Saturday, May 7, 2016

1d Duty Stamp article

The Queenslander Saturday 19 October 1878, p. 85

Visitors the late exhibition may have observed in the fine arts gallery two glassed frames containing a number of electrotypes of duty stamps; but beyond giving them a passing glance and wondering whit they could be, few we think who did so could take in the half of what they implied, and without some explanation we question if anyone would be any the wiser for their having seen them. Mr. William Knight, the Government Engraver and head of the Stamp Printing Department, was the exhibitor. He has been in connection-with that office ever since its establishment, now some twelve years ago, and all stamps have hitherto been printed from the steel plates direct, or from transfers on Lithographic stones. In either case the process of printing ia very slow, say about l60 sheets a-day, and consequently very expensive. Mr. Knight, however, knowing that electrotypy had been availed of for the purpose of cheapening the production without sacrificing the quality of the work to any appreciable extent, set himself to the task, and the contents of those two glazed frames were the result.


They have just begun to put them into practical use at the lithographic office, and in future the day's work will be quadrupled, at least; so that, instead of 100 sheets as heretofore being the day's work, from 600 to 1000 will be produced. The means by which this is accomplished is roughly thus:— Thin electroplates are prepared in a battery of the required stamps; these are backed with type-metal in small square blocks type high; they are then locked up in a chase, and worked at an ordinary printing-press. Of course Mr. Knight claims no more than that he has applied to the work of his own office what has been in operation in other places for some time past; but we are pleased to know that some of the heads of our department are determined not. to drift into the background, but to keep shoulder to shoulder with the latest improvements. This, too, of course, means more than the mere money-saving, which will not be a. trifle, but as the colony grows the demand is becoming so great for the increased production that the difficulties thicken; bat this new process will save the office from all difficulties of that kind for years to come. We are also glad to note that this is being followed up by other improvements in this office, notably by the addition of a fine lithographic machine, and they are only awaiting the arrival of a gas engine to build it and bring it into use. The need of these additions has been greatly felt of late, particularly in the printing of the electoral divisions, according to the new Act.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

2d. Queensland blue Queensband variety

The Queensband instead of Queensland variety is found once on every sheet at position no 46 on Die 1 type 2 stamps and is only found on plates 1 and 2 from 1879 to March 1880. 

They are known on the Crown Q (1st Type) Paper and the Crown Q (2nd Type) Paper as well as on the Burele Band paper. Only 1,000 copies of Queensband were printed on the Crown Q (1st Type) Paper and only 487 on the Burele Band paper, and so are great rarities. Examples on the Crown Q (2nd Type) Paper are also very scarce given that these plates were only in use from late 1879 to around March 1880 when the third plate was created 

Here are examples seen by me

For other 2d. Queensland varieties see here:


QueensBand instead of Queensland. Ex Butler and now in the collection of Carl Burnett


QueensBand instead of Queensland. Ex Butler and now in the collection of Carl Burnett


QueensBand instead of Queensland. From the collection of Carl Burnett


QueensBand instead of Queensland. Ex Butler and now in the collection of Carl Burnett

Seen on Stampboards

Seen at Premier Postal auction no 52. Ex Butler


Courtesy of Dave Elsmore


Seen at Phoenix Auction no 19


A superb example from a plate proof  showing  Queensband on the bottom right-hand stamp. Ex Manning and Griffith and now residing in a private collection

From my collection


Courtesy of Dave Elsmore


Seen in a private collection


From the proof sheet


Ex Griffith

Seen on Ebay

2d. Queensland blue PENGE variety

The Penge instead of Pence variety is found once on every sheet at position no 116 on Die 1 type 4 stamps and is only found on plates 1 and 2 from 1879 to March 1880. Therefore they are very scarce. Here are examples seen by me

They are known on the Crown Q (1st Type) Paper and the Crown Q (2nd Type) Paper as well as on the Burele Band paper. Only 1,000 copies of Penge were printed on the Crown Q (1st Type) Paper and only 487 on the Burele Band paper, and so are great rarities. Examples on the Crown Q (2nd Type) Paper are also very scarce given that these plates were only in use from late 1879 to around March 1880 when the third plate was created

For other 2d. Queensland varieties see here:


Seen on Stampboards

Another example of Penge. Auctioned in Phoenix Auctions no. 17 here


Penge courtesy of Dave Elsmore


Penge. Ex Butler and now in the collection of Carl Burnett


Penge. Ex Butler and now in the collection of Carl Burnett


Penge from the collection of Carl Burnett


Penge seen at Premier Postal auction no 52. Ex Butler


Penge seen on Ebay



Penge. Ex Manning


Seen in a private collection


Seen on Ebay


Ex Colonel Evans


From the proof sheet


Ex Butler


On right hand stamp. Ex Griffith


Seen on Ebay, May 2017

From my collection

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Queensland First Sideface Plate Proofs - 1d

Here are some examples of the 1st sideface 2d. plate proof. For general information on the 1st sideface plate proofs see here

In August 1878 the plate of the one penny postage stamp was finished. The original imperforate proof sheet was printed in a reddish-brown shade on thin card. They were submitted to the Postmaster General on 9 August 1878 who expressed a preference for a vermilion colour. 

