1840 cover to London with 1d greyish black pl.3 lettered LC with experimental black Maltese X

1840 cover to London with 1d greyish black pl.3 lettered LC  with experimental black Maltese X
1840 cover to London with 1d greyish black pl.3 lettered LC  with experimental black Maltese X 1840 cover to London with 1d greyish black pl.3 lettered LC  with experimental black Maltese X 1840 cover to London with 1d greyish black pl.3 lettered LC  with experimental black Maltese X
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1840 an entire wrapper addressed to London bearing a 1d greyish black issue from plate 3 lettered L.C. being tied by the experimental black Maltese cross and dated on reverse for SP 17 1840. A very scarce cover.

The Post Office was having great difficulty in discerning the use of the red Maltese cross on 1d black stamps when sorting letters under candle or gaslight. Experiments were conducted from September 1840 in London with black ink, which proved successful, which led to the introduction of the 1d red issues for greater contrast in 1841.

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