New Zealand - "Chalon" - Richardson Printing

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The design for this stamp was taken from an 1838 portrait of Queen Victoria by Alfred Chalon. Hence these stamps are often referred to as the "Chalon" heads. Edward Corbould made a water-colour sketch of part of the portrait and this was used by the engraver (William Humpreys).

The first New Zealand printing was done in November 1855 by Mr J Richardson, according to records he was the only person in "Auckland" competent to print postage stamps.

Richardson on Blue Paper
SG. 4  -  CP. A1c ( 1 )  -  Scott. 4​​

SG 4 RP Odenweller Cert.
SG. 4 on blue Chalon
SG. 4 on blue Chalon
The SG.4, 1d Bright Red (November 1855) on blue unwatermarked paper. This is the first New Zealand printing of the 1d by Richardson.

Some stamps can be found with the papermakers watermark but are quite rare.

Richardson on Blue Paper
SG. 4  -  CP. A1c ( 2 )  -  Scott. 4​​

Odenweller Cert.  NZ SG 4
SG. 4  NZ Chalon on Blue
SG. 4  NZ Chalon on Blue
SG. 4  NZ Chalon on Blue
The SG.4, 1d Red (November 1855) on blue unwatermarked paper. This is the first New Zealand printing of the 1d by Richardson. This is a very nice four margin stamp with a clean and light cancel.

Some stamps can be found with the papermakers watermark but are quite rare. This stamp  has  a Perkins Bacon Obliterator postmark with the  "11" of Ahuriri (wide spaced).

Richardson on Blue Paper
SG. 5  -  CP.  -  A2b ( 1 )  -  Scott. 5

SG. 5 NZ Odenweller Cert.
SG. 5 2d Blue on Blue NZ Chalon
SG. 5 2d Blue on Blue NZ Chalon
he SG.5, 2d Blue (1856) on blue unwatermarked paper. This is the first New Zealand printing of the 2d by Richardson. This is a good 4 margin stamp, pity that the cancel is through the face, but is still a nice clean example. 

​Some stamps can be found with the papermakers watermark but are quite rare.h

1857 - Richardson on Blue Paper
SG. 5  -  CP.  -  A2b  -  Scott. 5

 The SG5, CP A2b (2), Scott 5, 2d Pale Blue (1858-61) on blue unwatermarked paper. This is the first New Zealand printing of the 2d by Richardson. A nice 3 margin example trimmed at the bottom, but a difficult stamp to find in good condition. ​Some stamps can be found with the papermakers watermark but are quite rare.
  

1857 - Richardson on Blue Paper
SG. 6  -  CP.  -  A6b  -  Scott. 6

The SG.6, 1/- Green on blue unwatermarked paper.​ This stamp has four even margins, a tidy postmark but does cover the face. A single printing of up to 12,000 copies came at the end of he blue paper period. They were printed on  the 28th September 1857.

This printing is reasonably scarce and  it is very difficult to find good examples at a reasonable price.

Richardson on Blue Paper
SG. 6  -  CP.  -  A6b  -  Scott. 6

The SG.6, 1/- Green (1856) on blue unwatermarked paper.​ This stamp has horizontal crease tear can be seen on the left of the stamp below centre.

This printing is reasonably scarce and I have found it very hard to find a good copy on a budget.

Richardson on White Paper

​​ Richardson changed to white paper in 1858, he was unhappy with the quality of the paper sent out with the "plates from London, large star watermark. This is why between 1855 -1859 we had the above blue papers and another range of  white papers all un-watermarked. Most of the white papers were very thick and soft but some were printed on a harder and less thick paper.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 8  -  CP. A1d ( 1 )  -  Scott. 7​​

The SG8, CP A1d (1), 1d Dull Orange (1858-61) imperforate. This stamp has a Perkins Bacon Obliterator postmark "1" of Auckland.  

Printed by Richardson in New Zealand on an unwatermarked thick white paper..

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 8  -  CP. A1d ( 1 )  -  Scott. 7​​

The SG8, CP A1d (1), 1d Dull Orange (1858-61) on thick unwatermarked white paper. It has the Perkins Bacon Obliterator postmark "16"  of Port Victoria or Kaiapoi.

​A nice 4 margin example of a difficult stamp to find in good condition.
Is there anyone out there that could confirm whether there is a difference in the  "16", postmarks between Port Victoria and Kaiapoi?

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 8  -  CP. A1d ( 2 )  -  Scott. 7​​

The SG8, CP A1d (2), 1d Dull Orange (1858-61) on thick unwatermarked white paper.


