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Item No. SG/Spec Plate/Letters Description Price Key
1840 2d Blue (SHADES) PLATE 1, IMPERFORATE
BL:Imp:1731
BL:1731
5

DS5ua

1

FJ-FK

1840 2d Blue, a VFU+ SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR, with four good-to-mostly LARGE margins, lightly cancelled with SCARCER RED MALTESE CROSSES. VGL NE and NE weak on both, and both 'Fs' with extended bottom serifs. Cat.2000+. 585.00
BL:Imp:1248
BL:1248

BRANDON CERT
PTS CERT
5

DS5a,D1(2)ue

1

JB

1840 2d Blue, a good used single, with three LARGE margins, but cut into at right, cancelled with a RARE MAGENTA MALTESE CROSS. Also WATERMARK INVERTED, a remarkably RARE COMBINATION. 'J' misplaced high left, with missing top right serif. BRANDON CERTIFICATE (2007), and PTS CERTIFICATE (2014), the latter stating 'cleaned to reduce toning'. Cat.12,000 with Magenta Maltese Cross cancellation, and 6,000 with Watermark Inverted.

1850.00

BL:Imp:1522
BL:1522
4

DS1

1

KG-KH

1840 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR in the DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four good-to-mostly LARGE margins (close below SW of 'KG'), cancelled with black Maltese Crosses. Letters tilted W. Cat.2000+. 475.00
BL:Imp:1675
BL:1675
4

DS1vd

1

KK

1840 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU single in the SCARCER DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four good-to-LARGE even margins, firmly cancelled with the VERY SCARCE black LEEDS 'SPECIAL' MALTESE CROSS. Slight BASAL SHIFT, and letters misplaced high and left respectively, with the E 'K' tilted W. Cat.3000. 650.00
BL:Imp:1869
BL:1869
5

DS5d,ua

1

OI-OK

1840 2d Blue, a VFU RARE STRIP OF THREE, with four good-to-LARGE even margins all round, somewhat messily cancelled with indistinct but SCARCER Red Maltese Crosses. 'OK': UB Shift, and BURR-RUB NW. 'TWO' Flaws on all three units, NE and NW corners weak, top NW on 'OI' recut, and letters variously misplaced. Cat.3750+ (as three singles with red MX) New!

850.00

1840 2d Blue (SHADES) PLATE 2, IMPERFORATE
BL:Imp:1666
BL:1666
5

DS8f

2

BG

1840 2d Blue, a FU single from this SCARCER plate, with four close-touching(SW)-to-mostly good margins, cancelled with the VERY SCARCE RED MALTESE CROSS. NE Ray Flaws, and 'B' misplaced right and tilted W. Cat.1750. 350.00
BL:Imp:1745
BL:1745
4

DS7ub

2

BJ

1840 2d Deep Blue, a GU+ single from this SCARCER plate, in the SCARCER DEEP BLUE shade, with three LARGE even margins, but close-to-just touching W, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with the SCARCE RED MALTESE CROSS, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. Top NW weak, NE Ray Flaws, and letters misplaced to centre, with the 'B' tilted W. Cat.1750+. 250.00
BL:Imp:1662
BL:1662
4

DS7

2

DK-DL

1840 2d Deep Blue, a F-VFU SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR from this SCARCER plate, in a DEEP BLUE shade, with four clear(SE)-to-mostly VERY LARGE margins, but vertical crease through 'DL', cancelled with black Maltese Crosses. NE Ray Flaws, N/NW weak, and 'K' and 'L' tilted W. Cat.2500. 575.00
BL:Imp:1118
BL:1118
4

DS7

2

FB-FC

1840 2d Deep Blue, a VFU SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR from this SCARCER plate, in the SCARCER DEEP BLUE shade, with four good-to-mostly LARGE margins, cancelled with black Maltese Crosses. NE Ray Flaws, top NE weak, HGL value, and smear through 'T' of value. Cat.2600+ 585.00
BL:Imp:1863
BL:1863
4

DS7

2

ID

1840 2d Deep Blue, a GU+ single from this SCARCER plate, in the SCARCER DEEP BLUE shade, with four close(lower E)-to-good margins, lightly but somewhat messily cancelled with an indistinct black Maltese Cross. NE Ray Flaws, top NE weak, NW break, and W/NW and E/NE recut. Cat.1400 New!

125.00

BL:Imp:1748
BL:1748
4

DS7

2

LL

1840 2d Deep Blue, a FU single from this SCARCER plate, in the SCARCER DEEP BLUE shade, with four VERY LARGE even margins, but almost invisible filled pinhole on the back of the Queen's diadem, cancelled with a black Maltese Cross. NE Ray Flaws, NE recut, blurs lower W, and letters misplaced left with the W 'L' tilted W. Cat.1400. 250.00
BL:Imp:1864
BL:1864
5

DS8

2

MH

1840 2d Blue, a GU collectable spacefiller from this SCARCER plate, with three good even margins, but shaved W, cancelled with a black Maltese Cross. NE Ray Flaws, NW break, 'M' tilted E, and 'H' misplaced right. Cat.1000 New!

95.00

BL:Imp:1728
BL:1728
5

DS8xb

2

MJ

1840 2d Blue, a VFU+ single from this SCARCER plate, with four LARGE even margins, cancelled with a VERY RARE 1842 DATED DORCHESTER TOWN CANCEL. NE Ray Flaws, N of NW weak, and 'J' misplaced high left. Cat.10,000. 2950.00
BL:Imp:1135
BL:1135
5

DS8

2

NK

1840 2d Blue, a FU+ single from this SCARCER plate, with four clear(SE)-to-mostly LARGE even margins, cancelled with a black Maltese Cross. Blurs value, NE and NW Ray Flaws, and W and W/NW recut. Cat.1000. 225.00
BL:Imp:1667
BL:1667
5

DS8xc

2

OC

1840 2d Blue, a GU single from this SCARCER plate, with three close-touching-to-good margins, but trimmed W, cancelled with a RARE IRISH KILCOCK '262' 1844-TYPE NUMERAL. NE weak and Ray Flaws, and 'O' misplaced left. Cat.2500+. 250.00
1841 2d Blue (SHADES) PLATE 3, IMPERFORATE ONLY
BL:Imp:1849
BL:1849
14

ES11f

3

AA-AB

1841 2d Blue, a FU+ SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR, with close(NE)-to-LARGE margins all round, somewhat enthusiastically cancelled with Uttoxeter '827' numerals. 'AA': VGL NE, blur E, W 'A' misplaced low, and both 'A's with extended serifs; 'AB': SE corner frame-line extending E. Cat.225+. New!

