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This Section has a very wide range of stamps and covers

 

including 1d reds and 2d blues, imperf and perforated,

 

large selection of bantam 1/2d, 1d Plate Numbers and much more.

 

Do scroll down to the end.

 

There are several distinctive Maltese crosses from England, Scotland and Ireland.

 

You will find other MX examples in the Scottish and Irish Section,  

 

on embossed envelopes in the Stationery Section

 

and in the 1d Blacks and 1840 2d Blues Section

 

 

1/2d Plate 9

153662

 

1/2d Plate 9, 'OX'.

 

Fine used, LIverpool cancellation and showing a part of

 

the imperf right margin variety. 

 

Priced by Gibbons at 850 without the variety. 

 

Priced: 185.00 

 

There is a large selection of the bantam 1/2d , examples from every plate

 

including some covers, used blocks and varieties, further down this Section.

 

 

1d red pair on piece from Jersey to Guernsey 1851

   

153654

 

1d red pair, fine with full margins, 'RI-RJ', each tied to a dated piece

 

by partial '409' numerals of JERSEY, Channel Islands.

 

The red Jersey date stamp is for June 29th (1851).

 

Applied close to it is a GUERNSEY date stamp in blue for June 30th 1851.

 

A rare example, albeit on a piece, of inter-island mail. 

 

Price: 48.00

 

 

 Scarce usage of 1d imperf

153665

 

1d red, 3-margined, 'MF', Plate 172?

 

Cancelled by a partial strike of the Reading Sideways duplex, '635'.

 

This is a rare usage of a sideways duplex on a 1d red imperf.

 

Price: 38.00

 

 

Printed Freight List by Book Post: a proof-quality strike

153645

 

1d Plate 153, fine used, on a printed Freight List

 

from H.H.van der Werff , Ship and Steamer Brokers, Newcastle-on-Tyne and North Shields.

 

The item has been sent from Newcastle under the 'Bookpost' scheme and tied by

 

an EXCEPTIONAL, proof-quality, strike of the Quayside Newcastle-on-Tyne duplex for October 16th 1872.

 

It is hard to see how a better strike could be found.

 

An Amsterdam receiver on reverse for October 18th 1872.

 

Some light creasing at the left and the apparent browning is either not there

 

or much fainter than the scan suggests. 

 

An attractive display item.

 

Price: 38.00

 

The Brighton Cross close to replacement

 

153652

 

1d red, 'GH' Plate 13:

 

a full margined example, wrinkles in 'G' square; a ragged margin at right.

 

Tied to a clean wrapper to East Grinstead, September 22nd 1841.

 

This appears to be the worn out cross:

 

Brighton is believed to have received a replacement from the GPO in November 1841

 

and the item offered here is the latest recorded by Rockoff and Jackson before the replacement.

 

On the reverse is a 'N' in a circle: County Cat. SX251, Northern sub office an given an 'F' rarity rating. 

 

Gibbons prices the Brighton distinctive on cover at 750 and 1d plate 13 at 325.

 

A rare combination of features and an interesting display item.

                                                                                                                            

Price: 135.00

 

 

Marginal Inscriptional

153640

 1d 'AI', fine with 3-plus margins and a MX cancellation.

 

A marginal inscriptional example 'Letter. In Wetting'(the back).

 

Very scarce especially with a Maltese Cross.

 

Price: 48.00

 

1d Plate 55

153646

 

1d 'TG-TH', Plate 55,

 

full margined pair, huge in places, unclear numeral cancellation

 

which leaves clear profiles on both stamps.

 

some creasing but almost full original gum.

 

An attractive multiple.

 

Price: 38.00

 

Newtown-Limavady Cross

 

153625.

 

1d Plate 26, 'BD', fine with almost full margins, just shaved top of NE corner. 

 

Tied to a commercial letterto Ballymoney  by a very fine MX of Newtown-Limavady. 

 

On the top flap is a very fine date stamp for April 24th 1843 which displays well.

 

Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 2 record and illustrate only six examples on cover of this cross:

 

only five of these are on a 1d red: he example offered here is not one of them. 

 

An attractive and scarce item which would make a fine display item.

 

Price: 65.00 SOLD

 

There are more examples of Irish Crosses on covers in the Scottish, Irish and Welsh Section

 

 

 

The following are selections of 2d Plate 3 from a partial reconstruction of Plate 3. 

 

There are 28 examples with black Maltese Cross cancellations and

 

53 examples with a numeral cancellation: included are some multiples. 

 

The shades range from SG13 to SG15.

All are at least fine/very fine used with clean backs.

The margins are as per the scans with a large majority full margined.

Gibbons prices Plate 3 with an MX at 275 and with an 1844 numeral at a minimum of 100

If you see any that could be on interest, please let us know the letterings,

 

 if it has a MX or numeral cancellation

 

and we will send you a full description and price

 

 

2d Plate 3: MX cancellations

 

 

2d Plate 3: numeral cancellations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moreton Hampstead(Devon) Penny Post

 

 

153585. 

 

1d red 3-margined, RL, light MX, on a neat personal entire from Exeter. July 1843.

 

Neatly placed top left is a fine strike of Moreton Hampstead Penny Post, County Cat DN 910:  a scarce strike. 

 

Letter sealed by an almost complete green paper seal.  

 

A very scarce combination of Penny Post and 1d red and an attractive item

 

that would make an interesting display page. 

 

Price:  39.00  SOLD

NB: the browning is much fainter than in the scan or not present at all.

 

 

The next nine items are 1d reds on cover with Late Usages of the Maltese Cross.

 

 

Late usage of the Padiham Cross in 1846

             

 

 

 

153572.

 

1d 'RG', Plate 54, very fine with full margins:

 

tied to an entire from PADIHAM, dated February 12th 1846 by a Maltese Cross of Padiham. 

 

On the reverse is a very fine undated circle of HOLLTROYDS, unrecorded in the County Catalogue

 

and a very fine Padiham udc, County Cat LA772, recorded in use 1939-42

 

hence the example offered here is some 4 years later: an isolated strike?  

 

There is also a Preston date stamp for February 12th 1846 and a London receiver for the following day.

 

Holytroyds, '952', recorded by Parmenter with a H* rarity,

 

was sent from the GPO between September 2nd 1845 and March 17th 1846.

 

The address on the letter is also interesting and may repay research.

 

A remarkable and superb Exhibition item. 

 

Price: 575.00

 

NB: Danzig recorded a Padiham Cross only for July 1845.

 

 

Late usage Padiham Cross in 1844

   

 

 

153573.

 

1d, 'JJ', fine, Plate 36, with full margins:

 

on a neat wrapper, filing spike in the centre not visible on the reverse.

 

Stamp cancelled by a Padiham Cross and a fine/very fine Padiham undated circle neatly placed on the front.

 

On the reverse top flap are date stamps for Blackburn, June 8th 1844, and a partial Preston June 9th 1844.  

 

An attractive and very scarce item that would display well. 

 

Price: 110.00

 

 

Aspatria Cross: late usage in December 1845

         

 

 

153575.

 

1d 'SI', basal shift, Plate 61, full margins, close at the right but clear:

 

tied by a partial double strike of the Aspatria (Cumberland) Maltese Cross to a clean wrapper to Cockermouth.

 

On the reverse is an Aspatria undated circle, a Maryport date stamp for December 3rd 1845

 

and a Cockermouth date stamp for the following day.

 

Danzig records this late usage of a Maltese Cross in 1845-46. 

 

An attractive item and rare. 

 

Price: 285.00 

 

 

Late use of the Maltese Cross at Grantham in 1848

 

 

151426. 

 

1d SG8, 'QG', 4-margined, small NE corner wrinkle,

 

on a small neat envelope addressed to Ruddington nr Nottingham. 

 

The letter left Grantham on September 21st 1848 and was sent to London. 

 

It was then sent to Nottingham being received on September 22nd 1848.

 

It would seem that it went sent to London because

 

the post office official miss-read Ruddington for Paddington! 

 

Numeral cancellations replaced the Maltese Crosses in England on May 1st 1844:

 

this MX was used more than 4 years after it was withdrawn from use. 

 

A rare and interesting example of the LATE usage of the MX.  

 

Price:  380.00

 

NB: On the reverse is a WALTHAM undated circle, County Cat LC187,

 

1843-48, so this is its last year of usage.

 

 

Late usage of the Beverley Cross in 1850

    

 

 

153574.

 

1d red, 'MG', good margins on three sides but touching at the centre area of the bottom margin:

 

tied by a Maltese Cross to an entire dealing with lands in the Estate of Rowlston Hall, near Hornsea.

 

The fine Hornsea undated circle on the reverse is County Cat YK1400, 1842-51.

 

As this letter was addressed to Hull and looking at the main mail roads in that part of East Yorkshire,

 

this item would have gone to Beverley, where it was cancelled, and then on to Hull.

 

Beverley did have a Maltese Cross and Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 1, Page 48,

 

illustrate four examples of this cross, two on 1d reds.

 

They comment on the degradation of the cross in use and in the 1843 example, their latest, there are significant changes to its shape. 

 

The example offered here, letter dated 17th November 1850, shows a double-lined effect.

 

The Hull receiver is for this same date.

 

Danzig does not record a late usage of the Beverley Cross and ,from our researches, we can not find another example.

 

An interesting item which would make a very fine display page.

 

Price: 340.00 

 

NB: It appears that the name of the Hall is now Rolston Hall, near Hornsea.

 

If Googled, there is a colour photograph of it on sale in 2022 at 1.85 million.

 

The condition of the item is finer than in the scan; the brownish areas are a trick of the scanner.

 

 

South Shields Cross: Late Usage in 1852

1115. 

 

1d red APRIL 7th 1852: 

 

Late Use 1d red imperf, not full margined, but tied by a very fine

 

black cross of South Shields to an entire to Leeds.

 

Danzig in The Cancellations of the 1841 Penny Red, page 91,

 

illustrates another late usage of the South Shields cross for April 3 1852.

 

This April 7th 1852 late usage of a Maltese cross is

 

A very LATE USAGE of the MX

 

As seen in the scans the date markings from South Shields and Leeds display well when opened. 

 

A significant rarity.

 

Price:  435.00  

 

 

Late usage of the MX in Scotland.

151424. 

 

1d SG8, 'AC', full margins except just touched top corner of NW corner square.

 

Tied to  commercial entire from Portobello to Old Melrose by a very fine MX.

 

Letter dated inside Portobello October 24th 1844 and with cds's on the reverse confirming the date.

 

As Scottish MX's were replaced by numerals in June 1844,

 

this is a LATE USAGE of an MX in Scotland.

 

Price: 225.00

 

 

Late usage of an MX at Bruton.

151425. 

 

1d SG8, 'BC', margins close in places but clear all around.

 

Letter is from Bruton, dated inside November 13th 1844 and again on the inside flap.

 

The stamp is tied by a fine MX, applied at Bruton, Bruton undated circle on reverse;

 

Bruton was never issued with its own dated canceller.

 

On reverse is a Shaftesbury cds for the following day - missing '4' in the date. 

 

When the top flap is raised, these cancellations are displayed well. 

 

Numeral cancellations introduced on May 1st 1844 in England,

 

hence this is a LATE usage of a Maltese Cross. 

 

Rare item. 

 

Price: 290.00 

 

 

1d Plate 70 LATE USAGE of a PRESTON CROSS: 1846

             

152004. 

 

1d red Plate 70, 'RA': very fine with almost full margins, touching in NW corner square,

 

on a very clean and uncreased entire from PRESTON to GIGGLESWICK near Settle(Yorks).

 

The letter is dated inside Preston October 11th 1846, the date should have been October 10th 1846 as

 

on the reverse, both struck in blue, are date stamps of Preston and Settle for October 10th 1846.

 

The 1d red tied by a fine strike of the Preston cross: this was replaced by the numeral '628' on May 1st 1844. 

 

the first example recorded from the Preston Office. 

 

An extremely rare item of Exhibition quality. 

 

Price:  485.00 

 

NB: Plate 70 was put to press on June 30th or July 30th 1846.

 

 

Very early usage of the first duplex cancellation

 

153563.

 

1d Alphabet 2, 'BI, fine, full margins, close but just clear at the 'B' square.

 

Tied to a piece by a very fine/superb strike of a London '72' duplex for March 12th 1853.

 

The first known usage of a duplex cancellation is in London on February 24th 1853. 

 

This example is only 16 days afer this EKD

 

and one of the earliest examples we have been able to offer. 

 

Would make a fine display item.

 

Price: Price: 38.00 SOLD

 

 

Number 7 in Cross

        

 

153567.

 

1d Plate 36, 'AJ-BJ', full margins but very close at the top.

 

An unusual vertical pair cancelled by the Number 7 in Cross.

 

Some indication of other strikes of this cross.

 

As per the scan of the reverse side, there is a corner crease on 'AJ' and

 

a horizontal crease almost between the pair. 

 

Gibbons prices a single Number 7 in Cross at 160, hence 320 for the pair

 

without the premium for a pair of Plate 36.

 

A scarce item.

 

Price: 55.00

 

 

Early usage of this London Late Fee duplex

153576. 

 

1d Plate 163, LC, with four margins,

 

tied to a piece by the London late fee duplex, 38, with indented corners, for August 30th 1853.

 

Parmenter notes this cancellation in use from August 19th 1853. 

 

This example is the second earliest usage we have been able to offer on the 1d red. 

 

This cancellation is very difficult to find on a 1d red with full margins

 

and especially with an August 1853 usage.

 

There is possibly a very minor rub in the margin of the C square. 

 

A rare/very rare item that displays well. 

 

Price: 58.00

 

Late usage of 1d imperf

 

153562.

 

1d red, 'AC', Plate 169?,

 

tied to a piece by a London EC '71' duplex for July 12th 1858.

 

Ragged maegins at the sides, almost crudely rouletted at the left and almost full margins.

 

A very scarce example of the late usage of a 1d imperf more than 4 years after the Maltese cross was replaced.

 

Price: 40.00 SOLD

 

 

Blue Edinburgh Duplex

 

153566.

 

1d SG29, 'OR', very fine, tied to a piece by a superb strike

 

of the Edinburgh Duplex in BLUE for June 24th 1857.

 

Ginbbons priced a complete duplex on piece in blue at 375

 

A display item.

 

Price: 85.00 SOLD

 

 

1d SG21: very early usage of Die 2

 

 

153565.

 

1d Perf 16, SC watermark, SG21: fine,

 

tied to a clean wrapper to Manchester by a London '28' in diamond and bars.

 

On the reverse is a Lombard Street date stamp for March 1st 1855

 

and a Manchester receiver for the following day.

 

The earliest known date of usage for the new introduction of Die 2, SG21, is February 17th 1855.

 

This example is only 12 days after the EKD and the earliest usage of Die 2 we have been able to offer.

 

The stamp has been affixed over a very light horizontal crease in the paper

 

which does not affect the stamp.

 

Gibbons prices SG21 on cover at 110.00.

 

Price: 55.00

 

 

Triangular Mourning Envelope

153569.

 

1d SG40, pulled perfs NE corner, tied to a triangular mourning envelope

 

by a London duplex for April 20th 1863.

 

There is a filing crease below the 1d which does not affect it. 

 

The first mourning envelope in this shape we have seen. 

 

A rare item. 

 

Price: 95.00

 

 

Unrecorded type

for Bishop Auckland

 

153558.

 

1d SG40, very fine used, 'MB',

 

cancelled by a type of '80' of Bishop Auckland not recorded in use. 

 

Illustrated by Parmenter who notes it was sent from the GPO

 

on September 24th 1858 but unrecorded in use.

 

Struck in a shade of blue ink.

 

Gibbons prices a 1d SG40 cancelled in blue at 180 before a premium

 

for he rarity of the cancellation.

 

Probably a unique combination. 

 

Price: 95.00

 

 

Group of mixed NBP Glasgow and Edinburgh Cancellations

 

153551

 

A selection of Glasgow and Edinburgh Newspaper Branch Cancellations

 

including the scarce Glasgow McKay 1207 on

 

bantam 1/2d Plate 6,1d plate number 205 ? and 1d venetian red

 

and other types on 1d Plates 184 and 195.

 

A good basis for expansion. 

 

Price 38.00

 

 

Athboy:  an Irish Blue Cross

 

 

152823.

 

1d red Plate 36, 'NG', full margins, some ragged perfs but clear of the design.

 

Large dated piece, top part front and back, from ATHBOY to Bath?

 

The 1d is tied by a lightly struck BLUE cross.

 

 On the reverse is an Athboy date stamp for Febuary 19th 1844 in the same shade of blue ink as

 

the Athboy Penny Post  and the Maltese Cross.

 

The Athboy MX in blue is unrecorded by Danzig.

 

Gibbons prices a 1d red with a blue cross on full cover at 1,700 and on stamp alone at 650. 

 

A very rare combination of features and an attractive Irish item item that displays well. 

 

Price: 485.00

 

NB: the scans do not do justice to the blue ink.

 

 

1d Plate 8 Liverpool Cross

 

153537.

 

1d Plate 8, 'ML', fine with four margins, tied by a Liverpool cross to Oldham

 

on a printed invoice from Summerfield, Fair and Ebans Manufacturers of Mustard.

 

On reverse top flap is a Liverpool date stamp for October 29th 1841

 

which displays well when the flap is raised. 

 

A 1d red from Black plate 8 is priced by Gibbons on cover at 500 in this earliest state.

 

Scarce plate on cover with full margins.

 

An attractive and scarce item. 

 

Price: 125.00

 

 

1d SG17 used before the Official Date of Issue

 

 

153542.

 

1d SG17, on a wrapper from London to Essex. 

 

On the reverse top flap is a very fine London date stamp for March 3rd 1854.

 

The stamp is creased and tied by a filing crease.

 

The official date of usage of 1d SG17 was March 12th 1854

 

and Gibbons Notes in QV Volume 1 that examples used before that date are rare.

 

The example here at March 3rd 1854 is one of the earliest we have been been able to offer.

 

The date displays well when the top flap is raised. 

 

The crease in the stamp is reflected in the price. 

 

A very collectable example of this rare pre-issue date. 

 

Price: 65.00

 

 

Misperfed from Chester

153460.

 

1d Perf 16, small crown, SG17:

 

a striking misperf superb used with the '180' of Chester.

 

A superb rich colour and rare in this condition.

 

An Exhibition- quality item.

 

Price: 55.00

 

 

1d Block of 4 on piece

153508.

 

1d red, 'CD-DF', block of 4 tied to a piece by the Manchester numeral '498':

 

'DE' has full margins and the others 3/2 margins.

 

The date on the front 8.9.52 can not be verified as no markings on the reverse.

 

Gibbons prices a block of 4 with alphabet 1 at 325.00.

 

There are vertical burr rubs between the bottom and top pair. 

 

Price:  38.00

 

 

2d Plate 3

 

153526.

 

2d Plate 3, very fine/fine used, FF', with a complete MX.

 

Full margins and a very clean reverse.

 

Priced by Gibbons at 275.

 

An attractive example.

 

Price:  75.00

 

 

SG14 2d Plate 3 pair

 

153523

 

2d SG14, Plate 3, pair 'GI-GJ', full margins:

 

Fine/very fine used pair printed on unlisted Thin Paper

 

and cancelled by an almost single central MX with small traces of others.

 

'GI' with a clear profile.

 

There is a very strong burr rub between the stamps and

 

some evidence of others at the left and right margins.

 

A single with an MX priced by Gibbons at 275.

 

Plate 4 on thin paper priced at 225 but not listed on plate 3.

 

The stamps have been printed on unusually white paper.

 

A very rare combination of features.

 

Price: 225.00

 

 

2d Plate 3: an unrecorded variety

 

 

153522.

 

2d SG14, Plate 3, 'MB': both are fine and have full margins, close but clear on the right hand stamp.

 

In the top margin is a variety the like of which we have not seen previously and is not listed by Gibbons.

 

There is a series of blurred 'dots' or 'marks', more pronounced and developed on the right hand stamp.

 

The printing of each stamp is slightly blurred: this is more pronounced on the right hand stamp.

 

 A very unusual and rare variety: a Display item.

 

Price for the two:  120.00

 

 

Details and Drawings of the 1867 PARIS EXHIBITION with prizes presented by Napoleon the Third: sent to Australia

 

 

 

 

153402.

 

1d Plate 89, fine, tied by the '132' of BRIGHTON

 

to a copy of the London Illustrated News Edition for Saturday July 13th 1867. 

 

The main feature of this Edition is the PARIS EXHIBITION. 

 

The centre two pages have a fabulous illustration of the inside of the Exhibition Hall

 

and the presenting of the prizes by Emperor Napoleon the Third.

 

There is some detail of the winners on the internet.

 

The item was addressed to Melbourne Australia and it would seem was not delivered there

 

as there is a handwritten 'Try ? Hill' as seen in the scan.

 

We have not previuosly seen an Edition of this publication sent to Australia.

 

A very rare survivor and a very rare item that would make an interesting and memorable display, 

 

Price: 350.00

 

NB: it is a cleaner item than the scan suggests.

 

There is a great deal of information, and pictures, of this Paris Exhibition on the internet

 

that could enhance a display of this item

 

 

2d blue Plate 3, on an unaddressed copy of the Times in June 1844.

 

153424. 

 

A complete TIMES newspaper, rather fragile in places, unaddressed, with a four margin 2d blue Plate 3,'CC',

 

tied by a superb number 4 in diamond and bars, of the Inland Office.

 

The paper Edition of 18642 is dated JUNE 21st 1844.

 

The change from the use of the Maltese Cross in London took place on May 20th 1844.

 

A couple of examples of a numeral cancellation on this date are known, all cancelling the contemporary 1d red,

 

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1.

 

From our researches, we have been unable to trace an earlier example of the use of a London numeral on a 2d blue plate 3 on a cover,

 

other than that offered here.

 

A puzzle as to why it was unaddressed!

 

Perhaps it was an informed philatelist at the time who wanted an example of an early numeral cancellation

 

and working or being in London went to the Post Office added a 2d blue and asked for it to be stamped.?

 

Your hypothesis will be as good/better than mine: adds to the mystery of this item.

 

The first page of the newpaper have some very interesting adverts and is in itself a Social History.

 

It is believed that only two other examples of a newspaper with an 1841 2d blue have survived

 

before this and the next item which have now become available.

 

A very rare display item.

 

Price: 250.00 SOLD

 

NB: the 2d has a light horizontal crease not as pronounced as the scan suggests. 

 

 

 

2d Plate 3 on The Times Newspaper to Rhode Island USA with a Liverpool Ship Letter cancellation.

 

 

 

 

 

153410. 

Complete and fine copy of The Times, March 7th 1846, with a 2d blue Plate 3, fine/very fine with four margins.

 

Tied to the newspaper by a London Inland Office '21' in diamond and bars, recorded by Parmenter

 

in use from February 1846, hence the example here is a very early usage: he gives it a 'G' rarity ie very rare.

 

The paper is addressed to Phiip Aaalen and son, Providence, Rhode Island USA. 

 

Also the sender had written per American Packet Ship from Liverpool, March 11 1846:

 

the stamp was affixed on top of the first part of the instruction.

 

On the front  to left is a partial strike of the Ship Letter Liverpool for March 13th 1846.

 

At that time only Cunard were operating a regular service to the USA.

 

In 1846, Cunard were operating a limited number of sailings and, according to Hubbard and Winter

 

 in their reference book 'North Atlantic Mail Sailings 1840-75', had only one sailing in March 1846:

 

the 'Hibernia' which left LIverpool on March 4th and arrived in Boston on April 1st.

 

The next sailing was the 'Caledonia' which left LIverpool on April 4th 1846 arriving in Boston on April 20th.

 

One must assume the paper was held back until this sailing: almost 6 weeks from the date of its publication! 

 

There were we believe only two other surviving Newspapers bearing the 1841 2d blue before this and Item 153424 above.

 

This example going to the USA is believed to be the only survivor with a Liverpool Ship Letter cancellation. 

 

A very rare/unique item of Exhibition quality which would display well. 

 

The display could be enhanced by using some of the Advertisement on the front page of the paper

 

as they give an interesting glimpse of the Social History of that period

 

including Passage to Australia, China, Ceylon, Canada, USA and others.

 

Price: 780.00

 

NB: the Ship Letter Liverpool is County Cat LL 632

 

 

Leeds Special Cross

 

153492.

 

1d red, 'QE', not full margins but cancelled by a fine/very fine

 

Leeds Special Cross: SG Spec B1ts and priced at 450.

 

A difficult cross to find so well struck.

 

A very collectable example.

 

Price: 55.00

 

 

1d imperf used in Jersey

 

153493.

 

1d 'AL', Plate 110, fine/very fine used with the '409'

 

of JERSEY (Channel Islands).

 

A very fine strike of the first type

 

of this numeral.

 

Seldom found with such a clear strike on a four margined 1d.

 

On the reverse is a very small pre-printing wrinkle

 

and the watermark shows vertical guide lines.

 

A very scarce combination of features

 

Price: 45.00

 

 

1d imperf used from Jersey

 

153473.

 

1d imperf , 'RF': fine used with full margins

 

and an almost  full '409' of Jersey (Channel Islands).

 

This is the first type of the '409' numeral.

 

Scarce cancellation on a 1d red with four margins.

 

Price: 30.00

 

 

1d pair cancelled by a single Glasgow numeral.

 

 

153435.

 

1d pair, 'SK-SL', 'SK' full margins, 'SL' three margins. 

 

The margins are rather wragged

 

but the stamps are cancelled by a superb SINGLE '159' of Glasgow.

 

This single strike was Contrary to Post Office Regulations at the time.

 

Price: 30.00

 

 

1d Plate 72 two singles: both with full margins and each with Glasow numeral.

 

  

 

 

 

153427.

 

1d Plate 72, two full-margined singles, 'IH' and 'IK',

 

both are fine, 'IK' has a very small corner crease at the bottom left corner.

 

Tied to a wrapper by the '159' of Glasgow.

 

On the reverse are Glasgow date stamp for April 28th 1848, a boxed Queen Street

 

and an Edinburgh receiver for the following day.

 

The fine red wax seal is intact and initials of the sender clearly visible.

 

Some tearing on the reverse top flap near the seal. 

 

Gibbons prices a single 1d Plate 72 on cover at 45:

 

plate 72 was destroyed in December 1848. 

 

Price: 35.0

 

 

1d pair SG22 missperfed deep colour

 

153479.

 

1d SG22, ''DG-DH', a pair fine/very fine in a rich colour,

 

tied to a commercial entire from London to Hereford.

 

London date stamp on the reverse top flap for April 14th 1855 and a Hereford receiver for the following day.

 

Gibbons prices a single on cover at 180.

 

Very scarce on cover as a pair and with misperfing such that each stamp has portions of four other stamps. 

 

A rare item. 

 

Price: 95.00

 

 

1d: superb with cds

 

153487.

 

1d SG40, 'OC', an exceptional example:

 

near perfect centering for this issue and with

 

an almost complete and upright cds of Liverpool for July 3rd 1859.

 

A rare/very rare stamp in this condition and

 

one of the finest we have been able to offer. 

 

Exhibition quality.

 

Price: 45.00 

 

NB: the scan does not do justice to this item.

 

 

Greenock Dotted Circle on 1d Plate

 

153497.

 

1d Plate 87, 'JI', NE blunt corner:

 

tied to an envelope by a very fine/superb Greenock Dotted Circle Type 2 for Febuary 15th 1865.

 

There is not a letter inside but an ink impression of some of the writing has transferred

 

to the inside of the envelope and is visible through the paper back and front.

 

We can not recall seeing such an effect for some considerable time. 

 

Price: 25.00

 

NB: there is a horizontal crease well clear of the 1d and cancellation.

 

 

Greenock Dotted Circle on 1d Plate

 

153496.

 

1d Plate 143,'KN', very fine in a deep shade:

 

tied to an envelope by a fine strike of the Greenock Dotted Circle for November 2nd 1871. 

 

There is a horizontal crease well away from the stamp and cancellation. 

 

On the reverse is printed in a blue oval ' Walter Grieve Son & Co. Greenock'.

 

An attractive item with a fine strike and a scarcer plate. 

 

Price: 35.00

 

 

2d Plate 3: Edinburgh Special Balloon Cross and other varieties

     

 

153502.

 

2d Plate 3, 'EK', full margins and part of the adjacent stamp at the right and a burr rub in the left margin. 

 

Cancelled by an exceptional strike of a Balloon Cross of Edinburgh.

 

Rockoff and Jackson in Volume 1 have an analysis, with illustrations, of these crosses.

 

The example offered here is Type 4 which they illustrate and describe it as

 

'the most elegant and distinctive of the Edinburgh Special Crosses'.

 

It has been recorded in use between December 29th 1842 and September 9th 1843.

 

The stamp is printed on unlisted Thin Paper on Plate 3 but listed on Plate 4 at 225 ie with a numeral cancel.

 

Stamp 'EK' is listed as SG Spec ES11d: 'Shifted transfer, distorted white letters of the value and basal duplication'. 

 

This might explain the burr rub and the basal markings.

 

On the reverse near where the burr rub is located on the front, there are some markings, and in the corner as per the scan.

 

Nothing shows on the front of the stamp.

 

Gibbons prices an Edinburgh cross on stamp at 350.

 

 With the other varieties and the quality of the cross, the combination of features is likely to be unique.

 

An Exhibition quality. 

 

Price: 185.00

 

2d Plate 3: an unrecorded variety

 

 

153522.

 

2d SG14, Plate 3, 'MB': both are fine and have full margins, close but clear on the right hand stamp.

 

In the top margin is a variety the like of which we have not seen previously and is not listed by Gibbons.

 

There is a series of blurred 'dots' or 'marks', more pronounced and developed on the right hand stamp.

 

The printing of each stamp is slightly blurred: this is more pronounced on the right hand stamp.

 

 A very unusual and rare variety: a Display item.

 

Price for the two:  120.00

 

 

 

2d Plate 13: Greenock dotted circle

 

153494.

 

2d SG47, deep blue, 'GI', Plate 13: 

 

fine/very fine, tied to a piece by the Greenock Dotted Circle Type 2, December 30th 1871.

 

Unrecorded by Arundel on any 2d issue.

 

The 2d has a clear profile.

 

A rare usage and an attractive display item.

 

Price: 45.00

 

 

2d Plate 9 Geenock Dotted Circle

 

153495.

 

2d SG46, 'GG-GH', Plate 9:

 

very fine used, tied to a piece by a lightly struck Greenock Dotted Circle Type 2

 

for July 1863 which leaves a clear profile on both stamps.

 

Unrecorded usage by Arundel on any 2d issue

 

but in The Scottish Post in 2007, Robinson noted a usage on 2d Plate 9.

 

A rare multiple usage and a display quality item.

 

65.00

 

NB: this item and the 2d Plate 9 on piece would make a very fine display page.

 

 

Queen Street Scots Local in Black and Blue

 

 

153428.

 

Queen Street Scots Local, Type XV111 on pieces: 

 

The Black example is struck on a 1d perf 16, and the Blue example on piece on a 1d perf 14. 

 

Gibbons prices a Scots Local in black on piece at 40 and in Blue at 110.

 

BUT  they note in SG Line Engraved, Volume 1 2020, that the blue price is for 'Neilston' in blue

 

and other Offices in blue are generally worth considerably more.

 

This is the first example of Queen Street in blue we have seen and able to offer. 

 

An attractive, and rare pair, which would make a fine display item.

 

Price: 75.00

 

 

1d Per14 Large Crown

 

   

 

153433.

 

1d SG29, 'CA-DB', fine/very fine used block of 4 with the '147' of BUNGAY.

 

Parmenter gives this an 'F' rarity ie Rare.

 

In the watermark can be seen two vertical guide lines: rarely do you see the two lines rather than one.  

t

The crown watermark is shifted to the left so the second line can be seen.

 

A rare/very rare multiple usage of this rare numeral.

 

Gibbons prices an 'ordinary' used block of four of SG29 at 75.00. 

 

A remararkable combination of feature. 

 

A fine display item. 

 

Price: 48.00

 

 

1d pair with Edinburgh Roller cancellations

 

153396. 

 

1d SG29/33, DB-DC,

 

a pair with some irregular perfs, tied to a wrapper used locally in Edinburgh by

 

two very fine strikes of the Edinburgh Roller Cancellation with separated segments.

 

Edinburgh date stamp on the rear flap for November 10th 1856.  

 

Very fine examples of this scarce strike neatly applied. 

 

Price: 25.00

 

 

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

 

                

 

Plate 9

                                                                                                                                                                                                      

152862.  

 

A complete set of 1/2d SG 48/49, Plates 1-20, all tied to small pieces

 

by either a duplex(10) or cds(5) of WORCESTER.

 

All are fine to very fine and the plate 9 has both plate numbers visible:

 

dates range from 1871 to 1880.

 

Gibbons priced in excess of 1,500 as single stamps

 

without the 200% premium added for the cds examples

 

or for those lightly cancelled with clear profiles.

 

A remarkable and likely to be a unique grouping. 

 

Price:  490.0

 

 

SG48 Plate 1: very early usage

153449.

 

SG48 1/2d plate 1 with Birmingham cds for October 6th 1870.

 

A very fine used example of this difficult plate

 

and the earliest we have been able to offer of this issue.

 

Gibbons prices this at 300 including the premium.

 

Price: 70.00

 

NB: this example may well be the earliest known usage in Birmingham.

 

 

1/2d Plate 1 from Motherwell on a colliery invoice

153530.

 

1/2d Plate1, 'RM', fine/very fine, tied to a clean invoice from the Clelland Colliery dated November 26th 1872. 

 

The '361' of Motherwell, lightly applied, allows the scarce plate 1 to be visible.

 

 On the reverse top flap are very fine date stamps of Motherwell, November 26th 1872 and Glasgow for the following day. 

 

Tere is a very light horizontal filing crease well clear of the 1/2d. 

 

Gibbons prices the scarce Plate 1 on cover at 230 and this plate is the 3rd rarest of the 15 plates in the series.

 

An attractive item and the date markings display well with the top flap raised.

 

A very scarce/rare combination of features.

 

Price:  50.00  SOLD

 

 

Plate 3: Kilkenny cds

153559. 

 

1/2d Plate 3, 'LG': a fine used example, with a partial KILKENNY cds

 

and parts of three other stamps caused by the missperfing.

 

Price:  23.00

 

 

1/2d plate 3: superb original colour

 

153587. 

 

1/2d Plate 3, QM-QN:

 

a superb pair tied to a fine envelope to Chippenham by

 

a superb London W/37 duplex for November 14th 1871.   

 

On reverse is a very fine Chppenham cds receiver for the following day. 

 

A single Plate 3 on cover is priced by Gibbons at 125 plus.

 

A very attractive item. 

 

Price: 55.00

 

Plate 4 strip

 

133400. 

 

1/2d SG48 Plate 4, 'NA-ND', a fine strip tied to a piece by a Liverpool duplex for April 12th 1872. in a deep shade.

 

A scarcer plate and especially in a multiple: a single stamp priced by Gibbons at 50. 

 

Orange PD ties two of the stamps to the piece indicating this strip had a usage on overseas mail.

 

'ND' affected by a light vertical filing crease. 

 

An attractive and scarce item. 

 

Price: 45.00

 

 

1/2d SG48: Plate 4

 

153452.

 

1/2d SG48 Plate 4, 'FV-GW':

 

very fine lightly used block of four with rich colour.

 

Montrose duplex cancels for November 15th 1872.

 

A difficult Plate to find in a block and in this condition.

 

Gibbons prices a used block of four in the cheapest plate at 200.

 

An estimated price for this block is 330.

 

A rare/very scarce item.

 

Price: 75.00

 

 

Plate 5

      

 

153647

 

1/2d Plate 5, 'CD-CE', very fine pair tied to an uncreased envelope,

 

with original contents, by a fine Ashbourne duplex for September 2nd 1872

 

Gibbons prices a single plate 5 on cover at 70.

 

On reverse is a superb cds of Wirksworth fo Setember 3rd.

 

A fine cover of display quality. 

 

Price: 47.00

 

 

SG48 Plate 6

 

153453.

 

1/2d SG48, fine deep shade, block of four, 'OC-PE',  London '76' cancellation.

 

Each of the horizontal pairs shows the 'Halfpenny' watermark.

 

Priced by Gibbons at 200.

 

Very scarce item.

 

Price: 55.00

 

Plate pair 6 with full 'halfpenny' watermark

    

153666

 

1/2d Plate 6, 'PT-PU', fine used pair, a couple of short perfs,

 

showing the full 'halfpenny' watermark. 

 

Cancelled by a London SE/11 in oval and bars.

 

Price: 20.00

 

 

Plate 8 mint example

    

 

153457.

 

1/2d Plate 8, 'QC': a mint example with a small part of original gum.

 

A rare stamp in mint condition and priced by Gibbons at 600.

 

 Priced as unused:  80.00 

 

NB: the apparent mark on the front is the watermark as seen in the scan of the reverse.

 

The colur is better than in the scan.

 

 

SG49 Plate 8: imperf margin

153450.

 

1/2 SG49 Plate 8 in a vertical pair with the imperf side margin variety

 

and part marginal inscription.

 

The top stamp has a blunt corner as in the scan.

 

An estimated Gibbons price for a single plate 8 witht his variety is 280.

 

It is offered at the price for a single, with no charge for the top stamp.

 

A rare multiple with this variety and the first we have been able to offer in this plate.

 

Price: 58.00  SOLD

 

 

Plate 8

 

153451.

 

The browning around the stamp is a trick of the scanner.

 

1/2d Plate 8: fine used, 'CN':

 

tied to a small piece by a Woodford cds for August 5th 1872.

 

The cds is well clear of the plate number on both sides.

 

Gibbons prices this second scarcest plate of the 15 in the series at 120

 

 before a premium for the cds .

 

Price: 55.00

 

 

1/2d Plate 9

 

153261.

 

1/2d Plate 9, 'QJ': trimmed perfs at the bottom but

 

the plate number is clearly visible on both sides.

 

Priced by Gibbons at 850 for this key plate.

 

Price:  68.00

 

 

1/2d Plate 9

 

153262.

 

1/2d plate 9, 'DT': fine/good used.

 

Plate number visible at the right.

 

Numeral '53' of Bath.

 

Gibbon prices this key plate at 850. 

 

Price: 120.00

 

 

1/2d Plate 9 on Bankruptcy hearing 1872

151746. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Gibbons price for this plate on cover is 1,600. 

 

Price:  445.00

 

 

SG 48, Plate 10

153454

 

1/2d SG48, fine used, block of four, 'AK-BL'  fine colour, tied to a piece:

 

two/three stamps with clear profiles. 

 

Priced by Gibbons at 200 in this plate.

 

An attractive item.

 

Price: 60.00

 

 

Plate 10 pair showing complete 'halfpenny' watermark

     

153667

 

1/2d Plate 10, 'BQ-QR', very fine used pair

 

with a Kendal February 6th 1878 duplex.

 

Extremely clean reverse. 

