1884 Stamp Committee Trial Cancellations

Trial cancellations are known from this exercise, mostly on piece (other letterings exist):

– Probably from W. H. Mulock, Confidential Enquiry Branch:
Octagonal LONDON / 8 (or a) B / 30 Ju / 84

1 1/2d purple on orange (BF), purple on grey (AF)
2d purple on pink (FB)
2 1/2d purple on pink (IB), green on buff (HA)
3d purple on pale blue (DC), purple on deep blue (BF)
4d (SG.K22 issued stamp) (LH)

– Probably from G. Richardson, Accountant General’s Office.
London squared circle 3 / JY / 84

1d (SG.K8 issued stamp)
1 1/2d purple on orange (BD), purple on grey (BD,BB)
2d purple on yellow (IB), purple on pink (BB)
2 1/2d purple on pink (KC), green on buff (IB)
3d purple on pale blue (DB), purple on deep blue (BD)
4d (SG.K22 as issued) (LI)
Note: 1d, 1 1/2d (BD) and 2 1/2d (IB) are on piece

– London squared circle 4 / JY / 84

1d (SG.K8 issued stamp)
1 1/2d purple on orange (BC), purple on grey (BC)
2d 1/2d green on buff (JB)
3d purple on pale blue (CB)
4d (SG.K22 as issued) (LF, DA)

– From T. Jeffery, Head London Postal Service:

L.P.S., Controllers office 22 / JY / 84
1 1/2d purple on grey (AC)
2d purple on yellow (CB)
2 1/2d green on buff (AD, JA)
3d purple on pale blue (CA); purple on deep blue (AD)

– From Mr. Cunynghame, Postmaster, Edinburgh;

2K / EDINBURGH / 3 / JY / 84 duplex (131 rarely seen):
1 1/2d purple on orange (IE), purple on grey (EC)
2d purple on yellow (IB), purple on pink (BB)
2 1/2d purple on pink (JE), green on buff (IG)
3d purple on pale blue (GD); purple on deep blue (EC)
4d (SG.K22 as issued) (OK)
Piece with issued 1d, colour trials of 1 1/2d (2), 2d (2), 2 1/2d, 3d, issued 4d, all letterings unknown, all cancelled as above with 131 in bars

6K / EDINBURGH / 29 / JY / 84:
1 1/2d purple on orange (IB, ID), purple on grey (GC, HC)
2d purple on yellow (JF/JH)
2 1/2d purple on pink (JG, JH), green on buff (JF-JH)
3d purple on pale blue (ID, JH); purple on deep blue (GC, HC)
4d (SG.K22 as issued) (PK-RK pm piece)
This cancel also known on issued 1 1/2d lettering uknown

– From W. J. Beaufort, Postmaster Manchester:

Manchester squared circle Y6 / JU 30 / 84:
1 1/2d lilac on grey (lettering unknown)
3d purple on pale blue (DF); purple on deep blue (HD)

Manchester 498 duplex JY 8 / 84:
1d (SG.K8 as issued)
1 1/2d purple on orange, purple on buff (lettering unknown)
2d purple on pink (DE) and others (lettering unknown), purple on yellow (JA) and others (lettering unknown)
2 1/2d purple on pink (GG, HE), green on buff (JA) and others (lettering unknown)
3d purple on pale blue (CE) and others (lettering unknown)

– R. Cornwall, Postmaster of Dublin, examples on unaddressed covers cancelled Dublin 14C 7 JY 84. Some are in the Post Office Heritage Services, but some may be on the market.

– The Postmasters of Liverpool, Birmingham and Glasgow also received examples but nothing is known of them.

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