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1856-57 1d Red Transitional Issues (SG37/C8A, C9 and blotched).

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NOTES: 1: The most recent research into this period, primarily by Mike Williams and David Slattery, but with contributions from other experts, has established that the 'Transitional' issues can be loosely broken down into three groups, all printed on UNBLUED paper (paper is not necessarily 'toned', and not usually 'thicker'):

I am delighted to see that the new edition (2021) of the SG Specialised Catalogue Vol I Part I, now primarily treating Line-engraved issues, has at last got to grips with these difficult issues!

C8A, the Red-brown on 'White' paper shades, occurred both in early and late 1856, and may be found used as late as early 1857 - the use of unblued paper at these times being almost certainly entirely accidental. In effect, this should be regarded more as a 'variety' than an 'issue' as such. In early 1856 Plates 23-26, 28 and 30 were so affected, and then in late 1856 and early 1857, Plates 27, 31, 33-38, 40 and 42-46 appear on white paper. Plates 47 and 48 have now been removed from SG's list of plates known with this variety, as they were put to press too late to be so affected (stamps said to be C8As from these plates should be re-examined, as they are either misplated, or very faintly blued);


The C9 shades are now correctly classified in two groups, the first consisting of what are best termed the 'Pre-fire' shades: C9(1) Orange-brown, C9(2) Red-orange, C9(3) Pale Red, C9(4) Bright Red (formerly listed in error by SG as 'C10(1) - March 1857'), and C9(5) Dull Red appeared in February and March 1857, printed at Perkins Bacon's Whitefriars Fleet Street premises. Plates 27, 31, 33-38, 40 and 42-48 were at press during this period.The new 'Bright Red' shade is closely related to the other pre-fire shades, with no 'Rose-red' in it, the true Rose-red shades not appearing until July. The unblued paper arose as a result of changes in the chemical ingredients of the ink, which were probably not designed to reduce the blueing - there is no evidence to suggest that the removal of the blueing was as a result of any deliberate attempt to achieve this effect.


The C9A shades: In mid-March 1857, Perkins Bacon's premises suffered a major fire, as a result of which much of the prepared stock of stamps (and ink ingredients) was destroyed. The printing operation moved to temporary premises in Savoy Street, at which time, as a result of the use of a temporary 'make do' mix of ink ingredients, the Pale Rose shades (C9A(1)) appeared, giving rise to complaints by the authorities of 'thin and gritty' ink. During the middle of the Savoy Street period, slightly deeper shades appeared (C9A(2) Rose), which are very similar to some pre-fire Pale and Dull Red shades, though lacking the faint orange ingredient. Plates 27, 31, 34, 36-38, 40, 43, 44, 47, and 49-55 were used at Savoy Street. Stamps from plates other than these in 'Pale Rose' shades are probably from printings in the early 1860s, approaching the 1863 Pale Rose-pink, and will usually be found to have the Type II Large Crown watermark - an important distinguishing feature. If not, later postmarks may help to determine these difficult 'wanderers'!


Towards the end of the Savoy Street period, around 26 June 1857, the true 'Rose-red' shades (including a rich Deep Rose-red) appeared, but these are indistingishable from the shades produced on the return to Fleet Street in July 1857, and can only be definitely identified from dated pieces or covers used prior to 21 August 1857 (a Saturday). The current earliest date of use known of a plate not at press until the return to Fleet Street (Plates 56 onwards) is Plate 57, used on 25 August 1857 (a Wednesday), which is exactly 6 weeks after the plate was put to press (14 July 1857). This seems from evidence currently available to be the usual minimum gap between PTP and EDU. Such definite Savoy Street printings are now legitimately regarded as C9s for historical reasons, and are listed as C9A(3).


2: What are described as CONSTANT VARIETIES in the listings for these issues are generally features described and illustrated in 'Penny Red Stars', Parts 1 and 2, by Wiggins and Tonna.


Item No. SG/Spec Plate/Letters Description Price Key
SG37, SPEC.C8A (Die II Alph III, Large Crown, Perf.14, Red-brown on White Paper)
RP:C8A:13359
RP:13359
37

C8A

27

RG

A FU+ single from this DIFFICULT issue, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, but some tips trimmed, lightly cancelled with a neat Swansea '763' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. 'R' misplaced slightly low right. Cat.375. New!

