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Author:  larry6mac [ Tue Oct 06, 2020 2:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Wilding Castle inverted watermarks

can anyone tell me the number of copies found for each printer and value.


Author:  Lennox [ Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Wilding Castle inverted watermarks

Originally of course there would be at least 80 mint copies.
The list of those that have known to have survived is:
2s6d 1st De La Rue - 3 used
2s6d 2nd De La Rue - 10 used
5s 2nd De La Rue - 2 mint; 31 used (more probably exist used)
£1 2nd De La Rue - 4 used
2s6d Bradbury Wilkinson - 21 mint; 3 used (I have the finder’s original letter which records 21 mint)
5s Bradbury Wilkinson - high number of mint (four known plate blocks, plate 4A); low number of used
10s Bradbury Wilkinson - 6 used
£1 Bradbury Wilkinson - 2 mint; 3 used
Trouble is unrecorded copies keep turning up!

Author:  larry6mac [ Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Wilding Castle inverted watermarks

Thanks for the info. I have just found a 2s6d and 1 Pound Bradbury, but both have indistinctive cancels, so don't know if these should be added to the information supplied.

Author:  Lennox [ Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Wilding Castle inverted watermarks

I have images of all copies.

If you upload the images I will let you know and possibly give you a history.

Author:  larry6mac [ Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:13 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Wilding Castle inverted watermarks

inverted.pdf [312.02 KiB]
Downloaded 164 times

Here are the images you asked for any info would be much appreciated

Author:  Lennox [ Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Wilding Castle inverted watermarks

Thanks for the images.

As you say, the postmarks are indistinct and cannot be pinned down to copies I have recorded.

You have also to consider the stamps may be 2nd De La Rue.

As you are apparently resident in Canada, the comment by Lord Spens in the G B Journal May - June 1991 regarding the 2s6d inverted watermark:

“Ken Snelson of Canada has written to say that some 20 years ago he purchased some GB stamps in which he found 6 used copies of the 2/6 2nd De La Rue with inverted watermark. They were all slightly off centre, so would appear to come from the same sheet. The sheet was possibly used for postal purposes to Canada but none of the postmarked examples remaining in his collection can be identified as to the date and location. These are the first used copies I have recorded.”

Your copy is both off centre with an unidentified postmark and could be from this source.

As far as the £1 in concerned both the known 2nd De La Rue and Bradbury Wilkinson were cancelled by parcel postmarks.

Your copy has a straight line parcel postmark similar to the known 2nd De La Rue postmarks. The known Bradbury Wilkinson have a parcel oval postmark.

There could have been more than one sheet of any issue and your copies could be from different locations.

There must be more copies of all issues lying undetected in collections and kiloware or not reported by their owners.

That is why copies keep turning up. The 2s6d 1st De La Rue did not become generally known until 1987, despite being issued 1958-1959.

Author:  Lennox [ Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Wilding Castle inverted watermarks

As I mentioned on 6 October 2020, unrecorded copies keep turning up.
There is a fourth copy of the 1st De La Rue 2s6d watermark inverted used.
I have examined the stamp and I can confirm its existence.

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