1879

an early usage of this rare type. 




15073.  Edinburgh C3: 

superb strike on equally superb 1/2d brown postcard,

June 1st 1881 with hand written message on reverse. 

Unrecorded usage on any postcard. 

Price: £65.00   SOLD



15074.  Edinburgh C3:  fine strike on wrapper tying creased 1/2d SG197, February 22nd 1889, locally used in Edinburgh.  

Arundel records a latest known usage as September 17th 1881 but the Scottish Postal History Group records isolated strikes in 1887 and 1890. 

Probably Arundel was unable to find any trace of these later dates and so did not report them.  

A rare example of this late usage with an unrecorded code combination. 




15075.  Edinburgh C3: 

fine strike overall on 1d pink stationery envelope to Belfast, July 6th 1881. 

Very scarce/rare usage.  

Price:  £40.00 



15076:  Edinburgh C4: 

superb strike on envelope to Glasgow, roughly opened at the top right, and tying a 1d venetian red, SG166. 

A very scarce type infrequently used in its two years of service. 





15077: Edinburgh C5:

superb strike on UPU 1d brown postcard July 22nd 1879 to Strasburg.  

The EKD for this cancellation is July 21st 1879

so this is very probably the first day of usage to an overseas destination.  

Unrecorded variety on this type of postcard as is the code combination.  

Rare item in superb condition and likely to have a unique combination of features.  

Price:  £80.00 SOLD



15078.  Edinburgh C6:  very fine strike tying fine 1d plate 212 to an envelope, light horizontal creasing, used locally. 

The date circle shows the constant missing cut at the left side and it appears that the date circle is that previously used in Type A13. 

This defective cut is evident throughout the whole period of use. 




Edinburgh Type C7 dotted circle

151637.  The rare Edinburgh dotted circle Type C7:

cut in bars below the 1 in '131' numeral. 

Unrecorded usages by Arundel on the bantam 1/2d,

in October 1880 and with this code combination. 

Price:  £69.50.





15079.  Edinburgh C7: the rarest of the C Types. 

1d lilac die 2, issued December 12th 1881,

tied to piece by a very fine strike, December 23rd 1881, Codes 22 ‘O’. 

Arundel does not record this rare cancellation on the 1d lilac and the code combination is also unrecorded. 

He notes the latest date of usage as February 12th 1881.  

However the Scottish Postmark Group reported isolated examples for 1884 and 1886. 

This at December 23rd 1881 is a new isolated example.  

The top horizontal bar shows a small break which appears to be wear. 

Rare item. 

Price:  £85.00 SOLD


15080.  Edinburgh C7: Envelope, via Brindisi, to an addressee on board a P and O Steamer at Point De Galle,

Ceylon – map available on the internet -  then redirected to a Poste Restante in Calcutta. The 5d postage paid by a pair of two pence halfpenny blue, plate 19,

SG 141. The left hand stamp defective and the other with a couple of trimmed perfs at the top.  However, the stamps are tied by two fine strikes of this rare Type,

October 8th 1880 and an unrecorded combination of codes, ‘4 M’.  The envelope has peripheral wear and a tear at the top. 

On the reverse is a reference to a Captain Atkinson – see scan.  Despite the wear of the envelope as seen in the scans,

this is a RARE survivor and the only multiple strike of this rare cancellation we have seen. It is also the first example, of which we are aware,

used on any surface printed stamp and to an overseas destination.  

A much travelled and full of character item and one of considerable rarity. 




15081.  Greenock Type 2:

Clean entire to Portugal, superb strike, April 26th 1866, tying fine 6d plate 5, ‘KC’, SG97. 

Codes ‘DG’ with the unusual serif letter ‘G’ as noted by Arundel.

Recorded usage by Arundel on this stamp but the first example we have seen on full cover. 

Very scarce particularly so fine. 



15082.  Greenock Type 2: 

Clean entire to an address in Portugal, superb strike, June 8th 1868,

 tying fine (light wrinkle) 6d plate 6, ‘KC’, SG105. 

Unrecorded usage by Arundel of this stamp. 

Very fine item with a rare usage. 

