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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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Submarine Telegraph Company.

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The company was set up in 1850 to operate submarine lines to France and Belgium. Having no internal lines within the UK the company was not taken
over with the other private companies in 1869/70 and was still handling some 9,000 messages per day ten years later. Stamps were engraved by De la
Rue in November 1861 and presumably issued in December or in January 1862. All are of essentially the same design but separate plates were prepared.
There were 80 stamps to a sheet.

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.
Submarine Telegraph Co. H4 Proof   Submarine Telegraph Co. H4 cut-down proof
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.

Submarine Telegraph Co. 4½d Proof Submarine Telegraph Co. 3s9d Proof Submarine Telegraph Co. 4s Proof Submarine Telegraph Co. 7s6d Proof Submarine Telegraph Co. 8s Proof
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.


Submarine Telegraph Co. Proofs
Proofs from the "Lilly Collection" courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson.


Submarine Telegraph Co. 4½d on 8s Submarine Telegraph Co. 4s on 8s
4½d on 8s Provisional Overprint, RH6. 4s on 8s Provisional Overprint, RH7.
Image courtesy of Steve Lawrie. Ex Iain Stevenson, courtesy of Grosvenor Auctions.

L&H list these two as rarity R5 (Only known in Official Collections), though these are in private hands.
The one on the right is the only known used example of Submarine Telegraph Company stamps outside of the Royal Philatelic Collection.


Hiscocks lists the following, Rarities taken from L&H:
Perf.13     (not 14 as sometimes described)

RH # Hisc. Desc. Rarity Mint Used
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.12½Unlisted - -
RH5b              '   '   '       Proof.   300.00 -
RH6 H6 4½d on 8s deep mauve. Perf.12½ R5 3500.00 -
RH7 H7 4s on 8s deep mauve. Perf.12½R5 - -

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.




Submarine Telegraph Co. delivery envelope
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.

Submarine Telegraph Co. delivery envelope Submarine Telegraph Co. delivery envelope

Images, courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson.

The front is unfortunately missing the stamp,
but is very similar to the cover above.
Submarine Telegraph Co. seal

Closeup of another example.
courtesy of Steve Lawrie.
Submarine Telegraph Co. delivery envelope

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.
Submarine Telegraph Co. 1859 form - front
This seems to be dated 8th November 1859, with the bare minimum on it. - Courtesy of Steve Lawrie.

Submarine Telegraph Co. 1861 form - front
Submarine Telegraph Co. 1861 form - back
Submarine Telegraph Co. 1861 delivery envelope - back
This seems to be dated 12th July 1861. 'Preamble' added to the form and the Despatch envelope has changed. - Courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson.

Submarine Telegraph Co. 1865 form - front
This seems to be dated 8th August 1865, with Continental Services added at sides. - Courtesy of Steve Lawrie.


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