75.00

RP:C8A:13361
RP:13361
37

C8A

43

PF

A VFU+ single from this DIFFICULT issue, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with a Scots Fraserburgh '150' numeral. Lower E frame-break, blur E, and 'P' misplaced low. Cat.375. New!

100.00

SG-, SPEC.C9 and C9A SHADES (Die II Alph III, Large Crown, Perf.14, Transitional Printings on Unblued Paper)
RP:C9:13240
RP:13240
-

C9(3)

27

AJ

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled with a Glasgow '159' numeral. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR and 'A' Row SHORT STAMP, showing CONSTANT VARIETY: 'J' with weak serif; also W weak and blurred, and letters misplaced low. Cat.80+. New!

22.50

RP:C9A:12407
RP:12407
-

C9A(2)

27

CH-CI

A G-FU SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a mid-period SAVOY STREET ROSE shade, centred slightly low, with FULL PERFS, but some creasing NE of 'CI', neatly cancelled with a Torquay '805' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX dated 7 SEPTEMBER 1857. CONSTANT VARIETY 'CI': mark in 'O' of 'POSTAGE'. Cat.200+. 25.00
RP:C9A:13241
RP:13241
-

C9A(1)

27

DJ

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred a whisker high, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a London District '72' duplex. Upper E blurred, and 'D' misplaced low right, and 'J' tilted W. Cat.50. New!

15.00

C:C9A:1639
C:1639
-
*

C9A(1)

27

GC

A VFU single from this SCARCER Transitional plate, in an early Savoy Street PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, on small empty envelope (torn at left) Lewes to London on 9 May 1857, cancelled with a Lewes '451' SWD (Barton Rarity 'D' - 'Not Common'). 'G' misplaced right. Cat.140+. New!

40.00

RP:C9A:13242
RP:13242
-

C9A(1)

27

RC

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred a whisker high, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a slightly more UNUSUAL London Inland '26' numeral (Parmenter Rarity 'D'). Letters misplaced low right. Cat.50+. New!

15.00

RP:C9A:12885
RP:12885
-

C9A(1)

31

AF

A VFU+ single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a lovely early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS (two nibbled at base short of SUPERB), VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, with letters misplaced right and high left, with the 'A' blind. Cat.50+. New!

20.00

RP:C9A:12972
RP:12972
-

C9A(1)

31

EH

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly high, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. 'E' sloping downwards to the right, and 'H' misplaced low right, with top serifs meetiing. Cat.50. New!

15.00

RP:C9:13246
RP:13246
-

C9(1)

31

IG

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a FINE SCARCE PRE-FIRE ORANGE-BROWN shade, centred a whisker low left, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a neat GOSPORT '320' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX (Barton Rarity 'E' - 'SCARCE'). A MISSING IMPRIMATUR showing 'I' misplaced right and tilted E. Cat.250+. New!

65.00

RP:C9A:12418
RP:12418
-

C9A(1)

34

IB,KB

Two FU singles in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, both off-centre left (probably from the same sheet), both with FULL PERFS, on a small DATED PIECE of 30 JULY 1857, lightly cancelled with a neat SCARCE BURTON-ON-TRENT '152' SPOON. E margin narrow, 'K' lower serifs meet, and 'B's misplaced right. Cat.100+. 30.00
RP:C9:12960
RP:12960
-

C9(1)

34

RJ

A FU+ single, in a FINE SCARCE PRE-FIRE ORANGE-BROWN shade, centred somewhat high, but with FULL PERFS (one or two slightly 'nibbled'), cancelled with an English Provincial SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. E frame-line blurred, and letters misplaced low and low right. Cat.250. New!

55.00

RP:C9A:13247
RP:13247
-

C9A(1)

34

SH

A VFU single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly low, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a South Molton (Devon) '724' numeral (Parmenter Rarity 'D'). 'H' misplaced high left with lower serifs meeting. Cat.70. New!

14.50

C:C9:J51:1653
C:1653
-/66
*

C9(2)/J51

35

AJ

1857 1d Transitional Red-orange on Unblued paper/4d Rose Large Garter on White Paper, a FU+ SCARCE MIXED FRANKING, with a single from this SCARCE Transitional plate, in the SCARCER PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, accompanied by a 4d Rose Surface-printed SG66, both slightly off-centre, but with FULL PERFS, on flimsy empty WRAPPER London to PARIS on 25 April 1857, cancelled with SCARCE LONDON 'W2' numerals (Parmenter Rarity 'E' - 'Scarce'). 'CALAIS' and 'P.D' (Paid to Destination) transit stamps alongside, and London despatch and Paris arrival datestamps on obverse. The C9 a MISSING IMPRIMATUR, with letters misplaced low. A SCARCE cover... Cat.435++. New!