On 21 February 1879 1d unwatermarked imperforate proofs on thin card in the same reddish-brown shade were resubmitted to the Colonial Treasurer, along with other values and a comment that the chemicals in the vermillion ink were reacting with the copper of the plate. These were approved, with a comment that the "red" should be more decided.

Imperforate die I and die II examples with Crown over Q type II paper and defaced with blue in around November 1879 are known as well as examples that have not been defaced.

In around February 1881 perforate die I and die II examples with Crown over Q type II paper were prepared in bright red as colour trials and defaced with ink lines

Imperforate on thin card

1d. Imperforate Plate Proof on Thin Card, dull reddish brown complete sheet of 120 with [no. 48] showing "qoeensland" variety, printed label affixed at foot and inscribed "Proposed new 1d. Postage Stamp Printed from Electrotypes made by William Knight, Government Engraver, Lithographic Office, Treasury"; a few light fox marks in places and with a few faults in margins. This original 1d proof sheet submitted for approval contained 88 copies of Die 1 and 32 copies of Die 2. Ex Butler and Griffith. This sheet was almost certainly shown by Leslie Hausberg in his Queensland exhibit at the London International Philatelic Exhibition of 1906


Click on these copies of the sheet to see them in much greater detail

Plate II 1d scarlet Die I imperforate plate colour proof pair in Bright Vermillion from top of the sheet on thin unwatermarked paper, endorsed in margin "Color app[roved]" by William Knight. The date, as known from other copies, was November 1880. Ex Chapman and Manning


1d. scarlet block of four, [18-19/28-29] on thin unwatermarked paper with each horizontal pair showing Dies I and II se-tenant, marked in pencil on reverse "[Colo]r approved/Nov 24 1880". Ex Chapman and Manning
  
1d. reddish brown Die I marginal block of twelve, [67-70/77-80/87-90]; on thin card, the left vertical row creased. Ex Chapman and Griffith

1d reddish brown imperforate plate proof horizontal strip of 4 from left of the sheet on thin card. Ex Chapman

1d reddish brown imperforate plate proof block of 4. Ex Griffith

1d reddish brown imperforate plate proof pair on thin card. Seen in a private collection

1d chrome yellow imperforate colour trial pair on thin card. Ex Griffith. Seen in a private collection



1d on thin unwatermarked paper, burnt scarlet colour. Courtesy of Dave Elsmore, Queensland stamp collecting Facebook group

1d reddish brown imperforate plate on thin card. Ex Butler

1d scarlet imperforate plate proof block of 4 in scarlet on ungummed unwatermarked wove paper. Seen in Prestige Philarely auction no 142

Imperforate with Crown over Q type II paper 

1d imperforate triplet on ungummed watermarked paper in red-brown. Ex Slade and Manning and now seen in a private collection

1d imperforate pair on ungummed watermarked paper in red-brown. Ex Manning


1d imperforate pair on ungummed watermarked paper in scarlet from the top of the sheet. Ex Manning

1d imperforate red-brown on ungummed watermarked paper, die 1. In my collection

1d. red-brown proof. Courtesy of Dave Elsmore, Queensland stamp collecting Facebook group

1d. red-brown proof on gummed watermarked paper. Courtesy of Dave Elsmore, Queensland stamp collecting Facebook group

1d. proof on watermarked gummed paper. Courtesy of Dave Elsmore, Queensland stamp collecting Facebook group

1d. red-brown proof. Seen in a private collection

1d. red-brown proof. Seen in a private collection

1d. red-brown proof on watermarked paper showing the QO variety. Seen in a private collection

1d. red-brown proof strip of 5 on watermarked paper. Ex Manning. Seen in a private collection

1d. scarlet proof block of 4 on watermarked paper. Ex Griffith

1d. on thin card that appears to have been cancelled to order. Courtesy of Dave Elsmore, Queensland stamp collecting Facebook group

1d. on thin card that appears to have been cancelled to order. Seen in a private collection