Printings of the 1/2d Green and 1d Carmine Queen Victoria Keyplate Stamps of Lagos 1887-1904 Part Six
According to my first post about these stamps, I had hypothesized that there should be three printings of the 1/2d stamps from this state. These printings should have been made and released in the colony between April 1894 and about April 1897. Consequently, on the used stamps we should start to see the disappearance of the barred oval cancellations and the 21 mm Lagos CDS's and the appearance of the wider 24 mm Lagos CDS's and CDS's of other towns like Badagry. Ibadan, Abeokuta and the like.
- The number of printings given for this value in Ince is not correct, and there were more printings than just the three I had calculated.
- Ince's number of printings is correct, but more of the last 8 printings from plate 1 come from this state. However, for this to be correct, it would mean only one printing from the fourth state, and this is clearly not correct, as I have seem at least one printing from each of the fourth and fifth states.
- Not all of the 7 groups represent separate printings, but slight variations of the same printings. Of the 7 groups, three are very close in shade to one another, so it is possible that there are really four printings from this state, which would mean that there are likely three printings from the fourth state and one from the fifth state, if Ince's notes about the total number of printings of this value is correct.
This printing has the most distinct shades of all the stamps in this group. All three of the examples that I have are either unused without gum, or mint. I do not have any used examples. The head plate and duty plate colours are identical. The colour is closest to Gibbons's deep green shade, but is a little bit duller. It is not deep enough however, to be the deep dull green.
Thirty Fifth Printing
Thirty Sixth Printing
This is the first printing in the group where the duty plate colour is darker than the head plate colour. I found one stamp that had a much duller and paler head colour than the others, but for the moment, I have classified all of the stamps that had the same duty plate colour as being from the same printing.
Here is the first one:
The head plate shade of this printing is a bit tricky. It has a clear bluish undertone, but is closest to the dull blue green on the Gibbons colour key. However, it is deeper and slightly brighter than the Gibbons dull blue green. So I would call it the deep dull blue green. The duty plate colour is also deep dull green, as in the case of the last stamp.
I have seven mint examples as shown above, and nine used examples, as shown below:
Here we have all three major types of cancellations. Three stamps in the top row and two in the bottom row are cancelled with 8-bar oval obliterators. The second stamp in the top row is a nice example of the 24 mm Lagos CDS, dated February 8, 1897. The two lower right stamps have been cancelled with the earlier 21 mm Lagos CDS's. The date of the one on the left is August 24, 1895, while the right one is not entirely clear, but is sometime in 1898.
Thirty Seventh Printing
In this printing, the duty and head plate colours go back to being the same, but there would appear to be three groups of shades that are very slightly different from one another.
The first of these shade combinations consists of one mint example, and eleven used examples as shown below:
Here we have an example each of the 8-bar and 9-bar oval obliterators, as well as three of the 21 mm Lagos CDS's postmarks. They all appear to be the type that have the 3 mm gap between the "L" of "Lagos" and "W.". In the top row there are two nice examples of the "Post Office Ibadan" CDS cancels, dated October 15, 1897 and January 24, 1898, which is a few months later than the end of the period covered by these printings, but not that long. On the bottom left are two nice strikes of the 24 mm Lagos CDS, dated March 8, 1897 and April 13, 1897.
The next combination of shades is shown in the 7 mint stamps, 2 used stamps and mint block shown below:
The head plate colour and duty plate colour are a very close match to Gibbons's grey-green, except that this colour has a bluish undertone. Therefore I would call it the bluish grey-green.
Both the used examples above are cancelled with 8-bar oval obliterators.
This group contains a plate flaw which may, or may not be constant, but is nonetheless striking, It consists of a small circular void in the horizontal medallion shading to the upper right of the Queen, just below and to the right of the "S" of "Lagos". It is the first flaw of it's kind that I have encountered on these stamps, which always seem to have perfect, unbroken shading lines. It is the second mint stamp in the top row of the above scan. A close up scan of the flaw is shown below:
The head plate and duty plate colour of this printing is very similar to the last, but it is paler and slightly more bluish. It is really a cross between the dull blue green and the grey green on the Gibbons colour key. I would thus call it the dull greyish blue green.