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Thread: Forgery machin
14/05/2019 13:46:15

Hi all ,

I thought some of you would be interested in a stamp I recently got on an envelope .

It’s a forgery : things to notice are the design is composed of lines rather than dots , the whole image is rather fuzzy . The 2nd figure is poorly done & many of the letters are not sharp or clear, particularly the O in front of the queens throat . Also there are no phosphor bands .




Edited By Trevor Bishop 1 on 14/05/2019 13:48:02

Thread: Seeing a watermark - Pro tips?
10/05/2019 15:57:55

Oh dear Carmen I am sorry about that - I’m not sure where Gillian came from, I expect I’d been reading another “post” from Gillian and the name fixed in my brain . My memory isn’t as good as it was .

The error quote was from a reference to a post next to yours on the 9th re “should I feel guilty” and unfairly assumed you may have read it .




09/05/2019 20:43:14

Hi Gillian ,

I do agree , that lighter fluid (available in most pound shops ) is much quicker & identifies more watermarks especially if the stamps are not completely flat ie with hinge remains . I rarely use the electronic detector - luckily I didn’t pay full price for it .

Someone also recommended that if a stamp is on cover or old postcard , holding the cover at an angle to a light source (like you would if you were looking for phosphor strips) can show the watermark especially if you know which wmk it is likely to be . Useful when looking for inv & s/w wmks . It saves soaking the stamp off .

Havent tried pure citrus , I might just for interest sake .

I still cant believe that someone hasnt worked out an App on a smart phone to do it !

One thing I would find useful is a colour identifier for early QV , EDVII & especially GV stamps .

I thought I’d found a Cyprus green 1/2d stamp but without paying £++ to find out from RPS I’ll never know .

The post about error today was excellent, well done !




Edited By Trevor Bishop 1 on 09/05/2019 20:44:29

Thread: "Via Andes" on Chilean cover.
27/03/2019 08:07:34

Hi Billy ,

I presume it’s by air ? Over the mountains to Chile first ??

Not really sure .


Thread: Finally started to sort GB stamps.
27/03/2019 08:04:30

Hi Gillian ,

Great fun it’s always nice to start putting a new collection in .

Next is HOW your going to display them and what mounts to use ?



Thread: Separating strips of stamps
27/03/2019 08:01:44

Hi Scott ,

Nice stamps , to be honest almost all modern GB I would think will not increase in value much more than their face value over the next 10yrs + unless there happens to be a scarce one or a HV special issue .

So splitting them up won’t devalue them ( are you planning to sell them ?) I would just put them in your album in a way that appeals to you .

Now if you have QV or EDVII mint stamps in strip or blocks then that would increase their value , so if you have a corner block of penny blacks don’t cut them apart !

Have fun


Edited By Trevor Bishop 1 on 27/03/2019 08:15:05

Edited By Trevor Bishop 1 on 27/03/2019 08:15:52

Thread: Austria stamp vs reprint
02/02/2019 11:34:01

Hi ,

I need some help re the Austria 10k 1910 stamp .

I want to buy one to complete the set / page & as the cv is £200+ it is will be more than I usually spend on a single stamp !

However I’ve had a search on eBay & it seems there are reprints which look remarkably like the original apart from “Nachdrucke” ( probably removable ) on the back & I’m wondering how else can I tell that a stamp I buy is an original & not a reprint .

Many thanks


Thread: Cancelled mint stamps
29/01/2019 12:54:17

Hi George & Alex,

Yes like you I asked for stamps to be cancelled at the counter and they also refused . I have put large amounts /value of stamps on a stiffened letter and sent it Special delivery to myself , then they will cancel it at the counter and then it has to go through the postal service .

However if you ask for a light cancel or just catching a corner you risk a BIRO happy postman adding to it for good measure . Also having cancelled it at the counter the ink is still wet before it’s put in to a sack which resulted some less desirable smudged postmarks .

Soaking off stamps from fdcs is another option and often cheaper if bought a year or so later . Ideally it’s better to get a plain circle fdc cancel rather than a fancy decorative one .

I’ve found some nice fdcs which were put on plain envelopes, again less desirable and cheaper to buy .

As mentioned a Fdc type clean stamp is better than a gap or a heavy postmark .

Just my thoughts


Thread: Austria stamps
18/01/2019 16:20:42

Well that is interesting thank you both . I couldn’t quite read enough of it and didn’t think of googling it .

And so by “local “ I presume they would only have been used in “ that area” or could someone have used the stamps in another area & has postal validity ?.

I’ve never seen them before & they will be a nice extra to my Austria album .

