Sunday, 29 September 2019

Castle Car(e)y Boxed Mileage, 1822

The entire below is from Castle Car(e)y to Abergavenny in May 1822 and has a "CASTLE . CAREY / 145" boxed mileage mark on the reverse.  The handstamp is at the end of its life (it was first used in 1804) and is showing signs of wear.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Glastonbury boxed mileage mark, 1802

The item below is the first recorded example of the "GLASTONBURY / 134" boxed mileage mark, used in May 1802.

The next handstamp recorded is the "GLASTONBURY / 135" mileage mark, with lines above and below the "135".  This is recorded used from 1811, so there is plenty of scope for the boxed mileage mark to be used later than 1802.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Frome Boxed Mileage and "306" 4VOS

A couple of items from Frome, starting with a "FROOM / 115" boxed mileage handstamp from 1802.  This handstamp is known used 1802-1807, and the British County Catalogue has another "FROOME / 115" boxed mileage handstamp used 1803-1804.  I do not have a copy of this second handstamp.

Secondly here is a Frome "306" 4-bar vertical oval single cancel (4VOS), used in 1878.  Frome was issued with two 4VOS cancels; this is an example of the second one, issued in 1871.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Dulverton in the Tiverton Penny Post 1817

The entire below was sent from Dulverton to London, going in the Tiverton Penny Post.  A Fifth Clause Post from Tiverton had been converted to a Penny Post in 1816;  this entire was sent in January 1817.

Sunday, 15 September 2019


The postcard below has a "WINSFORD / TAUNTON SOM" skeleton cancel dated 13th January 1925.  This cancel has not previously been recorded.

Winsford post office had transferred from Dulverton to Taunton on 3rd December 1924, so it is likely that the skeleton was in use while the normal cancels were replaced.

Enlarged image of the skeleton cancel.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Weston-super-Mare OHMS Savings Bank printed letter

Below is an example of the OHMS letter used to acknowledge a deposit with the Post Office Savings Bank.  It was sent from London to Weston-super-Mare in April 1874.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

West Lydford rubber Climax cancel, 1919

The envelope below bears a "WEST LYDFORD / TAUNTON" rubber Climax cancel dated 4th October 1919.  This is an example of the sixth similar cancel used at West Lydford, this particular cancel being known used from June 1917 to the example below.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Albino "WELLS" handstamp, 1721

The entire below, from Wells to London, has an albino "WELLS" handstamp on the reverse, known in use 1716-1722.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Coloured handstamps, Taunton to Yeovil 1853

The wrapper below was sent from Taunton to Yeovil in October 1853 and has orange handstamps on the reverse from Taunton (fully dated) and Yeovil (no day/month).

I understand that the use of colour handstamps at this time was a Post Office experiment.