A Die Proof on India

A Trial Color Proof in Red Brown.

Plate proofs printed on card not on India.
Lilac shades printed in Montreal

Red Brown plate proof printed on card. From a later Ottawa printing.

Only one plate was used to print the 10c value for the entire period of use 1874-1897.
It was a plate with only a single 10x10 pane.
It had single imprints at top, bottom, and both sides, and counters at top left and right.

Perforated 12.1x12.0

---------- SHADES ----------

Names for the various shades are from the Color System Guide by Richard Morris.
Color reproduction is of course not perfect.

Perf 11.6x11.9
Pale Milky Rose Lilac
Pale Magenta
Perf 12.0x12.0
Pale Magenta
Lilac Rose
Rose Carmine
Dull Rose
Perf 12.0x12.0
Brown Red
Perf 12.0x12.2
Rose Carmine
Brown Red
Rose Carmine
Brown Red

---------- Montreal printings 1874-1888 ----------

The earliest printing are perforated 11.6x11.9

The earliest known single franking, Nov 25, 1874. Paying the packet rate to Ireland. The stamp is perforated 11.6x11.9

Pale Milky Rose Lilac perforated 11.6x11.9

Pale Magenta perforated 11.6x11.9

Pale Magenta perforated 12.0x12.0

Bright Lilac Rose perforated 12.0x12.0

---------- Second Ottawa printings 1889-97 ----------

Rose Carmine perforated 12.0x12.0

Dull Rose perforated 12.0x12.0

Bottom imprint strip, Salmon shade, perforated 12.0x12.1

Strip in Rose Pink, perforated 12.0x12.1.

Strip in Pink, perforated 12.0x12.2.

Strip in Brown Red, perforated 12.0x12.2.

The special double rate to India, March 20, 1889. The stamp is perforated 12.0x12.1

Imperforate stamps printed on regular stamp paper were probably printed as favours.

Imperforate top strip of 10 with imprint and counters.

Imperforate left and right imprints

Overprinted "SPECIMEN" in Violet.
These stamps were prepared in the mid 1890's for distribution to other UPU countries.
Three different types of overprint are known.