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Thread: The contaminated papers of the multiple crown Wilding stamps
02/04/2020 07:42:43

CONTINUATION of contaminated papers .........

I believe there is much to be discovered in the modern world of philately empirically (using observations and/or experience).

The problem is that collectors, and dealers alike tend to rely on catalogues and other published works for guidance as to what exists or should exist. Many of the "respected authorities" appear to know less than they should and due to their prevailing attitude few "new finds" have been recently discovered.

It is only through other people's investigations and their perceptions "the pathfinders" with their reports that the authorities information has been obtained in the first place.

Therefore, with the above in mind, I decided to investigate further on these 50+ year old Wilding stamps in respect to the various different types of papers discovered.


Thread: HMSO perforations
31/03/2020 23:26:39

Ah ! The experimental sloper cancellation with orb and cross, hardly a perfin !

Goodnight Paul 1, it's bedtime Fred.

31/03/2020 22:26:56

Good evening Paul 1 the moderator,

Everybody has a different perception of what to collect and PERForated INitials are no exception, with any collector as well you know, it is the scarcity of an item that determines its market value (when stating certain Chinese stamps), perfins are not as issued and have been tampered with by punching holes in them, therefore the stamps have been technically damaged from their original state after being issued.

By all means collect them, there is no law against it ! , Unless they've previously been pilfered .

31/03/2020 16:38:16

Technically speaking Billy these stamps are damaged and not as issued, normally, if I find a hole in a stamp it gets discarded as being damaged.

If you wish to collect such stamps then it's your prerogative, I have no qualms with that, whatever takes your fancy !


Thread: The contaminated papers of the multiple crown Wilding stamps
30/03/2020 10:57:46

CONTINUATION of contaminated papers ...........

In an effort to gain more knowledge/information of these luminous fibres, I contacted Hugh Jefferies at Stanley Gibbons, the editor of the specialised pre-decimal volume 3 catalogue to see if he could furnish me with any information, but all he could say was that he was very busy with regards to catalogues for Christmas and would get back to me sometime in the new year, that was in 2018 and nothing has been forthcoming since then.

I also approached the Royal Philatelic Society in London about the same time and sent them a scan of my findings, requesting any information that related to these luminous fibres as seen under ultraviolet light. I received a reply from a Mr Chris Harman who at that time was the chairman of the expert committee, he stated "we have seen a few examples of these varieties" and that was all he had to say on the matter, if these stamps were a "variety" then why was there no mention of them in the specialised catalogue ? From his comments I already knew that they existed and all I was left with was that they were a variety with no mention elsewhere.

At this point I was feeling rather dejected and despondent, I had contacted 2 major authorities in the philatelic world to get any details on these fluorescent fibres found in the paper, but to no avail with my efforts drawing a blank.

I needed to find more information, such as how this type of paper had been created and for what reason had they been produced.


29/03/2020 12:54:10

It's not easy when researching a subject that very few people know about, as was the case when I first discovered low-high rates of luminous fibres in certain Wilding stamp papers whilst using a long wave ultraviolet lamp, at the time I was looking for different types of paper in respect of cream and whiter ones as per the information given in SG specialised catalogue volume 3. It was quite a surprise to discover these luminous fibres, as all the previous ones inspected did not contain any of these fibres that fluoresced under UV due to the fact that I didn't know previously that this type of paper existed as with most collectors.

It was due to this fact that I decided to inspect for similar type stamp papers to see if I could find anymore, which I did ! It would seem that when you look for something specific you tend to find it.

My first thoughts was that someone in the stamp trade  somewhere,must know something of their existence and know something about them due to the fact that they were so obvious In their identification.

It was then that I started to look on various websites on the subject covering this particular anomaly, but to no avail and could find nothing in the SG specialised catalogue relating to this phenomenon,  once again I drew a blank, as nothing was stated with regards to their existence based on the luminous fibres to be found.

The more negatives I came across the more interested I became, someone,somewhere must know of their existence surely.


TO BE CONTINUED ...........



Edited By Fred Sellars on 29/03/2020 13:00:08

Edited By Fred Sellars on 29/03/2020 13:09:29

Thread: HMSO perforations
28/03/2020 18:49:24

Hi Bazil,

I'll look forward to seeing some of your Cape triangles then !

Best wishes, Fred.

28/03/2020 17:43:15

Good evening Bazil,

The perfinned stamp is normally classified as a damaged stamp and is usually worth approximately 10-20% of catalogue value.

