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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'). 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. Plates 47 and 48 should be 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). C9 shades fall into two groups, the first consisting of what can best be called the 'Pre-fire' shades: C9(1) Orange-brown, C9(2) Red-orange, C9(3) Pale Red, and the so-called 'Bright Rose-red' (currently listed in error by SG as 'C10(1) - March 1857') shades appeared in February and March 1857, printed at Perkins Bacon's Whitefriars Fleet Street premises. The 'Bright Rose-red' shade should more accurately be described as 'Bright Red', as it is closely related to the other three pre-fire shades (see examples below), and there is no 'Rose-red' in it, the 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. Then 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 (C9(4)) appeared, giving rise to complaints by the authorities of 'thin and gritty' ink. During the middle of the Savoy Street period, deeper shades appeared, which are very similar to some pre-fire Pale Red shades (though lacking the faint orange ingredient), and can legitimately be classified as C9(3). Towards the end of the Savoy Street period, the true 'Rose-red' shades appeared, but these are indistingishable from the shades produced on the return to Fleet Street, and can only be definitely identified from dated pieces or covers used prior to 31 August 1857. Some examples can be found on the 1d Red 'Stars' Covers page. I believe that these definite Savoy Street printings can legitimately be regarded as C9s for historical reasons. It is to be hoped that, in the fullness of time, a revision of the listings of this fascinating group will be undertaken by SG in the Specialised catalogue, as at this time it is more confusing than enlightening!


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:11720
RP:11720
37

C8A

27

KG

A VFU single from this VERY SCARCE 'issue', WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, but faint horizontal wrinkle, cancelled with an English Provincial SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. GOTHIC 'K', and 'G' misplaced right. Cat.375+. New!

85.00

RP:C8A:10434
RP:10434
37

C8A

37

LE

A FU+ single from this VERY SCARCE 'issue', centred slightly high, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled low right with an Ambleside '13' numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. Lower E frame-break (faint), and 'L' misplaced low right. Cat.375. 75.00
C:C8A:1276
C:1276

RPS CERT
37
*

C8A

38

GH

A VFU single from this VERY SCARCE 'issue', in a shade closer to BRICK-RED than Red-brown, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, on empty wrapper London to Hull on 19 NOVEMBER 1856, cancelled with a London Inland '27' numeral, with the dated London despatch and Hull arrival stamps on the obverse. Letters tilted E. RPS CERTIFICATE. (See also C:C8A:1275 below, from the same correspondence, the same plate, in the same shade, and probably from the same sheet.) Cat.1100+. 395.00
C:C8A:1275
C:1275

RPS CERT
37
*

C8A

38

HG

A VFU single from this VERY SCARCE 'issue', in a shade closer to BRICK-RED than Red-brown, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, on empty wrapper London to Hull on 19 NOVEMBER 1856, cancelled with a London Inland '27' numeral, with the dated London despatch and Hull arrival stamps on the obverse. Blur SE, and letters tilted E. RPS CERTIFICATE. (See also C:C8A:1276 above, from the same correspondence, the same plate, in the same shade, and probably from the same sheet.) Cat.1100+. 395.00
RP:C8A:11515
RP:11515
37

C8A

43

PG

A FU single from this VERY SCARCE 'issue', off-centre low left, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with an indistinct English Provincial numeral. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and 'G' misplaced right. Cat.375+. 65.00
RP:C8A:11721
RP:11721
37

C8A

43

SJ

A VFU single from this VERY SCARCE 'issue', centred a whisker low, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a SCOTS LOCAL. Lower E frame-break. Cat.375+. New!

85.00

SG-, SPEC.C9 SHADES (Die II Alph III, Large Crown, Perf.14, Transitional Printings on Unblued Paper)
RP:C9:11427
RP:11427
-

C9(4)

27

BD-BE

A F-VFU SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred somewhat left, but with FULL PERFS (one or two very minor perf faults), neatly cancelled with two part Bradford '107' SIDEWAYS DUPLEXES, with 4 JULY 1857 CDS. Half of the famous 'AD-BD' MAJOR RE-ENTRY. Cat.280+. 55.00
RP:C9:11772
RP:11772
-

C9(4)

27

ME

Ex TONNA, a FU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, an example of the 'THIN AND GRITTY' ink complained about by the authorities of the day. off-centre high and with faint corner crease SE, but FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Blur outside SE, large 'M', and 'E' misplaced left. Cat.80+. New!

15.00

RP:C9:11727
RP:11727
-

C9(4)

27

NH

A FU+ single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred somewhat low, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a Scots STIRLING '308' EXPERIMENTAL DUPLEX. Upper E blurred. Cat.80+. New!

