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Portugal

1911 (4 October) Postage stamp of 1910 overprinted 'REPUBLICA' in green and 'ASSISTENTIA' in black. White wove paper.
No watermark. Perf. 14 x 15. (Steve Hiscocks actually illustrated the Açores H1 in place of this.)

Portugal H1
H1.

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H1 20r carmine 8.00 6.00

 

 

1912 (4 October). Postage stamp of 1912 overprinted diagonally with 'ASSISTENTIA' in black.
Chalk surfaced white wove paper (variable thickness) without watermark. Perf. 15 x 14.

Portugal H2
H2.

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H2 2c carmine 6.00 3.00

 

 

1913 (8 June). Lisbon Festival stamp. Lithographed on white wove paper without watermark. Perf. 12 x 11½.

Portugal H3
H3.

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H3 2c reddish brown 6.00 5.00

 

 

1915 (4 October). Typographed on white wove paper without watermark. Perf. 12.

Portugal H4
H4 and H4a. (to raise money for the poor)

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H4 2c brown-lilac 4.00 1.35
H4a         dull brown-rose 1.75 2.75

 

 

1922 (4 October). New design. Slightly yellowish wove paper without watermark. Perf. 11½ x 12.

Portugal H5 Portugal H5-BES Portugal H5-BES
H5. Converted for postal use and perfined BES.
Courtesy of Jeff Turnbull.
Banco Espirito Santo E Commercial
de Lisboa.

Anyone have this, or another perfin on the Telegraph version?

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H5 5c red-brown 4.00 0.50

 

1924 (4 October). As No. 4a but surcharged 30c in black.

Portugal H6

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H6 30c on 2c dull brown-rose 6.00 5.50

 

1925 (4 October). As No. 4 but new value. Perf 12½.

Portugal H7
Two shades of H7 (30c to raise money for the poor)

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H7 30c brown-rose (shades) 6.25 5.50

 

Here is an interesting puzzle:
Portugal Fraud ?
This appears to be a bisected 5 Reis stamp on a small piece of telegram cancelled with a Post & Telegraph cancel of 2 May 1912.
But if you look closely, there is another cancel on the stamp that is not tied to the piece.
Another telegraph office fraud ? Whilst the cancel is incomplete, the piece carries an advert for
Vidago, a town in the municipality of Chaves.

 

 

Portuguese Colonies

Azores

Portugal H4
Azores H1 and H2.

1911 (4 October). Postage stamp of 1910 (SG194) overprinted 'ASSISTENCIA' in black.
White wove paper without watermark. Perf 14 x 15.

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H1 20r carmine 10.00 6.00

 

1912 (4 October). As No. 2 of Portugal but further overprinted 'AÇORES' in black.

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H2 2c carmine 7.50 4.00

 

1915 (4 October). As No. 4 of Portugal but further overprinted 'AÇORES' in black.

Azores H3
H3 (to raise money for the poor)     and *H3a.

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H3 2c brown-lilac 5.00 1.50
*H3a         dull brown-rose 2.00 3.00

* Added due to example shown.

 

1922 (4 October). As No. 5 of Portugal but overprinted 'AÇORES' in black.

Portugal-Acores H4
H4.

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H4 5c red-brown 5.00 3.00

 

1925 (4 October). As No. *7 of Portugal but overprinted 'AÇORES' in black.

Azores H5 ?

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H5 *30c on 2c brown-lilac 7.50 6.00

* Nobody appears to have seen H7 of Portugal overprinted with 'AÇORES' so I illustrate H6 so overprinted that does exist.
If an H7 overprinted turns up, I will add it as Azores H6.

 

Macao (& Timor)

100 Avos (a) = 1 Pataca

1919 (1 July). Revenue stamp overprinted 'TAXA DE GUERRA' in red.
White wove paper without watermark. Perf 15 x 14.
Hiscocks Book page 251
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 251.

Hisc. Type Desc. Mint Used
H1 10 9a deep blue-green 5.00 5.00

 

Mozambique

1916 (8 July). War tax stamp. White wove paper without watermark. Rouletted.
Hiscocks Book page 251
As in Hiscocks Book, page 251.

