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A couple of Spilsby covers below. Double strikes of the Maltese Cross were a peculiarity of the Spilsby P.O.

This is a 1d Black plate 9 from Spilsby to Lincoln, cancelled with neat black crosses. Dated 1st April 1841. Its illustrated in the Rockoff & Jackson MC encyclopaedia.
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This cover is the latest recorded use of a double maltese cross from Spilsby. Its dated on the reverse May 23 1842.
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Aha! I knew I had another Spilsby cover hanging around here somewhere:
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1d Red-Brown on blued paper - Blue and Black Crosses and T.P. Chancery Lane in the same colour blue. Dated 28 May 1841.

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1d Black (plate 2) sent from Paddington to Chelmsford cancelled orange maltese cross on despatch and red maltese cross on arrival several times with T.P. Bayswater below and manuscript 2d postage due as underpaid on weight. Dated June 22 1840.

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1d red strip of three, plate 32 (CJ-CL), cancelled with black Maltese crosses

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1d red block of four, plate 27 [SJ-TK], cancelled with black Maltese crosses

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Some of each coloured stamp from recent outings....

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1d Red (plate 19) from Glasgow to Davenport cancelled by both red and black crosses.

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Something a bit unusual... 2 letters from the same correspondence:

1d Black MC (plate 2) used as a seal cancelled with 2 red maltese crosses dated 28 May 1840, manuscript 2 charge on the front deleted with a red maltese cross.
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1d Black JC (plate 2) used as a seal also cancelled with 2 red maltese crosses dated 5 July 1840, with Manchester date stamp cancelled on the back with a red maltese cross and an additional cross on the front.
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1d Black (plate 3), clearly cancelled by two different red Maltese Crosses on a cover to Liverpool. Cover is dated 27 Aug 1840.
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Quite possibly a postal fraud.
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Quite possibly a postal fraud.
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Or possibly not?

It may be that, when arriving at Liverpool, although already lightly cancelled with a darkish mx, it was deemed to be insufficiently obliterated and given two more strikes to make sure.
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emason wrote:
It may be that, when arriving at Liverpool, although already lightly cancelled with a darkish mx, it was deemed to be insufficiently obliterated and given two more strikes to make sure.
Agreed - its certainly not clearly a postal fraud and could well be the postal clerks in Liverpool making sure.

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1d Black DB with a red-purple cross of Glasgow and receiving house mark in the colour. Bright red-purple is found for "14", "18" and "21".
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Edinburgh to Hawick, dated 18 June 1844, cancelled with a black Maltese Cross
Possibly the last day of use of the Maltese Cross in Edinburgh
The last day recorded for the Edinburgh MX is 28 June 1844 (with others for 27 & 26 June). The 131 numeral is first recorded the next day on 29 June 1844.

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WinstonW wrote:The last day recorded for the Edinburgh MX is 28 June 1844 (with others for 27 & 26 June). The 131 numeral is first recorded the next day on 29 June 1844.
Thanks for the clarification, Winston.

I must have mixed up Edinburgh and Glasgow (easy to do) :roll: :lol:. 18 June 1844 is the last day of the MX for Glasgow with the 159 numeral being introduced there from 19 June.

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Picked this up recently - too pretty to leave behind!

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Three on cover - what a great piece. :)

This humble single 1840 2d Pale Blue imperf I put into stock today pales into insignificance! :mrgreen:

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Very nice blues above. I would have snapped the Clitheroe cover with three blues on it too :D

Instead, this is a recent acquisition...
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Upton to Tewkesbury dated 8 October 1841, cancelled, contrary to regulations, with a single Maltese Cross
1d red pair (black plate 5) [KL-KJ]

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That's a very tidy cover, very nice 8)
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Ooh nice contrary to regulations cover CMJ. This one below much more the other end of the spectrum...

1d black used 7th May 1840 - 2nd day of issue:
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Listed in May Dates with a previous auctioneers note of "rather heavily cancelled".

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January 12, 1844 London to Gravesend, Kent with number 11 in a black Maltese cross.
Seems the the canceler "bounced" when applied leaving a nasty No. 11 Maltese cross. Reading this thread the No. 11 in a Maltese cross is fairly pricy. What would be a "fair" price to ask for this one on cover?
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What would be a "fair" price to ask for this one on cover?
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Plate 1a - lettered AA from Spalding to Folkingham. 2 strikes of the Spalding Maltese Cross and 2 strikes of the "Spalding" undated circular town stamps with Paid stamp of 15 June 1840 and a handstruck 1d.

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Badu, as well as being very pretty, quite a few other facets to your cover.
1. I don’t recall having seen an 1840 cover with a stamp and a handstruck 1d together paying the initial postage, although there is no reason they should not exist.
2. Presumably routed through London with that PAID handstamp, so adding 200 miles to the journey, even though they are under 20 miles apart. I suppose the Spalding postmaster on the A16 route misread the destination, hence the word 'Lincolnshire' being added to the address, I think in another hand, presumably in London, to get to Folkingham on the A15 route.
3. Plate 1a AA, the first stamp on the sheet from the very first plate.

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Winston - thanks for the kind words.

Another recent purchase below though not strictly on topic...

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This entire wrapper originally contained a "returned letter" addressed to John Cameron, Postmaster, Bonawe - bearing a handstruck "1" in red ink together with four strikes of the "2" charge mark in black ink and two strikes of the Maltese Cross also in black. These were probably applied whilst cleaning/testing the cancels.

