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Type 42

I would like to show you an example of this underprint on a stamp but, as yet, I have been unable to locate one.

This underprint is probably from the firm Welch, Margetson & Co. Ltd.

They were Menswear Manufacturers, Merchants and Warehousemen trading from:

    16 & 17 Cheapside
    London E.C.


1868. Unofficial underprint type 42 (over the gum) in black.

a) Vertical underprint, reading upwards

PP139 2d blue (SG 45 or G2)
Plate 9


b) Vertical underprint, reading downwards

PP140 1d lake-red (SG 43 or G1)
Plates 115 and 185

PP141 2d blue (SG 45 or G2)
Plate 12


c)  Underprint horizontal

PP142 1d lake-red (SG 43 or G1)
Plate 115


A single perfin has been identified as belonging to this firm.  I do not have an illustration of the perfin but it is referenced in Tomkins as:

Cat No. Letters
W5280.02 WM/&Co.

See the Philatelic Links and References page for more information on Perfins.

horizontal rule