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  I have completely revised Hiscocks' original listing, though leaving references to the original designations.  
I have brought the prices up to date and added currency selection.
The new designations have 'RH' numbers (Revised Hiscocks) to avoid confusion.
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El Salvador.

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
There would seem to be more uncertainty surrounding the telegraph stamps of Salvador than those of any other country. The stamps of 1882,
designed specifically for telegraphic use, are not in doubt but Morley further lists these same stamps with 'contra sello' overprints, and I can find no
other reference to these. He then lists the postage stamps of 1874 and 1875 with 'contra sello 1874' and 'contra sello' overprints respectively and
again I can find no further reference. The 1883—4 issue of the postage stamps of 1879 with 'contra sello' overprints in black and in violet appear in
all lists and are well known but Morley also lists the postage stamps of 1888 with the same overprint and again no other evidence is forthcoming.
The 'Timbres Para Telegrammas' and 'Timbre Para Cablegrammas' of 1896 seem straightforward although a series of notes in Morley's Journal
through 1901 adds a number of further values and varieties. There is also, however, the statement, said to originate from a correspondent in Salvador,
that the fiscal stamps of 1891 and perhaps of other years were used for telegraphic purposes and only bore a control number when intended for
telegraphic use. If this is so then the Salvador Telegraph list extends considerably and the 12 year gap between 1884 and 1896 is filled up to some extent.

In light of all this uncertainty and the difficulty of obtaining information from Salvador at the time of writing, I am for the time being, taking an
uncritical view and listing everything. Doubtful items have not however been priced. I would greatly welcome further information.


My notes:
Though the catalogues of Hiscocks, Scott and Barefoot each have overlapping information regarding the telegraphs,
unfortunately they are not entirely clear. My thanks to Carlos Quintanilla of the Asociación Filatélica Salvadoreña (AFISAL)
who has been very helpful in clarifying the topic of telegraph stamps in El Salvador.

I have re-arranged these into what I think is chronological order, but preserved references to Hiscocks numbering.
I have included some information on the early postal issues in an attempt to clarify some confusion that exists.

NOTE:—No coinage appears to have been minted in El Salvador between the Reales of 1873 and the Pesos of 1889.
For this reason, coins were in short supply. To alleviate this problem, stamps with various Contrasello
handstamps (reminiscent of the Type 5 Countermarks stamped on earlier coinage) were applied to postage stamps
which could then be used in place of coinage. This resulted in copious counterfeiting of the overprints.
Further overprint fakes were later produced to defraud collectors.


 

According to this Historia de las telecomunicaciones en El Salvador :
The origin of telecommunications has its starting point in the year of 1870, on April 27 a telegraph service was established, linking the department of San Salvador with the Port of La Libertad.
On August 24, 1885, the telephone service was established, which would connect the city of Santa Tecla and the capital San Salvador.
On the 7th. of December of 1887 by executive decree a line was established that communicated San Salvador and Santa Ana, which was inaugurated on September 10, 1888.
In 1889, a telephone and telegraph service office was established, which would cover the departments of San Salvador, Santa Ana, Ahuachapan and the city of Santa Tecla.
On September 15, 1935, the first direct telephone line between the capitals of El Salvador and Guatemala was inaugurated.
In 1942 the regulation for the establishment and operation of radio stations was decreed. Initially, the governing body and operator of telecommunications began with the name of the General Supervisor of National Telegraphs of El Salvador.
On August 27, 1963, the National Telecommunications Administration ANTEl was created, which would have exclusive control of the electromagnetic spectrum and provide the service to the public.
Mid-1990 a privatization process began. Arrival of internet to El Salvador December 1995, ANTEL receives the first devices to test connection and use of the internet, an agreement of mutual collaboration was signed between ANTEL and the members of SVNet, in January 1996, the first point of Internet presence was held in the country.
It continues on to the year 2001.

El Salvador Map

Lists of wireless-Telegraph stations for 1906, 1908, 1910 and 1912 show nothing in El Salvador.

 


4 types of Contrasello handstamps

The first 3 have been corrected from previous illustrations of faked handstamps.
HS-4 is an improved image of the same type courtesy of Carlos Quintanilla.

Handstamp 1 Handstamp 2 Handstamp 3 Handstamp 4 fake HS 4
HS-1 1874 HS-2 1874 HS-3 1875? HS-4 1882/3 (13mm) Fake HS-4 (14mm)

HS-1 has double-lined letters with simple florets each side of the date.
HS-2 has double-lined letters with small circles each side of the date.
HS-3 has single-lined letters with a design each side of the date.
HS-4 is Hiscocks Type 2 and HS-3 should be taken as Hiscocks intended Type 3.

Counterfeits.

