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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. Plates 27, 31, 33-38, 40 and 42-48 were at press during this period.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, 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.


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, slightly 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). 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, 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. I believe that such 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:13280
RP:13280
37

C8A

27

RI

A FU+ single from this DIFFICULT issue, centred somewhat high right, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a BIRMINGHAM SPOON. W margin narrow and blurred, and letters misplaced low and slightly left respectively, with the 'I' tilted W. Cat.375+. New!

85.00

RP:C8A:13283
RP:13283
37

C8A

33

DB

A VFU single from this DIFFICULT issue, centred a whisker low, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Blur NE, and letters misplaced right. Cat.375. New!

95.00

RP:C8:C8A:13284
RP:13284
29/37

C8/C8A

34

CD

The C8 ex WIGGINS, a FU/VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR including this DIFFICULT issue, both centred slightly low, with FULL PERFS, but crease NW on C8, cancelled respectively with a York '930' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX, and a Bury '154' numeral. Base-line weak, NE corner frame-line extending E, and letters misplaced right. Cat.397+. New!

95.00

RP:C8:C8A:12881
RP:12881
29/37

C8/C8A

34

IB

The C8 ex WIGGINS, a VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR including this DIFFICULT issue, both centred slightly low, with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with a London Inland '72' duplex, and an English Provincial numeral. Letters misplaced right. Cat.397+. New!

100.00

RP:C8A:13281
RP:13281
37

C8A

40

JK

A FU+ single from this DIFFICULT issue, centred somewhat low right, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a York '930' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, 'J' misplaced right, and the 'K' tilted W. Cat.375. New!

85.00

RP:C8A:13282
RP:13282
37

C8A

45

PD

A FU single from this DIFFICULT issue, off-centre high left, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled low right with a Williton '777' numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. CONSTANT VARIETY: blur over 'P'; also lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and E margin wide. Cat.375+. New!

75.00

SG-, SPEC.C9 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:C9:12407
RP:12407
-

C9(4)

27

CH-CI

A G-FU SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE 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.160+. 25.00
RP:C9:13138
RP:13138
-

C9(4)

27

DJ

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a neat BELFAST '186' duplex. 'D' misplaced right, and 'J' tilted W. Cat.80+. New!

20.00

RP:C9:13241
RP:13241
-

C9(4)

27

DJ

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a 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.80. New!

20.00

RP:C9:13140
RP:13140
-

C9(4)

27

EF

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly low, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Upper E blurred, W weak, and 'E' tilted W. Cat.80. New!

20.00

C:C9:1639
C:1639
-
*

C9(4)

27

GC

A VFU single from this SCARCER Transitional plate, in a 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:C9:13139
RP:13139
-

C9(3)

27

HH

A FU+ single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly high, with some 'nibbled' perfs upper E, lightly cancelled low with an English Provincial numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR HEAD. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing W 'H' tilted E, and E 'H' misplaced right. Cat.80. New!

15.00

RP:C9:13245
RP:13245
-

C9(4)

27

KC

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred somewhat low, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Bristol '134' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. GOTHIC 'K', and letters misplaced right and low right. Cat.80+. New!

20.00

RP:C9:12409
RP:12409
-

C9(4)

27

MA

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred a whisker high, with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled with a London District '78' duplex. Large 'M' tilted E, and 'A' misplaced low right. Cat.80. 20.00
RP:C9:13239
RP:13239
-

C9(3)

27

NK

A FU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade, centred low right, and with minor perf faults, cancelled with a Droitwich '262' numeral. GOTHIC 'K', W weak, and E blurred. Cat.80+. New!

17.50

RP:C9:13242
RP:13242
-

C9(4)

27

RC

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a 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.80+. New!

20.00

RP:C9:12958
RP:12958
-

C9(4)

27

RK

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a neat London District '72' duplex. GOTHIC 'K', E margin blurred, and letters misplaced low right and low. Cat.80+. New!

22.50

RP:C9:12885
RP:12885
-

C9(4)

31

AF

A VFU+ single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a lovely 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.80. New!

25.00

RP:C9:12972
RP:12972
-

C9(4)

31

EH

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a 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.80. New!

20.00

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.170+. New!

45.00

RP:C9:13286
RP:13286
-

C9(2)

31

MI

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a FINE SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, centred a whisker high, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a London Inland '28' numeral. Blur NE, large 'M', and 'I' misplaced left and tilted W. Cat.200+. New!

50.00

RP:C9:C9:13233
RP:13233
-

C9(1)/C9(4)

34

FE

The C9(1) ex WIGGINS, a VFU/SUPERB USED MATCHED PAIR, in the SCARCE PRE-FIRE ORANGE-BROWN and SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shades, both WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, but a couple of perf-tips trimmed NE on the C9(1), cancelled respectively with a Leicester '449' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX, and a London District duoplex. Letters misplaced high and low right respectively. Cat.240+. New!

