Types of Maltese Cross Cancellation of Great Britain
The year 1840 saw the issue of the first world's postage stamp the penny black and its arrival necessitated some means of official cancellation.
After some extensive trails, what has generally become known as the Maltese Cross cancellation was selected and its is generally believed that this was adapted from the Tudor Rose.
The cancellations were generally issued throughout England by the Post Office prior to the issue of the first postage stamps. Several distinctive and rare types were made locally, some of the unusual types being shown here. There are a number of other types and these crosses exist in different colours: black and red being the commonest.
The varieties and colours of this cancellation make an interesting study and there is still much to be found out about the origin of some of these unusual and distinctive cancellations.
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