Counterfeits of the 1874 type handstamps are plentiful. There are also fakes of the HS-4 (one is shown, but there are probably others).
Collectors are not helped by the unfortunate fact that most illustrations of the 1874 types in popular catalogues are actually of counterfeit handstamps,
apparently the only exception being Minkus.

My thanks to Guillermo Gallegos of the El Salvador Philatelist for permission to use images that can put the record straight.
These images are derived from known genuine covers bearing stamps with these handstamps.

1874 type Counterfeits
Counterfeit types A & D are illustrated by Gibbons, types B & E by Scott, and type C by Hiscocks, Yvert and Michel.

 

 

Postage stamps.

 

Hiscocks Type 4. Engraved and printed by American Bank Note Co., New York.
First Printing (Sept. 1866)
Second Printing (Apr. 1873)
SG 5  SG 6  SG 7  SG 8 
According to the Scott catalogue, these were issued in 1867, unwatermarked, Perf 12.
An in-depth pdf file on these stamps can be found at El Salvador Handbook-c2-a.

There are some crude forgeries of these. The originals had a background around the oval center that was made up of multiples of the denomination.
Here is a set of fake stamps with no attempt made to reproduce that. Notice also the postmarks.

Fake ½r Fake 1r Fake 2r Fake 4r
½r and 1r of mine. 2r courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht. 4r courtesy of Les Bottomley.

According to information from Carlos Quintanilla these were produced by Spiro Brothers by lithography. They have various perforations.
He also knows of another type of forgery which is also typographed, but better quality with a background more like the original stamps.
These are perforated with guage 8½ and are only ½r and 1r values are known (so far). The values and stars are badly drawn.
Can anyone provide a scan of the second forgery type ?


I have examples of the (genuine) set with HS-2 and HS-3 in black.
Currently, these still include counterfeit handstamps as I have not yet had time to sort them out.
They will give an idea at least.

 

SG 5 with black HS-1  SG 6 with black HS-1  SG 7 with black HS-1  SG 8 with black HS-1
The set with HS-2 in black.

 

SG 5 with black HS-2  SG 6 with black HS-2  SG 7 with black HS-2  SG 8 with black HS-2
The set with HS-3 in black.

 

In addition to the handstamps above, two special handstamps were used on remainders of the 1867 and 1874 issues,
purchased from the El Salvador government in 1883 by the Berlin stamp dealer and counterfeiter, David Cohn.
1874 type Remainder-HS
These are vaguly similar to the originals, but have 5 stars over the volcano.
To complicate things further, these were then counterfeited by Raoul de Thuin who copied images provided in an article appearing in
Stanley Gibbons Monthly Journal (1907-8). This article erroneously had only 4 stars on type A.

Sale 58 Lot 3247

ABCo imprint An interesting auction item. Note the position of the imprints. These were perhaps all around the sheet.
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

Back to Telegraph stamps.

Hiscocks listed this set with HS-3 or HS-4 in black as being telegraph stamps, but admits that his information was dubious and he may not have known about HS-1 or HS-2.
The Scott catalogue lists these stamps with both HS-2 and HS-3 in black as being postage stamps and their only reference to telegraph stamps is this set with HS-4,
with no reference as to the colour of the handstamp.

I will modify Hiscocks listing to reference violet rather than black handstamps for HS-3, with the understanding that the violet HS-3 may not exist.

 

c1874 Postage stamps of 1867 (SG 5-8) overprinted with 'CONTRA SELLO 1874', HS-3, in violet. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12
NOTE: The same stamps with a black overprint were for postal use. The Scott catalogue lists these at less than $20 for the set mint and $11 used (2007).

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH1 (H7) 4, 3 ½r blue (SG 5) - -
RH2 (H8) 4, 3 1r vermilion (SG 6) - -
RH3 (H9) 4, 3 2r green (SG 7) - -
RH4 (H10) 4, 3 4r brown (SG 8) - -

 

 

Date ? As above but overprinted as HS-4 in violet.

H11 with Violet HS-3  H12 with Violet HS-3  H12b with black HS-3
3 examples courtesy of Sandafayre.com.
Hiscocks says only overprints in black are telegraphs, Barefoot says only violet, whereas the Scott catalogue implies both are.
Note the imprint at the top of the ½r blue, it is rarely seen.