55.00

BL:Imp:1788
BL:1788
15/13

ES12/10f

3

AH

1841 2d Blue, a VFU MATCHED PAIR in the DEEP FULL BLUE and PALE BLUE shades, with four close-to-VERY LARGE margins, lightly cancelled respectively with the SCARCER BLACK MALTESE CROSS, and a London Inland '4' numeral. VGLs NE & SE, GD outside SE, and the 'A' misplaced high right. Interesting to note the marked shade change from the early to the later printing. Cat.400+. New!

100.00

BL:Imp:1837
BL:1837
14

ES11g,tb

3

CC

1841 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four good-to-HUGE margins, cancelled with a BLACK MALTESE CROSS. HGL BELOW SE, blur E, and NE and NW recut. Cat.275+. New!

75.00

BL:Imp:1789
BL:1789
15/13

ES12/10

3

CG

1841 2d Blue, a FU/VFU MATCHED PAIR in the DEEP FULL BLUE and PALE BLUE shades, with four close-to-VERY LARGE margins, cancelled respectively with the SCARCER BLACK MALTESE CROSS, and a light English Provincial numeral. NE RECUT and extending E. Cat.400+. New!

80.00

BL:Imp:1843
BL:1843
15

ES12f,tb

3

DB

1841 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU single in a DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four close(NW)-to-mostly LARGE even margins, cancelled with a BLACK MALTESE CROSS. VGL NE, NE corner frame-line extending E, and 'D' tilted W with extended serif. Cat.275+. New!

75.00

BL:Imp:1617
BL:1617
14c

ES11a

3

FA-FB

1841 2d Blue, a collectable SPACEFILLER of a VERY RARE HORIZONTAL PAIR with INVERTED WATERMARK, with virtually no margins and a nasty surface scuff at the NE corner, but lightly cancelled with Ely '275' numerals. 'FA': VGL NE and 'A' misplaced high; 'FB': 'F' misplaced low and tilted E. NOTE: this is the FIRST PAIR (of any line-engraved issue) with inverted watermark that I have seen in 65 years of collecting, and 20 years of dealing in these issues. Cat.1700+ (as two singles). 75.00
BL:Imp:1519
BL:1519
15

ES12f,g,un

3

HD-IE

1841 2d Deep Full Blue, a G-FU VERY RARE BLOCK OF FOUR, with four good-to-VERY LARGE margins on three sides, but trimmed along base and at NW corner, and vertical crease at right, neatly cancelled with FOUR LOVELY strikes of the SCARCE DISTINCTIVE EDINBURGH SPECIAL BALLOON TYPE 6 MALTESE CROSS. VGLs NE all four units, and HGL VALUE on 'HE'. Cat.6000+. 750.00
C:BL:1478
C:1478
14
*

ES11f,i

3

HH-HJ

1841 2d Blue, a F-VFU+ SCARCE STRIP OF THREE, with good-to-VERY LARGE margins all round, on large part ENTIRE LETTER (truncated left) London to Newport (Mon.) on 7 JANUARY 1845, cancelled with London Inland '5' numerals. 'HH': VGL NE, and 'HJ': 'J' FLAW. Cat.1050+. 225.00
BL:Imp:1836
BL:1836
15

ES12uf

3

HI

1841 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU+ single in a DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four good-to-LARGE margins, neatly cancelled with an EDINBURGH MALTESE CROSS. Heavy blurs E and W. Cat.350. New!

95.00

BL:Imp:1785
BL:1785
14

ES11

3

IG

1841 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four good-to-LARGE margins, cancelled with a London Inland '14' numeral. VGL NE, blurs E and lower W, and 'G' misplaced high. Cat.110. New!

27.50

BL:Imp:1841
BL:1841
14

ES11d,uf

3

JB

1841 2d Blue, a SUPERB USED single, with four good-to-LARGE even margins, neatly cancelled with an EDINBURGH MALTESE CROSS. IVORY HEAD, and 'B' misplaced high. Cat.350+. New!

115.00

BL:Imp:1526
BL:1526
14

ES11f,g

3

KH-KI

1841 2d Blue, a VFU SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR, with good-to-LARGE margins all round (but crease between not affecting either design), neatly cancelled with London District '62' numerals. HGL VALUE (both), VGL NE 'KI', and 'H' misplaced high right. Cat.280+. 75.00
BL:Imp:1787
BL:1787
15/13

ES12/10f,i

3

LJ

1841 2d Blue, a VFU/FU MATCHED PAIR in the DEEP FULL BLUE and PALE BLUE shades, with four close-to-VERY LARGE margins, lightly cancelled respectively with the SCARCER BLACK MALTESE CROSS, and a VERY FAINT English Provincial numeral, the latter leaving much of the HEAD CLEAR. HGL SW & 'J' FLAW, with the 'J' misplaced low. Cat.400+. New!

85.00

BL:Imp:1529
BL:1529
14

ES11f,g,ub

3

LL

1841 2d Blue, a FU+ single, with four close-to-VERY LARGE margins, cancelled with the SCARCER BLACK MALTESE CROSS. HGL VALUE & SW, VGL NE(f), and SE corner frame-lines extending E and S. Cat.275+. 55.00
BL:Imp:1847
BL:1847
13

ES10d

3

MI

1841 2d Pale Blue, a VFU single in a PALE BLUE shade, with four good-to-LARGE even margins, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. IVORY HEAD. Blurs NW and SW, SE corner frame-line extending S, and letters tilted W. Cat.125+. New!

35.00

BL:Imp:1532
BL:1532
14

ES11g

3

MK

1841 2d Blue, a FINE RARE MOUNTED MINT single, with four close-to-LARGE margins, but just touched at SW corner and slightly grubby, with almost FULL ORIGINAL GUM (somewhat toned). HGL VALUE & SE, and SE corner frame-line extending S. Cat.6500. 650.00
BL:Imp:1791
BL:1791
14

ES11f

3

OE

1841 2d Blue, a VFU/FU MATCHED PAIR, with four good-to-mostly LARGE even margins, cancelled respectively with the SCARCER BLACK MALTESE CROSS, and an English Provincial numeral, the latter having a tiny cut at the NW corner. VGL NE, the 'O' misplaced low, and the 'E' tilted W. Cat.375+. New!

85.00

BL:Imp:1790
BL:1790
15/13

ES12/10

3

RA

1841 2d Blue, a VFU+/SUPERB USED MATCHED PAIR in the DEEP FULL BLUE and BLUE shades, with four good-to-mostly VERY LARGE margins, cancelled respectively with the SCARCER BLACK MALTESE CROSS, and a light London District numeral, the latter leaving much of the HEAD CLEAR within. NE corner frame-line extending E, 'R' tilted W, and 'A' misplaced high left. Cat.375+. New!

110.00

BL:Imp:1840
BL:1840
15

ES12d,tb

3

RH

1841 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU single in a DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four good even margins, lightly cancelled with a BLACK MALTESE CROSS. BASAL SHIFT, NE corner frame-line extending E, corrosion blurs, and 'H' misplaced low left. Cat.275+. New!

