Great Britain 1855 4d Carmine Plate 1, (Watermark small garter, white paper), SG62b.
A superb unused, with original gum, horizontal pair of this rare adhesive with the merest hint of a previous stamp hinge mark. The depth and freshness of the colour is quite exquisite.
Rikki Hyde's catalogue of numbers issued records a late printing made in November 1856 and January 1857 on a remainder stock of small garter watermarked paper which lacked the blueing giving the appearance of white paper. It is believed these amounted to 1,000 sheets, less than a tenth of the overall print run.
A remarkable piece for the connoisseur and a major rarity of the Queen Victoria period.
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