MR4 2+1c BROWN WAR TAX
It soon became apparent to the Post Office that there was confusion between the regular 2 cent carmine
and the new 2+1 cent carmine(which included the War Tax).
Both were carmine and so it was decided to change the color of the stamp that included the War Tax to Brown.
All 2+1 cent War Tax stamps were printed using the 'wet' method.
A trial color proof for the 2+1c Brown
This was done using Die I numbered OG 100 and hence is only a trial color proof.
A few examples of Plates 1 and 2 Die I were printed in Brown
There is no good reason for these to exist since Plates 15 and 16
had already been used for the last printings of the 2+1c in Carmine
These could be the first of the so called 'favours' that began to
appear towards the end of the War Tax era
Lower left Plate 1 with PO 937A
Lower left Plate 2 with PO 937A
Redrawn Die II number OG 106 1/2
This is the second Die II prepared. The original is numbered OG 106
and can be seen in the exhibit of MR3. I cannot find any difference
between the two dies and so one must question why it was produced.
Perhaps the original die numbered 106 was damaged in some way. At any
rate there is so far no way to tell which die was used to actually
print the stamps.
Printed in Brown on India and in Black on card
The die number is printed very faintly on the Brown proof
This is standard for all of the proofs of this type that I have seen.
Some are so faint that the proof looks like an 'unhardened' one.
Collectors should look carefully!!
Plates 15-30 were printed in the usual fashion with upper and lower imprints
Lower right plate 15
Upper right plate 30
Plates 31-56 were printed without a lower imprint but with a band of
Lathework in the lower margin
Plates 31-42 had type A Lathework with an abreviated imprint
It is possible to see the original imprint underneath the Lathework
on the earliest plates. This demonstrates that the Lathework was
at first applied to the plates in a separate operation after they
had been laid down.
Lower right Plate 31
Lower right plate 42
Upper right plate 56
Beginning with plate 43 the lathework in the lower margin became type B
The lower imprint for the right pane of plate 43 was placed in the
right hand margin by error.
This was normal for the plates of the Revenue War Tax stamps
and was probably done as if this were a Revenue plate.
The lathework was left off plate 44
The lathework was inverted on plate 49
It is generally accepted that some time late in 1916 numerous impereforate
sheets of the 2+1c Brown were given to one or more persons as 'favours'.
This began a long series of imperforates and part perforates that were
given out through the back door. See Marler's book for a more detailed
The following were printed from the regular Post Office sheets
Upper plate 1
Upper plate 2
Upper plate 13
Upper plate 14
An example of an imperforate from a Die II plate
Upper left plate 17
The following were printed from the coil sheets
Lower right plate 3
Lower right plate 4
A pair in a distinctive Yellow Brown shade possibly printed on India and mounted on card.
This is very unusual and could imply that it is actually a plate proof.
Numerous favours were also produced partly perfororated
These examples are from regular Post office sheets not even used
for the 2+1c Brown
Upper left plate 14
PO 937F from plates 11-14
The following were printed from the coil sheets and perforated 12 horizontally
Upper left plate 3
Upper left plate 4
The following were printed from the coil sheets and perforated 12 vertically
Upper left plate 3
Upper left plate 4
Coil stamps were produced from plates with both Die I and Die II.
Die II stamps are much more rare and I have yet to see a starting
or ending strip.
For a more detailed description of the coil assembly process see
the MR3 section.
A Die I starting strip of 4 with attached label
A Die I paste up strip of four
A Die I ending strip
A Die II paste up strip of four