Richardson on White Paper
SG. 8  -  CP. A1d ( 2 )  -  Scott. 7​​

The SG8, CP A1d (2), Scott. 7, 1d Dull Orange (1858-61) imperforate. This stamp has a Perkins Bacon Obliterator postmark 18A, "18" of the principal post office of Dunedin. Printed by Richardson in New Zealand on an unwatermarked thick white paper.
The 1d stamp had relatively small printings as only the soldier’s rate and the local posts rate in Canterbury and New Plymouth allowed for the single use of the 1d stamp.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 9  -  CP. A2c ( 2 )  -  Scott. 8e​​

The SG.9 , CP A2c (2) , The 2d Pale blue , Scott 8e (1857-61) printed by Richardson on a thick white unwatermarked paper with horizontal mesh.

This stamp is a spacefiller with only two margins and a messy smudged cancel.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 10  -  CP. A2c ( 3 )  -  Scott. 8​​

The SG.10, CP. A2c (3). This 2d Blue 1857 - 1861 printed by Richardson on thick white un-watermarked paper with horizontal mesh.

The stamp has a Perkins Bacon Obliterator cancel "1" of Auckland.

A nice clean example with a tidy cancel but missing the righthand margin.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 10  -  CP. A2c ( 3 )  -  Scott. 8​​


The SG10, CP A2c (3). This 2d Blue (1857-61) printed by Richardson on thick white unwatermarked paper with horizontal mesh. The back of this stamp is a good example of the horizontal mesh.

​This stamp has the Perkins Bacon Obliterator postmark "12" of Wanganui.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 10  -  CP. A2c ( 3 )  -  Scott. 8

The SG10, CP A2c (3). The 2d Blue (1857-61) printed by Richardson on thick white unwatermarked paper with horizontal mesh.

This stamp with 3 margins and a clean cancel off the face, but as noted on the certificate it has a small surface rub at the right of the head.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 10  -  CP. A2c ( 3 )  -  Scott. 8

The SG10, CP A2c (3). The 2d Blue (1857-61) printed by Richardson on thick white unwatermarked paper with horizontal mesh.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 11  -  CP. A2c ( 4 )  -  Scott. 8f

The SG11, CP A2c (4). The 2d Deep blue (1857-61) was printed by Richardson on thick white unwatermarked horizontal mesh paper.

This stamp with all but 4 margin with a cancel that detracts from the appearance due to its heavy nature across the face.
This stamp has the Perkins Bacon Obliterator postmark "14"  of Nelson - Picton 1859.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 9  -  CP. A2c ( 5 )  -  Scott. 8e​​

The SG9, CP A2c (5), Not a great stamp but a very good reference stamp for the unusual 2d pale blue colour, (1857-61) this stamp on the thinner hard paper with vertical mesh.

Its a lovely clean stamp but has had the margins cutoff and cut into on the righthand side.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 9  -  CP. A2c ( 6 )  -  Scott. 8e​​

The SG.9, A2c (6), Scott 8e 2d Dull Pale Blue on thinner hard paper with vertical mesh unwatermarked paper. ​ This stamp has four even margins, a tidy postmark.  It has a possible crease or pre printing paper flaw.
  

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 10  -  CP. A2c ( 7 )  -  Scott. 8 var

The SG10, CP A2c (7). The 2d Bright Blue (1857-61) was printed by Richardson on thin white unwatermarked horizontal mesh paper.

This stamp with  4 margins with a nice cancel that keeps the face clear.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 10  -  CP. A2c ( 7 )  -  Scott. 8

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 12  -  CP. A5a ( 1 )  -  Scott. 9e

This stamp SG.12 , CP A5a (1) Deep bistre (1859-61) and is not the greatest example but is (one of the harder shades to find), it has an unusual hatched postmark, I have not seen on many stamps, can anyone enlighten me on its use or type.
The stamp printed by Richardson on thick white unwatermarked paper with horizontal mesh. The stamp has 3 really big margins just a pity its been cut into along the bottom of the stamp.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 12  -  CP. A5a ( 2 )  -  Scott. 9e

This stamp SG.12 , CP A5a (2), 6d Bistre (1859-61) printed by Richardson on thick unwatermarked white paper with horizontal mesh.

This stamp has the Perkins Bacon Obliterator postmark "1"  of Auckland.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 12  -  CP. A5a ( 9 )  -  Scott. 9e

This stamp SG.12 , CP A5a (9) the 6d Pale bistre (1859-61) brown printed by Richarson on thin unwatermarked  paper with vertical mesh. The stamp has 4 very close margins.

This stamp has the Perkins Bacon Obliterator postmark "1" of Auckland.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 13  -  CP. A5a ( 4 )  -  Scott. 9

This stamp SG.13 , CP A5a (4) Brown (1859-61) printed by Richardson on thick unwatermarked white paper with horizontal mesh.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 13  -  CP. A5a ( 10 )  -  Scott. 9

This stamp SG.13 , CP A5a (10), the 6d Brown
(1859-61) printed by Richardson on thin unwatermarked  paper with vertical mesh.

