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Trevor Bishop 114/06/2017 22:50:40
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According to SG this stamp should come in violet ,rose red & brown & yet here is another colour . It doesn't appear to be faded and yes it could have been chemically treated for some reason or is it with the margin of error of the printers and their mixing of their ink colours . Any thoughts ?



Julian15/06/2017 01:42:53
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Well the Rose Red and the Brown to me, both show signs of fade however the Violet seems O.K and normal.

The Brown has turned into a more purple if your picture is a good reflection of what you see?

Don't take my word for it though, as you know colours are a problem in normal circumstances let alone with age.

Trevor Bishop 115/06/2017 07:35:01
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Hi ,

I agree the red & the violet looks ok for their age but I was wondering whether they some how mixed the red with a hint of violet. I don't see how brown could have have faded to purple . Perhaps in a more detailed catalogue there's mention of another colour. Makes a nice addition to the page . Yep the colour you see is how it is in real life .


Julian16/06/2017 18:36:36
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I think in that case Trev you could be right about printing in the first place place not being quite right but I would have thought that this would have been a sheet error and known, I suppose also it would depend on your description of brown in the first place but you can see some form of deterioration of yellowing around the chin, I have seen this often with old stamps. To me the colour around that area is then brown as also can be seen in the rose red and to the whole left of face.

Ha ha ha I am of no help really other than seeing what you do and guessing, as you know this subject has come up before and there are many ways colours can alter, whether I would like to stipulate a fact on these is a different matter but I will say I have seen that discolouration on modern stamps and paper and which does appear to be through the print process so you really could well be right.

Trevor Bishop 104/05/2018 10:32:03
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img_4083.jpgHi all,

Further to my colour changes in Sweden stamps previous comment , I've come across a few stamps where 2 types of ink are being used for the same stamp . The purple colour is almost radiant & infact react to UV also show through to the back . It seems strange that Facit catalogue don't appear to mention it even in the "specialist "catalogue . I'm assuming this isn't an "error " .

Any ideas folks ?


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