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Douglas Feldwick - Designer of early Liberia stamps


Born 1847 in St.
Sepulchre, City of London.

His father George
was an ironmonger and producer of roller blinds (several patents re
this). Born Westminster 1823.

His mother = Alice
Ellen Oxlade. Marlow, 1824.

Douglas was baptised
21.1.55 - eight years after his birth.

He married in 1873
Mary Ann Mansell; bn. St. Pancras 1842; she died in Fulham in 1888.

They lived in Mile
End Road, Fulham in 1880s and in Croydon later.

in 1871 - his family
living in Goss Place, Greenwich.

Father = George
"independent means"in 1881 ; an annuitant by then.

Brother = Charles, a

Douglas = an

in 1891 - listed as
an "oilman/colour (seller of paints?) living in Fulham with wife
and dau Elanor and one servant.

in 1901 - "an
engraver at his home", Alexandra Rd., Croydon.

His dau. Alice (bn.
1874) was a telegraphist and his dau. Elanor (bn. 1876) a piano

in 1911 - "engraver
of gold and silver" - 6, Aberdeen Rd., Croydon.

Died in Croydon
30.9.1913; probate to dau. Elanor who lived with him - for £439.17sh.
- granted 23.10.13.

He designed some of
the earliest postage stamps for the state of Liberia and also
proposed designs for stamps of Canada which do not seem to have been
approved; he may have submitted stamps for other countries - not yet

Also did some of the
illustrations for an edition "1001 Nights".


  • Hi,
    thanks for the information!

    Douglas Feldwick designed and engraved the 1880 1c and 2c additions to the "Seated Liberty" issue of 1860 and the 1881 3c inland stamp, and he also designed the 1882-92 numeral issues, all printed by T.F. Todhunter. His craftsmanship should not be judged by the finished product. The difference in detail between the finely engraved die proofs and the crude issued stamps is almost shocking.

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