 

Price:30.00

 

 

Plate 11 on printed invoice for rent

 

153506.

 

1/2d Plate 11, 'EA', very fine, tied by a Hungerford duplex for April 13th 1878 t

 

o a clean printed invoice, from Hungerford Vicarage, for rent.

 

The numeral of the duplex leaves most of QV's head clear. 

 

Plate 11 priced by Gibbons at 70 before a premium is added for so very fine used. 

 

An attractive item.

 

Price: 30.00

 

 

1/2d Plate 12: unmounted mint

153457.

 

1/2d Plate 12, 'NI':

 

fine unmounted mint with the usual crackly gum.

 

Priced by Gibbons at 120 for mounted mint.

 

The colour is better than in the scan.

 

Price: 55.00

 

 

Plate 12

153649

 

1/2d Plate 12, 'ID',

 

very fine with superb colour, tied to a clean invoice from a building merchant, with a printed 'KIRKCALDY Harbour Head.' 

 

The 1/2d tied by a cds of Kirkcaldy, and a bar of the '210' of the duplex, for October 27th 1879.

 

Plate 12 priced by Gibbons at 70 on cover.

 

A light central vertical filing crease but overall a very clean item. 

 

Price: 40.00

 

SG48 Plate 12

 

153455.

 

1/2d SG48, Plate 12, fine used block of four, 'MA-NB', deep colour:

 

cancelled by a Barnsley duplex, '49', September 29 ??.

 

Part original gum with some paper adherence on reverse.

 

Priced by Gibbons in this plate at 200.

 

Price: 50.00

 

 

Plate 12 with a superb Glasgow NPB on an Invoice

 

 

153534. 

 

1/2 Plate 12, 'QG', tied by

 

an exceptional Glasgow Newspaper Branch for May 15th 1879,

 

to a printed invoice from a Seed Merchant.

 

There is a hand written note at the bottom 'P Rail to Inches Station'. 

 

The 1/2d has a some very minor wrinkling caused it would seem

 

from being affixed over a pre existing fold in the invoice.

 

This type of NPB is scarce on cover and rare with such a superb strike.

 

On the reverse top flap are very fine/superb cds's of Lanark and Douglas for May 15th 1879

 

which display well when the top flap is raised. 

 

An attactive and rare item which displays well.

 

Price: 50.00

 

 

1/2d Plate 13: mounted mint

 

153458.

 

1/2d Plate 13, 'QT':

 

a mounted mint example with a hinge remnant on the reverse.

 

The colour is better than in the scan.

 

Priced by Gibbons at 120. 

 

Price: 45.00

 

 

 

Plate 13 on The Worcestershire Advertiser: printed Advert with rates for several area Newspapers

    

 

 

152457. 

 

1/2d Plate 13, tied by a superb Worcester cds for September 29th 1879, sent to Abergavenny

 

and on a very fine printed Advert for the rates in local and nearby area Newspapers including:

 

Worcester Advertiser; Kidderminster Times; Tewkesbury Record; Bromsgrove Independent

 

and the Ledbury Free Press.

 

Plate 13 with a cds priced by Gibbons at 210 on cover. 

 

A rare survivor with the printed advert in a finer condition than the scan suggests

 

and one that would make a superb display item. 

 

Price:  65.00

 

NB: we have not previously seen this type of printed Advert.

 

The top perfs of the 1/2d are NOT toned as in the scan.

 

 

Unmounted mint Plate 14

 

153330. 

 

1/2d Plate 4, PR':

 

fine/very fine unmounted mint with the usual crackly gum.   

 

Priced by Gibbons at 120 mounted mint. 

 

Price: 55.00

 

 

Plate 14

153648

 

1/2d plate 14, vertical pair 'RT-RS', very fine with clear profiles. 

 

Tied to a piece by a superb Newbridge duplex for July 1st 1878.

 

This Newbridge  is in Ireland (County KIldare).

 

Gibbons prices a single plate 14, before the premium for the clear profiles,

 

on cover at  70: no price for on piece. 

 

An attractive and scarce Irish usage.

 

Price: 25.00

 

 

1/2d Plate 14: on printed metals price and Freight costs to Nova Scotia

 

 

153533.

 

1/2d Plate 14, 'CG', fine, tied to a commercial printed METALS list

 

with the prices for Freights and Insurances prices when shipped  by Steam to North America.

 

Liverpool Exchange duplex for March 4th 1880 and printed on the front is

 

the name of the steamer on which it was to be carried: 'Per POLYNESIAN (s.s.)

 

The item is addressed to A Company in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. 

 

A superb item that would make an attractive and interesting display page when further researched.

 

Price: 70.00

 

 

1/2d block Plate 14 used in Jersey and with varieties

     

153147. 

 

1/2d Plate 14, fine used block of four, HB-IC, cancelled by the 409 of JERSEY in the Channel Islands.

 

This 409 numeral variety is illustrated by Parmenter in

 

Barred Cancellations Volume 3 England and listed as 3VSOB:  narrow figure four with a serif.

 

He notes that this was sent from the GPO on October 9th 1874 and no dated copies known.

 

 It was given an H rarity ie very few are known to exist. HB and HC both show a broken pin perf variety.   

 

The watermarks have been shifted resulting in HC and IC with

 

only a very small part of penny of halfpenny on each stamp. 

 

Do not recall seeing examples with so little of the watermark

 

except for the variety No watermark which is priced by Gibbons at 1,250. 

 

A used block of four in this plate priced by Gibbons at 200 before any addition for the varieties.  

 

 Very rare/unique combination of features and as such likely to be a unique usage in the Channel Islands. 

 

Price: 135.0

 

 

Two Plate 15's on a Shipping Price List to Sweden from Newport, Mons

 

 

 

153039. 

 

Shipping price list from NEWPORT, Wales, to Sweden. 

 

Postage paid by two fine 1/2d Plate 15, TI and OD.

 

Each stamp tied by a Newport-Mons cds for June 29th 1878.  

 

On the reverse is a scarce Newport Docks cds for the same date. 

 

The printed shipping price list has a wealth of information

 

from many overseas locations to the UK including Wales and Scotland. 

 

A very scarce item with a multiple usage of the bantam 1/2ds each having a cds. 

 

Allowing for the Gibbons premium for a cds, each 1/2d is priced in excess of 210 on cover. 

 

An attractive item of display quality. 

 

Price: 95.00

 

 

Dumb cancellations: an unusual mixed franking. 1d Plate 207 and 1/2d's Plate 15

 

152560. 

 

1d Plate 207 and 1/2d Plate15:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Plate 15 is a scarcer plate.

 

An interesting and unusual item. 

 

Price:  40.00

 

 

1/2d Plate 15 on envelope to France

 

152454.  

 

1/2d Plate 15 and a pair of 1d Plate 184, NE corner rub on 'CF':  

 

tied to an envelope to France by a Birmingham duplex for June 12th 1879.  

 

The 1/2d is tied by the Birmingham cds: plate 15 is priced by Gibbons on cover at 115 plus 200%  

 

for  the cds ie in excess of 300 allowing for the premium.  

 

Scarce plate to an overseas destination. 

 

Price:  58.00

 

 

1/2d Plate 15 with a very rare SUNDAY usage

 

153165. 

 

1/2d Plate 15: fine/very fine used block of 4,

 

St Austel duplex for SUNDAY September 19th 1880.  

 

A scarce plate in a used block and rare with a Sunday usage. 

 

Gibbons prices the cheapest plate at 200 in a used block of four.

 

An estimated price for this item is 330.

 

A very rare combination of Plate and Sunday usage.

 

Price: 65.00

 

 

1/2d Plate 20 from Moffat

 

 

153461.

 

1/2d Plate 20, fine, tied by a fine Moffat 256 duplex for February 23rd 1880,

 

to a printed letter referring to a meeting of the Parochial Board of the Parish of Moffat.  

 

It is giving Notice of a Meeting at the Court House Moffat on March 5th 1880

 

The purpose was to adjust the Pauper Roll.

 

Hence the postage was 1/2d not a 1d, 1/2d being the Printed Letter Rate.

 

The envelope has a central vertical filing fold well clear of the stamp.

 

On the reverse is a partial strike of the Edinburgh and Carstairs Sorting Tender for February 24th 1880,

 

Wilson Figures 714/715. 

 

Code D indicates the mail was on the Down trip and

 

all were used as back stamps as is the example offered here. 

 

Plate 20 has an estimated price on cover by Gibbons of 200 and on stamp only at 85

 

This plate is difficult to find on or off cover but especially the latter.

It is the third rarest of the 15 plates in the series.

 

A rare combination of features. 

 

Price: 70.00

 

 

The next six items are all addressed to the same address in Edinburgh

 

and franked by the bantam 1/2d from various plates.

 

1/2d Plate 3 from DUMFRIES

153353.   

 

1/2d Plate 3, fine vertical pair:

 

tied to a clean envelope to Edinburgh, a couple of small peripheral faults at the top,

 

by Dumfries duplexes for April 1st 1873.

 

 Edinburgh receiver on the reverse for the following day. 

 

Gibbons prices a single Plate 3 on cover at 125 and on stamp only at 55. 

 

Price:  45.00

 

1/2d Plate 4 from DUMFRIES

153355. 

 

1/2d Plate 4, fine vertical pair:

 

tied to a clean envelope, a light horizontal crease which crosses the stamps but is not visible on them.

 

The Dumfries Duplexes, February 24tt 1873, are neatly applied and there is a

 

very fine Edinburgh receiver on the reverse for the following day. 

 

A single Plate 4 on cover priced by Gibbons at 115 and on stamp only at 50.

 

An attractive item.

 

Price:  35.00

 

 

1/2d Plate 4 from LOCKERBIE

 

153357. 

 

1/2d Plate 4, vertical pair lightly cancelled.

 

Tied only by the bars of a single Lockerbie duplex, February 4th 1873: Contrary to Post  Office Regulations.

 

A clean envelope with a light horizontal crease that crosses the top stamp but is not visible on the front of the stamp. 

 

On the reverse is a very fine strike of the Edinburgh Travelling Post Office,

 

Wilson figure 691, for February 5th 1873: its last year of recorded usage.

 

An interesting combination of usage and cancellations.

 

A single Plate 4 on cover priced by Gibbons at 115 and on stamp only at 50. 

 

Price:  45.00

 

1/2d Plate 11 from DOUNE

 

153358. 

 

1/2d Plate 11, vertical pair on a clean envelope to Edinburgh from Doune.

 

The stamps are tied, Contrary to PO Regulations, by a single strike of the numeral 107, of DOUNE (Perthshire). 

 

On the reverse are superb cdss of Doune for April 28th 1880 and for Edinburgh the same day.

 

The envelope is crossed by a light horizontal crease that goes between the stamps and there is no sign of it on the stamps.

 

We can not recall seeing any items of mail from Doune or usage of its '107' numeral. 

 

Historical Info available re Doune on the internet.  

 

Plate 11 priced by Gibbons for a single stamp on cover at 70 and a stamp on its own at 30.

 

An unusual and scarce item. 

 

Price: 38.00

 

1/2d Plate 12 from LANGHOLM

 

153356. 

 

1/2d Plate 12, vertical pair on a clean envelope to Edinburgh from Langholm.

 

Stamps tied, Contrary to PO Regulations, by a single duplex strike with the 216 of Langholm,  April 2nd 1880.

 

There is a light horizontal crease that does not affect the surface of the top stamp.

 

On the reverse is a fine/very fine strike of the Edinburgh and Carstairs Sorting Tender for April 3rd 1880, Wilson Figures 714/715. 

 

Code D indicates the mail was on the Down trip and all were used as back stamps as is the example offered here.

 

Plate 11 priced by Gibbons for a single stamp on cover at 70 and a stamp on its own at 30.

 

A very scarce combination of features. 

 

Price: 40.00  SOLD

 

 

1/2d Plate 15 from MOFFAT

 

 

153354. 

 

1/2d Plate 15, fine, tied by a fine Moffat 256 duplex for December 23rd 1880,

 

to a printed letter headed The Dumfriesshire Roads Act  1865 Meeting of Roar Trustess .

 

It is giving Notice of a Meeting at the Annandale Arms Hotel, on January 7th 1881. 

 

Hence the postage was 1/2d not a 1d, 1/2d being the Printed Letter Rate.

 

The envelope has a central vertical filing fold well clear of the stamp.

 

On the reverse is a partial strike of the Edinburgh and Carstairs Sorting Tender for December 24th 1880,

 

Wilson Figures 714/715. 

 

Code D indicates the mail was on the Down trip and

 

all were used as back stamps as is the example offered here. 

 

Plate 15 priced on cover by Gibbons at 115 and on stamp only at 50. 

 

Very scarce combination of features. 

 

Price: 55.00  SOLD

 

 

TRURO blue cross on entire

   

153393.

 

1d Plate 32,  fine/very fine, 'AF' with distinctive letter 'F, four margins some large but ragged.

 

Tied to an entire to St Austel by a partial strike of the Truro BLUE MX.

 

Letter dated June 30th 1843 and a partial strike on the reverse of the St Austel receiver for July 1st 1843. 

 

The letter refers to a legal claim and dispute for the use of someones water supply. 

 

Gibbons prices a blue MX on cover at 1,700.

 

Very difficult to find blue MX's on 1d reds with full margins on cover.

 

Price:  345.00

 

1d Plate 17 multiples with Dumfries Crosses

 

153398.

 

Wrapper from DUMFRIES to Edinburgh, April 7th 1842.

 

The 6d franking is made up of a pair and a strip of four: all from Plate 17 and in the distinctive shade for this Plate.

 

The pair, RK-RL show the listed variety, SGSpec BS6d, and in the strip of four, QI-QL, QI also shows this variety.

 

A filing crease affects QJ; the watermark on each stamp is near the bottom.

 

The pair has full margins as has the strip of four except for QL.

 

The stamps are cancelled by the Dumfries Common Cross both noted and illustrated by Rockoff and Jackson in Volume 1;

 

used from May 10th 1840 to February 13th 1843: no multiple usage of this cross is listed.

 

Gibbons prices a single of Palte 17 on cover at 225, a pair not on cover at 300

 

and hence an estimated price on cover of a pair at 500. 

 

A rare item and the largest multiple franking of Plate 17 on cover we have seen.

 

The canceller needed cleaning hence the impressions show dirt build up.

 

A fine Display item that could be paired with 153397

 

making a remarkable and unique pair of covers sent to the same addressee.

 

Price:  265.00

 

 

Plate 21: four singles and a pair with distinctive DUMFRIES crosses on variety

 

 

153397. 

 

Wrapper from DUMFRIES to Edinburgh, June 30th 1843, franked by four singles and a pair from Plate 21.

 

None are full margins and crossed by a filing crease as seen in the scan.

 

However, MLshows clearly the M over K double letter and basal shift, SG SpecBS10c,

 

 illustrated by Gibbons in QV Volume 1 and priced at 250 on stamp alone: no price given for on cover.

 

Sadly this stamp is heavily defective.

 

The six stamps are cancelled by five strikes of the distinctive Dumfries Cross: SG Spec B1tj and priced by Gibbons at 1,100 on cover.

 

The quality of the strikes allows the characteristics to be seen.

 

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1, record only 15 examples of this distinctive cross on 1d red covers.

 

The only multiple usage recorded by them is on one cover with a pair of 1d reds.

 

The EKD they note for this distinctive cross is June 17th 1843 and the only other June 1843 date is for June 19th 1843.

 

The example offered here at June 30th 1843 is one of the earliest known and the earliest multiple usage.

 

Despite the faults and lack of margins this is a remarkable item and more than likely unique with such a variety of features.

 

We have never seen the M over K variety on cover.

 

It would make an interesting Display page. 

 

Apart from Item 15150 in the Scottish Section, this is the largest multiple usage of any distinctive and listed cross we have seen. 

 

Price: 365.00

 

NB: This item and 153398 would make a unique pairing

 

and is offered at a discounted price of 565.00

 

 

A Unique Study of Watermark Types on 1d red Imperfs

 

153405.

 

Two display pages, 30 1d reds, showing different shapes and positions on the stamp of the small crown watermark. 

 

Please note that the contrast of the images has been altered to make the titles, and the positions of the watermarks, clearer.

 

The top stamp on Page 2 has the watermark INVERTED and is priced by Gibbons at 400: it is fine/very fine with 3 plus margins.

 

Some stamps show watermark guide lines, vertical and horizontal.

 

A remarkable study which took the philatelist many years to assemble choosing the best examples he could find

 

and replacing them when finer examples were found.

 

Almost certainly a unique Display item the like of which we have never seen.

 

Price: 175.00

 

 

A Unique Study of the Colours of Gum used on 1d reds imperfs

153407.

 

A remarkable study of the different colours of gum used on the 1841 1d red. 

 

Each of these 27 stamps is used but all have a very large/full amount of the original gum on the back.

 

Over the years we have noticed that the colour of gum used varied significantly

 

but we have never seen a classification made of them: until now. 

 

The scan does not do justice to the colours.

 

A very rare/ unique display page formed over many years.

 

Price: 95.00  SOLD

 

NB: A large majority of these are fine selected 4-margined examples.

 

 

1d Inverted Watermark 

   

153408.

 

1d, 'LA', alphabet 1, an attractive example with fine colour, full margins and INVERTED watermark.

 

A partial Scottish numeral and with a vertical crease at the left as seen in the scan.

 

This variety priced by Gibbons at 400 and undervalued in our experience. 

 

Price: 95.00

 

1d Inverted Watermark 

  

153409.

 

1d 'HA', alphabet 2, fine used with large margins, clean reverse and INVERTED Watermark.

 

Priced by Gibbons at 400 which is an undervalued figure in our experience.

 

A very scarce item so fine with this variety.

 

Price:  175.00

 

1d on entire to New York

153417.

 

1d Red, 'RL', Plate 107? almost full margins,

 

tied to an entire from London, July 4th 1851, by the  '21' in diamond and bars of the Inland Office.

 

Cancelled Contrary to Post Office Regulations by a double strike and rated Very Rare by Parmenter.

 

From the London date and the m/s instruction on the front,

 

this item would have been carried on the Cunarder 'America' which departed on July12th 1851.

 

A rare combination of features and even more so if this is Plate 107. 

 

Price:  110.00

 

NB: There are 'dirty' marks on the reverse and the bottom of the letter has been folded for display purposes.

 

 

1d red on entire from Liverpool to France

153418.

 

1d red, fine used with fine colour.

 

Almost full margins, just shaved at the corner of the SW letter square, and with part of the stamp below in the bottom margin. 

 

Tied to two pages of a commercial letter to Cognan, France by a Liverpool '466' and a French date in orange.

 

On the reverse top flap are various transit marks including Liverpool, March 8th 1845,

 

and a London receiver for March 10th: March 9th 1845 was a Sunday.

 

An attractive and scarce item.

 

Price:  130.00

 

 

2d Plate 4 used with '92' of BOLTON

    

153386.

 

2d SG14 Plate 4,'KL': a remarkable very fine with four huge to clear margins.

 

Cancelled by the '92' numeral of BOLTON leaving an almost clear profile. 

 

The misalignment of the impressions on this plate is clearly visible.

 

An attractive and unusual display item.

 

Price: 65.00

 

2d Plate 4 with Marginal inscription

     

 

 

153387.

 

2d SG15, very deep blue, 'NA', printed on the thin paper variety, Spec ES15q.

 

Fine with large margins and at left a trimmed marginal inscription: 'Per Row of 12. 2...'

 

The scan does not do justice to the extremely deep blue shade. 

 

The thin paper is responsible for the numeral cancellation being visible on the reverse.

 

Priced by Gibbons at 225 in a cheaper shade.

 

A very scarce/rare item.

 

Price: 80.00 SOLD

 

KINROSS Cross on Plate 17 

 

 

 

153389.

 

1d Plate17, 'SB', full margins except at NW very close to possibly just touching.

 

Tied to a wrapper to Edinburgh by the KINROSS Cross.

 

Filing crease just into the stamp at the right but not apparent from the front.

 

The 1d shows the listed variety: Basal Shift, Spec B56d.

 

On the reverse is a Kinross date stamp for September 13th 1842 and an Edinburgh same day date stamp.

 

 Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1 p141, list only six examples of this cross on the 1d red on cover.

 

None are noted in 1842 those listed being for 1843 and 1844. 

 

They also comment that covers from Kinross are not very common: its population in 1841 was only 2,822.

 

This is the first example we have been able to offer of this cross on cover

 

and is finer than those illustrated by Rockoff.

 

Plate 17 on cover is priced by Gibbons at 225.

 

A rare combination of Cross, Plate and Date. 

 

Price:  85.00

 

Rare 5d rate on internal mail

 

 153388 

 

1d red 'BF' and 2d blue Plate 3 pair, 'BK-BL':

 

tied to a long envelope from London to Manchester, June 4th 1847.

 

The 1d is not full margined and neither is the pair of 2d blues ('BL' has a fault at the bottom),

 

but this is a very rare example of the 5d rate for internal UK mail. 

 

The 1d was problably added as a Late Fee .

 

Price: 75.00

 

NB: the browning at the right and near the stamp is considerably fainter than in the scan.

 

Dot in Cross variety

      

 

153379. 

 

1d Plate 23? 'QI': fine 4-margined showing the 'dots' in the centre of the cross

 

caused by the pin holding the metal   cross to the handle.

 

A very fine example of the 'dot in cross' variety.

 

Price:  38.00

 

 

Double strike of the MX

 

153377. 

 

1d Plate 36, 'PG', 4-margins:

 

tied to a piece by a double strike of the MX Contrary to PO Regulations.

 

One cross is almost clear of the stamp.

 

A fine display item.

 

Price:  45.00

 

 

1d red from black plate 10 with distinctive 'T'

     

 

153380.

 

1d Plate 10, 'TC', fine 4-margins with almost a complete MX.

 

Some paper adherence on reverse and part original gum. 

 

Plate 10 has seven distinctive letters of which

 

the short stumpy 'T'  is one of them.

 

Priced by Gibbons at 200.00.

 

A very fine item.

 

Price:  60.00

 

 

The EKD for the Limerick Cross on a 1d red

 

153371.

 

1d Plate 5?, 3 plus margins: on a very clean letter to Drumsna and dated inside LIMERICK 10th March 1841.

 

On the reverse is a Dublin diamond shaped date stamp for March 11th 1841.  

 

Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 1 page 156/157 illustrate and comment on the Limerick Cross. 

 

The earliest usage on a 1d red that they list is for March 30th 1841 on a cover to Dublin.

 

The example offered here is the earliest recorded usage of the Limerick cross on a 1d red on cover. 

 

Danzig in 'Cancellations of the 1841 1d Red', notes that March 1841 usages of the 1d red

 

are scarcer than those of the 1d black in this same month.

 

The Limeric Cross is listed by Gibbons, Spec B1tu, and priced at 1,500 on cover.   

 

A very scarce/rare item.

 

Price:  235.00

 

 

2d Plate 9 pair: MALTA A25 duplex

      

153378.

 

2d Plate 9, very fine vertical pair, 'CC-DC', cancelled by a Malta A25 duplex.

 

 'CC' has a part cds of Malta.

 

A very scarce usage. 

 

Price: 40.00

 

 

2d Plate 15: watermark displaced with marginal letters

    

153378a

 

2d Plate 15, 'TH', fine/very fine with a part cds for April 23 1877.

 

The watermark is shifted upwards and has 'GE',of 'POSTAGE'

 

from the bottom margin watermark which is inverted.

 

An unusual item with a very scarce watermark variety on this issue.

 

Price:  35.00

 

 

Letter makes reference to the recently deceased Prince Albert:

his character and the influence on all ranks of English Society

 

 

 

 

153365.

 

1d SG40, neatly tied to an envelope with contents by a London WC/12 duplex for February 23rd 1862.

 

The letter, sent from Russell Square, is from one Clergyman to another.

 

It includes comments on a sermon given on the Death of Prince Albert, (died on December 14th 1861).

 

Refers to the Prince's character, his Domestic Life and his Influence on all ranks of English Society.

 

A rare contemporary insight as to the influence of Prince Albert, soon after his untimely death.

 

Would make a very interesting display when fully researched and written up.

 

A rare/very rare item.

 

Price: 55.00

 

 

Number 12 in Cross: single usage on entire with a paper seal

 

 

 

153350.

 

1d Plate 43?, 'FL', full margins, close but clear at the NW square:

 

tied to an entire by a fine strike of Number 12 in Cross.

 

This cancellation is more usually found in multiple usage on heavier items of mail: a single usage is rarer. 

 

The letter descibes a rent collection problem. 

 

It is sealed by a complete paper seal showing an embossed Dove of Peace.

 

A London date stamp on the top flap for February 21st 1844 and an apparent offset of another Number in Cross. 

 

Gibbons prices Number 12 in Cross on cover at 1,400 before a premium added for its single usage:

 

Danzig adds a 50% premium for such usage. 

 

Price: 290.00

 

NB: there is a selection of other Numbers in Cross, 1-12, on cover further down this Section.

 

 

 

2d Plate 3: Edinburgh Special Balloon Cross and other varieties

     

 

153502.

 

2d Plate 3, 'EK', full margins and part of the adjacent stamp at the right and a burr rub in the left margin. 

 

Cancelled by an exceptional strike of a Balloon Cross of Edinburgh.

 

Rockoff and Jackson in Volume 1 have an analysis, with illustrations, of these crosses.

 

The example offered here is Type 4 which they illustrate and describe it as

 

'the most elegant and distinctive of the Edinburgh Special Crosses'.

 

It has been recorded in use between December 29th 1842 and September 9th 1843.

 

The stamp is printed on unlisted Thin Paper on Plate 3 but listed on Plate 4 at 225 ie with a numeral cancel.

 

Stamp 'EK' is listed as SG Spec ES11d: 'Shifted transfer, distorted white letters of the value and basal duplication'. 

 

This might explain the burr rub and the basal markings.

 

On the reverse near where the burr rub is located on the front, there are some markings, and in the corner as per the scan.

 

Nothing shows on the front of the stamp.

 

Gibbons prices an Edinburgh cross on stamp at 350.

 

 With the other varieties and the quality of the cross, the combination of features is likely to be unique.

 

An Exhibition quality. 

 

Price: 185.00

 

 

 

2d Plate 3 with varieties

      

153340.

 

2d SG14 Plate 3, 'LG':

 

fine/very fine with full margins, close at the NE corner but clear, cancelled by a black MX.

 

Stamp 'LE' shows the corrosion blurring/smear around the eye/eye brow which is decribed

 

by Gibbons in the latest Edition of QV Line engraved and listed as State 1.

 

'LE' underwent during 1844 corrosion cleaning, State 2,

 

and later still repaired by re-entry, State 3.

 

There is a horizontal guide line through the value, SG Spec ES11g,

 

and the stamp is printed on experimental thin paper: not listed on Plate 3 but is on Plate 4

and priced at 225 with a numeral cancellation.

 

A rare and remarkable combination of features. 

 

Gibbons prices Plate 3 with an MX , but without the varieties, at 275.00

 

Exhibition item. 

 

Price: 140.00 SOLD

 

 

Plate 3: Number 8 in Cross

  

153341.

 

2d SG14, Plate 3, 'RL':

 

fine with full margins, cancelled by a fair strike of the Number 8 in Cross.

 

Priced by Gibbons at 1,000 and offered as a very collectable example

 

at a fraction of the Gibbons figure. 

 

Price: 145.00

 

 

2d Plate 3 pair with full margins 

 

153343

 

2d SG14, Plate 3, 'FG-FH':

 

fine used pair with an indistinct numeral '53'? leaving a clear profile on 'FG'.

 

Parts of the adjacent stamps above are visible in the top margin.

 

'FH' has a very tiny crease in the NE corner not visible from the front. 

 

An attractive pair and priced by Gibbons at 225: underpriced in our experience. 

 

Price:  110.00   

 

 

2d Plate 3 Pale Blue shade: unrecorded variety 

153344.

 

2d pale blue Plate 3, SG13, 'HJ':

 

full margins, very close but just clear at the 'J' square,

 

mounted by a hinge to thin card for display purposes.

 

The light numeral cancellation leaves most of QV's head clear

 

and allows this scarcer shade to be seen to advantage.

 

The enhanced illustration shows a Double Letter 'H' which is NOT listed by Gibbons.

 

The listed double letters are priced at 140.

 

An attractive display item.

 

Price: 60.00

 

 

Plate 4: re-entry variety

   

153349.

 

2d SG14, Plate 3, 'TG-TH': fine full margined pair;

 

a light vertical crease goes between the stamps and does not touch the designs. 

 

Stamp 'TH' shows a fresh re-entry, the First State, SG Spec ES14c, and priced at 250.

 

Being in a pair a comparison with 'TG' allows the rentry marks in the top corner stars to be seen.

 

A pair of Plate 4 priced by Gibbons at 250 without this variety. 

 

Price:  95.00

 

 

2d SG15 Plate 4: thin paper variety

  

153342.

 

2d deep blue SG15, Plate 4, 'MI-MJ':

 

pair with margins showing portions of four other stamps, especially at the top margins.

 

Margins at the base are very close but clear on 'MI' to just clear to touching at the 'M' square on 'MJ'.

 

Printed on very thin paper which allows the '193'? Scottish numeral to be seen and the impression of the stamps.

 

Gibbons prices a single in thin paper, Spec SG E14q at 225.

 

There is a premium for a pair and the scarcer Deep Blue of SG15

 

which gives an estimated Gibbons price of 500 plus.   

 

A very scarce item. 

 

Price: 110.00

 

 

2d Plate 4: thin paper unlisted

153560. 

 

2d SG19 Plate 4: fine used misperforated pair, DJ-DK, with a super clean back.

 

The pair also show the misalignment of the stamps typical of Plate 4.

 

A 2d pair is priced by Gibbons at 200 pro rata. 

 

The imperf plate 4 in this shade, SG13, is listed by Gibbons on thin paper. 

 

The pair offered here is also printed on thin paper but not listed by Gibbons. 

 

An attractive and very scarce item. 

 

Price: 55.00

 

 

Late Usage: 1905

153475

1d Plate 148, 'HE',

 

fine used with a Londonderry date stamp for November 5th 1905.

 

Plate 148 was put to press in April 1871

 

so the example here is a late usage of this issue. 

 

Price: 30.00

 

 

1d Plate 84: fine block of 6

153345.

 

1d SG43, Plate 84, 'ED-FF', fine used block of 6:

 

London duplex February 4th 1865. 

 

Attractive multiple. 

 

Price:  30.00

 

 

1d plate 90: superb with original colour

153589. 

 

1d plate 90, ME: an exceptional example,

 

tied to an envelope from London to Edinburgh by a London 5 in diamond of bars for January 30th 1869

 

leaving almost all of the Queens Head clear allowing the superb colour to be seen to advantage. 

 

A very attractive example of a 1d plate on cover.  

 

Exhibition quality. 

 

Price: 22.00

 

 

1d Plate 114: superb strip

 

153436.

 

1d Plate 114, 'TJ-TL': a superb used strip of three

 

with deep rich colour and a clean reverse. 

 

Central stamp cancelled by almost only a London SE District

 

cds for August 21st 1868.

 

The stamps are in Post Office condition.

 

Very difficult to find in such a fresh condition.

 

A display quality item.

 

Price: 30.00

 

 

1d Plate 122 used from BALLINASLOE

 

153346.

 

1d SG44, Plate 122, 'BE-'CG', fine used block of 6,

 

lightly cancelled by the '32' of BALLINASLOE.

 

An attractive and scarce multiple with Irish usage. 

 

Price: 45.00

 

 

1d Plate 139 used in Castlebar Co Mayo

 

    

 

153456.

 

1d Plate 139, 'NG-OH': a very fine fresh block of four in Lake-Red,

 

cancelled by part strikes of the '107' numeral of Castlebar, Co Mayo

 

leaving 'OG' with almost a completely clear QV's head.

 

Some short perforations at the left as per the scan.

 

A scarcer plate, especially in a block.

 

Gibbons prices a single at 20 and a block of four at an estimated 145.

 

An attractive and very scarce Irish usage.

 

Price: 48.00

 

 

1d Plate 181: block of 8 with Newspaper Branch cancels

 

153347.

 

1d SG 44, Plate 181, 'DC-EF', fine used block of 8, some light wrinkles:

 

each stamp struck with a Newspaper Branch cancelllation. 

 

A scarce multiple usage. 

 

Price: 35.00

 

 

1d Plate 211: very scarce block of 4

      

 

153348.

 

1d SG43, Plate 211, 'SB-TC', fine used block of four:

 

cancelled an Edinburgh duplex with stars, August 1878.

 

The block has a large part original gum hence the crackly appearance of the reverse.

 

There are some blind perfs between 'TB' and 'TC' and other stamps that are with partly perforated

 

as seen in the scan of the reverse.

 

Plate 211 is a scarce plate especially in a block with an estimated Gibbons price of 225 plus. 

 

A rare combination of features and a fine display item when written up. 

 

Price:  65.00

 

 

Very early usage 

   

 

151238. 

 

SG51 plate 1:

 

A very fine example and rarely found with such a

 

superb upright cds - Exeter October 28th 1870. 

 

One pulled perf at the top.

 

The stamp was issued on October 1st 1870 so this an early usage.

 

Priced by Gibbons with premium for cds at 160 plus.

 

A rare item.

 

Price: 68.00

 

 

SG52 Plate 1 with a variety of features

    

153339.

 

Threehalfpence, SG52, Plate 1, 'AE':

 

cancelled by a complete NORWICH cds for December 16th 1872.

 

This is an example of the 'short' 'A' row perforation. 

 

The watermark shows an unusual shift on this issue.

 

This stamp is seldom found with a complete cds. 

 

A very scarce/rare combination of features.

 

Price: 65.00

 

 

SG52 Plate 3

 

153474.

 

Threehalfpence SG52, Plate 3, 'CL':

 

Very fine used with an almost complete LEITH cds

 

for November 22nd 1880.

 

Very difficult to find this stamp with such a neatly applied cds.

 

Price: 70.00

 

NB: This stamp and either of the Plate 1's with a cds

 

would make a rare and attractive display pairing.

 

 

A very rare numeral cancellation

153336

 

1d SG29, creased but cancelled by the '18' in oval of bars: Deptford suburban office. 

 

Parmenter drades this as H* ie very few examples recorded and only on stamp. 

 

He prices this at 200 and this is the first example we have been able to offer

 

or indeed can recall seeing. 

 

Despite the crease, a very collectable example of this rarity. 

 

Price:  40.00

 

 

A very rare numeral cancellation

    

153073. 

 

1d  SG 40: a fine example cancelled by a full 49 in oval of bars,

 

of the London District Post for GREENWICH.  

 

Parmenter in Barred Numeral Cancellations of London gives this an H rarity

 

ie very few exist and known only on stamp and priced at 200.

 

This is the first example of this extremely rare cancellation we have been able to offer. 

 

An Exhibition item. 

 

Price: 120.00

 

 

2d Plate 8 on wrapper from Edinburgh

 

153332. 

 

2d SG45 Plate 8, EG:

 

superb used tied to a creased banking wrapper by a lightly applied duplex for June 11th 1861. 

 

The cancellation leaves QVs profile and most of the head clear. 

 

Gibbons prices this plate at 150 on cover. 

 

 Price: 45.00

NB: the shade variation of the front of the wrapper

 

is fare less pronounced than the scan suggests.

 

 

1d LC perf 14: T.O.1

 

153318. 

 

1d perf 14, LC, DI?', fine used cancelled by an almost complete 'T.0.1'.

 

Parmenter grades this cancellation as Scarce. 

 

From our experience we would grade this as at least very scarce.

 

Price: 35.00

 

 

2d Plate 8: T.0.1

 

2d SG45 Plate 8, 'EO', fine used,cancelled by the T.0.1.

 

A rare/very rare cancellation on this stamp.

 

The first we have seen.

 

Price: 65.00

 

 

'TO5': letter written on board Cunarder 'RUSSIA' its 4th Sailing

151487.  

 

1d Plate 89, tied to a small very clean and uncreased envelope to Leith

 

by an exceptional strike of the very rare 'TO5' Travelling Office.

 

The recipient inscribed at the top of the envelope:

 

'22 Oct. 1867 - From Frank.  Dated off Queenstown on Board 'Russia' .......... 20th 1867 expect to arrive on Tuesday 29th inst.' 

 

Queenstown cds on the front for October 20th 1867 - a Sunday. 

 

Edinburgh cds on reverse for October 22nd 1867. 

 

The 'Russia' was a Cunard Steamship which began service on the transatlantic run from Liverpool via Queenstown in 1867,

 

this letter was carried on only its 4th crossing and it stayed on this route until at least 1875.

 

It left Queenstown on Sunday October 20th 1867 and arrived in New York on Wednesday October 30th. 

 

In a private communication one of the UK's leading postal historians of this period, described the item as a

 

'Great Rarity and one that could be unique' .

 

This is arguably one of the, if not the, finest 'TO' covers extant. 

 

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

 

A significant rarity from the line-engraved period.

 

An important item of Exhibition quality.

 

Price: 1,850.00

 

NB: understandably Parmenter gives T.0.5 a 'very rare' rating.

 

 

 

SLIGO Cross

       

 

153315. 

 

1d, TC, Plate 34?, into at bottom margin, tied to a wrapper by a very fine SLIGO MX.

 

Sent to Dublin with a Sligo date stamp on the front for March 19th 1844

 

and a Dublin diamond receiver for the next day on the reverse. 

 

Rockoff and Jackson note two variations of this neat small cross: Type 1 and 2.

 

From their illustrations the example offered here is Type 2.

 

They record only seven examples, five Type 1 and two Type 2. 

 

The latest of the two Type 2s is February 12th 1844 so the example here

 

extends the recorded usage by some five weeks. 

 

A very scarce and attractive item.   

 

Price:  85.00

 

NB: the 1d stamp appears to have been affixed over an existing paper crease

 

as the surface of the 1d is not affected.  

 

 

Bristol Cross: double strike

    

 

 

153313. 

 

1d Plate 37, MF, fine with full margins tied to a clean wrapper by a double strike,

 

Contrary to PO Regulations of the BRISTOL MX. 

 

Wrapper dated inside July 9th 1844 and on the reverse is a Bristol date stamp in orange for July 10th 1844

 

and a Wells Somerset date stamp for the following day. 

 

An Exhibition quality example showing a double strike of the MX. 

 

Price: 95.00

 

NB: Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1, devote some pages to the Bristol Cross.

 

From the illustrations the examples offered here are from Type 1 of the two Types.

 

The latest they record for Type 1 is March 15th 1844.

 

 

Further down this Section are several further examples of covers

 

with double strikes of Maltese Crosses on the 1d red.

 

 

 

Manchester Type 1 Crosses

 

 

 

153316. 

 

1d, Plate 33, TG-TH, TG 3 plus margins and TH full margins, some wrinkling at the NE corner.

 

Both neatly struck, and TG neatly tied to a wrapper to Leek. by very strikes of

 

the Manchester Type 1 cross as illustrated by Rockoff and Jackson Volume 2.

