The Unwatermarked Queen Victoria First Waterlow Issue of Niger Coast Protectorate Part Two
I have found the following perforations:
- 15.1 x 14.5
- 13.9 x 14 x 14.15 x 14.1
- 14.1 x 14 x 14 x 13.6;14.3
- 14 x 14.25
- 14 x 14.1 x 14.1 x 14.25
- 13.9 x 14 x 14.25 x 14
- 15.1 x 14.75
- 14.1 x 14.25
- 14.1 x 14
- 13.9 x 14.1
- 15 x 14.9
- 14.7 x 14.8
- 14.9 x 14.7
- 14.5 x 13.9
- 14.9 x 14.5
- 15 x 14.4
- 14 x 14.1 x 13.9 x 14.25
- 14.9 x 14.6
- 15 x 14.6
- 14.4 x 14.1 x 14.1 x 14.4
- 14.5 x 14.1
- 14.1 x 13.9
- 14.25 x 14.1
- 14.1 x 13.75
- 14.1 x 13.75 x 14.1 x 14.1
- 14.1 x 15; 13.75
- 14 x 13.75
- 13.75 x 14.25
The stamp on the left is a dull shade that is very close to Gibbons's red shade. The stamp on the right is closest to Gibbons's dull vermilion, but with a more orange undertone.
The stamp on the left here is also a dull vermilion shade, but it is deeper than the one shown above. The right stamp is an almost perfect match to Gibbons's orange vermilion shade, but is a hint duller than what is shown on the swatch.
The stamp on the left is very close to Gibbons's orange-red, but contains a hint of dull vermilion to the colour. It is almost like what you would expect to see if you took the dull vermilion swatches and orange-red swatches on the Gibbons colour key and combined them. The stamp on the right is closest to Gibbons's red shade, but deeper and duller.
The scans below show the paper types that I have found on these stamps:
Re-Entries and Plate Flaws
Ince and Osborne note some 17 different plate flaws and/or re-entries on this stamp. Some of the flaws are to be found on every stamp in the plate, while others are confined to selected positions from the plate.
The flaws or distinguishing characteristics that can be found on every stamp from the plate are:
- A plate dot inside the curl of both 2's.
- There are only 8 circular white dots around the base of the centre oval on the left side, but nine are visible on the right.
- Position 14 - The final right hand graving line of the decorative sideways "v" on the right centre of the oval extends through to the outer margin, with an additional line in the lower arm of the sideways "v".
- Positions 10, 13, 20, 30, 37, 38, 39, 42, 43, 45 and 50 - there is a single or double additional line in the outer right hand margin.
- Position 6 - A line of colour passes through the right hand fraction of 1 of "1/2d, extending through the circle to the triangular ornament above. The right hand vertical frameline extends well beyond the upper horizontal frameline.
- Position 9 - There are additional lines to the circle and frame above "one", the "P" of "Penny" is slightly distorted, the background of the centre oval overlaps slightly at lower left, there are small dots in the pearls at lower left and finally there is re-touching of lines at the top of "F" of "Half" and "P" of "Penny".
- Position 21 - A small additional frame line extends horizontally to the right from foot of "T" of "Coast", the background of centre oval overlaps slightly at the top right, and finally the horizontal shading lines in the curl of the right hand scroll overlap the scroll to the right.
- Position 51 and 52 - There is an additional vertical stroke to the stem of the "T" of "Coast" on the left hand side, finishing short of cross-piece.
It is not a very strong line, but you can see it at the top, and then just below the centre.
The next stamp is position 6, showing the diagonal line through the right "1" and the extended vertical frameline at upper right.
Note the extension of the portrait shading lines into the white frame and the dots inside the first two pearls.