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH5 - 4, 2 ½r blue (SG 5) 100.00 -
RH5a H11           black overprint 40.00 30.00
RH6 - 4, 2 1r vermilion (SG 6) 100.00 -
RH6a H12           black overprint 40.00 30.00
RH7 - 4, 2 2r green (SG 7) - -
RH7a H13           black overprint 40.00 30.00
RH8 - 4, 2 4r brown (SG 8) - -
RH8a H14           black overprint 40.00 30.00

Hiscocks added the following notes:

Note 1. No prices are given for those of which I am particularly dubious. However, reference is made in
                Stanley Gibbons' Central America Catalogue (Part 15) to the above — the overprint is not
                illustrated but is said to be different from those applied for postage use.
Note 2. The 'Contra Sello' overprints were applied to prevent the use of stolen (unoverprinted) stamps.
                They may be found at all angles.

My note: The Scott catalogue says that these stamps with this overprint were telegraph stamps. They make no distinction as to the colour of it.
I suspect that, like the 1883/4 stamps, they are both telegraphic.

 

by 1876 Printed by Rufino Flamenco on white wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12.
Cancels are usually maritime, "CLYDE", "GRANADA", "S.S.COL... ?", "AGENCY OF P.M.S AT ACAJUTLA" being known.
It is uncertain as to when these stamps first came into use, but the "Diario Oficial" of June 14th 1876 states that
"Telegraph Stamps" are sold in the Telegraph office at any hour. These stamps were only used up until about the beginning of 1877.

1R used   1R used with signature   1R used
1r of Type 1 (The one in the middle is from wikimedia.org, the imperf from Arkadiy in Florida).
These are all H1 Type I with a closed 'G', but there are at least 4 other types to be found (see below).
Hiscocks listed this as type 1 because he did not know the dates of types 2 to 4. In fact types 2 to 4 pre-date type 1.
The 4r value has a different design with the volcano replaced by the coat of arms.

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH9 H1 1 1r green 75.00 60.00
RH9a H1a           imperf 250.00 200.00
RH10 H2 1 2r violet 120.00 90.00
RH11 H3 (1) 4r carmine 180.00 150.00

I have not actually seen any used examples of the 2r or 4r values.

Carlos Quintanilla pointed out that there are at least two distinct types of both the 2 Reales and 4 Reales stamps.
Seeing that he was right I looked more closely at these.

 

Looking closely at the 1 Real value:

1R used - a 1R used - b
Type A - 'G' of 'TELEGRAFOS' Closed - 6 examples seen (2 imperforate) Type B - 'G' Open, streak above volcano plume - 3 examples seen (1 imperforate)


1R used - c
Type C - 'G' Open, 'V' of 'SALVADOR' reversed - 4 examples seen


1R used - d
Type D - 'G' Open, 'V' normal. closely-spaced diagonal rows at bottom-left - 3 examples seen (2 imperf.)


1R used - e
Type E - 'G' Open, frame breaks - 1 example seen

There are at least 5 types of these which I have lettered in the order of identifying them.

Type A seems to be the commonest, with a closed 'G' in 'TELEGRAFOS'.
Type B, top-right, has the 'G' open and broken lines in the sky.
Type C also has the 'G' open but additionally it has the 'V' reversed.
Type D, courtesy of Martin (masetr603 on Ebay) has two closely-spaced diagonal rows of diamonds in the bottom-left quadrant, and a white patch in the top-right corner.
Type E, courtesy of Carlos Quintanilla has 2 large and 4 small frame-breaks, some of which may be constant.

There are other differences between these five types, the most noticeable being the plume of the volcano, but also the corners, pattern around the oval and other lettering the sea and the volcano itself. The marginal markings appear to be constant too, that above Type C matches that below Type D.

Out of the 16 scans I have so far, one third of them are imperforate.


There are also differences of shading on the volcano and sea.


Here then are the features:

Type A features. Type B features. Type C features.
Type A Type B Type C

Type D features. Type E features.
Type D Type E

The mark between stamps above Type C appears to be the same as the mark below Type D.

 

Cancels known

Agency cancel. Clyde cancel. Granada cancel.
P. M. Steamer Agency cancel Clyde cancel Granada cancel
Images courtesy of Carlos Quintanilla.

Steamer cancel a. Steamer cancel a. Steamer cancel b. Steamer cancel b.
These two have parts of the same, or very similar cancel. 'Porterage, from Steamers', 'between steamer', 'Panama, or elsewhere' seem to be part of it.
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht. The enhancements were done by splitting out the magenta and increasing the contrast.

Columbia? cancel a. Columbia? cancel a. AM cancel a.
Steamship Columbia, Columbus, or perhaps Colorado?,
of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company
This might be fiscal usage.
I have no idea what the 'AM' might stand for.
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

 

I would be interested to hear from collectors with other examples of these,
are they same as a type above or different?