120.00

RP:C9:12961
RP:12961
-

C9(1)

35

DB

A VFU single from this SCARCE plate, in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE ORANGE-BROWN shade, centred a whisker low, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a London District 'W.6' numeral (Dubus Type 1A, Parmenter Rarity 'E' - 'SCARCE'). W weak, and letters misplaced right. Cat.250+. New!

65.00

 

RP:C9:12118
RP:12118
-

C9(3)

35

KH

A VFU single from this SCARCE plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade with a distinct ORANGE tint, VERY WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a Scots Keith Hall '194' numeral. Letters misplaced high right. Cat.225. 55.00

 

RP:C9:13285
RP:13285
31(var)/-

C8(6)/C9(2)

36

AE

A FU/VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, the C8 in a nice example of the SCARCE DEEP CLARET shade on VERY BLUE paper, and the C9 in the SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, the C8 off-centre low, but the C9 WELL-CENTRED, both with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with Liverpool '466' and Bath '53' numerals. MISSING IMPRIMATURS, showing 'A' blind with extended serif. Cat.625+. New!

150.00

RP:C9A.C10:9635
RP:9635
-/40

C9A(1)/C10

36

GD

A FU/VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, the C9 in a nice early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, off-centre high left, the C10 centred slightly low, but both with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled respectively with an IRISH SPOON dated JULY 1857, and with a London Inland numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE on the C10. Top of 'D' thin. Cat.58+. 15.50

 

RP:C9A:12422
RP:12422
-

C9A(1)c

37

BI

A FU single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, off-centre low, but with FULL PERFS, heavily cancelled with a neat London Inland '16' numeral. FINE MAJOR RE-ENTRY. Cat.200+. 35.00
RP:C9:12963
RP:12963
-

C9(1)

37

DA

A FU single in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE PALE ORANGE-BROWN shade, VERY WELL-CENTRED, but with minor perf faults NW, lightly cancelled with a London District '77' duplex. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and letters misplaced low and low right. Cat.250. New!

45.00

 

RP:C9:13252
RP:13252
-

C9(1)

37

FC

A VFU single, in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE ORANGE-BROWN shade, centred slightly low, but with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with a SHREWSBURY SPOON (Type C). 'F' misplaced right. Cat.250+. New!

65.00

RP:C9:13254
RP:13254
-

C9(3)

37

IE

A FU+ single, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade, off-centre high, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Birmingham '75' numeral (probably a SPOON). Blur SE, and 'I' tilted W. Cat.80. New!

15.00

RP:C9A:C10:13235
RP:13235
-/40

C9A(1)/C10

37

KJ

A FU single in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade on unblued paper, off-centre left, but with FULL PERFS, matched with a GU single in the DIFFICULT ROSE-RED on White paper, nicely centred but with some trimmed perfs NE and SE, cancelled respectively with a London 'SE7' duplex, and an English Provincial SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. Blur NW, and 'K' with serifs meeting. Cat.65+. New!

12.50

RP:C9A:12421
RP:12421
-

C9A(1)

37

NK

A FU single, in an early SAVOY STREET VERY PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, but faint diagonal crease, lightly cancelled with a neat SCARCE LONDON 'W.3' numeral (Dubus Type 1A, Parmenter Rarity 'E' - 'SCARCE'). An example of the 'THIN AND GRITTY' ink complained about by contemporary authorities. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and 'K' misplaced left with all serifs meeting. Cat.50+. 10.00
RP:C9:9754
RP:9754
-

C9(2)

37

QH-RI

A VFU RARE BLOCK OF FOUR in the SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, centred slightly right, with FULL PERFS, on a small DATED PIECE of 21 AUGUST 1857 (a LATEISH USE for this shade), cancelled with Bath '53' SIDEWAYS DUPLEXES. Blurs NW, margin between narrow, and 'R's misplaced low. Cat.800++ (as FOUR SINGLES OFF PIECE). 325.00

 

RP:C9A:13256
RP:13256
-

C9A(1)

37

SC

A FU+ single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred somewhat high, and with one short perf N, cancelled with a London Inland '18' numeral. NE corner frame-line extending E, blur SE, and letters misplaced low. Cat.50. New!

