Saturday, 28 January 2017

Paid At Brisbane Handstamp

Paid At Brisbane Handstamp
A two-line mark reading 'PAID AT' over 'BRISBANE' in serifed letters within a rectangular frame with rounded corners
  • NSW era Covers in red is rated 2R
  • Chalon in black is rated Scarce on stamps and on cover 3R
There appear to be three varieties:
  • corners cut off with straight lines and known used in red in April 1847 (according to Campbell, not seen by me)
  • two types of rounded corners (one rounder and one more square) used from 1848 onwards and known used in red on NSW covers and in black on early Chalon issues (to the early or mid-1860s?), by which time it was well worn. As only one type should have been issued it is not known why these variations exist
No examples have yet been seen by me on NSW stamps but they could exist

The Paid At Brisbane handstamp should have become virtually obsolete after the compulsory prepayment of postage by postage stamps on 1 May 1852. However examples after this date (until around 1857) are known at other NSW post offices where they remained in limited use for prepayment in cash. It is not known why the Paid At Brisbane handstamp was being used on Chalons in the early 1860s, but the numbers found suggest that there was a specific purpose. What this was may be revealed once  examples on cover are seen

Illustration from Campbell, p. 12

Paid at Brisbane in red on NSW era Cover rated 2R. Dated 1849. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane in red on NSW era Cover rated 2R. Dated 20 February 1849. Seen in Prestige Philately auction no 152 lot no 260. Ex Beston


Paid at Brisbane in red on NSW era Cover rated 2R. Dated November 1848. From the Postal History of the Brisbane GPO exhibition by Marius Wytenburg


Paid at Brisbane in red on NSW era Cover rated 2R. Dated 12 November 1848. Seen in Cavendish Auction no 792 lot no 53. Ex Robson Lowe


Paid at Brisbane in red on NSW era Cover rated 2R. Dated 23 November 1846. Seen in Spink auction no 12043 lot no 1003. Ex Griffith

Paid at Brisbane in red on NSW era Cover rated 2R. Dated 28 March 1848. Seen in Spink auction no 12043 lot no 1004. Ex Griffith 

Paid at Brisbane Cover after Queensland proclaimed independence on 10 December 1859 but before Chalon stamps were issues and rated 3R. Dated 24 January 1860. Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group. Ex Stevenson. During this period NSW stamps remained valid but stocks in Brisbane ran low and on 6 January 1860 the Colonial Secretary decreed that where no stamps were available mail had to be prepaid in cash. By 26 January new stocks of stamps had been obtained from NSW and prepayment with postage stamps was again compulsory. The new Queensland Chalon stamps were subsequently issues on 1 November 1860. This cover therefore appears to be the only genuine use of this handstamp for its intended purpose post 10 December 1859 seen so far!


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen on Stampboards


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Dave Elsmore through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Carl Burnett through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Dave Elsmore through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group

Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Dave Elsmore through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group

Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce



Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen on Ebay

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