18.50

RP:C9:10862
RP:10862
-

C9(2)

31

BJ

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in the SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, centred somewhat low left, but with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled with a London District '74' duplex. Letters misplaced right. Cat.200+. 50.00
RP:C9:10255
RP:10255
-

C9(4)

31

EA

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a Sheffield '700' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. 'E' sloping downwards to the right, and blind 'A' misplaced low. Cat.80. 20.00
RP:C9:11517
RP:11517
-

C9(2)

31

ED

A FU+ single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a FINE STRONG example of the SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, off-centre low left, but with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled with a BIRMINGHAM SPOON. Blur outside NE, and letters misplaced right. Cat.200+. 48.50
RP:C9:11761
RP:11761
-

C9(2)

31

KA

A FU+ single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in the SCARCE PRE-FIRE ORANGE-RED shade, off-centre low, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a London District '78' duplex. GOTHIC 'K' misplaced right, and 'A' blind. Cat.200+. New!

45.00

RP:C9:10263
RP:10263
-

C9(3)

31

SK

A FU+ single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a LOVELY mid-period SAVOY STREET PALE RED shade, off-centre high, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a FINE CRISP strike of an IRISH BELFAST '62' numeral. GOTHIC 'K' with lower serifs meeting. Cat.80+. 22.50
RP:C9:10868
RP:10868
-

C9(3)

33

SF

A FU+ single from this SCARCER plate, in an UNUSUALLY pale shade of the PRE-FIRE PALE RED, very similar to later Savoy Street Pale Rose shades, though this plate was not at press at Savoy Street. Off-centre high, but with FULL PERFS, it is lightly cancelled with a London District duplex. 'F' misplaced high left. Cat.110. 25.00
RP:C8.C9:8293
RP:8293
30/-

C8(2)/C9(4)

34

AC

A VFU and good UNUSED RARE MATCHED PAIR, the C8 (ex WIGGINS) in a FINE RICH BRICK-RED shade, matched with a RARE UNUSED C9 SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE, both WELL-CENTRED, the C8 with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a London Inland '18' numerals, the C9 with some perf damage at top, and no gum. This lettering a MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing CONSTANT VARIETY: mark in 'C' (faint on C9), and 'A' blind. Cat.470+. 45.00

 

RP:C9:10869
RP:10869
-

C9(2)

34

FK

Ex WIGGINS, a VFU single in the VERY SCARCE RED-ORANGE shade, centred a whisker low left, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a London District '74' duplex. CONSTANT VARIETY: blur SW (faint); also E margin narrow. Cat.200+. 50.00

 

RP:C9:11807
RP:11807
-

C9(1)

35

ED

A VFU single from this SCARCE plate, in the SCARCER PRE-FIRE ORANGE-BROWN shade, PERFECTLY CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a Kelvedon '410' numeral. Upper E blurred, and lower W weak. Cat.225+. New!

65.00

 

RP:C9.C10:9635
RP:9635
-/40

C9(4)/C10

36

GD

A FU/VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, the C9 in a nice 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.95+. 22.50

 

RP:C8.C9:11635
RP:11635
29/-

C8/C9(4)

36

RD

A GU/VFU MATCHED PAIR, both WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, but the C8 with small tear SW, cancelled respectively with a London District '73' duplex, and a Bedford '61' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. W weak, and letters misplaced low right and low. Cat.92+. New!

18.50

 

RP:C9:11041
RP:11041
-

C9(2)

37

EF

A VFU single in a LOVELY SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, centred slightly low, with FULL PERFS, cancelled centre right with an English Provincial numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. Lower E frame-break, and blur outside NW. Cat.200. 50.00

 

RP:C9:11518
RP:11518
-

C9(4)

37

LI

A VFU single in a SAVOY STRET PALE ROSE shade, centred a whisker low, with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled with an Edinburgh '131' duplex. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, 'L' misplaced right, and 'I' tilted W. Cat.70. 16.50

 

RP:C9:10865
RP:10865
-

C9(4)

37

PH

A VFU single in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred a whisker left, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a SCARCE LONDON INLAND '47' TWIN numeral. Lower E frame-break, E margin narrow, and 'H' tilted E. Cat.70+. 16.50

 

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:C8.C9:9840
RP:9840
29/-

C8/C9(4)

38

CE

A F-VFU MATCHED PAIR in Red-brown on Blued paper, and a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, the C8 centred slightly left, the C9 WELL-CENTRED, both with FULL PERFS (corner perf tip trimmed NE on C8), cancelled respectively with a London District '78' duplex, and a FINE neat strike of the RARE BISHOP'S STORTFORD '83' numeral (Parmenter RARITY 'G' - 'VERY RARE'. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and the 'E' misplaced right and sloping/tilted E. (Note: the TXE referred to by Tonna is absent on both of these copies, so is clearly non-constant, though it is clearly visible on the imprimatur.) Cat.92++. 30.00

 

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. New!