65.00

RP:C9:12418
RP:12418
-

C9(4)

34

IB,KB

Two FU singles in a 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.140+. 35.00
RP:C8:C8:C9:13231
RP:13231
29/29/-

C8/C8/C9(1)

34

JH

The C8s ex WIGGINS, a F-VFU MATCHED TRIO, in Deep Red-brown and Bright Red-brown shades on blued, and a nice SCARCE PRE-FIRE ORANGE-BROWN shade on unblued paper, all slightly off-centre, with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with an Oxford '603' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX, and English Provincial and London 'SW7' numerals. Letters misplaced right, with the 'H' tilted E. Cat.214+. New!

55.00

RP:C8:C9:13232
RP:13232
29/-

C8/C9(4)

34

PD

The C8 ex WIGGINS, a VFU MATCHED PAIR, in a Red-brown shade on blued, and a nice SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade on unblued paper, the C8 WELL-CENTRED and the C9 slightly low, with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with London District '75' and Glasgow '159' numerals. Base of SE weak, and 'P' tilted E. Cat.92+. New!

22.50

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.170. New!

35.00

RP:C9:13247
RP:13247
-

C9(4)

34

SH

A VFU single, in a 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!

16.50

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 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.225+. New!

60.00

 

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:C9:13248
RP:13248
-

C9(4)

36

AB

A VFU single, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a neat Scots Huntley '178' numeral. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR and 'A' Row SHORT STAMP, showing CONSTANT VARIETIES: blurs SE and SW; also 'B' tilted W. Cat.70+. New!

20.00

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:C9:13250
RP:13250
-

C9(4)

36

DC

A VFU single, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly low left, but with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with an IRISH '*11' numeral. Letters misplaced low and high left respectively. Cat.70. New!

16.50

RP:C9:13249
RP:13249
-

C9(4)

36

DI

A VFU single, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly high, but with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled low right with a Penzance '609' numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. CONSTANT VARIETIES: blurs SE and SW; also letters misplaced low right and left respectively. Cat.70+. New!

18.50

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:C9:12422
RP:12422
-

C9(4)c

37

BI

A FU single, in a 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.170. New!

35.00

 

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.170+. New!

45.00

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.70. New!

15.00

RP:C9:C10:13235
RP:13235
-/40

C9(4)/C10

37

KJ

A FU single in a 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.105+. New!

17.50

RP:C9:12421
RP:12421
-

C9(4)

37

NK

A FU single, in the SAVOY STREET 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.70+. 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:C9:13256
RP:13256
-

C9(4)

37

SC

A FU+ single, in a 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.70. New!

15.00

RP:C9:12423
RP:12423
-

C9(4)

38

CC

A VFU single, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly low, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a neat VERY SCARCE WELSH BANGOR '47' numeral (Parmenter RARITY 'F+' - 'RARE'). Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and faint blur round 'C'. Cat.70+. 18.50
RP:C9:13257
RP:13257
-

C9(3)

38

JB

A VFU single, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Bath '53' numeral. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, 'J' misplaced low, and top of 'B' weak. Cat.70. New!

16.50

RP:C9:12424
RP:12424
-

C9(4)

38

OG

A FU+ single, in a 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.70+. 15.00
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:C9:12385
RP:12385
-

C9(4)

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:C9:9844
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:C9:13154
RP:13154
-

C9(4)

42

DG

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade (this plate not at press at Savoy Street), WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Newton Abbot '567' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. CONSTANT VARIETIES: blurs SE and SW; also heavy blur E, lower E frame-break, and NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw. Cat.75+. New!

18.50

RP:C9:13142
RP:13142
-

C9(4)

42

IK

A VFU single from this slightly 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.75. New!

18.50

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.70. New!

16.50

 

RP:C9:12974
RP:12974
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C9(4)

43

JE

A FU single, in a 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.70. New!

15.00

 

RP:C9:12774
RP:12774
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C9(1)

43

OD

A VFU single, in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE ORANGE-BROWN shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, on neat small DATED PIECE of 18 May 1857, cancelled with a Bolton '92' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX (Barton Rarity 'D' - 'Not Common'). Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and letters misplaced right and low respectively. Cat.170+. New!

45.00

RP:C9:12429
RP:12429
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C9(4)

43

QD

A FU single, in the 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.70+. 12.50
RP:C9:12427
RP:12427
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C9(4)

43

QG

A FU+ single, in the 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.70+. 12.50
RP:C9:12693
RP:12693
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C9(4)

43

RH

A VFU single, in a 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.70+. New!

