Postage Stamps: 1869 1st Republic to 1882
FIRST REPUBLIC  -  1878 Queen Victoria 'Bourne Head' Issue
1880 Bradbury Wilkinson QV ‘Bourne Head’ design. An IMPERFORATE PLATE PROOF BLOCK OF FOUR of the ½d postage duty printed in brown on thin card, subsequently affixed to thick cream card, plateable as positions 3-4, 13-14. Attractive and very scarce. Ex Bradbury Wilkinson & Co. Archives; Major Harold Criddle (1992); David Underwood collection, and beautifully written up on his display page.
Note: There appear to have been two sheets of the ½d duty printed in brown, one is deep brown on thin paper and the other is brown on thin card The deep brown on thin paper seems to have been entirely pen-cancelled before being cut up. The brown on thin card sheet which this block came from appears to exist in four formats: 1) this block mounted on thick card; 2) examples cut into multiples and singles; 3) a strip of four lightly handstamped ‘SPECIMEN’ in pink; and 4) Printer’s Samples perforated ‘SPECIMEN’ (Samuel Type B1). It is likely all types emanate from one sheet.