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Great Britain - Royal Silver Wedding (1948) MVLH
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
United Kingdom
Type
Stamp (Complete Set)
Class
Commemorative
Front Inscription
1923-1948
Issued Date
26/04/1948
Designer
G. T. Knipe & Joan Hassall
Printer
Harrison & Sons Limited
Gum
Gum
Watermark
Windsor Crown
Perforation Type
Normal Perforations
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Mint Lightly Hinged - Extra Fine
CATALOG INFORMATION
493
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
494
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
267
Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog
268
Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog
Great Britain - Royal Silver Wedding (1948) MVLH
SC 267 SG 493 2½d Bright Ultramarine 15 x 14
SC 268 SG 494 £1 Deep Chalky Blue 14 x 15

Designed by G. T. Knipe and Joan Hassall based  from photographs by Dorothy Wilding.

Very lightly hinged as the marks are almost invisible.

Royal Wedding

The Duke of York (the future King George VI) and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon were married in Westminster Abbey on 26 April 1923.

Since there had been criticism at the failure of the Post Office to issue stamps for the wedding of Princess Elizabeth in 1947, the Royal Silver Wedding of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1948 was marked by the release of two stamps, a 2½d low value denomination, and a £1 stamp aimed primarily at collectors.

Stamp Design

Original essays for the wedding issue were based on stamp designs which had been developed for the Coronation of King Edward VIII showing famous landmarks with the portraits of the King and Queen as used on their Coronation stamps. Essays were produced on these lines but did not find favour with the King, who referred to a simple portrait approach used by Belgium in 1935.

New designs were developed, the Post Office still preferring landmarks as these might appeal more to the public. The King still favouring portraits, selected designs by Harrisons’ staff artist G. T. Knipe for the 2½d, and by Joan Hassall for the £1. The stamps were issued on the anniversary, April 26, 1948.
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