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1. Bavaria.

I. Private Telegraph Stamps.

German watermarks


1870 (1 January) Typographed on vertically laid white paper. White areas embossed. Watermark W1, Perf. 11
Watermarks taken from pages 118/9 of Hiscocks book.

 

Germany-H1 Germany-H2 Germany-H3 Germany-H4
H1   ½ SGR. H2   1 SGR. H3   7Kr / 25c. H4   14Kr / 50c.
Images courtesy of Andrew Higson.

 

 

Germany-H5 Germany-H6 Germany-H7 Germany-H8
H5   28Kr / 1Fr. H6   1F.24Kr / 3Fr. H7   4F.40Kr / 10Fr. H8   23F.20Kr / 50Fr.
Images courtesy of Andrew Higson. Image courtesy of Paul & Les Bottomley.

 

Germany-H5 used Germany-H5 used
H5   28Kr / 1Fr. Used H6   1F.24Kr / 3Fr. Used
Images courtesy of Andrew Higson.

 

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H1 ½SGR black (1.2.72) (320,000) 90.00 100.00
H1a         imperf - -
H2 1 SGR black (1.2.72) (3,024,000) 120.00 125.00
H2a         imperf - -
H2b         on bluish paper 150.00 160.00
H3 7Kr — 25c purple (1,300,000) 140.00 110.00
H3a         imperf - -
H4 14Kr — 50c pale blue (3,360,000) 300.00 150.00
H4a         imperf - -
H5 28Kr — 1Fr greyish green (2,758,400) 450.00 250.00
H5a         imperf - -
H6 1Fl 24Kr — 3Fr orange (265,600) 1200.00 900.00
H6a         imperf - -
H7 4Fl 40Kr — 10Fr carmine (13,800) 1800.00 1800.00
H7a         imperf - -
H8 23Fl 2Kr — 50Fr grey (3,200) 3000.00 3000.00
H8a         imperf - -

Quantities printed added in brackets. H8 is shown here as equal value to H7, but in reality is much scarcer.
The Specialized Michel German catalogue (part 1, 2014) is the source of these quantities, and also states
that the top two values were not officially released to the public, but only used internally by officials.
H1 and H2 are often given the same value in catalogues. However I have 3 examples of H1 and have not even seen H2 for sale.

Hiscocks added the following 5 notes:

Note 1. Used values are normally cancelled by punch.
Note 2. Imperforate specimens of all values have been reported but there is not sufficient information to set prices.
                They were reportedly issued some months before the perforates.
Note 3. The sheet consisted of two panes of 16 (4 x 4) with a gutter strip between them. Gutter pairs are very rare.
Note 4. Reprints of No. 5 are known. See note below No. 25.
Note 5. Colour trials of No. 5 are known in purple, orange, carmine and grey — the issued colours of
                Nos. 3, 6, 7 and 8. All are imperforate.

 

Germany-H2 proof Germany-H7 proof Germany-H8 proof ?
H2 proof with embossing.   1 SGR. H7 proof with embossing.  4F.40Kr / 10Fr. H8 proof? with embossing.  23F.20Kr / 50Fr.
These are presumably proofs, but the first and last are in the issued colours, so if cut down they could easily be confused with the imperf items listed by Hiscocks. (See his notes 2 & 5 above)
Proofs would not be expected to have watermarks though.  See also the 1992 souvenir sheets below   -   Images courtesy of Andrew Higson.

 

Reprints (front and back, see Note 4 above).

Reprints - front

Reprints - back

The Telephone stamp watermark (W3 below) can clearly be seen. Images courtesy of Andrew Higson.

 

1992 Souvenir sheets.
Two types of Exhibition sheets were produced in 1992 for a Philatelic Exhibition of October 1992 in Passau, Bavaria.
One is on thin white paper with printed embossing and the word 'Faksimile' undereneath and nothing on the back.
The other is on thick cream paper genuinely embossed from the original die without 'Faksimile', with a write-up on the back.
Both are printed in black rather than the issued grey colour. Beware of 'modified' versions sold as originals !