 

Looking closely at the 2 Reales value:

2R - a 2R - b
Type A - 'S' of 'SALVADOR' noticeably leans backwards and a wide 'R'. Type B - Narrow 'S' and 'R' of 'SALVADOR'


2R - c
Type C - Regular waves at base of volcano, distinctive 'R' in 'SALVADOR'


2R - d
Type D - Tranquil sea, large lettering of 'SALVADOR'. Thick 'L' in 'REALES' on right.

Types A, B and C images courtesy of Carlos Quintanilla. Type D is from Rolf Lamprecht.

As with the 1 Real value shown above, there are also differences of shading on the volcano, plume and sea.


Here then are the features:

Type A features. Type B features. Type C features. Type C features.
Type A Type B Type C Type D

 

Looking closely at the 4 Reales value:

4R - a 4R - b
Type A - Top-left ribbon hanging limply. Type B - Top-left ribbon billowing out. Wide supports at base. Tall 'SALVADOR'.


4R - c
Type C - Frame damage at left and top. Cap in contact with many rays at the top.


Only 3 scans of this scarce stamp, courtesy of Carlos Quintanilla, but clear differences as noted
as well as minor differences in the lettering, ribbons and wreaths.



As with the 1 Real value shown above, there are also differences of shading on the volcano and sea.

Here then are the features:

Type A features. Type B features. Type C features.
Type A Type B Type C

 

 

 

1882 As above but overprinted 'CONTRA SELLO' of type HS4 in purple.

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH12 H4 1, 2 1r green - -
RH13 H5 1, 2 2r violet - -
RH14 H6 1, 2 4r carmine - -

Note: Since these stamps were not used after the beginning of 1877 and HS-4 did not exist before the end of 1882,
any examples are likely to have counterfeit handstamps.

 

 

1883 Postage stamps of 1879-89 (Lithographed by Rufino Flamenco. SG 9-16) overprinted as type HS-4 in purple. No watermark. Perf. 12½
The "Contrasello" overprint of this issue was created by decree of December 5th 1882.
The whole set of postage stamps was initially printed in 1879 with redrawn 1c, 2c and 5c being issued in 1881, see below for details.

Contrasello H15 1c without overprint H16 RH19
Type HS-4 (Hiscocks Type 2) Type 5   1c (type a) RH15 Type 5   1c (type b)
without overprint
Type 6   2c. (type b)   RH18 Type 7   5c. (type a)   RH19
Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

5c without overprint 5c without overprint 10c without overprint 20c without overprint
Type 7   5c. ultramarine (type a?)
without overprint
Type 7   5c. blue (type b?)
without overprint
Type 8   10c. black
without overprint
Type 9   20c. purple
without overprint


Type 2 Image taken from Hiscocks page 110. (10c and 20c shown below)

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH15 H15 5, 2 1c green (shades) (SG9) type a 10.00 15.00
RH15a -           type a, 'Λ' for 'A' in 'SALVADOR'. 15.00 22.00
RH15b -           type a, 'Λ' for 'A' in 'REPUBLICA'. 15.00 22.00
RH15c -           type a, 'Λ' for 'A' in 'UNIVERSAL'. 15.00 22.00
RH16 H15 5, 2 1c green (shades) (SG14) type b 10.00 15.00
RH17 H16 6, 2 2c rose (SG 10) type a 10.00 15.00
RH17a - 6, 2         type a, inverted scroll in upper-left corner. - -
RH18 H16 6, 2 2c carmine (SG 15) type b 10.00 15.00
RH19 H17 7, 2 5c blue (SG 11) type a 20.00 30.00
RH20 H17 7, 2 5c blue (SG 16) type b 20.00 30.00
RH21 H18 8, 2 10c black (SG 12) 60.00 90.00
RH22 H19 9, 2 20c purple (SG 13) 80.00 120.00

 

 

1884 As above but overprint in black.

H20 H21a H21b H23 H24
Type 5   1c. (type b)   RH20 Type 6   2c. (type a)   RH25 Type 6   2c. (type b)   RH26 Type 8   10c.   RH29 Type 9   20c.   RH30

 

RH # Hisc. Type. 1884 Description Mint Used
RH23 H20 5, 2 1c green (SG9) type a 8.00 12.00
RH23a -           type a, 'Λ' for 'A' in 'SALVADOR'. 12.00 18.00
RH23b -           type a, 'Λ' for 'A' in 'REPUBLICA'. 12.00 18.00
RH23c -           type a, 'Λ' for 'A' in 'UNIVERSAL'. 12.00 18.00
RH24 H20 5, 2 1c green (SG14) type b 8.00 12.00
RH25 H21 6, 2 2c rose (SG 10) type a 8.00 12.00
RH25a - 6, 2         type a, inverted scroll in upper-left corner. - -
RH26 H21 6, 2 2c carmine (SG 15) type b 8.00 12.00
RH27 H22 7, 2 5c blue (SG 11) type a 10.00 15.00
RH28 H22 7, 2 5c blue (SG 16) type b 10.00 15.00
RH29 H23 8, 2 10c black (SG 12) 40.00 60.00
RH30 H24 9, 2 20c violet (SG 13) 50.00 75.00

 

Notes derived from the Scott Catalog (2007).

