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Barbados

15th April 1852

British Colony 4

Barb1
  Barbados #1, block  

Imperforate, no watermark, engraved.
Printed by Perkins Bacon, London.

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T
1852
½d deep green   1 1, 2    
1d dark blue   2 3, 4    
2d slate blue   3 4a    
1855
4d brown red   4 5    

Barbados (like Trinidad) used undenominated stamps until 1867. The first batch of stamps printed for the island in the 1d and 2d values were lost at sea in the wreck of the S.S. Amazon. The paper used for all values had a 'bluish tinge' until 1855 and was white thereafter.

Sources:
James Mackay, The World of Classic Stamps, 1972
Gibbons Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840-52, 106th edn., 2003
Scott Classic, 10th edn., 2003

Image from Mackay.

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