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 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.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 Grey black, 1d Black & 1d Red brown Pl's. 1a & 1b. Very fine four margin matched trio lettered GE comprising of a grey black Pl.1a. cancelled by a red MC (Spec. AS2), a 1d black Pl.1b cancelled by a black MC (Spec AS5) and a red-brown Pl.1b cancelled by a black MC (Spec AS6). An attractive and difficult group to assemble so fine.
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1b. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered CF showing variety "NE of ONE" joined and significant plate wear, neatly cancelled by a crisp orange-red MC. Spec. AS5var.
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1b. Superb used large four margin top marginal example lettered AE (Doubled "E" check letter) showing part sheet inscription, neatly cancelled by a crisp black MC. An exceptional example.
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.