The images below are half size for the front an quarter size for the back.
They come courtesy of Andrew Higson.

1992 Souvenir sheet - front 1992 Souvenir sheet - back

 

1992 Souvenir sheet - front 1992 Souvenir sheet - back

 

 


 

1876 (1 January) Same design, but currency changed to 100 Pfennig = 1 Mark. laid paper. Perf. 11

Germany H9 Germany H12 Germany H14
H9   courtesy of Andrew Higson. H12   courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk H14   courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk

Proofs also exist of a 5 Pfennig value that was not issued.

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H9 10Pfg pale bluish grey 50.00 50.00
H9a         without watermark 100.00 100.00
H10 20Pfg purple 85.00 85.00
H10a         without watermark 170.00 170.00
H11 25Pfg carmine 120.00 120.00
H11a         without watermark 240.00 240.00
H12 40Pfg blue 85.00 85.00
H12a         without watermark 170.00 170.00
H13 1M yellow 120.00 120.00
H13a         without watermark 240.00 240.00
H14 2M light brown 110.00 110.00
H14a         without watermark 220.00 220.00
H15 4M orange 110.00 110.00
H15a         without watermark 220.00 220.00

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. There would seem to be some doubt whether Nos. 13 and 15 were in fact issued.
Note 2. The unwatermarked varieties derive from the printing of larger sheets (2 panes of 4 x 5) onto the
                old paper resulting in one (the bottom) row missing the watermark. Watermarked and unwatermarked
                varieties thus occur in the ratio 4:1.
Note 3. Gutter pairs again exist for all values — both watermarked and unwatermarked — and are again
                very rare.

 


 

1876 (21 January ?) Same design, but on laid paper of watermark W2. Perf. 11

Bavaria H16 Bavaria H17 Bavaria H18 Bavaria H19 Bavaria H20
H16 H17 H18 H19 H20
Last 1876 series, courtesy of Andrew Higson.

 

Bavaria H21 Bavaria H22 Bavaria H23 Bavaria H24 Bavaria H25
H21 H22 H23 H24 H25
Last 1876 series, courtesy of Andrew Higson.

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H16 10Pfg bluish grey 0.45 2.25
H16a         yellowish grey 3.00 4.50
H17 20Pfg purple (shades) 0.60 2.25
H18 25Pfg scarlet (shades) 0.90 3.00
H18a         join in paper - -
H19 40Pfg blue (shades) 0.90 3.00
H20 80Pfg yellowish green 0.90 3.00
H20a         join in paper - -
H21 1M yellow 2.00 4.50
H22 2M brown 4.50 9.00
H23 4M orange 15.00 30.00
H24 10M silver-grey 120.00 225.00
H25 20M gold 60.00 400.00

 

Used examples are relatively scarce.

Bavaria H18 used Bavaria H22 used Bavaria H22 used
H18 used H22 used H25 used (also illustrated by J.Barefoot)
Used examples of the last 1876 series, courtesy of Andrew Higson.

 

Bavaria H22 used
Two shades of the 1 Mark used, courtesy of Andrew Higson.

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. The very few used copies I have seen have been cancelled with handstamped numbers which could
                be part of the date.
Note 2. Imperforate reprints of No. 17 are known. They are on laid paper watermarked with parallel wavy lines
                (W3 of telephone stamps) and have "Nachdruck" on the reverse. [shown below]
Note 3. The use of telegraph stamps in Bavaria ceased on 31 December 1880.

My Note: I do not knw what Hiscocks meant by 'join in paper' (H18a and H20a)
As he noted for the earlier two series, there are also gutter pairs for the last series.

 

Gutter-pairs (Courtesy of Andrew Higson).

Gutter-pairs
Gutter-pairs
3 pairs showing very different shades of the 10pf. The top 2 were scanned together.

