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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 Fleet Street 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:14213
RP:14213
37

C8A

31

ME

A VFU single in the DIFFICULT RED-BROWN on WHITE PAPER variety, centred a little low, but with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled with a London District '79' duplex. Large 'M', and letters misplaced right. Cat.375. New!

85.00

RP:C8:C8A:14124
RP:14124
29/37

C8/C8A

34

DI

A VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, both ex WIGGINS, in Red-brown on blued paper, and the DIFFICULT RED-BROWN on WHITE PAPER, both WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with a Scots Greenock '163' numeral, and a SCARCE LONDON INLAND '11' numeral (Parmenter Type 11H RARITY 'F' - 'RARE'). Letters misplaced low right and right, with the 'I' tilted W. Cat.397+. New!

100.00

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

C8/C8A

34

IB

A VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, the C8 ex WIGGINS, in Red-brown on blued paper, and the DIFFICULT RED-BROWN on WHITE PAPER, the C8 WELL-CENTRED, the C8A centred rather low, both with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with a London District '72' duplex, and an English Provincial numeral. Letters misplaced right. Cat.397+. 100.00
RP:C8:C8A:C9:14125
RP:14125
29/37/-

C8/C8A/C9(2)

34

KK

A VFU SCARCE MATCHED TRIO, all three ex WIGGINS, in Red-brown on blued paper, the DIFFICULT RED-BROWN on WHITE PAPER, and a SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade on unblued paper, all reasonably WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS (the C8 with rough perfs from blunt pins), cancelled variously with Scots and English numerals, and a London District '75' duplex. All 'K's with lower serifs joined. Cat.597+. New!

150.00

RP:C8A:C10:14126
RP:14126
37/40

C8A/C10

34

LB

A VFU/FU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, the C8A ex WIGGINS, in a pale shade of the DIFFICULT RED-BROWN on WHITE PAPER, matched with a Rose-red on rather toned paper, both reasonably WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with a London District '76' duplex, and a Lymington '485' numeral of a type brought into use in mid-January 1858 (Parmenter Rarity 'D' - 'Not Common'). 'L' misplaced low right, and the 'B' with a weak lower loop. Cat.383+. New!

95.00

RP:C8A:14137
RP:14137
37

C8A

37

SH

A FU+ single in the DIFFICULT RED-BROWN on WHITE PAPER variety, off-centre high, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Letters misplaced low and high, the 'H' with extended serif. Cat.375. New!

85.00

RP:C8A:14218
RP:14218
37

C8A

43

ID

A FU single in the DIFFICULT RED-BROWN on WHITE PAPER variety, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, but corner crease SW, neatly cancelled with a London Inland '8' numeral. 'I' tilted W, and 'D' misplaced low right. Cat.375. New!

65.00

SG-, SPEC.C9 and C9A SHADES (Die II Alph III, Large Crown, Perf.14, Transitional Printings on Unblued Paper)
RP:C9:14206
RP:14206
-

C9(1)

27

CH

A FU single in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE PALE ORANGE-BROWN shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, but with horizontal surface score SE above 'H' square, cancelled with a Bath '53' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX dated ?7 JUNE 1857?. Lower W weak, and 'H' misplaced high. Cat.250. New!

35.00

C:C9A:1639
C:1639
-
*

C9A(1)

27

GC

A VFU single from this 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+. 40.00
RP:C9A:14373
RP:14373
-

C9A(1)

27

GC

A FU+ single in an early Savoy Street PALE ROSE shade, centred somewhat left, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a London District '72' duplex. 'G' misplaced right. Cat.50. New!

11.50

RP:C9:14205
RP:14205
-

C9(1)

27

PC

A FU+ single in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE PALE ORANGE-BROWN shade, centred rather high, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Wincanton '883' numeral. Watermark Large Crown Type I. Letters misplaced right and low respectively. Cat.250. New!

55.00

RP:C9A:14204
RP:14204
-

C9A(1)

27

SC

A VFU single in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an Exeter '285' numeral. Watermark Large Crown Type I. 'C' misplaced left. Cat.50. New!

