The Unwatermarked Queen Victoria Waterlow Issue of Niger Coast Protectorate Part Seven
My apologies for the lateness of today's post. I have been very tied up with the website and it took me a few days to catch up after a well deserved, and much needed 2 weeks off.
This week I finished off my coverage of the 2.5d lake Queen Victoria stamp from the 1894 First Waterlow unwatermarked issue from Niger Coast Protectorate. I had covered all aspects of this stamp, except for the perforations. So, this week I took all 86 mint and used examples of this stamp in my inventory and measured the perforations very carefully with my Instanta gauge. As I had expected, based on the large number of different perforations I have found on the 1/2d, 1d and 2d values, I found no fewer than 45 different measurements. Of these 45, there were a few that stood out as being the most common: the perf. 15 and perf. 14. The Gibbons listed compound perforation of 13.5-14 and 12-13 was the scarcest of all the varieties, and in all cases, the compound came in the form of two different measurements on one side of the stamp. I did not have a single example of the Gibbons listed perf. 12-13, which must be extremely rare.
I also started my coverage of the 5d value with over 20 varieties of shades, which fell into five main shade groupings. I illustrated each of the shade varieties I have identified, and discussed the different types of paper and gum found on these stamps. Finally, I completed the post with an illustration of the different cancellations found on these stamps, which were the usual places, like Bonny River, Brass River, Benin River, Old Calabar River, Old Calabar, Opobo River and Sombriero River.
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