 

There is no Type 1 Cross recorded by them on a pair of 1d reds.

 

On the rear flap is a date in m/s for October 5th 1843 and a partial Manchester date stamp for this same date.

 

Also on the reverse is a partial Newcastle under Lyne for October 6th and a partial Leek receiver. 

 

A pair of Plate 33 is priced by Gibbons at 160 and on cover at 320.

 

Both stamps show the listed variety, SG Spec BS22b: basal shifts. 

 

An attractive item that would display the crosses well.   

 

Price: 60.00

 

 

Grouping of 1d reds: some with rare cancels

 

 

153307. 

 

An unusual grouping of 1d imperfs showing a variety of usages including the Dublin Cross,

 

Bristol sideways duplex rare on this 1d and unrecorded by Danzig and

 

the Edinburgh 131 with stars noted by Danzig but no date quoted. 

 

The latter two types of cancellations are not listed by Gibbons on the 1d imperf

 

but are on the 1d perforated series. 

 

Stamps with faults or poor margins but very collectable examples. 

 

Price the group:  55.00

 

 

Single Queen Street Scots Local: Contrary to PO Regulations

 

153308. 

 

1d , SG17?, SC perf 16, GI-GJ, fine pair, cancelled contrary to regulations

 

by a single strike of the Scots Local Queen Street, Type XV111 on a wrapper and rare as such. 

 

On reverse is a superb hexagonal Glasgow date stamp for March 8th 1855 and an Edinburgh date stamp for the following day. 

 

On the front is a contemporary ink date and Queen Street. 

 

A rare example of a Scots Local used as a single strike on a pair of 1d perforated. 

 

Price:  95.00

 

NB: it may be an Archer Plate (94) but is sold as SG17

 

 

1d Plate 58 pair with RPS Cert: mixed inks

 

 

 

153310. 

 

1d Plate 58, pair, DK-DL, on a letter sheet to Dunbarton from Stewarton each stamp cancelled by the 307 of Stewarton.

 

On the reverse are three boxed datestamps: Stewarton for January 10th 1846;

 

one for Kilmarnock on the same date and and one for Dumbarton on January 11th. 

 

An RPS cert states that the cancellations on the 1ds are in mixed inks. 

 

The Stewarton date stamp on the reverse is in a blue/green and matches the colour of the 307 numeral cancellations on the 1ds. 

 

Gibbons prices a single 1d red imperf on cover with a blue numeral cancellation at 650.   

 

Price:  225.00

NB:  the condition of the front of the letter sheet is much better than the scan suggests.

The browning at the left is much fainter than in the scanned image.

 

 

Number 2 in Cross: double strike

 

153281. 

 

1d, 3-margined, tied to a wrapper, sideflaps removed for display,

 

by a double strike of the Number 2 in Cross: Contrary to PO Regulations. 

 

Sent locally in London with two London date stamps on the reverse both for April 19th 1844. 

 

The 1d shows a basal shift and possible reentry marks in the NW square.  

 

Gibbons prices this cross on cover at 550.00 

 

Price:  58.00

 

NB: there is a wide selection of Numbers in Crosses on cover, from numbers 1 to 12,

further down this Section.

 

 

Plate 3: unlisted Thin Paper

 

153286. 

 

2d GB, plate 3: fine 4-margined, close but clear at the G letter square.

 

Cancelled by a light MX priced by Gibbons at 275. 

 

Some plate corrosion is developing in the value tablet area. 

 

Printed on unlisted Thin Paper. 

 

Price:  60.00

 

 

Plate 3: a fine pair

 

 

153287.

 

2d , FC-FD, Plate 3: fine pair, margins very close at the top of FC but just clear. 

 

Light numeral cancellations of Aberdeen which  leaves  QVs profile clearly visible.

 

A pair priced by Gibbons at 225.

 

An attractive item with very fine colour.

 

Price: 70.00

 

 

Strip of three Plate 4 printed on Thin Paper

 

 

153285. 

 

2d, Plate 4, ND-NF, fine/very fine used  strip of three,

 

margins all around, close but clear at the N square of ND.

 

Trace of NG in the right margin of NF.

 

Printed on the listed Thin Paper,  SG Spec ES14q. 

 

A pair in this plate with the variety is priced by Gibbons at 625

 

and a strip of three pro rata at 935. 

 

Cancelled possibly by the 736 of Stockton, Co Durham. 

 

ND shows the broad D characteristic of this plate. 

 

An attractive item.

 

Price:  220.00

NB: this multiple shows well the missalignment problem on this plate.

 

2d Plate 3: EKD of any Irish numeral on this value

 

153289. 

 

2d, Plate 3, AE, four margins, close but clear at the NW corner and with the open A characteristic of this plate.

 

Tied to a wrapper from BELFAST to Edinburgh by a fine 62 of Belfast.

 

On the reverse is a blue Belfast date stamp for JUNE 27th 1844 and an Edinburgh receiver for June 29th 1844. 

 

On the front is a handwritten date of 27 June 1844 and unusually Private & Confidential.

 

Although the 2d is creased this a very rare item.

 

The EKD of any Irish numeral is June 22nd 1844, from Dublin '186', on a 1d red.

 

The example offered here is believed to be the earliest known usage of the Belfast 62

 

AND the earliest known usage of any Irish numeral on the imperf 2d blue.

 

We cannot trace from our research an earlier used example. 

 

An Irish rarity and an Exhibition item.   

 

Price:  295.00 

 

 

2d Plate 3 pair : single '159' of Glasgow

 

153290. 

 

2d Plate 3, EA-EB, EB almost full margined, in the scarcer deep full blue shade. 

 

EA has the open A characteristic of this plate.

 

Tied to a wrapper to London by a SINGLE strike of the 159 of Glasgow: contrary to PO regulations. 

 

There is a Glasgow date stamp on the front for July 14th 1849 and a London receiver on the top flap for July 16th 1849:

 

July 15th was a Sunday. 

 

A scarce usage of a single numeral on a cover. 

 

Price: 85.00 

 

 

NB: there are selections of the 2 blue plates 3 and 4 with MX and numeral cancellations,

in singles, multiples and blocks, on and off cover, further down this Section.

 

 

Mullingar '545' cancelled Contrary to Regulations

 

151411. 

 

1d SG17, finevery fine miss perfed strip of three and a single:

 

tied to piece and cancelled Contrary to Regulations

 

by two strikes only of the '345'numeral from MULLINGAR, Co. Westmeath.

 

An attractive and rare item in a deeper shade than the scan shows.

 

Price:  95.00

 

 

SG17 SINGLE '545' of Mullingar

 

153284. 

 

1d SG17, very fine pair tied to a piece by a single Mullingar 345

 

leaving both stamps with virtually clear profiles.

 

The stamps show missperfing with portions of the adjacent stamps in the top margins.

 

Superb colour.

 

Price: 58.00

 

 

1d SG17: SINGLE '345' of Mullingar

 

153283. 

1d SG17, fine/very fine pair cancelled contrary to PO regulations

 

by a single 345 of Mullingar. 

 

Clear profile on PI and  superb colour. 

 

Price:  45.00

 

 

Blue '58' of Banbridge Co Down

 

153288. 

 

1d, ED-EF, Large crown perf 14, EF creased, tied to a piece

 

by fine strikes in blue of  the 58 of BANBRIDGE, Co Down.

 

A single 1d with blue numeral on piece is priced by Gibbons at 225. 

 

Danzig does not record this numeral on a 1d red imperf.

 

Priced essentially as a single.

 

Price:  55.00

 

 

2d Plate 15: thin white lines

153274.  

 

2d Plate 15, OB, very fine used:  tied to a clean wrapper from London to Ashburton by a

 

London duplex for June 6th 1878 leaving a very large portion of the Queens head clear .

 

This allows the superb colour of the 2d to be seen to advantage.

 

A filing crease is well clear of the stamp.

 

On the reverse are cdss for Newton Abbot and Ashburton, both for June 7th 1878. 

 

The 2d shows some degree of missperfing. 

 

Gibbons prices Plate 15 on cover at 100 plus before adding a premium for the largely clear Head. 

 

An attractive item.  

 

Price:  45.00   

 

 

1d imperfs both full margins

 

153275. 

 

Two 1d reds, PB and HC, both full margins:

 

PB has a bend/corner crease SE area; HC, tied to an entire by the 930 of YORK, leaving a clear profile.

 

On the reverse top flap and neatly spaced are:

 

a York date stamp for December 8th 1851; a MICKLEGATE (York) in blue and a Darlington receiver for December 9th? 1851.

 

These transit markings display well when the flap is raised.

 

An interesting address being the Railway Office, Darlington, Durham. 

 

A scarce item. 

 

Price: 30.00

 

 

22 1d reds imperf all lettered 'AA': first off a sheet of 240

 

 

153273.

 

1d red imperf: 'AA': twenty two examples, ALL LETTERED 'AA', the first stamp on each sheet of 240.

 

Variable condition and margins as per the scan, a few with MX's, the rest with numeral cancellations.

 

Each has on the reverse a plate number in pencil: we do not gaurantee the plating as we have not checked it.

 

An unusual and rare assemblage and a basis for expansion.

 

Price: 47.00

 

 

A pot pourri of Line Engraved items. 

 

153267. 

 

1. 1d Plate 149; tied to a piece with a portion of the sheet division ornament at the left.

This marginal marking appears only twice per sheet of 240 stamps  

indicating the middle point of the sheet in the left and right margins.

 

2. 1d Plate 158 used: showing portions of two watermarks.

 

3. 1d SG17 used: showing a significant misspefing

 

4. d Plate 75, LK: a used example showing in the top star corners traces of the Union Jack Re-entry,

Gibbons Spec BS64a, illustrated by Gibbons in QV Volume 1 2020 Edition and priced at 3,000. 

A very useful space filler of this rare re-entry.   

 

Price for the group: 110.00   

 

NB: there is no trade discount on this item.

 

 

Double strike of the OLDHAM cross: unrecorded by Rockoff and Jackson

 

 

153266. 

 

1d Plate 35? 'PE', almost full margins, just touching at the right:

 

tied by a double strike of the OLDHAM cross on a fragile wrapper to Liverpool, March 26th 1844.

 

The second strike of the MX is almost clear of the stamp. 

 

Rockoff and Jackson do NOT list any example of this cross. 

 

A very scarce item.

 

Price: 45.00

 

Further down this Section are several other examples of covers with double strikes

 

of the Maltese Cross from a variety of English, Scottish and Welsh  locations.

 

 

 

1d Full Margins: Number 5 in Cross

153263.

 

1d Plate 38? 'LH': fine/very fine 4-margined tied to an entire to Bungay

 

by a very fine strike of Number 5 in Cross, December 22nd 1843.

 

Difficult to find this cancellation on a full-margined 1d red on cover. 

 

Priced by Gibbons on coiver at 550.  

 

Price: 135.00

 

 

1d Full Margins: Number 10 in Cross 

 

153264.

 

1d Plate 32, 'GJ', fine with 4-margins tied to an entire, Sept 6th 1843, to Pontefract by a

 

fine strike of the Number 10 in Cross.

 

This cross on cover with the Number 10 is very scarce/rare with a full-margined 1d red.

 

Priced by Gibbons at 1,000 and from our experience it could be undervalued.

 

Price:  285.00

 

NB: The apparent browning at the top is a trick of the scanner and

 

the letter is regarding the sale of a house in Ackworth, Yorkshire.

 

 

Please Note: there is a large selection of Numbers in Crosses on covers further down this Section.

 

 

 

Multple usage of Plate 11 To France and Gibraltar

 

 

 

153248. 

 

The two envelopes are from Storrington Sussex, from the same sender, one to

 

Gibraltar and the other to Marseilles both from Pulborough.

 

Both sent to the same addressee within 3 days of each other.

 

Interestingly both to a Poste Restante and the one to Gibraltar

 

indicates Spain but it was a GB Protectorate at that time.

 

Spain would love to have Gib as part of Spain but the Island's population voted to stay British.

 

Each is franked by Five 1/2d plate 11: the Gib one by a separated block of 4

 

giving two vertical pairs plus a single and the French one similarly.

 

The latter has one stamp with an upright cds and the stamp above with virtually a clear head.

The condition of the envelopes is better that in the scans and have survived remarkably well

 

as the envelopes are thin paper.

 

Can not recall being able to offer a bantam franking to Gibraltar.

The historical ownership of Gib could be incorporated in to the write up for display purposes:

 

lots of info on the internet

Despite the trimming of the Marseille's envelope they would make a rare/very

 

rare pairing and an interesting display item.

 

Price the pair: 125.00

 

NB: Gibbons prices a single 1/2d plate 11 on cover at 70.00

 

The envelope to France would make a fine piece if trimmed at the left

 

 

2d Plate 4: 2/- Per Row

153258.

 

2d Plate 4, 'AB': three margins with a part inscription

 

in the top margin '(Lab)el. 2/- Per Row.

 

Cancelled by the '436' of Lancaster.

 

Creasing top left and a few small thin spots in top margin

 

but very scarce with this inscription.

 

A very collectable item.

 

Price: 50.00  SOLD

 

Posted Since 10:30 Last Night: a rare usage

 

 

153000. 

 

2d Plate 9 RL: very fine tied to piece by

 

the Edinburgh POSTED SINCE 10:30 LAST NIGHT Code 10 for June 12 1863. 

 

This is a Type 2 ie no stars flanking the 131 numeral.

 

This is listed by Arundel as RA26. 

 

This is a very scarce type but rare usage on other than the contemporary 1d .

 

Arundel notes only one other usage of RA26 on a value not the1ds

 

and that is on a 2d Plate 9 on piece only at 70. No 2d plate on cover is noted. 

 

Not sure if the example ofered here on 2d Plate 9 is the one noted by him. 

 

A rare/very rare item. 

 

Price: 60.00

 

 

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR: Propaganda Design

151539. 

A dated and stamped piece from an illustrated envelope, possibly propaganda, from the American Civil War.

The 1d star tied with a London NE duplex for January 4th 1862 and tied by a partial receiver cds for the following day.

The political design shows a greyhound with a collar SOUTH on it and a wide brimmed hat 

looking backwards at a rather vicious looking dog with NORTH on its collar

standing on a rack of meat with WASHINGTON on it.

Behind the dog are barrels labeled Beer, Flour and Pork.

An item that would benefit from further research as to the full meanings of the design. 

Bodily et al do not illustrate, or refer to,  this envelope in British Pictorial Envelopes of the 19th Century.

Would make a very interesting display page if enlarged and written up with more research information. 

The first such design we have seen. 

Price: 65.00 SOLD

 

1d Plate 83: listed re entry

   

 

153250.

 

1d 'LK', Plate 83, full margins, close but clear 'K' square, cancelled by a Scottish numeral.

 

This re-entry is illustrated in the latest QV Volume 1, page 215. It is listed as Spec BS72a.

 

The large margin at the top allows the re-eentry marks to be seen in full.

 

Gibbons prices this re-entry at 100 which is underpriced in our experience.

 

The finest example we have seen of this variety and rare as such.

 

Exhibition quality for this example.

 

Price: 50.00

 

Dublin Type 1 Cross

 

153223. 

 

1d red DF, not full margins but tied to a piece by a superb strike of the DUBLIN Type 1 cross

 

leaving clear the Queens profile and a large part of the head.   

 

SG Spec B1ti and priced by Gibbons at 125.00. 

 

A display-quality strike. 

 

Price: 38.00

 

Belfast Cross

 

153224.  

 

1d red, EE, full margins tied to a piece by a fine strike of the BELFAST cross,

 

SG Spec B1tb, and priced by Gibbons at 250.00.

 

A very difficult cross to find that is well struck and on a 4-margined 1d red. 

 

There is a small printing flaw at the top: foreign matter on the plate?

 

This item would display well. 

 

Price: 55.00

 

Edinburgh Dotted Circle: very rare usage

152854. 

 

1d red, CF, Plate 158?, full margined but with a light horizontal crease. 

 

However, cancelled by a part DOTTED CIRCLE of Edinburgh.

 

The only example we have seen of ANY type of dotted circle, from any location,

 

cancelling a 1d red imperf and unrecorded by Danzig.

 

An exceptionally rare item. 

 

Price: 65.00  SOLD

 

 

A superb upright strike of the Number 4 in Cross

 

153240. 

 

1d Plate 36, OL, two plus margins, tied to an envelope sent to a Vineyard in Bath

 

 by a superb upright Number 4 in Cross: the rarest of the London Numbers in Crosses.

 

There is a London date stamp on reverse for August 26th 1843.

 

Gibbons prices this cross on cover at 1,600. 

 

The 1843 date on the front is in a contemporary style: perhaps by a collector at that time. 

 

A very collectable example of this cross offered at a small percentage of the Gibbons price. 

 

Price: 145.00

 

NB: The envelope is much cleaner than the scan suggests.

 

 

Dublin Special Cross and a very rare Dublin Late Fee mark

 

 

 

153227.

 

1d red, 2 plus margins, tied to an envelope to Belfast by the Dublin Special Cross. 

 

On the reverse, neatly applied and separate from each other are:

 

a Dublin date stamp for October 24th 1843; a Belfast receiver for October 25 1843 Mg (morning duty)

 

and a fine strike of the very rare Dublin postage late mark, McKay Fig 1071.

 

It is thought that these marks indicated posting after the normal hour of despatch (the earlier time stated)

 

 but before the despatch of the mails (the second time stated),

 

so that on payment of a Late Fee the letter could be sent forward that evening.

 

A rare/very item that allows the markings to be displayed well. 

 

Price:  75.00

 

COLERAINE Cross on superb entire

 

 

153220.

 

1d Plate 21, GD, very fine with full margins: close but clear at the 'D' square.

 

Tied by a fine Coleraine cross to an extremely clean Banking letter from COLERAINE to Ballymoney.  

 

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1, list eleven examples, all are on 1d reds and all to Ballymoney.

 

Seven of these are from the Rockoff Collection.

 

The earliest date is July 4th 1842 and the example here has a superb

 

Coleraine date stamp for August 22nd 1842 on reverse:  

 

the second earliest date and not recorded by them. 

 

An Exhibition quality item with this very scarce cross. 

 

Price:  185.00 

 

NB: we have seen this cross on cover offered by other specialist dealers at up to 350.

 

 

Very early usage of Plate 5 and possibly the EKD

 

153225.

 

1d Plate 5, CD, three margins, tied to a large part wrapper to Aberdeen by a superb London cross.

 

On the reverse is a London date stamp for February 23rd 1841 and an Aberdeen date stamp for February 25th.

 

The 1d red issued on February 10th 1841 and this is the earliest usage of 1d red plate 5 we have seen or can trace. 

 

The letter D is thinned and therefore not the original state of the plate.

 

From the date this is probably from the second printing which began on February 4th 1841.

 

A very rare item. 

 

Price: 225.00

 

 

Double strike of the ALLOA Cross

 

153265.

 

1d Plate 15, 'EK', full margins: tied to a clean entire to Edinburgh

 

by a double strike of the very scarce ALLOA Cross. 

 

Rockoff and Jackson record only one example of this cross, a poor strike, used on June 16th 1841.

 

The example offered here was used on January 19th 1842.

 

The stamp has a very light horizontal pressed light near the top

 

and not visible from the front of the stamp. 

 

1d plate 15 priced by Gibbons on cover at 135;

 

it was withfrawn from press on February 15th 1842.

 

Price: 40.00

 

 

Double strike of the WISBEACH Cross

 

 

153239. 

 

1d Plate 29 QF, full margins tied to a tired family letter by a double strike of the WISBEACH cross

 

which is NOT recorded by Rockoff and Jackson.

 

This is contrary to Post Office regulations as is placing the stamp top left corner.

 

The letter is dated January 4th 1843 but on the reverse is a partial Wisbeach date stamp for January 14th 1843. 

 

No other date markings on the reverse. 

 

A scarce item. 

 

Price: 40.00

 

 

Double strike of the Aberdeen Cross

 

 

 

153125.  

 

1d, almost three margins, on a small neat envelope to Ellon from Aberdeen.

 

The stamp is tied by a double strike of the Aberdeen cross with the two strikes only overlapping to a small extent. 

 

The stamp is also tied by the Ellon boxed date stamp for July 8th 1842. 

 

An attractive example of a double strike of an MX Contrary to PO Regulations. 

 

The Aberdeen cross is illustrated by Rockoff and Jackson in Volume 2. 

 

This is the first example of an Aberdeen MX double strike on cover we have been able to offer. 

 

Price:  48.00

NB: the item is in finer condition than the scans suggest: the brown marks are either not present or much fainter

 

 

Double strike of the Marlborough Cross

 

153212.

 

1d BK, Plate 26? very fine with full margins but close to just touching in the NE corner. 

 

Tied to a clean entire to Newbury by a Double Strike of the MARLBOROUGH Cross on December 18th 1842

 

and a partial Newbury date stamp for the following day both on the top flap.  

 

Rockoff and Jackson illustrate in Volume 3 a number of examples of this cross.

 

They record six examples between 1841 and 1844 but none with a double strike:

 

the latter was Contrary to Post Office Regulations at that time.

 

An attractive and rare item from a location which had a population of only 1,391 in 1841

 

and which displays well. 

 

Price:  55.00

 

PAISLEY Cross Double Strike May 28th 1844 

    

 

153207.  

 

1d, CI, Plate 40, full margins but very close/touching at right. 

 

Tied by a double strike of the PAISLEY Cross, to a clean wrapper to Glasgow, side flaps removed for display purposes.

 

On the reverse are boxed date stamps for Paisley: May 28th 1844 and a timed Glasgow for May 29th 1844 7:30AM. 

 

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 2 page 219, devote the whole of this page to the Paisley Cross.

 

They list only 9 examples on the 1d red on cover between March 16th 1841 and

 

January 4th 1843 and none have a double strike of the MX.

 

Almost all the illustrations of the cross show poor or partial strikes suggesting that the cross was not kept clean.

 

The example offered here is the latest usage recorded and within a month of the MX being replaced by the numeral 277.  

 

The double strike of the MX was contrary to Post Office Regulations .

 

A very scarce/rare item which would make a fine display page.

 

Plate 40 is scarce with a single MX and priced off cover by Gibbons at 140 and on cover at approx 260. 

 

Price:  55.00

 

 

PENRYN Cross Plate 15 with Variety

 

 

153216. 

 

1d QG, Plate 15, variety basal, SG Spec BS4d.

 

Full margins, part of QF in top margin, but cut in G letter square.

 

Tied by a lightly struck PENRYN MX and a partial Penryn date stamp at left for December 3rd (1841)

 

and on the reverse a well-struck Exeter receiving date stamp for December 4th 1841.  

 

The MX leaves both the superb colour and the basal shift clearly visible. 

 

Gibbons prices this plate on cover, without a basal shift, at 135. 

 

Rockoff and Jackson do NOT list the Penryn Cross.

 

Price: 39.00

 

 

1d Plate 22 full margins London Cross

 

 

153215.

 

1d GI, Plate 22, guide line NE square:

 

very fine with full margins and part of FI in top margin.

 

Tied to a clean entire from London to Croydon, June 26 1842

 

on top flap by a London MX leaving a clear profile.

 

Blandford Street in red on the front.   

 

An attractive item and priced by Gibbons at 120. 

 

Price: 48.00

 

 

Torrington Cross on Plate 22 and Constant Variety

 

 

153214. 

 

1d AA, Plate 22: very fine/superb with four square margins and

 

tied by a TORRINGTON Cross to a clean entire to Bideford, November 25th 1842. 

 

Stamp AA, first off the sheet, has the listed constant variety in the SW letter square,

 

SG spec BS11c, which is illustrated in QV Volume 1 page 168.

 

The MX is clear of the variety and this cross is NOT listed by Rockoff and Jackson.

 

An attractive item and very scarce so fine. 

 

Price:  58.00

 

 

1d Plate 25 with Constant Variety illustrated by Gibbons

 

     

 

153211. 

 

1d RL, Plate 25, very fine, four margins on a clean commercial entire from DERBY to Aberystwyth:

 

there is a Derby cds on reverse top flap for August 3rd 1842.

 

Stamp tied by a partial MX allowing the very fine fresh colour to be seen.

 

The cancel also leaves the L letter square clear where the constant variety is clearly visible.

 

This variety is illustrated by Gibbons in the latest edition of QV Volume 1, page 170

 

together with the other two varieties on this plate. 

 

An attractive display item. 

 

Price:  40.00

 

STIRLING Type 1 Cross: rare multiple usage

 

 

 

153196.

 

1d, fine pair GA-GB, Plate 21,

 

with almost full margins and tied to a legal letter from STIRLING to Falkirk which refers to enclosures.

 

This explains the 2d postal charge.

 

On the reverse is a boxed Stirling date stamp for June 9th 1842 and a boxed Falkirk date stamp

 

for the next day which display when the top flap is raised.

 

The stamps are cancelled/tied by fine strikes of the Stirling Type 1 cross.

 

Rockoff records only six earlier usages than the one offered here.

 

He notes the only usage on a pair, GA-GB ,on June 15th 1842 to Falkirk.

 

The example offered here IS that item but he recorded the wrong date.

 

This is the only pair of 1d reds on cover Rockoff records for the Type 1 cross.

 

In fact this is the only multiple he notes for either Type 1 or the Special Stirling crosses. 

 

An interesting item and clearly very scarce. 

 

Price: 75.00 

 

 

York normal cross: early usage of new obliterator 

 

 

153197. 

 

1d, OI, fine, full margins except barely touched at the left side of the I square.

 

Tied to a neat small envelope from York to Derby, November 17th 1842 ,

 

with a Derby Sunday receiver for the next day,

 

by a superb strike of the YORK  common cross leaving a clear profile.

 

Rockoff, Volume 2, records a new MX obliterator sent to York on September 7th 1842.

 

He notes only six 1842 examples between October 6th and December 9th 1842 and

 

only one earlier 1d red usage than the example offered here.

 

In view of the superb strike of the MX it is likely that this was a usage of the new MX obliterator.

 

A very attractive item. 

 

Price: 45.00

 

 

Leeds Type 2 Cross one of the latest known usages

  

 

153193.  

 

1d red Plate 34, NE, fine full margins: tied to an entire from LEEDS to Leek.

 

On reverse top flap is a Leeds date stamp for March 23rd 1844

 

approx 5 weeks before the MX was replaced by the numeral 447.

 

The MX is the Leeds Type 2 listed and illustrated by Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 1.

 

They list very few of this cross the latest usage being April 4th 1844. 

 

The example offered here is the second latest usage.

 

This is the first example of the Leeds Type 2 cross we have been able to offer. 

 

This cross is not listed by Gibbons.

 

Price: 55.00 

 

NB: the letter mentions having to spend a lot of time in the Post Office.

 

Possibly waiting to be served? If so nothing has changed in almost 180 years! 

 

 

DUNDEE Cross: late date

    

 

153194.

 

1d red fine Plate 37? missing imprimatur, BG, full margins but close in a couple of places.

 

Tied to an entire from DUNDEE to London, Dundee boxed date stamp on reverse for March 20th 1844

 

and an Edinburgh transit cds for the following day.

 

The MX when applied appears to have 'bounced' giving a partial double impression. 

 

Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 1, list and illustrate the Dundee cross, p97.

 

Their latest listed is March 11th 1844 so the example offered here is a later date.

 

Their latest example is illustrated and is an incomplete strike.

 

Price: 45.00

 

 

Very early usage of this scarce duplex

 

 

 

153177.

 

1d Plate 65, DG, fine and full margined very close but just clear under D square,

 

tied to a clean legal letter from London to Manchester

 

by a very fine and scarce 38 duplex with the chamfered corners, for September 22 1853.

 

This duplex is usually referred to as a Late Fee cancellation but there is some doubt about this.

 

Parmenter records this duplex used from August 19th 1853 so the example offered here

 

is almost within the first month of usage and is one of the earliest known. 

 

A very difficult duplex to find on a 1d red imperf cover.

 

Price: 130.00

 

 

1d Plate 77 exceptional margins

 

 

 

153176. 

 

1d red, Plate 77, TA, fine very large/huge margins.

 

Tied to a wrapper from FALKIRK to Glasgow by a fine strike of the 139 of Falkirk.

 

On the reverse top flap is a fine blue Falkirk date stamp for September 20th 1849.

 

There are traces of adjacent stamps on three sides and

 

the fourth has a very small trace of a 7 from the plate number.

 

The 1d shows signs of plate wear. 

 

An attractive item  with a very scarce/rare set of features. 

 

Price: 45.00

 

 

1d black plate X1 Edinburgh Cross

153186. 

 

1d Plate X1, GI: fine with 3 margins and just tied at the top by a superb Edinburgh MX

 

to a letter from Edinburgh to London, August 19th 1841 receiver on reverse for this date.

 

An Edinburgh cross Type 1 or 2 is listed by Gibbons on a non-black plate as Spec B1tk

 

but unlisted  on a 1d red from a black plate: this appears to be Type 2.

 

1d red from this black plate priced by Gibbons on cover at 350. 

 

Price: 52.00

 

 

EKD for the Inverary numeral

 

153175. 

 

1d Plate 43,QD: full margins but very close in a number of places,

 

on an from INVERARY, dated June 24th 1844, to Edinburgh.

 

The stamp tied by partial strike of the 181 of Inverary.

 

On the reverse is on the top flap an Inverary date stamp for January 25th 1844

 

and an Edinburgh date stamp for the following day:

 

these stamps can be displayed with the top flap raised.

 

From our researches we cannot find an earlier usage for this numeral.

 

This is possibly the Earliest Known Date for the Inverary numeral which replaced the MX. 

 

The EKD for a Scottish MX is Glasgow June 19th 1844.

 

Other more provincial locations received their replacement canceller later than this. 

 

Price: 45.00  SOLD

 

NB: the browning at the top is far fainter than in the scan and does not affect the stamp

 

 

 

EKD of a Scottish numeral outside of Glasgow

 

153222. 

 

1d, GG, almost three margins, tied to an entire from Granton to Dumfries

 

by a fine 256 of Moffat: letter dated June 22nd 1844.

 

On the reverse top flap is a TOO LATE in red of Moffat.  

 

Auckland records a proof strike of this for June 1840 but NO recorded usage.  

 

Also on the top flap is a boxed Moffat date stamp for June 22nd 1844

 

and a partial Dumfries receiver for June 23rd 1844.

 

This is believed to be the EKD for any Scottish numeral outside of Glasgow.  

 

A Scottish rarity that displays well.  

 

Price:  125.00

 

 

1d SG17: very scarce used block of 6

 

153198. 

 

1d SG17, block of 6, SA-TC,

 

fine except for a very small surface scuff on TA just above the T letter square

 

 and on a large part envelope with a date stamp on reverse for December 1854.

 

Gibbons prices a used block of 4 at 350 and therefore pro rata a block of 6 at 525. 

 

A very scarce used multiple.

 

Price: 110.00 SOLD

NB: a difficult stamp to find in a used block larger than 4

 

 

1d Plate 119 used in 1909

 

 

 

153208. 

 

1d Plate 119, GI: a good used example tied to an envelope to Blackpool by a very fine/superb

 

EGREMONT S.O, Cumberland for September 10th 1909. 

 

On the reverse is the printed name: William Lewthwaite Wholesale Philatelic Depot, Egremont, Cumberland. 

 

Plate 119 was put to press on 15th August 1868 so the example here was used some 41 tears after this date. 

 

A collectable example of a very Late Usage of this issue during the Edwardian era. 

 

Price: 28.00

 

 

Exceptional duplex strike on clean envelope

 

153169. 

 

1d plate 134, fine, tied to a clean envelope by an exceptional strike of the Charing Cross duplex f

 

or December 22 1876 leaving the Queens head virtually totally clear.

 

Hard to see how such a cancellation could be found in a better quality.

 

An attractive and superb item.

 

Price: 22.00 

 

 

Unusual usage of a London Duplex

 

153192. 

 

1d SG29, placed Contrary to Post Office Regulations at bottom left

 

of a neat small envelope from London to Hampton.

 

Stamp is tied by the numeral portion of the London duplex of 80 in bars.

 

A full strike has been unusually applied away from the stamp and is for September 12th 1856:

 

done so a date was visible but still not totally clear!

 

On the reverse is a Lewisham SO.

 

A very scarce combination of features. 

 

Price:  29.00

 

 

1d Plate 143: Red on Red

 

 

153190

 

1d Plate 143, LK, a scarcer plate.

 

Fine used with only a RED transit cancellation.

 

A rare/very rare red on red combination. 

 

Price: 75.00

 

 

Very rare 1841 usage of 2d Plate 3

 

 

153221. 

 

2d Plate 3, BE, full margins, with a small central rub and some pre affixed very light wrinkling.

 

Tied to an OHMS letter re tax returns, dated September 17th 1841,

 

by a somewhat indistinct black cross: the letter mentions enclosures.

 

Sent from TRURO to Penzance, blue Truro date stamp for September 17th on the front and a Penzance date stamp for

 

September 18th 1841 on the reverse top flap which displays well when the flap is raised.

 

The 2d Plate 3 shows corrosion markings top and bottom: a common problem with this plate.

 

Examples of 2d Plate 3 used on cover in 1841 are VERY RARE:

 

we have found from our research only two offered for sale in the past 20 years or so. 

 

These were for October 1841 and the example offered here is the second earliest we recall seeing:

 

see Item 152644 below in this Section for the earliest: September 7th 1841.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

carried out between February 27th 1841 and March 13th 1841. 

 

An extremely rare item.  

 

Price: 480.00

 

NB: a specialist dealer offered a 4-margined 2d blue on a wrapper from Manchester to Preston, October 23rd 1841. 

 

This was in May 2009: the stamp was not tied by the black MX and priced at 1,800.

 

 

Clitheroe 'baloon' Crosses.

 

151268. 

 

Dated piece, on both the front and rear, from CLITHEROE, Lancashire, April 21st 1842.

 

An unusual franking of four single 1d reds, 'DA', 'HA', 'FA', 'EA' and seen less often than a block of four.

 

DA with a vertical crease, HA with full margins close but clear at the A square and

 

with a very prominent vertical guide line in the NE square which is also visible on the imprimatur sheet.

 

Each stamp is from PLATE 18 and cancelled by the characteristic/distinctive

 

balloon type of cross illustrated for Clitheroe in Volume 1 page 75 by Rockoff and Jackson

 

in their publication on the MX. They only record examples of this cross on single 1d reds ie no multiple usage.

 

An attractive and very scarce/rare item..

 

Price: 120.00

 

NB: Gibbons price a single 1d red in this plate at 140 on stamp alone.

 

 

CLITHEROE 'baloon' Cross on 2d Plate 3 pair

 

153210. 

 

2d pair LE-LF, Plate 3, in a deep full blue shade:  

 

full margins, very close but clear NW corner of LE, on a wrapper from CLITHEROE to Blackburn.

 

There is a partial Clitheroe date stamp on the front for December 6th 1842

 

and a Blackburn date on the reverse top flap for this same date.

 

The stamps are cancelled and tied by fine strikes of the Clitheroe cross.

 

In Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1, they list seven examples of this balloon type of cross.

 

None are listed for use on a 2d value or on a pair of any value.

 

Only three examples are noted for an earlier usage than the one offered here: a 1d red and two 1d Mulreadies.

 

The stamps are crossed horizontally by a light pressed crease not visible from the front.  

 

A single 2d Plate 3 on cover with an MX is priced by Gibbons in the latest QV Volume I at 650. 

 

A pair on cover with an MX would be priced in excess of 1500. 

 

An attractive item showing the 4d rate and on a relatively small wrapper that displays well. 

 

Price: 95.00

 

 

EKD for any Scottish numeral on a 2d plate on cover?

 

 

 

153174. 

 

2d Plate 3, fine, SG14, PL:

 

three margins with a small part of marginal inscription at left

 

and portion of another stamp at bottom.

 

Stamp tied to an entire from GLASGOW to Inverary by a fine 159 of Glasgow. 

 

On the reverse are date stamps for Inverary, incomplete but 24 is showing, and Glasgow for June 25th 1844.

 

The EKD for a Glasgow numeral replacing the MX is June 19th 1844.

 

The example offered here is believed to be the EKD for a 2d plate with a Glasgow numeral

 

and very possibly the earliest usage on a 2d of any Scottish numeral .

 

Very fine item and rare. 

 

Price: 125.00

 

 

2d Plate 4 with Queen Street Scots Local

 

 

 

153251.

 

2d SG19 Plate 4, fine/very fine used pair:  cancelled by a very fine complete strike

 

of Queen Street Scots Local of Glasgow Type XV111.  

 

There is a trace of a partial second strike beneath the top one and some hinge remnants on the reverse. 

 

The outline of the strikes can be seen on the reverse as a result of the stamps being printed on Thin Paper.

 

This variety is not listed by Gibbons but is on the imperforated Plate 4 issue, Spec ES14q.

 

A single stamp without the Scots Local priced by Gibbons at 100.

 

A  rare item.

 

Price: 90.00 

 

 

2d Plate 6: re entry and non re entry

 

 

 

153195. 

 

2d SG35, Plate 6, QE and QD a separated pair on an entire from London to Lyon.

 

Both are fine /very fine, QE has 2 or 3 very slightly trimmed perfs at the bottom left corner

 

 and has the listed re entry variety, SG Spec F7d. 

 

The cancellation leaves the top of the 2d clear where the re entry marks are visible in POSTAGE and in the NW corner star.

 

The difference with QD alongside enhances the visibility of the re entry.

 

Gibbons prices a non variety SG35 at 200 on cover and the re entry has an estimated price on cover at 450 plus.

 

An attractive and very scarce/rare display item. 

 

Price: 130.00  SOLD

 

 

2d Plate 3 with varieties

 

 

153163. 

 

2d SG14 Plate 3, OB: fine 4-margined example with a complete black cross. 

 

Printed on unlisted Thin Paper. 

 

In OB the letter O is narrow: characteristic of this Plate.

 

Only five characteristic letters of this plate are listed. 

 

A very scarce combination of features. . 

 

Price: 95.00

 

 

2d Plate 3 with varieties and corrosion

 

 

153164. 

 

2d SG14 Plate 3, DG:

 

very fine with full margins and cancelled by a black cross with a small part of another.

 

Printed on unlisted thin paper and in DG, the D is narrow, characteristic of this Plate.

 

Only five characteristic letters of this plate are listed.

 

The stamp shows areas of corrosion especially in the NE corner star and in TWO PENCE. 

 

A rare combination of features: a display item

 

Price:  125.00

 

 

Missent to Glasgow then sent on to Edinburgh

 

 

153167. 

 

1d, TA, full margined and tied to at front and back by the 27 of AYR

 

with an Ayr date stamp in red on the reverse top flap for July 10th 1849. 

 

There is a date stamp of Edinburgh for July 11th 1849 and another for Glasgow on the front for May 10th 1849. 

 

The latter has been partially overstruck by a boxed MISSENT To GLASGOW, GW 184,

 

recorded by Auckland recorded in use to 23rd May 1848 and given a rarity/price code of G.

 

The item offered here extends its usage by virtually a year: an isolated strike?