The stamps were initially printed in 1879 with:
15 varieties of the 1c and 2c,
25 varieties of the 5c and
5 varieties of the 10c and 20c.

The 1c, 2c and 5c were re-drawn in 1881 with:
15 varieties of the 1c and
5 varieties of the 2c and 5c.

My comments on this.

Scott also lists 3 varieties of the 1c, a variety of the 2c and notes a wide variety of shades for the 5c.
It does not say which printing had the varieties, but I have two distinct types of the 1c and 2c and
(my) type a has a style more in keeping with the non-redrawn values (10c and 20c). I do not have the SG volumes, so confirmation/correction would be welcome.
Since the 'Contrasello' overprints did not appear until 2 years after the re-drawing operation, I would expect type a to be fairly scarce.
To me it appears that the re-drawing made the 'C' of the value slimmer and smaller.
In addition the H15 example, 1c (type a) above has one of the varieties listed by Scott.
I have tentatively integrated these new types into Hiscocks list.

 

 

1888 Postage stamps of 1887 (SG 18-20) with the same overprint HS-4. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12 or rouletted as indicated.

RH31 1888 5c RH33
Type 10   3c.   RH31 Type 11   5c. Type 12   10c.   RH33

3c and 10c images are courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

Notes: Hiscocks describes the 5c as being the 1887 rouletted issue, but illustrates the 1890 perforated stamp. I have illustrated the 1897 stamp.
The 3c and 10c stamps, appear to have fake handstamps (as shown above), the 3c at least having a postal cancellation.
It is an open question as to whether genuine examples exist. Does anyone have any?

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH31 H25 10, 2 3c brown (Perf. 12) (SG 18) - -
RH32 H26 11, 2 5c blue (rouletted) (SG 19) - -
RH33 H27 12, 2 10c orange (SG 20) - -

Note: The Seebeck contract of 27 March 1889 required that the Government of El Salvador "hand over to the company the stock, which at the end of each year, may be in its possession".
The stamps in use during 1889 included the three types above, overprinted '1889'. It is possible, though not certain, that there were also un-overprinted remainders, in which case Seebeck may have created these.

 

1891 Revenue stamps of 1891 (Forbin 10 etc.) but with control numbers in blue, black or purple.
Coloured wove papers. No watermark. Perf. 11 between stamps.

RH34 RH34a RH35 RH35a
RH34 - 1c, black control. ƒRH34a - 1c, purple control. RH35 - 5c, black control. RH35a - 5c, purple control.
Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH36a RH37 RH38
RH36a - 10c, purple control. RH37 - 25c, black control. RH38 - 50c, black control.
Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH40 RH41 RH42 RH43
RH40 - 5p, black control. RH41 - 10p, black control. RH42 - 25p, black control. RH43 - 50p, black control.
Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

Type 13
Note: According to John Barefoot, this type was available to prepay small administrative or tax charges, but none have been seen with 'clearly telegraphic' cancels.

Here is an example of postal use:

Sale 58 Lot 3247
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

RH # Hisc. Type. 1891 Description Mint Used
RH34 H29 13 1c black / yellow (black control) - -
ƒRH34a -           purple control - -
RH35 H30 13 5c black / blue-green (black control) - -
RH35a H30a           purple control - -
RH36 H31 13 10c black / rose (black control) - -
RH36a H31a           purple control - -
RH36b H31b           blue control - -
RH37 H32 13 25c black / blue (black control) - -
RH38 H33 13 50c black / lilac (black control) - -
RH39 H34 13 1p blue / white (black control) - -
RH58a *H34a           error '189' for '1891' - -
RH40 H35 13 5p green / white (black control) - -
RH41 - 13 10p yellow / white (black control) - -
RH42 H36 13 25p green / white (black control) - -
RH43 H37 13 50p rose / white (black control) - -
RH44 H38 13 100p yellow / white (black control) - -

ƒ RH34a is not listed by Morley or Hiscocks. Forbin ignored the control colours.
* Forbin lists this as '189' instead of '1897'. Reference Forbin 34a. Morley says it should have been 1901, probably a typo for 1891.
The 10p is not listed by Morley, or Hiscocks, but was by Forbin as #17.

