GB 1840 SGDP20f Pl.1 Mint

GB 1840 SGDP20f Pl.1 Mint
1840 (June) 1d Rainbow Trial Sheet (Plate 2 State 2). A sheet of ten of the original twelve impressions printed in black on thin white wove paper (270 x110mm), the upper left pair having been contemporarily excised, possibly for further experimental reasons. Eight impressions cancelled by fine strikes of an experimental concentric ring cancellation and impressions 11 & 12 by fine upright strikes of the complete upright experimental Maltese Cross in black. Ink manuscript at top, sides and foot "No1 June 10th" and "Present Black & CW" (CW meaning Common Wetting) in the hand of L. de Nicolas (Joshua Bacons Clerk) and additionally noted at foot "Present Black & CW" in the hand of Joshua Bacon. A few minor imperfections as to be expected on an experimental multiple of this size, though in no way detracting from the magnificent appearance of this spectacular and highly important line engraved showpiece. Five sheets from these cancellation ink trials are known, this example remains the only

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