1840 1d Black Pl.2. Very fine entire legal form sent from Dirham Rectory, Bath to Haverfordwest, Pembroke rated at 1s8d in manuscript at left with a Pembroke arrival cds for AU.26.1839. Backstamped by a Bath dispatch cds for AU.23.1839. The enclosed form has been completed eleven months later and is dated internally JY.02.1840. turned and returned to Bath, bearing a close to large four margin 1d black Pl.2. lettered RL neatky cancelled by a red MC. A magnificent cover illustrating the drastic change in postal rates due to the introduction of the Uniform Penny Post. 2010 BPA Cert.
1840 (April) Postal Notice. Superb example of this rare notice from W.L. Marberly of the London General Post Office announcing the introduction of the world's first Postage Stamp. The notice bears a four margin vertical pair of 1d black from Pl.1a lettered SD-TD, usual folds to the postal notice not detracting from this major philatelic and important world rarity. Only a handful of examples from the Edinburgh Office and two examples from the London Office are believed to have survived in private hands.
1840 (April) Postal Notice. Very fine example of this rare notice from E.S. Lees of the Edinburgh General Post Office announcing the introduction of the world's first Postage Stamp. The notice bears a four margin vertical pair of 1d black from Pl.1a lettered MH-NH, light horizontal crease to lower adhesive and the usual folds and minor soiling to the postal notice nevertheless a major philatelic and important world rarity. Only a handful of examples from the Edinburgh Office and two examples from the London Office are believed to have survived in private hands. This example is illustrated on page 45 of "The Dublin Find" by Don Madden & Karl Louis.
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used large four margin example lettered DE showing variety "Roller flaw in NE segment of left hand corner star", neatly cancelled by a red MC leaving variety and profile clear. Spec. AS5k.
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine entire sent from Edinburgh to Aberdeen bearing 4 four margin 1d blacks lettered OK, OJ, FH & ED, each neatly tied by red MC's. Backstamped by an Edinburgh dispatch datestamp for JU.25.1840. Vertical filling fold at left well clear of adhesives and a small white surface mark on FH nevertheless a magnificent and very unusual cover with multiple single examples instead of a strip or block. Spec. AS5var.
1840 1d Black Pl.1a. The superb rejoined unused o.g. bottom left hand corner marginal vertical pair lettered SA-TA with full sheet margin, marginal inscription and plate number "1". Magnificent colour and gum, quite simply a philatelic gem, the ultimate example of the worlds first postage stamp and a piece that would be the show stopping item in any philatelic collection. Ex. Lea, Shaida. 1980 BPA Certificate for TA and 1990 for SA
1840 Overseas mail. Superb cover from Limerick to Hamburgh via Dublin and Hull, the 8d rate prepaid by a 1d Black Pl.1b block of eight lettered MJ-PK, divided into two blocks of four each neatly tied by red MC's, endorsed "Per Packet from Hull" at upper left. Backstamped with Limerick and Dublin cds's for AU.27-28.1840, a red "Hull Ship Letter" handstamp and a "Schiffsbrieff Post/Hamburg" cds for SP.6.1840. A couple of insignificant peripheral faults to the cover nevertheless a stunning exhibition piece, the only known such franking with the 1d black and without doubt one of the most famous and iconic pieces of the issue. Ex. Atkinson & Gross. 1990 BPA Cert.
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine entire sent from London to Marlborough bearing a large four margin 1d grey-black Pl.1a. lettered PB showing moderate plate wear, neatly tied by a black MC. Backstamped by a London dispatch cds for AP.7.1841. and a Marlborough arrival cds for the following day. A lovely example of this scarce plate and cancellation combination. Spec. AS3f.
1840 1d Black Pl.2. Superb used large to enormous four margin corner example lettered TA showing part sheet margin at left and at foot, neatly cancelled by a red MC leaving a clear profile. An exceptional example. Spec. AS15.