Gutter-pairs
Gutter-pairs
Gutter-pairs

Gutter-pairs
Gutter pairs exist because the sheets had two panes of 20 stamps like the pane below (note the perforations on the right-hand side):


pane of 20
Image courtesy of Andrew Higson

 

 

Reprints (front and back, see Note 2 above).

Reprints - front

Reprints - back

The Telephone stamp watermark (W3 below) can clearly be seen. Images courtesy of Andrew Higson.

 

 

II. Telephone Stamps.

A. Private Telephone Stamps.

1883 (5 November) Lithographed in black on coloured papers as indicated.
Town indicated at top. Control number in black or red. Perf. 12½.
Munich-10pf Hiscocks book page 120 Munich-1Mk
Type 1 taken from Wikimedia Commons.

1 Augsburg

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H1 10Pfg black / rose (1.7.86) 350.00 350.00
H1a         control in red 350.00 350.00
H2 25Pfg black / brown (1.7.86) 350.00 350.00
H2a         control in red 350.00 350.00
H3 50Pfg black / pale brown (Date ?) 350.00 350.00
H4 1M black / violet (red control) (1.12.86) 350.00 350.00


3 Bayrischzell-Wendelsteinhaus

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H9 10Pfg black / rose (Date ?) 350.00 350.00
H9a         control in red 350.00 350.00
H10 25Pfg black / brown (Date ?) 350.00 350.00
H10a         control in red 350.00 350.00
H11 50Pfg black / pale brown (1.8.87) 350.00 350.00
H12 1M black / violet (red control) (Date ?) 350.00 350.00


5 Hof a.d. Saale

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H17 10Pfg black / rose (1.3.90) 400.00 400.00
H17a         control in red 400.00 400.00
H18 25Pfg black / brown (1.3.90) 400.00 400.00
H18a         control in red 400.00 400.00
H19 50Pfg black / pale brown (Date ?) 400.00 400.00
H20 1M black / violet (red control) (Date ?) 400.00 400.00


7 Ludwigshafen am Rhein

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H25 10Pfg black / rose (1.12.87) 350.00 350.00
H25a         control in red - -
H26 25Pfg black / brown (1.12.87) 350.00 350.00
H26a         control in red - -
H27 50Pfg black / pale brown (1.9.84) 300.00 300.00
H28 1M black / violet (red control) (Date ?) 350.00 350.00


9 Nürnberg

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H33 10Pfg black / rose (1.12.85) 250.00 250.00
H33a         control in red 250.00 250.00
H34 25Pfg black / brown (1.12.85) 250.00 250.00
H34a         control in red 250.00 250.00
H35 50Pfg black / pale brown (1.12.85) 250.00 250.00
H36 1M black / violet (red control) (1.12.86) 250.00 250.00

2 Bamberg

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H5 10Pfg black / rose (1.12.86) 350.00 350.00
H5a         control in red 350.00 350.00
H6 25Pfg black / brown (1.11.86) 350.00 350.00
H6a         control in red 350.00 350.00
H7 50Pfg black / pale brown (Date ?) 350.00 350.00
H8 1M black / violet (red control) (1.12.86) 350.00 350.00


4 Fürth Bayern

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H13 10Pfg black / rose (1.12.85) 350.00 350.00
H13a         control in red 350.00 350.00
H14 25Pfg black / brown (1.12.85) 350.00 350.00
H14a         control in red 350.00 350.00
H15 50Pfg black / pale brown (1.12.85) 350.00 350.00
H16 1M black / violet (red control) (1.12.86) 350.00 350.00


6 Kaiserslautern

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H21 10Pfg black / rose (1.3.90) 400.00 400.00
H21a         control in red 400.00 400.00
H22 25Pfg black / brown (1.3.90) 400.00 400.00
H22a         control in red 400.00 400.00
H23 50Pfg black / pale brown (Date ?) 400.00 400.00
H24 1M black / violet (red control) (Date ?) 400.00 400.00


