Great Britain 1840 1d Grey black Plate 1a, SG3.
Very fine used large four margin horizontal pair lettered LE-LF showing moderate plate wear, neatly cancelled by red Maltese Crosses.
A scarce and attractive multiple of the first printing plate of the world's first stamp.
Plate 1 of the 1d black was first registered on 15 April 1840. As the plate had not been hardened it soon showed signs of wear. Consequently, a second sheet is recorded as having been registered on 27 April 1840. The plate was later withdrawn and extensive repairs were undertaken. The plate in its original state is referred to as Plate 1a.
GB Specialised Catalogue No: AS2