 

So the item was wrongly sent  to Glasgow and then sent on to Edinburgh

 

with the Missent strike added to possibly explain its delay in delivery. 

 

Attractive and very scace item that displays well. 

 

Price: 55.00 

 

 

Missperfing

 

 

153187. 

 

1d star Large Crown: a remarkable missperfing with portions of three other stamps.

 

NE corner fault but a very collectable example

 

illustrating the problem in perforating sheets of stamps in that era.

 

Liverpool duplex?

 

Price: 20.00

 

 

 

2d rate with two single 1d's

 

153162. 

 

1d, fine/very fine, two single Plate 32, EG and BG: the latter has four square margins and EG has almost full margins. 

 

Both have fine colour and each tied by a superb/very fine MX which just slightly overlap at one point.

 

Entire, with pages missing, from London, March 221843 and received in Brighton the next day.

 

An attractive double singles franking. 

 

Price 29.00

 

 

Rare usage of the GREENOCK Cross on a 2d blue

 

 

 

153160. 

 

2d blue Plate 3, DH with characterisic narrow 'D' of this plate.

 

An almost three-margined example, part of another stamp at left, in a shade close to or at deep blue,

 

tied by a lightly struck GREENOCK cross to a commercial entire to Edinburgh. 

 

On the reverse is a red boxed Greenock date stamp for May 1st 1843. 

 

The Greenock distinctive cross, Spec SG14ug, is priced on cover at 2,000.

 

Rockoff has no examples of this cross on a 2d blue. 

 

A rare item and offered at a fraction of the Gibbons price.

 

Price: 195.00

A finer example of this rare combination can be found in the Scottish Section: 153006

 

 

Mountmellick 338 in Blue on Plate 86 with full margins

 

 

 

153145. 

 

1d red, SB, fine four margined Plate 86 tied to an entire from MOUNTMELLICK to Dublin by the 338 of Mountmellick

 

and a date stamp in the same shade of blue alongside for December 7th 1848. 

 

Gibbons price a blue numeral on cover at 650 without a premium for an Irish usage. 

 

An attractive and very scarce item.

 

Price: 230.00

 

 

2d Plate 3

 

 

153140. 

 

2d blue Plate 3, SG14, TA:

 

superb/very fine with impressive margins

 

and showing portions on stamp SA in the top margin.

 

Cancelled possibly by the 875? of Whitby.

 

Printed on THIN PAPER: not listed on Plate 3 but is on Plate 4 as

 

Spec ES 14q and priced by Gibbons at 225.00.

 

An attractive and very scarce item so fine. 

 

Price:  95.00

 

 

2d Plate 3: huge margins

 

 

153142.

 

2d SG14, Plate 3, GJ-GL:

 

huge margins all around, with portions of six other stamps and a side margin with a trace of inscription.

 

Cancelled by unclear numerals caused bya debris-filled canceller and  GJ tied at the left to a piece

 

with a POOLE? date stamp at the left for September 13th 1845.

 

 On the reverse at the left are hinge strentheners.

 

 A pair of used Plate 3s is priced by Gibbons at 225 hence pro rata at 335 plus for a strip of three.

 

An unusual and scarce multiple with such large margins. 

 

Price: 110.00

NB: the 'browning' on the piece is far less than the scan suggests.

 

 

 

2d Plate 4 with an unusual 'variety'

 

 

 

 

153141. 

 

2d Plate 4, SG13, JK-JL, tied to a clean wrapper to Leith by three strikes of the 131 of EDINBURGH Contrary to PO Regulations. 

 

On reverse is an Edinburgh date stamp for March 13th 1852 and a similar date on a faint Leith date stamp on the front in red.

 

The pair have exceptionally large margins: JK has portions of stamps at the side and bottom margins

 

and JL a trace of another stamp at the bottom. JK has the listed variety upper shifted transfer, Spec ES13e.

 

The stamps are printed in the scarcer pale blue shade and JK has vertical guide lines in the watermark.

 

Also JL has a winding hair in the top half which appears to have been on its surface when printed:

 

we have not previously  seen such a variety on a line-engraved stamp. 

 

A pair of Plate 4, in this shade and with the listed variety on cover is priced by Gibbons at 600 plus.

 

An attractive, unusual and very scarce item. 

 

Price: 285.00  

 

 

Very rare Paddington cancellations

 

 

153093. 

 

Paddington Branch Office:

 

very fine P/11 in bars tieing a fine pair of 1ds plate 191 to a piece. 

 

Parmenter gives this strike a rarity rating of H star ie recorded on stamp only. 

 

A very rare and possibly unique multiple usage of this extremely rare cancellation. 

 

Price: 55.00 

 

 

Rare Western District cancellations

 

 

153094. 

 

Western District Office:

 

fine strikes on a fine vertical pair of 1d plates of W/1 in bars. 

 

Parmenter gives this an F rarity ie Rare. 

 

A rare multiple usage. 

 

Price: 30.00.

 

 

Rare Western District Cancellations 

 

 

153095. 

 

Western District Office:

 

fine/very fine strikes on a vertical pair of 1d plates of W/7 in bars. 

 

Parmenter rarity F ie Rare. 

 

A rare multiple usage. 

 

Price: 30.00

 

 

 

Early usage of 10 in cross on an entire from Trinity House with a Station datestamp and redirected

 

 

 

153129. 

 

1d red, FB, margins good on three sides and very close to touching at the top margin.

 

Tied to an entire to Gloucester from Trinity House London by the Number 10 in Cross;

 

redirected with the new address on the reverse. 

 

A London date stamp for April 19th 1843: an early usage of this Number in Cross introduced on April 1st 1843

 

 and one of the earliest we have seen. 

 

Top flap has a Gloucester Station date stamp for April 20th 1843. 

 

The number 10 in cross on cover priced by Gibbons at 1,000 in the latest QV Specialised Volume 1.

 

 We cannot recall being able to offer any Number in Cross used on cover with a Station postmark.  

 

A very unusual/rare combination of features. 

 

Price: 150.00  

 

 

Number 1 in Cross on Surcharged Letter

 

 

153128. 

 

1d imperf, almost full margins, tied to an envelope, top flap roughly opened, by the Number 1 in Cross.

 

 Surcharged in Edinburgh with More to Pay and  2 handstrikes neatly placed and redirected to Stranraer. 

 

On reverse are London January 29th 1844, Edinburgh Jan 30th 1844 and a Stranraer boxed date stamp for FE 2 1844. 

 

Gibbons prices this cross on cover at 550.00

 

Very scarce combination of cancellations/usage

 

Price: 75.00 

 

NB: an interesting addressee worthy of internet research.

 

 

Number 10 in Cross: double strike

 

153127. 

 

1d red, 4-margins but with a fault in the bottom margin and a few wrinkles. 

 

Tied Contrary to PO Regulations, by a double strike of the Number 10 in Cross both tieing the 1d to an entire to Suffolk. 

 

On the reverse date stamps for London July 20th 1843 and a receiver for the next day. 

 

This is the first double strike on a 1d red we have seen of this cross on an entire or wrapper. 

 

Priced by Gibbons on cover at 1,000 with a single Number 10 in Cross. 

 

A very scarce/rare item.   

 

Price:  145.00  SOLD

 

 

Superb embossing on a St Valentine's Day Envelope

 

 

153126.

 

1d Plate 147, showing the effect of the thick crackley gum,

 

tied by a Paddington duplex to a superbly embossed envelope to St Johns Wood. 

 

Posted on St Valentines Day, February 14th 1874. 

 

 A few very small brown/age marks but this one of the finest embossed envelope

 

posted on this special day we have been able to offer

 

Exhibition quality and rare as such. 

 

Price: 95.00

 

NB: the envelope is finer than the scan and the small brown marks are

 

either not present or fainter than the scan suggests.

 

 

 

1d Plate 215: displaced watermark

        

 

153123.  

 

1d Plate 215: a fine vertical mint strip of five, BK-FK. 

 

On the reverse of each stamp can be seen clearly that the crown watermark is displaced

 

resulting in the bottom of the crown going on to the next stamp.

 

SG prices a single mint plate 215 at 90. 

 

A rare multiple that displays well. 

 

Price: 175.00

 

 

Portions of SEVEN adjacent stamps

       

 

 

153124. 

 

1d, KG, Plate 49: a remarkable example tied to a commercial entire from Torquay to Halesworth, Sussex

 

by the 803 of Torquay leaving a clear profile.

 

The Torquay August 8th 1845 date stamp is conveniently struck on the front. 

 

The 1d has no less than the portions of SEVEN adjacent stamps:

 

the most we have seen for an imperf 1d stamp on cover! 

 

The margins are clear except at the bottom tip of the G square when it is either just clear of barely touched. 

 

A rare item that displays well.   

 

Price: 85.00

 

 

Stamp lost in transit and surcharged

 

 

 

153117.   

 

1d SG29, missperfed, on an interesting commercial entire from St Albans to Holborn Hill, London.

 

Ironically the letter refers to 'spoilt stamps'

 

In transit, a stamp, almost certainly another 1d, was lost.

 

The letter was surcharged More to Pay, McKay Fig 1403 and rated scarce.

 

A m/s 2 in black and Above  oz, written on the front. 

 

The remaining 1d was cancelled by a 675 of St Albans.

 

Parmenter illustrates this cancellation as it is the small variety of '675' first sent from the GPO on August 27th 1856.

 

He notes the EKD of usage to be 25th October 1857. 

 

On the reverse of the letter is a St Albans date stamp for October 21st 1856 and a London receiver for the following day.

 

Hence an earlier usage than Parmenter records.

 

 An attractive entire with a number of features that would make it an interesting display item. 

 

Price:  58.00

 

 

Pen Cancelled

 

 

153111. 

 

1d, ND, 3-margined on a small neat envelope from Glasgow to Whitefield, nr Govan, December 8th 1846.

 

The stamp tied by pen cancellations.

 

The only example pen cancelled from Glasgow that we have seen. 

 

Price:   80.00

NB: the browning is far less pronounced than in the scan on both front and back.

 

A trick of the scanner

 

 

EKD for this numeral: INVERKEITHING

 

 

153110. 

 

1d, FA, fine example on a wrapper from Inverkeithing to Edinburgh

 

and tied by its 182 numeral sent on June 25th 1844.

 

McKay notes the proof strike of the 182 in PO records to be June 26th 1844.

 

June 25th 1844 is the earliest we can trace for this numeral.

 

A very early usage of a numeral outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

 

Price: 46.00 RESERVED

 

 

Very rare combination of MX's

 

 

153112. 

 

1d QI Plate 30, fine: full margins except very close to touching at the bottom.

 

Cancelled by a London Cross then overstruck by a Number 2 in Cross.

 

A very clean back.

 

A very rare/unique combination of MXs the like of which we have not previously seen. 

 

Price: 70.00  SOLD

 

 

TULLAMOORE Blue Cross

 

153109. 

 

1d, LG, close margin at left: neatly tied by a BLUE MX of TULLAMORE to a front to Athlone with a

 

Tullamore date stamp for October 18th 1843 and an Athlone receiver for the following day. 

 

Despite the lack of margins an item that displays well.

 

A Blue MX on full cover priced by Gibbons at 1700 and on stamp at 650. 

 

An attractive item. 

 

Price: 135.00

 

 

       

Preston cross in BLUE

 

 

153102. 

 

1d red, Plate 20?, NE, a fine 3-plus margined example tied to a wrapper,

 

side flaps removed for display, by a lightly struck PRESTON BLUE CROSS, SG Spec B1sc.

 

On reverse top flap is a Preston date stamp for May 10th 1842

 

and a Whitchurch receiver for May 12th 1842. 

 

Both display well when the top lap is raised and there is also a complete paper seal.

 

Gibbons prices a blue cross on cover at 1,700. 

 

A very collectable example which displays well and offered at a fraction of the Gibbons price. 

 

Price:  350.00

 

 

1d Plate 29 Number 1 in Cross on a pair

 

     

 

153099. 

 

1d red Plate 29, EC-ED, a fine/very fine pair with rich colour and 3-plus margins, ED has almost full margins.

 

EC has vertical guide lines in the C and NE corner squares and ED a trace of a vertical guide line in the NE square. 

 

These varieties are on the imprimatur sheets. 

 

Both stamps are tied to an entire to Rye by Number 1 in Cross with ED having a clear profile.

 

On the reverse is a London date stamp for June 26th 1843 and a Rye receiver for the following day.

 

Gibbons prices a pair of Plate 29, off cover, at 175 with an ordinary cross.

 

A single 1d red on cover with a Number 1 in Cross is priced by Gibbons at 550. 

 

An attractive and very scarce item which displays well. 

 

Price: 125.00

 

NB: there is a light folding crease that crosses the stamps at the top which does not affect their surface.

 

 

Early usage of Number 12 in Cross

 

 

153101. 

 

1d red, not full margined, but tied by the Number 12 in Cross to a legal entire to Newcastle - u Lyme

 

which makes reference to a list of charges enclosed but which is not inside the item offered here.

 

On the front is a m/s 2 in black and a London double ringed More to Pay:

 

explained by the letter originally having an enclosure. 

 

Gibbons prices a 1d red on cover with a Number 12 in Cross at 1,400 before a premium for its single usage.

 

The Number 12 in Cross was issued on April 1st 1843. 

 

The example here has a London date stamp on reverse for April 11th 1843. 

 

This is the earliest we have seen of this number in cross used on a more to pay letter. 

 

A rare/very rare combination of features.  

 

Price:  165.00

 

NB: the number 12 in cross is more usually found on heavier weight items of mail

 

which needed a multiple franking of 1d reds.

 

A single usage of a 1d red with this cancellation is hence rarer and Danzig adds a 50% premium for it.

 

 

Single usage Number 12 in Cross 1d red full margins

 

 

 

153100. 

 

1d red Plate 33, TK, fine with full square margins.

 

There is a vertical guide line in the K square as on the Imprimatur Sheet and a basal shift, SG Spec BS22b. 

 

The stamp is tied to a wrapper from London to Newport, Dundee by a fine strike of the Number 12 in Cross.

 

On the reverse top flap are date stamps for London May 24, Edinburgh May 26 and Dundee May 28 1843 a Sunday. 

 

On the front is a strike of the Newport  May 28? 1843: Aukland FI562b, in blue,

 

which predates the EKD previously noted as 16th February 1844.

 

The stamp has been affixed over a pre-existing fold in the paper and the surface is therefore not affected by it. 

 

Gibbons prices this number in cross on cover at 1,400 excluding the premium for the scarcer single usage. 

 

A fine item with a rare/very rare combination of features and which displays well with the top flap raised.   

 

Price:  425.00

 

NB: this number 12 in cross on cover is seldom found with a full margined 1d red and is more usually applied

 

on heavier weight items of mail which needed a multiple franking of 1d reds.

 

A single usage of a 1d red with this cancellation is hence rarer and Danzig adds a 50% premium for it.

 

 

2d SG 19 Plate 4 misperfed

 

 

153098.

 

2d SG19, Plate 4,RA-RC:

 

misperfed strip of 3, cancelled by the number 1 in diamond and bars of the London Inland Office. 

 

Printed on unlisted Thin Paper allowing an Ivory Head effect to be seen on the reverse.

 

Gibbons list the 2d imperf SG 14, Plate 4, on Thin Paper but not 2d SG19 Plate 4.

 

Priced as the basic single stamp at 100. 

 

An attractive item with a rare combination of features. 

 

Price: 85.00  SOLD

 

NB: the misalignment of individual stamps can be seen and is also a feature of 2d SG Plate 4.

 

 

2d SG23: misperfed

 

 

153096. 

 

2d SG23, Plate 4,NK: a fine example, a few short perfs as in the scan,

 

lightly cancelled by a London Inland Branch 17 in diamond and bars,

 

which appears to be given a G rarity grade ie very rare by Parmenter .

 

The stamp is grossly misperfed and the printing misaligned. 

 

One of the most extreme misperfing we have seen on SG23. 

 

The basic stamp is priced by Gibbons at 225.00. 

 

A rare item. 

 

Price: 75.00

 

 

2d SG45 Plate 9: misperfed

 

 

153097. 

 

2d SG 45, Plate 9,OB-OD:

 

a very fine lightly cancelled misperf strip of three.

 

A scarce and attractive item. 

 

Price: 45.00  SOLD

 

 

1d SG40 used block of 12: SUDBURY

 

      

 

153077. 

 

1d SG40: a very scarce/rare used block of 12, AJ-DI. 

 

Cancelled by eleven strikes of the 760 of SUDBURY

 

Used blocks of this size are much scarcer than those of the 1d plate numbers. 

 

Some perf faults and light creases with some hinge reinforcement as per the scan. 

 

A used block of four SG40 priced by Gibbons at 75 and a 1d plate number block of four at 25. 

 

Displays well.

 

Price: 95.00 

 

 

Earliest known date for the LEITH numeral

 

 

 

153079. 

 

1d red, DB Plate 36, full margins, close but clear at the NE corner.  

 

Tied to a wrapper, side flaps removed for display, to Edinburgh from LEITH by a very fine 221 of Leith.

 

On the reverse is a Mae West TOO LATE, a June 27th 1844 and an Edinburgh receiver for this same date.

 

This is the EKD for the usage of the Leith numeral and

 

one of the earliest known for a location outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

 

A rare item. 

 

Price: 70.00  RESERVED

 

NB: one rarely sees a numeral applied in a vertical position.

 

 

1d Plate 44: unusually large margins

 

       

 

153074.

 

1d red Plate 44, QL:

 

very fine/superb with large/very large square margins and showing overall plate wear.

 

Plate 44 put to press on 28th February 1844, withdrawn from press on 11th September 1844

 

and destroyed on April 1st 1845.

 

Tied to a front and dated top flap to Brighton by the 820 numeral of Tonbridge Wells, July 3rd 1845. 

 

An attractive item which displays well with the back flap raised. 

 

Price:  45.00

 

 

York Distinctive Cross

 

        

 

153078.   

 

2d Plate 3 SG14, HI: 

 

very close at the top of the NE corner but just clear.

 

The corner of the H square is as per the scan. 

 

Cancelled by a complete YORK distinctive cross, SG SpecE1up,  

 

and priced by Gibbons at 2,000.

 

The stamp is also printed on thin paper.

 

Although not listed by Gibbons, this paper variety is known; it is listed on Plate 4.

 

We cannot recall seeing this MX on a thin paper example.

 

Price: 420.00 

 

 

2d SG23 Derby Sideways Duplex

 

 

 

153080. 

 

2d blue SG23 Plate 4, BB,

 

 very fine with a clear profile, tied to a very fine mourning envelope

 

to Bristol by a DERBY sideways duplex for August 30th 1855. 

 

SG23 priced by Gibbons on cover at 375 plus a premium of 125% for so very fine used. 

 

A very scarce and attractive item.

 

Price: 175.00

 

 

A very rare numeral cancellation

 

    

 

153073. 

 

1d  SG 40: a fine example cancelled by a full 49 in oval of bars,

 

of the London District Post for GREENWICH.  

 

Parmenter in Barred Numeral Cancellations of London gives this an H rarity

 

ie very few exist and known only on stamp and priced at 200.

 

This is the first example of this extremely rare cancellation we have been able to offer. 

 

An Exhibition item. 

 

Price: 120.00

 

 

1d pink wrapper: TWO SUNDAY dates

 

 

 

153082. 

 

1d pink stationery wrapper with sideflaps removed and uprated with a fine 1d SG40 plate 60? 

 

Cancelled by the 160 of Camelford, Cornwall and sent to Eastbourne, Sussex.

 

On the reverse, with no overlapping, are transit date stamps of: Boscastle and Camelford BOTH for

 

SUNDAY October 9th 1859 and London and Eastbourne for the following day.

 

Boscastle was not issue with its own numeral so although posted in Boscastle

 

it was sent to Camelford where it received the 160 numeral.

 

The 1d may be a Late Fee payment .

 

A rare item with two different Sunday date stamps. 

 

Price: 55.00

 

 

1d Plate 29 on Thin Paper

 

 

 

153071.

 

1d red Plate 29, a strip of four KC-KF, KC and KD are three-margined

 

and KE and KF are full margined: KF is very close but clear at the F square. 

 

Each stamp cancelled by a firm and barely overlapping MX.

 

This scarce multiple is printed on THIN PAPER which makes the

 

MXs show so clearly on the reverse as seen in the scan.

 

This paper variety is not recorded.

 

However, the contemporary 2d blue Plate 3 is known printed on thin paper

 

although Gibbons has yet to list it. 

 

An attractive item which displays well and very scarce/rare with these features. 

 

Price: 95.00

 

 

1d Plate 80 and Newbury Temporary Datestamp

 

   

 

 

153069. 

 

1d Plate 80, AA-AD, strip of four cancelled and tied by 544 of NEWBURY, Berkshire, on envelope to Basingstoke.

 

On the reverse is a fine, very scarce, handstruck Newbury temporary handstamp in blue for September 13th 1848 Code 3.

 

This is County Cat. BK269 recorded in use 1847-48.  

 

On the front is a Donnington udc in red which is unrecorded for any county.  

 

1d red AA is affected by a light vertical crease from the envelope at the right.

 

Stamps AA, AC and AD are four margined and AB is almost four margined being touched at the left base.

 

A scarce multiple and an item with a very scarce combination of features.

 

Price: 85.00

 

 

 

A vertical Pair of Plate 1

 

 

153033. 

 

Very fine envelope from ASHFORD, Kent  to Tenterden with a

 

vertical pair of the bantam 1/2d from the scarce Plate 1, HC-IC. 

 

HC has a small wrinkle in the NE letter square, otherwise a fine/very fine pair. 

 

Tied by an Ashford 31duplex for April 17th 1871. 

 

A single Plate 1 is priced by Gibbons at 100 on stamp alone and 330 on cover. 

 

A very fine and very scarce item.  

 

Price: 75.00  SOLD

 

 

1d Pair with Full Margins

 

 

152608. 

 

1d Plate 22, NB-NC, tied to a piece by light black MXs.

 

Full margins, NB just touched by a small marginal scissor

 

cut at the side of the NE letter square otherwise a fine/very fine pair. 

 

A pair in this plate priced by Gibbons at 160.

 

An attractive item.

 

Price: 45.00

 

 

 

The next two items are ARCHER Trial Perforations:

 

rare usages outside of London.

 

 

Archer Plate 94 used in Edinburgh with Certificate

 

 

 

 

151240. 

 

1d ARCHER Experimental Perforation, SG16b: fine, 'NI', from plate 94,

 

tied to a letter from The Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee RAILWAY COMPANY.

 

Used locally within EDINBURGH, June 8th 1854, and tied by the '131' of Edinburgh;

 

this is and a very rare usage in Scotland.

 

Filing fold clear of the stamp. 

 

The item is offered with an RPS Certificate.

 

Priced by Gibbons at 1,700 in this plate.

 

Price: 880.00

 

Archer Plate 100 used in Carlisle with Certificate

 

 

 

 

151239.

 

1d ARCHER Experimental Perforation, SG16b: fine, 'OA', from plate 100

 

tied to a Life Insurance entire by the '165' of CARLISLE. 

 

Sent to London, April 11th 1854 with Carlisle cds on the reverse.

 

Envelope with some slight imperfections but a

 

Very rare provincial usage of this trial separation.

 

Item offered with a BPA Certificate. 

 

Priced by Gibbons at 1,500 in this plate.  

 

Price:  825.00

 

 

Rare combination of franking and cancellation

 

 

 

153054. 

 

Registered dated piece from Camden Town November 30th 1852. 

 

The 6d registration fee paid by a strip of three, 2d SG14 Plate 4, AE-AG and used

 

with a fine full margined pair of 1d reds, EG-EH. 

 

The stamps are tied by the 51 in oval of bars applied in the London District Post Registration Clerks Office. 

 

Parmenter grades this as a Rare cancellation as is our experience.  

 

AE is two margined; AF has three margins and some surface rubbing. AG has three margins. 

 

A rare  franking with both these 1d and 2d values but even rarer with this cancellation. 

 

Despite some faults, a rare and attractive item which displays well. 

 

Price:  200.00

 

 

Registered money letter with a rare cancellation

 

 

 

153055. 

Registered wrapper from London to Canterbury, London tombstone on the front for August 5th 1853.

 

The registration fee has been paid by a strip of three, 2d SG14 Plate 4:

 

into along the base and the corner of the left hand stamp.

 

The 1d red has full margins but with a surface fault.

 

On the reverse is a Canterbury receiver for August 6th 1853.

 

The stamps are cancelled by the rare 51 in oval of bars of the London District Registration Clerks Office.

 

Inside is a letter referring to an enclosure of FIVE POUNDS: a very significant amount at that time.

 

This explains the letter being sent Registered and so is an example of a Money Letter.

 

Despite the faults this is a very rare example of a Money Letter with this cancellation.

 

Few full covers have survived.   

 

Price: 180.00

 

 

An unusual multiple with a rare cancellation

 

 

 

153056. 

 

1/- embossed, SG55: an unusual multiple cancelled

 

by the 51 in oval of bars of the London District Post Registration Clerks Office. 

 

Parmenter grades this cancellation as Rare which is our experience. 

 

This is rarely found on the embossed issues and particularly so with multiple usage

 

Gibbons prices a single at 1,000. 

 

An impressive item which displays well. 

 

Price: 280.00 

 

NB: This item shows the irregular embossing with the two right stamps virtually touching unlike those at the left.

 

Items 153054, 153055 and 153056, would make a very fine and rare display grouping

 

 

 

Missent To Worcester: a unique quartet

 

  

 

  

  

153049. 

 

MISSENT TO WORCESTER, County Catalogue, WO927.

 

The following four envelopes, all with a 1d red, have this very scarce cancellation, in different shades of ink. 

 

It is recorded, in the County Catalogue, struck in Blue and Red and used between 1852 and 1854. 

 

This quartet includes unrecorded examples in Black and Green.

 

Three of the envelopes are addressed to Sir Thomas Phillipps Bart, Middle Hill, Worcester.

 

1.    Addressed to Launceston, Cornwall from Derby: the 1d red, almost full margins, is tied by the 242 numeral of Derby.

 

On the reverse are date stamps for Derby, July 27th 1847 and Bristol, 927July 28th 1847.

 

There is a very fine strike of Missent To Worcester in BLACK.

 

2.   Addressed to Sir Thomas Phillipps, Worcester, redirected to Broadway.

 

1d red, just full margins, tied by the London numeral 14 for the Inland Office and with a very fine Missent  to Worcester in BLUE. 

 

On the reverse are fine date stamps for London December 30th 1852 in black, Worcester for December 31st 1852

 

in the same shade of blue as the Missent and a Broadway receiver for January 1st 1853 in red.

 

None overlap and all are upright.

 

3.   Addressed to Sir Thomas Phillipps, Worcester, redirected to Broadway.

 

1d red, tied by the London 15, of the Inland Office and with a fine/very fine Missent To Worcester in RED. 

 

On the reverse is a Worcester date stamp for January 20th 1854 in the same shade of red as the Missent,

 

and a Broadway receiver, in red, for the following day.

 

4.   Addressed to Sir Thomas Phillipps, Worcester, redirected to Broadway,

 

1d red, 3-margins, tied by the London Inland Office 12 with a Missent To Worcester in a shade of GREEN.

 

On the reverse is a London date stamp for February 21st 1852, a Worcester date stamp for February 22nd 1852

 

in the same shade of green as the Missent and a partial strike in blue of the Broadway receiver.

 

In a Spinks Sale of October 2004, was a trio of covers to Sir Thomas Phillipps with this same Missent To Worcester in Black, Blue and Red. 

 

It sold for approx 600 including the Buyers Premium. 

 

The County Catalogue lists an earlier Missent To Worcester, WO 922, exactly the same size as WO927, but with concave corners

 

rather than convex, and recorded only in Black and Green: it was used in 1827.

 

The Black ink strike does appear to have concave corners rather than convex/rounded. 

 

The Green strike also appears to have concave corners at the bottom. 

 

Perhaps the examples offered here in Black and Green, were struck with this earlier variety brought back into service on occasion?

 

An attractive and superb quartet of items which is very likely unique.

 

It would make a memorable Display which could be usefully enhanced by information, and images of, Sir Thomas Phillipps available on the internet.

 

Price: 545.00.

 

NB: There is a considerable amount of the information on the internet about Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1869), including photos of him and a picture of his residence, Middle Hill. 

 

Briefly: he was probably the world's most prolific collector of books, artefacts, paintings, and especially rare manuscripts, of all ages, countries, languages, and subjects.

 

In his lifetime he acquired some 40,000 printed books and 60,000 manuscripts - buying at a rate of forty to fifty items per week.

 

His was arguably the largest collection a single individual has ever created. 

 

His love of books and manuscripts was very real, and he was a scholar as well as a collector.

 

He was a trustee of the British Museum, made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1819, and became a Fellow of many learned societies in Britain and abroad. 

 

In modern money he spent around ten million pounds on his Collection and nearly went bankrupt.

 

 

 

2d Plate 3 inscriptional with other varieties

 

 

 

153045. 

 

2d SG14, Plate 3, PK-PL:

 

both three margined and cancelled by the 186 of DUBLIN. 

 

PL has a full deckle edge with a part inscription: cement.

 

This is from In wetting the back be careful not to remove the cement:

 

one of the instructions printed in the margins to help the public understand  

 

how to use these new labels as they were called.

 

The watermark in the margin has the letters GE, part of POSTAGE.

 

The stamps are printed on THIN paper, unlisted by Gibbons for Plate 3

 

but catalogued on Plate 4 at 225 for a single stamp. 

 

A pair in Plate 3 printed on ordinary paper is priced by Gibbons at 225.

 

PK has the listed variety: Spec ES11d and shows the basal duplication, priced at 140. 

 

A rare combination of features and especially so with marginal inscription. 

 

Price: 95.00

 

 

Number 5 in Cross on Printed Advert Letter

 

 

 

153044. 

 

1d red Plate 35, NG: fine with full margins, close but clear at the right, tied to

 

a printed advert by a Number 5 in Cross, for the Palladium Life Assurance Society. 

 

Sent to Halesworth, there is a London date stamp for September 2nd 1843. 

 

The letter refers to a life assurance policy held by Lord Huntingfield. 

 

This is the first example of a printed advert with a Number in Cross that we can recall seeing.

 

Gibbons prices the Number 5 in Cross on a 1d red cover at 550. 

 

An attractive and rare item. 

 

Price: 275.00

 

NB: A biopic of Lord Huntingfield, taken from the internet, is supplied with the item.

 

He died in 1844.

 

 

Green numeral 156:

 

Chapel en le Frith

 

 

153047. 

 

1d SG Spec C6, perf 14, GC: a fine example, some uneven perfing. 

 

Cancelled by the 156 of Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, in GREEN. 

 

Parmenter illustrates this numeral and gives it a G rarity grade ie very rare. 

 

He only records it in black ink. 

 

We have not previously seen this numeral in black and, struck in green,

 

it may well be a unique survivor as we have not been able to trace another example.

 

Gibbons prices an ordinary numeral in green at 350 on a stamp.

 

The example offered here with this very rare numeral would be considerably more. 

 

Price: 165.00

 

 

AIDRIE numeral in GREEN

 

 

153046.  

 

2d perf 14, Large Crown?, BI,

 

NW corner  fault, and perfs at the right jut touched by

 

the trimming of the piece to which it is attached.   

 

Tied by the numeral 17 of AIRDRIE in superb GREEN ink.   

 

Gibbons prices a green numeral on a 1d perforated stamp on piece at 500. 

 

No prices are quoted for coloured numerals on any 2d perforated issue,

 

only on the 2d imperf plates 3 and 4 which are priced on stamp at 6,000. 

 

We have neither previously been able to offer any 2d issue with a green numeral,

 

nor have been able to trace another example. 

 

An extremely rare item which displays well. 

 

Price: 250.00

 

 

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 1,100 in QV Volume1,

 

A superb and rare Exhibition quality item. 

 

Price:  485.00

 

NB: the scan does not do justice to the bright green cancellation.

 

 

READING Cross: last few weeks of usage

 

 

 

153015. 

 

1d red Plate 35, FH: a full margined example, small rub in the margin NE corners,

 

tied to envelope to London by a READING cross leaving most of the Queens head clear.

 

On the reverse is a Reading date stamp for April 14th 1844:

 

the 4 in the day slug has been wrongly set up with an inverted 7. 

 

There is a London receiver for April 15th 1844. 

 

Rockoff and Jackson do not record a Reading Cross. 

 

The Maltese Cross cancellations were replaced by numerals in England and Wales

 

on May 1st 1844: Readings numeral from that date was '635'.

 

This is the latest usage of the Reading cross we have seen. 

 

An attractive and rare item.

 

Price: 65.00

 

 

Plate 16 with BLUE MX

 

    

 

153031. 

 

1d red, Plate 16, BF: a fine example with almost full margins,

 

very close but just clear/touching in NE corner.

 

cancelled by an almost complete BLUE Maltese cross. 

 

Gibbons, Spec B1sc, prices this at 650.  

 

An attractive item and particularly scarce with such a complete blue cross. 

 

Price: 140.00 

 

NB:  the stamp shows an early stage of the Ivory Head variety.

 

 

The Rape of Arundel

 

 

 

 

153032. 

 

Very fine bantam 1/2d Plate 13, OK:

 

tied to a printed entire to Petworth by a superb ARUNDEL cds for April 10th 1879. 

 

On the reverse is a partial Petworth receiver for the following day.

 

The entire is giving notice of a  Meeting of the Commissioners.

 

The topic for discussion to be: Commission of Sewers for the Rape of Arundel.

 

Gibbons prices this plate on cover at 70 before adding the 200% for the cds cancellation. 

 

A very fine item that displays well. 

 

Price: 62.50 

 

NB: A Rape is a traditional territorial sub-division of the county of Sussex in England,

 

formerly used for various administrative purposes.

 

Their origin is unknown, but they appear to predate the Norman Conquest.  

 

Historically the rapes formed the basis of local government in Sussex. 

 

More info on the internet.

 

 

Number 4 in Cross: one of the earliest known usages

 

 

 

153014. 

 

1d red, OB, large margins three sides,

 

clear on the bottom but just touching at the SW corner square.

 

The stamp tied to a part front and entire, by a superb strike of the Number 4 in Cross. 

 

Letter dated London March 23rd 1843.  

 

On the reverse is a superb London date stamp for March 23rd 1843 and a

 

Winchester? date stamp for the following day neatly placed next  to the London cds.

 

These two adjacent date stamps show the different abbreviations for March, ie MA and MR, in use at the time.  

 

The proof strike for the Number 4 in Cross is March 23rd 1843 but the EKD is March 21st 1843.

 

We sold the only known EKD example many years ago. 

 

The example offered here at March 23rd 1843 matches the earliest,

 

other than the EKD, we have seen or been able to offer. 

 

There is a T.P/Queen St CS on the front.

 

Gibbons prices this cross on stamp at 600 and on cover at 1600.  

 

A rare item which displays well.  

 

Price:  255.00

 

 

1d with Marginal Inscription and Unrecorded UDC

 

 

 

153005. 

 

1d red, GA, almost full margins very close to touching at the right, with full deckle edge and

 

inscription (t)he Back be Careful.. on an entire from KILLEARN, dated February 27th 1847, to Lennoxtown.   

 

On the reverse is a KILLEARN undated circle in red: this is unrecorded by Auckland. 

 

The only listed postal mark is Killearn/Penny Post but Auckland notes that after this strike ended its usage,

 

boxed numerals of the Glasgow Penny Post were employed. 

 

The 1d is tied by a smudged Glasgow numeral and on the reverse is a Glasgow date stamp for February 28th 1847.

 

A tear on the top flap has been strengthened, in the dim and distant past, by a piece of cellotape

 

the trace of which is on the front at the top but does not touch the stamp margin.

 

It is visible on the outside of the rear top flap well way from the Killearn udc. 

 

A very rare/unique combination of features. 

 

Price: 120.00

 

 

Number 7 in Cross: the finest strike extant on cover

 

      

 

 

1523002. 

 

1d red Plate 31, not full margined, on a clean wrapper from London to Romsey, Hants.

 

The stamp is tied by a truly exceptional upright strike of the Number 7 in Cross: 

 

the quality of this strike is virtually proof-like.

 

Not only is this the finest strike we have been able to offer

 

but it is arguably the finest extant on cover. 

 

Hard to see how a better strike could be found.   

 

On the reverse is a London date stamp for May 23rd 1843

 

and a Romsey receiver for the following day.

 

Gibbons price the Number 7 in Cross on cover at 450. 

 

Exhibition quality. 

 

Price: 160.00

 

NB: we cannot recall seeing a better strike on cover from any of the 1-12 Numbers in Crosses.

 

 

More Numbers in Crosses from 1-12 on cover can be found further down this Section.

 

 

DUBLIN CROSS: 1d Plate 35



15010. 

 

1d red plate 35, NB,

 

superb large margined example on clean wrapper, inside flap repaired,

 

used locally in Dublin, July 27th 1843.

 

Stamp tied by a superb DUBLIN Type 11 characteristic cross, Spec B1tf. 

 

Superb item and priced by Gibbons at 300.  

 

Price:  145.00

 

 

Dublin Special Cross on 1d Plate 40

 

152332.  1d red 'OJ', Plate 40, very fine 4-margined, tied to a clean and uncreased legal entire

 by a very fine strike of the DUBLIN special cross, Gibbons spec B1tf. 

The back flap when raised show the Dublin date stamp for May 8th 1844

and the London receiver for May 10th 1844 which do not overlap.  

Plate 40 is scarce with any type of Maltese cross rather than a numeral cancellation,

and very scarce with a distinctive listed cross.

An attractive item that displays well. 

Price: 185.00

 

 

 

Dublin Type 11 Cross: an unrecorded SECOND break in the cross.

152957. 

1d Plate 31, QK: three plus margins tied to a wrapper to Nenagh

by a superb Dublin Type 11 distinctive cross.

On the reverse is a DUBLIN diamond date stamp for August 11th 1843

and a Nenagh date stamp for August 12th 1843.

The Dublin cross is dealt with in some detail by Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1, pages 91-93. 

The example offered here has a known break/gap in the outer part of the cross

and Rockoff illustrates only five examples, two off cover and three on covers: all are on the 1d red.

This example is not recorded by them and this has a SECOND break

in the next section of the outer part of the cross as seen in the scan. 

Examples showing the two outer breaks are NOT recorded by them

and we have not seen another such example on or off cover. 

Gibbons prices a Dublin Type 11 without the break at 300 on cover. 

A superb example of the known, and previously unrecorded, break. 

Price: 195.00

NB: the known break is at the outer right of the cross in the scan. 

The unrecorded break is in the outer at the top.

Both breaks are clearly seen in the scan.

The browning on the front ie either not present of fainter than in the scan.

 

 

DUBLIN distinctive Cross: rare type with break.

 

 

152980

 

1843 1d pink embossed envelope, December 27 1843:

with very fine strike of the characteristic DUBLIN cross.

