British Guiana 1851 12c Pale Blue Cotton Reel SG7
A Good Used Example of this Rare Classic & of World Philately
DEMERARA 1 AU 1851 CDS Initialled "E.D.W" (ight)
Cut to Shape, just touching frame line in 2 or 3 places, a very shallow hinge thin
New Brandon Certificate which states "Repaired", but we cannot see any repair whatsoever,just a shallow thin mentioned above
as with the vast majority, it not all of these very delicate stamps they have faults or repairs to some degree
Extremely Rare with only 26 examples recorded
The first stamps of British Guiana were issued in July 1850, in denominations of 2c, 4c, 8c and 12c.
They were printed at the offices of the Royal Gazette of British Guiana newspaper.
Quickly produced from printer’s type and a printer’s rule bent into a crude circle, the stamps earned the nickname “Cotton Reel” from collectors because they look similar to labels on the wooden ends of a reel of cotton thread.
Each stamp was initialed as a control to prevent either theft or counterfeiting. The “E.D.W.” initials of Edmond D. Wight also appear on the famous 1c Magenta British Guiana stamp.