Great Britain - The Imperforate Issues (1840-1853)

Positional Reconstructions


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The imperforate stamps of Great Britain were printed in sheets of 240 (20 rows of 12) so that each row cost 1/- and an entire sheet cost 1. 

In an attempt to prevent the illegal re-use of stamps each position on the sheet had a different check letters in the lower corners of the stamp.

The lower left corner denotes the row of the sheet that a stamp originated from, and is lettered from A to T

The lower right corner denotes the column of the sheet that a stamp originated from, and is lettered from A to L

So a sheet consists of stamp “AA” in the top left corner, and stamp “TL” in the bottom right corner.

Using these letters it is possible to re-construct what a sheet would have originally looked like.
 

1d red (using singles) - complete

1d red (using multiples) - complete

1d red (using singles) (maltese cross cancellations only)

1d red (using multiples) (maltese cross cancellations only)

1d black

2d blue (plates 3 and 4)

2d blue (plate 3 only)

2d blue (plate 4 only)