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1843-1845 Small size arms (2 stamps united,so-called 'Double Geneva'), Inscription 'Port local' at bottom at top 'PORT CANTONAL'

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com With top text cut off
(Reduced sizes)

Left side of the stamp Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  5 c black on green

The left and right hand side of this stamp are different in small details. The stamps could be used seperately. Also combinations of a reversed stamp are known (left stamp on the right and right stamp on the left, only 6 stamps known to exist). The 5 c (half of the stamp) could be used for local letters, the whole stamp (10 c) was used for letters at a greater distance. 6000 double stamps were printed (this stamp is therefore very rare).

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 c + 5 c pairRRRRRR 
5 c (half)RRRRRR 

 

1843 larger size, Inscription 'Port Cantonal'


(Small eagle)


(Large eagle, left dark green, right light green)


(Front and backside of a certified genuine large eagle stamp)

  5 c black on green (so-called small eagle)
  5 c black on dark or light green (so-called large eagle)

There should be no crown on top of the eagle's head. In the large eagle design, the eagle's wing touches the frame.

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 cRRRRRRsmall eagle
5 c RRRRRRlarge eagle

 

1845 Envelope

genuine

An envelope in the same design was issued in 1845, it is green in colour and the eagle had a crown on its head now (see image above). This envelope cut-out is sometimes used as a stamp. Used envelopes are very rare (about 40 known used), the cut-out is known on about 100 used letters.

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 c cut from envelopeRRRRR 

 

Cancels


(Rosette cancels with red date cancel below stamps)

The most common cancel is the 'Geneva Rosette', it exists in several varieties (5), I have mostly seen it in red (the black rozette could only have been used for 17 days in the beginning of 1851).
I have also seen the Geneva grid cancel (black):

Geneva grid cancel
(Geneva grid cancel)

A grill cancel:

I've also seen a two ring red cancel with 'GENEVE' and 'LG' in a box in red (extremely rare cancel).


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