Price:  £145.00


15083.  Dundee A1: Very fine strike, April 6th 1863, tying 1d star perf 14 to a clean envelope, opened roughly at the right,

to London with a receiving cds on the reverse for April 7th 1863.   The first Type of Dundee dotted circle and which Arundel records in use from April 20th 1863. 

This at April 6th 1863 is a new EARLIEST RECORDED date just four days after the Proof Book Entry of April 2nd 1863 for this cancellation.

Arundel records only one other April 1863 date, ie 20th April, and no other 1863 date recorded at the time of his publication.  

A scarce usage on the 1d star issue as it is more usually found on the 1d plate numbers. 

Rare item. 



15084.  Dundee A2: 

Superb strike on an equally superb 1/2d lilac

postcard to RBS in Perth from the Dundee Branch,October 27th 1875.

A scarce Type which Arundel notes was infrequently used in its five year of service.

He notes no recorded examples used in 1875 and 1876

and all examples seen were used on 1d plate numbers with an isolated example on the 1/2d plate 6. 

Hence this 1875 date is very scarce and

an unrecorded usage on any postcard variety. 

A superb and rare item. 

Price:  £75.00  SOLD

15085.  Dundee A5:

Double strikes of this scarce Type, August 20th 1888,

on a 1/2d brown postcard to Gosport with a handwritten message. 

Arundel notes its rather infrequent use albeit over a seven year period.

Unrecorded usage on any type of postcard and Code ‘H’ is also not recorded. 

Scarce item.  




15086:  Dundee A7: 

Fine/very fine strike on a very fine 1d red UPU postcard, August 5th 1893,

to Holland with a hand written message re vegetable supplies. 

An unrecorded usage by Arundel on any postcard type and in fact 

no Dundee dotted circle has been recorded used on this UPU card. 

Very rare item in excellent condition.  

Price:  £140.00 


S21.  Edinburgh type C1 – an exceptional strike of this very scarce cancel for March 8 1878

on a superbly clean and uncreased halfpenny purple post card used locally in Edinburgh. 

Exceptional quality and with the cancellation showing an unusual circle in the upper bars

of the numeral section of the duplex which we have not seen previously on any dotted circle. 





S22.  Edinburgh type C7 – a very rare type little used. 

This is a superb strike for September 14 1880 on a clean and uncreased 1d pink stationery envelope. 

This cancellation is usually found on the 1d Venetian red SG166 and Arundel notes

one recorded usage on the 1d pink envelope and this is that example. 

The EARLIEST recorded usage of this rare cancellation is September 14 1880 and this is that usage. 

A remarkable and almost certainly unique combination of usages. 



SS1.  1707 Nov 20: 

Letter written in the year of Unification when the Act of Union

united the Parliaments of Scotland and England . 

Addressed to Coupar and in very fine condition.  

Very scarce. 






SS2. 1739 January 23: 

Fine two page letter to Edinburgh from Dundee. 

Postal charge of ‘2’ on front for a letter carried up to 50 miles. 

On the reverse a very fine strike of ‘ DUNDEE ’ Aukland AN82.

Aukland records the earliest known date for this first type of Dundee name strike as July 23 1839

so this example pre-dates by 6 months. 

Scarce entire.   

  Price:  £125.00


SS3. 1840 May 10: Family letter Kilmarnock to Stranraer dated inside May 10 1840 with red boxed Kilmarnock date for this same date, May 10 1840 and unusually a double strike of the Kilmarnock handstruck ‘1’ in red.  Rare FIRST SUNDAY date after the issue of the 1d black.  Quite possible that the 1d blacks were not yet available in Kilmarnock by that date.  SOLD  

SS4. 1840 1d black plate 2:  ‘TA-TB’, very fine 4-margined pair, very small scissor cut at top between them but  clear of design, tied to entire from Jedbergh to Selkirk by BLACK crosses. Jedbergh boxed date stamp on reverse for October 7 1842 and similar of Selkirk on the front for the following day.  Plate 2 is very scarce on cover with a black cross, Spec AS15m – catalogued at £550 on stamp alone.  The stamps ‘TA’ and ‘TB’ are both in the 2nd State: First Repair, Spec AS17.  Only eight stamps identified in this State: SD, TA, TB, TC, TE, TF, TG and TH.  Hence for this pair of ‘TA-TB’ to be two of these eight and on cover with black crosses is remarkable and a very rare if not a unique usage.  A considerable Scottish rarity! SOLD

