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The De LA Rue Stamps Of New South Wales

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Posted 03/30/2021   11:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi folks,

I've finally finished my monograph on the above subject and wanted to present it here first.

I won't dump the whole thing in one go; it'll be posted in sections.

If anyone spots any errors please let me know!



INTRODUCTION


The De La Rue postage stamps of New South Wales were the fourth series issued in the colony, following the Sydney Views, Laureates and Diadems. They were the first surface printed stamps produced for New South Wales. The London printings of the 1d and 2d values were the only stamps produced outside of the colony during the nineteenth century.

The most in demand denomination in New South Wales was the 2d value. The second plate of the 2d Diadem was damaged very early in its life, and perhaps concerned that the repaired first plate of the 2d Diadem may suffer a similar occurrence, the Government made a pre-emptive move to acquire a new 2d plate in February 1861.

At this time, the printing of all postage stamps of Great Britain over the 2d denomination was carried out by De La Rue & Co., and it was to this firm that N. L. Merry & Co., the Agent in London for the Government, passed on the request.

Over the following fifteen years, De La Rue & Co. produced dies and plates for a further five values, as well as supplying paper for the production of the stamps by the Government printer in Sydney.

There is also the mystery of the 9d die, of a design very similar to the issued one shilling stamp.

The De La Rue stamps are the most neglected of New South Wales philately. It has been said in the past that these issues are not exciting enough, or too difficult, to study. Whilst these stamps are challenging to the novice, I have found them to be the most rewarding in all of my many years of collecting.

The designs produced by De La Rue were also used for various postal stationery items and these, along with the stamps, both normal and official, will be fully covered.

This monograph covers those stamps issued between 1862 and 1888, and brings together all of the information available about these stamps from various earlier publications, with new theories and discoveries made by the author.



DE LA RUE & CO., PAPER AND PERFORATION


Thomas De La Rue founded the company that bears his name in 1821. The company secured their first postage stamp printing contract, for the Great Britain 4d carmine, in 1855. This was the first surface printed postage stamp in the world.

The company produced postage stamps for Great Britain and her colonies, including New South Wales. In 1874 they opened their London premises at Bunhill Row, the buildings being destroyed in the blitz in 1940.

The profile portrait of Queen Victoria was engraved by Jean Ferdinand Joubert de la Fertè, a refugee from post Napoleonic France. There are subtle differences in the portrait that was used for the 2d value compared to the other values, mainly noticeable in the ear and the diadem.



The watermark bits for the New South Wales stamps were handmade by De La Rue, with the paper manufactured by Chafford Mills, Fordcombe, Kent until late 1878, thereafter being made by Roughway Mill, near Plaxtol, Kent.

The London printings of the 1d and 2d values were comb perforated at Somerset House with their gauge 14 machine.
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Posted 03/30/2021   11:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cjd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Off to a good start.
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Posted 03/31/2021   12:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Looking forward to this.
The forehead of Her Majesty, always looked curious to me,
I wonder what Joubert was thinking?

I have an image of Joubert, if you wish me to add to the thread, Bobby.

It has been said that Joubert "did more in the production of beautiful typographic stamps, than any other one man"

Recommended reading Joubert
Fourpenny Carmine Stamp
Edited by Glenn H Morgan FRPSL


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Edited by rod222 - 03/31/2021 12:22 am
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Posted 03/31/2021   01:49 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you Cjd

Yes Rod, please by all means add the picture of the great man!
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Posted 03/31/2021   02:01 am  Show Profile Check fairdinkumstamps's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add fairdinkumstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm looking forward to reading this - thank you Bobby.
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Posted 03/31/2021   03:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Amongst others, Joubert is responsible for.
The 5c (Sc#6) of the Confederate Stamps of America
The 1866 25c Maximillian of Mexico
and the first stamp of Malta, the Halfpenny Orange
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Edited by rod222 - 03/31/2021 03:51 am
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Posted 03/31/2021   04:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Cheers fairdinkumstamps - plenty more to come!

Thanks Rod. Must've been the fashion as he looks a little like Prince Albert.
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Posted 03/31/2021   04:30 am  Show Profile Check 64idgaf's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 64idgaf to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm looking forward to more.
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Posted 03/31/2021   07:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add NSK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting. I am looking forward to the continuation.

Is that 2d really a comb perforation? My impression was that it is line perforated.
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Thanks 64idgaf.

Well spotted NSK. Both stamps in the image are perf. 13 line, but they are there to illustrate the differences in the portrait.
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Posted 03/31/2021   6:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Well spotted NSK. Both stamps in the image are perf. 13 line, but they are there to illustrate the differences in the portrait.

I completely missed that, then waited, curious as to your reply

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Posted 04/01/2021   01:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you folks.

This is the sort of feedback I was hoping for, so I can make some adjustments in the text.

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Posted 04/01/2021   8:07 pm  Show Profile Check 64idgaf's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 64idgaf to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Bobby,

Geoff Kellow's book on Victoria is just about the best monograph I have seen.

Following his format is an excellent template to follow.

I own the two volumes of Bassett Hull's New South Wales book. I am happy to source anything from those volumes you may need.

Where are you located?


John
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Posted 04/01/2021   9:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi John,

I don't have Kellow's book although I have seen it and had a quick browse some years ago. Very impressive and I've a long way to go to get to that level.

I have the BH books. Indeed, I have just about every worthwhile piece of NSW philatelic literature there is to have.

I am in country NSW.

Part 2 tomorrow!
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Posted 04/02/2021   05:06 am  Show Profile Check 64idgaf's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 64idgaf to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Bobby,

I'd be grateful if you could let me know what you have in relation to New South Wales and Australian postage dues.


John
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Edited by 64idgaf - 04/02/2021 05:06 am
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Posted 04/02/2021   05:27 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi John,

In my own collection I have nothing at all from the Commonwealth and only two items with numeral cancels from NSW.

Or do you mean literature? If so, send me a message through the boards.

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Edited by Bobby De La Rue - 04/02/2021 05:31 am
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