12.50

C:C9A:1739
C:1739
-
*

C9A(1)

38

NC

1857 1d Transitional Pale Rose on Unblued paper, a FU single, in an early Savoy Street PALE ROSE shade, centred somewhat high left, but with FULL PERFS, on clean neatly folded entire letter (to simulate an envelope - unusual) London to Pwllheli on 25 May 1857, cancelled with a London Inland '21' numeral. 'TOO LATE G.P.O.' on front. Lower E frame-break, and E margin very wide. Cat.140+. New!

27.50

RP:C9A:12424
RP:12424
-

C9A(1)

38

OG

A FU+ single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly low left, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a Chipping Norton '195' numeral. CONSTANT VARIETY: dot in 'G'; also lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and E margin narrow and blurred. Cat.50+. 12.50
C:C9A:1726
C:1726

MW CERT
-
*

C9A(1)

40

DJ-GJ

1857 1d Transitional Pale Rose on Unblued paper, a G-VFU VERY RARE VERTICAL STRIP OF FOUR, in an early Savoy Street PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly high, but with FULL PERFS (a couple of minor 'scuff' faults), on long scruffy empty envelope Birmingham to Coventry on 9 October 1857 (a LATE USE for Transitional issues), cancelled with Birmingham '75' duplexes. 'FJ' CONSTANT VARIETY: mark on toe of 'J'; also lower E frame-break, and NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaws. Mike Williams Certificate. Cat.1800++ (as FOUR SINGLES OFF-COVER). New!

750.00

RP:C9:11685
RP:11685

MW CERT
-

C9(1)

40

ED

A FU single from this RARE plate, in a LOVELY STRONG PRE-FIRE ORANGE-BROWN shade, centred a whisker high, with FULL PERFS, but tiny surface scuff centre W, lightly cancelled with a SCARCE WELSH MERTHYR TYDVIL '523' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX (Type II Original - Barton Rarity 'E' - 'SCARCE'). Lower E frame-break, and 'D' misplaced low right. MIKE WILLIAMS CERTIFICATE. Cat.450+. 95.00
RP:C9A:12385
RP:12385
-

C9A(1)

40

KG

A FU+ single from this RARE plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly low, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a neat Hereford '357' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. Lower E frame-break. Cat.450. 95.00
RP:C9:12975
RP:12975
-

C9(1)

40

MB

A VFU single from this RARE plate, in a FINE SCARCE PRE-FIRE ORANGE-BROWN shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with an Edenbridge (Kent) '967' numeral (Parmenter Rarity 'E' - 'SCARCE'). Lower E frame-break, and 'B' misplaced right. Cat.450+. New!

120.00

 

RP:C9:11687
RP:11687

MW CERT
-

C9(3)

40

MH

A FU single from this RARE plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade, centred a whisker low, with FULL PERFS, but one slightly scuffed perf centre S, cancelled with a London Inland '28' numeral. Lower E frame-break. MIKE WILLIAMS CERTIFICATE. Cat.450. 90.00
RP:C9:13142
RP:13142
-

C9(3)

42

IK

A VFU single from this SCARCER plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade (this plate not at press at Savoy Street), centred somewhat low right, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Brighton '132' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. 'J' misplaced right. Cat.125. New!

35.00

RP:C9:12968
RP:12968
-

C9(3)

43

FL

A FU+ single, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS (one 'nibbled' E), but heavily cancelled with a London Inland '26' numeral. Lower E frame-break, and 'L' misplaced low right and tilted W. Cat.80. New!

16.50

 

RP:C9A:12974
RP:12974
-

C9A(1)

43

JE

A FU single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, off-centre left, and with perf-tips trimmed SE, lightly cancelled with a neat Glasgow '159' numeral. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and 'J' misplaced low right. Cat.50. New!

12.50

 

RP:C9A:12429
RP:12429
-

C9A(1)

43

QD

A FU single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, but messily cancelled with a smudged GRANTHAM '321' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX (Barton Rarity 'E' - 'SCARCE'). Lower E frame-break, and letters misplaced right and low respectively. Cat.50+. 12.50
RP:C9A:12427
RP:12427
-

C9A(1)

43

QG

A FU+ single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred a whisker low right, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a London 'S.E.9' numeral. NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and 'G' misplaced right. Cat.50+. 12.50
RP:C9A:12693
RP:12693
-

C9A(1)

43

RH

A VFU single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly left, with FULL PERFS, on DATED PIECE of 22 June 1857, Worcester to Durham, neatly cancelled with a Worcester '918' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. CONSTANT VARIETY: blur in 'T' of 'POSTAGE'; also lower E frame-break, and letters misplaced left. Cat.50+. New!