Do you know if they have much value & scarcity as I couldn’t find them in the catalogue .



18/01/2019 07:47:00

Hi ,

Can anyone please help me identify the overprint on these Austrian stamps please .

I’ve looked through the Michel catalogue and can’t find them but I may have missed them as there’s a lot of pages !

Any ideas ?




Thread: Seeing a watermark - Pro tips?
15/01/2019 11:17:33

Hi Carmen ,

I’m wondering have also tried a watermark detector that works on pressure ?

Sometimes I try both ways & the detector sees wmks that the fluid doesn’t , I don’t know why .

Good luck


Thread: Vatican Stamp Engravers
11/01/2019 16:05:16

Hi Geoff ,

I’ll ask my brother and see what he uses for Vatican stamps and let you know .


Ps I think still my favourites are the well known Slania & Toth ( Austria stamps )

11/01/2019 05:42:56

Hi Geoff ,

I think the catalogues usually print who the engravers are for each set of stamps and then I guess you just have to google their name ? I found this website quite interesting and might be useful .



Thread: QV stamps
09/01/2019 13:45:19

Hi ,

Can someone explain to me what causes the larger QV definitives ,

Winged stamps ? And why were so many trimmed for use ?



Thread: Czechoslovakia
21/12/2018 15:43:21

1ae9a625-8ff5-4961-b43e-a4b774981afd.jpegHi , I was just going through my collection of Czech fdc’s & thought I’d share this lovely printing which was on a 1984 Czechoslovakia fdc envelope . I’m wondering where this ( presumably ) engraving came from or if it was specifically done for this fdc. I think it’s so beautiful compared to some of GB’s rather unexciting covers . In fact there are a lot of the Czech covers which have a similar style of engraving .

I’m curious to know if it and others were made by the engraver of the stamp on the cover ? Does anyone know ?





Edited By Trevor Bishop 1 on 21/12/2018 15:44:08

Thread: Serbia
20/12/2018 19:48:10

Hi Alex.

Thanks , the “ stamp” is printed on paper rather than a card type but I guess perhaps there may have been a stationery envelope ?

I presuming that Michel are mostly in German for most of the countries they cover ?

I read somewhere that they do a good section of GB stationery - have you seen it ?

If they weren’t so expensive I might give them a try . I did enquire from a Michel distributor but they didn’t have much knowledge of all the catalogues so couldn’t answer questions as to what level of detail they hold .

Thanks again


20/12/2018 18:24:09

Hi ,

I’m just putting in a few Serbia stamps ( my philosophy is if I have enough stamps of a country I’ll make some pages up ) and I came across this imperf stamp . In SG I can’t find mention of one , can anyone tell about it ? Perhaps of stationery ?




Thread: Stanley Gibbons 'Windsor' Albums - what's been going on?
25/11/2018 10:47:19

Hi David ,

Sorry my last reply didn’t really answer your question but having re read you message I think I would forget the conversion pack & just buy a new volume with 1995 onwards & carry on using the new format .

I remember buying the new pages for my Windsor over the years and having to take stamps out & use new Hawids for any number of “ replacement pages” , a right faff & waste of paper .


25/11/2018 09:58:45

Hi there ,

Well I'm no sure this helps but ...... I used a 1840- 1970 Windsor album and because I needed two ( mint & used ) it was costing quite a bit also I founded rather annoyingly that the black ink from the stamp pictures on the opposite side was rubbing off onto the actual stamps making a real mess of predominantly white designs .

SG sent me some interleaves for free when I complained but following that I then went to Tower albums with regular quadrilled pages and I could put mint & used on he same page .

Davo albums would be an option at a considerable cost or if you are really keen on staying with Windsor then I would keep an eye on eBay as plenty come up with & with out stamps .

Well that's my twopenny worth , I hope that helps in some way .


Thread: What do you collect?
25/11/2018 09:50:04

Hi ,

Following on from the above, I was a bit later stopping in 2010 for the same reasons & realised that most QE11 fdc's are practically worth so little far less than the value of the stamps put on them that I just keep one of each for reference .Although I do have an interest in collecting as many different xmas 1995 Robins fdc's because I like the designs.

And as for the post & go labels well words fail me - these are obviously designed to rake in even more revenue .

I agree with you re Japan and I now have great pleasure in filling earlier gaps of HV commems and earlier reigns with nice cds cancels , it's such a pleasure to find a beautifully cancelled stamp .

I agree there are a lot of other lovely stamps from other countries especially as you say Japan & the beautiful engravings of earlier Scandinavia and alike to keep me busy as do postmarks .

That's the joy of stamp collecting , there's always something else to sidetrack down another avenue .


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