WATERMARK VARIETIES

 

Plate 1b INVERTED Watermark and other varieties.

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

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

Stamp printed in the scarcer INTENSE black shade,

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

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

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

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

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

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

An attractive and very rare item.

Price: 885.00

 

2d Plate 9 INVERTED Wmk

       

151748.  2d blue, SG46, 'AK' Plate 9: superb used with watermark inverted. 

Gibbons prices this watermark variety at 300

plus 125% for lightly used, hence 675. 

The finest used example with inverted watermark we have seen.

The scan does not do justice to its condition and colour.  

Price:  129.00

 

SG157 Plate 22 wmk variety

       

151747.  Two pence halfpenny, SG157 Plate 22, 'PL':

fine used with 1883 EC cancellation.

The stamp has A and T of the marginal watermark letters 'POSTAGE'. 

The crown watermark shifted down and partially on to the next stamp.

 Very unusual and certainly as scarce if not scarcer than

the unpriced inverted watermark by Gibbons in this plate. 

The first example of such a large shift in the watermark we have seen.  

Price:  55.00

 

1d plate 130: INVERTED watermark

151641.  1d plate 130, 'MD':

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

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

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

Very probably a unique combination of watermark variety and cancellation.

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

Exhibition quality and standard. 

Price:  375.00

 

1d plate 69: INVERTED watermark

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

very lightly cancelled with a Scottish numeral,

and with INVERTED watermark.

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

An attractive item. 

Priced by Gibbons at 400.

Price:  145.00

 

4d SG66: INVERTED watermark

                

151562.  4d SG66: superb used pair with Inverted Watermark. 

One stamp with a London cds for July 12th 1859. 

A rare multiple so fine with this watermark variety. 

Gibbons, SG66aWi, prices a single at 400 without the 125% premium for the cds example. 

Hence Gibbons price for this item is in excess of 1,000. 

Superb item and the finest we have seen.

Price:  320.00

 

1d black plate 1b: INVERTED watermark.

WM 1.  1d black plate 1b OH:

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

Cancelled by lightly struck red cross and with INVERTED watermark. 

Priced by Gibbons at 2,500.  

An opportunity to obtain an attractive example of this variety

at a small percentage of the Gibbon's price.          

      Price:  475.00 

 

1d Plate 41: rare INVERTED watermark with MX.

WM 2.  1841 1d red plate 41: 

EK, fine 4-margined, almost complete upright black cross,

with INVERTED watermark.   

1d red with MX and Inverted Watermark unpriced by Gibbons.

 Based on a 1d red with numeral cancellation priced by Gibbons at 400

and allowing for Plate 41 with a MX gives an estimated figure of around 1,000.

Rare variety with MX on this plate.

Price:  330.00 

 

2d Plate 3: INVERTED watermark with MX

151361.  2d plate 3 SG15 'JK', very fine square margined example but with a very small thin on the reverse

and with parts of two Maltese crosses: watermark inverted, Spec ES11a. 

This is the first example of this stamp with the wmk inverted and

cancelled by a MX we have been able to offer for several years.

Not listed by Gibbons with a MX on this variety but

priced by them at 875 with a numeral cancellation. 

An estimated Gibbon's price based on a comparison of the normal stamp with

a numeral cancellation and one with a MX is approx 2,500. 

An opportunity to obtain a rare/very rare stamp. 

Price:  390.00

 

2d SG23: INVERTED watermark.

WM2a    1855 2d plate 4 SG 23: used pair, fine appearance.

Some faults but INVERTED watermark. 

Gibbons priced at 1,300 as two singles. 

Rare multiple. 

Price: 235.00      

 

SG 64 watermark INVERTED




15049.  4d SG64, Medium Garter:

fine PAIR except for small perf fault at top on wing margin stamp, tied by Newport Mons

sideways duplex, JY 5 1856 on envelope to Hamburg part of rear flap missing. 

The only multiple of this stamp we have seen with

INVERTED WATERMARK on cover. 

A single stamp priced by Gibbons, not on cover, at 1,200. 

A very rare item.  

Price:  550.00

 

4d SG66: mint with INVERTED watermark.

WM 3.  4d rose SG66: 

a fresh lightly mounted mint example with truly superb colour.

Horizontal crease but with INVERTED watermark. 

Priced by Gibbons at 4,750. 

A very rare item.

Price: 465.00 

 

6d SG 84d: very rare Watermark ERROR used in MALTA.





15050.  6d SG84, Plate 3, TF-TH:

very fine/superb used strip of three tied to small piece by MALTA duplexes. 

Stamp TF has the WATERMARK ERROR, SG84d, and the cancellation leaves QVs Head almost completely clear.

This error is priced by Gibbons at 8,000.

The example offered here is the ONLY ONE KNOWN USED in MALTA

and also believed to be the only used multiple extant with this watermark variety. 

Stamp TG is cancelled by the Malta cds and TH lightly cancelled. 

An Exhibition Quality item of great rarity.  

Price:  3,675.00


1/- SG72: INVERTED watermark.


15096.  1/- SG72:

fine used with parially clear profile, very small scuff mark bottom right side.

INVERTED watermark clearly visible on a clean reverse. 

Priced by Gibbons at 675:

a very scarce item.    

Price:  115.00



6d SG83: INVERTED watermark.

 

15097.  6d SG83, Plate 3, TF:

fine/very fine used, London cancellation,

INVERTED watermark.

Priced by Gibbons at 450. 

Price: 95.00


6d SG84: INVERTED watermark.

 
15098.  6d SG84, Plate 3, BB:

fine used but with contemporary red mark, Sunderland 761,

and INVERTED watermark. 

Priced by Gibbons at 450. 

