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Prices have been brought up to date, and are for stamps in 'average' condition.  
The currency is now selectable, the default is British Currency (£).
  I have revised Hiscocks' original listing, though leaving references to the original designations. 
The new designations have 'RH' numbers (Revised Hiscocks) to avoid confusion.
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The National Telephone Company Ltd.

Incorporated 1881.
Operated under license from the Post Office.

The head is that of Chairman of the Company, Colonel Robert Raynsford Jackson.


1884 to 1891

National Telephone Co. 1d. National Telephone Co. 1d. National Telephone Co. 3d. National Telephone Co. 4d.
1d - 2 shades.3d4d
National Telephone Co. 6d. National Telephone Co. 6d. National Telephone Co. 1s. National Telephone Co. 1s.
6d - 2 shades.1s - 2 shades.

These are of various shades on variously shaded paper. Issued in sheetlets of 12, Perf. 12
Printed by Maclure, Macdonald & Co., Glasgow.


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Bisects Cancels Offices Sheetlets Stationery


Perf. 12

RH # Hisc. Desc. Rarity Mint Used
RH1 H1 1d black Common 1.50 2.50
RH1a H1a 1d black on grey paper Common 1.50 2.50
RH1b   1d imperf between vertical pair R3 30.00 -
RH1c   1d imperf between horizontal pair R3 30.00 -
RH1d   1d complete sheetlet Common 12.00 -
RH2 H2 3d dull red Common 2.50 4.00
RH2a   3d complete sheetlet Common 30.00 -
RH3 H3 4d blue Scarce 4.00 6.00
RH3a H3a 4d blue on strongly blued paper Scarce 3.00 5.00
RH3b   4d complete sheetlet Common 40.00 -
RH4 H4 6d myrtle green Scarce 4.00 3.00
RH4a H4a 6d myrtle green on green paper Scarce 5.00 4.00
RH4b H4b 6d olive green Scarce 6.00 5.00
RH4c   6d complete sheetlet Scarce 380.00 -
RH5 H5 1s brown Common 2.00 3.00
RH5a H5a 1s brown bisected on piece R2 - 50.00
RH5b   1s imperf between vertical pair R3 50.00 -
RH5c   1s imperf between horizontal pair R3 50.00 -
RH5d   1s complete sheetlet Common 15.00 -
Look here for an explanation of the table.

The sheet on the right shows
imperf-between pairs down the right side.

Courtesy of Martien Blank.
  NT Co. 1d sheet - imperf-between.


The 1s is known used bisected in Dundee. There are reports that these were a result of a shortage of the Shilling values in 1891.
However dated examples are generally late 1890.

National Telephone Co. 1s bisected 30/10/90
This one (of mine) is dated 30/10/90.

National Telephone Co. 1s bisected 19/12/90
This one (courtesy of  Roger de Lacy-Spencer) is dated 19/12/90.

National Telephone Co. 1s bisected 16/11/90 National Telephone Co. 1s bisected 27/11/?
An example courtesy of Alejandro Toledano on the left, dated 16/11/90. One of mine on the right, 27th Nov. but no year.


National Telephone Co. 1s bisected plus 3d.
Another (better tied) example used in Dundee with a 3d to make 9d. Courtesy Mark Bloxham.


National Telephone Co. 1s bisected on piece.
Another tied example used in Dundee.


Apart from 'Dundee' above, other types of cancel include the following :

National Telephone Co. 1d pair. National Telephone Co. - Arbroath. National Telephone - Birmingham National Telephone Co. 4d.
'Aberdeen' on 1d pair. 'Arbroath' on 3d. 'Birmingham' on 3d. 'C.G.M.'? on 4d


National Telephone Co. 3d. National Telephone Co. 6d. National Telephone - Inverness National Telephone Co. 6d. National Telephone Co. 6d.
'Edinburgh' on 3d. Munuscript 'Glasgow' on 6d 'Inverness' on 3d. 'Kirkcaldy' on 6d. 'Stirling' on 6d


National Telephone Co. 6d Subject to sufficient / Support being obtained cancel. National Telephone Co. 6d.
A curious example cancelled with 'Subject to sufficient / Support being obtained'. 'CERTIFIED' on 6d.


These last two appear to have been used postally !

National Telephone Co. 4d. National Telephone Co. 1s.
'London' CDS on 4d ?CDS on 1s ?

According to Raymond Lister (1961), "These stamps were withdrawn from use at the end of 1891 to avoid the possibility of their being used by the public as postage stamps".
He goes on to give these figures for initially issued quantities:

1d. 122,196
3d. 124,800
4d   22,800
6d   95,840
1s   61,032



According the Langmead and Huggins the company provided services "only in Yorkshire, and a radius of twenty-five miles round
Middlesborough, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Nottingham, 20 miles round Leicester and in Belfast and the province of Ulster."

Used examples are known from Aberdeen, Arbroath, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kirkcaldy, Leith and Stirling in Scotland
together with Birmingham, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester and Ossett (near Leeds) in England.
National Telephone Co. Area Map

The province of Ulster includes Northern Ireland together with the counties of Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan from Southern Ireland.
In those days Middlesborough (now called Middlesbrough) was in North Yorkshire, but boundaries change.
It can be seen that some of the known used examples are from outside the areas they were said to have operated within.
The Wikipedia write-up goes some way to explaining this.


According the Langmead and Huggins, The Post Office took over the National Telephone Company at the beginning of 1912,
except for the municipal systems of Kingston-upon-Hull and Portsmouth (which is also not on the list).



Complete sheets of 12 of the 1d and 1s are comparatively common, whilst sheets of the 6d are very rare.

3d, 4d and 1s. Courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson.
National Telephone Co. 3d sheet. National Telephone Co. 4d sheet. National Telephone Co. 1s sheet.
National Telephone Co. 6d sheet.
6d. Courtesy of Victoria Lajer of Andrew G Lajer.




National Telephone Co. 1904 Bill - front.
A National Telephone Co. Bill for November 1904 (150dpi). 5½d of the 11½d is disputed and 5d paid, for which a reciept is glued to it.
The back of this, shown below, has the customer and return addresses, with an old ½d stamp over the new ½d for the return journey.
National Telephone Co. 1904 Bill - back.   National Telephone Co. 1904 Bill - .
(Left at 37½dpi and right at 150dpi)


National Telephone Co. Stationery.
National Telephone Co. Receipt of 26th. November 1909 - courtesy of Steve Lawrie.


Acknowledgment Card.  Acknowledgment Card.
National Telephone Co. Acknowledgment Card of 7th. April 1911 showing 'Measured Rates' of available services.



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