 

1891-5P sheet
This complete sheet of 1891, 5 Pesos stamps courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht shows the sheet layout and the way they were numbered.
One thing that I find puzzling, the central coat of arms on all of these is almost identical, though 2227-2232 are slightly different on the left side.
However looking at the 1897 5c stamps below, there are major differences on what supposedly was on the same sheet.
My images for RH58 and RH58a have big differences in the coat of arms, look at the words "15 SET DE 1821" in the semicircle around the cap at the top.
I think that a master sheets were produced in 1890? with just "189" included and the intention was to add the last digit each year.
But I think that only the high values had the arms copied to each stamp.

 

1892 As above but dated 1892 (Forbin 20-22).

RH45 RH46 RH47
1892 RH45 - 1c, purple control. 1892 RH46 - 5c, purple control. 1892 RH47 - 25c, purple control.
Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1892 Description Mint Used
RH45 H39 13 1c black / yellow (purple control) - -
RH45a H39a           variety 'SALVAD  OR' - -
RH46 H40 13 5c black / blue-green (purple control) - -
RH47 H41 13 25c black / blue (purple control) - -

 

1893 As above but dated 1893 (Forbin 23).

RH48 RH49 RH50
1893 RH48 - 1c, purple control. 1895 RH49 - 5c, blue control. 1896 RH50 - 5c, blue control.
Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1893 Description Mint Used
RH48 H42 13 1c black / yellow (purple control) - -

Forbin also lists a 5c black on green (Forbin 24) for 1893.

 

1895 As above but dated 1895 (Forbin 25).

RH # Hisc. Type. 1895 Description Mint Used
RH49 H43 13 5c black / blue (blue control) - -

 

1896 As above but dated 1896 (Forbin 26).

RH # Hisc. Type. 1896 Description Mint Used
RH50 H44 13 5c black / green (blue control) - -

 

1896 New design with 'Timbres Para Telegramas'. Dated 1896. Coloured wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 11¾.

As in Hiscocks page 111   As in Hiscocks page 111
Type 14, RH51 - Left image courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht, right courtesy of Arkadiy from Florida.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1896 Description Mint Used
RH51 H45 14 10c black / red (black control) - 60.00

 

1896 Of similar type to the above but with 'Timbres Para Cablegramas'. Coloured wove paper.
No watermark. Perf. 12 on two, three or four sides. Values in block type.

Cablegramas set except the 5c
Hiscocks Type 15, the set except the 5c courtesy of Carlos Quintanilla. Anyone have a scan of the 5c ?

RH # Hisc. Type. 1896 Description Mint Used
RH52 H46 15 1c red (blue control) 25.00 25.00
RH53 H47 15 5c yellow-green (blue control) 150.00 150.00
RH53a H47a           value in small Roman capitals 175.00 175.00
RH54 H48 15 10c blue-grey (blue control) 40.00 40.00
RH54a H48a           value in small Roman capitals 50.00 50.00
RH55 H49 15 1p lilac (blue control) 100.00 100.00
RH56 H50 15 5p vermilion (blue control) 200.00 200.00
RH56a -           value in lower case 250.00 250.00
RH57 H51 15 10p red-brown (blue control) 200.00 200.00
RH57a H51a           dated 1886 yellow-brown (error?) 250.00 250.00

 

1897 Revenue stamp type of 1891 (Type 13) but dated 1897 (Forbin 32 and 34).
See note under Type 13 image.

RH57 RH57a RH58 RH58a
Type 13   5c.   RH58 Type 13   5c.   RH58c Type 13   1p.   RH59 Type 13   1p.   RH59a
The images for RH58 and RH58c have big differences in the coat of arms, look at the words "15 SET DE 1821" in the semicircle around the cap at the top.
In fact on the RH58c, the "15 SET DE 1821" looks like it was added later, having been initially forgotten. A complete sheet of the 1891 5c would be very interesting! - Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

Forbin describes RH58a as having the value written as 'CENTaVOS' with a lower case 'A' (Forbin 32a).
This has the 'A' and also the 'S' as smaller letters, as well as '189' for the year, like on RH59a.

Perhaps things got confused in translation, but Forbin lists nothing else that it could be.
The main reason that I noticed it was the cancel, much of the wording is missing but that looks like lightening bolts that are generally telegraphic.
Interestingly the 1896 Cablegramas set shown above includes all but the 5c stamp. Also the control number is in blue, as are the control numbers on the 1906 set above.
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

Anyone else have any more stamps with this distinctive cancel ?