20.00

RP:C9A:13225
RP:13225
-

C9A(1)

44

DK

A VFU+ single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled centre right with a London 'W*' District duplex, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. CONSTANT VARIETY dot outside NE; also lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, base-line weak (esp below 'E PE'), and 'D' misplaced low right. Cat.50+. New!

15.00

RP:C9A:12431
RP:12431
-

C9A(1)

44

JB

A VFU single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred a whisker high left, with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled with a London District '74' duplex. Lower E frame-break, and NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw. Cat.50. 12.50
C:C9:1740
C:1740
-
*

C9(2)

44

JI

1857 1d Transitional Red-orange on Unblued paper, a FU single, in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, centred slightly low left, with FULL PERFS, but faint horizontal filing bends, on clean entire letter London to Bradford (Wilts) on 2 April 1857, cancelled with a London Inland '28' numeral. Lower E frame-break, and 'J' misplaced left. Cat.200++ (for shade OFF COVER). New!

65.00

C:C9A:1741
C:1741
-
*

C9A(2)

44

KK

1857 1d Transitional Rose on Unblued paper, a FU+ single, in a mid-period Savoy Street ROSE shade, centred somewhat high right, but with FULL PERFS, on clean entire letter London to Bradford (Wilts) on 15 June 1857, cancelled with a London Inland numeral. W 'K' misplaced right, and E 'K' tilted W, both with serifs joined. Cat.140++ (for cheapest shade on cover). New!

35.00

RP:C9:13144
RP:13144
-

C9(3)

44

LH

A VFU single, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a BRISTOL SPOON. Blur NW, and 'H' misplaced high. Cat.80+. New!

22.50

C:C9A:1738
C:1738
-
*

C9A(1)

44

NC-OC

1857 1d Transitional Pale Rose on Unblued paper, a FU SCARCE VERTICAL PAIR, in a Savoy Street PALE ROSE shade, centred somewhat high left, but with FULL PERFS, on long scruffy incomplete empty envelope London to Bristol on 4 June 1857, cancelled with a VERY RARE LONDON INLAND '47' TWIN numeral, Parmenter Type 47D RARITY 'GPO' - known from 'PROOF BOOK ONLY'. Lower E frame-break, and NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw. Cat.280++. New!

85.00

RP:C9A:13323
RP:13323
-

C9A(1)

44

OB

A FU+ single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred rather low, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a St Helens '679' numeral. Lower e frame-break, and NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw. Cat.50. New!

11.50

C:C9A:1742
C:1742
-
*

C9A(2)

44

PF

1857 1d Transitional Rose on Unblued paper, a FU+ single, in a mid-period Savoy Street ROSE shade, off-centre high, but with FULL PERFS, on entire letter London to Bradford (Wilts) on 9 July 1857, cancelled with a London Inland '44' numeral. Lower E frame-break, and 'P' with large loop. Cat.140++ (for cheapest shade on cover). New!

35.00

RP:C9:10878
RP:10878
-

C9(3)ya

45

BL

A VFU single from this RARE plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade (this plate not at press at Savoy Street), centred a whisker high, with one perf-tip trimmed at SW corner, neatly cancelled with an 'INDIA STREET' SCOTS LOCAL. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and letters misplaced right and high left. Cat.300+. 75.00
RP:C9:13326
RP:13326
-/36

C9(3)/C11

45

FG

A G-VFU+ VERY RARE MATCHED PAIR from this RARE C9 and VERY RARE C11 plate, in PRE-FIRE PALE RED and Rose-red shades, both WELL-CENTRED, and with FULL PERFS (one or two very minor faults), but the C9 with a small closed vertical tear through 'P' of 'POSTAGE', cancelled with English and London numerals, showing COMPLETE CLEAR HEAD on the C11. NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and 'G' misplaced right, with both letters tilted E. Cat.1000+. New!

