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There are significant pros and cons with this Penny Red Star from plate position BF. On the positive side, the colour is stunningly vibrant and the detail is well-preserved. The postmark is remarkably well centered and clear with the numerals, 287, well-formed and a deep black. The oval shape indicates a England and Wales postmark, whilst G. Brumell informs us that it has come from the Eye, Suffolk, Post Office. As recorded by the Great Britain Philatelic Society (GBPS) website (archive.org mirror) this particular post office was in operation from 1844 to 1962. A last positive: there are three clear margins and generally good perforations with a minimal amount of damage. On the other hand there is significant damage to the stamp. A full depth tear is suffered the upper right corner, whilst the postmark shows through to the gum. The upper left star is also faded. All in all the stamps current value (if any) comes entirely from the cancellation rather than what it sits upon.
Oval barred numeral cancel: 287
Penny Red Stars
Perforate Line-engraved Penny Reds
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