20.00

RP:C9:13225
RP:13225
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C9(4)

44

DK

A VFU+ single, in a 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.70+. New!

18.50

RP:C9:12431
RP:12431
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C9(4)

44

JB

A VFU single, in a 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.70. 17.50
RP:C9:13144
RP:13144
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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.70+. New!

18.50

RP:C9:13323
RP:13323
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C9(4)

44

OB

A FU+ single, in a 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.70. New!

15.00

RP:C9:10878
RP:10878
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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
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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+. 95.00
RP:C9:13259
RP:13259
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C9(3)

46

AC

A VFU single from this SCARCER 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.110+. New!

27.50

RP:C9:12964
RP:12964
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C9(1)

46

GA

A FU+ single from this SCARCER plate, in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE ORANGE-BROWN shade (this plate not at press at Savoy Street), centred somewhat left, but with FULL PERFS (one or two tips slightly trimmed SW), cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and letters misplaced right and low respectively. Cat.170+. New!

35.00

 

RP:C9:13258
RP:13258
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C9(3)

46

HB

A VFU single from this SCARCER plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade (this plate not at press at Savoy Street), WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a neat Dorchester '256' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and 'H' tilted W. Cat.110. New!

27.50

RP:C9:13261
RP:13261
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C9(4)

47

AB

A VFU single, in a 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.70+. New!

15.00

RP:C9:13193
RP:13193
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C9(4)/C10

47

AG

A VFU MATCHED PAIR, the C9 in a 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:C9:12437
RP:12437
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C9(4)

47

CK

A VFU single, in a 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.70+. 25.00
RP:C9:12441
RP:12441
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C9(4)

47

DA

A VFU single, in a 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.70. 17.50
RP:C9:12435
RP:12435
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C9(4)

47

DL

A VFU single, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled with a London District '72' duplex. 'D' misplaced right. Cat.70. 17.50
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.268+. New!

60.00

RP:C9:12886
RP:12886
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C9(4)

47

LB

Ex WIGGINS, a VFU single, in a 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.70. New!

17.50

RP:C9:13260
RP:13260
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C9(4)

47

SI

A VFU+ single, in a 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.70. New!

17.50

RP:C9:7441
RP:7441
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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:C9:10241
RP:10241
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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
RP:C9:C10:13237
RP:13237
-/40

C9(4)/C10

49

BL

A VFU single from this RARE C9 PLATE, in a nice 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.443+. New!

110.00

C:C9:1366
C:1366
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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). 250.00
RP:C9:13263
RP:13263
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C9(4)

49

CE

A VFU+ single from this RARE plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a LIVERPOOL SPOON. CONSTANT VARIETIES: blurs SE and SW; also W weak. Cat.425+. New!

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). 175.00
RP:C9:13266
RP:13266
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C9(4)

49

HF

A VFU+ single from this RARE plate, in a 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.425+. New!

125.00

RP:C9:13265
RP:13265
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C9(4)

49

IC

A GU+ single from this RARE plate, in a 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.425+. New!

45.00

C:C9:1269
C:1269

RPS CERT
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*

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
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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
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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
RP:C9:12674
RP:12674
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C9(4)

49

NG

A VFU single from this RARE plate, in a 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.425++. New!

120.00

C:C9:1364
C:1364
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*

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). 350.00
RP:C9:12737
RP:12737

WIGGINS ILLUSTRATION
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C9(4)

49

PB

A VFU single from this RARE plate, in a 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.425++. New!

125.00

RP:C9:12404
RP:12404
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C9(4)

49

SI

Ex TONNA, a FU+ single from this RARE plate, in a 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.425+. 95.00
RP:C9:13267
RP:13267
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C9(4)

49

TF

A FU single from this RARE plate, in a 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.425+. New!

95.00

RP:C9:13268
RP:13268
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C9(4)

49

TF

A FU single from this RARE plate, in a 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.425+. New!

85.00

RP:C9:13271
RP:13271
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C9(4)

52

AK

A VFU single from this RARE plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly left, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a Rochester '650' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX (Barton Rarity 'D' - 'Not Common'). A MISSING IMPRIMATUR and SHORT STAMP, showing CONSTANT VARIETY: dots on 'A'; also 'K' tilted E. Cat.425+. New!

110.00

RP:C9:13270
RP:13270
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C9(4)

52

HA

A FU+ single from this RARE plate, in a 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.425+. New!

95.00

RP:C9:13204
RP:13204
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C9(4)

55

CG

A VFU+ single from this VERY RARE plate, in a 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.1100+. New!

295.00

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