The firm of Copestake, Hughes, Crampton & Co. were a Mail Order company operating from:
5 Bow Churchyard,
as well as:
to an 1865 Commercial Directory they were warehousemen for:
and sewed muslins, scotch and Manchester goods, cambrics & lawns, crapes,
gossamers, velvets, stays, artificial flowers, millinery, baby linen, mantles,
outfitting, shawl & haberdashery, umbrellas & parasols”
senior partner in the firm was one Sampson
Moore went on to
use his fortune for philanthropic purposes.
The firm changed its name from Copestake, Moore, Crampton & Co. in 1877. At some other time (still to be established) they were called Copestake, Lindsay, Crampton & Co.
Unofficial underprint type 18 (over the gum) in red or blue (2d.).
PP50 1/2d. rose-red (SG 48 or G4) Vertical underprint
PP51 1/2d. rose-red
(SG 48 or G4) Horizontal underprint
PP52 1d. lake-red (SG 43 or G1) Horizontal underprint
PP52b 1d. lake-red (SG 43 or G1) Horizontal underprint inverted
PP52c 1d. lake-red (SG 43 or G1) Horizontal underprint
PP54 2 1/2d. rosy mauve (SG 141 or J6, J10,
J12, J15) Horizontal
PP55 6d. grey (SG 147 or J86) Horizontal underprint
A number of perfins also exist that have been identified as belonging to this firm - at least one for each of the incarnations mentioned above.