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(Mac OS Big Sur) HP Deskjet 2654 (1200 DPI, 24-bit Colour) through VueScan 9; Edited with GIMP; Lossless compression with ImageOptim; converted with Pixallon (NCH Software) to 350 DPI with 50% Lossy JPEG Compression
Unknown (Thomas De La Rue and Co)
Fair to Good
Cat. Value (Adjusted Cat. value adjusted for condition:
Two-and-halfpence rosy mauve with an Orb watermark from position EA. Fairly well centred with two good margins, but not at the detriment of the others. All four corner letters clear, along with the majority of the detail on the face. Some ugliness perhaps as a result of the faded postmark. The gum is mostly clean, although there is some blemishes - most likely as a result of hinging in the past. Orb watermark fairly easy to see. The postmark is a faint but mostly complete vertical oval barred numeral cancel with the office number contained within a circle. This shape and form indicates that it would have been used in a London Branch (Suburban) office. Both the GBPS and G. Brumell would agree that the office number - 73 contained in a circle - would refer to the Shooter’s Hill office. However, this would only be between the dates of 1874 and 1881, as it was moved to number 385. It was transfered back in 1913, but did not use this stamp. Given the date of print (1876) we can thus infer this stamp was used between 1876 and 1881.
Oval barred numeral cancel: (73)
2½d Rosy Mauve
1873-80 Surface Printed Issues, Orb Watermark
3 (Not applicable)
ID#: 2204 (Used)
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