RH # Hisc. Type. 1897 Description Mint Used
RH58 H52 13 5c black / green (black control) - -
RH58a H52a           lower case 'a' in 'CENTaVOS' (Forbin 32a) - -
RH58b -           blue control - -
RH58c -           small 'A' and 'S' in 'CENTAVOS', blue control. - -
RH59 H53 13 1p blue / white (black control) - -
RH59a H34a           '189' for '1897' (Forbin 34a) - -

 

1898 As above but dated 1898.
See note under Type 13 image.

RH60 RH61 RH62 RH63
Type 13   1c. black control.   RH60 Type 13   5c. black control.   RH61 Type 13   10c. black control.   RH62 Type 13   25c. blue control.   RH63
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1898 Description Mint Used
RH60 H54 13 1c black / yellow (black control) - -
RH61 H55 13 5c black / green (black control) - -
RH62 H56 13 10c black / rose (black control) - -
RH62a H56a           blue control - -
RH62b H56b           error — 'EZ' for 'DIEZ' - -
RH63 H57 13 25c black / blue (blue control) - -
RH63a H57a          error — 'de' for 'del' - -

My Note: Forbin included a 5p rose (F#39). Has anyone seen one ?

 

1899 Revenue stamps of 1896 (Forbin 27-31) but with control numbers overprinted.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 14½.
John Barefoot does not list these, or anything else after 1896 due to the lack of telegraphically used examples.
I will list them (for now at least) since Hiscocks did. Some may have been used telegraphically, but that was not really their purpose.
As always, it is for the collector to decide what to collect.

RH64 RH64a RH67 RH67a
Type 16 Images of RH64, RH64a, RH67 and RH67a courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1899 Description Mint Used
RH64 H58 16 1c green (black control) - -
RH64a H58a           blue control - -
RH65 H59 16 5c yellow (blue control) - -
RH66 H60 16 10c ultramarine (blue control) - -
RH67 H61 16 25c olive-brown (black control) - -
RH67a H61a           blue control - -
RH68 H62 16 1p red (black control) - -

 

1900 Type of 1891 but dated 1900.

RH69 RH70 RH72
Type 13   1c. blue control.   RH69 Type 13   5c. blue control.   RH70 Type 13   2p. blue control.   RH72
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH73 RH74 RH75
Type 13   1900 4p. blue control.   RH73 Type 13   1900 15p. blue control.   RH74 Type 13   1901 10c. blue control.   RH75
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1900 Description Mint Used
RH69 H63 13 1c grey-black / yellow (blue control) - -
RH70 - 13 5c black / green (black control) - -
RH70a -   "CINC—" for "CINCO" - -
RH71 - 13 10c red / pink (blue control) - -
RH72 - 13 2p blue-green / yellow (blue control) - -
RH73 - 13 4p violet / pink (blue control) - -
RH74 - 13 15p violet / green (black control) - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. While the listing above goes as far as Morley and his correspondents, stamps of type 13 continued until 1904
                with two sets per year — one with the year overprinted on stamps of other years back to 1891 followed
                by one with the correct year without overprint in each case. It is not known whether these carried control
                numbers or whether they were used as telegraph stamps if they did.

My Note: Hiscocks' listing in fact did not go as far as Morley did, H63 was at the end of Morley's page 118 and his set continued on the next page with a 5c, 10c and 2p,
followed by the 10c of 1901 and more. Forbin agrees better with mine, except both he and Hiscocks have H63 as blue on yellow,
a very dark blue perhaps. I was dubious about the 10c because more are printed in the following year, but in 1904 this 10c is listed as being overprinted 1904.
It may be that Morley did see a 1900 10c stamp and did not see a 4p or 15p. He did also list the 5c variety of "CINC—" for "CINCO".
Despite the fact that there is little indication of telegraphic usage, I will continue to list up to 1904, combining Morley and Forbin,
since Forbin is not readily available and lacks information on control colours, and Morley is less available and contains misleading typos.

 

1901 Type as last, but dated 1901.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1901 Description Mint Used
RH75 - 13 10c red / pink (blue control) - -

 

1902 Provisional surcharge of "1902" over previous dates.
Overprint in violet unless otherwise indicated.
Control in black unless otherwise indicated.

RH76 RH78 RH80
Type 13   1902 1c.  RH76 Type 13   1902 5c.  RH78 Type 13   1902 10c.  RH80
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH81 RH82 RH83
Type 13   1902 25c.  RH81 Type 13   1902 50c.  RH82 Type 13   1902 1p.  RH83
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1902 Prov. Description Mint Used
RH76 - 13 1c grey-black / yellow (1900, blue control) - -
RH77 - 13 5c black / green (1897) - -
RH78 - 13 5c black / green (1900) - -
RH78a -           blue overprint - -
RH79 - 13 10c black / rose (1898) - -
RH79a -           blue control - -
RH80 - 13 10c red / pink (1901, blue control) - -
RH80a -           error — 'EZ' for 'DIEZ' - -
RH81 - 13 25c black / blue (1898, blue control & date) - -
RH81a -          error — 'de' for 'del' - -
RH82 - 13 50c black / lilac (1891) - -
RH83 - 13 1p blue / white (1897) - -
RH84 - 13 5p green / white (1891) - -
RH85 - 13 10p yellow / white (1891) - -
RH86 - 13 25p green / white (1891) - -
RH87 - 13 50p rose / white (1891) - -