SS5. 1850 March 20:  Fine 4-margined 1d red imperf tied to REGISTERED wrapper from Glasgow to Dunbarton by the ‘159’ of Glasgow .  Superb strike of the rare circular ‘Registered at Glasgow ’, McKay Fig 1151, with handwritten ‘181’ inside and a m/s ‘6’ in red for the 6d registration fee.  The registration marks are positioned superbly on the front of the wrapper and the rear flap when raised displays the date markings well as seen in the scans.  Very rare item. SOLD

SS6.  1851 June 18:  Entire from Leith to Edinburgh with a VERTICAL PAIR of 1d red imperfs from the RARE PLATE 107, ‘LJ-MJ’. MJ is large margined and LJ has 3 plus margins.  Superb colour and this rare item is made even rarer by the stamps cancelled contrary to regulations by a superb SINGLE strike of the ‘221’ of Leith .  An attractive and exceptional item of Exhibition Quality. SOLD





SS7.   1841 2d blue plate 3 SG14:

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 catalogued for 2d plate 4 but not as yet on plate 3.  

Exhibition quality and rare item so fine.

Price:  £325.00 





S1.  Entire Edinburgh to Alnwick, dated inside December 5 1839

with very fine/fine handstruck 4 of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh cds on reverse for December 6 1839:

SECOND DAY of the Uniform Fourpenny Post.  

Very scarce.   

Price:  £265.00 


S2.  Entire, Edinburgh to Nairn, December 30 1840. 

Two 1d blacks, plate 4 ‘CK’ and ‘CB’, former with large to clear margins, orange Maltese crosses and boxed ‘Paid 1d Extra’. 

This late fee probably paid by the second 1d black for posting between 6 and 7 pm. 

Rare to find this combination of late fee strike and multiple 1d black franking. 

Inside the letter reads in part: ‘If you establish a steamer perhaps you might be able to give the Post Office

the use of it once a week for crossing the Mail between Long Isle and Glasgow or Ardrossan

whence there is a Railway communication with Glasgow – such a Packet once a week

would be infinitely preferable to the present nominally more frequent one’. 

Superb item already mounted and written up for display.





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





S6.  Entire, Glasgow to Bordeaux , August 26 1870

with SG 47 2d plate 13 and a two 1d SG43 from the scarcer plate 142

one of which is a superb and scarce cds example. 

Attractive item.  

Price: £68.00 


S7.  Letter of credit from Edinburgh to Kingston , Canada West,

 October 1 1863 with 1/- SG71 - the scarcer deep green shade. 

Superb and neatly tied leaving at least 90% of the Queen’s head and profile clear. 

Gibbons price, £1500 plus allowing the SG premium for such a light cancellation.  

Price:  £320.00  




Experimental Duplexes

S10  Glasgow type 2 – this cancellation is known struck in green ink during a 10 day period only between May 5 and May 15 1856.  This superb example, on a clean wrapper to Wick, is for May 9 1856 and arguably the finest surviving example on full cover.  The green ink is in a bright green shade and the scan does not do it justice.  The 1d is SG Spec C6.  Green Wick receiver on reverse. The last time we were able to offer this cancellation on full cover was some 20 years ago.  An exceptional item of outstanding quality and rarity.   SOLD

S11.  Glasgow type 1 – an exceptional strike of a rare cancellation usually found unclear and smudged.  On wrapper to Manchester , January 15 1856 with 1d SG29 and a Manchester receiver on reverse for the next day.  Code H is usually found to the right side of the date with less than 10 examples, including pieces, recorded with it to the left of the date.  Code H in this example is in the left rare position.   Exceptional.   SOLD

S12.  Greenock type 1 – superb strike of this rare cancellation on wrapper, no side flaps removed for display, to Dunoon July 12 1856 code E.  Exceptional strike. SOLD

