The Printings of the 6d Lilac and Mauve Queen Victoria Keyplate Stamp of Lagos - Part Two
Group 2: Printings 11-19 Printings From the Second State of the Plate (December 1890 - Early 1892)
For the next three printings, the possibility does exist that they are merely variations of the second printing and are merely more heavily inked than those. However, I have assumed that the loss of sharpness in the detail is due to plate wear, and hence, I have classified them as being from the second state of the plate. I have determined that the last of these printings would have to have been made no later than early 1892, due to the fact that I have an used stamp from the third state of the plate that is cancelled with a Lagos CDS dated October 1892.
For this printing, the frame plate colour is very close to Gibbons's deep dull purple, but there is a touch more red in the colour compared to the Gibbons swatch. However, it is nowhere near as red as the deep reddish purple. The duty plate colour is tricky, as there is too much purple for it to be a match to any of the clarets, brown purples or maroons. But at the same time it is quite dull. It looks to me like a dull version of Gibbons's deep reddish purple, so I would call it deep dull reddish purple.
I have no used examples, only the three mint examples shown above.
The frame plate colour of this printing is identical to the last, which is to say that it is a deep dull purple containing a hint of red. The difference lies in the duty plate colour, which is more reddish and less purple, being a very close match to Gibbons dull claret.
Again, I have no used examples, and only the two mint examples shown above.
Once again, I have no used examples and only the single mint example shown here.
The frame plate colour of this printing is a deep version of Gibbons's reddish lilac, while the duty plate colour is closest to Gibbons's purple, but is just a touch duller.
Again I have no used examples. One of the two mint examples shown here has a specimen overprint, which does suggest that the specimen overprints continued to be distributed well after the stamps were first issued.
I checked my examples of the 6d green and 6d sage green from the earlier issues, and did not come across this flaw on any of them, which suggests that it may have originated on this issue only.
The frame plate colour of this printing is somewhat problematic. It is the same intensity as the reddish lilac, but is way too dull to be a match. At the same time, the shade is quite reddish. I compared it to the dull purple and found that it is a much closer match, but again too reddish to be an exact match. So I would call it dull reddish purple. The duty plate colour is an almost exact match to Gibbons purple.
I have five mint examples and two used ones, both of which are cancelled with barred oval obliterators, though it is difficult to tell if they are 8 or 9 bar. The narrow width and wide spacing of the bars tends to suggest that they might be 9-bar ovals, but it is difficult to be sure.
This group of stamps contains another example of the broken "S", this time with just a nick out of the bottom of the "S". It is the top right stamp in the group above. A close-up scan of the variety is shown below:
I first noticed this flaw on the 6d sage green from the 1882-86 issue, but on that issue the "S" is completely broken at the bottom.
In addition to this flaw, I have found another notable variety that I have only seen on this issue: the "fat bottomed S". Normally the bottom of the "S" is the same width on the top. But on this variety, it is much, much wider. It occurs on the middle stamp in the bottom row above. A close up of the variety is shown below: