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Posted 11/24/2020   12:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add boydxbiggs to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
While going through an old collection, I came across a hand-stamped WAR TAX (all caps) overprint that is not listed in Scott. Scott lists only MR1 -- which is SC #118, a 1p carmine value with an image of King George V and Britannia originally issued in 1912.

The stamp I found appears to be SC #71 -- a half-penny green value (type A8) with Queen Victoria and the badge of the colony. The WAR TAX overprint is hand-stamped in violet.

Though I am not a British Colonies specialist, I have been collecting for decades and have never run across anything like this. I presume that these hand-stamped overprints are not all that uncommon but was a bit surprised to find no mention in Scott.

Is this stamp particularly uncommon? What is your guess as to its value? Any help with these questions would be much appreciated!
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Posted 11/24/2020   5:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Not seen prior, in my experience.

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I presume that these hand-stamped overprints are not all that uncommon


What brings you to this conclusion?
Can you offer links to examples, please?
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Posted 11/24/2020   5:15 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My first thought was some type of revenue cancel...
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Posted 11/24/2020   5:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A much larger image will be needed to answer those questions. Crop close to stamp.
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Posted 11/24/2020   5:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add boydxbiggs to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the replies, everyone. I'm new to posting images, but I'll try to crop closer and provide a larger image.

My assumption that a locally applied overprint would not be that uncommon derives from what I've seen with other countries. The early Belgian Congo issues, for example, that have the hand overprints (some of which are less expensive than types applied buy a press). Or the first Pakistan issues with overprints of India stamps, which include both printed overprints and handstamped ones. Or some of the officials from Philippines where the O.B. has been hand stamped. I assumed some local postmaster in Barbados ran out of the official supply and had his own hand stamp. But if war tax was 1p, as the official issue indicates, then I have no idea why he'd apply it to a 1/2p stamp, unless he affixed two of them to the envelope.

All of the British Caribbean colonies to my knowledge officially issued war tax stamps during WWI. Almost all of them catalogue for less than 50 cents. But I've never run across a hand overprint.
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All of the British Caribbean colonies to my knowledge officially issued war tax stamps during WWI. Almost all of them catalogue for less than 50 cents. But I've never run across a hand overprint.


Indeed, this is why I would treat with suspicion.
Scott would generally advise this in lower notes.
Not sure with Stanley Gibbons, however in larger quantities, certainly.

I recall member CJD also had an hand opt, "Kingston Relief Fund"






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Edited by rod222 - 11/24/2020 5:41 pm
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Posted 11/24/2020   7:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add boydxbiggs to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here is a larger image that will allow for a closer inspection
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Barbados issued its 1d stamp overprinted "WAR TAX" on 10 October 1917. (Figure 3) The overprinting was carried out in London, and was repeated in early 1918 on a later printing of the basic stamp, printed on thicker bluish paper. Bermuda had two attempts with its effort, both with the words "WAR TAX", the first, released on 4 May 1918 was overprinted locally. The basic stamp overprinted had appeared in at least two shades, and these were included in the stock sent to the printer. The second attempt, with smaller type, did not appear until 5 February 1920. On this occasion the basic stamp was a third shade, which had been released in December 1919.

War Tax stamps of the British Empire 1914-1920

No reference, to which I can see, no text string indicates any "hand stamp"

https://www.philatelicdatabase.com/...t-1914-1920/
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Posted 11/24/2020   7:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Solved
Kingston Relief Fund
Spink

KINGSTON RELIEF FUND 1d (overprint on stamps of Barbados): semipostals for help for Jamaican earthquake (1906)

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Yes, I'm inclined to believe that the patient represents someone goofing around with a homemade rubber stamp, trying to fake a rarity. All the war tax overprints in the British Caribbean were by typography, not hand stamps, even when done by local printers. And there is no record of a 1/2 d Barbados overprint is there? It would have been done in volume, if it was done. The purple ink even appears to be on top of the postmark, so I'm going with ... fake.
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Posted 11/25/2020   12:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, agree,
I would mount it Back of book, as Fake Overprint.
or, If I were one to be unconvinced, send it away for opinion / certificate.
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Posted 11/25/2020   12:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add boydxbiggs to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, all, for weighing in on this, and thanks to Rod for the link to the very informative article.

I agree the stamp is most likely a fake -- I noticed how the X in tax doesn't line up with the rest of the word, which is not what I'd expect from a hand stamp -- but I am still intrigued by the possibilities.

I'm new to this forum but will have other threads with other questions. I value having a community where you can find answers!
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Posted 11/25/2020   4:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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but I am still intrigued by the possibilities.


Yes, we all go there sometimes in our collecting history.
Time will generally have one realising, the world is full of shim sham and trickery, or perhaps even boredom.

There once was a website called "stephano" where oddballs like your overprint would be questioned.
I can recall at least 10 dodgy overprints on stamps from around the world.

Most are identified by their lack of accuracy or childlike attempts.

Forgers in the main, are fairly dim individuals.

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