285.00

RP:C9:11809
RP:11809
-

C9(3)

45

KF

A FU+ single from this RARE plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade (this plate not at press at Savoy Street), centred somewhat low, but with FULL PERFS, on small irregular piece, cancelled with a large part 'QUEEN STREET' (Edinburgh) SCOTS LOCAL. 'K' misplaced slightly right, with top serifs meeting. Cat.300+. 65.00
RP:C9:13259
RP:13259
-

C9(3)

46

AC

A VFU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an UNUSUALLY LIGHT PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade (this plate not at press at Savoy Street), WELL-CENTRED, with one short perf NE, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with a Leicester '447' duplex. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR and slightly SHORT STAMP, showing CONSTANT VARIETIES: dot in 'C', and blur SE; also lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and 'C' misplaced right. Cat.250+. New!

57.50

RP:C9A:13261
RP:13261
-

C9A(1)

47

AB

A VFU single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, but with one short perf S, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR and SHORT STAMP, showing CONSTANT VARIETY: 'B' recut (and misplaced right); also lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and 'A' misplaced low. Cat.80+. New!

20.00

RP:C9A:C10:13193
RP:13193
-/40

C9A(1)/C10

47

AG

A VFU MATCHED PAIR, the C9 in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, matched with a C10 Rose-red, both WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with London Inland and English Provincial numerals. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR and both SHORT STAMPS, showing CONSTANT VARIETY: blurs SE; also 'G' misplaced right. Cat.88+. New!

22.50

RP:C9:C10:13602
RP:13602
-/40

C9(5)/C10

47

AJ

A VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, the C9 in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE DULL RED shade, matched with a C10 Rose-red on White paper, both WELL-CENTRED, and with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with a London District '74' duplex, and a WELSH TREDEGAR '563' duplex. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing lower E frame-break, and letters misplaced left. Cat.283+. New!

75.00

RP:C9A:C10:13601
RP:13601
-/40

C9A(1)/C10

47

AK

A VFU/FU MATCHED PAIR, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade and a Rose-red on White paper, both WELL-CENTRED, and with FULL PERFS, but the C10 with a faint diagonal crease, cancelled respectively with a Derby '242' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX, and a London Inland '20' numeral. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing lower E frame-break, and 'K' misplaced right and sloping W. Cat.88+. New!

20.00

RP:C9A:13603
RP:13603
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C9A(2)

47

BD

A VFU single, in the slightly SCARCER SAVOY STREET ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with an English Provincial numeral. CONSTANT VARIETY: dot over NE; also lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and 'D' misplaced right. Cat.100+. New!

28.50

RP:C9A:C10:13599
RP:13599
-/40

C9A(1)/C10

47

BF

A VFU MATCHED PAIR, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade and a Rose-red on White paper, both WELL-CENTRED, and with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with an English Provincial numeral and a Margate '506' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. CONSTANT VARIETIES: blurs SW; also lower E frame-break, and letters misplaced to centre. Cat.88+. New!

22.50

RP:C9A:12437
RP:12437
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C9A(1)

47

CK

A VFU single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled with a RARE WORKSOP '922' numeral (Parmenter RARITY 'G' - 'VERY RARE'). (NOTE: this canceller was issued from the GPO on 18 June 1857, right at the end of the Savoy Street period, and is thus an extremely early use - Parmenter records it as first used in March 1858.) NE corner frame-line extending E, and letters misplaced high right and tilted E. Cat.80+. 25.00
RP:C9A:12441
RP:12441
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C9A(1)

47

DA

A VFU single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly low left, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a London District '75' duplex. Lower E frame-break, and letters misplaced to centre, with the 'A' nearly blind. Cat.80. 20.00
RP:C9A:12435
RP:12435
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C9A(1)

47

DL

A VFU single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled with a London District '72' duplex. 'D' misplaced right. Cat.80. 20.00
RP:C8:C9:C10:13236
RP:13236
29/-/40

C8/C9(1)/C10

47

EH

A F-VFU SCARCE MATCHED TRIO from this SCARCE C8 plate, in a Red-brown shade on blued, a FINE SCARCE PRE-FIRE ORANGE-BROWN shade on unblued paper, and a Rose-red on White paper. All are tolerably WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS (except one or two 'nibbled' on the C10), cancelled respectively with an Eastbourne '271' numeral, an English Provincial SIDEWAYS DUPLEX, and an English Provincial numeral. Lower E frame-break, blur NW, and 'E' tilted E. Cat.348+. New!

75.00

RP:C9:13606
RP:13606
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C9(2)

47

JF

A FU single in the SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, centred somewhat right, and with a couple of perf-tips trimmed SW, cancelled with a London District '78' duplex. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing letters misplaced low right and left respectively. Cat.200+. New!

