Postage Stamps: 1869 1st Republic to 1882
FIRST REPUBLIC  -  1878 Queen Victoria 'Bourne Head' Issue
1880 Bradbury Wilkinson QV ‘Bourne Head’ ½d postage duty. An imperforate Plate Proof BLOCK OF 59 printed in an unissued colour of deep bright blue on thin card, subsequently mounted on very thick card. Comprising a complete pane of 60 (10x6), less one stamp removed at lower left. A spectacular, very attractive and unique multiple. Ex the David Underwood collection and beautifully written up on his display page.
Note: the Criddle (1992) and Drysdall (2006) auctions each contained a single ½d printed in blue, perforated ‘SPECIMEN’. It appears this stamp has not previously been recorded in this colour without the ‘SPECIMEN’ perforation. The sharpness of the impressions and the lack of a Specimen perforation would indicate these to be plate proofs rather than printer’s samples.