75.00

BL:Imp:1839
BL:1839
15

ES12f,tb

3

TG

1841 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU single in a DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four close(SE)-to-mostly HUGE margins, cancelled with a BLACK MALTESE CROSS. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing VGLs NE & SE, and 'G' misplaced high right. Cat.275+. New!

65.00

BL:Imp:1219
BL:1219
15/14

ES12g,ub/ES11g,wa

3

TJ

1841 2d Deep Full Blue/1844 2d Blue, a VFU+/VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, both with four good-to-mostly HUGE margins, lightly cancelled respectively with the SCARCER black MALTESE CROSS, and a Scots 1844-type numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE on both. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing HGL VALUE, SE corner frame-line extending E, and letters misplaced left and high right respectively. Cat.385+. 110.00
BL:Imp:1846
BL:1846
15

ES12d

3

TL

1841 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU+ single in a DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four close(SW)-to-VERY LARGE margins, cancelled with an Edinburgh '131' numeral. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing a CONSTANT VARIETY: dot below SE; also a BASAL SHIFT, and letters misplaced high, with the 'T' tilted E. Cat.140+. New!

45.00

1843-44 LONDON CHIEF OFFICE: NUMBERS IN MALTESE CROSS (PLATE 3 ONLY)
BL:Imp:1406
BL:1406
14

ES11va,vd,vf,vi,vl

3

Various

1841 2d Blue, a selection of five good used mostly 3-4 margin singles, with some faults, cancelled with good-to-FINE legible strikes of the VERY SCARCE NUMBERS '1', '4', '6', '9'(RARE) & '12' IN MALTESE CROSS. A USEFUL batch. Cat.3,850+. 375.00
BL:Imp:1520
BL:1520
14

ES11vg

3

OD

1841 2d Blue, a FU+ single, with four good-to-LARGE even margins, but tiny marginal nick centre E, cancelled with a VERY SCARCE NUMBER '7' IN MALTESE CROSS. NW corner frame-line extending W, SE ext S, and 'D' misplaced right. Cat.1200. 250.00
BL:Imp:1374
BL:1374
14

ES11vl

3

DC-DD

1841 2d Blue, a FU+ SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR, with four close-to-mostly LARGE margins all round, cancelled with two strikes of the NUMBER '12' IN MALTESE CROSS. Slight basal shift on both. Cat.1,100+. 225.00
BL:Imp:1500
BL:1500
14

ES11f,vl

3

OB

1841 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four LARGE even margins, cancelled with the SCARCE NO.12 IN MALTESE CROSS. VGL NE. Cat.550. 135.00
1841-55 2d BLUE (SHADES) PLATE 4: IMPERF & PERF
BL:Imp:P:1887
BL:1887
15/19

ES15/F1(1)h

4

AE

1849/54 2d Deep Blue (shades), a FU+/VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, the imperf in a DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four close(S)-to-VERY LARGE margins, cancelled with a London Inland numeral, matched with a SCARCE Perf.16 in STATE 2 after repair, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a DUBLIN '186' numeral. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing blur SW, 'A' blind, and letters misplaced low left and right respectively. The State 2 shows a STRONG TRL at left. Cat.325+. New!

85.00

BL:Imp:1786
BL:1786
14

ES14

4

AG

1849 2d Blue, a FU+ single, with four close(SE)-to-LARGE margins, cancelled with a Liverpool '466' numeral. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing dot above NW, blur SW, 'A' blind, and letters misplaced low left. Cat.90. New!

20.00

BL:Imp:1334
BL:1334
15aa

ES16

4

BA

1851 2d 'Violet'-Blue, a GU+ single, with three-and-a-half good-to-LARGE margins, but just touched SW, cancelled with a Liverpool '466' numeral. Printed on the RARE THICKER, LAVENDER-TINTED PAPER. 'B' tilted W, and 'A' blind and misplaced low right. Cat.1500. 185.00
BL:Imp:1189
BL:1189
15aa

ES16

4

BG

1851 2d 'Violet'-Blue, a FU+ single, with four mostly VERY LARGE margins, but just touched at SW corner, and with light horizontal bend upper quarter, cancelled with a London Inland '16' numeral. Printed on the RARE THICKER, LAVENDER-TINTED PAPER. Slight upper border shift (seen in star corners), and letters misplaced right and left. Cat.1500. 285.00
BL:Imp:1784
BL:1784
14

ES14n,o

4

BH

1849 2d Blue, a FU RARE MATCHED PAIR in STATES 1 & 2, the early state WITHOUT, and the later state WITH 'SPECTACLES' FLAW. Both stamps with FOUR close-to-LARGE margins, cancelled respectively with IRISH and English Provincial numerals. NW corner frame-line extending N. Cat.2500+. New!

500.00

BL:Imp:1811
BL:1811
14

ES14a,e

4

CA

1849 2d Blue, a GU single, with LARGE-to-HUGE even margins, but small cut/tear behind Queen's chignon, cancelled with a London Inland '7' numeral. RARE WATERMARK INVERTED. UB SHIFT, lower E RECUT, and letters misplaced low left and low, with the 'A' blind and tilted W. Cat.875. New!

85.00

BL:Imp:1881
BL:1881
14

ES14

4

CD

1849 2d Blue, a VFU single in a BRIGHT BLUE shade, with four good-to-LARGE margins, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. A LATE print, showing extensive CORROSION BLURS; also slight UB shift, NE corner frame-line extending E, lower E recut, and letters misplaced low left and high right. Cat.90+. New!

25.00

BL:Imp:1880
BL:1880
15

ES15

4

CH

1849 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU+ single in a FINE DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four close(NW)-to-mostly HUGE margins, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. A mark on the top right of the 'C' could possibly be a corrosion mark, but there are no others, so I suspect it may be an UNRECORDED DOUBLE LETTER 'C'. Also shows lower E recut, and letters misplaced low left and low right. Cat.100+. New!

35.00

BL:Imp:1797
BL:1797
14

ES14e

4

DC

1849 2d Blue, a VFU+ single, with four LARGE even margins, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with a London Inland numeral. UB SHIFT, corrosion blurs SE and SW, and letters misplaced right and low right, with the 'D' tilted W. Cat.130. New!

40.00

BL:Imp:P:1889
BL:1889
14/19

ES14/F1(1)

4

DF

1849/54 2d Blue (shades), a FU+ MATCHED PAIR Imperf and Perf.16, the Perf Star in a Deep Blue shade. The imperf has four just clear(SW)-to-HUGE margins, cancelled with a London Inland numeral, and the Perf.16 is UNUSUALLY WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, but rather firmly cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Lower E recut, NE corner frame-line extending N, and SE ext S. Cat.190+. New!

