Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Queensland First Sideface Specimen and Cancelled handstamps

There are 4 different printed specimen handstamps known. Three are listed by Kenneth Scudder in his book "Queensland Postage Stamps 1879 to 1912", as follows:
  • Type 1. Capitals sans-serif, 21 mm x 2.5 mm. Not seen on the 1s which is presumed to have been printed in May 1880, so this Type must have been used before this date. Seen on perforated issues only
  • Type 2. Roman capitals, 23.5 mm x 3.25 mm. It was introduced in mid to late 1880. Seen on perforated issues only
  • Type 3. Capitals sans-serif, 15 mm x 2 mm. Known imperforate and perforate. It is thought to have been introduced around 1880. Alan Griffith has suggested that this handstamp may have been applied to these stamps as part of the Queensland Government material prepared for Universal Postal Union distribution circa 1895
The fourth type is:
  • Capitals sans serif 17 x 3 mm. Seen on the 1d stamp duty only

Scudder Type 1. Seen on
  • ½d. overprint black diagonally upwards and inverted downwards (perforate)
  • 1d in black and violet diagonally upwards (perforate)
  • 2d in black diagonally upwards and downwards (perforate)
  • 4d in black and violet diagonally upwards (perforate)
  • 6d in black and violet diagonally upwards (perforate)
Scudder Type 2. Seen on
  • 1d in black and red diagonally upwards (perforate)
  • 2d in black diagonally upwards and downwards (perforate)
  • 4d in black diagonally upwards and downwards (perforate)
  • 6d in black diagonally downwards (perforate)
  • 1s in black diagonally upwards (perforate)
Scudder Type 3. Seen on

  • 1d in red horizontally (imperforate)
  • 4d in red horizontally (perforate)
  • 6d in red horizontally (perforate)
  • 1d duty stamp in black horizontally (Type 3b) (perforate and imperforate)
  • Alan Griffith also notes the existence of this handstamp on the 1 shilling issue

Capitals sans serif 17 x 3 mm. Seen on
  • 1d in black horizontally (perforate)

Manuscript cancellations are known with the word fully spelt out on perforated issues. Manuscript cancellations with the word S are also known on imperforate proof issues.

Manuscript Specimen handstamp spelt out in full. Seen on
  • 1d in black and violet diagonally upwards and violet inverted (not seen by me)
  • 1 shilling in black and red diagonally upwards (not seen by me)
Manuscript Specimen handstamp spelt out as an S. Seen on
  • 1d in black horizontally
  • 2d in black horizontally
  • 6d in black horizontally (not seen by me)
Examples of the specimen handstamps for each issue are here:

½d. Overprint
1d.
2d.
4d.
6d.
1 shilling

1d. stamp duty

Cancelled Handstamps
There is one printed cancelled handstamp known, Scudder Type 1 Cancelled handstamp, which comprised capitals sans serif, 21 x 2.75 mm


Scudder Type 1. Seen on
  • 2d in black horizontally inverted
  • 4d in black diagonally upwards
  • 6d in black horizontally and vertically upwards
Manuscript cancellations are known with the word fully spelt out

Manuscript Specimen handstamp spelt out in full. Seen on
  • 1 shilling in black and magenta diagonally upwards and one downwards
Examples of the cancelled handstamps for each issue are here:

2d.
4d.
6d.
1 shilling

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