Great Britain - The Imperforate Issues (1840-1853)

Maltese Cross Cancellations


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The so-called Maltese Cross cancellation was introduced to cancel the world’s first postage stamps; the 1d black and 2d blue 1840 issues of Great Britain.  It continued in official use until 1844 when it was replaced by distinctive numeral cancellations for London, England & Wales, Scotland and Ireland. 

 

Due to the sheer number of stamps in the collection cancelled with a maltese cross, there are now five sections:
 

 

Red Maltese Cross

 

Red Maltese Cross (Late use) - In Contrary to Regulations Section

 

Black Maltese Cross

 

Black Maltese Cross (Late use) - In Contrary to Regulations Section

 

Blue Maltese Cross - In Contrary to Regulations Section