Sandafayre
Welcome to our site! Advanced Search

An 1840 1d Black with Sheet Margin Inscription "…Back be careful not…".

Prior to 1840, the means of written communication within Great Britian were extremely costly and limited, save for the many 'privileged' mails including Parliamentarians of both Houses and Official Government mail. The system still continued to collect revenue on behalf of the Crown, and indeed up until 1855 certain hereditary titles still received Post Office surpluses. Among many voices calling for postal reform, it was Rowland Hill who recognised and campaigned for a universal system capable of giving access to all, and for the promotion of education and learning among the labouring masses.

We are all familiar today with the resulting Universal Penny Post and the 'world's first stamp' the 1d Black. At the time however, these new postage labels or lozenges were an actual novelty. The design was an amalgam of the many competition entries (2600) submitted during the Treasury Competition, and resulted in the use of watermarked paper, the Sovereign's Head in the central design, and a machine turned background attached by means of a glutinous wash at the back.

Of course as these labels were new both to the Post Office employees and to the user, it was felt that some instruction in their use should be applied to the sheets, and accordingly the following message was inscribed on all 4 margins:

"Price 1d per label. 1s per row of 12. £1 per sheet. Place the Labels ABOVE the address and towards the RIGHT HAND SIDE of the Letter. In Wetting the Back be careful not to remove the cement."

Most of these imperforate sheets were cut up by hand (often cutting into the design), and many were cut to size to be stored in stamp boxes resulting in the margins being cut away and discarded. Hence the scarcity of marginal stamps and the desirability of a stamp complete with a recognisable part of the marginal instructions.

397 item(s) found

Sort By:
Items Per Page:

Lot Number: 8209
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 45 - 50
  • Currency guide (USD): 59 - 66
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8231
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 500 - 600
  • Currency guide (USD): 660 - 792
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 3582
Closing: 24 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 45 - 50
  • Currency guide (USD): 59 - 66
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8232
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 250 - 280
  • Currency guide (USD): 330 - 370
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8214
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 1800 - 2000
  • Currency guide (USD): 2376 - 2640
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8211
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 350 - 400
  • Currency guide (USD): 462 - 528
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 3587
Closing: 24 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 120 - 140
  • Currency guide (USD): 158 - 185
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8212
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 450 - 550
  • Currency guide (USD): 594 - 726
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8213
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 225 - 250
  • Currency guide (USD): 297 - 330
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8216
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 650 - 800
  • Currency guide (USD): 858 - 1056
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8215
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 70 - 90
  • Currency guide (USD): 92 - 119
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 3583
Closing: 24 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 140 - 160
  • Currency guide (USD): 185 - 211
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8221
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 250 - 280
  • Currency guide (USD): 330 - 370
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8225
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 60 - 70
  • Currency guide (USD): 79 - 92
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8218
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 220 - 240
  • Currency guide (USD): 290 - 317
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8220
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 750 - 900
  • Currency guide (USD): 990 - 1188
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 3585
Closing: 24 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 140 - 160
  • Currency guide (USD): 185 - 211
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8226
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 100 - 110
  • Currency guide (USD): 132 - 145
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8219
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 240 - 260
  • Currency guide (USD): 317 - 343
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8227
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 90 - 100
  • Currency guide (USD): 119 - 132
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8217
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 60 - 65
  • Currency guide (USD): 79 - 86
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 3584
Closing: 24 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 250 - 300
  • Currency guide (USD): 330 - 396
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8223
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 200 - 225
  • Currency guide (USD): 264 - 297
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8222
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 200 - 220
  • Currency guide (USD): 264 - 290
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 8224
Closing: 31 July 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 200 - 225
  • Currency guide (USD): 264 - 297
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP