SG43 Plate 77  
The Penny Red Collector
Line Engraved Penny Star and 1d Red plates
SG43/44 PENNY RED Plates
Contact Details
Imperforate Penny Reds
Shades & Papers
1d red Alphabet III shades
Id red Stars with used abroad cancellations
Id red Stars with Maltese cancellations of 3 types
Tips for platers
How to identify penny red plates
1861 SG42 C12 Penny Stars
1861 SG42 C12 Penny Stars - Alphabet IV
SG29 C8 blued paper 1d stars
SG29 C8 blued paper 1d stars for sale
My own wants list.............
These are the 1d reds that I am currently looking for!
Penny Plate Varieties
Penny Plate Varieties
Repaired Impressions
Repaired Impressions of the 1d red
Plate 77.....................
Plate 77..........................
Imperforate Penny Plates
The Cardiff Penny
How these stamps were printed.
Line engraved printing
Links to other interesting websites and books worth reading
Links to other interesting websites
Soldiers Letter
Soldier's letter
Interesting Philatelic Nuggets.............
Interesting Philatelic Nuggets.............
The 1d red plates that "never were"....
The Rejected 1d red plates
Photos showing misplaced corner letters
Old Penny red articles
Old Penny red articles
Stamp collections purchased
If you have any stamps to sell please do let me know and I will be happy to value them for you
Links to a fantastic book
My virtual 1d red plate collection
My ideal 1d red collection
1d red oddments
Plate impressions........
Penny Red Plate Constant varieties
Plate 73 AC
Perkins Bacon - Loss of Contract
Perkins Bacon - Loss of Contract
Unique 1d red stamps for sale
Penny reds for sale


Stamps perforated 14 were an improvement on the stamps perforated 16 as the stamps were still easy to separate but less likely to separate while the sheets were being handled.The problem was quite simply that the holes were too close together on the perf 16 sheets. Sometimes missing perforating pins caused holes to be missing from the stamps and these can also be helpful clues when plating stamps.

Interestingly, 1d reds weren't perforated by the printers (Perkins Bacon & Co) but rather by the Stamp Office of the Inland Revenue at Somerset House under the guidance of Edwin Hill, Rowland Hill's brother. The full story of the origin and development of the perforation of the line-engraved stamp is told in Stamp Perforation:The Somerset House Years by Ray Simpson and Peter Sargent and well worth a read it is too.

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