45.00

RP:C9:13605
RP:13605
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C9(4)

47

KD

A FU single in the SCARCE PRE-FIRE BRIGHT RED shade, off-centre high left, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a VERY RARE ST ASAPH '676' numeral (Parmenter Rarity 'G.P.O' - 'KNOWN FROM PROOF-BOOKS ONLY'). Lower E frame-break, and 'K' misplaced left and tilted W. Cat.250+. New!

65.00

RP:C9A:12886
RP:12886
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C9A(1)

47

LB

Ex WIGGINS, a VFU single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a neat Windsor '890' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. Lower E frame-break, and 'L' misplaced low right. Cat.80. New!

20.00

RP:C9A:13260
RP:13260
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C9A(1)

47

SI

A VFU+ single, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Hastings '342' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. Lower E frame-break, and NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw. Cat.80. New!

22.50

RP:C9:7441
RP:7441
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C9(2)

48

GA

A FINE RARE UNUSED single from this SCARCE plate, in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade (this plate not at press at Savoy Street), centred slightly left, with FULL PERFS, but no gum and a tiny slight thin behind NW corner. Lower E frame-break, 'G' misplaced left, and 'A' tilted W. Cat.800+. 75.00

 

RP:C9A:10241
RP:10241
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C9A(1)

49

BB-BD

A F-VFU RARE HORIZONTAL STRIP OF THREE from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS except for one missing above NE on 'BC', lightly cancelled with Southampton '723' SIDEWAYS DUPLEXES with legible CDS of 8 JUNE 1857. CONSTANT VARIETIES: 'BB': dots above NE; 'BC': marks/blurs NE and SW; 'BD': blurs SE and SW, also lower E frame-break on all three. Cat.900++. 275.00
RP:C9A:C10:13237
RP:13237
-/40

C9A(1)/C10

49

BL

A VFU single from this VERY SCARCE C9 plate, in a nice early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade on unblued paper, centred a whisker left, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a London Inland numeral, MATCHED with a FU Rose-red on White paper, off-centre low left, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a Manchester '498' numeral. CONSTANT VARIETY: blur below the 'L'; also lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and letters misplaced low right, with the 'B' tilted E. Cat.308+. New!

80.00

C:C9A:1366
C:1366
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C9A(2)

49

CB

A SUPERB USED single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in a mid-period SAVOY STREET ROSE shade (approaching the later Savoy Street Rose-red shades), WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, on clean empty wrapper London to Hull on 24 July 1857, cancelled high right with a London Inland '20' numeral, leaving almost COMPLETE CLEAR HEAD. CONSTANT VARIETIES: curved blur over 'C', and dots in E segment of NE star. Cat.300++ (SG price for OFF COVER). 200.00
C:C9A:1733
C:1733

RPS CERT
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C9A(1)

49

DG

1857 1d Transitional Pale Rose on Unblued paper, a G-FU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an early Savoy Street PALE ROSE shade, centred a whisker low left, with FULL PERFS (small 'scuff' centre S), on clean empty envelope Macclesfield to Congleton on 29 May 1857, cancelled with a Macclesfield '491' numeral. E margin narrow and blurred, and 'G' misplaced right. RPS Certificate. Cat.300++ (as single OFF-COVER). New!

65.00

C:C9A:1732
C:1732

RPS CERT
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C9A(1)

49

GH

1857 1d Transitional Pale Rose on Unblued paper, a FU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an early Savoy Street PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly high, but with FULL PERFS (slight toning NE), on clean empty envelope London to Liverpool on 26 June 1857, cancelled with a London Inland '15' numeral. Lower E frame-break, and 'G' misplaced right. RPS Certificate. Cat.300++ (as single OFF-COVER). New!

95.00

RP:C9A:13266
RP:13266
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C9A(1)

49

HF

A VFU+ single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a London District '78' duplex. CONSTANT VARIETY: blur SE (faint); also letters misplaced right and high right, with the 'H' tilted W. Cat.300+. New!

95.00

RP:C9A:13265
RP:13265
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C9A(1)

49

IC

A GU+ single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, off-centre low right, with FULL PERFS, rather enthusiastically cancelled with a London Inland '42' numeral. CONSTANT VARIETY: blur round 'C'; also lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and 'I' misplaced right and tilted W. Cat.300+. New!

