Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

150th Anniversary of the Crimean War - 12 October 2004

The Crimean War was the first major conflict to be photographed. Roger Fenton is often regarded as the first war photographer, and he travelled to the Crimean under the patronage of Prince Albert. Queen Victoria commissioned Robert Howlett and Joseph Cundall to photograph war vetereans and most of the photographs were taken at Aldershot, and it is their pictures which have been used for the stamps.

Stamps issued by Royal Mail to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Crimean War
2nd class Pte. McNamara, 5th Dragoon Guards.
Horseback assault at the Battle of Balaklava
1st class Piper Muir, 42nd Regiment of Foot
Amphibious raid on Kerch and Yemikale
40p Sgt. Maj. Edwards, Scots Fusilier Guards
Gallant action at the Battle of Inkerman
Stamps issued by Royal Mail to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Crimean War
57p Sgt. Powell, 1st Regiment of Foot Guards
Fought at the Battles of Alma and Inkerman
68p Sgt. Maj. Poole, Sappers and Miners
In front line at the Battle of Inkerman
1.12 Sgt. Glasgow, Royal Artillery
Gun battery besieged Sevastopol


Technical details: The stamps are designed by Atelier Works using photographs taken by Cundall and Howlett, courtesy of the National Army Museum. The stamps are printed by Walsall Security Printers in Lithography, size 30 x 41mm, perforation 14 x 14.
All images except fdcs are taken from Royal Mail's Philatelic Calendar and Postmark Bulletin, and are Copyright 2004 by Royal Mail.


Norvic Exclusive First Day Cover

As usual we have produced exclusive FDCs for this issue, only 15 of each of these covers exists.
NB:
the covers pictured below have postmarks added to the images digitally, and so the postmarks are not to scale.

We have two FDC types with the British stamps price - 8.95 each.  Prices exclude postage and packing.
Norvic first day cover for Crimean War stamps showing Attleborough Crimean War Memorial Norvic first day cover for Crimean War stamps showing Crimea Medal, Victoria Cross and Royal Artillery horseman

We also produced a similar cover with a Balaklava commemorative stamp of Ukraine Post cancelled with a special pictorial postmark commemorating the Siege of Sevastopol (25 September) to which we have added the six GB stamps which are cancelled with postmark M9268 showing the Crimea medal. These are all sold.
Norvic joint GB-Ukraine first day cover for Crimean War stamps with showing Crimea Medal, Victoria Cross and Royal Artillery horseman, cancelled Sevastopol and Balaklava Road Birmingham


Special postmarks available for the Day of Issue are shown here:
The postmarks cannot be obtained after 12 October

Queen Victoria cannon Queen Victoria flag soldiers
Ref FD427
Bureau Official Postmark
Ref FD428
Official FD postmark London SW3
Ref L9253 Crimean War Research Society, London SW1 Ref L9254 150th Anniversary of the Crimean War 1854-1856 National Army Museum Ref L9255
Inkerman Road, London NW5
medals crimea medal Victoria Cross Royal Leicestershire Regiment badge soldier
Ref L9258
The Crimean War, Alma Cut, St Albans
Ref M9268
Balaclava Road, Birmingham
Ref L9257
Hyde Park, London W1 (Victoria Cross)
Ref M9269 Royal Tigers Association (badge of The Royal Leicestershire Regiment) Ref L9256
Inkerman Road, London NW5
Cavalry CWRS Logo Victoria Cross Queen Victoria The Buffs' cap badge
Ref L9261
The Crimean War, Alma Road, London E4
Ref N9272
Crimean War Research Society, Sowerby Bridge
Ref W9277
Victoria Cross Road, Wroughton, Swindon
Ref L9292
London SW1, Crimean War Research Society
Ref L9294
'The Buffs', Canterbury 
soldier soldier soldier 'bomb' text
Ref F9320
Expedition to Kerch 25 May 1855 BFPS 2814
Ref F9318
Fall of Sevastopol 9 Sept 1855 BFPS 2815
Ref F9319 Treaty of Paris 30 March 1856 BFPS 2810 Ref L9293
Lucas Avenue, Harrow, Middlesex
Ref L9300 The Victoria Cross first awarded during the Crimean War, Parkstone, Poole
soldier soldier soldier victoria cross
Ref F9321
Battle of Inkerman 5 Nov 1854 BFPS 2813
Ref F9322
Battle of the Alma 20 Sept 1854 BFPS 2811
Ref F9323
Battle of Balaklava 25 Oct 1854 BFPS 2812
Ref F9316 Crimean War Victoria Cross Awarded to Charles Lucas BFPS2818

This page updated 15 October 2004 [16.1.05]

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