Seen clearly at the right is the BREAK in the outer cross.

Rockoff Volume 1 page 93, lists only three recorded examples

of this constant variety on cover:

 NONE are recorded on the 1d pink envelope.

 SG spec B1tf and priced by Gibbons at 300 on a 1d red on cover

but much scarcer usage on embossed envelopes.

Price: 150.00 

 

 

Dublin Special Cross with constant break

 

 

152672.  

 

A fine 1d pink stationery envelope from DUBLIN to Liverpool, November 2nd 1843.

 

Cancelled by a superb Dublin Special  Cross with the constant break in the outer arm of the cross.

 

Rockoff and Jackson illustrate in Volume 1, only five examples and none are on a stationery envelope.

 

Of the five they show, three are on 1d red covers and two are on 1d reds off cover.

 

Priced by Gibbons on cover at 300 without the break.

 

A superb example of this rare variety.

 

Price: 175.00

 

NB: the break can be seen in the bottom outer arm of the cross.

 

 

 

DUBLIN Cross: constant break variety.

 

 

15195. 

 

2d deep blue Plate 2, RD: large margins but just clear to shaved NW corner.

Very small shallow thin on reverse at top left but cancelled by

a very fine/superb strike of the characteristic DUBLIN CROSS, Spec DS7vj. 

This cross clearly shows the constant break in the outer frame which is illustrated by Rockoff,

Volume 1, p 92/3, between March 1843 and March 1844 with

only 3 out of 41 covers showing this variety all on 1d reds.

As far as we are aware, the example offered here of this variety

is the only one known on the 1840 2d blue and is a late usage within the MX period.  

The characteristic Dublin cross, without the rare break, is priced

by Gibbons in the latest, QV Volume 1, at 2,500. 

A considerable rarity.    

Price:   560.00 

 

 

Dublin Cross with outer breaks

 

 

15196.  

 

2d blue plate 3, IH-II: pair, II full margins, just clear SE square, with a contemporary written date of 1844,

and tied by two superb strikes of the DUBLIN Type 11 characteristic cross to a piece. 

 

Both crosses clearly show the constant break in the outer frame which is recorded by Rockoff,

Volume 1, p 92/3, between March 1843 and March 1844

with only 3 out of 41 covers showing this variety and all on 1d reds. 

 

None are recorded on the 2d blue and as far as we are aware, the examples offered

here of this variety are the only known strikes on the 1841 2d blue.

 

The characteristic Dublin cross, without the constant break,

is priced on a single 2d blue by Gibbons at 500.  

 

A very rare and attractive item.   

 

Price:  385.00  

 

 

NB:  Items 15195 and 15196 would make a unique pairing.

 

 

 

The rare 355 of Newport Mayo in BLUE to Kirkwall

152933. 

1d red, margins in places, on a front and side flap from

NEWPORT MAYO to KIRKWALL in the Orkneys.  

The stamp is tied by a full strike, neatly applied, 335 of Newport Mayo in BLUE ink.

On the front is a very fine date stamp, June 22nd 1848,

from this location struck in the same blue ink as the numeral.  

On the side flap is a red Kirkwall boxed date stamp for June 26th 1848, Auckland OK19c.   

Danzig gives the blue 355 rarest grading and no date of usage. 

Gibbons lists the cheapest  blue numeral Spec B1xb, at 325 on piece and at 650 on cover. 

These figures do not carry the premium for an Irish numeral of the rarity offered here.  

Moreover, this is the only example we can recall seeing

of an item from Ireland to the Orkneys with a 1d red and blue numeral:

it is likely to be as such a unique example from this rare location. 

An rare and attractive item which displays well. 

Price: 135.00

 

2d Blue Plate 3 with Double Letter and Thin Paper varieties

     

152907. 

2d deep full blue, SG15, Plate 4, PC-PD.

Fine/very fine pair, full margins, with PC having the ONLY double letter on Plate 4, Spec ES15f.

The pair is printed on THIN paper, SpecES15q. 

This paper variety is priced by Gibbons on a single stamp at 225.

Allowing for the Gibbons price for an ordinary pair of Plate 4 at 250,

this pair has a Gibbons price well in excess of 1,000.

 A rare combination of varieties which we have not previously seen. 

Superb item.

Price:  195.00:

 

2d SG19 with re-entry

152928. 

2d SG19, HI-HK, Plate 4: a fine/very fine missperfed strip of three, tied to a piece by

the 745 numeral of STONE in Staffs and by partial red and orange transit marks,

Aus England per Aachen and P in oval respectively.  

Stamp HK, shows in the top star squares the re-entry marks of SG Spec F1f. 

There are only two re-entries on this plate the other being CE.

Both are illustrated in SG Volume 1 page 299 and both priced at 200. 

Being in a strip, the re-entry on HK can be neatly seen in comparison to the non re-entry stamps. 

 A single SG19 without any varieties, is priced at 100. 

A rare strip with this variety and missperforation on piece which displays well.  

Price: 155.00

NB: the stamps also show misalignment as seen on the imperforated Plate 4, SG14.

The 2d strip of three SG19, item 152929 below, is from the same sheet

and the adjacent stamps on the same horizontal row 'H'.

 

2d SG19 on Registered Front

152929. 

2d SG19, HE-HG, Plate 4: a fine/very fine missperfed strip of three

tied to a trimmed Registered Front to London by the 620 numerals of PLYMOUTH. 

On the front is a Plymouth date stamp for June 30th 1854. 

The stamps have been affixed, Contrary to Post Office Regulations, in an inverted position. 

Gibbons prices a single SG19 at 100 and on cover at 200.   

A very scarce item. 

Price: 110.00

NB: the stamps also show misalignment as seen on the imperforated Plate 4, SG14.

The Item above, 152928, has the strip of three following HE-HG,

from the same sheet and the same horizontal row H.

Items 152928 and 152929,  would make a superb display pairing.

 

Superb 2d Plate 5

152931. 

2d SG 35, QK, Plate 5:

a superb used example with a

part 131 numeral of Edinburgh.

A rare stamp in such fine condition.

Price: 47.00  SOLD

 

 

2d Plate 12 from Edinburgh 

152906.

2d blue, SG45, very fine Plate 12.

Tied to a clean commercial banking entire to Haddington by

a fine/very fine EDINBURGH duplex for July 12th 1869.

There is a Haddington date stamp on reverse for the same date.

Hence the letter was delivered the same day it was posted.

Plate 12 is by far the scarcer of these 2d plates ie plates 7-12,

and priced by Gibbons on cover in excess of 400.

This is before adding the Gibbons premium for such

a fine example so lightly cancelled.

A very scarce item which would display well. 

Price: 140.00

 

 

 

CHELMSFORD Cross On Plate 9

      

152870. 

1d Plate 9, TG: fine full margins except barely touched/clear at the left top corner. 

Tied to an entire to London by a CHELMSFORD cross. 

On the reverse top flap is a Chelmsford date stamp for April 27th 1841

and a London receiver for the following day. 

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 1 record only two other examples of this cross and this is the first we have seen. 

The letter is of an interesting academic content with a reference to

 Complaint of the Black Knight and The Cuckoo and the Nightingale re pronounciations.

Further research may identify the writer: initials IAR. 

Gibbons prices Plate 9 on cover at 375.

 A rare combination of features and an interesting display item. 

Price: 125.00  

NB: Nichols and Son were a long established printers and there is a wealth of information

on the internet including their household on the 1841 census.

In the 1d Black Section is a Chelmsford MX on cover: Item 153043.

 

 

1d red Mixed Plates to Geneva

152857.  1d FG, Plate 152 and 1d BH, plate 157:

both are three margined and tied to a letter on thin paper to Geneva from DUDLEY. 

FG is tied by the 293 of Dudley.

BH is just tied by a small part of the numeral which leaves almost all of QVs head clear.

It also has portions of two other stamps.

The 1d reds are clearly in different shades and indicative of printings from different plates. 

On the reverse top flap is a Dudley date stamp for January 21st 1853 and

a Geneva receiving cds on the lower flap for January 24th 1853.  

A rare mixed plate usage of the 1d red imperf to this Suisse destination.  

Price: 145.00

 

 

1d Plate 9: Red and Black MX's with Certificate.

 15148: 

1d red, Plate 9, PD, very fine 4-margined, firstly cancelled by a complete RED cross

and then by a complete BLACK cross, SG Spec 57vk, with a clean Certificate. 

Priced by Gibbons at 2500.

This example is certainly one of the, if not the, finest extant. 

An item of Exhibition quality and importance.

Price: 1500.00 

 

 

 

Letter from ROME to Scotland: problems getting married.

      

152849.  1d Plate 151, RB, fine, margins very large to good. 

Tied to a letter from ROME by the 131 of Edinburgh.

The well written and legible family letter is dated ROME 24th June 1853.

The very unusual contents refer to the problems he is having, as a Scotsman and British subject,

of getting a marriage arranged in Rome and an official to legalise the marriage.

Reference is made to the Prussian Embassy where clergy men can marry Bristish subjects

 and to a Consular Agent who has permission from Lord Palmerston, when he was in Office in 1849,

to marry British subjects in the Consular Office.

Instead of bans a licence may be had from England and put up

on the walls of the Consulate for 21 days, and so the letter goes on.

A fascinating insight to such problems in Rome for a British subject at that time.

The writer passes comments of how long a letter may take to reach its destination because of the

variety of routs between Rome and England and no one fixed as the direct one for postal communications.  

In view of this last comment it would seem the letter was carried privately, perhaps by a friend coming to Scotland,

and readdressed on arrival to St Boswells Green, and a 1d red affixed.

On the reverse top flap is an Edinburgh date stamp for July 4th 1853 and a St Boswells boxed date stamp for the following day.

The letter would be worth transcribing and make a very interesting and unusual/memorable display page. 

A rare item. 

Price:  135.00

 

A rare cancellation

152845. 

1d Plate 149, CK, excellent margins, small light corner crease NW. 

Cancelled by the 57, London District Post Chief Office. 

Listed by Parmenter as Type 57A and given a RARE rating. 

A rare cancellation on an exceptional 1d red.  

Price: 38.00

 

Very rare multiple usage of a rare cancellatiom.

           

152844. 

1d strip of three, HE-HG, full margins:

each cancelled by a very fine/fine 57 numeral of London District Post Chief Office.

Listed by Parmenter as Type 57A and given a RARE rating.

Printed in a deep red brown shade and the strip shows misalignment of the images on the printing plate.  

HE has some creasing; between HE and HF there is a scissor cut in the top margin

and a very small one between HF and HG 

In both cases the cuts are clear of the design.

These cuts would have been made before the Post Office was opened

to speed up the separation of the stamps on being issued. 

A very rare multiple usage of this rare cancellation. 

Price: 58.00 SOLD

 

2d Plate 3: extreme corrosion

    

152867.

2d deep blue Plate 3, SG15, TK: very fine, with full margins,

except for a very small thin in the top margin. 

Cancelled by a black cross and a small portion of a second. 

The value portion of the printing shows extreme corrosion:

more than any we have previously seen or can trace on this issue.

The cancellations are clear of the variety.  

Priced by Gibbons without the variety at 275.  

A rare Exhibition item. 

Price: 140.00  SOLD

 

2d Plate 3: corrosion

    

 

152868. 

2d blue Plate 3, SG14, JG: fine, margins good

but very close at the left and just clear to possibly touching in the NW corner.

The letter J and the value printing shows significant corrosion

and the black cross is clear of the varieties.

Priced by Gibbons without the varieties at 275. 

Very scarce item. 

Price: 110.00  SOLD

 

Killarney Cross: first example since 1989

152866. 

2d deep blue Plate 3, SG15, MG-MH: MG three margined and MH full margins, very close at the top but clear. 

Each stamp is cancelled by a partial strike of the solid outer KILLARNEY cross

first recorded in this state by Danzig in the Phillips Auction sale of his Collection in 1989.

It was on a 1d red:  a small envelope to Glannire,  October 25th 1841.  

Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 1 p139, illustrate this actual item.

They record and illustrate only two other Killarney examples which are more normal crosses

but with speckles of debris between the inner and outer crosses: they are on 1d reds.

The authors refer to the Danzig item as the cross having

a bizarre appearance of total opacity between the inner and outer crosses with a preserved diamond. 

In the examples offered here, the central diamond is visible especially on MH.

From our researches, until the item offered here,

another example of this bizarre form of the Killarney cross

has not been found since the Danzig item more than 30 years ago. 

The Danzig example realised an inclusive figure of 235 in 1989. 

An extremely rare item and likely to be unique on the 2d value and especially on a pair.    

Price: 325.00

NB: the black and white image is taken from the 1989 Danzig Sale catalogue.

Interestingly the cross on the 1d red and on the pair of 2d blues

ha
s been applied in virtually the same orientation.

 

 

London duplex with a second below the first

   

152847. 

1d SG29, KD, fine, and tied to a very fine mourning envelope used in London

by a very fine/superb strike of the scarcer London 78 duplex for June 9th 1856. 

This is the only non-Creswell number 78 duplex with 7 bars at each side.

Very unusually there is a second complete strike below the first and the only example

we can recall seeing of this which was against P O Regulations at that time. 

It has an unrecorded Code 1. 

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price: 38.00

NB: there is a partial offset on the reverse.

 

1d printed on cream paper

152848.   

1d SG38, MD: a very fine example of the printing on cream paper. 

The stamp has been placed contrary to Post Office Regulations at the top left

on a clean and neat envelope used within London.

As a consequence it is tied by only a partial strike of the London duplex number 75.

A full strike has been applied on the right for May 29th 1857.

This type has 6 bars to the side of the inner circle and is recorded used to September 1857. 

Gibbons prices the 1d SG38 at a minimum of 140 on cover. 

An attractive and unusual item. 

Price:  70.00

 

1d block of four

     

152840. 

1d SG39/40, Plate 42?, KC-LD: fine/very fine mint block of four.  

Three stamps have hinge remnants but LD is unmounted. 

An attractive and very scarce block in such fine condition.

Price: 175.00

 

 

 

1d Plate X1: PENRITH Cross

152839. 

1d Plate X1, FC, fine 4-margined :

tied to an entire to Edimburgh, part of the letter missing inside, by a PENRITH MX. 

On the reverse top flap are date stamps for Penrith, September 4th 1841

and Edinburgh September 5th 1841 - a SUNDAY. 

Rockoff and Jackson record and illustrate examples of the Penrith Cross

on cover between 1841 and 1844. 

The example offered here is the second earliest recorded on a 1d red

and the third earliest: the earliest is on a 1d black for April 24th 1841.

It is not listed by Rockoff and Jackson.

Gibbons prices a 1d red from black plate X1 on cover at 350. 

Price: 155.00

 

2d Plate 3 with rare numerals

152838. 

2d SG14, Plate 4, KB-KD:

a fine/very fine used strip of three with large margins all round. 

KC has a clear profile. KD has a trace of the adjacent stamp in the right margin.

KD also has a barely visible horizontal bump/crease. 

The stamps are cancelled by the 454 of LEOMINSTER, (Herefordshire),

and given an 'F' rarity rating by Parmenter ie Rare.

We have seen this numeral on a 1d imperf but not on a 2d imperf.

The misalignment of the images on the printing plate can be seen clearly.

Gibbons prices a pair in Plate 4 at 280 and hence 420 pro rata. 

A rare item with rare numeral cancellations. 

Price: 265.00

 

Number 6 in Cross on entire

       

152817. 

1d red Plate 36, FD, fine with 3 plus margins. 

Tied to an entire from London to Lancaster, by a superb, upright, Number 6 in Cross. 

On the reverse is a London date stamp for November 2nd 1843

and a very fine Lancaster receiver in blue for the following day. 

The reverse flap has a tear as per the scan. 

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

An attractive example of this London type of Cross

Price:  110.00

 

Plate 2 with one of only three re-entries

 

152835. 

1d red black plate 2, SA: a fine 3 plus margins tied to an entire from GRIMSBY to Louth . 

On the front is a Grimsby date stamp for December 16th 1841; there are no postal markings on the reverse. 

The 1d red shows re-entry marks in the NW and NE squares which is the listed variety; SG Spec AS18a.

There are only three recorded re-entries on this plate.

There is a small gum spot in the NE square, clear of the re-entry,

and a tiny nick in the SE corner clear of the design.

Gibbons prices 1d plate 2 on cover at 550 and an estimated price with the re-entry at 750: undervalued.

The MX leaves the variety clearly visible.  

As there are only three re-entries on plate 2, it is rare to find an example on cover. 

A rare/very rare item. 

Price: 280.00

 

St Columb Cross in BLUE

152834. 

1d red Plate 23, FK: nearly three margined, on an entire from ST COLUMB, Cornwall.

The stamp is tied by a BLUE Maltese cross and on the front is a St Columb date stamp for

December 2nd 1842 in the same shade of blue as the MX.

There are no postal markings on the reverse. 

Danzig records a Blue cross used in St Columb between March and November 1842. 

Gibbons prices a Blue MX on cover at 1,700. 

The example here extends its use to December 1842.  

A rare example of a blue Cornish cross.

The only other place in Cornwall to use a blue cross was Truro.

 An attractive and rare item with an unusual address which displays well.  

Price: 445.00

NB: The letter is addressed to LANSON. 

This was a very old name for Launceston, used by Cornish people,

and there are still old road signs pointing to Lanson.

 

 

Pair 1d Plate 14: listed double letter 'B' on 'BF'

152825. 

1d Plate 14, BE-BF, a very fine/fine full margined pair, close at the top of BE but clear. 

Tied to a piece by black MXs and alongside is an EASTBOURNE PENNY POST, County Cat SX46,

very scarce/rare especially in combination with the 1d reds from a scarce plate.

Stamp BF has a double B listed by Gibbons as Spec BS3b and the MXs are clear of the variety. 

A pair in this plate priced at 275.

 An attractive display item. 

Price: 145.00.

NB:

The variable blueing especially on the front of 'BF' suggests an early stage of Ivory Heads.

Stamp 'BF' has a partially struck second Maltese Cross. 

 

Pair 1d Plate 14: listed double letter 'B' on 'BF'

152826. 

1d Plate 14, BF-BG, a fine/very fine pair with full margins:

very close but just clear NW corner of BF.

Stamp BF shows the listed double letter B, Spec BS3b,

and the MX is clear of the variety.  

A pair in this plate is priced by Gibbons at 275.  

A very scarce item. 

Price: 85.00

NB: the stamps show an early stage of an ivory head.

 

1d Plate 21: Bristol Penny Post

152829. 

1d Plate 21, 'RI', a fine/very fine 4-margined example

tied by a fine black cross to a part front and back flap.

On the flap are strikes of the BRISTOL PENNY POST,

County Cat. BS152, for July 14th 1842.

This strike is recorded in black and red ink from 1842.

The examples here are mostly red but some letters

are in black so apparently partially mixed inks? 

Either way it is the first year of usage for both shades of ink.

 An unusual item which would display well.  

Price:  75.00

 

A debris filled Cross!

152827. 

1d red, 'LC', three margins, ragged at the left, cancelled by a MX with,

the largest amount of debris we can recall seeing. 

On the reverse is a very small black ink 'spot' near the centre

caused by ink from the cancellation coming through the paper.

It may be a very tiny thin but it may well be an area of natural variation in paper thickness

which the ink has permeated at the densest point. 

An unusual item which displays well. 

Price: 55.00  SOLD

 

Union Jack Re-entry: a very rare example on cover

            

 

152830. 

SG8 1d Red Plate 75  'LK':

a 3+ margined copy of the famous Union Jack re-entry, SG Spec BS28c.

 Tied to a wrapper from Leeds to London by Leeds '447' and

the cancel leaves almost all of the re-entry visible.

Priced by Gibbons in QV Volume 1 at 3,000 on stamp alone. 

This variety is rarely found on a full cover.

A rarity and an Exhibition item.

Price: 725.00

 

Number 4 in Cross: one of the earliest known usages

   

152824.   

1d red, Plate 26, KK: fine with almost full margins,

very close to just touching at the bottom centre, with part of the adjacent stamp at the left. 

Tied to an entire by a superb strike of the Number in 4 Cross: the rarest of all these type of crosses. 

On the reverse is a London Charing Cross distinctive date stamp for MARCH 24th 1843

and an Edinburgh receiver for Sunday March 26th 1843. 

There is a trace of a very light surface crease/wrinkle at the right side following a very light crease in the entire. 

Gibbons prices this rarest of the numbers in crosses at 1600on cover. 

The proof book entry for the number 4 in cross is March 23rd 1843 and the EKD is MARCH 21st 1843.

An attractive item and one of the earliest known usages which would display well.

Price:   385.00  

 

 

Number 6 in Cross upright strike: 'Half Bank of England Notes enclosed'

          

152316.  1d red 'GD', Plate 37, very fine/superb large/very large 4-margined example:

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

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

On the inside flap is a note about the contents: 'Half Bank of England Notes enclosed'.

It is known that for security in transit, some organisations and individuals would send two letters

 to the same addressee, each letter with half of the same bank note(s) in it..

It may be the case here but in view of the sums mentioned it might be some

form of a money order which in effect was as good as cash?

We have not previously seen this type of description of enclosures.

A very unusual and rare combination of features that would display well 

A superb Display item.

Price: 320.00 

 

NB: Plate 37 is scarce with a MX cancellation and rarer still with a Number in Cross.

Gibbons in the latest Edition of the QV Volume 1 prices a Number 6 in Cross on cover at 450.

The slight browning near the top of the stamp does not affect the 1d red.

 

There is a large selection of other Numbers in Crosses on cover

further down this Section.

 

A turned wrapper with 1d reds in both directions.

  

    

152653.  A turned wrapper with 1d reds affixed for each journey.

Sent originally to Lewes, October 21st 1846, possibly from Feversham?

It was turned and sent to East Grinstead on the day of receipt, October 22nd 1846.

1d OEon the original sending is almost 4-margined and not affected by the filing crease on being turned.

The 1d red JD on the turned wrapper is almost 3-margined and tied by the 451 of Lewes.

On the reverse is a fine Lewes date stamp for October 22nd 1846 and a partial date for East Grinstead

An interesting, attractive and scarce item. 

Price: 58.00  

 

LEEDS Distinctive Cross on a 1d red black plate

152641.  

1d red Plate 8, TD.

Not full margined but tied to a part front and back by the Leeds Distinctive Cross, SG Spec AS2ua. 

Gibbons prices this cross on a black plate on full cover at 4,000 and on stamp alone at 900. 

On the part back, refolded to show the date markings, is a LEEDS date stamp for May 26th 1841

and a Sheffield receiver for May 27th 1841.

 

he 1d red is cancelled by a partial double strike of the Leeds cross.

A very light folding crease just crosses the top margin of the 1d but does not touch the design because of the very large margin.

An opportunity to acquire an easily identifiable distinctive Leeds cross at a very small fraction of Gibbons price. 

 

Displays well.

 

Price: 245.00

 

 

Birmingham roller cancellation on 1d SG40

152820. 

1d SG40, a fine/very fine used block of 4, DJ-EK. 

Cancelled by several very fine impressions of the very scarce BIRMINGHAM 75 Roller.  

This is the best example of this roller cancellation we have been able to offer on a block. 

A rare item of Display Quality. 

Price: 65.00  SOLD

 

 

Embossed envelope sent on St Valentine's Day

152646. 

1d plate 119 NW corner fault, tied by a BRADFORD YORKS duplex for February 14th 1871: St Valentines Day.

The lace-effect embossed envelope, addressed to a Miss Owen, in Bradford,

has an initial M in the address panel and may discreetly identify the sender.

The embossing on the envelope is in fine condition except for two small areas near the top

which have been reinforced by hinges inside the flap.

A very attractive and fine example of this envelope sent on St Valentines Day and

as it was posted to a local address, would have been delivered on the same day unlike our mail in 2020! 

Price:  85.00

NB: the slight browning near the top is far fainter than in the scan.

 

 

Newcastle under Lyme: latest usage of its MX

152762. 

1d, Plate 38, FE, fine with almost full margins, on a large part legal entire,

side flaps removed, from Hanley-Staffs to Newcastle under Lyme. 

On the front is an undated circle of Hanley, County Cat. ST201:

a scarce/very scarce strike and the only postal marking used in Hanley.  

On the top flap is a Newcastle under Line date stamp for April 27th 1844.

This type is unrecorded in the County Catalogue.   

On the bottom inside flap is a contemporary written date of April 27th 1844

and the name of the law firm who sent the letter.

The stamp is tied by a MX of Newcastle under Lyme which is unrecorded by Rockoff and Jackson. 

This is the latest usage of this cross we have seen being replaced

only a few days later on May 1st 1844 by the numeral 546.  

A rare item which displays well. 

Price: 140.00 

NB: Plate 38 is a scarce plate on cover with a Maltese Cross.

 

Unrecorded Blue Penny Post and Sunday usages

152763. 

1d, KB, fine 3-margined, tied to a wrapper by the 714 of SKIPTON. 

Addressed to Lancaster, on the front top left is a fine/very fine strike

of the GISBURNE PENNY POST, County Cat., YK 1040. 

A very scarce strike in recorded Black ink, but this example is rare as struck in unrecorded BLUE ink.

On the reverse is a very fine Skipton date stamp for December 29th 1844 and a superb red Lancaster date stamp,

County Cat. LA637, mileage removed, for this same date. 

BOTH of these date cancellations are for a SUNDAY. 

A remarkable and a likely unique combination of features including a very rare combination

of both sending, and receiving, Sunday dates. 

An item which would make an excellent display page. 

Price: 125.00 

NB: The wrapper is in much finer condition than the scan suggests

with very little brown maks on either the front or the reverse side: a trick of the scanner.

Perhaps the subpostmaster/mistress struck the Gisburne Penny Post in an unusual colour

as they were still recovering from the Christmas celebrations.

Or thought the blue colour was a more festive one than black!!

 

 

Error of Lettering: OP-PC

                       

152765. 

Three halfpence, SG53, Plate 1, OP-PC, very fine used,

excellent colour, with error of lettering and a clear profile

with the light cancellation away from the letter squares. 

Paired with a fine/very fine used example from Plate 3.

showing the correct lettering, CP-PC. 

The error priced by Gibbons at 2,000. 

Price: 690.00

 

 

Hexham Cross on 1d Plate 12

152723. 

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

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

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

and a small Darlington date stamp for the same day.

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

The Hexham cross is unrecorded by Rockoff and Jackson. 

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

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

Price: 68.00

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

but after 300 years it closed in 1968. 

More information available on the internet

 

 

Kildare Blue numeral and a very rare Irish Skeleton

152694. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Irish rarity. 

Price: 375.00

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

1d Plate 61: remarkable burr markings and other varieties

      

152682. 

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

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

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

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

on all the stamps but especially on ME.

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

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

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

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

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

A remarkable and rare block that displays well. 

Price: 148.00 SOLD

 

1d with Inverted Offset

                

152683. 

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

On the reverse is an OFFSET which is INVERTED.

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

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

from the stamp having been displayed. 

A rare/very rare item.  

Price: 75.00 

 

Poulton Penny Post with a BLACK MX

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

Cancelled by the POULTON PENNY POST in black and

 in combination with a Maltese cross.

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

This colour being much scarcer than in blue. 

The MX on the item offered here is in BLACK. 

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

No indication of the colour of the MX is quoted.

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

we have been able to offer.

A very rare item.

Price: 210.00

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

is much scarcer than with a blue one.

 Poulton Penny Post with a BLUE MX

      

152684. 

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

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

On the reverse is a fine Ivory Head:

the scan does not do justice to this variety.  

Gibbons prices a Penny Post combined with a Maltese cross,

Spec B1wa, at 320.

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

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

Price:  185.00

 

1d Plate 111: mint pair with inscription

         

152685. 

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

The reverse has some adherence and marks but

there is a central broken pin perf affecting both stamps. 

Priced by Gibbons as two singles at 140. 

An attractive item which displays well. 

Price: 65.00 SOLD

 

A very rare cancellation

152688. 

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

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

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

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

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

Price: 45.00 SOLD

 

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

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

Officers and Seamen in Her Majesty's Navy abroad. 

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

and dispatched to the UK by packet boat.

On arrival at the Foreign Office of the Post Office,

they were cancelled by the letters in diamond with bars

which were used only for that purpose.

These cancellations are found occasionally used for other than these reasons

and may have been used in error

 

Scarce multiple usage of B in diamond and bars

152918.

 

1d Plate 121, a very fine/superb strip of three from this scarcer plate

 

neatly struck by the B in diamond and bars.

 

A very scarce and attractive multiple usage. 

 

Price: 48.00

 

B in Diamond and Bars

152916.

 

6d Plate 12, SG125: fine used and fixed to a card with a fine pair of 1ds Plate 145.

 

A very rare usage on the 6d value and scarce on a multiple of the 1ds.

 

Gibbons prices the 6d at 300.  

 

Price: 60.00

 

B in Diamond and Bars on piece

152917.

 

1d Plate 117, faults, tied to a piece from overseas mail. 

 

Very scarce and tied by transit marks.

 

Price: 30.00.

 

 

Superb embossing on Valentine envelope

152645.

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

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

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

is a London cds for February 14th 1865.

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

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

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

A very attractive and rare item: Exhibition quality.

Price: 110.00

 

 

1d SG17: used before the official date of release

152580. 

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

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

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

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

these were designed by James Napier. 

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

until stocks of the imperforated stamps were exhausted.

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

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

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

A very rare early usage. 

Price:  240.00 

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

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

 

DUMFRIES Special Cross

152652. 

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

The 1d red is tied by a fine DUMFRIES Special cross, SG Spec B1tfa, priced at 1,100 on full cover.

Rockoff and Jackson record and illustrate examples from June 1843

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

A very scarce cross and especially so on this plate. 

Price: 225.00 

 

2d Plate 4: Leeds Spoon

152648.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Superb item. 

Price: 120.00

 

 

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

Links to Henry Fox Talbot and his Family  

 

152644. 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

See Item 153221 near the top of this Section for the second earliest: September 17th 1841.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

The letter, reinforced by hinges, is addressed to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Price: 720.00

 

NB: a specialist dealer offered a 4-margined 2d blue on a wrapper from Manchester to Preston, October 23rd 1841. 

 

This was in May 2009: the stamp was not tied by the black MX and priced at 1,800.

 

NB: Scroll down to the next Item 152623:

 

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

 

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

 

 

Friends of FOX TALBOT and his family:

extremely rare letter with reference to Talbot's mother.

152623.

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

Lightly cancelled by Dover crosses and showing ivory head characteristics.

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

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

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

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

and that manufacturing would be the ruin of the Nation. 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Laycock Abbey drawn by George Mongomerie dated 1832

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Images taken from the internet.

 

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

                                                                                            

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

Image taken from the internet.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Price:  595.00

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

The letter would be worth transcribing.

 

 

2d Plate 3 with variety

152642. 

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

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

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

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

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

The cancellation leaves this variety clearly visible.

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

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

Price: 235.00

 

The next five items show the range of coloured cancellations that

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

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

They would make an excellent and rare Exhibit.

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

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

and that was a long time ago!

 

The BLUE Cross of Tullamoore

152628.

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

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

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

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

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

A very scarce Irish item which displays well.

Price: 645.00  SOLD

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

to the colours of the MX and the date stamp.

 

The TULLAMOORE numeral in GREEN

152629.

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

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

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

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

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

Gibbons prices a green numeral, Spec B1xc, on cover at 7,000. 

The scan does not do justice to the green.

An extremely rare item that displays well.

Price: 785.00 

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

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

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

 

The Tullamoore numeral in Deep Blue

152631. 

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

on a wrapper from TULLAMOORE to Ballinasloe.

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

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

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

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

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

A fine display item. 

Price:  385.00

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

 

The Tullamoore numeral in Blue on 1d pink envelope

152632. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A fine and very scarce item. 

Price: 325.00 

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

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

 

The Tullamoore numeral in Blue

152630. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An atractive and scarce item.

Price:  250.00

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

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

which could enhance the write up of this item.

 

CASTLE DOUGLAS Cross on black Plate X1

152637. 

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

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

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

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

Of the examples illustrated one, in 1843, suggests that

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

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

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

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

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

A fine and rare item.

Price: 165.00

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

 

 

 

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

152625. 

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

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

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

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

and Canterbury March 3rd 1841. 

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

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

two examples are listed, both on 1d blacks;

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

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

The example offered here is March 2nd 1841 and hence

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

A considerable rarity.

Price: 585.00

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

 

1d Plate 9 early multiple usage with Edinburgh Cross

152626.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An attractive display item.

Price: 125.00

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

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

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

 

 

From the Isle of Man and redirected to France.

152624. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

this is the ONLY one redirected overseas.

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

A rare item. 

Price: 125.00 

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

 

Portadown: late usage of 1d red

 

152611. 

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

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

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

for Banbridge and Lurgan for the following day.

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

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

Price: 95.00

 

 

A rare Christmas Day Station Cancellation

152620. 

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

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

Christmas Day Station cancellations are rarely found. 

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

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

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

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

Price: 95.00 

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

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

The envelope is finer than the scan suggests.

 

 

1d red, with a hair attached from Ayr to Fraserburgh with contents: a decorated love poem

       

152621. 

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

February 7th 1846 date stamp on reverse.

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

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

A very attractive and unusual item that would display well. 

Price:  55.00

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

There is a hair firmly attached to the stamp, possibly contemporary: from the sender?

 

1d Plate 30

    

152605.

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

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

Plate 30 priced by Gibbons at 120.

Price: 45.00

 

DUBLIN distinctive cross Type 11

    

152606. 

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

Cancelled by strikes of the distinctive DUBLIN Type 11 cross.

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

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

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

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

An attactive example of this cross.

Price: 65.00

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

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

 

1d Plate 139: used Block of Eight with blind perfs

152610. 

Plate 139: overall a fine/very fine block of eight, 'EA - FD', cancelled by the '334' duplex of Halstead, Essex for June 21st 1873.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A fine display item.

Price: 95.00

 

Trio of 2d Blue Plate 4 letters from COLERAINE

        

      

 

     

152587.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

a Ballymoney date stamp for SUNDAY February 8th 1852.

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

cancelled by a single inverted '186' of Dublin.

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

It appears that only four such examples are known.

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

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

cancelled by a single numeral from any location,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

already cut up into singles for ease of using.

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

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

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

                                                                                      date stamp for Sunday September 10th.                                                                                                     

A unique grouping that would make a memorable display.

Price: 790.00

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

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

 

 

2d Plate 3 on an early Railway Letter 1842

       

152526. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

where it would remain for the next 100 years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price 320.00 

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

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

 

2d Plate 3: INVERTED watermark with MX

151361.  

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

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

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

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

Not listed by Gibbons with a MX on this variety but

priced by them at 875 with a numeral cancellation. 

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

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

An opportunity to obtain a very rare stamp. 

Price:  375.00

 

2d blue Plate 4: Spectacles Variety

151409.

2d blue SG14 'BH-BJ', fine 4-margined strip of three:

the misalignment problem of the impressions on the sheet can be clearly seen.

Indistinct numeral cancellations but stamp 'BH' has the listed variety:

SG Spec ES14o, 'Spectacle Variety - later printings'. 

The cancellation leaves most of the variety visible. 

Priced on a single stamp by Gibbons at 1,000.

The stamps are also printed on the listed THIN PAPER, Spec ES14q.

Allowing for this additional variety, the Gibbons price for this item is 2,000 plus.

To obtain it in a full margined strip is a RARITY:

the first example we have seen in a used multiple. 

Price:  370.00

 

Earliest known usage of CATTERICK numeral.

152591. 

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

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

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

and a Brackley receiver for the following day.

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

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

Clearly this numeral will have been used earlier than this. 

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

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

Price: 55.00

 

Nottingham Sideways Duplex in BLUE

152554.

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

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

and a small portion of a second.

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

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

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

A very attractive and rare item. 

Price:  250.00

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

 

NOTTINGHAM Sideways Duplex in GREEN

152556. 1d SG24, Plate 9, fine:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price: 295.00 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 A fine and very rare display item. 

Price: 63.50 SOLD

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

 

 

 

Unusual and early example: a coded message

 

 

263.   

 

1d SG40?: Brighton s/ways duplex, July 6 1858, envelope to London

heavily illustrated by hand on reverse. 

Unusual drawings and possibly in a coded series of messages and images. 

Intriguing. 

 

85.00  SOLD

 

 

 

'TO5': letter written on board Cunarder 'RUSSIA'.

151487.  

 

1d Plate 89, tied to a small very clean and uncreased envelope to Leith

by an exceptional strike of the very rare 'TO5' Travelling Office.

The recipient inscribed at the top of the envelope:

' 22 Oct. 1867 - From Frank.  Dated off Queenstown on Board 'Russia' .......... 20th 1867 expect to arrive on Tuesday 29th inst.' 

Queenstown cds on the front for October 20th 1867 - a Sunday.  Edinburgh cds on reverse for October 22nd 1867. 

The 'Russia' was a Cunard Steamship which began service on the transatlantic run from Liverpool via Queenstown in 1867,

this letter was carried on only its 4th crossing and it stayed on this route until at least 1875.

It left Queenstown on Sunday October 20th 1867 and arrived in New York on Wednesday October 30th. 

In a private communication one of the UK's leading postal historians of this period, described the item as a

'Great Rarity and one that could be unique' .

This is arguably one of the, if not the, finest 'TO' covers extant. 

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

A significant rarity from the line-engraved period.

An important item of Exhibition quality.

Price: 1,850.00

 

 

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

152565. 

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

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

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

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

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

So where was the1d red cancelled? 

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

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

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

Price:  110.00

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

 

Superb example of the 'dot in centre' variety

152590. 

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

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

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

a Paisley receiving date stamp for the same day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price  50.00

 

 

Almost a totally clear QV Head: MONMOUTH Cross

152525. 

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

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

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

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

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

Price:  60.00

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

 

 

Worcester numeral on 1d Plate 52

152585. 

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

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

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

A very attractive and scarce item. 

Price: 45.00

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

 

 

Late usage 1d red Plate 162 at Abergavenny

152563. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price:  75.00

 

Red Numerals with BPA Certificate

 

151380.

 

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

close NW corner of 'TB' and uneven margins

at top of 'TA' but on piece with lightly struck

 

RED cancellations, in the same shade of red as the

 

PICKERING North Yorkshire cds, for October 27th 1854.

 

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

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

 

Very few genuine examples are known and fewer still

in a multiple usage with full margins and Certificate.

 

Gibbons prices a red numeral on a single 1d red at 6,000 on piece

 

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

 

Price: 1375.00

 

 

KILMARNOCK Cross

1019.  1841 1d red plate 21, PE:

3+ margined with a very fine and almost complete strike

of the rare and distinctive Kilmarnock cross, SG spec B1tj.

Seldom found with such a clear strike of this cross

 and priced by Gibbons  at 1,400.

A rare/very rare item.

Price: 320.00

 

 

Number 11 in Cross on a LIST of 47 COLLERIES

15014. 