 

1902 Type as 1901, but dated 1902, controls in black.

RH89 RH90 RH91
Type 13   1902 5c.  RH89 Type 13   1902 10c.   RH90 Type 13   1902 10c.   RH91
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1902 Description Mint Used
RH88 - 13 1c black / yellow - -
RH89 - 13 5c black / green - -
RH90 - 13 10c red / pink - -
RH91 - 13 10c black / pink - -

 

1903 Provisional surcharge of "1903" over previous dates.
Overprint in blue unless otherwise indicated.
Control in black unless otherwise indicated.

RH93 RH94a RH97
Type 13   1903 1c.   RH93 Type 13   1903 5c.   RH94a Type 13   1903 25c.   RH97
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH99 RH100
Type 13   1903 1p.   RH99 Type 13   1903 2p.   RH100
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1903 Prov. Description Mint Used
RH92 - 13 1c grey-black / yellow (1898) - -
RH93 - 13 1c grey-black / yellow (1900, blue control) - -
RH94 - 13 5c black / green (1900) - -
RH94a -           blue control - -
RH95 - 13 5c black / green (1902, blue control) - -
RH96 - 13 10c black / pink (1902) - -
RH97 - 13 25c black / blue (1892, purple control) - -
RH98 - 13 50c black / lilac (1891) - -
RH99 - 13 1p blue / white (1897) - -
RH100 - 13 2p blue-green / yellow (1900, blue control) - -
RH100a -           overprint in violet - -
RH101 - 13 5p green / white (1891) - -

 

1903 Type as 1901, but dated 1903, controls in black unless otherwise indicated.
There are two different fonts, (T1 & T2) used for "1903",
the earliest(T1) have a more curvy '9' and seem to be mostly blue controls, with the later(T2) being mostly black.

RH103a RH104 RH105 RH105a
Type 13   1903-T1 5c.   RH103a Type 13   1903-T2 10c.   RH104 Type 13   1903-T2 25c.   RH105 Type 13   1903-T1 25c.   RH105a
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH106 RH107 RH108
Type 13   1903-T2 20p.   RH106 Type 13   1903-T2 30p.   RH107 Type 13   1903-T2 40p.   RH108
These look very much like proofs with the same number, Forbin lists them as numbers 71-73. Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht, who says they are on "Papier stark".

RH # Hisc. Type. 1903 Description Mint Used
RH102 - 13 1c grey-black / yellow  - -
RH102a -           blue control - -
RH102b -           error — 'de' for 'del' - -
RH103 - 13 5c black / green - -
RH103a -           blue control - -
RH104 - 13 10c black / pink - -
RH104a -           blue control - -
RH105 - 13 25c black / blue - -
RH105a -           blue control - -
RH106 - 13 20p black - -
RH107 - 13 30p black - -
RH108 - 13 40p black - -

 

1904 Provisional surcharge of "1904" over previous dates.
Overprint in blue unless otherwise indicated.
Control in black unless otherwise indicated.

RH109 RH110 RH113 RH114
Type 13   1904 1c.   RH109 Type 13   1904 5c.   RH110 Type 13   1904 50c.   RH113 Type 13   1904 1p.   RH114
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1904 Prov. Description Mint Used
RH109 - 13 1c grey-black / yellow (1900, blue control) - -
RH109a -           overprint in black, blue control - -
RH110 - 13 5c black / green (1900) - -
RH111 - 13 10c black / pink (1900, blue control) - -
RH112 - 13 25c black / blue (1898, blue control) - -
RH113 - 13 50c black / lilac (1891) - -
RH114 - 13 1p blue / white (1897) - -
RH115 - 13 5p green / white (1891) - -

 

1904 Type as 1901, but dated 1904, controls in blue unless otherwise indicated.

RH116 RH117 RH118 RH119
Type 13   1904 1c.   RH116 Type 13   1904 5c.   RH117 Type 13   1904 10c.   RH118 Type 13   1904 25c.   RH119
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1904 Description Mint Used
RH116 - 13 1c grey-black / yellow   - -
RH117 - 13 5c black / green - -
RH118 - 13 10c black / pink (black control) - -
RH119 - 13 25c black / blue - -

 

According to John Barefoot, Type 13 has not been seen with 'clearly telegraphic' cancels. I have only seen one, RH58c shown above.
Anyone have any more? Please send a scan.

 

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