Andrews New Zealand - "Chalons"

​​The New Zealand "Chalons" the first stamps with the plates produced by Perkins Bacon & Co of London with the first stamps being printed in London and shipped out with the plates and paper supplies for further printings in New Zealand. Richardson and then Davies printed stamps over about a 17 year period. These stamps have many variations and for a collector specialising in them they can prove to be quite a challenge to collect. ​With variations in paper, watermarks and colour.  On top of imperfs, trial seperations and perforation varieties.

The 1d is a rich carmine shade, with the 2d blue having a very distinctive greenish tinge while the 1/- was a yellow green. The 2d and 1/- usually have a slightly blued paper appearance due to an interaction between the ink and the paper.

2d Blue London print SG. 2
​​ It is disappointing that there are rouges and thieves out there that are happy to fake or forge some varieties to deceive unsuspecting collectors. I have a seperate page for the " fakes and forgeries" I have collected unsuspectingly  over the years.

I have not concentrated on the mint Chalons 1855- 62 and to date have no imperfs. I have gathered perforated varieties as a consequence of the collecting of my specialist Chalon Collection with my goal to "Complete a full collection of New Zealand Chalons" using both the Campbell Patterson (CP) and Stanley Gibbons (SG) catalogues as my reference.

The SG.1 wil be added when I have it within my personal collection, this may be never but heres hoping that I win Lotto one day.  
So at present the collection starts with my SG.2 and SG.3 printed in London.

2d Blue London print SG. 2