 

1d red plate 37, OE, fine/very fine 4-margined on letter London to Blyth, January 9th 1844,

 

ied by a fine upright NUMBER 11 in cross, priced by Gibbons at 1,100. 

 

North-Shield cds on reverse.   Rare to find this cross on a full-margined 1d on cover.  

 

Letter refers to the market and shipping of coal with a

 

long printed list on the left and right side flaps of

 

COLLIERIES 

 

Sunderland, Hartlepool, Stockton, Blyth, Scotch, Welch and Yorkshire and on one flap

 

a list of Colleries under a Newcastle heading on the other flap some 47 names on each flap!! 

 

More information on each is available on the internet. 

 

A rare and remarkable item giving a glimpse into the coal industry at that time. 

 

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

 

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

 

A unique item.

 

Price:  485.00

 

NB: scan available on request of the printed inside lists of Colleries.

Would make a very fine display item when written up with research.

 

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

 

 

Late use of the Maltese Cross at Grantham.

151426.  1d SG8, 'QG', 4-margined, small NE corner wrinkle,

on small neat envelope addressed to Ruddington nr Nottingham. 

The letter left Grantham on September 21st 1848 and was sent to London. 

It was then sent to Nottingham being received on September 22nd 1848.

It would seem that it went sent to London because the post office official miss-read Ruddington for Paddington! 

Numeral cancellations replaced the Maltese Crosses in England on May 1st 1844:

this MX was used more than 4 years after it was withdrawn from use. 

A rare and interesting example of the LATE usage of the MX.

An excellent display item.  

Price:  340.00

 

Latest usage of the 1d red imperf on cover.

 

151428. 

 

1d red, Plate 79? 'HA':

3-margined example tied to an envelope used locally within London. 

The 1d red tied by a double strike of the New Cross SO for July 13th 1905

with on the reverse a London W C cds for the same date. 

Line engraved stamps were invalidated for use by the Post Office on June 1st 1901. 

The cover was not surcharged so it got through the system unchallenged.

 

From our researches, this is the LATEST known usage on cover of the 1d Imperf.

 

A superb item of considerable rarity.  

 

Price:  450.00

 

NB: the condition is finer than the scans.

 

 

Underinked Cross: Woodbridge

152558. 

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

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

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

A superb example of the 'underinked cross' variety.   

Display/Exhibition quality. 

Price: 85.00

 

1d Red Plate 5 with two Exeter Skeletons

 

151366. 

 

1d red Plate 5 FJ:

 

Very fine/superb 4-margined, tied by a very fine MX to a clean and uncreased wrapper from London to Exeter.

 

The MX leaves most of QVs head clear. On the reverse is a London cds for March 29th 1841

 

and TWO very fine/superb  strikes of the very scarce Exeter(skeleton) temporary hand stamp,

 

County Cat DV608, for March 30th 1841 which is recorded used only in 1841.

 

This example is believed to be the earliest recorded usage

 

of this skeleton cancellation on a 1d red cover.

 

Gibbons prices the 1d red from black plate 5 at 400 on cover. 

 

A rare combination of condition and features.   

 

Price: 250.00

 

NB: March 1841 usages of the 1d red on cover are scarcer

 

than 1d Blacks on cover used in this month.

 

 

ROMFORD Cross on late plate.

152559. 

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

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

This cross is not listed by Rockoff and Jackson.

A scarcer plate with a Maltese cross.

Fine item. 

Price: 55.00

 

Greenock Distinctive Cross

152520. 

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

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

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

an Edinburgh receiver for SUNDAY December 3rd 1843. 

An attactive and rare multiple usage of this cross. 

Price:  140.00

 

 

2d Plate 3: PERTH Distinctive Cross

152541. 

 

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

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

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

including an example used on July 12th 1842. 

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

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

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

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

Only one example is recorded on the 1841 2d.

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

it is in the BRITISH POSTAL MUSEUM.  

 

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

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

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

An Exhibition rarity.

Price:  900.00   SOLD

 

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

but does list the 1d black at 9,000.

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

It would make a very special and unique pairing

and a memorable Exhibition display page.

 

 

Perth Distinctive Cross on 2d Blue Plate 2




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very rare and attractive item.  

Price:  880.00  SOLD

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

and a memorable Exhibition display page.

 

YARMOUTH Norfolk sideways duplex in BLUE: EKD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gibbons prices a duplex in blue on piece at 400. 

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

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

Price:  75.00

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

 

 

Rare Blue numeral of DUNNING and unrecorded udc

152540. 

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

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

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

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

The Dunning udc is NOT recorded by Auckland.

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

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

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

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

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

Price:  290.00

 

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

152539. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Toddington udcis UNRECORDED in the Couny Catalogue for Bedfordshire. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

this is a rare/very rare item. 

 

Price:  125.00

 

      

Leeds Distinctive cross on 1d red black plate 8

       

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price: 265.00 

 

 

York Cross: a few days before being replaced

 

152512. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 it s unrecorded by Rockoff.

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

A superb Exhibition item.

Price:  120.00 

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

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

These would make a superb display pairing.

 

 

YORK distinctive cross on cover: very early usage.

152059. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price:  325.00

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

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

 

Distinctive YORK Cross

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

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

Priced by Gibbons in the latest Edition of QV Volume 1, at 2,000. 

A rare item.

Price:  445.00

 

Bishop Auckland '80' in the very rare VIOLET ink

      

 

152393. 

 

1d. 'SF', Plate 79, tied to a dated part front and part back

 

by the '80' of Bishop Auckland struck in VIOLET, SG Spec BS29xe.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

the same date as the example offered here.

 

In the 2010 Sotherby's Sale of The Mairi Bury Collection,

 

Lot 790 was an example of the numeral '80' in violet on a cover,

 

similarly lightly struck, with a March 15th 1848 date and again with

 

a contrasting blue Darlington date stamp alongside.

 

It realised 5400.

 

Gibbons in the latest QV Volume 1, prices a violet cancellation at 3,250 on piece.

 

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

 

of this distinctive shade.

 

Price: 675.00

 

NB: the scans do not do justice to the colour of the violet numeral.

 

 

Lampeter numeral in Green

 

152537. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Gibbons prices a green numeral on cover at 7,000.

 

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

 

Price:  475.00

 

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

 

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

   

 

1d red Liverpool numeral May 2nd 1844

152537. 

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

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

and a London receiver for the following day.

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

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

A rare item. 

Price: 270.00

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

usually sell for prices in excess of 2,000.

 

 

 

Scarce 1d Plate 30 with Number 2 in Cross

152535.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price: 130.00

 

1d red Number 6 in Cross Latest Known Usage

152519.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A rare item which displays well. 

Price: 175.00

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

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

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

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

 

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

 in the bottom half of this Section.

 

 

2d Plate 3: Dublin Special Maltese Cross

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

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

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

Priced by Gibbons 1700 on cover.  

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

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

An attractive item that displays well. 

Price:  335.00  

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

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

 

1d red: RED numeral with Certificate

152081

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

SG spec BS29xd, with a Certificate and priced by Gibbons from 5,500

An opportunity to obtain a very collectable certificated example.

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

Price: 550.00

 

1d red: RED numeral cancellation

152490. 

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

cancelled by an indistinct numeral in RED.

Listed by Gibbons as SG spec BS29xd and priced from 5,500.

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

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

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

An extremely rare item and a very collectable example.

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

Price: 550.00

 

The next items are examples of ERRORS of Numeral Cancellations.

 

Ringwood Error of Numeral

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

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

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

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

Price:  95.00

 

Saffron Walden Numeral Error

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

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

Number '699' was issued to Sheerness in Kent. 

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

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

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

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

A superb display item.

Price:  175.00

 

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

152447. 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

A very scarce/rare pairing which displays well.

Price the pair: 85.00

 

Oxford duplex ERROR '613': very late usage

152615. 

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

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

very fine Farringdon cds for the following day. 

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

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

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

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

Price: 55.00

 

Oxford Error of  Duplex

152446. 

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

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

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

 5 weeks before the latest recorded date.

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

 A rare item. 

Price: 48.00  SOLD

 

NB:

 

This item would be a very rare grouping with Items 152447 and 152615

 

and make a superb display page.

 

 

Oxford Error of Duplex: SUNDAY usage

152564. 

1d pink embossed stationery envelope to Ipswich and cancelled by a superb Oxford '613'error of duplex, flat topped '3' variety.

The correct number should have been '603' and not the '613' assigned to Petersfield in Hants.

On the reverse is a partial strike of the Ipswich Sorting Tender with no index letter, Wilson fig. 520.

The envelope has been roughly opened and a part of the top reverse flap is missing.

However, the duplex date of July 27th 1873 is a rare SUNDAY usage

and is the only Sunday example we have seen for this duplex error.

We have seen few examples of this error on embossed envelopes and

it is hard to see how a better strike could be found.

 An attractive and rare item item that displays well. 

Price:  95.00

 

The next item is from the Surface Printed Section but is included

as it shows other very scarce usages of the Oxford duplex error.

 

Oxford Error of Duplex 613: both varieties

    

152548.  3d SG103 Plates 6 and 9: both tied to pieces from mourning envelopes.

The Plate 6 is tied by an Oxford error '613' duplex with a round top '3', August 28th 1871. 

The outer ring of the dater is breaking up giving an appearance of a 'dotted circle'.

The Plate 9 is tied by the Oxford error '613' with a flat top '3', January 17th 1873.

This error is seldom found on values other than the contemporary 1d.

A very scarce/rare pairing showing both varieties 'round' and flat top' to the '3'.

Price:  60.00

NB: The correct number for Oxford was '603', '613' being that of Petersfield in Hampshire.

Petersfield used its correct '613' duplex throughout the period that Oxford was using the same but incorrect one. 

 

 

SG52 Plate 1: used in Ireland with a single franking

152517.  Threehalfpenny SG52 Plate 1:

fine used and tied to a clean envelope to Ballymeny by a fine BELFAST duplex for December 22nd 1874. 

Ballymena receiving cds on the reverse top flap for the following day. 

Plate 1, scarcer than Plate 3, priced by Gibbons at 400 on cover. 

This is a fine example of a very scarce single usage as the

 postage should be 1d or 2d on such an envelope.

Displays well.

Price:  125.00

NB: it would form an excellent and very scarce/rare pairing with the Plate 3 example,

Item 152497 to Whitehaven.

 

 

SG51 Plate 3 single usage: Whitehaven Sorting Tender

          

152497.  Threehalfpenny SG51 Plate 3:

very fine tied, to a clean legal entire from London to Whitehaven, by a London W C/21 duplex for June 28th 1880.

On the reverse is a fine strike of the Whitehaven Sorting Tender on the top rear flap which displays well when raised.

The filing crease on the front is NOT present on the reverse side. 

A very scarce stamp to find used singly on a cover or letter as the postage should be 1d or 2d. 

Gibbons prices Plate 3 on cover at 275. 

An item that displays well. 

Price:  120.00

 

 

Liverpool Surcharges

 

152495.  1d Plate 85, fault at the top, on a wrapper from Glasgow to Liverpool, March 3rd 1868

with a Liverpool date stamp on reverse for the folowing day.

The item was surcharged in Liverpool by handstamps of 'ABOVE 1/2 OZ' and '2d' both in black. 

This distinctive '2d' to pay is a type we are unable to trace. 

An attractive item which displays well. 

Price: 38.50 SOLD

 

 

Pair of underpaid envelopes to HALIFAX Nova Scotia

152461.  A pair of neat, underpaid, envelopes to the same addressee in HALIFAX, Nova Scotia.

The First: 1d Plate 145, tied by the 'G09' numeral of STONEHOUSE, Devon, with a date stamp for October 9th 1873 on reverse. 

The stamp has been affixed in a position Contrary to Post Office Regulations.

Addressed to Dartmouth with on the reverse, not overlapping, are Canadian date stamps including Dartmouth for November 3rd 1873.

Clearly underpaid and in London handstamped, but unusually in red, 'Insufficiently Stamped'. 

On receipt in Canada the m/s surcharge in blue can be seen. 

Parmenter records the Stonehouse 'G09' and it is given a 'G' rarity grading ie Very Rare.

The EKD noted in the publication is January 5th 1874 so the example here pre-dates.

We have previously not been able to offer, nor have seen, an example of this very rare numeral.

On mail to Canada it may well be a unique usage.

The Second: 1d Plate 172, tied by a Bristol Duplex for July 8th 1874 with a supporting date stamp on the reverse for the 9th July. 

As with the first envelope, it is clearly underpaid and received in London a handstamped, in black, 'Insufficiently/Prepaid'. 

On receipt in Canada, as with the earlier envelope, it received the same m/s surcharge in blue.

A remarkable and very rare/unique pairing of items that would make an excellent Display page.

Price:  175.00

NB: the envelopes are generally in a finer condition than the scan suggests.

 

 

Last Day of the 3d rate to France

152444. 

1d Plate 183, a single and a vertical pair, all fine, on an attractive and neatly folded entire from Brighton to France. 

Stamps tied by Brighton duplexes for December 31st 1875. 

This was the last day of the 3d rate to France as on January 1st 1876,

rates to France came in line with other UPU countries ie twopence halfpenny per 1/2 oz. 

A superb and rare item worthy of being Exhibited. 

Price:  108.00  SOLD 

 

1d Plate 212 Guernsey duplex

152460. 

1d red, SG 43, pl 212, fine example tied to very clean, un-creased wrapper, used locally in Guernsey,

by very fine/superb Guernsey 324 duplex, type G17a, for January 30th 1879.

The wrapper is addressed to Carteret Castel.

Very attractive and scarce.

Price: 65.00

 

 

1d Plate 225 on cover

 

 

151210.  

1d Plate 225, fine, on an envelope used locally in London January 23rd 1880.

Very fine example of this most difficult plate to find on cover. 

An estimated Gibbons price on cover is in excess of 2,300. 

 

Clean and uncreased envelope but with the rear top flap missing.

 

The London duplex leaves the plate number clearly visible.

 

A display quality item. 

 

Price:  525.00

 

 

1d Plate superb used item

152448. 1d Plate 105, superb example, placed in a position contrary to the then Post Office Regulations.

Tied to a superb mourning envelope to Gravesend,

an appropriate address given the sad circumstances, by a London W/47 duplex for April 13th 1876.

The duplex leaves most of QV's head clear showing the fine colour of the stamp to advantage.

A rare and attractive item of Exhibition quality. 

Price: 35.00

 

Rare multiple usage of 1d Plate 219

152450. 

1d Plate 219; 'PL' single and a pair 'PJ-PK' tied to an envelope from Bideford, August 4th 1879 to Dieppe, France. 

The stamps paid the 3d rate to France for 1/2 oz: see Item 152444. 

'PL' has a small area of light creasing and 'PJ' with a few short perfs at the top, but Plate 219 second in rarity only to Plate 225.

A single is priced by Gibbons on cover at almost 250 and this is the largest multiple usage of this plate we have seen. 

A rare item. 

Price: 85.00

 

Stamp placed in a unusual position

152445. 

1d SG40 placed contra to Post Office Regulations, and upside down, on a superb envelope used within London.

A very fine Western W 32 duplex, for April 6th 1861, applied where the stamp should have been placed.

Addressed to W(illiam) Noel Sainsbury who was the archivist at the Public Record Office, London.

He worked chiefly at calendaring and publishing records relating to North America and the Caribbean:

more information on the web.

An attractive and very scarce item which displays well. 

Price: 38.00

NB: the apparent browning is very faint.

 

 

1d Plate 72 on piece

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

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

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

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

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

An attractive and unusual item. 

Price:  48.50

 

 

1/2d Plate 11 with a single ASH cds

152455. 

1/2d Plate 11, pair tied to a mourning envelope to Hastings by an ASH cds for August 19th 1881: the '8' is inverted. 

Cancelled Contrary to Post Office Regulations by a SINGLE date stamp and unusual as such.

The stamps are slightly toned along the bottom perfs but less so than in the scan. 

A small part of the rear top flap is missing and 'BU' with some brown age marks.

A single Plate 11 on cover priced by Gibbons at 70 and at 210 allowing for the cds premium.

A scarce single cds usage on a pair on cover. 

Price:  35.00  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: 48.00  SOLD

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

 

Missent to Gloucester and Station Postmark

152441. 1d SG17, on an envelope to Wootton under Edge and cancelled by an indistinct Irish numeral. 

On the reverse is a Dublin 1854 datestamp and a Gloucester Station date stamp in red for November 5th 1854:

a rare SUNDAY usage of this cancellation and the first Station cancellation for a Sunday that we can recall.

On the front, also in red, is a fine MISSENT TO GLOUCESTER, County Cat GL403.

This is an UNRECORDED strike being listed as known only in the GPO archives and clearly very rare.

An unusual and very rare number of features making it an item worthy of display. 

Price: 115.00

NB: Some details of the Nina and Monk Mills  can be found on the internet.

 

Single strikes of '545': Contrary to Regulations

152433. 1d Plate 84, 'GA-HB': an attractive and fine block of four cancelled

Contrary to PO Regulations by two single strikes of the '545' of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Danzig notes that the single usage of an English numeral cancellation on a pair of 1d reds

is significantly rarer than Scottish or Irish numerals used in a similar way. 

This concurs with our experience.

Stamps 'GA', 'HA' and 'HB' have clear profiles to a varying extent. 

A used block of four was priced by Gibbons at 325 

before adding a substantial premium for the single cancellations.

A rare item which displays well.

Price: 155.00

NB: the block has a very clean back.

 

Entire from Long Horsley

   

   

152434.  1d Plate 44, 'TK': almost full margins, touched below the 'T' square. 

Tied to a legal entire from LONG HORSLEY to Alnwick, December 22nd 1844, by a poor but just legible '537' of MORPETH. 

This numeral is given a rarity 'H' by Parmenter, ie very few exist, and he notes only ONE example known and that is for September 5th 1844. 

On the reverse is udc for Long Horsley, County Cat. NR392, recorded only in 1842 and in black ink.

The example here is struck in a bluey-green and used in 1844: the scan does not show the colour well. 

On the reverse to flap is a strike in black of a MORPETH temporary date stamp for December 1844:

the County Cat. has NO RECORDED example of any temporary date stamp for this location. 

A remarkable item with a unique combination of rare features which would make an excellent display page. 

Price: 95.00

 

Edgbaston Penny Post

152435. 

1d, 'NC', appears to be Plate 35, into on three sides, tied to an envelope to London, March 16th 1844,

by a poor but identifiable, EDGBASTON Penny Post, County Cat. BM273. 

Gibbons lists the sole usage of a Penny Post without a Maltese Cross as B1wb,

and is priced at 8,000 on cover in the latest, QV Volume 1.

Despite the poor strike and the 1d red, this is a very rare item.

Offered at a small fraction of the Gibbons price.

Price: 275.00 

 

Saffron Walden underinked cross!!!

152436.

1d 'RK', Plate 14: very fine with full margins tied to a clean entire, dated December 26th 1841, from SAFFRON WALDEN to Ludlow.

On the reverse is a poor and partial Saffron Walden date stamp and a London date stamp for December 27th 1841. 

On the front is a Ludlow receiver for December 28th 1841.

The Saffron Walden cross is the most underinked example of any MX we can recall seeing!

The Queen's Head is totally clear and one is tempted to think the postmaster/mistress was still recovering

from the Christmas festivities which could also explain the poor Saffron Walden date stamp on the reverse.

It was problably struck before the MX and used up almost all of the ink on the pad. 

Plate 14 on cover is priced by Gibbons at 200. 

An exceptional and rare example of an 'empty centre' cross

and the finest example we have seen. 

A superb item of Exhibition quality.

Price: 165.00 

NB: Rockoff illustrates in Volume 2, page 336, an example of a Saffron Walden cross in 1843.

It was poorly struck but with most of the elements of the cross visible.

 

 

Letter describing a journey from Belfast to Edinburgh in 1845

 

152437. 

 

1d 'QG', fine 4-margined, tied to a letter from Edinburgh to BELFAST, dated Sunday August 10th 1845, by the '131' of Edinburgh. 

 

On the reverse is an Edinburgh date stamp for SUNDAY August 10th 1845 and a Belfast receiver for August 12th 1845. 

 

In the three page letter, sent from the Albion Hotel, Edinburgh, the writer describes

 

first of all the rail journey from Glasgow to Edinburgh, a distance of 46 miles. 

 

He comments that 'they arrived safely at Greenock after a very rough (sea) passage

 

in about 8 hours having both wind and tide against us.

 

The most severe gale by far the Captain has encountered' 

 

He desribes going onto the principal business street in Glasgow and the thousands of people in the thoroughfare

 

and from 9 to 10 all the shops being brilliantly lighted with gas'. 

 

He comments that 'the crops look well but not much further forward than at home. I saw no wheat as good or heavy as ours' 

 

Mentioned is made of the appearance of potatoes that they look well as they (the passengers) were conveyed by special train to Glasgow.

 

A fascinating and rare letter giving a glimpse of the journey from Belfast via Glasgow to Edinburgh.

 

The letter would warrant a full transcipt in making an excellent display.

 

A rare item.

 

Price: 160.00 SOLD

 

 

The last type of Perth Cross

 

152438. 

1d 'EL' Plate 34: almost full margins, touching at the bottom right, on a wrapper  from PERTH to Aberfeldy. 

The stamp is tied by a superb strike of the Type 3, and the final variant, of the PERTH cross as detailed by Rockoff in Volume 2

leaving largely a clear profile and a large area of the Queen's head away from the MX.

Rockoff records only FIVE examples of the final Perth cross between March 29th 1844 and May 21st 1844.

The example offered here is used on MAY 20th 1844: the day before the last one recorded and is unrecorded by Rockoff. 

The addressee is an interesting person and the internet has a large amount of information about

John Campbell, 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane including an image of him in highland dress.

This could clearly enhance the description of this rare item and make a fine display page. 

Price:   58.00  SOLD

 

Winslow, Bucks: 1d worn plate

152440.  1d 'RJ', Plate 40: very fine/superb with full margins and showing a worn plate. 

Stamp is tied to a clean entire to Stony Stratford by the '894' of WINSLOW Bucks:

a November 24th 1846 Winslow date stamp on reverse and

a partial date stamp for Stony Straford, November 5th, on the front.

The numeral cancellation leaves a clear profile and is rated RARE by Parmenter.

An attractive item with a rare combination of features.

Price:  48.50

 

 

1d red on an Envelope to CANADA and a Stampless Wrapper both sent in 1848

  

152409.  A pair of items, one stamped and the other stampless, both sent in 1848 to CANADA.

The first is to TORONTO and the second to QUEBEC.

The printed description for the Toronto item was taken from the original display page. 

The 1d red has almost full margins except possibly just touched in one place at the bottom.

The top corner creases were there before it was affixed to this small envelope.

The numeral obliterator is '717', SLOUGH and not '777'.

From the Liverpool receiving date stamp of February 19th, the next Cunarder sailing

was on February 27th 1848, the 'Cambria', which arrived in New York on March 20th 1848.

Then sent on to Toronto?

The envelope could have been held held back until this sailing.

NB: The condition of the envelope is finer than in the scan.

 

The second item is a clean stampless wrapper from PLYMOUTH to QUEBEC via Liverpool, November 16th 1848.

On the reverse is a fine Plymouth date stamp for November 16th and a London transit for the 17th.

The Liverpool receiver for November 17th would suggest that the item was possibly carried on the Cunarder 'Britannia',

which left Liverpool on November 18th 1848 and arrived in Boston on December 6th 1848: then sent onto Quebec.

On the front is a 1/4sCurrency handstamp applied by the Canadian PO which, as in the envelope above,

 indicated the currency conversion from Sterling to the Canadian currency

and the amount to be collected on delivery by the postman.

It was possibly applied in Quebec.

A very rare pair of items both sent to CANADA, one with a 1d red and the other stampless,

and with different surcharge handstamps.

These would make a superb Display and Exhibition page.

Price:  460.00

 

NB: We have seen only one other example of a 1d red imperf on a cover to Canada with this surcharge

 

and that was more than 10 years ago.

 

 

1d red to France 1854

152424.  1d red, 'EG', Plate 168, fine 3-plus margins, ragged at the NE corner but clear,

on a clean and uncreased envelope from LONDON to GIRONDE, France, March 23rd 1854.

Handstruck '16' on the front: a scarce double surcharge for underpaid mail to France. 

The 1d red was probably added as a Late Fee.

An interesting address and a superb arrangement of transit marks on the reverse. 

An attractive item which displays well. 

Price: 180.00

 

1d Plate 19 pair 1842

152405.

1d red plate 19, 'HA-HB', full margins but 'HA' at the left side crossed by a vertical filing crease.

At the bottom margin are portions of the two stamps below ie 'IA' and 'IB'.

The stamps are tied to the last page of a letter from London to Wincanton.

On the reverse is a London date stamp for Saturday April 23rd 1842 and on the front two strikes of

the Wincanton receiving date stamp for SUNDAY April 24th 1842: one of which faintly ties 'HB'.  

The third Wincanton date stamp is for Monday April 25th 1842: the day the letter was sent out to be delivered.

This strike firmly ties stamp 'HA'.

The letter is in a finer condition than the scan - there is no browning on the letter.

Gibbons prices a pair of Plate 19 on cover at 300.

An attractive item with a very scarce combination of features including Sunday date stamps. 

Price:  120.00

 

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:  65.00

 

1d Plate 160: full margined block of four

152416.  1d, 'ND-OE', Plate 160, fine used with good to enormous margins. 

Light indistinct numeral cancellations leaves 'OD' with a totally clear QV head

 and 'ND' with an almost fully clear profile.

Very clean reverse and priced by Gibbons in this plate at 550 plus.

Large portions of four adjacent stamps.

Very scarce item with such margins.

Price:  270.00

 

Plate 62: major re-entry

152417.

1d 'TJ', Plate 62, full margins except shaved at the side of the 'J' square.

The cancellation leaves the major re-entry, SG SpecBS28b, clearly seen at the base.

This variety on Plate 62, is illustrated in QV Volume 1.

Priced by Gibbons at 100.

Very fine example of this re-entry which displays well.

Price:  55.00

 

Registered 'R' in Red on a 1d Red

 

152418. 

1d Plate 79, some trimmed perfs, but cancelled only by a RED Registered 'R' in oval. 

A portion of the oval is black ink and part of the outline of the 'R' is in black.

We cannot recall a 1d with just the 'R' cancel in red.

A very unusual item which could produce discussion when displayed.

Price: 58.00  SOLD

 

Red 'PD' in Oval on a 1d Red

152419.

1d Plate 119, 'FB', very fine used, a slightly blunt perf SE corner,

cancelled only by a number of 'PD in oval' in RED.

This is a very rare example of a red cancellation on a red stamp

and the only example we have been able to offer.

We have seen only one other such example, some 15 years ago,

and that was offered by a specialist London dealer for more than 500.

As with the example offered here, it was on a stamp off cover.

A very rare Exhibition item.

Price: 250.00

 

 

ANTWERP  to London June 1841: 1d red Plate 8

 

152420.

 

Family letter written in ANTWERP, dated June 9th 1841, sent to Hoxton, London.

The pripheral and other browning is a lot fainter than the scan or not present at all.

London Ship Letter in red, County Cat. London  L1218, June 14th 1841. 

Letter went from Addlestone to Hoxton, black Addlestone Penny Post, Surrey County Cat. SY4,

recorded in black, 1839-40 so this example extends this period of use.

 Chertsey date stamp on reverse for June 25th 1841 and London date stamps for the following day.

The earlier London transit date stamp for June 14th 1841 has been struck out.

 

The 1d red'BC', fine 4-margined from Plate 8, is tied by a MX applied probably at Chertsey:

no Chertsey crosses are recorded by Rockoff and Jackson.

1d red Plate 8 priced by Gibbons on cover at 350. 

An attractive combination of features and a rare early usage of

a 1d red black plate on a family letter from BELGIUM.

 

It would make a very interesting Display especially when the contents of the letter were included.

 

A superb and rare item.

 

Price: 285.00 

 

NB: the detailed and clearly written 3-page letter is from a son to his mother. 

He describes looking on to a square in Antwerp and hearing a band playing as they approach. 

Mention is also made of the Railway Station and a train to Brussels:

it would be worth transcribing as it would enhance the display of this rare item.

The address has in it The Whitmores Head:

a public house which is no longer there but photos are on the internet.

 

 

Brighton S/W duplex: rare usage on 1d red imperf

152416.  1d red 'AB', fine 4-margined, Plate 160: tied to an envelope from BRIGHTON to London

by a BRIGHTON sideways duplex, '132', for August 16th 1854. 

This cancellation is usually found on the 1d SG17/18 and this is

the first example we have seen on a 1d red imperf, on or off cover.

Danzig records only 12 examples of sideways duplexes on the

1d red imperf on cover and Brighton is NOT one of them. 

A very rare item. 

Price:  120.00

 

Gravesend Maltese Crosses: a rare second strike off the stamp

 

15215.  1d 'HB', very fine/fine 4-margined Plate 14: tied to a wrapper, no side flaps, from GRAVESEND to London.

Off the 1d is an additional strike of the Gravesend cross.

On the reverse top flap, which displays well when raised, are

fine date stamps for Gravesend, March 9th 1842 and a London cds for the following day.

The Gravesend date stamp shows the March date as 'MA' and the London cds shows it as 'MR'.

An attractive and very rare item. 

Price:  210.00  SOLD

NB: The following locations are known with similar second cross usages:

Colchester; Cork; Edinburgh; London, Spilsby and Alfreton.

From our researches we can not find another example of the Gravesend MX off the stamp.

 

Liverpool cross: double strike on Plate 27

152343.  1d red plate 27, 'OD', fine 4-margined and tied to a clean wrapper to Glasgow by

 a double strike of the LIVERPOOL cross: contrary to Post Office regulations. 

The second cross barely touches the stamp and may explain the second strike.

Liverpool date stamp for June 19th 1843 and a boxed Glasgow receiver for the next day. 

Gibbons prices Plate 27 at 120 on cover. 

Price:  75.00

 

Liverpool cross: rare second strike off the stamp

152344.  1d 'KK', ragged margin at right and top right corner, tied by a LIVERPOOL cross with a second applied below the stamp.

Addressed to the Hon Colonel Macadam Cathcart.and details of him and the family are available on the internet. 

The crosses show some debris and overinking.

A rare item. 

Price: 150.00 

NB: we have not previously seen a second strike of the Liverpool cross away from the stamp.

The following locations are known with similar second cross usages:

Colchester; Cork; Edinburgh; London, Spilsby and Alfreton.

See item 152151 above for an example from Gravesend.

 

1d Plate 27: DUBLIN Special Crosses

 

152411.

 

1d reds, rejoined pair, 'CF and CG', Plate 27, both stamps completely open NE square.

 'CF' very fine', CG' thinned, both have fine margins and are

cancelled by fine/very fine DUBLIN crosses,

SG Spec B1tf, priced by Gibbons at 300 as two singles. 

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price:  75.00

 

1d Plate 37: DUBLIN Special Cross

152412. 1d red 'OH', very fine/fine Plate 37, very clean back.

cancelled by a fine DUBLIN Special cross,

very scarce on this plate with a Maltese Cross.

Gibbons prices this Dublin cross at 150, SG Spec B1tf,

 on an 'ordinary' plate but at 300 on Plate 37. 

An attractive item with a very scarce combination of features.

Price: 70.00

 

1d plate 39: Dublin Crosses

152276.  1d plate 39, 'HJ-HL':

 'HJ' full margins, close at 'H' square, with a very light vertical crease barely visible from the front. 

Very fine colour and a clean reverse, each stamp cancelled by a very fine strike of the characteristic DUBLIN cross. 

Gibbons prices this cross on a single 1d red at 150 and a

pro rata strip of three Plate 39 with an ordinary MX at 330. 

This Dublin strip priced by Gibbons at 500 +++

A very attractive and very scarce item. 

Price:  85.00

 

 

 

Triple MX from London on Plate 30

152149.  1d Plate 30, 'PJ' and 'QB', both fine/very fine 4-margins,

very large in places and portion of another stamp at the bottom of 'QB': tied to a legal letter used locally in LONDON.

There is a very small wrinkle in the SW corner letter square of 'PB'. 

On the reverse top flap is a red London date stamp for July 23rd 1843. 

The stamps are tied, Contrary to PO Regulations, by three MX's instead ot two:

'QB' was cancelled first, then 'PB' and then another strike on 'PB' by which time the ink on the canceller was reducing

hence the open centre to the second cross on 'PB' leaving the Queen's head more visible. 

1d reds from Plate 30 are very scarce especially on cover and a single on cover is priced

by Gibbons at 140 in QV Volume 1, latest Edition. 

A multiple usage of this plate on cover is rarely found and

we can not recall previously a 'Contrary to PO Regulations' number of MX's on this Plate.  

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

could be enhanced from the information about the addressee available on line. 

Price:  155.00

NB: the letter is addressed to His Excellency Major Macphail. 

Reference is made to him on the internet in parliamentary reports in this country and abroad. 

 

 

Coventry Cross.

151294.  1d red brown, Plate 22, vertical pair 'LF-MF', fine with full margins:

cancelled by the distinctive COVENTRY CROSS clear on 'LF'. 

Spec B1te, priced by Gibbons at 750 on a single stamp

hence on a pair at 1500 plus.

A rare cancellation in a vertical multiple of this distinctive cross.

Price: 290.00

 

Superb Strip Plate 36.

151292.  1d red brown Plate 36, 'MA-MC':

very fine and attractive strip of three with large/very large margins

and two stamps with clear profiles. 

The small MX is reminiscent of the DUMFRIES listed variety.

Horizontal Guide line thru the values, each shows a fine Ivory Head

and offered with a clean RPS Certificate

The misalignment of the stamps is clearly seen.

A pair in this plate priced by Gibbons at 160. 

The scan does not do justice to the rich colour. 

Price: 135.00

 

 

1d Plate 34 early usage

 

15198.  1d red plate34, SF: superb large square margined example

on a building trade entire from Manchester to Warrington, August 24th 1843.

Stamp tied by a crisp double strike, contrary to PO regulations, 

of the Manchester Type 2 cross leaving a clear profile.

This example unrecorded in Rockoff Volume 1. 

An early usage of this plate, registered in July 1843:

we have not seen an earlier example.. 

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price:  125.00

 

 

Distinctive GREENOCK Cross on 1d red from a Black Plate

151217: 1d red IK, black plate 10:

fine 3-plus margined on a very clean entire to Edinburgh, December 18th 1841.

Stamp tied by a superb GREENOCH cross, SG Spec A2uj,

and priced by Gibbons at 1,250 in the QV Volume 1, latest Edition.

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price:  350.00

 

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 186, SG spec BS37d.

Superb rich shade of red brown and with a German, H Richter, Certificate of Authenticity.

Gibbons prices a block of 4 at 375, without the variety.

Price: 310.00 

 

Largest Block of 1d Plates used in Ireland.  

151362.  1d plate 119, 'JC-NF':

A remarkable postally used Block of 20 cancelled by lightly applied

GALWAY '232' duplexes for January 2nd 1871. 

Some surface scuffing on a few stamp, a small fault on 'MD' and several with

perf strengthening as to be expected with a used block of this size.

This is the largest multiple of this issue we have seen used in Ireland. 

An impressive and rare item. 

Price: 175.00 

 

 

TRURO Cross: examples in Black and Blue inks both on Plate 9

 

152394. 

 

TRURO Crosses in Black and Blue inks both on 1d red Plate 9:

 

BLACK Cross

 

1d red 'FD', Plate 9, almost full margins, just shaved top left side, and shows the listed variety

 'Basal Shift' SG Spec AS57b recorded on this plate for only a number of the 'F' row. 

Tied to a Front by a very fine strike of the Truro cross in Black with

a Truro date stamp for March 31st 1841.

Rockoff, Volume 2, records the earliest 1d red used with a black Truro cross

as on a cover to Helston for March 21st 1841.

It was sold by Spinks in 2007; the Truro date stamp however was struck in blue.

 

The example offered here has the date stamp in black and is the

second earliest recorded usage of the black Truro cross.

The item is addressed to: 'The Earl of Falmouth' in London.

 

BLUE Cross

 

d red 'RA' Plate 9, not full margined but tied to an envelope

to Devonport by the Truro cross in Blue. 

On the front is a blue Truro date stamp for April 17th 1841

and a Devonport date stamp on the reverse in red for April 18th 1841. 

Rockoff Volume 2, records the earliest blue truro cross as April 24th1841

on a cover to Liskeard, sold at a Gibbons Auction in 1974. 

The example offered here predates this by 7 days

and is the Earliest Known Date of usage.

Gibbons prices a blue cross on a 1d red from a black plate, SG Spec A2vc, at 4,500. 

 

A remarkable and extremely rare unique pairing and of Exhibition importance.

 

Price:  1,175.00

 

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

the browning is far less pronounced than in the images.

 

On the internet is an interesting biopic of the Earl of Falmouth:

eg in 1829 he acted as second to Lord Winchilsea in his famous duel

with the Duke of Wellington over the issue of Parliamentary Reforms.

 

Gibbons notes that the best examples of a blue cross on 1d red black plates

 

are from Truro, Newcastle on Tyne and Glasgow

 

 

1d reds Plate 12 with variety

 

 

152415. 1d imperfs plate 12, 'TE' and 'TB':     

two superb 4-margined singles, both with clear profiles.

Tied to an entire, March 10 1842, from East Grinstead to Wellington, Somerset. 

TB with basal shift and faint letter B: SG Spec BS1c.

A single plate 12 on cover priced by Gibbons at 200 not allowing for the variety.

Exceptional item from a Gold Medal Winning Collection.  

Price: 180.00   

 

The next group of items illustrate some of the different types of duplexes introduced

in London in 1853 which replaced the numbers in 'oval of barrs only' cancellations.

 

 

1d Plate 166: early London duplex

152397. 

1d red, 'AD', Plate 166, fine/very fine 4-margined: tied to an envelope, filing crease away from the 1d,

by a very fine first type of London duplex for June 27th 1853. 

This is type 72A, the bars arrangement in the numeral part of the duplex is: 2-10-9-2.

 The only type with a different number of bars on the sides of the circle with the number.

Sent locally in London to Hammersmith with an interesting addressee: Sir John Philippart.

A very fine item that would make an interesting display page

and enhanced with the information re Sir John. 

Price:  46.50  SOLD

NB: these duplexes are very difficult to find on cover with full-margined 1d reds.

On the internet is a full biopic of Sir John Philippart:

he was elected a Knight of St. John of Jerusalem on 11 November 1830.

  

 

1d Plate 170: early London duplex

152398. 

1d red, 'AD', Plate 170: a fine large square-margined example

tied to a slightly tired envelope by the early type of London duplex for June 24th 1854.

This is Type 72A which is the only type with a different number of bars

on the sides of the circle with the number ie 2-10-9-2.

An interesting address to a 'Soap Manufactory', sent to the Minories in London.

At the top in a different hand is: 'For Book of Martyrs': perhaps a link to the Minories Holy Trinity Church?

These duplexes are very difficult to find on cover with full-margined 1d reds.

