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Is There A Penny Black Cover Census?

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Posted 11/28/2022   08:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Capthickey to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I know there are censuses for US Scott #1 and #2 covers. Is there a similar census for GB Scott #1, the Penny Black?

I acquired the cover pictured below earlier this year. It's a fascinating piece of history. The recipient was a Navy or prize agent by the name of John Hinxman of London (1784-1847). The sender was Lewis Weston Dillwyn (1778-1855) of Swansea, a British porcelain manufacturer, naturalist and Whig member of Parliament. The letter concerns the passing of "our dear Friend" Captain Frederick Hickey (1775-1840), a "Master and Commander" type individual. (That explains my Stamp Community name.) I wrote up my research in an article that I titled, "A Naturalist, A Prize Agent, and A Navy Captain: A Penny Black Story." I've posted that to my blog, and I hope to get it published somewhere. Suggestions on that would be most welcome.

I would love to learn something of the provenance of this cover. I recently contacted the dealer from whom I purchased it, and I hope to hear what he knows of it. I have been in touch with a descendant of John Hinxman who told me his estate took a number of years to settle, so this cover might have been sold off as late as 1880.

BTW, the cover is genuine per the PF. See certificate #587390.

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Posted 11/28/2022   09:07 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There are an awful lot of 1d blacks, and a lot on cover and piece, so I doubt if there's a "census", although some, like the "Kirkcudbright" cover are well-known, and there may be some informal list of the FDCs.

Some background on 34 Soho Square.
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Posted 11/28/2022   11:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chipg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There is a formal census of early uses of the Penny Black and Twopenny Blue.
Book is "May Dates" by Mike Jackson
Here's a link to info on the book:
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