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Military and Army Telegraphs


British Army telegraphers normally used stamps with "Military Telegraphs" or "Army Telegraphs" on the "unappropriated die" revenue stamps. However there was no d value in that series so to cover the needs in the Boer war and during training exercises in the UK the d "jubilee" stamps were overprinted.

A more detailed study of these items is on the Egypt Study circle web pages, given that they were used in Egypt and Sudan.

Note: that is also the reason why the d "jubilee" stamp was the only one in that set to be overprinted "British Bechuanaland" or "Bechuanaland Protectorate".


Note: this numbering system was drawn up by the Society for the website, and may not be used without permission.

Army Telegraphs


Queen Victoria

First issue

1896

Army telegraphs orange 200


1 d orange


Changed colour

1900

Army telegraphs green 200Army telegraphs green large opt 200

7mm and 8mm overprints

2 d green, 7mm overprint

note: the first printing used the same overprint as that on the orange d stamp above.

3 d green, 8mm overprint (possibly 1901)


The two settings on the green stamps can be most easily recognised by the first setting having the "M" exactly over "R" (as on the vermilion stamp), whereas the second setting has the "M" between the "R" and the "Y".

Provisional on keytype

The 2/6d and 5s values of the unappropriate die "Army Telegraphs" series used for values other than d were used for temporary provisionals in 1900.

1900-1901

Army telegraphs twopence provisional  (image courtesy of Matthew Hancock "stampsulike")

Army telegraphs 1s provisional 200(image courtesy of Cavendish Auctions)

 

4 "TWOPENCE" on 2/6d green & blue

5 "ONE SHILLING" on 5s green & purple

 

Military Telegraphs

From September 1884 till the introduction of the "Army Telegraphs" stamps shown above, the British army in South Africa used stamps of the unapproprated die series, designated as "Military Telegraphs". It is not immediately obvious why the designation was changed. The 6d and 1s Cape of Good Hope stamps were also overprinted for this use.

Army telegraphs

one of the Cape stamps overprinted for Military Telegraphs in 1885.

Handwritten provisionals (used in Bechuanaland), on previous unappropriate die stamps

1885

6 "6d" on 1d violet & black

7 "6d" on 10s green & red

8 "1s" on 5s green & violet

9 "1s" on £1 violet and black

 

Overprints in other currency for use in Cairo (Egypt)

Egyptian Piastres

July 1886

withdrawn February 1887

Military Telegraphs local surcharges low values Military Telegraphs local surcharges middle values Military Telegraphs local surcharges 100p

10 "P.T. 0.1" (ie 10 paras) in two lines, each showing twice, on 1d violet and black, for use bisected

11 "P.T. 0.25" (ie 25 paras) in two lines, each showing twice, on 3d violet and brown, for use bisected

12 "ONE PIASTRE" in two lines reading up at left and right, on 6d violet and green

13 "FIVE PIASTRES" in two lines in an arc above and below the portrait, on 1s green and black

14 "TEN PIASTRES" in two lines an arc above and below the portrait, on 2s green and blue

15 "TWENTY FIVE PIASTRES" in two lines in an arc above and below the portrait, on 5s green and violet

16 "FIFTY PIASTRES" in two lines in an arc above and below the portrait, on 10s green and red

17 "HUNDRED PIASTRES" in an arc below the portrait, on £1 violet and black

Revised currency

The Egyptian currency was redesignated as "dimes" and "piastres".

1887

Military Telegraphs DLR surcharges low values 

Military Telegraphs DLR surcharges middle values Military Telegraphs DLR surcharges 100p


18 "ONE DIME" in two lines reading up at left and right, on 1d violet and black

19 "TWO DIMES" in two lines, reading up at left and right, on 2d violet and blue

20 "FIVE DIMES" in two lines, reading up at left and right, on 3d violet and brown

21 "ONE PIASTRE" in two lines reading up at left and right, on 6d violet and green

22 "TWO PIASTRES" in two lines reading up at left and right, on 8d violet and red

23 "FIVE PIASTRES" in two lines above and below the portrait, on 1s green and black

24 "TEN PIASTRES" in two lines above and below the portrait, on 2s green and blue

25 "TWENTY FIVE PIASTRES" in two lines above and below the portrait, on 5s green and violet

26 "FIFTY PIASTRES" in two lines above and below the portrait, on 10s green and red

27 "ONE HUNDRED PIASTRES" in two lines above and below the portrait, on £1 violet and black


For further information on these see Hiscocks SER, "Telegraph and Telephone stamps of the World", 1982, and some Gibbons catalogues before about 1940.


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