95.00

RP:C9:11808
RP:11808
-

C9(4)

40

HK

A SUPERB USED single from this RARE plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with an English Provincial SIDEWAYS DUPLEX, leaving almost COMPLETE CLEAR HEAD within. 'K' tilted W. Cat.450. New!

165.00

RP:C9:11035
RP:11035
-

C9(4)

40

JD

A VFU single from this RARE plate, in a VERY SCARCE SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly high, with FULL PERFS, on a neat DATED PIECE of 16 APRIL 1857, lightly cancelled with a neat HULL SPOON (Type 'D', Code 'E'). Plate 40 was only at press for a couple of weeks at Savoy Street, and I am advised that the earliest known use for the plate from Savoy Street printings is currently 14 April 1857, which makes this a very early use indeed. Lower E frame-break, and 'D' misplaced low right. Cat.450+. 125.00
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. New!

90.00

C:C9:1370
C:1370

RPS CERT
-
*

C9(4)

40

NH

A VFU single from this RARE PLATE, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, on an empty wrapper Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Sunderland on 14 July 1857, neatly cancelled with a Newcastle '545' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. Sunderland arrival stamp on obverse (same day!). A good example of the 'THIN AND GRITTY' INK complained about by contemporary authorities. CONSTANT VARIETY: small vertical scratch in top left of 'H' square. Also lower E frame-break and 'H' misplaced right. RPS CERTIFICATE. Cat.450++ (for single OFF COVER). New!

225.00

RP:C9:9844
RP:9844
-

C9(3)

40

PK

A FU+ single from this RARE plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade, off-centre high, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Campden '76' numeral. Lower E frame-break, 'P' misplaced right, and 'K' with bottom serifs meeting tilted W. Cat.450. 95.00
RP:C9:10417
RP:10417
-

C9(2)

40

SI

A FU+ single from this RARE plate, in the SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, off-centre left, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a London Inland numeral. Heavy blur E. Cat.450. 100.00
RP:C9:11046
RP:11046
-

C9(2)va

43

ID

Ex WIGGINS, a VFU single in a FINE SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, centred a whisker low left, with FULL PERFS, on neat DATED PIECE of 8 JUNE 1857, cancelled with a BIRMINGHAM SPOON (an EARLY use of the SCARCER Type B1 recut). Lower E frame-break, and letters misplaced right. Cat.200+. 60.00

 

RP:C9:10872
RP:10872
-

C9(4)

43

LG

A VFU single in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred a whisker low, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a DUBLIN SPOON. Lower E frame-break, and letters misplaced right. Cat.70+. 17.50

 

RP:C9:10878
RP:10878
-

C9(3)ya

45

BL

A VFU single from this RARE plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade (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.400+. 95.00
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.400+. New!

95.00

RP:C9:11398
RP:11398
-

C9(3)

46

KC

A VFU single from this SCARCER plate, in an unusually pale PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade (this plate not at press at Savoy Street), centred slightly low left, with FULL PERFS, on neat DATED PIECE of 31 JULY 1857 (a lateish use of a pre-fire printing), cancelled with a Margate '506' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, 'K' tilted W, and 'C' misplaced left. Cat.110+. 35.00

 

C:C9:1452
C:1452
-
*

C9(2)

47

HK

A SUPERB USED single in a LOVELY SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, PERFECTLY CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, on clean empty York local envelope of 13 May 1857, cancelled with a FINE neat YORK SPOON (original type, Code 'D'). CONSTANT VARIETY: small vertical scratch in top right of SW corner. Cat.200++ (as single of this shade OFF COVER). New!

100.00

RP:C9:11810
RP:11810
-

C9(2)

48

BD

A VFU+ single from this SCARCE plate, in a LOVELY SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, PERFECTLY CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Poole '624' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. CONSTANT VARIETY: blur SE; also lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and letters misplaced low right. Cat.200+. New!