45.00

BL:Imp:1882
BL:1882
13

ES13

4

DH

1849 2d Pale Blue, a VFU+ single in a FINE PALE BLUE shade, with four LARGE-to-VERY LARGE even margins, lightly cancelled low left with an English Provincial numeral, leaving much of the HEAD CLEAR. W RECUT, slight UB shift, and letters misplaced high and low respectively. Cat.110+. New!

35.00

BL:Imp:1540
BL:1540
14

ES14

4

EL

1849 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four good-to-mostly LARGE margins, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Minor UB SHIFT, lower E recut, and 'L' misplaced low. Cat.90. 22.50
BL:Imp:P:1886
BL:1886
14/15/19

ES14/15/F1(1)

4

FC

1849/54 2d Blue (shades), a VFU SCARCE MATCHED TRIO, with two Imperfs in PALEISH blue and DEEP FULL BLUE shades, matched with a DEEP BLUE Perf.16. This is an interesting study in PROGRESSIVE CORROSION of the plate: the first imperf is an EARLY print with NO CORROSION BLURS, while the LATER prints of the Imperf in Deep Full Blue and the Perf.16 show extensive, almost identical corrosion blurs, caused by poor storage of the plate during the period when it was stored off press. One must therefore presume that perforation was introduced during the period at press when both these sheets were printed in early 1854. The imperfs have four good-to-LARGE margins, cancelled respectively with Aberdeen '1' and London Inland '17' numerals, while the Perf.16 is centred slightly high left, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with an ?English? numeral, leaving much of the HEAD CLEAR. Blurs lower W, and letters misplaced low. A PRETTY group... Cat.290+. New!

85.00

BL:Imp:1851
BL:1851
14

ES14

4

FJ

1849 2d Blue, a SUPERB USED single, with four HUGE margins, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with an Edinburgh '131' numeral. Lower E recut, and 'F' tilted E. Cat.90. New!

35.00

BL:Imp:1879
BL:1879
14

ES14

4

GA

1849 2d Blue, a VFU+ MARGINAL single, with four good(SW corner)-to mostly LARGE-to-HUGE margins, lightly cancelled either side with two fragments of English Provincial numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE between. SE recut, and letters misplaced low left and right, and tilted W, with the 'A' blind. Cat.90+. New!

28.50

BL:Imp:1591
BL:1591
14

ES14

4

GC

1849 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four good-to-mostly LARGE margins, cancelled with a London Inland numeral. Lower W recut and blurred, slight basa shift, and letters misplaced low left and low right. Cat.90. 22.50
BL:Imp:1378
BL:1378
15aa

ES16

4

GL

1851 2d 'Violet'-Blue, a GU single, with three-and-a-half good-to-mostly VERY LARGE margins, but just touched SE, and faint diagonal crease SE, cancelled with a Nottingham '583' numeral. Printed on the RARE THICKER, LAVENDER-TINTED PAPER. NE corner frame-line extended N, and letters misplaced left and low left, with the 'L' tilted W. A useful modestly-priced example of this VERY SCARCE variety... Cat.1500. 150.00
BL:Imp:1396
BL:1396
14

ES14q

4

HH

1849 2d Blue, a GU+ single, with four good-to-LARGE margins, but diagonal corner crease NE, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Printed on VERY THIN PAPER, with the design showing through on the reverse, and a FINE IVORY HEAD. Lower E and upper W recut, corrosion blurs, and letters misplaced low left and low, and tilted E. Cat.225. 35.00
BL:Imp:1289
BL:1289
14

ES14a,e

4

HL

1849 2d Blue, a FU single, with four close-but-clear(SW)-to-LARGE margins, and small diagonal corner creases NE and SW, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. RARE WATERMARK INVERTED. a MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing a UB SHIFT, and letters misplaced right and low left, the 'H' with extended serif. Cat.875.

150.00

BL:Imp:1884
BL:1884
15

ES15

4

IE

1849 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU+ single in a FINE DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four close-but-clear(SW)-to-VAST margins, lightly cancelled centre right with an English Provincial numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. CORROSION BLURS, slight UB shift, and letters tilted W, with the 'E' misplaced low left. Cat.100+. New!

32.50

BL:Imp:1395
BL:1395
14

ES14

4

KA

1849 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four good-to-LARGE even margins, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Letters misplaced low right and tilted E, with the 'A' blind. Cat.90. 22.50
BL:Imp:1514
BL:1514
14

ES14

4

KC

1849 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four good-to-LARGE even margins, cancelled with a London District '79' numeral. NE corner frame-line extending E, all corners and lower W recut, and letters misplaced low right and low. Cat.90. 22.50
BL:Imp:1874
BL:1874
15

ES15

4

KJ

1849 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU+ single in a FINE DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four LARGE-to-HUGE even margins, cancelled with a Manchester '498' numeral. NW corner frame-line extending W, slight UB shift, blur NE, and 'J' misplaced low right. Cat.100+. New!

30.00

BL:Imp:1878
BL:1878
14

ES14

4

KJ

1849 2d Blue, a VFU+ single in a PALEISH blue shade, with four LARGE-to-HUGE even margins, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Slight UB shift, blur NE, and 'J' misplaced low right. Cat.90+. New!

28.50

BL:Imp:1793
BL:1793
15aa

ES17

4

KJ-KL

1851 2d 'Violet'-Blue, a F-VFU+ RARE STRIP OF THREE, with margins just touching (SW corner of 'KL')-to-otherwise good-to-mostly HUGE all round, lightly cancelled with Edinburgh '131' numerals. Faint horizontal bend just above value. Printed on LAVENDER-TINTED PAPER (early stage). UB SHIFT on 'KK' and 'KL', GD below SE on 'KL', and letters variously misplaced and tilted. A SCARCE MULTIPLE of this variety...Cat.1,200+. New!

325.00

BL:Imp:1872
BL:1872
13

ES13

4

LA

1849 2d Pale Blue, a VFU+ MARGINAL single in the slightly SCARCER PALE BLUE shade, with four good-to-HUGE margins, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with a Scots Alloa '7' numeral, leaving almost COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE within. BURR-RUB baseline, E/NE and E/SE RECUT, 'A' blind, and letters misplaced low left. Cat.110+. New!

35.00

BL:Imp:1547
BL:1547
15aa

ES16

4

LD

1851 2d 'Violet'-Blue, a FU+ single, with close(SW)-to-mostly LARGE margins, cancelled with a SCARCE LONDON DISTRICT '70' numeral (Parmenter Type 70OD2, Rarity 'F' - 'RARE'). Printed on the RARE THICKER, LAVENDER-TINTED PAPER. Letters misplaced low left and high right, and tilted W and E respectively. Cat.1500. 350.00
BL:Imp:1885
BL:1885
15

ES15e

4

LJ

1849 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU+ single in a FINE DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four good-to-mostly VERY LARGE margins, lightly cancelled with a London Inland '11' numeral. UB SHIFT, SE corner frame-line extending E, blur NE, and letters misplaced low left and low right. Cat.130+. New!