An interesting item.

Price:  48.00

NB: 1d perf 16, SG17, introduced in March 1854 hence

the example offered here is a late usage of the 1d red imperf.

 

1d red Plate 165: early London duplex

152399. 

1d red 'IK', appears to be Plate 165: very fine 4-margined example,

tied to a clean envelope, very light vertical bump/crease clear of the stamp and barely visible.

The superb duplex, August 11th 1853, is Type 73A with 2-9-9-2 bars arrangement

in the numeral part of the duplex around the circle. 

On the reverse is a 'Chief Office' struck in blue - better strike than in the scan.

Very difficult to find these duplex types on cover with such a fine 1d red. 

An attractive item and very scarce so fine. 

Price:  55.00 

 

1d SG17 with a London duplex

152400. 

1d SG17, 'HI', fine, on a clean envelope sent locally in London. 

The stamp is tied by Type 74A duplex for October 26th 1854:

the bars arrangement around the circle with the numeral is 3-6-6-3. 

The month and day plugs are unusually shifted to the right and the

'12' is larger than any we have seen on these early duplex types:

compare it with the previous item, 152399, which has a normal size code '12'. 

An attractive and very unusual item. 

Price: 46.00

 

1d SG29 on wrapper with a London duplex

152401. 

1d SG29, 'HB', fine, on a clean wrapper used locally in London, part of top rear flap missing,

Stamp tied by a very fine/superb Type 76D London duplex for January 2nd 1857. 

This type, bars arrangement 3-7-7-3 around the numeral circle, is the RAREST of all the types

that do not have the smaller Cresswell type cds in the duplex. 

A very fine and very scarce/rare item. 

Price:  48.50 

 

 

 

London to Milan 1850

152388.  2d Plate 4, SG13 pale blue shade,'JK-JL':

 'JK' full margined with surface adherence, 'JL' 3-margined, 1d red 3-margined.

Tied to an entire from London to MILAN.

The letter is dated CHRISTMAS DAY1850, written mainly in italian but partly in English.

 In the italian section of the letter, a reference is made to the GREAT EXHIBITION of 1851.

An unusual and rare 5d rate with the 1d possibly added as a late fee. 

A rare combination of features. 

Price: 285.00

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

 

 

SLIGO Cross and Penny Post

152382. 1d 'EK', fine, 4-margined except just touching at 'E' square:

clean entire to Dublin requesting advice on applying for a post with Customs and Excise.

Stamp tied by a fine strike of the Type 2 SLIGO cross:

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 2, note that Moxter records the Sligo cross

on covers between July 1840 and February 1844. 

However Rockoff and Jackson have been able to record only seven examples,

from October 1841 to February 1844, and they classify two types of cross.

Of these, only two examples December 1843 and February 1844, are of Type 2. 

The example offered here is a later usage than recorded by either Moxter or Rockoff and Jackson.

On the front all struck in the same shade of blue are:

a Sligo March 26th 1844; a Sligo Penny Post; a No.1 and a TOO LATE. 

The TOO LATE strike explains the Sligo March 27th 1844 on the reverse.

Also on the reverse is a fine red Dublin receiver for the following day.

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

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

Price:  285.00 

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

'or else where'. 

Does he mean Dublin or Ireland?

Would certainly be a challenge for the Postman!

 

Number 8 in Cross: a superb strike

      

152390.  1d red 'NE', 3-plus margins with portion/traces of FOUR adjacent stamps.

Tied to an unreased entire from London to Manchester, by a superb Number 8 in Cross.

London date stamp on reverse for August 17th 1843 and a Manchester receiver for the following day.  

A most attractive strike of the number 8 in cross and priced by Gibbons at 450. 

Price:  160.00

 

 

Plymouth Cross

 

152391.

 

1d , 'LB', Plate 32, fine 4-margined tied to a neat mourning envelope by the Plymouth 'ordinary' cross.

 

From the list of examples recorded in Rockoff and Jackson, the example offered here is, at November 4th 1843,

 

the second latest usage noted and unrecorded by them.

 

On the front is a superb strike of the Plymouth Py(Penny) Post County Cat. DN 1127 first used in 1843:

 

a scarce combination and the first we can recall. 

 

The envelope is addressed to LADY LOPES, MARISTOW. 

 

On the internet is a wealth of information re the Lopes Family and images of Maristow House. 

 

An attractive and scarce item which would make an interesting display when fully written up. 

 

Price:  85.00 

 

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

 

 

 

A letter with a unique combination of features sent to a famous Scientist

 

152392.  1d 'EB' very fine 4-margined (portion of adjacent stamp below), tied to a clean entire by the '191' of Chippenham. 

On the reverse is a strike of the very rare BECKINGTON*/S, County Cat. SO175. 

This is recorded only in use in 1840 but the usage here is October 23rd 1844 so probably an isolated late usage. 

This unique type (with a letter - S - in the centre) is given the highest rarity 'H' grading: we have not seen it previously. 

The letter is addressed to Professor WHEATSTONE at Kings College, London. 

He was a famous scientist of that time, a large amount about him is available on the internet and an image. 

Those of us who studied A Level Physics may recall the Wheatstone Bridge. 

The letter descibes a Periscope but is unsigned. 

A remarkable and unique item that would make a very interesting display when fully written. 

Price:  225.00  SOLD

 

 

1d red sent from JERSEY

 

152386.

 

1d red 'FL', 4-margins on a wrapper to London, JERSEY cds in red on reverse, July 15th 1850,

 

and a London receiver for the following day. 

 

The fine 4-margined 1d red is tied by a fine '409' of Jersey and has the full deckle edge and the inscription 'PRICE'. 

 

A very rare/very scarce inscriptional item from the Channel Islands: the first we have been able to offer.

 

Price: 165.00

 

 

1d red sent to Paris

152389. 

 

1d red, 'OG', 3-margins, fine colour, tied by the '405' of IPSWICH on entire to Paris:

 

Ipswich September 5th 1845 date stamp on reverse top flap.

 

10d charge in m/s and a red Boulogne transit cds on the front.

 

Scarce usage of the 1d on an overseas cover; possibly added as a late fee.

 

A fine and attractive item. 

 

Price:  130.00 

 

NB: the apparent browning at the top of the 1d is far fainter than the scan suggests.

 

 

1d SG19Wi plate 4: INVERTED Watermark

152377. 

 

2d SG19Wi, Plate 4, 'BI': a very fine/fine used example with INVERTED watermark.

 

Cancelled by the '51' in oval of bars and a partial boxed red transit mark. 

 

This '51' cancellation was applied at the London District Post, Registration Clerk,

 

and is recorded by Parmenter with a Rare grading. 

 

The combination this cancel on this 2d with inverted watermark is, at the least, very rare if not unique. 

 

Gibbons prices the basic SG20Wi at 325 without the premium for the rare cancellation.

 

A superb item that would display well when written up. 

 

Price:  160.00 

 

NB: the London Postal History Group record this '51' as seen used on both registered and apparently normal mail. 

 

The latter were on registered covers prepaid in cash and then put in another envelope.

 

Christmas Day 1844

152375.  1d red, 'JK', 3-margins on a letter from RIPON, dated December 24th 1844, cancelled by the '646' of Ripon. 

On the reverse is a Ripon date stamp for December 2(4)th 1844 but the second digit is an inverted  '7' :

perhaps the postmaster/mistress was already celebrating the next day

or it looked like a '4' in the candle or oil lamp lighting of the time?

Sent to Bradford Yorkshire with a Bradford CHRISTMAS DAY December 25th 1844 struck on the front in a central position.

The letter was sent to an interesting address: the Bowling Iron Works.

An attractive, scarce and clean item that would make an interesting display page. 

Price: 38.00  SOLD

NB: this Christmas Eve usage of the '646' numeral is

several months EARLIER than the EKD noted by Parmenter.

The brown marks around the stamp are a trick of the scanner

  and the brown marks on the front are fainter than in the image.

 

 

1d red full margins with part inscription

152374.  1d, 'PL', possibly plate 19, fine/very fine 4-margined example tied to a neat and clean

entire from LONDON to Ashburton by a fine Maltese cross; small part of the upper flap corner missing. 

Slightly ragged margin at the left but a very large margin at the right with a part marginal inscription.

London date stamp on reverse for January 10th 1842 and an Ashburton receiver for January 11th 1842 on the front:

The scan does not do justice to the deep brown shade.

Priced by Gibbons on cover at 120 in QV Volume 1, 2011 (latest) Edition. 

An attractive item whivh displays well. 

Price:  60.00

 

Late Fee usage of 1d Red on a Mourning Envelope

152373.  1d reds, 'DG' and 'EH', both fine and each with QV's profile clear;

 'DG' is 3-margined and 'EH' full - margined except just shaved at the bottom of the 'E' square.

'EH' has virtually a complete Queen's head clear of the '383' numeral of HULL. 

Very unusual to find two 1d reds on a mourning envelope, peripheral tear at the top as in the scan.

We can not recall seeing another such usage.

It is likely that the 1d added at the bottom left was paying a Late Fee. 

A Hull date stamp on the reverse for April 30th 1852 and a Wakefield transit stamp for May 1st 1852.

On the front is a Halifax receiving date stamp also for May 1st.  

An attractive and unusual item. 

Price:  48.00

 

 

The next group of four items show:

 

the Experimental Engraving of the letters rather than hand punched,

 

for Plates 50 and 51,

 

and the Provisional use of Reserve Plates16 and 17.

 

They are each ex the Statham Collection.

 

1d Reserve Plate 50: SG42

152353.  1d SG42, 'SF', very fine tied to an envelope from KELSO to Glasgow, May 26th 1864.

The stamp is printed from Plate 50, experimental engraved letters on the plate rather than the usual hand punched ones.

The envelope has a part of the rear flap missing but is very fine otherwise.

Priced by Gibbons at 70 on cover which is undervalued in our experience. 

Price:  40.00

NB: the envelope is finer than the scan suggests.

 

1d Reserve Plate 51: SG42

152354.  1d SG42, 'DJ', fine/very fine, used locally within LONDON, August 17th 1863.

The stamp is printed from Plate 51, experimental engraved letters on the plate rather than the usual hand punched ones.

Fault to the top left corner of the envelope but on the reverse is a very fine embossed 'L.& N.W.R. Solicitors Office':

sent from the London and North Western Railway:  full details of this Railway Company are available on the internet.

Priced by Gibbons at 70 on cover which is undervalued in our experience. 

Price: 35.00

 

1d Reserve Plate 16

152351.  1d, Spec C13, 'GL' very fine, used locally in LONDON, April 1st 1864:

the stamp is printed from Reserve Plate 16. 

Reserve plates 15, 16 and 17 were brought into use owing to a shortage of the penny plates with stars in upper corners

and the delay in preparing the new plates with letters in those corners ie the penny plate numbers.

They were used upto March 1st 1864.

The example offered here is, significantly, used on April 1st 1864: the day the 1d plate numbers, SG43/4, were issued.

From our researches we cannot find an example of SG43/4 used on this date and none are reported by Booth. 

Priced by Gibbons at 70 on cover which is undervalued in our experience.

Price:  55.00

NB: the envelope has a small corner fault top left otherwise it is very fine.

 

1d Reserve Plate 17

152352.  1d Spec C10, 'DG' fine/very fine printed from Reserve Plate 17

 used locally in LONDON, May 10th 1864.

Reserve plates 15, 16 and 17 were brought into use owing to a shortage of the penny plates with stars in upper corners

and the delay in preparing the new plates with letters in those corners ie the penny plate numbers.

They were used upto March 1st 1864.

Priced by Gibbons at 70 on cover which is undervalued in our experience.

Price: 45.00

 

Superb STIRLING Experimental Duplex

152365.  1d SG40, fine except for one pulled perf at top, tied to a clean envelope,

horizontal filing crease away from the 1d and cancellation.

Superb STIRLING Experimental Duplex for September 10th 1858:

the cancellation shows the characteristic short '1' in the year plug and the break in the bar beneath the number '3'. 

This is a scarce cancellation rated 10th rarest of 18 types by the Scottish Postal History Group. 

Exhibition quality. 

Price:  70.00  SOLD

NB: the envelope is cleaner than the scan suggests.

 

 

1d Plate 171 on envelope Wales to Germany

 

152356.  1d red, 'EJ', Plate 171, three margins, tied to an envelope to HAMBURG by the '561' of NEWPORT-MONS. 

On the reverse is a partial Newport-Mons date stamp for July 26th 1853. 

The envelope was surcharged three and a half groschen: the 1d is slightly touched at the top by a light filing crease.

Also on the reverse is a fine and complete embossed 'PONTYPOOL IRON COMPANY with initials. 

A rare example of the 1d imperf on an envelope from Wales to a German destination. 

Price: 78.50  SOLD

NB: the envelope is in a finer condition than the scan and there is almost NO browning on the front or the back.

The 1d possibly added as a late fee payment.

 

 

Saffron-Walden Cross: 1d Plate 30

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152357.  1d red 'IL', Plate 30, fine with large to very large margins:

tied by a lightly struck cross of SAFFRON - WALDEN, April 18th 1843, to an envelope to Maidenhead. 

Rockoff Volume 2, illustrates only one envelope, May 10th 1843, with a 1d red tied by

a very weak strike of the Saffron-Walden cross: struck just 3 weeks after the example offered here.

It appears the ink pad had dried out even more for the May 10th strike! 

1d red plate 30 is priced by Gibbons in the latestQV volume 1 at 250 on cover:

a very scarce plate and especially with such large margins.

A fine Display item.

Price: 75.00  

NB: the envelope is much finer than in the scan and there is almost NO browning front or back.

 

 

 

Earliest Recorded Usage of a numeral cancellation in IRELAND

152347. 

 

1d red, 'KF', 3-plus margins just tied to a very clean mourning envelope by the '186' of DUBLIN. 

 

On the reverse is a Dublin date stamp for JUNE 22 1844 and

 

a Six Mile Bridge date stamp for June 23rd 1844 - a SUNDAY.  

 

This is the earliest recorded usage of a numeral cancellation in Ireland.

 

A superb Exhibition item.

 

Price: 385.00

 

 

1d red Plate 9: Ballinlea, February 20th 1841

151579. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

An Irish rarity.  

 

Price: 570.00

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

1d reds plate 21: Thetford MX underinked

152370.

1d reds, 'LI' and 'HG', both 3-margined, 'HG' vertical filing crease: tied to an entire by THETFORD open MXs.

 Letter from GARBOLDISHAM sent to Harleston,

Thetford date stamp for March 18th 1842 and a Harleston receiver for the next day. 

HALLING undated circle NOT recorded in the County Catalogue

unless it is a misspelling of Harling which is recorded for Norfolk. 

There is a Halling in Kent which has no postal markings in the Kent County Catalogue listing.

The example here would appear to be an unrecorded misspelling

The stamps, especially 'LI' showing an excellent example of the underinked cross giving an open centre impression. 

A single 1d Plate 21 priced by Gibbons on cover at 120 in 2011in the latest QV Volume 1. 

An interesting item which would display well. 

Price:  75.00

NB: Plate 21 registered on December 11th 1841, hence an early usage at March 1842.

The browning on the letter, caused by the ink of the writing showing through, is NOT as pronounced as the scan suggests.

 

 

1d Plate 31: very fine pair from Bruton

 152334.  1d Plate 31, 'QH-QI', very fine full square-margined pair tied to an entire from BRUTON, Somerset, by lightly applied MX's. 

The entire is dated inside Bruton August 25th 1843 and sent to Castle Cary.

 On the top flap is a very fine/superb strike of the Bruton udc, County Cat. SO305, which displays upright as seen in the scan. 

The Maltese crosses were probably applied at Wincanton. Gibbons prices a pair of plate 31 at 160 and on cover at 320:

A very scarce and attractive display item. 

Price: 115.00 SOLD

NB: the letter is in a finer condition than the scan suggests:

the apparent browning is NOT present - a trick of the scanner.

 

 

Engraved advert for a SAFE inside the letter

152339. 

1d red, 'RK-RL', Plate 153, RK has 4-margins but ragged at the left,

RL is 3-margined and the right side is very ragged:

the stamps are cancelled by the '466' of LIVERPOOL, cds on the reverse for

June 21st 1853 and a Wakefield receiver for the next day,

the former in green and the latter in blue.

One of the '466's just catches the SE letter square:

presumably this first attempt to cancel the stamps was then corrected with two further strikes. 

The letter has a fine engraving of a safe and printed details of their products. 

An interesting item. 

Price: 65.00

NB: Items 152343, 152344 and 152339 would make an interesting Display showing

unusual usages of the Liverpool Maltese cross and numeral cancellation.

 

 

Scarce usage of 1d red going abroad

152355. 

 

1d red 'LJ', fine with 3 plus margins on a Cross Written entire from MANCHESTER to LEYDEN, Holland.

 

Manchester '498' double strike tieing the stamp with on the reverse a date stamp for October 2nd 1846

 

together with a very scarce transit mark in red. 

 

Please note the item is generally cleaner than the scan suggests. 

 

Rare destination with the 1d red probably added as a late fee payment. 

 

Price:  175.00

 

 

Guernsey to London sent during the concession period

152346.  1d red 'KL', alsost 3 margined, tied to a part printed entire from

the SLAC Assurance Co to London by a very fine '324' of Guernsey

with on the reverse a very fine Guernsey date stamp for October 31st 1844

and a London receiver for the next day. 

Also on the reverse is a poor strike of the Southampton/Ship Letter. 

On the front is written 'pr private Steamer via Southampton'.

The sender took advantage of Royal Mail's concession

at that time to allow mail to and from the Channel Islands

to be carried on private vessels. 

A very scarce item. 

Price: 95.00

NB: This item and the Number 4 in Cross from London to Guernsey, Item 15185,

would make a superb display pairing.

 

Redirected from London to Brighton: temporary skeleton cancellations

152327.  1d red 'JK' plate 80, fine with full margins except just touched at the 'K' square corner,

and  tied by a London numeral in diamond and bars to a commercial entire to MAYFIELD.

 On the front is a fair/good strike of a Mayfield udc UNRECORDED in the County Catalogue. 

The letter was redirected to Brighton with a 1d red, 'GK', poor margins, tied by the '428'  of Hurst Green. 

On the reverse are two strikes in blue of the Hurst Green temporary (skeleton) date stamp. 

The first is for March 18th 1849 - a SUNDAY, and the second for March 19th 1849.

The strikes are County Cat. SX729, and given a rarity 'F', price code which many years ago

was up to 80 and is certainly well above 100 now.

This temporary date canceller was recorded used up to 1849 so these examples in the last year of usage.

The letter was delivered in Brighton on March 20th 1849.

We have seen very few double uses of a skeleton cancellation and not previously with a SUNDAY usage. 

A superb and very rare item which would make an excellent display page. 

A unique combination of features. 

Price:  150.00

 

 

LEEK numeral in Blue: matching pair of envelopes

        

152331. 

1d reds on two envelopes, 'CI' and 'CG', sent on the same day, April 3rd 1850, to the same addressee and address nr Ashbourne.

LEEK date stamp for April 3rd 1850 on the reverse of each in the same shade of blue as the numeral '448'

and an Ashbourne date stamp on the front for April 4th 1850. 

However, on one the date is clearly April 3rd but on the other it appears to be a date error of the 30th. 

On the reverse both have a complete black seal with initials within a shield. 

The 1d reds are both 3-margined and each has a small corner bend at a bottom letter square. 

Gibbons prices a blue numeral on cover at 750 hence the pair at 1,500. 

The envelopes have some wrinkling and some peripheral faults but an unusual pair

which would make an interesting display page.

Price the pair: 120.00 

 

1d red: Blackpool Penny Post in BLUE

151418.  1d red 'RH', Plate 23?, 3-margined, tied to piece by the

BLACKPOOL PENNY POST in BLUE without a MX, SG Spec B1wb.

Gibbons prices a 1d red on piece with a Penny Post in BLACK at 1,800

combined with a black MX. 

A Penny Post cancellation is only priced by them in black ink at 1750 on stamp

and 6000 on piece

An estimate of their price in Blue ink is 3,000 plus on stamp. 

Danzig noted that only TWO locations of a Penny Post in Blue

on a 1d red had been recorded: Blackpool and Kirkham.

Although the stamp is defective at the right this is

a very rare item which dispays well.

Price: 475.00

NB: the only example of a blue Penny Post cancellation,

not in combination with a MX, we have been able to offer.

 

A u=nique used 1d red

152320.  1d red 'AK', fine with three very large even margins and an enormous top margin.

The top margin shows a part inscription: '...............remove the cement'. 

The other part of the inscription would have read 'In wetting the back be careful not to (remove the cement)'.

The stamps 'AJ' and 'AL' have been removed leaving 'AK' and then presumably attached to a letter or wrapper and posted. 

The indistinct cancellation has bars which appear straight suggesting a Scottish usage after June 1844.

In more than 40 years as specialist dealers in Victorian stamps we have

NEVER seen anything like this used example with the top margins in this form.

A truly remarkable item and one that is likely to stimulate discussion when displayed. 

An intriquing and fascinating unique survivor. 

Price:  175.00

 

 

1d imperf from Jersey to Ireland

152272.  1d, 'OK', 4-margins, (close but clear NE'):

tied to a neat envelope to Banbridge, Ireland, by a partial double strike of the '409' numeral of JERSEY. 

On the reverse an attractive array of 1852 coloured transit date stamps including:  Jersey date stamp in blue for January 8th;

an Irish transit cds in orange-red for January 11th - a SUNDAY and a Banbridge cds in green for January 12th.

 A very scarce/rare combination of place of origin and destination. 

Price: 85.00 

NB: the apparent staining on the reverse is barely visible in 'the flesh'.    

 

 

1d Plate 35: exceptional

152311. 1d 'OD', from Plate 35:

an exceptional example with a black maltese cross

and the top margin showing part of the stamp above.

The reverse shows an early stage of the Ivory Head variety.

Exhibition quality.

Price:  55.00

 

2d Plate 4: Dublin numerals Contrary to PO Regulations.

239.  1841 2d blue plate 4 SG15:

very fine used strip of three, IA-IC, large to very large margins,

cancelled Contrary to P O Regulations by only two186 numerals of DUBLIN and rare as such. 

Stamps printed on THIN paper, Spec SG15q.

An estimated Gibbons price allowing for the strip and paper variety

is in excess of 1,000 before allowing a premium for only two cancellations.

Superb item of Exhibition quality.

Price: 285.00

 

Envelope to Balbriggan from Dublin:  cancelled Contray to Regulations

152274.  1d SG17, fine pair, 'RA-RB':

on an envelope from the Royal Irish Academy to Balbriggan, receiving date stamp for November 8th 1854. 

The stamps are cancelled Contrary to Post Office Regulations by a single '186' in bars of DUBLIN.

There is a lot of information on the internet about the HAMILTON FAMILY

and George Alexander Hamilton MP, including an image of him,

and a lot of information about The Royal Irish Academy, founded 1785 in Dublin. 

An attractive item with a rare combination of features

and one that when written up fully would make an interesting display page. 

Price:  87.50   SOLD

 

Mullingar Co.Westmeath: cancelled Contrary to Regulations

151411.  1d SG17, very fine miss perfed strip of three and a single:

tied to a piece and cancelled Contrary to Regulations

by two strikes only of the '345' numeral of MULLINGAR, Co. Westmeath.

An attractive and rare item in a deeper shade than the scan shows.

Price:  69.00

 

The Rare C18 of BILTON: used Contrary to PO Regulations

 

152094.  1d Plate 81, strip of three and a single, on a wrapper to Preston from BILTON - Northumberland. 

Cancelled, Contrary to Post Office Regulations, by only two strikes of the C18 of Bilton: rated RARE by Parmenter. 

On the reverse is a superb upright strike of the EDINBURGH and BERWICK SORTING TENDER, Wilson Fig 786.

This strike is recorded as a backstamp between 1866 and 1868 and known with seriff and sans seriff letters - the example here is sans seriff. 

At July 17th 1868, this is a late usage. 

A rare/very rare combination of features and a fine and interesting Display item. 

Price:  145.00  SOLD

NB: the only other example of the Bilton C18 cancellation we have seen on cover was with

a single 1/2d plate 5 for September 1871, no Sorting Tender marks, and it sold for 50 - that was 10 years ago!! 

The C18 was also applied inverted as in this example.

 

 

2d Plate 4: Single ABERDEEN numeral Contrary to Regulations

152314. 2d SG14 Plate 4, 'BA-BB': a very fine 4-margined pair, close at the NW corner on 'BA' but just clear. 

Cancelled contrary to Post Office regulations by a SINGLE number '1' of ABERDEEN. 

The cancellation leaves both stamps with a clear QV profile. 

The pair is printed on THIN PAPER, listed by Gibbons as ES14q and priced as a single at 225. 

With SG's premium for a pair, their price increases to 700 without a premium for the single cancellation. 

An attractive and very scarce item which would display well. 

Price:  225.00

 

2d Plate 3 used in ABERDEEN

152315. 2d SG14, 'AD-AE', Plate 3, very fine with fresh colour:

A full margined pair lightly  cancelled by Aberdeen numeral '1's.

The stamps show the characteristic letters 'A' and 'D' of plate 3.

Printed on THIN PAPER which is NOT listed by Gibbons

on this plate 3 but is for plate 4 - see item 152314.

Priced by Gibbons as a pair at 280.

A very fine and attractive item.

Price: 120.00

 

2d Plate 3: exceptional STRIP of THREE

SS7. 1841 2d blue plate 3 SG14. 

An exceptional strip of three, TA-TC, cancelled by Aberdeen numerals.

Huge to very large margins and printed on un-catalogued thin paper

Thin paper is listed by Gibbons for 2d plate 4 but not as yet on plate 3. 

Exhibition quality and rare so fine.    

Price:  325.00 

 

2d Plate 9, 'T' row: Wolverhampton numeral 905

152322.  2d plate 9, SG45: 'TA' to 'TF', generally fine used, 'TA' pulled perf at the top

Stamps are from the bottom row of the Post Office sheet.

Remarkably EACH cancelled by the '905' of WOLVERHAMPTON.

The watermarks show variation in shape and position.

A rare grouping that would display well.

Price: 95.00

 

 

 

Plate 45 with Number 4 in Cross used on the LAST DAY

152307. 

A rare VERTICAL strip of FOUR and a single 1d red, all from Plate 45,

'HL-KL' and 'KK' with part marginal inscription on 'HL-IL'.

The very rare 5d rate with Number 4 in Crosses on a large part entire;

side flaps removed, from London to Thatcham.

Plate 45 with any type of Maltese Cross especially on cover, is very scarce and rare in a multiple usage.

On the reverse top flap is a London date stamp for May 16th1844 and a Newbury date stamp for May 17th 1844.

As detailed in the London Section of the GB and Ireland MXs by Rockoff and Jackson,

May 16th 1844 was the Last Day of Usage of the Number in Cross cancellations.

Very few are known, only seven examples recorded previously including the 7, 8 and 9 mentioned above,

and none recorded for the rarest Number 4 in Cross.

Gibbons prices, in the latest, 2011 QV Volume 1, a single 1d red with Number 4 in Cross on cover at 2000.

No other
such multiple usage of the 1d red with a any Number in Cross on the Last Dayof Usage is known.

The use of a Maltese Cross cancellation in London, both normal and with Numbers in Cross, ended in the Inland Office on May 16th 1844.

 Rockoff and Jackson, Volume 1 page 179 note that after this date numerals in diamond in bars replaced the Numbers in Crosses.

Over the decades we have only
been able to offer Numbers in Crosses for 7, 8 and 9 on cover used on the Last Day of Usage, May 16th 1844,

except for the Number 10 in Cross currently on our website in the 1d Red Section, Item 151490.

There is one other known example of a cover with the Number 4 in Cross with a last day of usage:

an unplated and cut into horizontal strip of three.  

A memorable and Exhibition quality item with a unique combination of features.  

Price: 1350.00

 

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:  720.00

 

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.

 

 

Number 4 in Cross on entire to Chorley

152305.  1d 'KC', full margins, close but clear NE corner, creased by a vertical fold:

tied to an entire by a very fine/fine almost upright strike on the Number 4 in Cross. 

On the reverse are transit date stamps for London Charing Cross April 26th 1843

and a Chorley date for the following day.

An early usage of this rarest of the numbers in crosses, barely a month after the EKD.

Gibbons prices this cross on cover at 1600. 

An opportunity to obtain an example of this cross on cover at a fraction of the Gibbon's price. 

Price:  135.00

 

 

Mixed perfs and cancellation types on a turned envelope

   

                                                                                                                                          

  152296.  

1d fine SG26 perf 16, 'GB',Spec C5(1) tied by a partial strike of the HAWICK '174' numeral, on an envelope to Hull, November 12th 1855.

Soon after the envelope was received on November 13th 1855, it was turned inside out and addressed to LIVERPOOL. 

A fine 1d perf 14, 'OJ', Spec C6(1) added which was cancelled by a fine/very fine HULL spoon, Type D for November 14th 1855. 

A very rare combination of perf types and cancellations. 

Price: 145.00

NB: this item would make a superb Exhibition pairing with item 152295.

1d SG26 Spec C5 priced by Gibbons on cover at 240 and Spec C6 at 75 with a numeral cancellation.

 

 

 

An 1822 Document sent in 1842 in Wales 

152278. 

A remarkable item: an official document, dated 1822 with another dated note inside for 1835, turned into a letter and

sent locally within CORWEN, Merioneth, on May 2nd 1842 and received the following day.

On the front is written 'Stamped Sunday Night': May 1st 1842 was a Sunday. 

The postage fee has been paid by a 2d blue Plate 2, SG5, and two 1d red imperfs.

The 2d blue, NL', is just 4-margined has a large portion of the Queen's head clear though with faults.

One 1d red is almost full margined and the other is only a partial stamp.

The three stamps would all have been marginal and the margins have been folded on to the back of the letter to help to seal it.

The staining on and around the stamps and on the back of the letter, appear to be largely from the gum of the stamp margins.

The partial 1d stamp was damaged when the letter was opened.

A 4d rate with an 1840 2d blue used in conjunction with the 1d red is a rare combination and especially so on a complete cover or letter.

The 'Daisy' Collection, The Dr Pichai Collection, The Chartwell Collection and the Lady Mairi Bury Collection:

none of these contained a 4d rate with this combination on cover or letter. 

The 2d Plate 2 on cover is priced by Gibbons at 3,250. 

A very rare Welsh usage.

A truly remarkable survivor which despite the faults would make a memorable Exhibition item. 

Price: 355.00

 

1d PLATE 177 with Certificate on an Entire

152269.  

1d imperf, 'NE', not full margined but printed from the very rare Plate 177 and with an RPS Certificate. 

Gibbons, prices this rarest of 1d imperf plates at 2,750 on a stamp alone:

no price is quoted on cover.

Very few examples of this plate are known on cover;

neither the Mairi Bury Collection nor the Chartwell Collection contained an example on cover.

This entire was used in London, July 7th 1854 and the stamp is tied by

a very fine '79' in oval of bars of the London District Post Chief Office, 79D4B. 

 As in the scan, the stamp is surrounded by some non-blueing of the wrapper's paper

but the stamp is not affected by it. 

A considerable rarity with an RPS Certificate.

Price:  650.00

 

 

Dr Perkins Experimental Blued Paper with Certification

                                                                            

     FRONT                                                                                          REVERSE                                  

15141:  Dr Perkins Experimental Blued Paper, a very fine UNPRINTED sample, block of 4, Large Crown Type 11.

A few sheets of this paper were used to print 1d perforated plate 121, 2d blues plates 9 and 13 and the three halfpenny plate 1. 

These printed single stamps are priced by Gibbons in the latest Volume 1, 2011 Edition,

at 6,500, 11,000 (2d plates 9 and 13) and 9,500 respectively. 

Only in marginal examples of the printed stamps is the blueing easily visible from the front.

All unprinted gummed paper should have been destroyed. 

The unprinted sample offered here clearly shows the blueing on the side to be printed

and, on the reverse, the way in which the gum was affected by the blueing process.  

An opportunity to obtain a superb item of considerable rarity, offered with RPS Certification,

at a small fraction of the printed stamp price and as rare in our experience. 

A superb and rare Exhibition item. 

Price:  535.00

                         NB: Gibbons offered a non-marginal block of 4,1d plate 121, at 27,500.  

 

 

Valentine embossed envelope: 1854

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

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

This has resulted in an unprinted area. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An attractive and rare item. 

Price:  195.00

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

 

STONEHAVEN: the non double-lined cross variety

              

152294.  1d 'SA', Plate 30:

a very fine/fine 4-margined example from this scarce plate tied to an entire from

STONEHAVEN to Montrose, July 22nd 1842 and delivered this same day. 

The Stonehaven cross here shows no double-lined effect. 

Rockoff and Jackson Volume 2, list and illustrate 18 examples of the double-lined cross,

but only 11 examples of the Stonehave cross with no double-lined effect.

Only one 1842 example is listed, that on a 1d pink envelope.

 Stonehaven had a population in 1841 of only 3021 and

even the none double-lined cross on cover is very scarce. 

Gibbons in the latest Edition of QV Volume 1, prices a 1d plate 30 on cover at 140. 

A rare combination of plate and cross. 

Price:  120.00

 

Missent to Glasgow: a rare SUNDAY usage

152180.  1d red, corner crease on entire written in Edinburgh and sent to Stiirling. 

1d red would have been cancelled in Edinburgh; Edinburgh type of cds on reverse for June 13th 1847.

On the front is a fine strike of the MISSENT TO GLASGOW, Aukland GW184, rated very rare.

On the reverse top flap is a fine Glasgow date stamp also for June 13th 1847 which displays superbly when the flap is raised.

There is also a small part of a Stirling date stamp in blue for the 14th.

June 13th 1847 was a SUNDAY so this is a rare Sunday usage of a Missent mark

and the ONLY example we have seen of a Missent strike used on the Sabbath.

Attractive item with a rare combination of features.

Price: 95.00

 

  

The rare Number 35 in oval of bars

  

152281.  1d , 'HA', defective at the right, tied to a very clean and uncreased envelope,

by the number 35 in oval of bars of TWICKENHAM, sent to Holborn, December 15th 1848. 

The number 35 is rated as RARE by Parmenter in 'Barred Numeral Cancellations of London'. 

Very difficult to find such cancellations on cover and this is the

first Twickenham numeral we have been able to offer. 

Price: 85.00 RESERVED

NB: on the reverse is a complete red wax seal imprinted of

Joshua Hutchinson & Son London. This company was based in Twickenham in 1848.

 

Redirected with pen cancel and numeral                                    

152102.  Mourning envelope with original letter, sent from PLYMOUTH, April 1847, to London

with one stamp cancelled by a partial 620 numeral of Plymouth. 

Redirected in London to Tombridge Wells with  a 1d red added and cancelled by a London numeral in diamomd and bars. 

The right hand stamp pen cancelled. 

Both stamps are not full-margined but an unusual item. 

Price: 53.50  SOLD

NB: the condition of the envelope, front and back is finer than the scan suggests.

There is a full black wax seal on reverse.

 

Number 6 in Cross in BLUE overstruck by a London Cross in Black

152270. 1d red, 'MJ', Plate 20?, on an undated front and part back to Redditch.

The stamp is tied by first of all a Number 6 in Cross struck in a shade of watery BLUE ink.

It has then been overstruck by a London Type 1 Cross in the normal black ink. 

From the way this black cross has been applied, its purpose was to overstrike the incorrect blue cross so that little of it could be seen.

In more than 40 years as specialist dealers in QV material, we have never seen any Number in Cross struck in other than black ink.

From our researches going back to the 1940's, we cannot find any such examples in other than black ink. 

A remarkable and unique item of  Exhibition importance.

SOLD

NB: The scan does not do justice to the blue ink. 

Both the blue and black inks show through to some extent on the back of the paper.

 

1d Plate 22 Orange brown shade

       

 SOLD 

 

 

1d Plate 36: Number 8 in Cross Block of Four

      

152234. 

1d, Plate 36, 'IK-JL', block of four, light crease across the top two stamps:

 'JK' and 'JL' both show the J Flaw variety, BS25e. 

Gibbons prices, a block of 4 in this plate at 850

before a significant premium added for the number 8 in cross cancellations

which have been applied upright. 

Rarely are blocks of four found with any number in cross cancels other than the 12 in cross:

the latter used mainly on heavy packages/letters. 

An attractive and rare item. 

Price:  290.00

 

Belfast Spoon: 1d with Gothik K

152287.  1d SG29 Plate 27, 'MK' with the Gothik K variety, SG Spec C8J:

tied to an entire by a BELFAST English type b spoon for February 20th 1856 struck in blue-black. 

Very scarce combination of variety and cancellation. 

Price:  70.00

NB: In the Embossed Section of the website are rare examples of

Irish Spoons on cover with 1/- Embossed values.

 

 

EKD Creswell machine duplex on a Ladies Embossed Envelope

 

152277.  A fine 1d star, 'IH' :

 tied to a neat embossed ladies envelope by the Creswell machine duplex type 72F, used locally in London. 

This variety has been recorded in use in November and December 1857. 

The example here is dated October 26th 1857 and is believed to be the Earliest Known Date for Type 72F: 3-7-7-3 bars. 

There is a tear on the reverse but the browning is NOT as as pronounced as the scan suggests.

The envelope is generally in a finer condition than in the scan.

A rare combination of features; the first ladies envelope we have seen used with a Creswell machine cancellation.

Price: 48.00  SOLD

 

 

1d imperf from Jersey to Ireland

152272.  1d, 'OK', 4-margins, (close but clear NE'):

tied to a neat envelope to Banbridge, Ireland, by a partial double strike of the '409' numeral of JERSEY. 

On the reverse an attractive array of 1852 coloured transit date stamps including:  Jersey date stamp in blue for January 8th;

an Irish transit cds in orange-red for January 11th - a SUNDAY and a Banbridge cds in green for January 12th.

 A very scarce/rare combination of place of origin and destination. 

Price: 95.00 

NB: the apparent staining on the reverse is barely visible in 'the flesh'.    

 

1d with a Clear Profile                   

152275.  1d 'DB', Plate 22?:

Very fine/superb 4-margined with excellent colour on entire London to Rye, May 13th 1842. 

On the reverse a Rye date stamp for the following day.

The MX leaves a large amount of the Queen's head clear. 

The letter mentions the Duchess of Kent, Buckingham Palace and the Prince (Albert). 

An attractive item that would display well. 

Price: 55.00  SOLD

 

Registered MONEY LETTER

152271.  1d, 'HI', 3-margined, filing crease: Registered Letter from Leeds to Pontefract, Yorkshire, November 18th 1848:

a Pontefract receiving date stamp on the reverse for the following day.

The registration fee was reduced from 1/- to 6d in March 1848:

on the front is a m/s '6' in red paying the newly introduced registration fee. 

The letter refers to enclosing FOUR Banknotes with a total value of THIRTY POUNDS

confirming that this was a registered Money Letter.

A very scarce and attractive item which displays well. 

