The "Chalon Proofs"​
2d Perkins Bacon "London Print"

The Rare Perkins Bacon London print plate proof 2d pair, these original plate proofs were printed on medium white wove unwatermarked paper and are easily seen to differ from the reprints. With superb clarity, these Exhibition items to show very sharp and clear engraving and print.
These are extremely rare and not listed in normal catalogues.

The "Davies Proof " (plate 1)
1864 - 2d Blue

The "Davies Proof " (plate 1)
1884 - 1d Orange

The 1884 reprints of the 1d pale orange, without gum and unused. These stamps are printed on the "Large Star" watermarked paper.

These stamps were intended for presentation copies.

The "Chalon Reprint" (plate 2)
1884 - 2d Blue

The 1884 reprints of the 2d (plate 2), without gum and unused. These stamps are printed on the "Large Star" watermarked paper.

This stamp is with retouch position Row 18, No. 6, intended for presentation copies.

The "Chalon Reprints"
1884 - 6d Dull Chocolate Brown

The 1884 reprints of the 6d are a distinctive Dull chocolate brown shade, without gum and unused. These stamps are printed on the "Large Star" watermarked paper.

The "1906 Chalon Reprints"
2d Hausberg


The Hausburg reprints were printed in 1906, for "Mr Hausberg" whom lived in the UK and wanted to produce a monograph on these issues. The monograph never eventuated as Hausberg died before it could be completed. There were 1020 sheets (244,800 stamps) printed of the 2d (plate 2) and it is believed 26 sheets including 2d (plate 1) were printed of the other values all on card. Twenty of each of these sheets were retained by the Post Office the balance going to Hausburg. 

It is thought that the Government Printer, prior to printing the sheets for Hausburg, also printed off a small number of sheets of each value, including both 2d plates, on wove paper, partly to check the condition of the plate.

In 1913, further prints were taken from the 2d plate 2 for incorporation into Joliffe's book. These were also on wove paper. They can be distinguished from the 1906 printing by comparing the thickness of the paper used for each although the 1913 prints are described as being "whiter and smoother" than the 1906 prints.

The (plate 1) variety exhibits reasonably even wear across the whole design. 

The blue and green examples in other entries were printed later, probably the fifties or later. These were not printed from the actual plate but were reproduced from a sheet of the printed stamps, probably a Hausburg sheet.


The "1906 Chalon Reprints"
1d Hausberg

Block of 8 Hausburg 1d Black Reprints on unwatermarked medium card stock. 26 sheets were printed of all denomunations only than the 2d of which 1020 sheets were printed. Of the 26 sheets printed of this denomination 19 sheets were destroyed by the Postal Department in 1936.
This means that these are extremely rare and this block of 8, is 8 stamps of 1680 stamps in existance.

The "1906 Chalon Reprints"
2d Hausberg

The New Zealand Hausburg Reprints are on a yellowish wove paper or on a thick card. All but the 2d are quite rare.
Block of 4 Hausburg Reprints showing edge margin.

The "1906 Chalon Reprints"
3d Hausberg

Block of 8 Hausburg 3d Black Reprints on unwatermarked medium card stock. 26 sheets were printed of all denomunations only than the 2d of which 1020 sheets were printed. Of the 26 sheets printed of this denomination 19 sheets were destroyed by the Postal Department in 1936.
This means that these are extremely rare and this block of 8, is 8 stamps of 1680 stamps in existance.

The "1906 Chalon Reprints"
4d Hausberg

Block of 8 Hausburg 4d Black Reprints on unwatermarked medium card stock. 26 sheets were printed of all denomunations only than the 2d of which 1020 sheets were printed. Of the 26 sheets printed of this denomination 19 sheets were destroyed by the Postal Department in 1936.
This means that these are extremely rare and this block of 8, is 8 stamps of 1680 stamps in existance.

The "1906 Chalon Reprints"
6d Hausberg

Block of 8 Hausburg 6d Black Reprints on unwatermarked medium card stock. 26 sheets were printed of all denomunations only than the 2d of which 1020 sheets were printed. Of the 26 sheets printed of this denomination 19 sheets were destroyed by the Postal Department in 1936.
This means that these are extremely rare and this block of 8, is 8 stamps of 1680 stamps in existance.

The "1906 Chalon Reprints"
1/- Hausberg

Block of 8 Hausburg 1/- Black Reprints on unwatermarked medium card stock. 26 sheets were printed of all denomunations only than the 2d of which 1020 sheets were printed. Of the 26 sheets printed of this denomination 19 sheets were destroyed by the Postal Department in 1936.
This means that these are extremely rare and this block of 8, is 8 stamps of 1680 stamps in existance.

The "Souvenirs Proof"​
"H.P.S." 4th June 1907 

The "H.P.S." varietes were created for the dinner menus of the Herts Phiatelic Society, with impressions in the central piece on the menu.

The 1907 Black Reprints of the Chalon Heads, the value tablet was replaced by "H.P.S. 4th June 1907" and some with the "sqiggley lines" these were produced in colours from the original transfer roller by Perkins Bacon Limited for the Hertfordshire Philatelic Society. I believe these are a proof set of the stamps used on there menus.

The "Jolliffe"
"Reprint" 1913

The 1913 "Jolliffe" Black Reprints of the Chalon Heads, on a thin un-watermarked paper.

100th Anniversay of Potage Stamps
in New Zealand Cover 1855 - 1955