38.50

BL:Imp:P:1876
BL:1876
14/20

ES14/F1(2)

4

MD

1849/54 2d Blue (shades), a VFU+/VFU MATCHED PAIR Imperf and Perf.16, the Perf Star in a FINE PALE BLUE shade. The imperf has four good-to-mostly HUGE margins, cancelled with a Glasgow '159' numeral, and the Perf.16 is UNUSUALLY WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a London Inland '27' numeral. Slight UB SHIFT, NE corner frame-line extending E, and 'D' misplaced high right and tilted E. Cat.200+. New!

58.50

BL:Imp:1809
BL:1809
14

ES14

4

ME

1849 2d Blue, a VFU+ single, with four VERY LARGE even margins, cancelled with a London Inland '20' numeral. Letters misplaced left. Cat.90. New!

25.00

BL:Imp:1544
BL:1544
14

ES14

4

NH

1849 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four clear-to-mostly VERY LARGE margins, cancelled with a London Inland '1' numeral. NW corner frame-line extending W (slight), lower W recut, and 'H' misplaced low. Cat.90. 22.50
BL:Imp:P:1888
BL:1888
14/19

ES14/F1(1)

4

OA

1849/54 2d Blue (shades), a FU+ MATCHED PAIR Imperf and Perf.16, the Perf Star in a Deep Blue shade. The imperf has four close(NE)-to-LARGE margins, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral, and the Perf.16 is centred somewhat low left, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Knaresborough '424' numeral. BURR-RUB base-line, NE corner frame-line extending E (slight), lower E recut, and 'A' blind. Cat.190+. New!

45.00

BL:Imp:840
BL:840
14

ES14e

4

PD

1849 2d Blue, a good RARE UNUSED single, with three LARGE margins, but trimmed E, and no gum. UPPER BORDER SHIFT. Cat.6000. 200.00
BL:Imp:1875
BL:1875
15

ES15

4

PE

1849 2d Blue, a SUPERB USED single in a DEEPISH shade of blue, with four VERY LARGE even margins, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with a small part London Inland '19' numeral, leaving almost COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. Slight UB shift, and 'P' blurred and misplaced low right. Cat.90+. New!

30.00

BL:Imp:1799
BL:1799
15

ES15e

4

PE

1849 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU+ single in a FINE DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four good-to-LARGE margins, cancelled low right with a London Inland '7' numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. UB SHIFT (slight), blurs SW, and 'P' blurred and misplaced low right. Cat.130+. New!

40.00

BL:Imp:1877
BL:1877
15

ES15

4

PJ

1849 2d Deep Full Blue, a SUPERB USED single in a FINE DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four good-to-LARGE even margins, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled centre right with an English Provincial numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. Slight UB SHIFT, NW corner frame-line extending NW, lower W recut, and letters tilted E and W respectively. Cat.100+. New!

35.00

BL:Imp:P:1890
BL:1890
15/19

ES15/F1(1)

4

QF

1849/54 2d Deep Blue (shades), a VFU MATCHED PAIR Imperf and Perf.16, the Imperf in a FINE DEEP FULL BLUE shade. The Imperf has four good-to-mostly HUGE margins, cancelled with a London Inland '12' numeral, and the Perf.16 is centred slightly right, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a London Inland '38' LATE FEE numeral. Blurs E and W, SE RECUT and corner frame-line extending S, and letters misplaced right and low left. Cat.200+. New!

50.00

BL:Imp:1768
BL:1768

BRANDON CERT
15aa

ES16

4

QG-QJ

1851 2d 'Violet'-Blue, a G-VFU+ RARE STRIP OF FOUR, with margins touching(base of 'QJ')-to-otherwise good-to-VERY LARGE all round, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with English Provincial numerals. Printed on the RARE THICKER, LAVENDER-TINTED PAPER. 'Q's misplaced left, and 'H' tilted E. An EXCEPTIONAL MULTIPLE of this RARE VARIETY... 2005 BRANDON CERTIFICATE. Cat.6,000+. New!

1500.00

BL:Imp:1883
BL:1883
15

ES15q

4

QJ

1849 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU+ single in a FINE DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four LARGE-to-HUGE margins, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with an ?IRISH? numeral. Printed on VERY THIN HARD ('PELURE') PAPER, clearly showing design on obverse. Also IVORY HEAD, corners RECUT, and letters misplaced left and low right, with the 'J' tilted W. Cat.225+. New!

75.00

BL:Imp:1873
BL:1873
15

ES15

4

QK

1849 2d Deep Full Blue, a SUPERB USED single in a FINE DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four LARGE-to-mostly VERY LARGE even margins, cancelled with two small part London(?) numerals, leaving almost COMPLETE CLEAR HEAD between. BURR-RUB baseline, SE RECUT and extending E, blur SW, and letters misplaced left and low respectively. Cat.100+. New!

35.00

BL:Imp:1854
BL:1854
15

ES15

4

RH

1849 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU+ single in a DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with LARGE-to-HUGE margins, cancelled with an IRISH NEWRY '357' numeral. Blur W, NE extending E, and letters misplaced low and low right. Cat.100+. New!

30.00

BL:Imp:1382
BL:1382
15

ES15e,q

4

SA-SC

1849 2d Deep Full Blue, a F-VFU VERY SCARCE STRIP OF THREE in the DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with margins all round, LARGE in places, cancelled with Scots numerals. Printed on VERY THIN PAPER, with the design showing through on the reverse, and FINE IVORY HEADS. UPPER BORDER SHIFTS and NW corner frame-lines extending N on 'SA' and 'SB', SW ext W and NE ext N on 'SC', lower E recut on 'SB', and letters variously misplaced. Cat.675+. 165.00
BL:Imp:1548
BL:1548
15aa

ES16e

4

TA

1851 2d 'Violet'-Blue, a GU+ single, with three-and-a-half good-to-mostly HUGE margins, but trimmed upper W and with a vertical crease, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. A LOVELY example of the RARE THICKER, LAVENDER-TINTED PAPER. UB SHIFT, and letters misplaced high right and low right, with the 'A' blind and tilted W. Cat.1800. 195.00
BL:Imp:1805
BL:1805
14

ES14d

4

TH

1849 2d Blue, a FU single, with good-to-LARGE margins, somewhat heavily cancelled with an ?English? numeral. A MAJOR RE-ENTRY, but in the SCARCE STATE 2, with the 'H' thinner than in the original sate of the unit. Letters misplaced low right and left respectively. Cat.550. New!

110.00

BL:Imp:1800
BL:1800
14

ES14

4

TJ

1849 2d Blue, a SUPERB USED single, with four good-to-mostly VERY LARGE margins, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with a ?Scots? numeral, leaving virtually COMPLETE CLEAR HEAD. NE and SE corner frame-lines extending E, and letters misplaced low left and right respectively. Cat.90+. New!

