Glen this is not a Mitchell FDC. We beleive it to be done by the addressee beacause all the ones seen are adressed to Allen.
Frank interesting info ..... it was something I knew nothing about, but Chris ID'd it last Friday as definitely a Mitchell, so I went with that, as he is very good on early cachet makers. http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=25127
As you can see a member posted one used 2 days after mine, addressed to the UK, Registered, that oddly went nowhere near
the UK it seems! So that one is very strange.
Chris showed a verified Mitchell FDC of the issue along with the same rubber handstamp saying "FIRST DAY COVER"
Both also had the identical date 'Perth Registered' March 19 cds, and a Registered label very close in number to mine, which makes me believe if it was not Mitchell who did them, then it was someone he worked closely with.
They used the same distinctive handstamp, (that no-one in Australia used then, correct?) and indeed both covers were lodged at the same time, at the same Perth GPO counter, there is little doubt.
The undoubted Mitchell cover using the same handstamp on it, is shown below that Chris posted.
The Pom wrote:
Global Administrator wrote:
My Hunch seeing both are PERTH cancels, and the unusual design, is these were MITCHELL produced FDC .... I'll see if The Pom can advise on that.
Lovely covers. I've never seen this design before.
It's definitely by S Mitchell, the red handstamp FIRST DAY COVER
being the distinctive feature.
He produced another FDC for this issue, a much more simple design than this one - I'll stick a scan up later.
Be a great story for Michael to write up in the Cover Society Journal perhaps, to see what other info might be shed on these?