GB 18th and 19th century blue seals and royal cypher labels

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GB 18th and 19th century blue seals and royal cypher labels

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I have recently purchased a small lot of these blue seals, most with cypher labels on the back, from eBay. I paid €12 for the entire lot.


I have tried to identify them as best as I can (mainly using this website: https://www.stamp2.com/articles/cinderella/cinderella11.asp). Can anyone confirm if I identified them correctly?

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1. King George I (?) - circa 1714-1727
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2. King George II (?) - circa 1727-1760
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3. King George II (?) - circa 1727-1760
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4. King George III (?) - circa 1760-1820
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5. King George III (?) - circa 1760-1820
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6. King George III (?) - circa 1760-1820
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7. King George III (?) (worn plate) - circa 1760-1820
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I don't have problems with the ones below, some even have the date.

8. and 9. Queen Victoria (the copper engraved plates) - circa 1837-1865
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10. Queen Victoria (the copper engraved plates) - dated 15 October 1840
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11. Queen Victoria (the copper engraved plates) - dated 13 August 1844
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12. and 13. Queen Victoria (the copper engraved plates) - dated 13 December 1864
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14. Queen Victoria (the Perkins Bacon printing) - dated 8 August 1866
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15. Queen Victoria (the Perkins Bacon printing) - dated 15 August 1866
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16. Queen Victoria (the De La Rue printing) - circa 1886-1902
This is the only one not on piece (i.e. without a blue seal).
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Did I identify them correctly (mainly the Georgian ones)?


Thanks in advance. :)
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Re: GB 18th and 19th century blue seals and royal cypher labels

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Ok, here goes. I'm no expert but I do have the book :)

1) "King George I - circa 1714-1727"
Yes. Plate 1, original (no recuts). Dates according to my source (Royal Cypher Labels, The Dieter Bortfeldt Collection 2003): earliest see use: June 1715, superseded by Plate 2 in 1725.

2) King George II- circa 1727-1760
Yes. Plate 1 (there was only one plate used for KGII) 2nd recut. The date range for the 2nd recut is: November 1740 - 1759.

3) King George II (?) - circa 1727-1760
Yes. As for number 2: Plate 1, 2nd recut: November 1740 - 1759.

4) King George III - circa 1760-1820
Yes. Plate 1, 2nd recut. Earliest use of KGIII cypher stamp was April 1762. Plate 1 was superseded by Plate 2 in Feb 1797. I don't have dates for each of the 4 recuts, but assuming that the 2nd recut was somewhere in the middle of this 25 year period, the stamp is c 1775-85

5) King George III - circa 1760-1820
Yes. Plate 2, 1st recut. 1804- 1813 (superseded by 2nd recut in this year)

6) King George III - circa 1760-1820
Yes. Plate 2, 2nd recut. 1813- 1819 (superseded by 3rd recut in this year)

7) King George III circa 1760-1820
It's hard to see this one, but if that's a 3 in the middle, and G on left, then it's as 6: Plate 2, 2nd recut. 1813- 1819.

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Re: GB 18th and 19th century blue seals and royal cypher labels

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Thank you for that detailed information Iain! :D
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