8 München

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H29 10Pfg black / rose (5.11.83) 250.00 250.00
H29a         control in red 250.00 250.00
H30 25Pfg black / brown (5.11.83) 250.00 250.00
H30a         control in red 250.00 250.00
H31 50Pfg black / pale brown (Date ?) 250.00 250.00
H32 1M black / violet (red control) (1.12.86) 300.00 300.00


10 Tegernsee-Hirschberghaus

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H37 10Pfg black / rose (Date ?) 350.00 350.00
H37a         control in red 350.00 350.00
H38 25Pfg black / brown (Date ?) 350.00 350.00
H38a         control in red 350.00 350.00
H39 50Pfg black / pale brown (1.9.90) 400.00 400.00
H40 1M black / violet (red control) (Date ?) 350.00 350.00


11 Würzenburg

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H41 10Pfg black / rose (1.12.87) 350.00 350.00
H41a         control in red 350.00 350.00
H42 25Pfg black / brown (1.12.87) 350.00 350.00
H42a         control in red 350.00 350.00
H43 50Pfg black / pale brown (Date ?) 350.00 350.00
H44 1M black / violet (red control) (1.12.87) 350.00 350.00

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. It is not absolutely clear from the source from which the above information was
                taken whether those values for which the date of issue (in brackets) is unknown
                do in fact exist. Pending further information I have assumed they do.
Note 2. All references I have found to these stamps describe them as rare but give no
                information on which a realistic price might be based.
                Those given above are largely guesswork.


B. State Telephone Stamps.

1891 (1 January) Typographed on pink laid paper, watermarked W3. Imperf.
Hiscocks book page 122
taken from pages 122 of Hiscocks book and coloured approximately.

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H45 10Pfg black / pink 30.00 20.00
H45a         perf. 11½ on left 30.00 20.00
H46 25Pfg black / pink 60.00 40.00
H43 50Pfg black / pink 60.00 40.00
H44 1M black / pink 80.00 60.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. A 20Pfg value exists in the German Postal Museum. It was not apparently issued.

1893 As above but on white paper. No watermark. Imperf.

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H49 10Pfg black 30.00 30.00
H50 25Pfg black 60.00 30.00
H51 50Pfg black 60.00 60.00
H52 1M black 120.00 60.00

 

1894 Design as above but wording changed from "von 5 Minuten" to "von 3 bezw. 5 Minuten"
White paper. No watermark. Perf. 11½. Printed in sheets of 10 with 5 rows of 2.

Bavaria H54
Bavaria Type 3   (H54)
  Telephone Stamps

From Wikimedia Commons showing full sheet.

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H53 10Pfg black 40.00 25.00
H53a         perf. only on left 40.00 25.00
H54 25Pfg black 40.00 25.00
H55 50Pfg black 40.00 25.00
H56 1M black 80.00 50.00

 

1894 As above but on yellow to yellow-buff wove paper.
Watermark W3. Perf. 11½.

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H57 10Pfg black / yellow to yellow-buff 25.00 12.00
H58 20Pfg black / yellow to yellow-buff 45.00 30.00
H59 25Pfg black / yellow to yellow-buff 25.00 15.00
H59a         imperf. on right 50.00 30.00
H60 50Pfg black / yellow to yellow-buff 25.00 15.00
H61 1M black / yellow to yellow-buff 50.00 30.00
H61a         on yellow 75.00 45.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The use of telephone stamps ceased in 1908 and
                remaining copies were called in.
  Bavaria H61
Bavaria H61 back
The 1 Mark has a larger stamp image. Backs of higher face vales are sometimes signed. Note the embossing.

 

 

2. North German Confederation.

Following the Austro-Prussian war, a series of treaties, beginning in August 1866, between Prussia and
other North German States led to the creation of the North German Confederation in July 1867.
Initially Prussian postage stamps were used for telegraphic purposes.
Postage stamps of the North German Confederation became available on 1 January 1868.
I presume that they were then used for telegraphic purposes.