Hisc. Type Desc. Mint Used
H1 11 5c carmine (shades) 2.50 1.50
H1a 11         imperf. 5.00 5.00
H1b 11         on horizontally laid paper 50.00 20.00

 

1918 (February). Similar to the above but with frame solid rather than shaded. Perf. 11.
Hiscocks Book page 251
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 251.

Hisc. Type Desc. Mint Used
H2 12 5c carmine (shades) 3.75 2.50

 

1918 (1 October). As above. Perf. 11½.

Hisc. Type Desc. Mint Used
H3 12 5c red (marked shades) 3.75 2.50
H3a 12         error '1910' for '1916' 15.00 10.00
H3b 12         error 'PETRIA' for 'PATRIA' 7.50 5.00
H3c 12         error 'PEPUBLICA' 7.50 5.00
H3d 12         error 'TELFGRAFO' 7.50 5.00
H3e 12         imperf. 15.00 10.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The four errors 3a—3d are also found imperforate as type 3e. About £15 each mint or used. [1988 prices]

 

1965 White wove paper without watermark. Perf. 14½.

Hiscocks Type 13 Hiscocks Type 13
Hiscocks Book page 252

Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 252.

 

Hisc. Type Desc. Mint Used
H4 13 2E50 black, salmon and pale blue 5.00 2.00
H4a 13         chalky paper 5.00 2.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. While No. 4 was apparently intended for use on telegrams, it has been questioned
                whether this was in practice its major use.

My note: John Barefoot lists type 13 saying this value was specifically intended for telegraph tax.
The (slightly stained) stamp on the right with a face value of 0E50, together with a 1E00 value were used on mail to raise money for telecommunications.

 

Portuguese Colonies in Africa

(Mozambique and Angola mostly)

1919 As for Macao. Perf. 15 x 14.
Hiscocks Book page 252
Type 14   (H1a) as in Hiscocks Book, page 252.

Hisc. Type Desc. Mint Used
H1 14 4c deep blue-green 5.00 4.00
H1a 14         perf. 12 x 11½ 5.00 4.00
H1b 14         as H1a but smooth cream paper with less marked 'wove' pattern   6.00 6.00

 

Portuguese India

(Goa and Damaun)

12 Reis = 1 Tanga
16 Tangas = 1 Rupia

As with Ceylon, the first stamps used for the telegraphs were Indian Telegraph Stamps.
two types of 'GOA' in-line cancels are known, a narrow setting (Type 1) with flat sides to 'O' seen on 1 Rupee stamps and
a wider setting with rounded 'O' seen on 8 Anna stamps.

Later normal postage stamps were used with the round 'Bullseye' Telegraphic cancels inscribed 'NOVA GOA'.
Nova Goa on
This one of 1916 is courtesy of Deepak Jaiswal APS, PTS.


Damaun is also reported to have had a Telegraph Office, but I have not seen evidence of usage,
unless it was perhaps called Damun at the time ?

Damun ?
Folkert (see below) tells me though that there is a place called Ootacamund
and perhaps others containing this string of letters.


I am indebted to Folkert Bruining of the Netherlands for bringing my attention to these.
Further information and images would be greatly appreciated.

 

1919 As for Macao. Perf. 15 x 14.
Hiscocks Book page 252
As in Hiscocks Book, page 252. Courtesy of Paul & Les Bottomley.

Hisc. Type Desc. Mint Used
H1 15 0:01:09,94 deep blue-green 5.00 5.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. It is not certain that this stamp was for telegraphic use. Used copies have normal postal cancellations.

 

 

Telegraph Seals.

A range of similar but different seals were used on Portuguese telegrams at different times. All featuring the number 38!

This half sized image shows a sample of them.
Portuguese Seals

Steve Hiscocks made a start on cataloguing seals of the world in a book he published in 2007.
It was his hope to update it later, but unfortunately that was not to be.
His original book can be viewed at Telegraph Seals: A World Catalogue. There are links from the pages to my updates.

Alternatively you can view the latest page for Portugal.



If anyone can provide scans to help with this, I am happy to give appropriate credit.

 

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