Bottom right corner pair from sheet the of 12
The Small Trail Plate was issued 15 January 1841. A new fugative
ink was introduced for this denomination in 1841 and horizontal lines were
added to the top below "POSTAGE" and at the bottom above the value tablet.
It was necessary to send specimens of the new stamp design along with an
official notice to the post offices. However, stamps based
upon the new design were not yet ready. Therefore a small plate of
12 impressions was made to fill this requirement. It should
be noted that check letters were not used and the check letter squares
are empty. If one examines examples closely it is possible to see
what appear to be the guide lines used to guide the laying down of the
impressions. However, from the appearance of the guide lines one
can speculate that the process was rushed in order to make a deadline for
distribution of the specimens. The impressions are not well placed
in conjunction with these guidelines. Interestingly enough,
although the stamps are watermarked small crown this is not mentioned
in the Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialized Catalog , Vol.
1, Queen Victoria, 10th Ed.
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