Distinctive Maltese Cross Postmarks of Great Britain

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The following are images of some of the Distinctive Maltese Crosses (MX) of Great Britain used between 1840 and 1844. The were hand made stamps that were inked on a pad before impressing on the stamps to cancel them. As they were handmade they have certain individual features that are indicative of the offices that used them. Many of the Maltese Cross cancels have been identified by covers showing the postage use and therefore the offices who used them. However the majority of handstamps that were made are almost identical as they were fashioned to a design. The London Chief Office introduced Cancels with numbers 1 to 12 in them (1843) and small crosses on them on the top of each (except the number 3 cancel that either had no cross or it was quickly damaged and fell off). Maltese Cross cancels are an indicator of the plate range of a 1d Red as it was used only up until 1844 when plate 45 was at press. The presence of a MX cancel therfore assures the owner that it is within plates 1b-45. It can still be found on slightly later plates as some towns continued to use the MX cancel until they recieved their '1844 type' cancels.

Distinctive Maltese Crosses[edit]

Belfast (IE) 1st Type MX on Plate 20 stamp
BELFAST MX
COVENTRY MX
Dublin (IE) Type I MX on Plate 29 stamp
DUBLIN MX
Dublin (IE) Type II MX on Plate 28 stamp
Kelso (GB) MX on Plate 34 stamp, characterised by its 'straight' outer loop sides and deep loops of the outer cross.
KELSO MX
Kilmarnock (GB) MX on Plate 35 stamp
KILMARNOCK MX
Leeds (GB) MX on Plate 25 stamp
LEEDS SPECIAL MX
Limerick (IR) MX on Plate 28 stamp
LIMERICK SPECIAL MX
Manchester (GB) Manchester Special MX on Plate 11 stamp
Montrose (GB) MX on Plate 21 stamp
MONTROSE MX
Norwich (GB) or Plymouth (GB) MX on Plate 35 stamp. Both Norwich & Plymouth had a similar cancel.
NORWICH or PLYMOUTH MX
Scottish (GB) Type I MX on Plate 36 stamp
SCOTTISH Small Diamond MX
Welshpool (GB) solid centre type MX on Plate 35 Stamp
WELSHPOOL MX
Wincanton (GB) MX on Plate 33 stamp
WINCANTON MX
Wotton under edge (GB) MX on Plate 18 stamp, characterised by the 'file' cuts across the cross
WOTTON UNDER EDGE MX
York Distinctive Maltese Cross

Inland Office Numeral Maltese Crosses[edit]

1843 The London Inland Office later used a series of barred numeral postmarks with the number within a central diamond

Number 1
Number 2
Number 3
Number 4 on Plate 40 GK
Number 5
Number 6
Number 7 on Plate 20 HA
Number 8
Number 9
Number 10
Number 11
Number 12