35.00

C:C9A:1269
C:1269

RPS CERT
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C9A(1)

49

IH-II

A VFU RARE HORIZONTAL PAIR from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, on entire letter Bristol to Usk (via Newport, Mon.) on 4 July 1857, neatly cancelled with Bristol '134' SIDEWAYS DUPLEXES. Newport transit and Usk arrival stamps on obverse. 'II':CONSTANT VARIETIES: blurs SE and SW. Also lower E frame-breaks and NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaws. RPS CERTIFICATE. Cat.600++ (for two SINGLES OFF COVER). 325.00
RP:C9A:9848
RP:9848
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C9A(1)

49

JI

A FU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred a whisker left, with FULL PERFS, but somewhat heavily cancelled with a London Inland '27' numeral. CONSTANT VARIETY: blurs SE. Also lower E frame-break, E margin narrow, and 'J' misplaced right. Cat.300+. 65.00
RP:C9A:9851
RP:9851
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C9A(1)

49

NF

A FU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, off-centre high right, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Brighton '132' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. A good example of the 'THIN AND GRITTY' INK complained about by contemporary authorities. CONSTANT VARIETY: diagonal mark SW from corner of letter-square to below 'O' of 'ONE'. Also lower E frame-break. Cat.300+. 65.00
RP:C9A:12674
RP:12674
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C9A(1)

49

NG

A VFU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly right, but with FULL PERFS, on a neat small DATED PIECE of 25 JULY 1857, cancelled with a LIVERPOOL SPOON. CONSTANT VARIETY: blur round 'G'; also base-line weak below 'PE', and letters misplaced low left and high right. Cat.300++. New!

95.00

C:C9A:1364
C:1364
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C9A(2)

49

OI,OJ

Two FU+ singles from this VERY SCARCE plate, in a mid-period SAVOY STREET ROSE shade, off-centre low, but with FULL PERFS, on clean entire wrapper (probably originally with enclosure in addition to brief note inside) London to Hull on 10 July 1857, cancelled with London Inland '21' numerals, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE on 'OJ'. 'OI': CONSTANT VARIETY: mark in 'O' of 'ONE', right margin narrow; 'OJ': left margin narrow, and also SW corner frame-line extending W visible on 'NJ' above. Cat.600++ (SG price for two singles OFF COVER). 250.00
RP:C9A:12737
RP:12737

WIGGINS ILLUSTRATION
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C9A(1)

49

PB

A VFU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a SCARCER PRESTON '628' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX (Type IIA). CONSTANT VARIETIES: marks and blurs in 'POSTAGE', value and NE star (illustrated in Wiggins' 'The Postage Stamps of Great Britain' (Part II)'). Cat.300++. New!

85.00

RP:C9A:12404
RP:12404
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C9A(1)

49

SI

Ex TONNA, a FU+ single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, off-centre high, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. CONSTANT VARIETY: base-line weak below 'E PE'; also lower E frame-break, and NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw. Cat.300+. 75.00
RP:C9A:13267
RP:13267
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C9A(1)

49

TF

A FU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, but with rounded perfs SE and SW, cancelled with a neat RARE KINGSTON '422' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX (Barton RARITY 'G' - 'VERY RARE'). CONSTANT VARIETY: marks in 'P' and 'S' of 'POSTAGE'; also lower E frame-break, and 'F' misplaced high left'. Cat.300+. New!

75.00

RP:C9A:13268
RP:13268
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C9A(1)

49

TF

A FU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, but with perf-tips trimmed S, cancelled with a London 'W.C.9' duplex (Parmenter Rarity 'D' - 'Difficult'). CONSTANT VARIETY: marks in 'P' and 'S' of 'POSTAGE'; also lower E frame-break, and 'F' misplaced high left. Cat.300+. New!

65.00

RP:C9A:13270
RP:13270
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C9A(1)

52

HA

A FU+ single from this RARE plate, in a RARE early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, off-centre left, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a Bedford '61' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX (Barton Rarity 'D' - 'Not Common'). CONSTANT VARIETY: marks on 'A'; also NE corner frame-line extending E, and letters tilted W. Cat.500+. New!

125.00

RP:C9A:13204
RP:13204
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C9A(1)

55

CG

A VFU+ single from this VERY RARE plate, in a VERY RARE early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled with a LONDON 'W.30' duplex (Parmenter Rarity 'F' - 'RARE'). CONSTANT VARIETIES: marks on SE and SW (faint). Cat.1250+. New!

395.00

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