The Unwatermarked Queen Victoria Waterlow Issue of Niger Coast Protectorate Part Ten


This week's post is much shorter than usual, as I am finding it necessary to write shorter posts if I want to have any chance of being able to continue to post on a weekly basis. 

Today's post finishes off this first Waterlow issue, with a detailed study of the perforations on the 1 shiling black and then a quick look at some of the postal history that can be found from this issue. 

In terms of perforations, my detailed study turned up some 36 different measurements. Most of these were very close together, but it was common to have different measurements on three or sometimes 4 sides of the same stamp. By far, the most common perforations were variations of 15 and 14.5 x 15. I proposed that I believe the Gibbons practice of grouping 14.5-15 and 13.5-14 together in the same ranges to be too simplistic, and I argue that there are really 6 basic measurements, that also exist as compounds. 

Postal history is scarce for this issue, and much of what can be found on the market is philatelic, like the stamp dealer cover above. However, I do show one very nice local registered commercial cover that I have, and as a matter of fact, the only one I have ever seen. 

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