Monday, June 22, 2015

Queensland 6d. specimen handstamps

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

Kenneth Scudder in his book "Queensland Postage Stamps 1879 to 1912", lists a number of specimen handstamps found on this issue. They are:
  • Type 1. Capitals sans-serif, 21 mm x 2.5 mm. Known in black and violet, diagonally up from left to right. Seen on yellow green shades. Yellow green were first printed in December 1879 and so these specimen examples were printed first. However Scudder notes that the supply of new inks only arrived from England in November 1880 and so these examples would have been handstamped after this date
  • Type 2. Roman capitals, 23.5 mm x 3.25 mm. Known in black, diagonally down from left to right. It was introduced in mid to late 1880. Seen on green shades. This shade was first printed in 1881
  • Type 3. Capitals sans-serif, 15 mm x 2 mm. Known from one example in red. It is thought to have been introduced around 1880. Seen on a blue green stamp. This shade is scarce and dates from after 1881
So it would appear that these were produced on at least 4 different occasions. By far the rarest is type 3, with only one example seen. Type 1 is very scarce in black. Type 2 is scarce. Type 1 is most common in violet. 

Type 1

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. Available for sale in August 2013 at burstamp.com. Ex Manning

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. No gum. From my collection


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. From the Ron Butler collection


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

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. Auctioned by Prestige Philately in July 2008, Auction no 146, lot 1027 and then available for sale in August 2013 at burstamp.com. Ex Manning


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. Seen at Philas Auctionno 125

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. Seen at Philas Auction no 125

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. gummed. From my collection


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. gummed. From my collection


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. No gum. From my collection


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. gummed. From my collection


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. No gum. From the collection of Dave Elsmore

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. No gum. From the collection of Dave Elsmore

 Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. Gum. Seen on Ebay
Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. 


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. Seen on the net


 Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. Seen on the net
Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. Seen on the Net


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. Seen in the collection of Carl Burnett


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. Gum. Seen in a private collection


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. Seen at Philas Auction no 125

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. Seen at Philas Auction no 125


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. gummed.

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. From the Alan Griffiths collection auctioned by Spink in October 2012

Type 2


Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. Seen at Philas Auction no 125

Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. Seen at Philas Auction no 125 

These blocks of 6 and 4 were originally combined



Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. 2nd wmk. No gum. From my collection


Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. 2nd wmk. Traces of gum. From my collection


Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. Seen at Philas Auction no 125 

Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. 2nd wmk. Gum. From the collection of Dave Elsmore

Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. 2nd wmk. Gum. From the collection of Dave Elsmore


Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. 2nd wmk. Seen on Ebay

Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. Seen on Ebay

Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green

Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. 2nd wmk. Gum. Available for sale in August 2013 at burstamp.com. Ex Manning


Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. 2nd wmk. Gum. Seen in the collection of Carl Burnett


Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. 2nd wmk. No gum. Seen in the collection of Carl Burnett


Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. 2nd wmk. No gum. Seen on Ebay


Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. 2nd wmk. Seen on Ebay


Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. 2nd wmk. Gum

Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. From the Ron Butler collection


Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal downwards from left to right. Green. Seen at Spink auction no 16030 lot no 1154


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Yellow green. 2nd wmk. Seen in a private collection

Type 3

Scudder type 3, capitals sans serif 15 x 2 mm in red horizontally. Green. 2nd wmk. Gum. From the collection of Dave Elsmore

The examples from Dave Elsmore and Carl Burnett are from the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group

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