1858 Perkins Bacon archive cancellation proof sheet with oval numerals A01 to A15 including Demerara “A03” and Berbice “A04”, as well as numerals for other BWI islands including Jamaica, Antigua, Grenada, Bahamas, Honduras, Dominica, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Tortola and Tobago, all struck in red, four horizontal folds (two passing through strikes of Dominica and St. Lucia, not detracting from the spectacularity of this exhibition item; one of only two recorded examples of this proof sheet, an important British West Indies and G.B. Used Abroad showpiece.
Note: The actual obliterators were sent out in April 1858, and were used from June. Two varying types exist of each, with larger and smaller numerals. After April 1860 they were often used to cancel British Guiana stamps.
Provenance: John E. du Pont