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PLATE 1a (basic cat £1,000)

BC1(a)pfPlate 1a [PF]. A very fine 4 margin early example showing virtually no plate wear tied by a lightly-struck orange red MX. Fine CROWLE udc, Bawtry receiver for 30th Oct 1840.275.00

PLATE 1b (basic cat £700)

BC1(b)eePlate 1b[EE] with 4 large to very large margins, tied by a very fine strike of the London Experimental Black MX to a local London entire of 21 Dec1840, addressed to the Chief Accountant of the Bank of England.(The black MX was used experimentally from Aug 1840, pending the formal change from the red cancellation in February 1841) TP Walthamstow WO receiver on the face385.00
BC1(b)fjPl 1b [FJ] 4 good to huge margins, showing part of EJ above. Tied by Black MX –scarce on this plate, and very late use for plate 1b. Cover from Newburgh to Edinburgh, 19th October 1841225.00
Plate 1b [KI] -4 margins tied by red MX to exceptionally clean 8th Feb 1841 cover from Glasgow to Greenock.275.00

PLATE 2 (basic cat £700)

BC2haPlate 2 [HA- 4 close 2 massive margins (showing a tiny part of the marginal inscription on the left, and a part of IA below) tied by a smudged red MX to an unfoled private 25 Jan 41 entire from Richmond to Derby. Red Derby arrival cds on the front325.00
BC2ikPlate 2 [IK] - 4 good margins. Written in New York on 28th October 1840, hand-carried across the Atlantic, and posted in Liverpool on 27th November , where the 1d black was applied.. Interesting letter from the Kennedy correspondence.."…..we had a conversation about your soup kitchen..."  Rare.795.00
BC2jePlate 2 [JE](no ray flaw) 4 margins -tied by a very fine red MX to an 11th Jun 1840 cover from London to Brighton . TP Gray's Inn.295.00
BC2sdtdPlate 2 [SD-TD] separated vertical pair with 4 margins (SD v.close to touching NW) tied by red MXs to 1 Jan 1841 cover from Edinburgh to Dunfermline.370.00
BC2tcSt2Plate 2TC State 2 with 4 good to huge margins tied by red MX to a 13 Jan 1841 entire from Oxford to Southampton. The stamp shows both strong TRL snd the recut frame line well. Some toning of the cover, but a scarce item. Cat £425 off cover325.00

PLATE 3 (basic cat £900)

BC3acPlate 3 [AC] 4 margins, from London (Charing Cross) to Dublin,  tied to an unfolded envelope by a fine black MX. Red wax seal.265.00
BC3thPlate 3 [TH]. - 4 margins, tied by black MX to a  1 May 1841 cover (no side flaps) from Brigg to Spilsby. SPILSBY arrival cds on front295.00

PLATE 4 (basic cat £750)

BC4aiafPlate 4 (AI+AF) both 4 margin tied by red MXs . 14th Sept 1840 cover from Southampton to Manchester. Fine Southampton Penny Post on reverse, Four Posts Penny Post on front. 525.00
BC4blPlate 4 BL, 4 good to large margins tied by red MX to a 16th Oct 1840 (local) cover from  Bristol to Clifton.(I was concerned about the stamp 'belonging', but the Retroreveal colour shift shows clearly that it does)195.00
BC4ljPlate 4 [LJ] with four good to large margins tied by black MX to a 3 May 1841 entire from London to Braintree. 255.00
BC4ohPlate 4 OH - 4 margins, tied by unusual - looking MX  to 4 Jun 1841 cover from Dunoon to Greenock.245.00
BC4qhPlate 4 QH - 4 margined, tied by red MX to an Jan 1841 envelope from Dunse to Edinburgh. Black and gold wax seal.215.00

PLATE 5 (basic cat £750)

BC5aiPlate 5 AI -4 large to huge margins. Exceptionally clean and unfolded cover from London to Basingstoke, 4th Feb 1841 - last week of the red MX.   295.00
BC5akPlate 5 [AK] Very fine clean cover, Oswestry to Bangor 4th Feb 1841 - stamp with 4 good margins, red MX leaving virtually clear profile.235.00
BC5fiPlate 5 FI - Bristol to Bratton near Westbury, 16th March 1841. 4 clear to good margins tied by a black MX to leave a fine clear profile.  A clean and very attractive entire295.00
BC5fjPlate 5 [FJ] 4 good to large margins tied by red MX to clean (partially refolded ) 20th Jan 1841 entire from London (fine Lombard St receiving MX) to Manchester225.00
BC5oaSt2Plate 5 OA State 2 (Spec AS27) , with 4 good to huge margins tied by a black MX to a very fine entire from Bridgewater to London, 24th March 1841325.00
BC5odPlate 5 OD 4 margin tied by the typically weak red MX of Thurso (see Rockoff and Jackson p 275 ) to a  2 Dec 1840 cover to Stromness, Orkney. 1d blacks to the outer Scottish Islands are extremely scarce.465.00
BC5okPlate 5 OK , tied by the experimental black MX of London, and showing an additional stike of this MX verso, to a local London cover dated 9 Jan 1841 (the black MX was not used nationally until mid-Feb 1841). Fine TP Cornhill receiver.258.00
BC5pgPlate 5 PG. 4 good to large margins, tied by two strikes of a black MX on a part cover from Glasgow to Bristol - 17th March 1841185.00
BC5sfPlate 5 [SF] - a 4-margined stamp tied by a 'clogged' debris-bound red MX ; this cover pre-dates the earliest cover listed in  Rockoff and Jackson (p 275) by 4 months, where the 'emptiness' of the MX is noted. Thurso to Grassmarkert, Edinburgh, 21 Dec 1840.263.00

