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Bisected Stamps Used for Postage ~ 1860-1941

        On this page you will find 25 postally used bisect stamps (a regular stamp cut in half) on 3 pieces and 22 covers. In the past, bisects were used when there was an increase in the postal rate and not enough stamps at the new rate had been printed to meet the demand or when people had old stamps on hand that didn't meet the new rate. Bisects are quite rare because as soon as there are enough stamps at the new rate to meet the demand, there is no further need for bisects.
          Please order using a full desctiption of each item. Prices are cheap! They're way under dealer and auction prices. All covers will be sent by first class or Priority Mail. You, the buyer, pay only the exact postage (from New Jersey) plus 50c per order for packaging and handling.
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Click on any image to see the cover full size. Items are listed alphabetically by country.
Generous quantity discount on 10 or more covers!
Austria bisect
Austria, 1919, 10 k (cat Sc 148, Mi 188) tied to postcard with 1/10/19 CDS, to the village of Zakolany (near Prague,

Czechoslovakia). Austrian stamps were used before the establishment of the First Czechoslovak Republic and were valid until 15 March 1919. $30.00
Belize bisect
British Honduras, 1888, 2 cents surcharge on 1d rose (cat SG 37, Mi 21), whole and bisect. Local Belize use 5/9/1891. $60.00
Chile bisect
Chile, 1860, 10 centavo, deep blue (cat Sc 10a). CDS on envelope front 1/28/1860, Santiago to Valpariso. $75.00
DWI bisect
Danish West Indies (DWI), 1903, 4¢
(cat Sc 7c). CDS Christiansted 2/17/03 to Fredrickstead, St Croix. $100.00
Guernsey bisect
Guernsey, GB 2d orange (Sc 238) bisect used on postcard, CDS 1/24/41. $35.00
Guernsey bisect
Guernsey, GB 2d orange (Sc 238) bisect used on postcard, CDS 1/24/41. $35.00
Guernsey bisect
Guernsey, GB 2d orange (Sc 238) bisect used on postcard, CDS 2/1/41. $35.00
Guernsey bisect
Guernsey, GB 1½d, Sc 237 & 2d, Sc 255 bisect used on env, CDS 2/18/41. $35.00
Guernsey bisect
Guernsey, GB ½d, Sc 235; 2d, Sc 255 bisect & Guernsey 1d (Sc N2, SG 2) on env, CDS 2/18/41. $60.00
Macao bisect
Macau, Cat 109, 146, 147(4), & 159 bisect used on back of env
Macao bisect
Registered, CDS 9/4/11. Receiving Hong Kong CDS 9/5/11. SOLD
Mexico bisect
Mexico, 1864 4 reales (Sc 24d), bisect tied to env front by Zapotlan cancel. W/expertizing certificate. SOLD
Poland bisect
Poland (German occupation). 1915 German Empire 3 Pfg overprinted 'Russisch-
Polen' (Sc N1) and 1915 Warszawa local post stamp (Mi 8) bisect. Undated Syrena Mermaid CDS issued by K.O.M.W. (Citizens Committe of the Capitol Warsaw). $80.00
US 413 bisect
US 2¢ Sc 413. Stamp bisected right and left due to misalignment in vending machine. 2/15/17. $12.00
US 614 bisect 408
US 1¢ Sc 614 bisect with 1¢ Sc 408 to pay new 1½¢ rate. 5/2/25. Genuine usage. $25.00
Antigua bisect
Antigua 1 penny, 1876, Sc 8. bisect on piece. Very Rare! $60.00
Belize 28a bisect
British Honduras, 1888, 2 cents surcharge on 1d rose (SG 37, Mi 21), bisect on piece. $35.00
Costa Rica bisect
Costa Rica, 1863, ½ real, dark blue, 1863, cat 1a, bisect, oval cancel "SMAPEO". $45.00

      In the late 1880s, a German law allowed the private delivery of mail inside town and village borders. Many local mail delivery companies were established as a result of this law. Some were very successful, others less so. Later, a law passed on 20 December 1899 stated that all local (or private) postal issues of Germany would be forbidden after 1 April 1900. A special German postage stamp at a reduced rate of 2 Pf was introduced to compensate for the loss of the local services.
      For local delivery, Elberfeld/Wuppertal in the Wupper Valley issued six private postage stamps with 4 designs in 1886-87. Four were denominated 2 pfennigs and two were denominated 3 pfennigs. In 1894, a new series of stamps inscribed “Courier” was issued with denominations of 3 pfennigs and up. To use the earlier 2-Pf stamps when the higher postage rate went into effect, people would apply an older 2 Pf stamp plus one cut in half to make the 3-pfennig rate.
      Local mail postal cards were also issued in Elberfeld with a 1-pfennig rate, later overprinted with a black two for a 2-Pf rate. Again, when the postage further increased, a half stamp was applied to the 2-Pf card to make the 3-Pf rate.
      The five envelopes and three postal cards here were all canceled to order (CTO) to demonstrate the various usages of half (or bisect) 2-Pf stamps.
Elberfeld bisect
Elberfeld, 2 Pf blue, 1886 (oval design), red 2 overprint. SOLD
Elberfeld bisect
Elberfeld, 2 Pf red, 1887 (round design). SOLD
Elberfeld bisect
Wupperthaler, 2 Pf red, 1887 (numeral 2 design). SOLD
Elberfeld bisect
Wupperthaler, 2 Pf red, 1887 (modified 2 design) plus Elberfeld 2 Pf blue. SOLD
Elberfeld bisect
Elberfeld, 2 Pf blue, 1886 (oval design), red 2 overprint. SOLD
Elberfeld bisect
Elberfeld, 2 Pf red, 1887 (round design) on postcard. SOLD
Elberfeld bisect
Elberfeld, 2 Pf red, (round) on postcard, design 2. SOLD
Elberfeld bisect
Elberfeld, 2 Pf blue, on postcard, design 2. SOLD

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