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(Mac OSX) 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 (Perkins, Bacon and Co.)
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Extremely offset plate 172, position NK, Penny Red with two margins. The adjacent left stamp shows clearly on the leftmost edge, whilst the perforations cut deeply into this design from the right. The top margin is substantial although the lower edge isn’t cut quite so deeply.Otherwise decent colour and detail with a heavy postmark. The barred numeral cancel is in an oval shape with the number 405 in the centre. On first impression I would have stated 495, but there doesn’t appear to be any crossbar within the central number. The edge of another circle appears to the left, suggesting it was part of a duplex. Either way the barred shape (an oval) implies an England and Wales office. More precisely, G. Brumell states that 405 refers to Ipswich, Suffolk, office. John Parmenter and Ken Smith elaborate in their book (via GBPS | archive.org mirror) that this office operated from 1844 to 1962, with the numeral cancel being used from its birth up unto 1893. The plate number was moderately difficult to make out, but not impossible. A previous owner also helpfully wrote the number, “172”, not the gum. Another has also since hinged it since. The gum itself appears dirty, and the Large Crown watermark is prominent and itself significantly offset. Perforations, while encroaching on the design, are typically good with a few faults. All in all a decent postmark specimen, but perhaps not much else.
Oval barred numeral cancel: 405 - possibly part of a duplex
Penny Reds (1864-79)
Large Crown (Standard)
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