75.00

RP:C9:7441
RP:7441
-

C9(2)

48

GA

A FINE RARE UNUSED single from this SCARCE plate, in the SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, 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:C9:10038
RP:10038
-

C9(var)(C10(1))

48

SA

A VF RARE MOUNTED MINT single from this SCARCE plate, in a fine example of the SCARCE PRE-FIRE BRIGHT RED shade ('BRIGHT ROSE-RED' - see notes above), centred a whisker high, with FULL PERFS, and some original gum. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and base-line weak. Cat.600+. 125.00
RP:C9:9804
RP:9804
-

C9(4)

49

AF

A FU single from this RARE plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade (this plate was not put to press until after the fire), WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with English Provincial numerals. A VERY SHORT STAMP from the 'A' Row (TWO perf rows), showing CONSTANT VARIETY: dots SE, and also lower E frame-break, and blind 'A'. Cat.425+. 85.00
RP:C9:10241
RP:10241
-

C9(4)

49

BB-BD

A F-VFU RARE HORIZONTAL STRIP OF THREE from this RARE plate, in a 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.1275++. 325.00
C:C9:1366
C:1366
-
*

C9(3)

49

CB

A SUPERB USED single from this RARE PLATE, in a mid-period SAVOY STREET PALE RED 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.425++ (SG price for OFF COVER). New!

250.00

RP:C9.C10:10240
RP:10240
-/40

C9(4)/C10

49

CI

A VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR from this RARE plate, the C9 in a SAVOY STREET VERY PALE ROSE shade, a good example of the 'THIN AND GRITTY' INK complained about by contemporary authorities, both centred slightly low, with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with Scots Borrowstouness '52' and Hull '383' numerals. The C9 shows MISSING PERF PIN VARIETY 12 (I3) noted by Simpson and Sargent from the Savoy Street period. Lower E frame-break, and letters misplaced left and right. Cat.443++. 110.00
RP:C9:11811
RP:11811
-

C9(4)

49

EC

A VFU single from this RARE plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade (this plate not at press before the fire), PERFECTLY CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Bath '53' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. CONSTANT VARIETY: blur below 'C'; also lower E frame-break, and NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw. Cat.425+. New!

110.00

RP:C9:10243
RP:10243
-

C9(3)

49

FC

A VFU single from this RARE plate, in a mid-period SAVOY STREET PALE RED shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a RARE LONDON 'W.8' numeral (Dubus Type 1A, Parmenter RARITY 'H' - 'VERY FEW EXIST'). CONSTANT VARIETIES: blurs SE and SW; also 'C' misplaced left. Cat.425+. 110.00
C:C9:1374
C:1374
-
*

C9(3)

49

HB

A FU single from this RARE PLATE, in an UNUSUALLY INTENSE mid-period SAVOY STREET PALE RED shade (approaching the later Savoy Street Rose-red shades), off-centre left, but with FULL PERFS, on clean empty Hull local wrapper of 22 June 1857, cancelled with a FINE HULL SPOON (TYPE 'C' RECUT). Lower E frame-break. Cat.425++ (SG price for basic shade OFF COVER). New!

175.00

C:C9:1269
C:1269

RPS CERT
-
*

C9(4)

49

IH-II

A VFU RARE HORIZONTAL PAIR from this RARE plate, in a 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.850++ (for two SINGLES OFF COVER). 425.00
RP:C9:9848
RP:9848
-

C9(4)

49

JI

A FU single from this RARE plate, in a 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.425+. 85.00
RP:C9:9851
RP:9851
-

C9(4)

49

NF

A FU single from this RARE plate, in a 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.425+. 75.00
C:C9:1364
C:1364
-
*

C9(3)

49

OI,OJ

Two FU+ singles from this RARE PLATE, in a mid-period SAVOY STREET PALE RED 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.850++ (SG price for two singles OFF COVER). New!

350.00

RP:C9:11812
RP:11812
-

C9(4)

52

PE

A VFU single from this RARE plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade (this plate not at press before the fire), centred a whisker low, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a neat IRISH KELLS '259' duplex. CONSTANT VARIETIES: scratch SW below 'P', and marks SE over 'E'. 'E' misplaced high. Cat.425+. New!

110.00

RP:C9:9655
RP:9655

RPS CERT
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C9(4)

55

GI

A FINE VERY RARE UNUSED single from this VERY RARE plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly high right, with FULL PERFS (one short at base), but faint toning upper E, and NO GUM. W margin narrow, letters misplaced to centre, and 'G' tilted E. With RPS CERTIFICATE. Cat.6,600 approx (pro rata for used-to-mint commonest plate). 950.00

All material is offered subject unsold. E&OE

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