Sierra Leone #23/31 (SG#28/34) 1d Carmine - 1/- Red Brown, Queen Victoria, 1884-1891 Keyplate Issue, Perf. 14, Watermarked Crown CA, Six Fine Used Stamps

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Six fine used stamps from the 1884-1891 Queen Victoria Keyplate Crown CA issue perf. 14. 

On these early keyplates the numeral grid cancels were the predominant cancelling device until CDS's appear in the mid to late 1890's. So those types of cancels do not detract significantly on these issues. 

Gibbons lists these stamps in fine for 42.50 pounds (approx. $85). The stamps offered here grade 68, 73, 80, 69, 68 and 68 as follows:

Centering/Margins 30/60, 40/60, 44/60, 35/60

Paper freshness: 5/5, 2/5, and 0/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 10/10 

Cancellation: 8/10, 6/10