 

1869 (1 August) Typographed on white wove paper. No watermark, values overprinted in black. Perf. 13½ x 14½

North German Confederation H1 North German Confederation H2 North German Confederation H3 North German Confederation H4
H1 - ½ Groschen H2 - courtesy of Andrew Higson. H3 - 2½ Groschen H4 - courtesy of Andrew Higson.

 

North German Confederation H5 North German Confederation H6 North German Confederation H7 North German Confederation H8
H5 - 5 Groschen H6 - courtesy of Andrew Higson. H7 - 10 Groschen H8 - courtesy of Mustafa Kocabasi.

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H1 ½Gr blue to grey-blue and black 45.00 22.50
H2 1¼Gr blue to grey-blue and black 225.00 135.00
H3 2½Gr blue to grey-blue and black 40.00 15.00
H4 4Gr blue to grey-blue and black 50.00 55.00
H5 5Gr blue to grey-blue and black 35.00 10.00
H6 8Gr blue to grey-blue and black 100.00 110.00
H7 10Gr blue to grey-blue and black 55.00 10.00
H7a         inverted value 400.00 -
H8 30Gr blue to grey-blue and black 200.00 125.00

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. Cancellations are usually penstrokes in red and in black — usually both colours on each used stamp.
Note 2. It is easy to confuse these stamps with those of the German Empire which are of very similar design and
                colours. The word 'GROSCHEN' is in white on Confederation stamps and in black on Empire stamps.

 

 

3. Prussia.

1864 (15 June) Typographed on white or bluish wove paper. No watermark, rouletted.
These were used at the Berlin Stock Exchange.

Prussia H1 Prussia H2 fake Prussia H3
H1 - courtesy of Andrew Higson. H2 fake - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht. H3 - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

 

Prussia H4 Prussia H5 Prussia H6
H4 - courtesy of Andrew Higson. H5 - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht. H6 - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

Did you notice the fake? This is to the same scale as the others. It was sold, along with the rest of the set, in a 'Buy it Now' on the internet.
There is a growing cottage industry churning out 'facsimilies', 'reprints' and 'reproductions' for sale on the internet. Some are passed off as genuine.
John Barefoot warns with these "Beware of modern litho or photocopy reproductions". Good advice, but how do you tell from an image (often strangely blurry) on the internet ?
Blurriness can certainly be a clue about having something to hide, but check perforations (these should show rouletting),
paper (modern productions are usually on modern, very white paper), as well as history of the seller.
The 15Sgr, H6 here shows part of the stamp below, this gives an idea of the spacing.

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H1 2½Sgr brownish to greyish black (1.10.67)   500.00 700.00
H1a         bluish paper (1868?) 500.00 700.00
H2 5Sgr brownish to greyish black (1.10.67) 1200.00 1650.00
H2a         bluish paper (1868?) 1200.00 1650.00
H3 8Sgr brownish to greyish black 550.00 750.00
H3a         bluish paper (1868?) 550.00 750.00
H4 10Sgr brownish to greyish black 550.00 750.00
H4a         bluish paper (1868?) 550.00 750.00
H5 12Sgr brownish to greyish black 550.00 750.00
H5a         bluish paper (1868?) 550.00 750.00
H6 15Sgr brownish to greyish black 1100.00 1200.00
H6a         bluish paper (1868?) 1100.00 1200.00

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. Use of these stamps ceased on 31 July 1869.
Note 2. Cancellation was by a 'T' shaped punch.

My note: According to Yvert et Tellier, Prussian stamps were replaced by those of the North German Confederation on 1/1/1868.
However, they were not available until 1st August 1869.
According to John Barefoot, Prussian postage stamps were used for telegraphic purposes at the Berlin Stock Exchange and Head Post Office from 1864 until then.

 

4. Württenberg.

1875 (1 January) to 1878 Typographed on white wove paper. No watermark, value overprinted at centre and bottom in black or blue. Rouletted, overall size 21 x 23½mm.
1878 new colours (80pf and 10M), overall size 21 x 23½mm.
1880 larger overall size 22 x 24½mm. These are very rare genuinely used.

