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Cancels

On the first issues I have only seen a towncancel in a straight line (always? in blue) and a circular towncancel with date (in blue or black).

1 g black on blue 1 g black
(Townname in a straight line and towncancel in a circle)


(Town name cancel 'ESCHEDE')

The most common cancels on the King George V issue are probably circular date cancels. I have seen them with two circles, the day and month written in the center and hour indication in the bottom part (no indication of the year). I've seen these cancels in blue or black.


(Single circle towncancel 'JORK')

Stamp of Hanover used in Bremen:

'Bremen' cancel on Hannover

I posess a stamp with a 'Hamburg' cancel, similar to the Bremen one above.

A rectangular cancel:

Fournier forged cancels

The following cancels are taken from a Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries, Fournier was a forger in the early 20th century:


(Reduced sizes)


Postal Stationery

1857-1863 King George V in an ellipse

Inscription on the left
  1 Ein Guter groschen green
  1 Ein Silb. Groschen red
  1 Ein Groschen red
  2 Zwei Silb. Groschen blue
  2 Zwei Groschen blue
  3 Drei Silb. Groschen yellow
  3 Drei Groschen yellow
  3 Drei Groschen brown

With inscription on the right (1861)
  1 Ein Groschen red
  2 Zwei Groschen blue
  3 Drei Groschen brown

A circular postmark with a posthorn and inscription 'BESTELLGELD FREI' exists (sorry, no picture available yet).

1858 Envelope with clover and horn, inscription 'BESTELLGELD FREI', so-called 'Kleeblatt'

"BESTELLGELD FREI"

  (5 Pfg) green

Forgeries exist, I'm not sure if the above stamp is genuine.


A Fohl forgery with overprint 'Falsch' (= forged in German), reduced size

 

1861 Envelope with horse, inscription 'BESTELLGELD - FREI', so-called 'Pferd'

  (5 Pfg) green

Forgeries exist, I'm not sure if the above stamp is genuine.


A Fohl forgery with overprint 'Falsch' (= forged in German), reduced size


 

 

Local Issues for Hanover

1886 Head of Mercury, 'MERCUR' on 3 sides, Privat - Stadt - Brief - Expedition, perforated or imperforated

1 p green


(Reduced size)

  1 p green
  2 p brown
  2 1/2 p blue

Surcharged
  '1 1/2' (violet) on 1 p green

1886 Head of Mercury, 'MERCUR' on top 'HANNOVER' at the sides

2 1/2 p blue

Other type of 2 1/2
(Reduced size)

  1 1/2 p green (perforated or imperforate)
  2 1/2 p blue (two types of '2 1/2', bot exist perforated and imperforate)
  15 p black (imperforate)
  15 p red (perforated or imperforate)

Surcharged
  '10' (violet) on 15 p red (perforated)
  '25' (blue) on 15 p red (perforated)

Typical cancel:

1892 Man with beard, 'MERCUR STADT-DIRECT HANNOVER RASCH', perforated or imperforated

2 1/2 p blue

  2 1/2 p blue

 

1892 Horse, inscription 'Mercur Hannover'

1 1/2 p green

  1 1/2 p green (exists imperforated)

1895 inscription 'MERCUR HANNOVER', perforated

2 1/2 p blue

  1 1/2 p green
  2 1/2 p blue (exists imperforated)
  10 p red

The 1 1/2 p and 2 1/2 p exist in two types, one with dotted background and one with lines as a background.

Envelopes, examples:

I have also seen a postcard (2 1/2 p red) with the Mercury head.


(What is this? Envelope cut?)


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