The stamp has 4 nice margins and a cancel that shows the majority of the head clear.
This stamp has the Perkins Bacon Obliterator postmark "1" of Auckland.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 13  -  CP. A5a ( 10 ) Y  -  Scott. 9

This stamp SG.13 , CP A5a (10) the 6d Pale Brown (1859-61) printed by Richardson on thin unwatermarked white paper with vertical mesh.

The stamp has been well trimmed and cut into at the bottom, it has no margind and a very nice light cancel.
 ​I am interested if anyone can offer any knowledge on the possible flaw (line) lower right under the scarf and finishing at the top corner of the "Postage" box. Does this identify where in the plate this stamp was from?

Thanks (Grant Clifford - Blenheim) for Plating this stamp Row 17 , No. 10 and re-entry as shown.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 14  -  CP. A5a ( 5 )  -  Scott. 9a

This stamp SG.14 , CP A5a (5), the 6d Pale brown (1859-61)  printed by Richardson on thin un-watermarked  white paper.

With 4 margins and a nice cancel, the back shows a thin in the upper centre, and clearly shows the horizontal mesh of paper.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 14  -  CP. A5a ( 11 )  -  Scott. 9h

This stamp SG.14 , CP A5a (11), the 6d Pale brown (1859-61) printed by Richardson on thin unwatermarked  white paper. The paper has a vertical mesh.

The stamp is close close cut with no clear margins.
​​This stamp has the Perkins Bacon Obliterator  postmark "9" of  New Plymouth.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 14  -  CP. A5a ( 11 )  -  Scott. 9h

​​This stamp SG.14 , CP A5a (11), the 6d Pale brown (1859-61) printed by Richardson on thin unwatermarked  white paper. The paper has a vertical mesh.

The stamp is close close cut with no clear margins.

This stamp has the Perkins Bacon Obliterator  postmark "1" of  Auckland.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 15 -  CP. A5a ( 12 )  -  Scott. 9f

This stamp SG.15 , CP A5a (12), Scott 9f var, the 6d Chestnut (1859-61)  printed by Richardson on thin un-watermarked  white paper.

With 4 margins and a nice cancel, the back shows a thin in the upper centre, and clearly shows the vertical mesh of paper. This has a nice "10" Perkins Obliterator cancellation - 10B which continued in use out of Wellington concurrently with 7A from 1860 to 1862-63.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 15 -  CP. A5a ( 12 )  -  Scott. 9f

This stamp SG.15 , CP A5a (12), Scott 9f var, the 6d Chestnut (1859-61)  printed by Richardson on thin un-watermarked  white paper.

With 4 margins and a nice cancel, the back shows a thin in the upper centre, and clearly shows the vertical mesh of paper. This has a nice "15" Perkins Obliterator cancellation - Nelson Collingwood.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 16  -  CP. A6c ( 1 )  -  Scott. 10c

The 1/- Dull emerald green (1858-61) Chalon, SG16, CP A6c (1), Scott 10c printed by Richardson on thick unwatermarked white paper with horizontal mesh.

This stamp with 3 large margins and is trimmed down the righthand side. A nice clean example.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 16  -  CP. A6c ( 1 )  -  Scott. 10c

The 1/- Dull emerald green (1858-61) Chalon, SG16,
CP A6c (1), Scott 10c  printed by Richardson on thick unwatermarked white paper with horizontal mesh.

​​This stamp has the Perkins Bacon Obliterator postmark "1" of Auckland.

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 16  -  CP. A6c ( 1 )  -  Scott. 10c

The 1/- Dull emerald green (1858-61) Chalon, SG16,
CP A6c (1), Scott 10c  printed by Richardson on thick unwatermarked white paper with horizontal mesh.
​​This stamp has the Perkins Bacon Obliterator postmark "17" 17A of Christchurch.


Richardson on White Paper
SG. 17  -  CP. A6c (2)  -  Scott. 10c

The 1/- Blue green Chalon, SG17, CP A6c (2) printed by Richardson on unwatermarked white paper. 

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 17  -  CP. A6c (2)  -  Scott. 10c

The 1/- Blue green Chalon, SG17, CP A6c (2) printed by Richardson on unwatermarked white paper. 

Richardson on White Paper
SG. 17  -  CP. A6ca  -  Scott. 10c

The 1/- Blue green Chalon, SG17, CP A6ca printed by Richardson on unwatermarked white paper. It has thinner hard paper with vertical mesh. The vertical mesh can clearly be seen on the back of this stamp. A good example of mesh in papers.

​​This stamp has the Perkins Bacon Obliterator "18"  of Dunedin - Port Chalmers.