Saturday, July 11, 2015

Queensland 1d. Specimen handstamps

Here are some examples of the 1d. specimen handstamps. For general information on the specimen and cancelled handstamps see here 

When it comes to specimen examples, this issue is more complex than the other denominations in this series. It is the only one that has specimen handstamps on imperforate issues and there also exist manuscript specimen cancellations.

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. Scudder notes that the these examples would have been handstamped after November 1880. Reddish brown shades. Seen on perforated issues only
  • Type 2. Roman capitals, 23.5 mm x 3.25 mm. Known in black and Red (one example in Scudder's book), diagonally up from left to right. It was introduced in mid to late 1880. Vermilion / Scarlet shades. Seen on perforated issues only
  • Type 3. Capitals sans-serif, 15 mm x 2 mm. Known from one example in red on an imperforate stamp with a vermilion / scarlet shade. It is thought to have been introduced around 1880
  • Manuscript cancellations known in black and violet, diagonally up from left to right on perforated issues. Scudder notes that an inverted violet example is also known but this has not been seen by me. According to Scudder these manuscript cancellations are on the the 1st watermark issues. A manuscript cancellation with the word S is also known on an imperforate proof
Type 3 is the most rare, with only one copy known. I have only seen one example of Type 2 in red. Type 2 is less common that type 1 in black. No multiples have been seen for type 2

Type 1

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

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. 2nd wmk. Gum. Paler reddish brown. From my collection


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. 2nd wmk. Gum. Paler reddish brown. From my collection


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


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Reddish brown. Seen in a private collection

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Reddish brown. Seen at Phoenix auctions


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Reddish brown. Ex Manning

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. 2nd wmk. No gum. Reddish brown. Courtesy of Dave Elsmore


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. 2nd wmk. Reddish brown. Seen at Status Stamps auctions 2015

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. 2nd wmk. No gum. Reddish brown.Courtesy of Dave Elsmore


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


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. 2nd wmk. Gum. Reddish brown. 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. Reddish brown


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Reddish brown. Ex Butler


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Reddish brown. Seen in Philas auction no 125

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Reddish brown. Seen in Philas auction no 125

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

Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Reddish brown. Seen in Philas auction no 125


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Reddish brown. Seen at Spink auction no 16030 lot no 1154


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Ex Manning


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

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


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Reddish brown. Ex Butler


Scudder type 1 Sans serif capitals 21 x 2.5 mm in violet diagonal upwards from left to right. Reddish brown. Watermark 2. Gummed. From my collection

Type 2

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


Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. 2nd wmk. Gum. Brownish vermilion. From my collection

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

Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. 2nd wmk. No gum. Scarlet / vermilion. From the collection of Carl Burnett

Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. 2nd wmk. Gum. Pale vermilion. Courtesy of Dave Elsmore

Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. 2nd wmk. Gum. Pale vermilion. Courtesy of Dave Elsmore

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

Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Gum. Scarlet. Ex Manning

Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Vermilion. Ex Butler


Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. Vermilion. Seen at Status Stamps auctions


Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in black diagonal upwards from left to right. 2nd wmk. Gummed. Scarlet / vermilion. From my collection

Scudder type 2, Roman numeral capitals 23.5 x 3.25 mm in red diagonal upwards from left to right. Bright vermilion. Scudder, p. 43

Type 3

Scudder type 3, capitals sans serif 15 x 2 mm in red horizontally. Bright Vermilion. Thin unwatermarked paper. No gum. From the collection of Dave Elsmore

Manuscript Cancellations


Manuscript cancellation in violet ink diagonally upwards. Orange brown. Seen in Philas Auction no 125

Manuscript cancellation in violet ink diagonally upwards. Orange brown. Seen in Philas Auction no 125

Manuscript cancellation in violet ink diagonally upwards. Dull Orange brown. Die 1. 2nd wmk. Seen at Status Stamps auctions

Manuscript cancellation in violet ink diagonally upwards. Gum. Orange brown. Ex Butler and Griffith

Manuscript cancellation in violet ink diagonally upwards. Orange brown. Ex Butler and Griffith


Manuscript cancellation in violet ink diagonally upwards. Orange brown. Gum. From the collection of Carl Burnett

Manuscript cancellation in violet ink diagonally upwards. Orange brown. Gum. Ex Manning


Manuscript cancellation in violet ink diagonally upwards. Gum. Orange brown. Ex McCredie

Manuscript cancellation "S" in black ink horizontally on an imperforate proof. Reddish brown. No wmk. 1880 in pencil on the back. Scudder, p. 365

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

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