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SG GB 17
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(Mac OSX) HP Deskjet 2654 (1200 DPI, 24-bit Colour) through VueScan 9; Edited with GIMP; Lossless compression with ImageOptim
24 Feb 1854
Unknown (Perkins, Bacon and Petch)
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Well orientated example of a position GK, die I, perforate Penny Red Star. There are two ample margins, although this has come about from the face being significantly off-centre. The lower and right edges are encroached by the perforations. The postmark shows an oval barred numeral cancel with the number 27 contained within a diamond - which naturally diretcs us towards Post Offices within the London District. To be specific, this one refers to the office at Clapham, according to G. Brumell. John Parmenter and Ken Smith (via the GBPS site) also tell us that particular style of cancel was used there from 1844 to 1909. The office itself was in operation from 1844 to 1962. At the time of its use, it would have been in the S/SW postal district. On the perforations, they are all intact and in excellent condition for their age, and the face itself is clean with only minor ageing. The gum is clean, although there is obvious evidence that it has come off paper. The small crown watermark is present, albeit hard to discern.
Oval barred numeral cancel: 27 in diamond
Penny Red Stars
Perforate Line-engraved Penny Reds
Small Crown (Standard)
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