PLATE 6 (basic cat £725)

BC6cdPlate 6 [CD] . Crisp 4-margin,showing some plate wear, tied by black MX to 5 march 1841 entire from Cardiff to Bristol.230.00
BC6ghPlate 6 GH with 4 margins tied by  an (early) black MX to a fine 24th Feb 1841 entire from Merthyr Tidfil to Bristol. Scarce Welsh usage.245.00
BC6jkPlate 6 JK -Kettering to Chesham, 9th December 1840.  4 good to large margins, tied (contrary to regulations) by two distinct strikes of a red MX. A very fine unfolded cover.285.00
BC6shPlate 6 SH , 4 margin with just a touch SE, tied by a red MX and placed contrary to regulations at the bottom left of the cover. London (TP Paddington) to Dorking 7th Oct 1840175.00
BC6sjPlate 6 SJ 4 good to huge margins, tied by a very fine red MX to 3 Feb 1841 cover from Stockton to London. MiddlesBro Penny Post, and  very fine Stockton skeleton (Willcocks & Jay rarity F in red - but not recorded in black until 1844 -also rarity F)395.00

PLATE 7 (basic cat £800)

BC7ebPlate 7 [EB]- close but clear to good margins, tied by a light red MX to an unfolded 23 Dec 1840  entire from Stratfield-Stoney to Newport Pagnell. Date slug error 32 Dec.....!335.00
BC7jkPlate 7 JK - good to huge margins - showing parts of two adjoining stamps, tied by an orange-red MX to a small entire from Dunse to Coldstream. - 16th Dec 1840245.00
BC7kjPlate 7 [KJ] - four even margins, tied by slightly smudged black MX to a very fine unfolded and fresh entire from Bath to London, dated 15 Dec 1842 - very late use for the 1d black.295.00
BC7mfPlate 7 MF 4 margin mounted inverted and tied by red MX  to a 10 Nov 1840 entire from London to Spilsby.255.00
BC7sbPlate 7 SB, 4 margin, tied by red MX to an 11 Feb cover from Taunton to Yeovil, Fine TAUNTON PY POST - no rear markings.295.00

PLATE 8 (basic cat £1,000)

BC8afPlate 8 AF - 4 good margins tied by a red MX to a clean 6 Jan 1841 entire from Sandwich to Ashford265.00
BC8bgPlate 8 [BG] - 4 close to good margins tied by a very fine example of the London 'broken points' MX to a local London envelope to Kentish town . TP Bond St in black.245.00
BC8kePlate 8 [KE] clear to large margins used on entire from London to Faringdon 7 Jan 1841, pre-paid in cash 1d, handstruck '1' with tombstone 'C' evening duty despatch; Farringdon cds receiver (8 Jan) in red, entire readdressed to Highworth, with 1d black paying onward postage, tied by red MX. Very fine.495.00
BC8klPlate 8 KL, 4-margin tied by black MX to local London cover of 14th May 1841.  TP Mile-End345.00

PLATE 9 (basic cat £1,200)

BC9aaPlate 9 AA with 4 good even margins tied by a black MX to a 13th April 1841 entire from West Bromwich to Stone via Newcastle-under-Line285.00
BC9hiPlate 9 [HI] 3 margin tied by 1844 cancellation : 491 of Macclesfield. Entire from Macclesfield to Leek dated 20 March 1845. Extremely late use for 1d Black, the adhesive being affixed by wax seal. Fascinating letter between 2 firms of solicitors, arguing about £4!!  Extremely unusual and rare – Cat £1800.00525.00
BC 9jkPlate 9 JK - 4 margin tied by black MX to  a local London cover - TP Moorgate St to Southwark395.00
BC 9plPlate 9 PL - 4 margin tied by black MX to  19th August 1841 cover from Aberfeldy to Perth355.00
BC9sbPlate  9 SB. 4 margin (close but clear NE) tied by a black MX to a 28th April cover from York to Brentwood, Essex. Brentwood receiver for April 30th.315.00

PLATE 10 (basic cat £3,500)

BC10caSt2Plate 10 CA state 2 - 4 margin tied to 4th March 1841 cover from Sherborne to London - fine Sherborne arrival cds. An exceptionally scarce stamp - cat £1200 off cover - cover slighty toned, but a rare item.575.00
BC10kj2Plate 10 KJ2, 4 margins, tied by very good (for plate 10) black MX to London local cover of 18th Feb 1841. (TP Strand L) Red wax seal 395.00
BC10liPlate 10 LI, fine 4 margin, tied by black MX to 3rd May 1841 cover from Winchester to Tenby. Very slight vertical bend passes through the stamp.295.00
BC10ng Plate 10 [NG] Excellent 4-margin copy, tied by clear and lightly struck black MX to small, clean part entire from Bury, 16th July 1841. Holcombe certification in pencil. 335.00

PLATE 11 (basic cat £16,000)


Plate 11 [EB] A very presentable copy with 4 margins, but 2 small nicks out of the lower one. The plate 11 characteristic ray flaw is clear. Faint filing crease, largely disguised by the good MX strike and the fine Stroud cds on the front. Stroud to Edinburgh 10th May 1841. Overall, a very atractive and well-balanced Plate 11 cover. Now catalogued at GBP 15,000.00, this one is great value!



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