BERMUDA 1848 SGO1 Used - the First Type 'Perot' Postmaster's Stamp

Stock Code: G1341921

1848 1d black/bluish grey wove paper, the celebrated first type 'Perot' postmaster's stamp issued by Mr William Bennet Perot, postmaster at Hamilton (from 1818 until 1862), who between 1848 and 1856 utilised his circular despatch datestamp (Ludington type PM4) to produce adhesive stamps for pre-payment of the postage on inland letters (at 1d per oz.). He removed the day and month slugs, leaving the year in place across the centre, and then wrote the value ('One penny') above the date and his signature ('WBPerot') below, on each stamp. The existence of these stamps was unknown to collectors until 1897, and only eleven examples (fully documented by L.N. and M.Williams in their 1993 and 1997 two-volume work 'Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps' at Vol.I pp.5-8 and II pp.2-10) have ever been recorded, with no new discovery since 1934. Of this tiny number, five (like this example) were struck in black on bluish grey paper (three dated 1848, two 1849) and six in red (three dated 1853 on


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