Friday, July 27, 2012

Scott 2006 Catalog

Here is the relevant page for the Queensland 1st sidefaces from the Scott 2006 Classic Specialized Catalogue, the latest one I have.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Queensland ½d Overprint Specimen Handstamps

Here are some examples of the ½d. overprint specimen handstamps. For general information on the specimen and cancelled handstamps see here


A supply of half-penny provisional stamps was issued to the post office on 21 February 1880 and copies were cancelled as specimens. According to Robson Lowe, there were at least two specimen sheets with the overprints reading diagonally from top to bottom. There are also two known blocks where the specimen handstamp was inverted, diagonally reading from bottom to top.

Kenneth Scudder in his book "Queensland Postage Stamps 1879 to 1912." lists the specimen handstamp found on this issue as:
  • Type 1. Capitals sans-serif, 21 mm x 2.5 mm. Known in black, diagonally up from left to right and inverted, diagonally down from right to left.
The specimen handstamp is considered more common on die 1 stamps than die 2 and only two examples (a block of 4 and a block of 6) of the inverted specimen handstamp have been seen by me.



Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, diagonal upwards from left to right. Die 1

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, diagonal upwards from left to right. Die 1. A marginal block of 4 from the right of the sheet. Ex Manning


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, diagonal upwards from left to right. Die 1 and Die 2. Seen in a private collection

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, diagonal upwards from left to right. Die 2, variety "qoeensland", unused with part gum. Exceptionally rare as this variety only occurred once in each sheet. Ex Griffiths

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, diagonal upwards from left to right. Die 1 x 6 & Die II x 4. Seen at Phoenix auction no 6 lot no 867. Ex Ron Butler

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, diagonal upwards from left to right. Die 2. Seen on Ebay

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, diagonal upwards from left to right. Die 1. Seen on Ebay


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, diagonal upwards from left to right. Die 1 and die 2. Seen at Prestige Philately auction no 189 lot no 57 and then Status Stamps auction no 296 lot no 1717

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, diagonal upwards from left to right. Die 1. Seen at Millennium auctions sale no 10 lot no 163


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, diagonal upwards from left to right. Die 1. Seen at Status Stamps auction no 223 lot no 1924


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, diagonal upwards from left to right. Die 1. From the collection of Carl Burnett


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, diagonal upwards from left to right. Die 1. Seen in Sandafayre auctions


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, diagonal upwards from left to right. Die 1. Gum

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, inverted downwards from right to left. Die 1 and die 2. Ex Griffiths


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black, inverted downwards from right to left. Die 1 and die 2. Seen in a private collection

Seen at Mossgreen auction no Lot no 446: Queensland: 1880 Surcharge 'Half-penny' on 1d Die I with large-part o.g. (re perforated), used with Rays cancel & with 'SPECIMEN' handstamp (full unmounted o.g.) and Die II SG 151a with large-part o.g., characteristic rough perfs, Cat £1300 plus the Specimen. Chris Ceremuga Certificate (2003) for the Specimen. Price Realized incl. BP:$552

Queensland 2d. Cancelled handstamps

For general information on the cancelled handstamps for the first sideface stamps see here.

It appears to have been cancelled with the Scudder Type 1 Cancelled handstamp, which comprised capitals sans serif, 21 x 2.75 mm


2d. bright blue handstamped "cancelled" in black, inverted from right to left. From the collection of Dave Elsmore

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Queensland 4d. cancelled handstamps

Here is an example of the 4d. cancelled handstamps. For general information on the specimen and cancelled handstamps see here

It appears to have been cancelled with the Scudder Type 1 Cancelled handstamp, which comprised capitals sans serif, 21 x 2.75 mm


4d. orange yellow imperforate pair with each handstamped "cancelled" in black, diagonally upwards from left to right and with blue crayon mark. Ex Griffiths

Queensland 6d. cancelled handstamps

Here are examples of the 6d. cancelled handstamps. For general information on the specimen and cancelled handstamps see here

The stamps appear to have been cancelled with the Scudder Type 1 Cancelled handstamp, which comprised capitals sans serif, 21 x 2.75 mm


Wmk Crown over Q (II) Perf 12, 6d Yellow-Green imperforate plate proof with Sans Serif "cancelled" overprint in black and manuscript blue crayon marks at top left and lower right, roughly cut but just clear at right. Ex McCredie

6d. imperforate vertically handstamped Sans Serif "cancelled" in black and with blue crayon mark. Ex Griffith

Queensland 1 shilling cancelled handstamps

Here are some examples of the one shilling manuscript cancelled handstamps in magenta and black ink. For general information on the specimen and cancelled handstamps see here

Note: While there is a general consensus that these cancellations are proof material, further research is needed to put this beyond doubt


1/- mauve wmk type 2 with manuscript ‘Cancelled’ diagonally upwards in magenta ink. Ex McCredie

1/- Pale Lilac wmk type 2 with manuscript ‘Cancelled’ diagonally upwards in magenta ink. Seen in the Prestige Philately Manning auction

1/- mauve wmk type 2 with manuscript ‘Cancelled’ diagonally upwards in magenta ink. Ex Griffiths. Seen in the Queensland Facebook Group


1/- mauve wmk type 2 with manuscript ‘Cancelled’ diagonally upwards in magenta ink. From the Griffiths collection auctioned by Spink in 2012


1/- mauve wmk type 2 with a reversed manuscript ‘Cancelled’ diagonally downwards in magenta ink. Has gum


1/- Pale Lilac wmk type 2 with manuscript ‘Cancelled’ diagonally upwards in magenta ink. Has gum. Courtesy of Dave Elsmore


1/- Pale Lilac wmk type 2 with a partially shown manuscript ‘Cancelled’ diagonally upwards in magenta ink. Has gum. Courtesy of Dave Elsmore


1/- mauve wmk type 2 with manuscript ‘Cancelled’ diagonally upwards black ink. The black ink example is not listed by Scudder. Ex Griffiths. Seen in the Queensland Facebook Group 


1/- mauve wmk type 2 with manuscript ‘Cancelled’ diagonally upwards black ink. No gum. Seen on the Queensland Facebook page