Perforations present another challenge on this issue in the sense that most of the time they are not cleanly cut, which tends to turn off collectors who are not accustomed to rough perforations. Occluded perforations are the norm on these, and it is often only the last printings that have what most collectors would recognize as clean cut perforations.
The Stamp Designs Printings and Quantities Issued
- The 1d lilac was used primarily for local letters up to 1/2 ounce, as an add-on for each additional 1/2 ounce, and newspapers.
- The 2d blue was used primarily for local letters weighing more than 1/2 ounce, but less than 1 ounce.
- The 3d red brown was used for local letters between 1-11/2 ounces, or local parcels not exceeding 8 ounces.
- The 4d carmine was used either for local letters weighing 11/2-2 ounces or letters to other West African ports not exceeding 1/2 ounce.
- The 6d green was used either for local parcels weighing between 8-16 ounces or letters to the UK weighing less than 1/2 ounce.
- The 1/- orange would have been used primarily for 1 ounce letters to the UK, but could also have been used on heavier parcels.
- The key plate, which comprised the entire design except for the value, and
- The duty plate, which was the words of value.
This is quite a dramatic frame break and occurs in the lower left corner of the design. I do not yet know if it is constant, as I have only seen it on this copy of the 2d.
String of Pearls Flaw
I have only seen this flaw on this printing of the 2d. So it may not be constant.
The "T" Flaw
- On white glazed card, printed in black, marked "Before Hardening" and dated "Mar 25, 1874".
- On white glazed card printed in black with the value blank.
- On white glazed card printed in lilac with the value blank and overprinted "specimen".
- On white glazed card, printed in black, marked "Before Hardening", endorsed in pencil "Penny Halfpenny" and dated "Mar 25, 1874".
- On white glazed card, printed in black, marked "After Hardening", with the value "Penny Halfpenny added", and undated.
- On glazed card, printed in black, value blank, marked "Before Hardening", with "Threepence" in the lower right corner in watercolour. It is also annotated in pencil "This is too small, Mr. W.W.D says larger". The initials W.W.D likely stand for William Warren De La Rue, who was a partner in the firm at the time.
- On an irregular piece, maximum size 110 x 42 mm, bearing cut down die proofs of the design without value; 1d, 2d, 4d and 6d value tablets and then marked "April 2, 60 leads each".
- On an irregular piece 42 x 46 mm with similar die proofs of the 3d and 1/- each with manuscript "Lagos" and the entire piece marked "Oct. 31st 60 leads each plate" and endorsed in red ink dated 'Nov. 1874".
- The 1d as issued, but imperforate., and
- the 6d as issued, but imperforate.