First Issues - Twinings tea cards

Rare Stamps, Second Set

Both the Twinings sets offered a free packet of stamps if you cut off the bottom section of all 30 cards and returned them to Twinings. The cards have been digitally snipped to save space, but the label is shown on the first and last cards.

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The Penny Red, first issued in 1841, should have a letter in each of the lower corners. In 1847 the printer made a mistake on one printing plate, and lettered one stamp only B instead of B-A. About 20 have been found. Anyone might find another. Catalogued £500 each. On each 6d stamp of this issue, just above the lower corners, appears a tiny white number from 5 to 10. Only “10” is rare. Once a collector read aout a sale of one of these rarities; he went to his album to look - he found he had the rare “Plate 10”. In 1910 new stamps of King Edward VII were being issued. Some had appeared, and the 2d in Tyrian plum was due early in May. The king dies, and the 2d was not sold generally. The Royal Collection contains the only known used example, but others, unused, exist. Catalogued £900. In 1948 the supply of £1 “Silver Wedding” stamps for St. Vincent disappeared in transit. The authoritues feared that these stamps had been stolen. A new supply was printed in purple instead of the original black. Only 8 black stamps have survived; a block of 4 is in the Royal Collection. In 1866 Dominica ran short of low value stamps. provisionals were made by printing “Half Penny” on some 6d stamps and “One Penny” on some 1s stamps. By mistake, “One Penny” was printed on a few 6d stamps, and they are rarities. Catalogued £500 used.
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India's first regular post was organised by the Comissioner of Scinde, and called the “Scinde Dawk”. Embossed stamps were issued in scarlet, white and blue, and sold at half anna each. The scarlet stamps were produced one at a time; very brittle, they were soon withdrawn. Catalogued £200 used. When he printed these 2d stamps the printer made a mistake; they should have been yellow. A dealer wrote for some 2d stamps; the postmaster apologised for charging 6d each, as they were in the colour of 6d stamps. The dealer was delighted. Catalogued £130 unused. Usually the 4d stamps were purple. Some were blue and had “3-Pence”printed on them for sale as 3d stamps. By mistake, a sheet or two in blue did not have the “3-Pence” overprint. Catalogued £400 unused. A shortage of high value stamps in Nigeria was met by printing new values on existing stamps. Some shilling stamps were overprinted “20/-” in violet, red or black. All are rare, but black is the rarest, and only 3 are known. Unpriced in catalogue. Early French stamps have been found in pairs with one stamp upside-down. Such pairs are rarities. It is thought they were produced like that at the whim of Anatole Hulot, who printed the stamps.
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The first French Colonial stamp issue was made by Réunion. The stamps were printed on ungummed paper; glue or wafers had to be used to stick the stamps on letters. Catalogued £400 unused. Brazil was the first countryto follow Britain's lead in issuing adhesive postage stamps. They are called “Bulls' Eyes” because of their oval shapes. The 90 reis is catalogued up to £120 unused. One day, after buying some 1s. stamps at a post office in Manchioneal, Jamaica, a man found that all the frames were upside down. He rushed back and bought all the other 1s. stamps there - about 20, with inverted frames. He made a good profit selling them to dealers. Catalogued £750 unused. France's first high value stamp wasprinted at two operations; the figures were added to the rest of the design. By mistake, the value was not put on some stamps; only 3 damages specimens are known. Catalogued £600 used. Running out of ½ stamps in 1893, the Postmaster at Lagos had provisionals made by printing “HALF PENNY” on 4d stamps. By mistake, a sheet or more of 2d was included. Only 2 copies are known. Unpriced in catalogue.
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Zurich, in Switzerland, issued the first stamps on the continent of Europe. There were 4 and 6 rappen stamps, the 4 for town letters, and the 6 for Canton letters. The 4 is catalogued £285 unused. Years ago the German states issued their own stamps. The first Bavarian issue, like the famous British 1d of 1840, was printed in black. The design was used for a model for the Saxony 3pf. of 1850. The 2r. should be red; the 6r. was blue. In error one 2r. stamp appeared in the 6r. sheets. A dealer once bought a block of 6r. and he cut it up to the last pair before noticing that one stamp was a 2r. Catalogued £5000. Printed in red, colour of the 5kr., instead of green, this erro is one of Europe's great rarities. About 6 have been found, and the error is not known unused. Catalogued £600. After sending to a Gibraltar post office for five 10 centimos stamps, a business man found they had no value printed at the foot. He quickly sent back to the P.O. for more , but the error had been noticed and withdrawn. A pair sold for £500 in 1947.
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About 1908 a London stamp dealer bought lots of cancelled Labuan stamps; they were then put in 6d packets and sold. A boy found an “inverted frame” in one packet. This started a rush, and people bought packets galore, hoping to find some more “inverted frames.” Some were found, but others have yet to be discovered. Crudely produced, the first stamps of the Philippines (then a Spanish colony) show a libellous portrait of Queen Isabella II of Spain. The stamps were printed in Manila; early collectors called them “Luzons” after the chief island. At South Georgia in 1928 the 2½ stamps were sold out; so the postmaster printed “2½D” on 1179 od the 2d stamps. Some were used on letters (mostly to Norway), others were snapped up by collectors. Catalogued £40 unused. When on paper watermarked Multiple Crown CA, transvaal 1905 1d is a common stamp, catalogued at 2d. In error, a few sheets were printed on “Anchor” paper, meant for Cape of Good Hope stamps. The errors are catalogued at £40. This stamp was normally printed in black and red, with a figure of St. Ursula, patron saint of the Virgin Islands, in the centre. Some are known without the virgin, like this one. Catalogued at £500.
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In the American Civil War the Confederates, their stamp supplies cut off, had to print their own. Local postmasters issued many crude stamps, like this unique Mount Lebanon, so primitively engraved that the design reads backwards. Sold in 1956 for Catalogued £1946. In 1907 watermarks of British Colonials were being changed from Single to Multiple Crown CA. For B.C.A. (Nyasaland) 2d and 4d stamps were printed on the new paper, but were not issued. A dealer, offered thousands of them, refused to buy. Catalogued £350 each. Top value in the 1852 series, this 1 scudo was once called “The Cardinals' Stamp” as it was said to be used only by the holy conclave, but this was not the case, and the stamp was used on overweight letters. It is rarer used than unused. Normally the King George VI 1d of Sierra Leone is a very common stamp (cat 2d), but this pair, without perforations between top and bottom stamps, is extremely rare. Probably only 6 such pairs ever existed, due to a fault in the perforating machine. Unpriced in catalogue. For years this error was held to be spurious and all known specimens considered forgeries, but in 1950 it was proved undoubtedly genuine specimens exist. Catalogue price £400.


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