S13.  Kilmarnock – very fine/superb strikes of this rarest type of the 18 varieties recorded for the experimental duplexes of Scotland .  Struck in dull green, as noted in its early days of usage, and this at January 19 1856 is only 10 days after the earliest known date of usage.  Very few examples are known to exist and in more than 30 years specialising in such cancellations, this is the only multiple usage that we have been able to offer or indeed seen. Edinburgh receiver on the reverse for January 21 1856 (January 20 was a Sunday).  A considerable rarity.   SOLD

S14.  Leith type 1 – a fine strike of this very rare type in use for barely 3 months..  This first type had the year and month only in its make up. This example is for October 1855 with on the reverse of the wrapper a superb Edinburgh cds for October 22 1855 which confirms this to be the latest recorded usage of this type of experimental Leith duplex.  Of the 18 types, only Kilmarnock and Inverness type 1 are rarer than Leith type 1.  SOLD

S15.  Leith type 3 – fine/very fine strike on wrapper to Pennycuick.  The strike is for May 19 1856 and is the EARLIEST known date of usage.  Edinburgh cds on reverse for May 19 1856.  SOLD


Brunswick Stars.  Wants List welcomed.


S16.  Arnot type 6a – fine/very fine strike on a wrapper to Perth , August 2 1869, and tying a 2d, SG45 from the scarce plate 12.  Staining on the reverse of the wrapper but a scarce cancel on this plate.   SOLD

S17.  Arnot type 6a – very fine strike for January 8 1870 on a clean 1d pink stationery envelope.  Arundel notes in his ‘Brunswick Star Cancels’ publication that 1870 dates are very scarce with only three examples recorded.  Although this cancellation is known used on several surface printed stamps as well as widely on the 1d plates, it is previously unrecorded used on any stationery envelope.   SOLD

S18.  Arnot type 7 – very rare cancel in use less than three weeks before sent for recutting. Issued on 20 November 1863 and in use from 22 November until December 11 1863.  This superb example for December 8 1863 is tying a 2d SG45 plate 9 to a small piece and is recorded by Arundel on this stamp only and not on piece or cover.  Exceptional item.  Price:  £300.00 SOLD




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 and illustrated on page 43. 

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


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.



Plate 1b on redirected Irish wrapper.

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

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

The 1d black was affixed top left over the boxed ‘Paid at Cavan’, the letter re-addressed to Mincing Lane,

London and received in London on January 25th. 

A very scarce Irish item. 

Price:  £350.00



Belfast to Holland

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. 

Price:  £195.00


15135:  1d Mulready Envelope, A141 Forme 1, very fine/fine, used within IRELAND, Dublin to Ballymena, Co Antrim July 23rd 1840. 

Cancelled by a superb orange first type Dublin cross.Very scarce early Irish usage.  



Rare mixed Plates 6 and 8: Belfast to Armagh

15143: 1d black, TWO 4-margined examples, ‘TD’ Plate 8 and ‘AD’ Plate 6

tied to a wrapper from Belfast to Armagh, September 29th 1840. 

The rear flap raises to show the dates.

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


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

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

An Irish rarity.   

Price: £1255.00



1735 Dublin Letter

15108:  1735, Letter from DUBLIN, February 10th 1735, to Bristol which would have been carried on the Dublin to

Holyhead Packet and then via London to Bristol. 

The small straight line ‘Dublin’ (26 x4 mm) is on the reverse top flap and a

London Bishopmark for February 18th, both struck in black.

The original m/s ‘6’ inscribed at Dublin, covered the normal Dublin to London ‘All-in’ rate of 6d. 

On arrival in London, this was crossed out and replaced by ‘In all 10’.

This 10d charge covered the previous 6d plus

a further 4d for the 122 miles from London to Bristol, the English rate for distances over 80 miles. 

A rare early Irish item supplied with a full write up used in a display

with a map showing the route the letter would have taken.   

Price:  £225.00  SOLD


Limerick to Calcutta 1834

15109:  1834, Entire from LIMERICK addressed to a Captain in Calcutta, April 12th 1834.

Inside is a long letter to the parents and a further letter, on the end page,

to an Aunt and other relatives ending ‘God Bless you all here and there’. 