Price: 75.00


10d SG112: INVERTED watermark with cds.

 
15099.  10d SG112, PK: 

INVERTED watermark, complete upright Windsor cds, January 29th 1870. 

Despite the trimmed wing margin this is a RARE stamp and

the first cds example we have seen with inverted watermark. 

Gibbons priced at 1,000 but with premium for the cds increases to 1,750. 

Price:  135.00

1/- SG117: INVERTED watermark.


 
15100. 1/- SG117, Plate 4, KG:

very fine used with an almost completely clear QV Head,

couple of shortish perfs at the top and a faint corner wrinkle. 

The INVERTED watermark is clearly seen on the clean back

and the broken pin perfs at the bottom on both sides. 

A very difficult plate to find with inverted watermark,

priced by Gibbons at 180 and 300 with premium,

and under-priced in our experience

Price:  80.00



6d SG83: REVERSED watermark.


 
15101.  6d SG83, Plate 3, GJ, scarcer DEEP lilac shade:

very fine/fine used, couple of short perfs at bottom, numeral 107 of Bradford, Yorks.

The REVERSED watermark clearly shows on the back, SG83Wj.

A much RARER stamp than with Inverted watermark and

underpriced by Gibbons at 550 in the cheaper shade.

One of the finest examples we have seen with this rare variety.

Price:  250.00



6d SG84: REVERSED watermark.


 
15102.  6d SG84, Plate 3, QJ:

good/fine used with REVERSED watermark, SG84Wj.

A much RARER stamp than with Inverted watermark

and underpriced by Gibbons at 550.

Price: 90.00

6d SG69: INVERTED and REVERSED watermark.

 
15103.  6d SG69: fine/good used, small corner fault top left,

466 numeral of Liverpool, INVERTED and REVERSED watermark,

SG69Wk, and UNPRICED by Gibbons.  

A much rarer stamp than with Inverted watermark which is

priced by SG at 375 in the cheaper shade.  

Price: 95.00


6d SG85: INVERTED and REVERSED watermark.


 
15104.  6d SG85, Plate 4, ID:

trimmed wing margin with faults but INVERTED and REVERSED watermark,

SG85Wk, and UNPRICED by Gibbons. 

This is much rarer than the Inverted watermark variety

 which is priced by Gibbons at 450. 

Price:  50.00

6d SG96 plate 5: INVERTED and REVERSED watermark.

 

15105.  6d SG96, Plate 5, JG: fine used, 498 numeral of Manchester,

INVERTED and REVERSED watermark, SG96Wk, and UNPRICED by Gibbons.

This is much rarer than the Inverted watermark variety which is priced by SG at 220. 

Price:  110.00

    

6d SG70: INVERTED watermark

WM 4. 6d SG70: 

superb used example with INVERTED watermark.

Priced by Gibbons at 400 without premium.

Price: 110.00

 

6d SG70: watermark REVERSED.

WM 5.   6d SG70:

lightly used example, 114 of Dundee, some wrinkling near the top

but with the rare variety REVERSED watermark. 

Priced by Gibbons at 475.

A very scarce/rare stamp.

Price:  85.00

 

2/- SG120a COBLALT: INVERTED watermark with Cert.

 

WM 7.   2/- SG120a: 

 very fine used example in the rare COBALT shade with

clear Certificate signed by Robson Lowe. 

Small paper adherence and hinge remnant on the reverse but

the light cancel leaves both the Queens profile and most of the Head clear

thus allowing this distinctive shade to be seen to advantage. 

Rare stamp so fine which is priced by

Gibbons at 3,000 with normal watermark.

A rare stamp is made exceedingly rare by having an INVERTED watermark.  

A Gibbons price allowing for the inverted watermark and

the premium for so lightly used is well in excess of 10,000.  

First we have seen with inverted watermark in this rare shade. 

Price:  2,345.00 

 

1/- SG151: very rare INVERTED watermark.

WM 9.  1/- SG151 plate 13 DI: 

wing margin example extremely lightly used, small part of a bluish cancellation 

which leaves most of QVs head clear. 

INVERTED watermark with an extremely light diagonal crease mostly in the wing margin

and hard to detect even under a glass. 

A very rare stamp with watermark inverted and

priced by Gibbons, at 1,800 and with

lightly used premium rises to  3,600.

Price:  410.00 

 

  4d SG153: INVERTED watermark.

WM 10.  4d SG153 plate 16 DI:

very fine used with large part 1880 cds,

 INVERTED watermark, priced by Gibbons at 625.   

Very scarce/rare stamp so fine with this variety.

Price:  235.00 

 

1d SG166: INVERTED watermark.

 

WM 11.  1d SG166 TG: 

very fine used, Manchester squared circle,

March 15th 1881 with INVERTED watermark. 

Very scarce stamp especially in this condition

and under-priced by Gibbons, in our experience, at 350.

Price:  195.00

 

1d lilac: INVERTED watermarks on stamps and in margin.

WM 12.  1d lilac SG172: 

very fine, better than the scan, un-mounted mint

top marginal strip of three with INVERTED watermark. 

Top margin also has the watermark letters P O S  INVERTED.

The 'P O S T A G E' watermark can only be inverted on stamps

from the top and bottom margins of each sheet of 240.

This applies therefore to only 12 stamps per sheet.  

An attractive rare positional piece.

Price:  95.00 

 

SG197: used INVERTED watermark.

WM 13.  1/2d Jubilee SG197:

fine/very fine used with a Cardiff squared circle for May 3 1900

and with INVERTED watermark. 

A very scarce stamp indeed especially in this condition

and very much under-priced by Gibbons.   

Price:  90.00 

   

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