Dumfries used only one Experimental postmark rather sparingly over a 21 month period; there were no recuts.

Characteristics: The ‘normal’ Experimental design with four short bars each side of ‘108’. As can be seen from the above Proof image, the letter ‘F’ has a complete horizontal bar. However, the earliest example I have seen (3rd January 1856) shows this to be missing and the assumption was that this would remain for the life of the postmark.

However, somewhat surprisingly, I have now seen three examples where the bar is complete; dated 12th February 1856 (see gallery), 4th April 1856 and 16th January 1857.

Proofed: 1st January 1856

EKD: 3rd January 1856

LKD: 17th October 1857

Months of Use:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
1856 4 3 3 1 3 1 2 5 3 3 1 2
1857 3 1 6 5 7 3 2 5 7 2

 

Known Codes:

A B C D None
7 43 17 1* 1

* The Code D is blurred and so is questionable.

Scarcity Rating: E (Scarce),the bulk of the examples are in relatively few hands. A very Rare example dated 9th September 1857 has been seen in a true BLUE colour (see Picture Gallery) and this can be rated H (Very Few Recorded)

Picture Gallery