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British Local Stamp issues for Davaar Island printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. and items found in the Archive

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Davaar Island British Local Stamps printed by Format International Security Printers Ltd.

DAVAAR an island at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch in Kintyre Peninsular, Argyll, noted for a cave painting of the crucifixion. The lighthouse on the north-east side has a permanent staff, who are employed by the Northern Lighthouse Board. Supplies, mail and visitors are brought to Davaar by a local boatman. A postal service operated until the early 1970's. Postal rates were double those of the United Kingdom.

The Format Printers had presence between 1983 and 1987 in producing only the Leaders of the World Locomotives issues for Davaar Island. All other labels were produced privately. Visit my specialized page on the sets for more detailed information on the varieties that were produced.

During 1983 to 1987 the Format Printers produced three sets for the island. The actual years the labels were issued was a mystery for many years. No documentation was saved and only the last set of automobiles has been proven to be printed in 1987 from a single printers invoice. It was discovered that Mr. Clive Feigenbaum kept the order of issue filed on the Stampdile website. He being responsible for the production of all the Davaar Island issues.

It is controversial as to whether or not the labels were actually used for their intended usage. It is documented that 1900 sets of the 1987 Locomotives issue were produced by Format. This quantity can be used for the earlier issues as well. Full sets of some issues are becoming scarce. The possibility of forgeries is real.

The first set produced for Davaar was in 1983. Not having the LOTW inscription is probably because they were not under the status of stamps.

Imperforates, varieties and made for collector errors exist.

Davaar Island 1983 Locomotives 1st Issue

Imperforates, varieties and made for collector errors exist.

Davaar Island 1983 Locomotives 2nd Issue

No imperforates, varieties nor made for collector errors seem to exist for this issue.

Davaar Island 1987 Locomotives 3rd Issue

These were the last British Local stamps printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. for Davaar Island. The company soon after went into bankruptcy.

References taken from:
Inventory list for the Format Archive by Robson Lowe
Christie's Final Sale Catalog of the Format Archive
Internet Research

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