12.50

RP:C9A:14258
RP:14258
-

C9A(1)

31

EJ

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, but tiny production wrinkles NE, lightly cancelled with a Salisbury '683' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. CONSTANT VARIETY: blur SE; also letters misplaced high right and low left, with the 'E' tilted E. Cat.80+. New!

20.00

RP:C9A:14257
RP:14257
-

C9A(1)

31

IA

A VFU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred slightly low, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled low left with an English Provincial numeral, leaving much of the HEAD CLEAR. Letters tilted W, with the 'A' blind. 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.250+. 65.00
RP:C9:14256
RP:14256
-

C9(5)

31

II

A VFU single in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE DULL RED shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing W 'I' tilted E. Cat.275+. New!

65.00

RP:C9A:14210
RP:14210
-

C9A(1)

31

KF

A FU+ single in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, off-centre low, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a London District '72' duplex. GOTHIC 'K', and upper E blurred. Cat.50+. New!

12.50

RP:C9A:14209
RP:14209
-

C9A(1)

31

MJ

A VFU single in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred a whisker high, and with a couple of 'nibbled' perf-tips at SW corner, lightly cancelled with a London Inland '13' numeral. Large 'M'. Cat.50. New!

12.50

RP:C9:14207
RP:14207
-

C9(2)

31

NB

A FU+ single in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, centred a whisker high, and with a couple of perf-tips trimmed SW, lightly cancelled with a Stratford-on-Avon '754' numeral. Blur SW, and 'N' misplaced left. Cat.200. New!

42.50

RP:C9A:14212
RP:14212
-

C9A(1)

31

QB

A VFU single in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a London District '73' duplex (Dubus Type 8 - a LATE C9 USE IN 1862 - Plate 31 not at press in 1862). CONSTANT VARIETY: mark SE (very faint), and letters misplaced right. Cat.50+. New!

15.00

RP:C8:C9:14259
RP:14259
29(var)/-

C8(9)/C9(4)

34

DG

The C8 ex WIGGINS (from his personal Plate 34 collection), a G-VFU VERY SCARCE MATCHED PAIR in SCARCE PALE RED on blued paper, and Transitional PRE-FIRE BRIGHT RED shades, both WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, but pinhole and thin on the C8, cancelled respectively with a London Inland '17' numeral, and an uncommon COLCHESTER '210' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE on the C8. CONSTANT VARIETIES: mark in E margin, and 'G' with extended serif; also letters misplaced low right and right. Cat.375+. New!

75.00

 

RP:C8:C9:14200
RP:14200
29(shades)/-

C8(8)/C8(1)/C8(1)/C9(1)

34

FI

All four ex WIGGINS (from his personal collection of Plate 34); a VFU SCARCE MATCHED QUARTET in the SCARCE newly-listed PURPLE-BROWN shade, two slightly different Red-brown shades, all on blued paper, and a TRANSITIONAL PRE-FIRE ORANGE-BROWN shade on unblued paper, all WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with a LIVERPOOL SPOON, a Doncaster '255' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX, another LIVERPOOL SPOON, and a SOUTHAMPTON '723' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. CONSTANT VARIETY: tiny vertical mark in NW corner of SE letter-square; also 'I' misplaced right. NOTE: an interesting progressive development of shades of the same plate over a year from early 1856 to early 1857. Cat.569+. New!

125.00

 

RP:C9:14140
RP:14140
-

C9A(1)

34

KB

A VFU single in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Newcastle '545' numeral. Watermark Large Crown Type I. NE weak, and 'B' misplaced right. Cat.50. 12.50
RP:C8:C9:14195
RP:14195
29/-

C8/C9A(1)

34

MD

Both ex WIGGINS (from his personal collection of Plate 34); a VFU MATCHED PAIR in Red-brown on blued paper, and Transitional Savoy Street PALE ROSE shades, both WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with a London District duplex, and an English Provincial numeral. Base of SE weak, large 'M', and 'D' misplaced low right. Cat.72+. New!

18.50

 

RP:C8:C9:14260
RP:14260
29/29/29/-

C8(1)/C8(1)/C8(9)/C9(4)

34

NG

A F-VFU VERY SCARCE MATCHED QUARTET, the C8s all ex WIGGINS (from his personal Plate 34 collection) in two slightly different deepish Red-brown shades and a SCARCE PALE RED shade on blued paper, matched with a SCARCE PRE-FIRE TRANSITIONAL BRIGHT RED shade on unblued paper, all reasonably WELL-CENTRED, and with FULL PERFS, cancelled English and London Inland numerals. 'N' misplaced low left. Cat.419+. New!

