Friday, November 30, 2012

Queensland First Sideface Plate Proofs - 6d.

Here are some examples of the 1st sideface 6d. plate proof. For general information on the 1st sideface plate proofs see here

In February 1879, the Government Engraver, William Knight, submitted for approval to the Colonial Treasurer, proofs of the 6d. These were printed on thin card, imperforate, in a yellow-green colour. The submission was forwarded to the Postmaster-General, who returned it on 7 March 1880 with his approval, but suggested the green should be more decided. It would appear that one sheet was produced, with the bottom 50 stamps surviving as an intact multiple.

The supply of the new inks was received from England in November 1880, with a green shade known from March 1881.


Imperforate proofs for several values, printed on the watermarked paper, in these new inks, were retained by William Knight, including at least one pair of the 6d. Some are defaced with blue crayon and some with ink lines presumably to distinguish them from the issued stamps. The 6d. stamp was issued to the public in December 1879. Judging by the examples shown here in the yellow-green and green shades, some of these may well have been colour trials.

Plate proofs of the 6d. are known printed in black. The ony one I have seen is perforated on 
 Crown over Q Type II paper

Perforated plate proofs of the 6d. are known with blue crayon cancelling marks. These were made during normal printings.


To summarise:
  • Imperforate on thin card - yellow-green
  • Imperforate on Crown over Q Type II paper - yellow-green and green, some defaced with blue crayon and ink
  • Perforated on Crown over gummed Q Type II paper - green, defaced with blue crayon
  • Plate proof on Crown over Q Type II paper in black

Imperforate on thin card


6d. yellow-green block of fifty Imperforate Plate Proofs on Thin Card , being the complete lower five rows of the sheet with [83] showing the beginning of damage to second "e" of "Queensland". Positions no 71-120. Stunning.Ex Griffith. Click on the link to see it in hi-resolution


6d Die II imperforate marginal block of 6 (2 x 3) in bright yellow-green on thin card, minor tone spots on the reverse. Ex Manning


6d. proofs on card. From the L'Estrange collection at the Queensland Museum


6d. marginal from the top of the sheet Imperforate unwatermarked plate proof on thin card. From my collection


6d yellow-green plate proof pair, no watermark, seen in a private collection. Ex Griffith


6d. imperforate Plate Proof block of 4 on Thin Card. Ex Griffith

Imperforate on Crown over Q Type II paper


Imperforate Plate Proof pair on Crown over Q Type II Paper 6d. yellow-green pair cancelled by blue crayon strokes. Ex Griffith


Imperforate Plate Proof pair on Crown over Q Type II Paper 6d. deep green pair cancelled by blue crayon strokes. Ex Griffit
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6d Die II imperforate marginal vertical pair from the right of the sheet in green on gummed watermarked paper. Ex Manning


Here is an imperforate proof on thin paper with a pencil line across it. Seen at Prestige Philately auction no 152


6d yellow-green plate proof vertical pair, seen at Phoenix Auctions



6d. on watermarked paper, traces of blue crayon. Courtesy of Dave Elsmore, Queensland stamp collecting Facebook group



6d Imperforate pair, watermarked paper. Courtesy of Carl Burnett, Queensland stamp collecting Facebook group


6d Imperforate pair, watermarked paper. Courtesy of Carl Burnett, Queensland stamp collecting Facebook group



6d. Imperforate. Dated 11 March 1881 on the reverse. Courtesy of Dave Elsmore, Queensland stamp collecting Facebook group




6d yellow-green plate proof pair, ex Griffith


6d plate proof pair. Seen at Status Stamps auction no 223 lot no 1923


6d. proof on watermarked gummed paper. From the collection of Dave Elsmore

Proof in black



6d. perforate proof on Crown over Q Type II paper in black. No gum. Image supplied by Dave Elsmore

Perforated on Crown over gummed Q Type II paper

6d. proof block of 4 on watermarked gummed paper with blue crayon cancel. From the collection of Dave Elsmore

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