On the front a fine boxed ‘Paid at Limerick’, a London Ship letter in red

and on the reverse, a Limerick cds for April 12th 1834 and

Indian GPO and postal rate markings. 

Fine item. 

Price:  £110.00


15118.  1843: 1d pink envelope cancelled by a superb characteristic DUBLIN cross, October 16th 1843,

and rarely found so fine on a stationery envelope. 

The envelope was then written across referring to the return of books

and enclosed with the books. 

Very unusual but economical with paper!  

Price: £65.00


15112.  1854: Front, mounted, to CASTLETOWN- DELVIN

within County West Meath, Ireland February 22nd 1854. 

A pen and ink drawing of a drummer with children.

Struck largely away from the drawing are red cds’s of KILLUCAN and CASTLE DELVIN. 

Very early example of a hand drawn item used internally within Ireland. 

A charming, amusing and very scarce item.   

Price:  £75.00




W1.  Clean and uncreased wrapper with superb strike of the Uniform Penny Post  distinctive ‘Paid 1d’ in red of Aberystwith and a cds of Aberystwith for January 26 1848 also on the front of the wrapper.   Attractive and scarce so fine.   SOLD

W2.  Front and top flap from Newtown to London with 1d black plate 4? Tied by two strikes of a black cross.  On the front are two strikes in black of a Newtown d/arc for February 21 1841 and a London receiver for the following day which displays well when the flap is raised.   This represents a scarce SUNDAY usage and with the official introduction of black ink replacing red from February 10 1841, this date is the earliest we have seen for black ink being used from a Welsh location. In fact it is only the second Sunday after the introduction of black ink.   Price:  £98.00  Image  

W3.  Clean wrapper from Merthyr Tidfil to Cardiff with 1d red plate 34 – full margins but just shaved bottom of SE letter square – with the catalogued constant variety, SG Spec BS23c, illustrated on page 121 of SG Volume 1, in the SW letter square.  The 1d red tied by the ‘523’ of Merthyr Tidfil  with on the reverse date stamps of  Merthyr Tidfil for May 4 1844 and a Cardiff receiver for Sunday May 5 1844.   The ‘523’ numeral is rated very rare by Parmenter and being used only a few days after the MX was replaced by numerals on May 1 1844, is by far the earliest recorded.  Very few May 1844 Welsh numerals have been recorded in use and only the common Newport, Mons is known with an earlier usage than this example of May 4 1844.  Rare item.  SOLD

W4.  Entire from Abergavenny to Usk, October 6 1856, with a 1d imperf, plate 162 tied by a superb number ‘1’ of Abergavenny and the RED receiver of Usk.  The 1d red has  4-margined except just touched at the corner of the SW letter square. On the reverse is a cds of Abergavenny for October 6 1856 in black and a red Usk receiver for the following day.  A rare late usage of the 1d red imperf from a Welsh location – the latest from any Welsh location that we have seen.  Price:  £225.00  Image 1   Image 2  Image 3 

W6. Small envelope from Abergavenny to Prussia, January 28 1854.  The 6d ship letter rate to Prussia has been paid by three imperf plate four 2d blues 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, is 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.  A rare overseas Welsh item and the first with the imperf 1d or 2d outside of Cardiff with such usage we have been able to offer.   Price:  £395.00  Image 1  Image 2  Image 3

W7.  Two commercial entires, written in French by the same hand and to the same addressee, from Cardiff to Paris.  Each has a 3-margined 1d imperf, lettered ‘AC’ and ‘AD’ which were originally a pair, and both tied by the ‘162’ of Cardiff.  The first was sent on February 8 1854 and the second the following day.  A remarkable and rare pair of items to an overseas destination from a Welsh location.  Offered as a pair at £485.00  Image 1  Image 2

W8.  Trio of 1d red imperfs and 1d plate number each in a pair and cancelled contrary to regulations by a SINGLE ‘852’ of Welshpool, Mont.  First imperf pair ‘ED-EE’, second ‘pair’ is two single imperfs ‘IH’ and ‘HI’ on piece ( much scarcer than a joined pair with a single cancellation), and the third a pair of 1d plate134 on piece.  Not all are full margined and ‘HI’ is creased but a remarkable trio in different shades.  Price:  £55.00  SOLD


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