85.00

 

RP:C8:C9:14198
RP:14198
29/29(var)/-

C8(1)/C8(9)/C9A(1)

34

SG

All three ex WIGGINS (from his personal collection of Plate 34); a VFU/GU/VFU SCARCE MATCHED TRIO in Red-brown and the newly-listed SCARCE PALE RED (January 1857) shades on blued paper, and a Savoy Street Transitional PALE ROSE shade, all three fairly WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, except for the Pale Red with some trimmed perfs, cancelled respectively with a London Inland '40' numeral, a London District '77' duplex, and a London Inland '20' numeral. Base of SE progressively weaker. Cat.197+. New!

35.00

 

RP:C8:C9:14199
RP:14199
29/-

C8(1)/C9A(1)

34

SI

Both ex WIGGINS (from his personal collection of Plate 34); a VFU/FU MATCHED PAIR in Red-brown on blued paper and Savoy Street Transitional PALE ROSE shades, both WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS (rounded corner perf SW on C9), cancelled respectively with a Yarm '926' numeral, and a Hull '383' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. The C9 showing MISSING PERF-PIN VARIETY 13 (I3). Blur NE, and 'S' misplaced low right. Cat.72+. 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++. 120.00
RP:C9:14380
RP:14380
-

C9(3)

35

ID

A VFU single from this SCARCE plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a FINE SCARCE ST JUST (Cornwall) '021' numeral (Parmenter Rarity 'E' - 'SCARCE'). 'I' tilted W. Cat.225+. New!

65.00

RP:C9:14261
RP:14261
-

C9(4)

35

MA

A VFU single from this SCARCE plate, in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE BRIGHT RED shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled high right with an IRISH DUBLIN '186' numeral, leaving almost COMPLETE CLEAR HEAD. Letters misplaced left and low respectively, with the 'A' blind. Cat.250+. New!

95.00

RP:C9:C10:14143
RP:14143
-/40

C9(1)/C10

36

CI

A FU MATCHED PAIR, in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE ORANGE-BROWN, matched with the later Rose-red shade, both off-centre, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with a Plymouth '620' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX, and a Manchester '498' duplex. CONSTANT VARIETY: blur SE; also 'I' tilted W. Cat.258+. 55.00
RP:C9:14274
RP:14274
-

C9(2)

36

KI

A VFU single in a nice example of the SCARCER PRE-FIRE RED-ORANGE shade, centred slightly low, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a Richmond (Yorks) '641' numeral. Blurs E margin (faint). Cat.200. New!

50.00

 

RP:C9A:14262
RP:14262
-

C9A(1)va

36

SA

A FU single in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, UNUSUALLY pale (even for this shade) and a good example of the early Savoy Street 'THIN AND GRITTY' printings complained about by contemporary authorities. Off-centre high, but with FULL PERFS, it is lightly cancelled with a neat LIVERPOOL SPOON. Letters misplaced low left, with the 'A' blind and tilted W. Cat.50+. New!

10.00

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. 45.00

 

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:14264
RP:14264
-

C9A(1)

38

GG

A VFU single in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, a good example of the early Savoy Street 'THIN AND GRITTY' printings complained about by contemporary authorities. WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, it is VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with a London Inland '29' numeral. W 'G' misplaced high left. Cat.50+. New!

13.50

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:14263
RP:14263
-

C9A(1)

38

OE

A FU single in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, off-centre low left, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and 'O' misplaced right. Cat.50. New!

8.50

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
RP:C9:14365
RP:14365
-

C9(3)

40

DA

A FU+ single from this RARE plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade with an ORANGE tint, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, but somewhat messily cancelled with a Scots numeral. Lower E frame-break, and letters misplaced low. Cat.400. New!

85.00

RP:C9A:14251
RP:14251
-

C9A(2)

40

LG

A VFU single from this RARE plate, in a late SAVOY STREET ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Lower E framebreak, blur SE, and letters misplaced low and right respectively, with the 'L' tilted W. Cat.450. New!

