In 1863 the Dunedin postmaster requisitioned a local firm Messrs Ferguson and Mitchell to perforate stamps on the star watermarked and unwatermarked pelure papers. They were perforated with a line machine with a guage of "13".  These perforations are regularily found mis-placed due to the perforation process.

Care must be taken in identification of these stamps from the more common perforation "12.5", the perforations must be a full perforation "13" on all sides. The best guage is to check against a stamp that was only perforated "12.5", such as the 4d Rose.

Davies Printing - Perforation "13" at Dunedin
SG. 69  -  CP. A1f ( 2 )  -  Scott. 16

The 1d Carmine vermillion Sg.69, A1f (2) printed by Davies on large star watermarked paper. This is the first of the Davies prints with a line perforation guaging 13.

Davies Printing - Perforation "13" at Dunedin
SG. 72a  -  CP. A2e ( 4 )  -  Scott. 17c

The 2d Pale or Milky blue  SG. 72a stamp printed by Davies on large star watermarked paper. This is the first of the Davies prints with a perforation of 13 as standard.

This stamp shows signs of the early (slight) wear. It has a class "A" -  "Dunedin" 1863 postmark.

Davies Printing - Perforation "13" at Dunedin
SG. 72  -  CP. A2e ( 7 )  -  Scott. 17c

The 2d Blue  SG. 72 stamp printed by Davies on large star watermarked paper. This is the first of the Davies prints with a perforation of 13 as standard.

This stamp shows signs of intermediate plate wear.


This stamp on piece with complete class "A" cancel of Dunedin 10th June 1864.​​

Davies Printing - Perforation "13" at Dunedin
SG. 72  -  CP. A2e ( 8 )  -  Scott. 17c

The 2d Deep blue  SG. 72 stamp printed by Davies on large star watermarked paper. The Davies print with a perforation of 13.
This stamp shows signs of intermediate plate wear.

Davies Printing - Perforation "13" at Dunedin
SG. 73  -  CP. A2e ( 9 )  -  Scott. 17c

The 2d Pale blue  SG. 73 stamp printed by Davies on large star watermarked paper. The Davies print with a perforation of 13.

This stamp shows advanced plate wear. With a central "OTAGO"  obiliterator cancellation.

Davies Printing - Perforation "13" at Dunedin
SG. 74  -  CP. A3b  -  Scott. 18

The 3d Brown lilac  SG. 74 stamp printed by Davies on large star watermarked paper. The Davies print with a perforation of 13.

This stamp has the "OTAGO" obliterator cancel postmark.

Davies Printing - Perforation "13" at Dunedin
SG. 74  -  CP. A3b  -  Scott. 18

The 3d Brown lilac  SG. 74 stamp printed by Davies on large star watermarked paper. The Davies print with a perforation of 13.

This stamp has the "OTAGO" obliterator cancel postmark.

Davies Printing - Perforation "13" at Dunedin
SG. 74  -  CP. A3b  -  Scott. 18

The 3d Brown lilac  SG. 74 stamp printed by Davies on large star watermarked paper. The Davies print with a perforation of 13.

This stamp has the "25" obliterator cancel postmark.

Davies Printing - Perforation "13" at Dunedin
SG. 75  -  CP. A5c ( 1 )  -  Scott. 19b

The 6d Black brown  SG. 75 stamp printed by Davies on large star watermarked paper. The Davies print with a perforation of 13.

Davies Printing - Perforation "13" at Dunedin
SG. 76  -  CP. A5c ( 2 )  -  Scott. 19b

The 6d Brown  SG. 76 stamp printed by Davies on large star watermarked paper. The Davies print with a perforation of 13.

Davies Printing - Perforation "13" at Dunedin
SG. 77  -  CP. A5c ( 3 )  -  Scott. 19

The 6d Deep red brown  SG. 77 stamp printed by Davies on large star watermarked paper. The Davies print with a perforation of 13.

Davies Printing - Perforation "13" at Dunedin
SG. 77  -  CP. A5c ( 4 )  -  Scott. 19

The 6d Red brown  SG. 77 stamp printed by Davies on large star watermarked paper. The Davies print with a perforation of 13.

Davies Printing - Perforation "13" at Dunedin
SG. 77  -  CP. A5c ( 4 )  -  Scott. 19

The 6d Red brown (used)  SG. 77 stamp printed by Davies on large star watermarked paper. The Davies print with a perforation of 13.

Davies Printing - Perforation "13" at Dunedin
SG. 78  -  CP. A6e ( 2 )  -  Scott. 20c

The 1/- Bronze green  SG. 78 stamp printed by Davies on large star watermarked paper. The Davies print with a perforation of 13.