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Great Britain 1887-92 issue, Scott's cat. # 114 used. This 2½p violet on blue stamp depicts the bust of Queen Victoria. This stamp has great margins, good centering, a nice CDS cancel, from St. Austell, and is without defects.
Note: Altho the lower right corner appears to be missing, it isn't but is blackened by the cancel and next to the black surround seems to disappear.
St. Austell, Cornwall, England, Great Britain (St. Austell, Cornwall, is located in the western tip of southern England.)
St Austell (Cornish: Austol) is a civil parish and major town in Cornwall, England, UK. It is situated on the south coast approximately 10 miles south of Bodmin and 30 miles west of the border with Devon.
Not long after William Cookworthy discovered china clay in Tregonning, the same mineral was found in greater quantity in the hills north of St Austell town. Clay mining soon took over from tin and copper mining as the principal industry in the area, and this eventually contributed enormously to the growth of the town. The clay industry really only came into its own during the mid 19th to early 20th century, at a time when the falling prices of tin and other metals forced many mines to close down or convert to clay mining.
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