Württenberg H1a Württenberg H2 Württenberg H3b Württenberg H4a Württenberg H4a
5 pf — H1a 10 pf — H2a,
Courtesy of Andrew Higson.
20 pf — H3b 25 pf — H4a Unissued 35 pf — H5,
Courtesy of Andrew Higson.

 

Württenberg H6 Württenberg H7 Württenberg H7a Württenberg H8
40 pf — H6 50 pfennig — H7 50 pfennig — H7a 80 pfennig — H8, Courtesy of Peter Grözinger.
(Click image for listing.)

 

Württenberg H8b Württenberg H9 Württenberg H12 Württenberg H12a
80 pfennig — H8b 1 Mk — H9 10 Mk — H12a Courtesy of Andrew Higson. 10 Mk — H12a

*John Barefoot refers to a last issue of 1880 as seeing little use and being slightly larger . He quotes the earlier ones as 21 x 23½mm
and the later ones as 22 x 24½mm. Be aware that this is the overall dimensions of the stamps across the rouletting.
The dimensions of the design appear to be all about 19.3 x 22.3mm. I have incorporated these into the table below.

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H1 5 Pfg greenish greyand black (1.3.76) 85.00 30.00
*H1a         1880, 22 x 24½mm. 10.00 -
H2 10 Pfg ultramarine and black (1.3.76) 130.00 30.00
*H2a         1880, 22 x 24½mm. 12.00 -
H3 20 Pfg brown-red and black (1.1.75) 750.00 600.00
H3a         grey-brown and black 65.00 30.00
*H3b         1880, 22 x 24½mm. 15.00 -
H4 25 Pfg lilac and black (1.1.75) 65.00 30.00
*H4a         1880, 22 x 24½mm. 10.00 -
H5 35 Pfg yellow-green and black (1.2.75, not issued)   600.00 -
H6 40 Pfg yellow-brown and black (1.1.75) 65.00 30.00
*H6a         1880, 22 x 24½mm. 12.00 -
H7 50 Pfg rose and black (1.1.75) 40.00 25.00
*H7a         1880, 22 x 24½mm. 10.00 -
H8 80 Pfg ultramarine and black (1.1.75) 600.00 400.00
H8a         light green and black (August 1878) 300.00 60.00
*H8b         1880 light green and black , 22 x 24½mm. 10.00 -
H9 1M green and blue (1.1.75) 50.00 30.00
H9a         '1' missing in bottom left corner 80.00 100.00
*H9b         1880, 22 x 24½mm. 10.00 -
H10 2M yellow and blue (1.1.75) 600.00 500.00
H10a         orange and blue (1876 ?) 50.00 50.00
H11 4M dull blue and blue (1.1.75) 120.00 100.00
H11a         grey and blue (1878) 120.00 100.00
H12 10M vermilion and blue (1.1.75) 240.00 200.00
H12a         salmon and blue (1878) 120.00 100.00
Wurttemberg_Telegraph_stamps
Image from Wikimedia Commons showing part set.

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. Cancellation was with handstamps, often with an additional crayon or pen stroke. The most common
                handstamps consist of ovals about 2cm long containing the town, e.g. Stuttgart, above and the word
                'TELEGRAPH' below.
Note 2. The 35 Pfg value (No. 5) was not in fact issued and the 'used' copies reported from time to time are
                fraudulent.
Note 3. I have seen No. 9(a) described as missing the '1' from the bottom right corner. It is not clear whether
                this was mistaken or whether both varieties exist. I have assumed the former.

 

After these were discontinued, normal postage stamps were used:

Telegraphic use of 30pf Telegraphic use of 50pf Telegraphic use of Scott #71 Telegraphic use of 5Mk
30pf — Courtesy of Andrew Higson. 50pf — Courtesy of Andrew Higson. 2 Mk — Courtesy of Peter Grözinger. 5 Mk — Courtesy of Andrew Higson.

