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Lovely, vibrantly coloured Penny Red stamp with am extremely fine example of a oval shaped, 498 numeral cancel plus bars. G. Brumell places it as being from Manchester, Lancashire, whilst John Parmenter and Ken Smith informs us that the Office was in operation from 1844 to 1962, whilst the number itself was in use from 1844 all the way to 1980 (information provided by the GBPS). The stamp itself is from plate 192 (easily seen along the sides), and from sheet position OG. It has three good margins, is well centred, and has a relatively unblemished face. The watermark is easily visible both to the eye and under light, while the rear is in good condition although heavily hinged. If anything, just a lovely example of a Manchester postmark which would likely have been applied in the mid to late Victorian period.
Oval barred numeral cancel: 498
Penny Reds (1864-79)
Large Crown (Standard)
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