Smith Elder & Co Precancel

Precancels of Great Britain

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Booklet panes.

The Edwardian examples shown below have been described as PreCancellations by Stanley Gibbons, but the term has a slightly different meaning in that case.
Whereas the other pre-cancels on this website were precancelled before use to save time in the delivery process, the Edwardian booklet panes were pre-cancelled to prevent any use.
Since their purpose was to prevent postal use, they are really a form of 'SPECIMEN' stamps.

Initially these were just for the purposes of informing sub-offices and the U.P.U., but later when advertisement pages
started to be inserted, they were also used to supply samples to potential advertisers.


This page is very much a collaborative effort with little more input from me than editorial/publishing.
Thanks go to:
Barry Fitzgerald. for introducing me to this whole subject.
Andrew G Lajer. for kindly providing most of the images.
Paul Ramsay for providing cancellation and other information.

This reunited pair is from a Bonelli's Telegraph booklet.
Perhaps it demonstrates one of the earliest examples.
Bonilli's 3d used booklet stamps
It is an example of the S.G. Type A   St. Andrew's Cross cancel.
6823 Courtesy of  Mike Jackson,     6824 Courtesy of Mark Talbot.

The London District Telegraph Company may well have done something similar.


Booklet pane Precancel Type A. Booklet pane Precancel Type B. Booklet pane Precancel Type C. Booklet pane Precancel Type D.
Type A. Type B. Type C. Type D.


Booklet pane Precancel Type E. Booklet pane Precancel Type F. Booklet pane Precancel Type G. Booklet pane Precancel Type I.
Type E. Type F. Type G. Type I.


Booklet pane Precancel Type Hl. Booklet pane Precancel Type Hm. Booklet pane Precancel Type Hs.
Type H(Large)   24 to 25 mm diam. Type H(Medium)   22 to 23 mm diam. Type H(Small)   20 to 21 mm diam.


Booklet pane Precancel Type I/J. Booklet pane Precancel Type J. Booklet pane Precancel Type K.
Steel Type I/J. Rubber Type J. Rubber Type K.


KEVII Booklet pane. Type A
Type A. Used on booklets (2) to (5).
Image courtesy of Paul Ramsay.


KEVII Booklet pane. Type B
Type B. Used on booklet (6).
Image courtesy of Paul Ramsay.


KEVII Booklet pane. Type C
Type C. Used on booklet (6).
Image courtesy of Paul Ramsay.


KEVII Booklet pane. Type D
Type D. Used on booklet (6).
Image courtesy of Ian Harvey.

According to Stanley Gibbons, booklets also exist cancelled with 'E.C.E' and 'E.C.Q' in the same style.


SG329 Booklet pane. Type E
SG329Wi, 1911 1d die 1b - Type E. (Spec NB3as)
Courtesy of Andrew G Lajer.


KGV Booklet pane. Type F
Type F. Is considered very rare. Used only on booklets BB2, BB7 and BB24.
Image courtesy of Paul Ramsay. See there for an explanation of the last stamp.


SG324 Booklet pane.
April 12, 1912 ½d SG324, die 1b - Type G. (Spec NB1v)
Courtesy of Andrew G Lajer.


SG336 Booklet pane.
Nov 20 , 1912 1d SG336. (Type H-small. Spec NB5at)
Courtesy of Andrew G Lajer.


Booklet pane - Type H (25mm).
Mar 7 , 1914 (Type H-large).
Image courtesy of Ian Harvey.


Some of the booklets have punch-holes through them, but this does not significantly affect the price.
KGV Booklet pane. Type F
SG351 Booklet pane.
26 Feb , 1916 ½d SG351. (Type I. Spec NB6y)
Images courtesy of Andrew G Lajer.

Some of the booklets have punch-holes through them, but this does not significantly affect the price.


KGV Booklet pane. Type I/J
13 Sept. 1924 ½d Type I/J.
Image courtesy of Ian Harvey.


SG420 Booklet pane.
24 Nov, 1928 1d SG420. (Type K in violet. NB14aza. Spec N35m)
Courtesy of Andrew G Lajer.

Types J and K were rubber obliterators whereas the others were steel.
Types J and K are usually in violet and usually smudged to some degree.


Barry Fitzgerald says of these booklet panes "These are fully explained in the SG Vol.2
They were in voucher booklets sent out to potential advertisers and not meant to be used by the public, hence being pre-cancelled.
They were pre-cancelled so that when sent out to potential advertisers,
they could NOT be used by them for postage."

SG420 Booklet pane.
This is normal usage of a complete pane with a London Foreign Section cancel.
It does however show the kind of advertising being done. Image courtesy of Andrew G Lajer.

The Precancelled Booklet panes should have full gum.



For further information and examples of these, see the website of Paul Ramsay.

For the record, Paul Ramsay who supplied many of the images above and co-authored the GB Post Office Telegraphs book,
has three other sites :



Comments, criticisms, information or suggestions are always welcome.


Please include the word 'Precancels' in the subject.


Last updated 2nd. March 2023

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