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1907 Canoe, inscription 'BRITISH SOLOMON ISLANDS PROTECTORATE', so-called 'Large canoe issue'

  1/2 p blue
  1 p red
  2 p blue
  2 1/2 p orange
  5 p green
  6 p brown
  1 Sh lilac

These stamps have perforation 11.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 p****** 
1 p****** 
2 p****** 
2 1/2 p****** 
5 pRR 
6 pRR 
1 ShRR 

Unauthorized reprints:


(Reduced sizes)

The above imperforate stamps are unauthorized reprints. I don't have any furhter information about these reprints. If anybody has more information, please contact me!

Forgeries, example:


(Forgeries)


(Paddle touches the shore)

A detailed description of the forgeries of this serie can be found at http://www.tulagi.com/forgeries.htm. The paddle at the right touches the shore. They are also perforated 11 1/2 instead of 11. I have seen this forgery for all values. The 1/2 p seems to be printed in grey, instead of blue.

 

1908 as 1907 issue, but smaller size, so-called 'Small canoe' issue

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p blue
  4 p red on yellow
  5 p green
  6 p red
  1 Sh black on green
  2 Sh violet on blue
  2 Sh 6 red on blue
  5 Sh green on yellow

These stamps have watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'. They are perforated 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 p**Exists on thin or thick paper
1 p****Exists on thin or thick paper
2 p**** 
2 1/2 p****** 
4 p****** 
5 p****** 
6 p****** 
1 Sh****** 
2 Sh RR 
2 Sh 6 pRR 
5 ShRRRR 

 

1913 King George, inscription 'POSTAGE POSTAGE'

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 1/2 p red
  3 p lilac on yellow
  11 p lilac on red

The values 1/2 p, 1 p , 3 p and 11 p have watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'. The value 1 1/2 p has watermark ' Multiple Script CA Crown'. They are all perforated 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 p** 
1 p****** 
1 1/2 p**issued in 1923?
3 p****** 
11 p****** 

 

1914 King George, inscription 'POSTAGE REVENUE'

1/2 p green 3 p lilac on yellow 5 Sh green and red on yellow 10 Sh green and red on green

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 p lilac
  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p lilac on yellow
  3 p blue
  4 p black and red on yellow
  4 1/2 p brown
  5 p lilac and green
  6 p lilac and violet
  1 Sh black on green
  2 Sh lilac and blue on blue
  2 Sh 6 p black and red on yellow
  5 Sh green and red on yellow
  10 Sh green and red on green
  1 Pound lilac and black on red

These stamps were first issued with watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' and in 1923 with watermark ' Multiple Script CA Crown'.

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 'Multiple CA Crown'
1/2 p** 
1 p red** 
2 p**** 
2 1/2 p**** 
3 p lilac on yellow RRRR 
4 p****** 
5 p****** 
6 p****** 
1 Sh****** 
2 Sh ****** 
2 Sh 6 p****** 
5 ShRR 
10 ShRRRR 
1 PoundRRRR 
With watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown'
1/2 pcc 
1 p red** 
1 p lilaccc 
2 p** 
3 p blue** 
4 p** 
5 p****** 
6 p** 
1 Sh****** 
2 Sh****** 
2 Sh 6 p****** 
5 Sh RR 
10 ShRRRR 


Forged 'Madame Joseph' cancels


(Could this be a Madame Joseph forgery on the large canoe issue?)

Several cancels were forged by a certain Madame Joseph in the 1930's. A cancel 'TULAGI NO 23 1909 BRITISH SOLOMON IDs' was applied to the small canoe issue (and possibly on the large canoes). Three more cancels of the Solomon Islands were forged, two of them, 'GIZO 15DE30 BRITISH SOLOMON IDS' and 'TULAGI -6AP38 BRITISH SOLOMON IDS' can be found on the 1914 George V issue. The fourth cancel was 'LUNGA 28FE44 BRITISH SOLOMON IDS', but it falls outside the scope of this Cd. They seem to have been used on gumless stamps to enhance their price. More pictures of these cancels can be found on: http://www.tulagi.com/madame_joseph.htm.

More information can be found in: Worboys, Derek. Madame Joseph Forged Postmarks, The Royal Philatelic Society, London and The British Philatelic Trust, 1994. An illustrated compendium of the 438 counterfeit cancellation devices. Source: http://www.tulagi.com/madame_joseph.htm


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