35.00

2d BLUE PERFORATED 'STARS' SPEC F1-F2 (PLATE 4, SG19-20,23)
C:BL:1225
C:1225
19
*

F1

4

BG-BH

1854 2d Blue, a VFU HORIZONTAL PAIR, centred low, but with FULL PERFS, on neat ENTIRE from London to PARIS on 18 April 1855, cancelled with London Inland '23' numerals, and with related transit and arrival stamps front and back. The stamps overlap the top edge of the cover, but are happily not damaged as a result. 'BH' shows the SCARCE SPECTACLES FLAW. A RARE COVER... Cat.675++. 250.00
BL:P:1892
BL:1892
20

F1(2)

4

CG

1854 2d Pale Blue A VFU single in the SCARCER PALE BLUE shade, WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Many CORROSION BLURS, lower W RECUT, and 'C' misplaced low left. Cat.110+. New!

32.50

 

BL:P:1897
BL:1897
19

F1(1)

4

EH

1854 2d Deep Blue A VFU single in the DEEPER shade, WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Corrosion blur SE and SW, slight UB shift, and 'H' misplaced low right. Cat.100. New!

25.00

 

BL:P:1898
BL:1898
19

F1(1)

4

HG

1854 2d Deep Blue A VFU+ single in the DEEPER shade, UNUSUALLY WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Manchester '498' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. BURR-RUB at base, lower and upper W recut (lightly), corrosion blurs, and letters misplaced low to centre. Cat.100+. New!

30.00

 

BL:P:1896
BL:1896
19

F1(1)

4

JC

1854 2d Deep Blue A VFU single in the DEEPER shade, WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Carlisle '165' numeral. Corrosion blur SE, slight UB shift, and letters misplaced low and low right. Cat.100. New!

25.00

 

C:BL:1743
C:1743
19
*

F1

4

GG-HG

1854 2d Blue, a FU SCARCE VERTICAL PAIR in a DEEP shade, off-centre left, but with FULL PERFS, on flimsy but neat EMPTY WRAPPER from London to LYON from 22 to 23 MAY 1855, cancelled with London Inland '11' numerals, and with related transit (via Calais and Paris) and arrival stamps front and back. 'HG' is a MISSING IMPRIMATUR, both show many CORROSION BLURS, and SE corner frame-line extends S on 'GG'. SCARCE COVER... Cat.400++. New!

150.00

BL:P:1288
BL:1288
19

F1c

4

ND

1854 2d Blue, a GU+ single, centred low left, with a couple of perf-tips trimmed at SE corner, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral, leaving most of the HEAD CLEAR. With SCARCE WATERMARK INVERTED. 'D' misplaced high right. NOTE: this is marked as 20wi on obverse: however I do not see this as 'Pale Blue', but neither is it 'Deep Blue'! Somewhere in between - otherwise known as 'Blue'... Cat.325. 40.00
BL:P:1771
BL:1771
19

F1p,Z7

4

PF-PH

1854 2d Deep Blue, a F-VFU VERY RARE STRIP OF THREE, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, on small DATED PIECE OF 3 AUGUST 1855, cancelled with CRIMEA O*O cancellations. 'PH': heavy blur W, and NW corner frame-line extending N; all 'P's blind. Cat. UNPRICED SG used in Crimea. New!

850.00

BL:P:1894
BL:1894
20

F1(2)

4

QD

1854 2d Pale Blue A VFU+ single in the SCARCER PALE BLUE shade, VERY WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Letters misplaced right and high right, with the 'D' tilted W. Cat.110+. New!

29.50

 

BL:P:1895
BL:1895
20

F1(2)

4

SF

1854 2d Pale Blue A VFU+ single in the SCARCER PALE BLUE shade, VERY WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a SCARCE WELSH HOLYWELL (FLINTS) '375' numeral (Parmenter RARITY 'F' - 'RARE'). Lower E and W RECUT, NE and SE corner frame-lines extending E, and letters misplaced low. Cat.110+. New!

35.00

 

BL:P:1893
BL:1893
20

F1(2)

4

SK

1854 2d Pale Blue A VFU single in the SCARCER PALE BLUE shade, centred a whisker right, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Salisbury '683' numeral. BURR-RUB S, blur lower W, NW and NE corner frame-lines extending N, and letters misplaced low left and low right. Cat.110+. New!

30.00

 

BL:P:1674
BL:1674
23

F2

4

LA-LB

1855 2d Blue, a FU+ SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR from this SCARCE issue, off-centre low right, but with FULL PERFS, on large DATED PIECE OF 24 JULY 1855, cancelled with LIVERPOOL SPOONS, TYPE A16, with arrival stamps at BORDEAUX 26 JULY 1855. 'LA' BURR-RUBS, and 'A' blind. Corrosion blurs on both. Cat.450++. 125.00
BL:P:1095
BL:1095
23

F2k

4

MK

1855 2d Blue, a FINE VERY RARE LIGHTLY MOUNTED MINT single from this SCARCE issue, WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, and, apart from a tiny spot behind the second perforation at top left, FULL ORIGINAL GUM, usual crackling and somewhat toned. UPPER BORDER SHIFT, and 'M' misplaced left. Cat.12,500. 1500.00
BL:P:1772
BL:1772
23

F2

4

NG-NH

1855 2d Blue, a SUPERB USED SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR from this SCARCE issue, UNUSUALLY WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with English SIDEWAYS DUPLEXES, leaving both heads almost completely CLEAR. Corrosion blurs S on both; 'NG': letters misplaced low left and low right; 'NH': upper E recut. Cat.450++. New!

150.00

2d BLUE PERFORATED 'STARS' SPEC F3-F6 (PLATE 5, SG23a,20a,27,34)
BL:P:1821
BL:1821
23a

F3

5

EL

1855 2d Blue A FU+ single from the SCARCE SG23a Small Crown Perf.14 issue, off-centre right, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an EDINBURGH ROLLER. Blur SW, and 'L' misplaced right. Cat.350. New!

75.00

 

BL:P:1681
BL:1681
23a

F3

5

FE

1855 2d Blue A VFU single from the SCARCE SG23a Small Crown Perf.14 issue, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a smudged English Provincial numeral. ROUGH PERFS caused either by blunt perf pins, or the sheet being at the bottom of the pile for perforation. Blurs W and value, and 'F' tilted W. Cat.350. 85.00

 

C:BL:1654
C:1654
23a
*

F3

5

KH-KI

1855 2d Blue, a FU VERY SCARCE partially separated HORIZONTAL PAIR from this SCARCE printing, off-centre right, but with FULL PERFS, on stained and damaged (at left) empty IRISH WRAPPER Derry to Letterkenny on 28 July 1855, cancelled with DERRY '172' numerals. Clear despatch and arrival datestamps on obverse. Blurs W, many corrosion blurs, and 'K' tilted W on 'KI'. A VERY SCARCE usage on cover... Cat 1050+ New!

