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1847 The Lady Mc Leod stamp

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  (5 c) blue

This stamp was issued on the steamship Lady McLeod, it carried letters from San Fernando de Trinidad to Port of Spain (the capital of Trinidad). This privately issued stamp is the earliest stamp used in any British Colony and was issued in April 1847. I have only seen this stamp cancelled with the penstrokes as shown above.

Value of the stamps

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

Forgery!

A forgery of this stamp on a letter:

I have seen two of these letters, with the same handwriting and the same adress, example of a forgery of such a letter:


(Forgery on a similar letter as above)

And a forgery made by Peter Winter:


(Peter Winter forgery, produced somewhere in the 1980's)

Could the above forged letter also have been made by Peter Winter?

Literature: 'The Private Ship Letter Stamps of the World, Part 1 The Caribbean ' by S.Ringström and H.E.Tester.


1852 Brittania seated, No value indicated, Imperforate

1 p red

  (1 Penny) red
  (1 Penny) blue
  (1 Penny) brown
  (1 Penny) grey

The values in blue and red exists printed locally (due to stamp shortages) in a very poor quality:

(1 penny) red, poor quality printing Local print? Certified genuine

Similar stamps exist for Barbados and Mauritius.

Perforated

1 p red 1 p red, typical cancel 1 p red, typical cancel

  (1 Penny) red

  HALF PENNY on (1 Penny) violet
  ONE PENNY on (1 Penny) red

Bisected stamp:

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Imperforate
(1 p) redRRRRR 
(1 p) blueRRR 
(1 p) brownRRR 
(1 p) greyRRRR 
Locally printed stamps
(1 p) redRRRRR 
(1 p) blueRRRRRR 
(1 p) greyRRRRRR 

Perforated

(1 p) redRR***No watermark
(1 p) redR**Watermark 'CC Crown'

Surcharged

1/2 p on (1 p) lilac ******Watermark 'CC Crown', with watermark 'CA Crown': RR
1 p on (1 p) redR***Watermark 'CA Crown'

Forgeries exist, examples:

There is a coloured line around these forgeries. Inside a white space can be found, before the background pattern starts. The cancel (always?) consists of a numeral cancel with '1' in the center. The forger also made similar forgeries for Mauritius and Barbados:


(Trinidad forgery next to a similar forgery for Mauritius and Barbados)

Some other blotchy forgeries:


(There should be a white outline around the hair, which is absent in the above forgery)

And a highly suspect item:


(Forgery?)

 

1859 As before, but now with value indicated, perforated or imperforated

6 p green

6 p green imperforated 1 Sh grey, imperforated

  4 p lilac
  4 p grey
  6 p green
  1 Sh grey
  1 Sh lilac
  1 Sh orange


(Reduced sizes)

Surcharged
  '1 d.' (red or black) on 6 p green
(exists bisected as in the shown picture)

For the specialist: these stamps have no watermark or watermark 'CC crown' or 'CA crown'. The perforation varies from 11 1/2 to 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
Imperforate, no watermark
4 p lilacRRRRRR 
6 p RRRRRR 
1 Sh lilacRRRRRR 
Perforated, no watermark
4 p lilacRRRR 
6 pRRRRR 
1 Sh greyRRRRRR 
Perforated, watermark 'CC Crown'
4 p lilacRRR 
4 p greyRR*** 
6 pRR*** 
1 Sh lilacRRRR 
1 Sh orangeRR*** 
Manually surcharged '1d' (in red) on 6 p ******Surcharge in black: RRR

Perforated, watermark 'CA Crown'

4 p greyRRR 


(With 'TOO-LATE' cancel)

Some forgeries seem to exist with 'TRINIDAD' placed too low. I have seen the values 4 p lilac and 6 p, example:

Other forgeries:

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