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BERMUDA 1848-1901

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Currency: 4 farthings = 1 penny; 12 pence = 1 Shilling; 20 Shillings = 1 Pound

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1848 Perot issue

In 1848 the a stamp of the Bermuda Islands appeared with inscription 'HAMILTON BERMUDA' and the signature of the postmaster W.B. Perot. It was made out of a cancelling device (with the month and day). These stamps are very rare, only 11 examples seems to have survived (image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com). The date in the center changed each year. This stamp also exists with the text in black. Dangerous forgeries exist. A picture of a black stamp can be found at: http://www.gnomevillage.com/Magic/StampPlayingCards4.asp?CardID=42.
In 1984 a Bermuda Perot stamp was sold for 33, 000 pounds sterling in London, another one was sold for US$92,000 in New York. The last stamp to be offered in 1986 was sold for US$135,000. It seems that Queen Elizabeth II posesses several of these stamps. Another website concerning these stamps: http://www.bermuda4u.com/Attractions/bermuda_attractions_perot_post_office.html.

Forgeries:


(A recent Peter Winter forgery)


(Peter Winter forgeries, reduced sizes)

Peter Winter made forgeries of both stamps (one with a red inscription and date 1854 and one with a black inscription and date 1848). They are probably made from a photograph, the same spots and defects occur in the same location in every forgery.

A nice site with the history of these stamps can be found at: http://www.gnomevillage.com/gnews/StampNews/Bermuda.asp.

 

1865 Queen Victoria, various frames

1/2 p green 1/2 p brown 2 p blue 2 p blue 2 p brown 2 1/2 p blue 3 p grey 3 p orange 4 p orange, cancel '3' 6 p unused 4 p orange 6 p lilac 1 Sh brown

  1/2 p brown (1880)
  1/2 p green (1892)
  1 p red
  2 p blue
  2 p brown (1893)
  2 1/2 p blue (1884)
  3 p orange
  3 p grey (1886)
  4 p red (1880)
  4 p orange (1904)
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh green
  1 Sh brown (1893)

Surcharged

'One Penny.' on 3 p orange 'THREE PENCE' on 1 Sh green

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Genuine
Very rare 'THREE PENCE' on 1 p overprint, only 9 copies seem to exist.

  'ONE FARTHING' on 1 Sh grey (1901)
  'One Penny.' on 2 p blue (1875)
  'One Penny.' on 3 p orange (1875)
  'One Penny.' on 1 Sh green (1875)
  'THREE PENCE' on 1 p red (1874)
  'THREE PENCE' on 1 Sh green (3 types, 1874)

These stamps were first issued with watermark CC Crown, later with watermark CA Crown (1884 onwards). All stamps are perforated 14, unless otherwise stated (see under value of the stamps).

The 3 types of 'THREE PENCE' on 1 Sh stamp can be distinghuished by:
1st type: letters straight
2nd type: italic letters 'P' normal
3rd type: italic letters 'P' with rounded head

These stamps were overprinted 'GIBRALTAR' for use in Gibraltar.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks

watermark CC Crown, perf 14

1/2 p brown** 
1 p red*** 
2 p blue***** 
3 p orangeR***also exists with perforation 14 x 12 1/2 (issued 1886)
4 p red** 
6 p ****also exists with perforation 14 x 12 1/2 (issued 1903)
1 Sh green******also exists with perforation 14 x 12 1/2 (issued 1893)

watermark CA Crown, perf 14

1/2 p greencc 
1 p redccdifferent shades of red
2 p blue**** 
2 p brown ** 
2 1/2 p*c 
3 p grey** 
4 p orange**** 
1 Sh brown*** 

Surcharged stamps

1 f on 1 Sh grey ccwatermark CA Crown, variety with broken 'G' exists (*)
1 p on 2 p blue RRRRwatermark CC Crown
1 p on 3 p orange RRwatermark CC Crown
1 p on 1 Sh greenRRwatermark CC Crown
3 p on 1 p redRRRRRRwatermark CC Crown
3 p on 1 Sh greenRRRRwatermark CC Crown (all types same value)

Cancels:

Typical numeral cancel:

3 p orange 4 p orange, cancel '3'
(Numeral cancel '1', '2', and '3')

Forgeries:

Examples:

6 p lilac, forgery?

I think the above forgeries are Spiro forgeries. The easiest way to recognize them is the typical 'Spiro' cancel that does not exist on the genuine stamps (there are no letters or numbers inside the cancel). Futhermore the letters are different on the stamp itself (note for example the broader upper part of the 'P' and 'R' in the genuine 6 p stamps). Other Spiro forgery:


(Reduced size)


(imperforate uncancelled forgeries, made by the same forger?)

Other forgeries:


(Forgeries, reduced sizes)

Forged overprints (or proofs?):


(forged overprint, wrong type, reduced size)


(Unlisted overprint or forgery? 'THREE PENCE' on 2 p blue)

The above overprints were not issued officially, they are probably proofs, but forged overprints also exist.

A similar fake overprint of the 'THREE PENCE' on 2 p blue is listed in: 'Philatelic forgers, their lives and works' by Varro E. Tyler, it is said to be a forgery made by the forger Benjamin.

I've been told that the next stamp has a forged overprint:


(I've been told this is a provisional overprint 'One Penny.' on two stamps; 1/2 p and 1 p pasted on a postcard)

 

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Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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