225.00

BL:P:1822
BL:1822
23a

F3

5

LK

1855 2d Blue A FU+ single from the SCARCE SG23a Small Crown Perf.14 issue, off-centre low left, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a London Inland '18' numeral. Letters misplaced to centre. Cat.350. New!

75.00

 

BL:P:1400
BL:1400
23a

F3

5

ML

1855 2d Blue A VFU+ single from the SCARCE SG23a Small Crown Perf.14 issue, centred slightly right, with FULL PERFS, cancelled to the right with a Scots numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. 'M' misplaced left, and 'L' tilted slightly W. Cat.350. 100.00

 

BL:P:1409
BL:1409
23a/34

F3/F6

5

ML

1855 2d Blue A VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, the SCARCE SG23a Small Crown Perf.14 centred slightly low left, the SG34 WELL-CENTRED, both with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with Skipton '714' and London Inland '15' numerals. 'M' misplaced left, and 'L' tilted slightly W. Cat.420+. 110.00

 

BL:P:1867
BL:1867
23a

F3

5

OB

1855 2d Blue A VFU single from the SCARCE SG23a Small Crown Perf.14 issue, centred slightly high right, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with a Glasgow '159' 'MADELEINE SMITH' experimental duplex. Blurs W. Cat.350. New!

85.00

 

BL:P:1434
BL:1434
23a

F3

5

QI

1855 2d Blue A VFU single from the SCARCE SG23a Small Crown Perf.14 issue, centred slightly high right, with FULL PERFS, cancelled high right with a slightly oily London Inland '15' numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. Heavy blurs W, and letters misplaced left and high, with the 'I' tilted W. Cat.350. 85.00

 

BL:P:1891
BL:1891
20a

F4ya

5

NF

1855 2d Deep Blue A FU+ single from the VERY SCARCE SG20a Small Crown Perf.16 issue, in a DEEP BLUE shade (UNLISTED), off-centre low left, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a SCOTS LOCAL. A LONG STAMP resulting from repositioning of the comb, leaving a long tooth at base from the perf shift. Letters misplaced low. Cat.350+. New!

75.00

 

BL:P:1870
BL:1870
20a

F4

5

PE

1855 2d Blue A FU single from the VERY SCARCE SG20a Small Crown Perf.16 issue, off-centre low, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a London Inland '14' numeral. Letters misplaced high right and right. Cat.350. New!

65.00

 

BL:P:1246
BL:1246
27/34

F5/F6

5

BG

1855 2d Blue A F-VFU VERY SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, including the SG27 Large Crown, Perf.16 issue (Spec F5), the SCARCEST of the 2d 'Stars'. The Large Crown, Perf.14 F6 is in an UNUSUALLY DEEP shade, both reasonably well-centred for these, and both are with FULL PERFS (albeit a couple slightly 'nibbled' on both, and the F5 with a tiny faint diagonal corner crease SE). They are cancelled respectively with an English Provincial numeral and a SHREWSBURY SPOON. Blurs SE and SW. Cat.520. 110.00

 

BL:P:1305
BL:1305
27/34

F5h/F6f

5

SH

1855 2d Blue A VFU/FU+ VERY SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, including the SG27 Large Crown, Perf.16 issue (Spec F5), the SCARCEST of the '2d Stars', WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, the F6 centred rather low, but with FULL PERFS (blunt perf pins causing rough perfs), cancelled respectively with Newport (Mon.) '561', and Blackburn '86' numerals. CONSTANT VARIETY: mark below 'W' of 'TWO'; also heavy blur W, and lower E recut. Cat.565+. 140.00

 

BL:P:1823
BL:1823
34

F6

5

BC

1855 2d Blue A VFU single in a slightly DEEPER shade than usual for this issue, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing blur E, and 'C' misplaced low left. Cat.70. New!

16.50

 

BL:P:974
BL:974
34

F6

5

BI

1855 2d Blue A VFU single, centred a whisker high right, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Heavy blur W, corrosion blurs in 'POSTAGE' and value, NW corner frame-line extending N, and 'I' misplaced high. Cat.70. 15.00

 

BL:P:1824
BL:1824
34

F6

5

FC

1855 2d Blue A VFU single, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a London District '76' duplex. Blur W, numerous corrosion spots, and 'C' misplaced right. Cat.70. New!

16.50

 

BL:P:1825
BL:1825
34

F6

5

FF

1855 2d Blue A VFU single, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a London District '72' duplex. Blur W, and E 'F' misplaced right. Cat.70. New!

16.50

 

BL:P:1865
BL:1865
34

F6c

5

ME

1855 2d Blue A FU single, off-centre left, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an Oxford '603' numeral. SCARCE WATERMARK INVERTED. Letters misplaced right and low right. Cat.325. New!

65.00

 

BL:P:1826
BL:1826
34

F6

5

MI

1855 2d Blue A VFU single, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with an ?English Provincial? numeral. NE corner frame-line extending E, lower E recut, and 'I' misplaced left. Cat.70. New!

16.50

 

BL:P:1827
BL:1827
34

F6

5

OE

1855 2d Blue A VFU single, centred a whisker low, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled centre right with an English Provincial numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. Blurs lower W, and letters misplaced high left and right respectively. Cat.70. New!

16.50

 

C:BL:1663
C:1663
34
*

F6

5

OI

1855 2d Deep Blue, a VFU single, centred a smidgeon left, with FULL PERFS, on clean IRISH ENTIRE LETTER Coleraine to Ballymoney on 28 May 1857, cancelled with a COLERAINE '149' numeral. Clear despatch and arrival datestamps on obverse. Blurs E, SE and SW, and 'I' misplaced left. SCARCE on cover... Cat.200+ New!

55.00

BL:P:1828
BL:1828
34

F6

5

SB

1855 2d Blue A VFU+ single, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled right with an English Provincial SIDEWAYS DUPLEX, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. E margin narrow, lower E recut, and 'S' misplaced high. Cat.70. New!

18.50

 

2d BLUE PERFORATED 'STARS' SPEC F7-F8 (PLATE 6, SG35,36a)
BL:P:1829
BL:1829
35

F7

6

AJ

1857 2d Deep Blue A VFU single, centred a whisker left, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled lower right with a Scots numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR and 'A' ROW SHORT STAMP, showing blur SE, spots in 'A' square, and 'A' blind. Cat.70. New!