Price:  95.00

NB: 30 was a considerable sum in 1848!! 

  

 

1d red Plate 2: from JESUS COLLEGE Cambridge

152013. 

 

1d red, Plate 2, 'AG', very fine square margined example from this black plate and tied by a very fine CAMBRIDGE cross. 

 

The printed entire is from JESUS COLLEGE and is an account for rent due for the year ending at Michaelmas, 1841.

 

It would appear to be for a crop of malt and wheat from land owned by the College. 

 

Very fine Cambridge date stamp for November 20th 1841 and a London receiver

 

for November 22nd 1841; November 21st was a Sunday. 

 

1d red plate 2 is priced by Gibbons at 550 on cover. 

 

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

 

Would make an interesting and memorable Display item. 

 

Price:  325.00 

 

 

1d red Plate 2: Birmingham Cross

152014.  1d red, Plate 2, 'IB', fine 4-margined example tied to a neat wrapper to Sheffield

on July 30th 1841 by a fine Type 2 BIRMINGHAM Cross:

thicker lines to the inner and outer parts of the cross and longer diamond points. 

Rockoff in 'Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland', Volume 1 page 52, records

only ONE earlier example of a Birmingham cross on a 1d red cover ie for June 20th 1841.

Gibbons prices a 1d red on cover from black plate 2 at 550.

A fine and interesting item. 

Price:  155.00  SOLD 

NB: the wrapper is in a much cleaner condition than the scan suggests with none of the yellowing.

 

 

1d Red: Black Plate 2

152012. 1d red, 'BC', Plate 2:

very fine large margined example from this black plate.

Priced by Gibbons at 325. 

A difficult stamp to find in such fine condition.  

Price:  135.00

 

 

Leeds Special Cross on 1d Plate 1b

     

152007. 

1d red, 'QJ', plate 1b,very fine large margined example with signs of plate wear:

 

cancelled centrally by the Leeds distinctive cross, SG Spec A2ua. 

 

As is often the case, the strike of the cross is rather smudged but

 

the characteristic shape of the outer part of the cross can be seen at the bottom and right side. 

 

Priced by Gibbons at 750 on the cheapest red

 

from a black plate and at a minimum of 2,000 in this very scarce plate. 

 

We can not recall previously seeing this rare plate with a Leeds cross.

 

A very rare item. 

 

Price: 295.00

 

 

BROMPTON numeral '37' on wrapper

152262.  1d red, not full margined, tied to a wrapper used locally within London by a clear BROMPTON '37' in oval of bars.

This strike is recorded in Black and Blue ink with BLACK being the rarer as noted by Danzig. 

On the reverse top flap is a fine London date stamp for April 3rd 1847. 

This is a very scarce/rare strike especially on cover and the first we have been able to offer for some considerable time. 

Price:  110.00  SOLD

 

ROYSTON Square circle: LATE usage of 1d red

152263.  1d red Plate 88:

not full margined but cancelled by the ROYSTON  Cambs (Cambridge) squared circle for MAY 17th 1889. 

Plate 88 registered on March 20th 1849 so this example used some 50 years after issued. 

This Royston Cambs squared circle is the first issued variety replaced by the much commoner Royston Herts

caused by a change of County from Cambridgeshire to Herfordshire. 

A rare item. 

Price: 60.00  SOLD

 

NORWICH Characteristic Cross: an interesting Addressee

152264.  1d red, possibly with some crude rouletting?, tied to an envelope from Norwich to London by

the distinctive NORWICH Cross, SG Spec B1ts; priced on cover in 2011 at 1,800,

and unusually leaving most of the Queen's head clear. 

A Norwich cds on the reverse for January 12th 1844 and a London receiver for the following day.

This example is NOT recorded by Rockoff and Jackson. 

The addressee is the Reverend William Sandys Wright Vaux:

the celebrated 19th Century English antiquary and numismatist at the British Museum.

There is a FULL BIOPIC of him on the internet which would provide a useful resource

for writing up this interesting and very scarce item. 

Price: 150.00 

NB: the browning of the envelope is not as pronounced as the scan suggests.

 

1d red Norwich Cross

152009.  1d Red, 'CA, Plate 28, fine 4-margined: close but clear at 'A' square,

cancelled by the Norwich distinctive cross, SG Spec B1ts. 

Priced by Gibbons at 450 in the latest QV Volume 1.

On reverse is a fine Ivory Head.

Very difficult to find this cross on a full-margined 1d red.

Price:  85.00

 

Wrapper to The Postmaster, Ledbury: EIGHT different date stamps

       

152265. 

 

1d Plate 38, 3 -margined, tied to an outer wrapper from MANCHESTER to Ledbury by the ordinary Manchester cross, February 15th 1844. 

 

There are no less than EIGHT different Ledbury date stamps, four are on the inside and five on the outer flaps:

 

two are for February 15th; and the others are for February 16th; 19th; 20th; 21st; 22nd; 23rd and 26th -

the latter has the '2' hand inserted as seen in the third scan. 

 

Clearly the Postmaster used this item to check the date stamp before use on items of mail received in the Post Office at Ledbury. 

 

Very unusual and the first as such we have seen.

 

An interesting and memorable Display item.

 

Price:  55.00

 

 

London Cross: MAY 3rd 1844

152266a.  1d red, Plate 43:

full margined except JUST touched under SE letter square, tied to an entire used within London.

The 1d has a superb rich colour with the London cross leaving the ENTIRE QV head clear. 

On the reverse top flap is a fine London date stamp for MAY 3rd 1844: barely two weeks before the London cross was replaced with numerals. 

A point of the central diamond can just be seen and with the curved inner portion,

thse confirm that this is not the number in cross cancellation - see the following item 152266b.

1d Plate 43 with a Maltese cross cancellation on cover is very scarce and this is the finest example we have seen.

A very attractive item with a rare/very rare number of features. 

Price:  120.00

NB: See item 152266b below also used on May 3rd 1844. They would make a remarkable pairing.

 

 

Number 2 in Cross: MAY 3rd 1844

152266b. 

 

1d red pair, Plate 39, huge margins in places but into at base, Number 2 in Cross, on entire London to Southampton. 

Fine Lombard Street date stamp for MAY 3rd 1844 and a Southampton receiver for the following day, both on the rear top flap. 

The Last Day of Usage of the Number in Cross cancellations was MAY 16th 1844 so the example here is inside two weeks of its last usage.

Gibbons prices a single Number 2 in Cross on cover at 550 not allowing for the pair OR

that Plate 39 on cover with a Maltese cross is scarce and carries a significant premium.

A rare combination of features. 

Price:  65.00 

NB: the weight of the letter does not require a 2d fee so the 'additional 1d' may have been a Late Fee payment. 

This item and Item 152266a would make a very interesting and very rare pairing.

 

Late Usage: Plate 170

152267.  1d Plate 170, 4-margined on neat envelope to Chaford, April 4th 1858.

1d imperfs were replaced officially by 1d perforates on March 12th 1854:

hence the usage here of this imperf stamp is a late usage: stamp cancelled by an indistinct numeral. 

This is the latest usage of imperf plate 170 we have seen. 

Price:  67.00

 

Greenock Cross on piece

152015.  1d red, almost 3-margined, tied to a small piece

by an excellent strike of the Greenock cross, SG Spec B1th. 

Priced by Gibbons at 250. 

Price:  45.00

 

BRIGHTON Cross on 1d red Plate 10

151990. 

 

1d red Plate 10, 'RC', superb 4-margined tied to an entire from BRIGHTON to London, January 25th 1842. 

 

This example of the distinctive Brighton Cross shows its peculiar asymmetry. 

 

Rarely found with a complete strike and this example is fine. 

 

Unrecorded by Gibbons on a 1d red from a black plate.

 

On a 1d red from a non-black plate, this cross on cover priced by Gibbons at 750 in QV Volume 1. 

 

An estimated Gibbons price for this cross on a 1d red on cover from a black plate is 2,000. 

 

This item is made rarer by the 1d red showing the listed variety: Spec AS69c, (Check letter P converted to R by hand engraving).

 

The date markings display superbly when the rear flap is raised as per the scan. 

 

A superb and very rare item.  

 

Price:  580.00

 

NB: Only four earlier dates are recorded by Rockoff in 'The Maltese Cross Cancellations of GB and Ireland, Volume 1'.

 

EKD Cheltenham Numeral

152252.  1d red Plate 35, 4-margined close but clear 'E'square:

tied to a clean wrapper to London by the '177' of CHELTENHAM. 

Cheltenham date stamp on the top flap for MAY 6th 1844.

This predates the EKD recorded by Parmenter as is the Earliest Recorded Date for this numeral:

numerals were introduced on May 1st 1844 replacing the MX cancellations.

Very scarce item that displays well.

Price:  65.00   SOLD

 

 

Handsworth Penny Post and MX Cancellations

152254.  1d red, almost full margins, tied to piece by:

the Handsworth Penny Post, 'PyP No 15'  in BLUE and overstruck by a MX,

both tie the stamp to the piece: stamp with small area of creasing at left.

Gibbons lists this combination as B1wc,

and on piece is priced at 475 which is undervalued in our experience.. 

Rare item. 

Price: 140.00

 

1d red Plate 12

152255.  1d red Plate 12, 'HD', very fine 4-margined, tied to clean entire from Grays Inn,

by a MX leaving almost all of the Queen's head clear. 

London date stamp for June 7th 1841 and a Ludlow date stamp for the following day,

both on the top flap which displays well. 

Scarce plate on cover priced by Gibbons at 200

and rare/very rare with such a partial MX leaving the Head so clear.

Display quality item.

Price: 85.00

 

 

LYME Town Cancel on 1d Red

152257. 1d red, 'SG', virtually 3 margins, tied to an entire from LYME to Chard.

The stamp, light vertical crease, is tied by a fine strike of the LYME 'Wessex' circular name stamp for June 17th 1842. 

It is also tied by a lightly struck, but legible, CHARD 'Weesex' name stamp for June 18th 1842. 

Interestingly, Danzig records the Chard 'Wessex' name stamp used on a 1d red from June 1842. 

Gibbons prices this type of cancellation, Spec B1va, at 2,750 on cover. 

We have not previously seen a 1d red on cover tied by TWO different 'Wessex' date stamps. 

An extremely rare item. 

Price:  320.00 

NB: the overall condition of the item is finer than in the scan.

 

 

Registered at Glasgow

152259.  Registered part front and back, December 7th 1850.

The 6d registration fee paid with a strip of three, 2d plate 3, and a 2d Plate 3 paying the postage.

'SC' full margined and the strip has 3 margins with 'RL' creased as in the scan.

On the front is a fine strike of the very scarce 'Registered at Glasgow' circular double arc, McKay Fig 463. 

Scarce item. 

Price; 75.00

 

 

A Rare SIX single 1d red franking

152260. 1d reds, all Plate 50: SIX singles, all full margined except 'CG' which is full except close to shaved at left. 

Tied to a wrapper from PERTH to Dunfermline, May 10th 1845 and received the next day.

Stamps cancelled by the '280' of Perth; a clean wrapper with the left side flap missing.

A SIX SINGLE stamp franking is much rarer than one of a strip of six and

remarkable to find virtually each stamp with full margins. 

Plate 50 is the rarest of plates 46-58 and priced by Gibbons at 50 for a single stamp NOT on cover. 

A very rare combination of features: an Exhibition item. 

Price: 155.00

NB: the front of the wrapper is cleaner than the scan suggests.

SEE item 152258 above: also has multiple single full - margined 1d reds.

 

 

SG51 Plate 1: Multiple Usage on a Registered Envelope

152222.  Fine SG51 plate 1, threehalfpence, partially separated strip of three, 'BG-BI', and a 1d plate 150.

Tied to an envelope by BURTON on TRENT duplexes for May 5th 1876.

Registered to Ashbourne, cds on the front for the following day. 

On the reverse a DERBY Registered Oval for May 5th 1876 and two wax seals for the Burton-on-Trent Bank. 

Very difficult stamp to find with a multiple usage especially used internally within the UK. 

An attractive and rare item. 

Price:  195.00 

 

 

1d SG17: superb

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

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

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

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

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

Superb and attractive item. 

Price:  75.00 

 

Sunday usage of a rare spoon.

152204. 1d SG29, 'QH', Q corner perf missing:

tied to a piece by a very fine/superb strike of the rare STOKE-on-TRENT spoon

for March 29th 1857 - a SUNDAY.

In the GBJ some years ago an article appeared with the results

of a date analysis of a collection of 135 examples of spoons, NONE was a Sunday usage. 

We can recall seeing only one other example of a spoon used on a Sunday.

It was a common spoon and we sold it many years ago! 

A very rare Exhibition item with a unique combination of features. 

Price: 140.00

 

Madeleine Smith in GREEN

152197.  1d SG29, fine, 'GB':

tied to a small piece by a strike of the Glasgow Type 2 Experimental Duplex in GREEN.

Green ink is known used from May 5th 1856 to May 15th 1856: a period of only ELEVEN days.

The date, not a full strike, is MAY 5th 1856: the first day of this ink being used

Priced by Gibbons in QV Volume 1, 2011 - latest Edition, at 550 on piece for an Irish duplex

with a note that green duplexes in England or Scotland command a significant premium.

It is very hard to find any example in green with such a short period of usage.

A very rare item. 

Price: 185.00  

 

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 I latest Edition, at 275 for a SINGLE strike on piece

 

and is much underpriced in our experience.

 

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:  425.00

 

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

 

 

2d SG34 plate 5

           

152213a.  2d SG34 plate 5, 'QG-RH':

fine/very fine used block of 4 each cancelled by the DUBLIN '186' and priced by Gibbons at 1,000.

One or two perfs strenghened by a small hinge at the top centre. 

An attractive and very scarce/rare item especially so fine and with an Irish usage. 

Price: 285.00

 

Captain F W Egerton: H M S Salamis

H M S SALAMIS

152185.  Envelope from NEWARK, May 13th 1877:

to Capt. F W Egerton R N of H M S SALAMIS, Mediterranean Squadron, Malta or elsewhere. 

Malta has been deleted and Piraeus added in two places: the port of Piraeus is the chief port in Greece.

The postage has been paid by a 1/2d plate 10 and two 1d plates, 195 and 199. 

The photo of H M S Salamis is available on the internet as are more details of the ship.

 In the National Maritime Museum, is an inscribed cigar case:  'To Commander F W Egerton R N, H M S Salamis

From Captains R N Sir William N W Hewitt, John K E Baird and Richard Wells

in Rememberance of their Pleasant Shooting Excursion Oct.15th 1877'. 

A very rare item that when fully written up would make an interesting and memorable display. 

Price:  110.00

NB: Those who presented the cigar case were all Vice-Admirals and Knighted: biopics on the internet.

Sir William N W Hewitt, won the Victoria Cross in the Crimea War in 1854.

There is a full biopic on the internet and a photo of him.

The brown marks on the reverse of the envelope are fainter than the scan suggests.

 

Fine Strike of the Rare 'Misdirected to York'

152187.  A fine1d SG 40 tied by a STAINES duplex for March 16th 1859 to a mourning envelope to Easingwold. 

On the front is a fine strike in blue, of the rare/very rare 'Misdirected to York', County Cat YK 3378. 

This strike is given the highest rarity grading of 'H'. 

The only example we have ever been able to offer or can recall seeing. 

An Exhibition item. 

Price:  125.00 

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

 

First Rideout Machine: rare usage on 2d Plate 7

152142.  2d SG45, 'AJ', Plate 7: fine example, one very short perf at the top, 

tied to a clean and uncreased legal entire to Wymondham by the First Machine.

Code HS with 7 bars at the top and bottom ie 2.7.7.2 bars, for December 17th 1858.

The stamp is tied by an additional partial second strike. 

Plate 7 is a scarcer plate with an estimated Gibbons price on cover

 in excess of 200 before allowing for the cancellation. 

We cannot recall seeing this 2d plate on cover cancelled by a Rideout Machine:

covers with a usage of these machines on values other than the contemporary 1d are rarely found.  

Very scarce/rare item. 

Price:  95.00 SOLD 

NB: the condition of the front of the entire is finer than in the scan.

 

 

This item came from an Award-Winning Display and other examples of the Rideout Machine Trials,

 

and its usage as a dater backstamp, can be found in the

 

'Early Machine Cancellations and Trials' Section of this website.

 

 

The LEEDS Special Cross on 1d red Cover


 
15187.  1d red imperf, NL:

superb, large to very large margins, on clean wrapper to London from Leeds with a very fine Leeds

November 2nd 1841 and London receiving cds both on the reverse. 

The stamp struck by a fine Leeds Special Cross, SG Spec B1tl. 

Although not tied it clearly belongs and the margins are so large that

when the cross was struck centrally it did not overlap on to the wrapper. 

Priced by Gibbons at 2,500. 

This item is recorded by Rockoff in Volume 1, page 154,

with only two later examples recorded for the Leeds Special Cross. 

This superb item last appeared on the market in 2002.   

Price:  720.00

NB: The addressee, the Rev Elijah Hoole, 1798-1872, was a

well known Tamil Scholar and Wesleyan Methodist Missionary. 

Many references to him can be found on the Internet.
 

KELSO cross on 1d red Cover

SOLD  

 

NB: please see Item 15200 in the Stationery Section - the Kelso cross on 1d pink envelope.


 

2d Plate 3 Strip of Four

152190.  2d Plate 3, 'KA-KD': stamps into at the top margin, tied to a piece to Morpeth

by fine numeral 5's in diamond and bars of the London Chief Office, Inland Section.

On the reverse is a hand-written date for December 5th 1846. 

The 8d rate paid up to 4oz in weight; the 1d imperf, filing crease, would have paid a Late Fee.

We can not recall seeing a 9d rated item from this period on inland mail. 

An unusual item. 

Price: 85.00  SOLD

 

1d red Plate 9: Newcastle Stamp Office to Alnwick Stamp Office 1841

152181.  1d red, 'RC', Plate 9:

very fine 4-margined example tied by a double strike of the Newcastle on Tyne MX leaving a clear QV profile. 

Rare entire from the Newcastle Stamp Office to the Alnwick Stamp Office, August 28th 1841. 

We can not recall previously seeing a 1d red from a black plate on a Stamp Office letter. 

On the reverse is a partial strike of the ALNWICK date stamp in red for August 29th 1841 - a SUNDAY. 

Gibbons prices a 1d red plate 9 on cover at 375. 

A very rare/unique combination of features. 

Price:  295.00

 

 

Nottingham numeral in GREEN with RPS Certificate

152162. 

1d red 'TE', fine Plate 70, three plus margins, on a clean wrapper to Chesterfield from NOTTINGHAM, February 21st 1847.

Stamp tied by a very fine '583' of Nottingham in GREEN. 

Offered with a clean RPS Certificate (2010) confirming plate 70 and the Nottingham numeral in GREEN, SG Spec BS28xc. 

Priced by Gibbons at 7,000.

Parmenter records this numeral in green ink used on February 5th 1847

and on occasion to March 6th 1847.

An attractive and rare item that displays well. 

Price:  1,420.00

 

 

DUDLEY numeral in bright GREEN 1856

152163. 

1d 'GK', Plate 140, almost 3-margined but with some light creasing: on an insurance report, side flaps removed for display purposes. 

Sent from DUDLEY to Cradley, the stamp is tied by a fine '263' of Dudley in bright GREEN. 

On the reverse is a Dudley date stamp, in the same green ink, for January 1st 1856 and a Stourbridge receiver for the following day in red.

This is a late usage of the 1d red imperf and from our researches this example is

the latest known usage of any GREEN numeral on cover with a 1d red imperf.

Gibbons prices a green numeral on cover on the 1d red imperf at 7,000, SG Spec B2xc

Parmenter rates the '263' numeral as RARE even in black.

This suggests a Gibbons price well in excess of the above figure. 

An exceptional rarity and an Exhibition item of importance.

Price: 1,585.00

 

 

1d Plate 18

152175.  1d Plate 18, 'CG-CH':

fine/very fine full margined pair except for just barely touching NW corner square of 'CG'.

Tied to a piece by MX's and a pair priced by Gibbons in QV Volume 1 at 325.00. 

An attractive item from this very scarce plate and seldom found in a multiple.  

Price:  95.00  

 

1d Plate 27

152176.  1d red Plate 27,'GE-GF', full margined except touched at right side of 'GF'.

Tied to a piece by fine/very fine strikes, not overlapping and almost upright, of the Number 4 in Cross.

The scan suggests small rubbing on 'GE': there is possibly a very small scuff at the bottom but this is only slight if at all.

The totally open top of the NE square can be clearly seen confirming Plate 27.

Gibbons prices two single 1d reds with number 4 in cross at 1,200 not allowing for the pair and the plate.

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price: 225.00

 

1d SG12: Orange-Brown in a rare multiple

 

152128. 

1d SG12, 'LD-LF': Plate 102: a superb and rare multiple printed in the distinctive orange- brown shade.

'LD-LF' have exceptional margins with portions of three other stamps in the margins.

'LF' has 3-plus margins, touched at the right side, and a portion of the stamp above ie 'KF'. 

The stamps are printed on uncatalogued thin paper:

the 2d blue plate 4, printed during the same period as this 1d red, is listed by Gibbons as a variety.

The stamps are cancelled by the seldom found '195' numeral of CHIPPING NORTON (Oxon).

A SINGLE of 1d SG12 priced by Gibbons at 275.

A superb item of Exhibition Quality. 

Price:  270.00

NB: this is the finest multiple in this shade we have seen.

The scan does not do justice to the shade.

 

Number 7 in Cross

152177. 

1d red, fine/very fine, full-margined pair, 'KJ-KK', on small envelope, part of the bottom rear flap missing, to Ramsgate.

On the reverse is a London date stamp for July 25th 1843 and a Ramsgate receiver for the following day.

Gibbons prices a single number 7 in cross on cover at 450.

A very scarce usage and rare to find a full margined multiple on cover: an attractive item. 

Price: 290.00

 

 

Archer Plate 94 used in Edinburgh with Certificate

151240.    1d ARCHER Experimental Perforation, SG16b: fine example from plate 94,

tied to a letter from The Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee RAILWAY COMPANY.

Used locally within Edinburgh, June 8th 1854, and tied by the '131' of Edinburgh; this is 

and a very rare usage in Scotland. Filing fold clear of the stamp. 

The item is offered with an RPS Certificate.

Priced by Gibbons at 2,200 in this plate.

Price: 960.00

 

2d Plate 5 BLUE Edinburgh Duplex

152165.  A bank entire from Edinburgh to Callendar with a fine 2d SG34 Plate 5 'LF':

tied by the first Edinburgh duplex in BLUE.

On the reverse is a Stirling date stamp in black and a boxed Callender date stamp in green both for May 19th 1857. 

It is offered with a fine 2d on piece with the Edinburgh first type of duplex struck in BLACK, August 7th 1857. 

Mckay notes in 'Scottish Numeral Postmarks' that there is a proof strike for May 14th 1857

and the item offered here at May 18th 1857 is believed to be the EARLIEST known used example on a 2d blue:

in fact it is the earliest example known cancelling other than the contemorary 1d.

Gibbons prices a blue duplex on a 1d value on cover at 850 in 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: 625.00 SOLD

NB: as with the Edinburgh dotted circles and the Glasgow first type of duplex canceller,

BLUE ink was used in the first few months after their introduction before reverting to black.

We have seen only one other 2d blue, again Plate 5, on a cover to Perth, cancelled with this

Blue duplex and that was dated July 8th 1857: in 2011 it was offered by another Specialist Dealer at 675.

We have seen this first type of Edinburgh duplex in BLACK used on a 2d blue on a piece dated July 23th 1857.

The scan does not do justice to the blue ink.

 

 

SG52 Very Fine Used Block of Four

125.  SG52, 11/2d lake red plate 1, 'EA-FB',very fine USED Block of 4 from this scarcer plate,

two stamps have Herne Hill Dulwich CDS's for August 10 1872.

Priced by Gibbons at 750 before a premium for the cds's is added.   

Price: 295.00 

 

SG51 Plate 1: Multiple Usage on a Registered Envelope

152222.  Fine SG51 plate 1, threehalfpence, partially separated strip of three, 'BG-BI', and a 1d plate 150.

Tied to an envelope by BURTON on TRENT duplexes for May 5th 1876.

Registered to Ashbourne, cds on the front for the following day. 

On the reverse a DERBY Registered Oval for May 5th 1876 and two wax seals for the Burton-on-Trent Bank. 

Very difficult stamp to find with a multiple usage especially used internally within the UK. 

An attractive and rare item. 

Price:  195.00 

  

Perth Experimental Duplex: very rare New Years Day usage

152158.

 

1d SG29, fine used, tied to a part wrapper, no side flaps, from PERTH to Kirriemuir by

the Perth Experimental Duplex for JANUARY 1st 1857.

Of the 18 types of Scottish Experimental Duplexes, this is the ONLY example of any type

we have seen used on New Years Day.

On the reverse is a fair strike of the South Metheven Street Receiving House struck in green.

This strike is recorded in black from 1846 to 1857 and in green in 1857 and 1858.

Hence its usage on January 1st 1857 is the earliest recorded in this ink

and may well be a First Day usage in this shade.

 

Also on the reverse is a Kirriemuir cds for January 2nd 1857 also in green.

 

On the inside is a printed heading: Edinburgh Perth & Dundee and Scottish Central Railways

Superintendent's Department Perth. More info on the internet about this early Railway Company.

 

A rare/very rare item. 

 

Price:  110.00

NB: one wonders if the slightly blurred impressions of the Perth duplex and the Receiving House could be a consequence

of the postmasters/mistresses recovering from the Hogmanay celebrations!

 

 

CORK SPECIAL Cross: one of the latest known usages.

152157.  1d plate 44, 'JC', almost full margins, just touched/clear at left side of the 'J' square:

tied to a dated piece, April 9th 1844, by the CORK SPECIAL cross. 

Rockoff records ony three later used examples of this disctinctive cross. 

This example shows some debris/dirt in the cross. 

Gibbons, Spec B1td, prices this cross on stamp only at 400 and on full cover at 950: latest QV Volume 1. 

This latter price is undervalued in our experience.

Very scarce item. 

Price: 125.00 

 

MOTTRAM Penny Post on 1d Red Plate 9

        

 

152132. 

 

1d red, black plate 9, 'TL', very fine with full margins except partially into at the SE letter square.

 

Tied to a wrapper from Manchester to London, July 13th 1841, by a very fine strike of the

 

MOTTRAM Penny Post (P.P.), County Catalogue M322 and a Manchester Type 1 cross: this large strike is often smudged and unclear.

 

Gibbons in the latest Edition of QV Volume 1 list a 1d red from a black plate, SG A2ye, on cover at 4,000

 

The stamp has been placed over a very light pre-existing horizontal line in the paper. 

 

An extremely rare item that displays well. 

 

Price:  580.00 

 

NB: Although there is a difference in the shade of the paper, caused by the way the wrapper was filed in the Solicitors,

it is far less than the scan suggests: this applies to the front and reverse sides. 

 

An indication of this item's rarity is that in neither the Lady Mairi Buri nor the Chartwell Collection

was there an example with a Penny Post/Maltese cross combination on cover.

 

 

 

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:  120.00

 

PERTH CROSS: letter from and to interesting individuals

152131.  1d red, a very fine 4-margined example, plate 21, 'IG': tied to an entire by a fine/very fine PERTH CROSS, SG Spec B1tt. 

On the top flap is a superb Perth boxed date stamp for November 29th 1842 and a similar Dundee receiver for the same day. 

The letter is from a Rev Kerr Johnston, wax seal with his intitial 'J', to a Dr Thomas Dick of Broughty Ferry Nr Dundee.

The Rev Johnston is asking Dr Dick if he could stand in for him on the next Sunday and give the sermon.

He mentions that the STEAMER sails on Saturday from Dundee at 1 0'Clock so he could have a comfortable seat and cabin.

An engraved picture of Dr Thomas Dick is in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and his picture, and a detailed biopic, is on the internet.

Briefly: he was a scientist and a natural philosopher who in his writings assured readers of the compatibility of science with religion.

Also on the net is a portrait of the Rev Kerr Johnston of Perth and a detailed biopic of him too.

The PERTH CROSS on cover is priced by Gibbons at 1,000 in the most recent Edition, QV Volume 1. 

A superb item that would, when written up fully, make a rare and interesting Exhibition page. 

Price:  325.00

 

Distinctive PERTH Cross on Banking Entire

152125.  1d red, 3-margined, clear profile, tied to a clean Perth Bank letter to Edinburgh

by a very fine/superb strike of the PERTH characteristic cross, SG Spec B1tt. 

Perth date stamp on the top flap for March 5th 1842: this example is unrecorded by Rockoff and Jackson. 

Priced by Gibbons at 1,000 in the latest, 2011 Edition, QV Volume 1. 

An attractive example of this cross. 

Price:  125.00

 

Entire to Switzerland: very rare Forwarding Agent Cachet

152095.  1d red plate 54, 'OK', very fine, large square full margins:

tied to a shipping invoice, December 4th 1846, from Liverpool to WOHLEN, Switzerland - a rare destination. 

On the front is a fine strike, neatly applied and upright, of the very rare HARNDEN & Co, No.6 Cook St. Liverpool. 

In 'The Postal History of The Forwarding Agents', by Rowe, this strike is given a rarity grading of 6: 10 is the highest.

There are only four strikes within the UK with a higher grading.

He notes that most markings were struck on the rear of letters and strikes on the front command a premium.

  The shipping invoice states that shipment was sent on (the Cunarder) 'CAMBRIA': 

she sailed on December 4th 1846 and arrived in Boston, USA on December 16th 1846.

The strike is an attractive design having a sailing ship within it. Rowe records 1846 as the last year of usage.

 

This item is offered with an interesting letter, dated April 7th 1849,

 from the same Forwarding Agent in Liverpool to a hotel in London.

 

A 1d red, 'EL', full margins except just touched at the SW letter square, is tied by the '466' of Liverpool.

 

On the reverse is a strike of the same very rare HARNDEN & Co No. 6 Cook St. Liverpool as on the invoice to Wohlen.

Rowe records this cancellation in use to 1846 so this may be an isolated strike.

 

A remarkable and unique pairing that are of Exhibition quality and importance. 

 

Price: 795.00

 

NB:  short shipped is when a cargo is listed on a shipping manifest but not included in a shipment.

 

 

Forwarding Agent cachet of Edward, Sandford and Co, Liverpool

 

 

152120. 1853 July 8: an interesting entire to London from Liverpool.  Almost 4-margined 1d red imperf

cancelled 466 of Liverpool and on the bottom left front a very fine/superb upright strike of the

very attractive Forwarding Agent cachet of Edward, Sandford and Co. incorporating an image of a

transatlantic paddle steamer.  This exact cachet is illustrated by Rowe in

The Postal History of The Forwarding Agents, page 115 and he notes that examples

struck on the front of a letter carry a premium as most were applied on the reverse side.  

The letter mentions cargoes on the Cunard Lines  Europa and Asia and on the Collins Lines Artic:

The Cunarder 'ASIA'  left Liverpool on July 16th 1853: 'Europa' left on July 9th 1853.

The 'Artic' of the Collin's Line had departed on June 25th 1853.

The 'Artic' was lost the following year, 1854, with a great loss of life,

in a collision in dense fog near Cape Race, St John's, Newfoundland.

An attractive and rare item.

Price:  330.00 

  NB: the apparent  browning on the letter is NOT present: a quirk of the scanner.      

 

 

d Plate 3: full-margined BLOCK of 4

152119.  2d blue plate 3, SG14, block of 4, (BC-CD). 

A fine 4-margined block of 4 with close to large margins tied by light 466 numerals of Liverpool. 

On reverse is a Liverpool cds for December 12 1846 and

a very fine boxed date stamp of Glasgow for SUNDAY December 13 1846.

Also on reverse is a complete red wax seal with the imprint of a Paddle Steamer with full sails. 

Full-margined blocks on cover of this 2d blue are rarely found.  

A block of 4 is priced by Gibbons at 1,700 on stamps alone and

hence an estimated Gibbons price on cover is in excess of 5,000.  

Price:  675.00

 

Envelope from Abergavenny to Prussia

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

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

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

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

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

Aus England Per Aachen in orange on the front.  Stamps tied by the numeral 1 in oval of bars for Abergavenny. 

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

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

is the first as such we have been able to offer.  

A rare Welsh item to an overseas destination.

Price:  270.00

NB: envelope in finer condition than the scan.

 

2d Plate 4 Spectacles Variety

  

 1139.  SG19 plate 4 BH:

fine example tied to entire from Belfast to Ballymoney by fine Belfast spoon English type b without code for July 7th 1855.

Placed upside down as frequently seen possibly as a protest against British rule at that time.

Stamp BH shows a trace of the Spectacles Variety, Spec F1q, which suggests wear to the plate,

the stamp was issued perforated in March 1854.

The first example of this stamp with this popular variety on cover we have been able to offer.

A rarity especially with an Irish spoon cancellation: possibly a unique combination.

 Gibbons prices this variety on stamp, not on cover, at 550 in QV Volume 1.

This suggests an estimated price on cover of 1,000 plus.

The only such variety used on a cover in Ireland that we have seen.

   Price: 465.00  

 

2d Plate 4 SG23

152152.  2d very fine SG23, 'OA', blind 'A' of Plate 4:

tied to a clean wrapper from London to Basingstoke, a light London cds on reverse for June 15th 1855.

The light cancellation leaves a large portion of QV's head clear.

Gibbons prices this 2d on cover at 375 without the premium for so lightly cancelled . 

An attractive and very scarce item. 

Price:  130.00

 

SG36a: Very Rare with cds.

151498.  2d SG36a, 'IA': a superb, missperfed example,

cancelled by an upright LIVERPOOL cds for March 25th 1858. 

An exceptional stamp and the finest we have been able to offer.

Very rare to find with a cds, especially upright, and in such superb condition.

Gibbons priced at 325 plus125% is 800 plus. 

An exceptional stamp of Exhibition Quality.

Price:  250.00 

NB: the uneven blueing is a trick of the scanner.

 

SG45 Plate 9

309.     2d SG45 plate 9:

superb used block of 4, NC-OD, very light cancellations,

three with clear profiles and the top pair with

virtually a single numeral cancel. 

Rare in such fine condition.

Exhibition quality.

  Price:  180.00 

 

PLYMOUTH Special Cross: 1d Plate 5 State 2 RPS Cert


 
15189.  1d red black plate 5, AB-AC: a pair on an entire to Edinburgh with a Plymouth cds on the reverse for April 20th 1841.  Although

AC is affected by a filing crease, both stamps are cancelled by fine strikes of the rare PLYMOUTH Special Cross.

 In Rockoff Volume 1, page 226, this item is recorded and both strikes illustrated. 

Only one other earlier example of this cross on a 1d red is recorded March 1841 and ONLY four other examples of this Special Cross are

 recorded on 1d red covers. The pair offered here is the ONLY recorded multiple usage on either the 1d black or 1d red. 

Gibbons prices this Plymouth or Norwich on a SINGLE 1d red on cover from a black plate, SG Spec A2uc, at 3,500.

The Plymouth Special is a much rarer cross on cover than the rather similar Norwich Special Cross despite being given the same price by Gibbons.  

The example offered here is with a RPS Certificate confirming the Plymouth Cross and the 1d red pair from Plate 5, State 2. 

 

An extremely rare item.   

 

Price: 750.00

 

 

NORWICH Characteristic Cross: rare DOUBLE strike.

151423.  1d red 'HG', 3-plus margins:

tied to entire from NORWICH to London cancelled Contrary to PO Regulations,

by a double strike of the characteristic NORWICH CROSS, SG specB1ts. 

This cross priced by Gibbons at 1,250 in the latest of Edition of QV volume 1. 

On the reverse is a Norwich cds for November 8th 1843 and a London cds receiver for the following day.

Both are on the reverse top flap which displays them well when raised.  M/s top left 'Under 1/2 oz'. 

We have not seen previously a double strike on cover of this cross on a single 1d red.

Rare item. 

Price: 350.00

 

 

Extremely Rare 5d Rate with MX's

151379. 

 

A clean and uncreased wrapper without contents but listing several enclosed letters

 

from Ceylon, Manila, Singapore, Macao, Batavia and Forbes, from London to Preston, February 7th 1843.

 

The very rare franking of 5d is made up of 1d red 3-margined, added as a late fee,

 

and a very fine SG14, four margined pair, close but clear at the right, 'GK-GL', plate 3. 

 

The pair has been partially severed between the stamps by the postal clerk ready to be fully cut when required.

 

All the stamps are cancelled by black MX's. 

 

Researching over the past 20 years or so has revealed

 

only a few examples appearing on the open market of the 3d rate

 

and NONE for the 5d Rate with MX's.

 

Examples of the 3d Rate were:

 

1d red plus single 2d on cover cancelled by MX's;

 

H O Fraser Spinks Sale, 2001, Lot 401, realised an inclusive figure of 3,105

 

and another example in a Spinks GB Sale, 2006, Lot 368 realised 3,500. 

 

A specialist GB dealers list in 2005 offered the 3d rate with MX's on cover, a

 

1d and 2d both 3-margined and overlapping, at 2,250. 

 

We have not seen previously the 5d rate with MX's on cover and

 

have not found another example from our researches.

 

A remarkable and extremely rare item of Display importance. 

 

Price: 1985.00  

 

NB: the colour of the stamps is far better than the scan suggests.

 

Neither the Lady Mairi Sale nor the Chartwell Collection Sale had examples of the 5d rate.

 

 

 

Rare 5d Rate: London numerals on piece.

151416.  1d red and pair 2d Plate 4 SG14, 'EK-EL', 'EL' full margins, 'EK' 3 plus margins:

tied to piece by London '12' in diamond in oval of bars. 

All tied to a piece of a wrapper? posted under the Printed Matter scheme, introduced in February 1848  

by Rowland Hill to encourage the circulating libraries of the time.

The charge was 6d up to 16oz: this piece has printed on it 'Under 12 oz'.

Perhaps the sender calculated a pro rata cost would be 4d halfpenny for 12oz

but no halfpenny stamps had been issued at that time so they rounded it up to 5d? 

A rare and unusual usage which would repay research. 

Price:  220.00

 

Rare 3d rate with 1d and 2d both full margined.

           

151882.  1d Plate 63, 'MB', fine 4-margined and 2d Plate 3, 'BL',

fine 4-margined, tied to a legal entire from London to Warminster. 

London cds on reverse for February 26th 1847 and a partial

Warmenster date stamp for the following day. 

The 2d has been affixed over a light fold in the wrapper. 

A very fine example of the very scarce/rare 3d rate and

rarely is this rate found when both the 1d red and 2d blue have full margins. 

Price:  375.00

 

Advertising Poster for Auction of Land in SHAP

152112.  1d plate 85 tied by a double strike '606' of PENRITH to a printed poster sent to a Lt Colonel Salmond in Alfreton,

with a receiving cds for April 26th 1865 on the reverse. 

The poster, approx 42cm by 34cm, is in excellent condition. Print