110.00

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+. 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:C9A:14265
RP:14265
-

C9A(2)

43

BC

A FU single in a later SAVOY STREET ROSE shade, off-centre low, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. CONSTANT VARIETY: blur over 'B'; also lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw (skewed left), NE corner frame-line extending E (slight), and letters misplaced right. Cat.100+. New!

20.00

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. 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:14216
RP:14216
-

C9A(1)

43

RH

A FU single in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, but with minor perf faults, lightly cancelled low with an English Provincial SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. CONSTANT VARIETY: blur (faint) in 'T' of 'POSTAGE'; also letters misplaced low left and high left. Cat.50+. New!

10.00

RP:C9:14266
RP:14266
-

C9(4)

44

AB

A FU+ single in a nice example of the SCARCE PRE-FIRE BRIGHT RED shade, centred slightly high left, but FULL PERFS, cancelled with a Gloucester '312' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR showing CONSTANT VARIETY: mark below 'N' of 'ONE'; also lower E frame-break, and letters misplaced low right and high right, with the 'A' tilted W. Cat.250+. New!

55.00

RP:C9A:14219
RP:14219
-

C9A(1)

44

GA

A FU+ single in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, off-centre low left, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Bath '53' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, NE corner frame-line extending E, and 'G' misplaced right. Cat.50. New!

11.50

RP:C9A:14220
RP:14220
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C9A(1)

44

HG

A FU single in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, centred a whisker low, but with one short perf centre S, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Lower E frame-break, and NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw. Cat.50. New!

8.50

C:C9:1740
C:1740
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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
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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

C:C9A:1738
C:1738
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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
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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. 11.50
C:C9A:1742
C:1742
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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:C9:14142
RP:14142
38

C9(3)

44

RB

A GU+ single, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade, WELL-CENTRED, but with ragged perfs at base, cancelled with a London District duplex DATED 30 MARCH 1857. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and 'R' misplaced right. Cat.80+. New!

10.00

RP:C9:14377
RP:14377
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C9(5)

45

AB

A VFU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE DULL RED shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Portsmouth '625' numeral. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and 'A' misplaced low. Cat.300+. New!

85.00

RP:C9:14376
RP:14376
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C9(3)

45

AC

A FU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade, WELL-CENTRED, with virtually FULL PERFS (some minor faults), lightly cancelled with a Brighton '132' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and letters misplaced low and left respectively. Cat.300+. New!

55.00

RP:C9:14378
RP:14378
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C9(5)

45

AC

A VFU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE DULL RED shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a London District duplex. Small natural paper flaw/inclusion NE. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR and SHORT STAMP, showing lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and letters misplaced low and left respectively. Cat.300+. New!

75.00

RP:C9:10878
RP:10878
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C9(3)ya

45

BL

A VFU single from this VERY SCARCE 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
38/36

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+. 285.00
RP:C9:14374
RP:14374
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C9(5)

45

GB

A FU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE DULL RED shade, off-centre left, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a London District 'W.C.9' numeral (Parmenter Rarity 'E' - 'SCARCE'). CONSTANT VARIETY: blur over 'G'; also lower E frame-break, and letters misplaced right. Cat.300+. New!

65.00

RP:C9:14375
RP:14375
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C9(5)

45

GC

A VFU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in a SCARCE PRE-FIRE DULL RED shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a Yarmouth (Norflok) '927' numeral. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and 'G' misplaced right. Cat.300+. New!

85.00

RP:C9:13259
RP:13259
38

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+. 57.50
RP:C9:13863
RP:13863
32/38

C8(4)/C9(3)

46

AG

A FU/FU+ SCARCE MATCHED PAIR from this VERY SCARCE plate, the C8 in a LOVELY BROWN-ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with one trimmed perf at NE corner, the C9 in a FINE PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade (this plate not at press at Savoy Street), centred a whisker high, with FULL PERFS. They are cancelled respectively with a SCARCE LONDON DISTRICT 'W.1' numeral (Dubus type 1A, Rarity 'E' - 'SCARCE'), and a HULL SPOON (Type C recut). A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, base-line and centre W weak, and 'A' misplaced slightly low. Cat.320++. 75.00
RP:C9:14267
RP:14267
38

C9(3)

46

SI

A FU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in a PRE-FIRE PALE RED shade (this plate not at press at Savoy Street), off-centre high, but with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with a Reading '635' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX (NOT a 'Biscuit'). Lower E frame-break, and 'S' misplaced low left. Cat.250+. New!