18.50

 

BL:P:1307
BL:1307
35

F7

6

BG

1857 2d Deep Blue A VFU single, centred a whisker low right, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a neat Dorchester '256' numeral. Corrosion scratches in value, and 'G' misplaced right. Cat.70. 16.50

 

BL:P:1175
BL:1175
35/36a

F7/F8

6

BI

1857 2d Blue/1858 2d Deep Blue A VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, including the VERY SCARCE Perf.16 issue, both quite WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with a Scots Ayr '27' and a London Inland '21' numeral. Blurs W, NW corner frame-line extending NW and NE ext E (both slight), and 'I' misplaced left. Cat.445+. 115.00

 

BL:P:1651
BL:1651
35/36a

F7/F8

6

DD

1857/1858 2d Blue/Deep Blue A VFU/FU+ SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, including the VERY SCARCE Perf.16 issue, the SG35 WELL-CENTRED, the SCARCE SG36a centred somewhat low, but both with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with a VERY LIGHT HULL SPOON, and a London Inland numeral. Corrosion blurs SW. Cat.445+. 110.00

 

BL:P:1830
BL:1830
35

F7

6

DH

1857 2d Deep Blue A VFU single, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Scots numeral. 'H' misplaced high left. Cat.70. New!

16.50

 

BL:P:1831
BL:1831
35

F7

6

FB

1857 2d Deep Blue A VFU single, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with an ?IRISH? numeral, leaving almost COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE within. Letters misplaced high and right respectively. Cat.70. New!

16.50

 

BL:P:1308
BL:1308
35

F7

6

FD

1857 2d Deep Blue A VFU single, centred a whisker low left, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a London Inland '8' numeral. Corrosion marks N. Cat.70. 16.50

 

BL:P:1832
BL:1832
35

F7

6

JK

1857 2d Deep Blue A VFU single, centred a whisker high, with FULL PERFS (one or two slighly 'nibbled' lower left), VERY LIGHTLY cancelled lower right with a ?Scots? numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR HEAD. SE corner frame-line extending E, many corrosion blurs, 'J' misplaced left, and the 'K' tilted W. Cat.70. New!

16.50

 

BL:P:1411
BL:1411
35/36a

F7/F8

6

ML

1857/1858 2d Deep Blue A SUPERB USED/FU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, including the VERY SCARCE Perf.16 issue, the SG35 WELL-CENTRED, the SCARCE SG36a centred somewhat high right, but both with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled respectively with Scots and English numerals. The SG36a has a small surface scuff on the perfs N of 'GE' of 'POSTAGE'. Letters misplaced left, with the 'L' tilted W. Cat.445+. 95.00

 

BL:P:1834
BL:1834
35

F7

6

OL

1857 2d Deep Blue A VFU single, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. CONSTANT VARIETIES: blurs NW, SW, and SE (visible on Imprimatur sheet, so not corrosion blurs). 'O' misplaced high right. Cat.70+. New!

17.50

 

BL:P:1306
BL:1306
35/36a

F7/F8

6

QI

1857/1858 2d Deep Blue A VFU+ SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, including the VERY SCARCE Perf.16 issue, both quite WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled respectively with SCARCE LONDON INLAND '46' TWIN, and Glasgow '159' numerals. Blurs and scratches W and in value, and 'Q' misplaced left. Cat.445+. 125.00

 

BL:P:1833
BL:1833
35

F7

6

RJ

1857 2d Deep Blue A VFU single, centred a smidgeon low, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Liverpool '466' numeral (probably a SPOON). CONSTANT VARIETIES: blurs NW, SW, and SE (visible on Imprimatur sheet, so not corrosion blurs). Letters misplaced left. Cat.70+. New!

17.50

 

BL:P:1835
BL:1835
35

F7

6

TI

1857 2d Deep Blue A VFU single, centred a whisker high, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. SE corner frame-line extending right, and 'T' tilted W. Cat.70. New!

16.50

 

BL:P:1412
BL:1412
36a

F8

6

TD-TE

1858 2d Deep Blue A VFU RARE HORIZONTAL PAIR from the VERY SCARCE Perf.16 issue, centred somewhat low left, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with London Inland '34' numerals. 'TD': 'T' misplaced right; 'TE': NE corner frame-line extending E. Numerous corrosion blurs and scratches on both units. NOTE: It has been suggested that 'TE' has been re-entered, and completes the notable vertical 'E' Row 'KE-SE' series of re-entries on this plate. However, careful examination of this unit and comparison with the imprimatur shows that the various marks are not consistent with those of the re-entered units above, and most are not present on the imprimatur. Cat.750+. 185.00

 

2d BLUE 'PLATE NUMBERS' G2-G3, PLATES 7-15, SG45-47
BL:PN:1163
BL:1163
45

G2,Z34

8

HJ

1859 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A FU+ single from this SCARCER plate, off-centre low, but with FULL PERFS, USED ABROAD, cancelled with a neat MALTA 'A25' duplex. Blur lower W. Cat.42++. 10.00

 

BL:PN:1407
BL:1407
45

G2,Z34

9

JG

1861 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A FU single, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, USED ABROAD, cancelled with a neat MALTA 'A25' duplex. NW 'G' misplaced high left. Cat.25+. 6.50

 

BL:PN:1139
BL:1139
45

G2

9

NJ

1858 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A fine SCARCE UNUSED single, off-centre right, with FULL PERFS, but no gum. In a LATE STATE 1 before the 1866 repair, but with watermark Large Crown Type II. Heavy corrosion marks, blurs and scratches. Cat.380+. 85.00

 

BL:PN:1485
BL:1485
46

G3

13

GH

1869 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A VFU single, centred slightly low, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a SCARCE LONDON INLAND '43' numeral (Dubus Type 16, Parmenter Rarity 'F/C' - 'RARE' on cover). Cat.30+. 8.50

 

BL:PN:1153
BL:1153
46

G3(1)

13

IG

1869 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A VFU single, centred a whisker low left, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an ?English? numeral. E margin narrow, and SE 'G' misplaced high left. Cat.30. 6.50

 

BL:PN:1144
BL:1144
46

G3(1)

14

CC

1871 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A VFU single, centred slightly low, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a LONDON CDS. Blur in lower white line, and SW 'C' misplaced right. Cat.38+. 7.50

 

BL:PN:1494
BL:1494
46

G3

14

HB

1871 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A FU+ single, off-centre low, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial duplex. Cat.38. 8.50

 

BL:PN:1150
BL:1150
46

G3(1)

14

HC

1871 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A VFU single, centred a whisker low, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with an IRISH numeral. E recut. Cat.38. 8.50

 

BL:PN:1492
BL:1492
46

G3

14

TC

1871 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A FU single, WELL-CENTRED, but with some short perfs upper E, cancelled with a part London numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE within. Cat.38. 7.50

 

BL:PN:1419
BL:1419
47

G3(2)

15

DH-DI

1875 2d Deep Blue 'Plate Numbers' A VERY FINE SCARCE LIGHTLY MOUNTED MINT HORIZONTAL PAIR, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, but showing some oxidisation. FULL ORIGINAL GUM. Heavy corrosion blurs. Cat.1050+. 225.00

 

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