St. Kitts-Nevis King George V Definitive Issues
Watermarked Multiple Script CA

Updated - November, 2017

Identifying the St. Kitts-Nevis King George V issues watermarked Multiple Script CA is primarily a matter of determining the watermark, and then sorting sorting the color for some of the issues. If that is not enough of a challenge, you can also look for the watermark varieties of which there are many. The design was used from 1921 until it was replaced with the King George VI set in 1938.
The Tercentenary set was issued in 1923 which also affected the use of these stamps.

If you have trouble determining the watermarks, try looking at them face down against black paper. The stamps watermarked Multiple Crown CA will have sans serif letters with a crown that is narrow and straight edged. The Multiple Script CA watermark has cursive letters and a crown that is more rounded. See the images of the two watermarks below for reference. They are shown as normally seen from the back. All of the stamps in this article are on paper watermarked Multiple Script CA. The stamps were printed with the watermark sideways. The Stanley Gibbons catalogue indicates that the stamps were printed with the watermark showing the Crown to the left of CA. There is a listed watermark variety for the 6d issue, but they could possibly exist for other values. The three images below shows the way the watermark should appear when viewed with the stamp placed face down. There was no stamp printed on paper with the watermark upright, but it is shown so you can see how the image shifts as it is placed with the sideways to the right and to the left.

Once you have determined the watermark, the next step is to sort the surface and for some the paper colors. Color shades can be difficult to sort, especially when you only have a couple of stamps to compare. They typically occur when the stamps are printed after the initial printing. Today we have computer color matching, but during this time it was done by hand with components that might differ from the original ink formula. I like to place the stamps against black and then white paper and view them under a strong light. You really need to look at the back of the stamps to see the paper colors clearly. Please see these web site to view the various King George V era 3d yellow and 5/ yellow backs. The images shown attempt to show the colors, but they do not show them as well as viewing the stamps in person. So use the images as relative indicators.

Once you have determined the watermark and the colors, the next step for the 2-1/2d Ultramarine values is to sort them between ordinary and chalk paper. The initial stamps were printed on ordinary paper. The later issues were printed on chalk coated paper. Although a silver coin will draw a line when rubbed gently against most chalk paper, you can also rub your finger across the face of the stamp. It will slide easily over the chalk coated paper, and will feel like it is catching against the ordinary paper. Another test is the quality of the impression. The chalk treatment was used to insure a better quality printing. For the record, the term chalk is not scientifically accurate, but it is the term that has been used in the catalogs.

Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, definitive sets in the early 1900's were issued very conservatively. I do not have the print quantities for the higher values, but I would expect that about 30,000 of he higher values were printed. Please feel free to add this information if you have it.

The catalog numbers are from the 1980 Commonwealth Five Reigns Catalogue (CW), 2013 Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue (SG) and the 2011 Scott catalog (ST). Some of the catalogues show these issues in different order than you will see them here. The description and print quantities are from the Commonwealth Catalogue. Please contact Bridger & Kay to obtain a copy of this publication. You can access the other publishers using the "Links to British Colonial Stamp Sites" at the bottom of this page.

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Watermark Multiple Crown CA
Crown to the Right of CA
Watermark Multiple Crown CA
Watermark Multiple Crown CA
Crown to the Left of CA
The normal watermark is sideways with crown to the left of CA on all stamps.
CW G16 - SG 37 - ST 37
1/2d Blue-Green
CW G16a - SG 37 - ST 37
1/2d Deep Blue-Green
CW G16b - SG 37 - ST 37
1/2d Dull Blue-Green
CW G16c - SG 37a - ST 37
1/2d Yellow-Green
CW G17 - SG 38 - ST 38
1d Rose-Carmine
CW G17a - SG 38 - ST 38
1d Rose-Red
CW G18 - SG 39 - ST 39
1d Deep Violet
CW G18a - SG 39a - ST 39
1d Dull Violet
CW G18b - SG 39 - ST 39
1d Bright Mauve
CW G19 - SG 40 - ST 40
1-1/2d Rose-Red
CW G19a - SG 40 - ST 40
1-1/2d Carmine-Red
CW G20 - SG 40a - ST 41
1-1/2d Red-Brown
CW G21 - SG 41 - ST 42
2d Grey
CW G21a - SG 41 - ST 42
2d Slate-Grey
CW G22 - SG 42 - ST 43
2-1/2d Pale Bright Blue
CW G22a - SG 44 - ST 43
2-1/2d Ultramarine
Ordinary Paper
CW G22b - SG 44 - ST 43
2-1/2d Ultramarine
Chalk Paper
CW G23 - SG 43 - ST 44
2-1/2d Brown
CW G24 - SG 45 - ST 45
3d Dull Ultramarine
CW G24a - SG 45 - ST 45
3d Bright Ultramarine
CW G25 - SG 45a - ST 46
3d Deep Purple
Golden Yellow Paper
CW G25a - SG 45a - ST 46
3d Purple
Yellow Paper
CW G25b - SG 45a - ST 46
3d Purple
Pale Yellow Paper
CW G26 - SG 46 - ST 47
6d Dull Purple & Bright Purple
CW G27 - SG 46b - ST 48
1/ Black
Emerald Paper
CW G28 - SG 47 - ST 49
2/ Purple & Blue
Blue Paper
CW G29 - SG 47a - ST 50
2/6 Black & Red
Blue Paper
  CW G30 - SG 47b - ST 51
5/ Green & Red
Lemon Paper
CW G30a - SG 47b - ST 51
5/ Green & Red
Pale Yellow Paper

This article was written to help you identify your stamps.
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