50.00

RP:C9A:13261
RP:13261
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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+. 20.00
RP:C9A:14223
RP:14223
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C9A(1)

47

BK

A VFU single from this SCARCER Transitional plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, 'B' misplaced high right, and 'K' tilted W. Cat.80. New!

20.00

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:14268
RP:14268
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C9A(1)

47

DB

Ex WIGGINS, a FU+ single in an EARLY SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, a good example of the 'THIN AND GRITTY' printings complained about by contemporary authorities shortly after the fire, when printing had just commenced at Savoy Street, centred somewhat low, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a Leicester '449' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX. CONSTANT VARIETY: blur SE (very faint); also lower E frame-break, and letters misplaced low and right respectively. Cat.80+. New!

18.50

RP:C9:14269
RP:14269
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C9(4)

47

EE

A VFU single in a LOVELY example of the SCARCE PRE-FIRE BRIGHT RED shade (a SCARCER pre-fire use of this plate), WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled low left with a London Inland '29' numeral. NE corner frame-line extending E, lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and E 'E' misplaced right. Cat.250+. New!

65.00

RP:C9A:14270
RP:14270
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C9A(1)

47

FH

Ex WIGGINS and TONNA, a FU single from this slightly SCARCER plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, but small marginal thin centre E, lightly cancelled low with a South Petherton (Somerset) '725' numeral, leaving much of the HEAD CLEAR. Letters misplaced right and high respectively (slight). Cat.80. New!

15.00

RP:C9A:14208
RP:14208

RPS CERT
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C9A(1)

47

GH

A VFU single from this SCARCER Transitional plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a Liverpool '466' numeral (probably a SPOON). Lower E frame-break, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, and letters misplaced right. RPS CERTIFICATE. Cat.80. New!

20.00

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. 20.00
RP:C9:14387
RP:14387
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C9(4)

48

FI

A VFU+ single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in a LOVELY example of the SCARCE PRE-FIRE BRIGHT RED shade, centred slightly low, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled low with fragments of an English Provincial duplex, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR HEAD. Lower E frame-break, and letters misplaced high right and right, and tilted E and W respectively. Cat.275+. New!

85.00

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+. 80.00
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

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:14254
RP:14254
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C9A(1)

49

JJ

A FU+ single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in an early SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, off-centre low, but with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled low right with a London District barred oval, leaving complete CLEAR HEAD. Lower E framebreak, and letters misplaced low and right respectively. Cat.300. New!

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++. 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:14225
RP:14225
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C9A(1)

49

PE

A VFU single from this VERY SCARCE Transitional plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS (couple of perf-tips slightly trimmed at SW corner), lightly cancelled with a SCARCE BURY ST EDMUNDS '97' SIDEWAYS DUPLEX (Barton Rarity 'E' - 'SCARCE'). CONSTANT VARIETIES: vertical blur SW, and blurs value; also 'P' with small loop, and tall 'E' (letter type combination only on Plate 49). Cat.300+. New!

75.00

RP:C9A:14271
RP:14271
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C9A(1)

49

SG

A VFU single from this VERY SCARCE plate, in a SAVOY STREET PALE ROSE shade, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a WELSH TENBY '784' numeral (Parmenter Rarity 'D' - 'Not Common'), leaving greatly CLEAR PROFILE. CONSTANT VARIETY: dot below SW (faint); also lower E framebreak, NE 1 o'clock Ray Flaw, base-line weak, and 'S' misplaced low left. Cat.300+. New!

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+. 75.00
RP:C9A:14253
RP:14253
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C9A(2)

52

EI

A VFU+ single from this SCARCE plate, in a late SAVOY STREET ROSE shade, centred a whisker low right, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with a faint English Provincial numeral, leaving complete CLEAR HEAD within. Small 'E' misplaced right. Cat.100. New!

30.00

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