The German Michel catalogue refers to the crayon marks on telegraphically used 30pf, a similar 40pf, the 2Mk and 5Mk above (MiNr. 61, 62, 53, 54) as
"telegraphische Entwertung" (telegraphic devaluation) and warns "Vorsicht vor nachträglicher Entfernung dieser Striche!" (Beware subsequent removal of these lines!).

 

 

5. German Empire.

1872 Typographed on white wove paper. No watermark, value and currency overprinted in black. Perf. 13½ x 14½

German Empire H1 German Empire H2 German Empire H3 German Empire H4
H1 - ½ Groschen H2 - 1¼ Groschen
Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.
H3 - 2½ Groschen H4 - 4 Groschen

 

German Empire H5 German Empire H6 German Empire H7 German Empire H8
H5 - 5 Groschen H6 - 8 Groschen H7 - 10 Groschen H8 - 30 Groschen

As can be seen, these are usually pen-cancelled, however small towns used postal cancels, generally dated 1875.
Postal cancel-1  Postal cancel-2  Postal cancel-3  Postal cancel-4
Steve Hiscocks said that these stamps were also used postally, but according to the Michel catalogue, these (and the following) stamps are not known on cover.
They are worth 3 or 4 times the pen-cancelled prices. Examples courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H1 ½Gr blue (shades) and black 16.00 4.00
H2 1¼Gr blue (shades) and black 30.00 10.00
H3 2½Gr blue (shades) and black 12.00 2.00
H4 4Gr blue (shades) and black 12.00 4.00
H5 5Gr blue (shades) and black 10.00 1.50
H6 8Gr blue (shades) and black 16.00 8.00
H7 10Gr blue (shades) and black 12.00 1.50
H8 30Gr blue (shades) and black 30.00 12.00

See also the notes below.

 

1875 As above but currency altered to Pfennige and Marks. Value and overprints in red on Mark values.

German Empire H9 German Empire H10 German Empire H11 German Empire H12 German Empire H13
H9 - 3 Pfennige H10 - 5 Pfennige H11 - 10 Pfennige H12 - 25 Pfennige H13 - 40 Pfennige

 

German Empire H14 German Empire H15 German Empire H16 German Empire H17 German Empire H18
H14 - 50 Pfennige H15 - 80 Pfennige H16 - 1 Mark H17 - 2 Mark H18 - 3 Mark

As with the 1872 issue, small towns used postal cancels. Again these were generally dated 1875.
Postal cancel-5  Postal cancel-6  Postal cancel-7  Postal cancel-8
This issue was abolished in 1876, but I haven't seen a definite date. I think that existing stocks were simply used up without replacement as later dates can be found.
The 50 pfennige above is dated 1879. Examples again courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H9 3 Pfg blue (shades) and black 16.00 3.00
H10 5 Pfg blue (shades) and black 4.00 1.50
H11 10 Pfg blue (shades) and black 5.00 1.50
H12 25 Pfg blue (shades) and black 5.00 0.60
H13 40 Pfg blue (shades) and black 8.00 2.00
H14 50 Pfg blue (shades) and black 4.00 0.50
H15 80 Pfg blue (shades) and black 10.00 1.50
H16 1M blue (shades) and red 4.00 1.20
H17 2M blue (shades) and red 8.00 2.00
H17a         'I' for 'K' in 'MARK' 30.00 20.00
H18 3M blue (shades) and red 30.00 8.00

These seem prone to damaged lettering.

German Empire H9a German Empire H11a German Empire H11b German Empire H12a German Empire H17a
H9 - 3 Pfennige with doubled letters. H11 - 10 Pfennige with damaged last 'E'. H11 - 10 Pfennige with 'F' for last 'E'. H12 - 25 Pfennige with 'T' for 'I'. H17 - 2 Mark, this is H17a listed by Hiscocks.

Apart from the last, I do not know if these are constant varieties.
It seems likely that there are similar varieties with the earlier 1872 Groschen series.
These examples are coutesy of Rolf Lamprecht.
I would like to hear from anyone with these or other examples of damaged lettering.

