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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.
It was not until December 1861 that the Submarine Telegraph Company started having stamps printed by De La Rue.
Wove paper, no watermark, sheets of 80 stamps.
The stamps themselves are very scarce, but there are some proofs available:
These two courtesy of Steve Lawrie.
The ones below are the centers of proofs like the left one above (half size). The one on the right is cut-down and mounted.
|Proof of the 4½d - RH1||Proof of the 3s9d - RH2||Proof of the 4s - RH3||Proof of the 7s6d - RH4||Proof of the 8s - RH5|
|Proofs courtesy of Steve Lawrie.|
Proofs from the "Lilly Collection" courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson.
|4½d on 8s Provisional Overprint, RH6. Also known used.||Submarine Telegraph Company Seal.|
|Images courtesy of Steve Lawrie.|
L&H list this as rarity R5 (Only known in Official Collections).
Hiscocks lists the following, Rarities taken from L&H:
Perf.13 (not 14 as sometimes described)
|RH1||H1||4½d deep mauve.||Unknown||-||-|
|RH1a||' ' ' Proof.||300.00||-|
|RH2||H2||3s9d deep mauve.||Unknown||-||-|
|RH2a||' ' ' Proof.||300.00||-|
|RH3||H3||4s deep mauve.||Unknown||-||-|
|RH3a||' ' ' Proof.||300.00||-|
|RH4||H4||7s6d deep mauve.||Unknown||-||-|
|RH4a||' ' ' Proof.||300.00||-|
|RH5||H5||8s deep mauve.||R5||-||-|
|RH5a||H5a||8s deep mauve. Perf.12½||Unlisted||-||-|
|RH5b||' ' ' Proof.||300.00||-|
|RH6||H6||4½d on 8s deep mauve. Perf.12½||R5||3500.00||-|
|RH7||H7||4s on 8s deep mauve. Perf.12½||R5||-||-|
Look here for an explanation of the table.
Since the company had no inland business and did not compete with the Post Office monopoly, it was not nationalised in the 1869/70 process.
It kept its' lines until 1889 when the government took them over in exchange for rather poor compensation.
This cover is dated 25/2/1852, only a few months after the Dover/Calais submarine cable was opened on 25th September 1851.
Courtesy Gavin Littaur.
The back of an 1858 delivery envelope showing "SUBMARINE TELEGRAPH COMPANY" on cachet and seal.
L&H note (Pg.16) that "Sometimes Electric Telegraph Company envelopes are found sealed with the seal of the Submarine Telegraph Company."
This has a Cornhill backstamp. The Submarine Telegraph Company had its Head Office and an 'Instrument Room' at at 30, Cornhill.
The Electric Telegraph Company had offices at 27, Cornhill.
Later the Head Office moved to 58 Threadneedle Street, London E.C.
This seems to be dated 8th November 1859, with the bare minimum on it. - Courtesy of Steve Lawrie.
This seems to be dated 12th July 1861. 'Preamble' added to the form and the Despatch envelope has changed. - Courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson.
This seems to be dated 8th August 1865, with Continental Services added at sides. - Courtesy of Steve Lawrie.
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