In 1846 at age 25, John Cameron was convicted of forging money orders at Inverary assizes and sentenced to transportation for life to Van Diemans land.

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Maltese Cross cancellation in an orange-vermilion shade, to printed market report, dated 2 Jan. 1841 and with double ring Bristol d.s. on reverse. The entire shows another partial strike of the Maltese Cross at foot indicating that in larger offices, mail was placed overlapping to speed the cancelling process.
Note the simple single line address - merely stating the recipient's name. At this time the population of Bristol was approx. 140,000 people. So, it would seem that the addressee was well known or long established!

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2d blue pair - steel blue shade. Tied to a commercial letter from Greenock to Edinburgh, September 10th 1841, by 3 strikes of the Greenock MX. Believed to be the earliest known example of this cross on a 2d blue - Rockoff and Jackson record only two earlier usages of the Greenock cross and these are on 1d black covers.

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Believed to be the earliest known example of … [the Greenock] cross on a 2d blue
You do come up with some corkers! Relatively speaking, as Special MXs go on 2d Blues, not that difficult, but to have the earliest known example puts it to another level.

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Some very nice examples, Badu. You seem to like multiple strikes of the obliterator, so here are a few of mine.
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Henley on Thames to London, dated 23 August 1840
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London to Chudleigh, dated 25 September 1840
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Newry to Moy, dated 17 October 1840
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Blackburn to Clitheroe, dated 2 January 1841
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Spot on CMJ! I'm just finishing cleaning up the drool from your Henley and Newry covers. Both particularly tasty! Thanks for digging these out. Not as nice as the ones you have just posted, but today's purchase:

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Biggar to Edinburgh, dated 8 Sep 1840, 1d black (plate 6) with 2 orange ochre crosses.

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Picked up the following:
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1d red (plate 21) with Brown Minehead maltese cross and mileage mark.

To pair with this (posted earlier in this thread):
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2d pale blue plate 2 sent from Taunton to Esher dated Nov 29 1842.
Two strikes of a watery brownish maltese cross with "Minehead Penny Post" in the same colour.

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1d Black (plate 7) with deep brown MX from West Bromwich to Wolverhampton dated 4th October 1840.
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Badu wrote:Winston - thanks for the kind words.

Another recent purchase below though not strictly on topic...

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This entire wrapper originally contained a "returned letter" addressed to John Cameron, Postmaster, Bonawe - bearing a handstruck "1" in red ink together with four strikes of the "2" charge mark in black ink and two strikes of the Maltese Cross also in black. These were probably applied whilst cleaning/testing the cancels.
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A pair of covers showing the Arbroath Maltese Cross. This isn't considered a distinctive maltese cross, though is very similar to the distinctive crosses of Perth and Stirling.

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1d Red-brown (plate 23) with Arbroath MX from Arbroath to the Glasgow & Ayr Railway Co. Irvine. dated 10th June 1842.

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1d Red-brown (plate 17) with Arbroath MX from Arbroath to the Glasgow & Ayr Railway Co. Irvine. dated 3rd November 1842.

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A pair of covers showing the Arbroath Maltese Cross. This isn't considered a distinctive maltese cross, though is very similar to the distinctive crosses of Perth and Stirling.
Badu, In Rockoff and Jackson terminology, I would call this distinctive (not like a common cross), but not Special (can’t be reliably identified off cover).

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Settle to Southampton, dated 10 August 1840
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1d black (plate 2) with orange-brown MX of Kircaldy sent to Leslie (I think!), dated 3rd November 1840.

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Settle to Southampton, dated 10 August 1840 1d Mulready, cancelled with a red Maltese cross of Settle
Badu, Your Settle cover made me look up R&J, where I see it is included in their database. What I had not appreciated was their analysis that the break in the MX is sporadic and due to inking and striking.

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2d pale blue plate 1 strip of 3 (just!), tied to a legal letter from Liverpool to Manchester. This contained a mortgage deed hence the 6d rate. On the reverse a Liverpool cds for May 22nd 1840 in the same orange shade as the Liverpool MXs.

The stamps have been partially divided vertically but not entirely separated. This method was used in the post offices at the time by the postal clerks to speed up the separation when the stamps were needed.

May Dates records only 1 other 6d rate paid using 2d blues between May 6th and May 22nd.

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1d black (plate 3) block of 4 on entire letter from Southampton to Winchester dated Sep 8 1840, cancelled by multiple strikes of a red maltese cross.

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1d black (plate 5) strip of 4 from Kidderminster to Bewdley dated Dec 5 1840.

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2d blue (plate 1) from Sedburgh to Edinburgh dated Jan 6 1841, cancelled by a deep yellow-ochre maltese cross. Sedburgh date stamp in the same shade of yellow.

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2d Blue (plate 1) used on piece with a bright violet MX.

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I've been finding time to post a few recently given all the recent working from home. Not as nice as chipg's fabulous strip of 4 with stonehaven crosses earlier in this thread (on page 4 of this thread):

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1d black (plate 2) from Stonehaven to Edinburgh dated 24 Oct 1840 with a distinctive double-lined Stonehaven cross.

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1d black (plate 2) from Manchester to Liverpool dated 2 March 1841, with the distinctive Manchester fishtail maltese cross - 1 of 3 covers on the first known day of use.

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1d black (plate 4) from London to Margate from London to Margate (then readdressed to Plymouth) dated 15 Oct 1840, with extra oily red maltese crosses.

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Thought I'd add these here for posterity, all forming part of the 'George Phillips' correspondence recently purchased from The Sheriff
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