Sunday, 19 August 2018

Albino "TAUNTON" handstamp, 1743

The entire below has a partial albino "TAUNTON" handstamp and a manuscript date of 15th October 1743 ... it is difficult to see the albino handstamp , even more so via a scan !

The postal rate in 1743 was 4d for more than 80 miles and the entire has a manuscript "4".  However this has been crossed out and replaced by a "5" and there is a possible manuscript "1" on the reverse.  The "1" could be for local delivery at New Street End, Birmingham, making 5d in total.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Later date for "118 SHIPTON / MALLET" handstamp

The cover below has a "118 SHIPTON / MALLET" handstamp with a manuscript date of 17th November 1796.  This is later than examples previously recorded.

The contents are notable for the spelling.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

"311", "725", "777" and "862"

Post Office numbers were assigned to the larger post offices in 1844 when the horizontal oval barred numeral cancels were issued.  The numbers continued to be used, for example on instructional cachets well into the 20th century.

"311" was the post office number for Glastonbury.  The cover below has an example of the first horizontal oval barred cancel from 1845.

"725" was the post office number for South Petherton; the sheet below has examples from 1847 and 1848.


"777" was the post office number for Williton.  The first sheet below has examples of the horizontal oval cancel, while the second sheet has an example of the 3-bar vertical oval cancel.

"862" was the post office number for Milverton.  The sheet below has an example of the horizontal oval cancel.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Evercreech, Highbridge UDCs

The Evercreech UDC was issued under Shepton Mallet on 24th September 1844 and is currently known used from 14th August 1846 (the cover below) to 3rd January 1848.

This Highbridge UDC was issued on 22nd May 1846 and is  known used from July 1846 to May 1854.  A second UDC was issued in November 1848 and a third late format one was issued in 1858.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Edward St Maur, 11th Duke of Somerset

This free front from Newton Abbot to Reading was franked by the 11th Duke of Somerset in December 1832.  In 1808 he purchased a London townhouse on Park Lane which he named Somerset House.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Watchet - West Somerset Railway

This philatelic cover commemorates the West Somerset Railway, sent from Minehead to Watchet on the WSR in March 1989.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Bath: Items from 1776 to 1935

This first item from Bath in 1776 has a straight line "BATH" (30 x 7 mm, SO 55) which was previously only known from 1772 to 1775 - this cover extends the period of known usage.  The handstamp in use after this one is of a similar size (30 x 7½ mm, SO 60) but does not have significant serifs.

Next in this sequence of items from Bath is a Mulready letter-sheet from June 1840, with a red Bath maltese cross cancel.

The registered envelope below is from Glasgow to Bath in July 1896, and was then redirected to Combe Down with an additional three QV 1d lilac stamps to pay postage and registration.

This last registered envelope was posted from Cleveland-Place, Bath to Ewell in November 1935.  The envelope has been uprated from 2d by 1d (to pay the 3d registration fee) plus by 1½d to pay the inland letter rate.