 

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. The above issues are very similar to those of the North German Confederation (q.v.) at first sight and care
                should be taken.
Note 2. Both of the above issues were also used for postal purposes and may be found with normal postal c.d.s.
                cancellations. Telegraphic cancellations normally consist of pen strokes or crosses in both black and red
                on each stamp. Used prices above are for telegraphically used specimens and postally used are normally
                priced at about 3 x the above prices in catalogues covering postage stamps.

 

German Empire H1
H14 — courtesy of Mustafa Kocabasi.
This has a variety in the top-left corner.

The H14 shown above has what looks like '42' diagonally across the top-left corner.
Does anyone know anything about this?

 

Telegraphic use of postage stamps.

There are a number of recognisably telegraphic cancels that were subsequently used.
Telegraphic use of postage stamps  Telegraphic use of postage stamps  Telegraphic use of postage stamps
Berlin,C / T. A. 2. appears to be a roller cancel for central Berlin. I presume there is also a T. A. 1. at least.
Telegraphic use of postage stamps  Telegraphic use of postage stamps
These seem to span from the 1890's to 1902 or so. Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

Berlin, West (I presume) of 1910. H. T. A. I take to be Haupt Telegraphen Amt or Main Telegraph Office.
Berlin West  Berlin West
Image courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht, together with my attempt at a rendition of the cancel.

Bremen Telegraph Office of 1902.
Bremen-1902
Görlitz Telegraph Office of 1916.
Berlin West  Berlin West
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

 

Stuttgart Telegraph cancels
Telegraphic use of German stamps
Courtesy of Andrew Higson.

 

Punched German postage stamps of Bergen, Vogtland. 1914.
Punched German stamps

I initially thought that these were telegraphic, but apparently 'Paketkartens' parcel receipt with high value stamps were treated like this.

 

Telegraphendirektion Warschau cancels on 'Russisch-Polen' overprinted stamps for use in Russian Poland from 12 May 1915.
Russisch-Polen
Image courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

 

El. - Telegr. - Dir.
Briefstempel
4. Armee

ETD-1  ETD-2
1915 - 1918 ??? - Image courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

 

S. B.
Telegraphendirektion
für 7. Armee

SB-1
Image courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht who says this is for Belgium Etappengebiet West (Staging area West).

 

 

II. Telephone Stamps.

1881(?) On plain pink paper. No watermark. Corners perforated for removal in use. No controls.
Hiscocks book page 126
taken from pages 126 of Hiscocks book.

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H1 50Pfg black / pink 40.00 30.00
H1a         on "mixed/fibrous" paper 40.00 30.00
H2 75Pfg black / pink 80.00 60.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The illustration is not 2/3 actual size which is reported as 57mm x 40mm. The stamps were in sheets of 12 (3x4).

 

1887(?) New design on white wove paper. No watermark. Corners perforated for removal in use. Controls in black.
Hiscocks book page 126

H4 - Courtesy of Spink and Son.

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H3 25Pfg grey-blue 80.00 60.00
H4 50Pfg rose 80.00 60.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Actual size 47mm x 62mm.

1889 As above but design of German eagle changed (wings hanging down).

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H5 25Pfg light green 80.00 60.00
H6 50Pfg rose 80.00 60.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Nos. 3-6 were issued in sheets of 100 with control numbers 1-100.
                The use of these stamps ceased in 1891.

 

Telegraph Seals.

A range of different seals were used on German telegrams at different times.

This half sized image shows a sample of them.
German Seals

Steve Hiscocks made a start on cataloguing seals of the world in a book he published in 2007.
It was his hope to update it later, but unfortunately that was not to be.
His original book can be viewed at Telegraph Seals: A World Catalogue. There are links from the pages to my updates.

Alternatively you can view the latest page for Germany.

 


If anyone can provide scans to help with this, I am happy to give appropriate credit.

 

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