The 6d one you described as having HMSO was used by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, you will find many different types of perfins as many authorities and firms used such stamps to stop pilfering along with some of the overprints found for the same reason.

I do however recommend an accompanying picture when requesting information on any stamp discovered and sent to this forum.

And as Paul has already stated, normally these stamps are a dime a dozen.


28/03/2020 09:34:11

Further investigation of the 10d phosphors indicates that 3 types of paper was used to print this particular value when comparing other values with similar variations, which also includes the regional issues, as per previous scans.

img_20200327_134906.jpgIf a specialised catalogue cannot differentiate between these identifiable variations of paper such as :- Cream, Whiter, Contaminated and Fluorescent type papers (irrespective of issue date), then it should no longer specify itself as being " SPECIALISED ".

What are your thoughts on the matter ?

27/03/2020 13:08:54

Here are the 3 unlisted (defined) stamp papers as previously portrayed in the previous compilation, but now with a much closer view.

(1) A whiter contaminated paper with fluorescent fibres.

(2) A cream paper (after chemical oxidation).

(3) A fluorescent paper with added OBA's in order to mask the contaminants.

According to the specialised catalogue all 3 stamps have been printed on a whiter paper, due to the fact they were printed long after 1962.

I think someone needs to go to Specsavers ! Or is it me?

Have a nice day everybody !


Thread: The philatelic world of "ODDBALLS"
26/03/2020 19:46:04

Other interesting items found in kiloware are these IFCC prepaid postage labels from Spain issued in 1999.

It would appear that they were only used for holiday postcards on a remail system operated by TNT transport and IFCC being sold at some of the souvenir shops and hotels in tourist areas, after being applied to the postcard these labels were later transported to Holland/Belgium by TNT and IFCC,they then had a postage paid cancel applied and then entered into the normal postage system for delivery.

I believe that the price for this service for tourists was 100 PTA's, there are several variations of these particular prepaid labels, below are two of them.

Unusual items !


Edited By Fred Sellars on 26/03/2020 19:53:54

24/03/2020 09:10:08

Having previously discussed these stamps in the not too distant past on this forum, I believe that these short perf stamps fall into the category of "oddballs", as they only come from the "A" rows of the sheet after being printed.

These short perf stamps with only 17 vertical perforations were not caused by error, but deliberately perforated that way in order to accommodate the sheet format and the perforation machines at that time after previous experimental ones had been produced.

These earlier experimental perforated stamps are commonly known as "Archer" perforations and can only be identified by the use of alphabet l and specific plating techniques, they are very much sought after by the line engraved collectors and can fetch several £100 in nice condition.

Unlike The Archer perforations these short perforated stamps are not listed in the specialised catalogue or given any special notes of their existence.

But worth looking out for as they are much scarcer than the normal 19 perforated stamps.


23/03/2020 11:23:08

Since posting my thread of the French perforation shift with added inscription, I decided to post many other findings on the same thread that involves stamps of Australia, Italy, Switzerland, India, Germany, the USSR and Latvia.

Should I find further items that I think are appropriate, in future they will be posted on this thread.

Feel free to add any oddities that you may have also come across, the world is your oyster 🌍 and maybe you have found a pearl !

TTFN, Fred.

Thread: French perforation shift of the 50 centime "sower" .
23/03/2020 10:36:20

Although not of any special significance it always amuses me as to how many stamps are sometimes used to send an article through the post.

The cost for delivery on this particular packet must have been 2,380 Drachma, but did it need 14 stamps ?

Well at least they were nicely cancelled unlike some parcels !img_20200323_101433.jpg

21/03/2020 21:30:59

Having made further investigations of the previous Latvian stamps without the overprints I can now give you additional information ..........

It would appear that this is a special cancellation relating to the final day of use in Latvia for Russian stamps without overprints, the stamps were cancelled at one of the main post offices being number 50 located near the railway terminal in the centre of Riga.

The inscriptions on the cancellation are as follows :-in Latvian "PĒDĒJĀ DIENA" and in French "DERNÍER JOUR" both with the same meaning of "last day" for CCCP stamps (the reason for the line crossing out the CCCP)

Therefore it is a last day cancellation with the relevant date.

Quite unique !

20/03/2020 15:44:39

Another unusual find !

When the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991, Latvia started to issue its own stamps again, the new stamps still used the Ruble and Kopecks for the first 2 years of independence before switching back to the Lat and Santim system as previously used.

An interesting find is this strip of used 2k stamps cancelled 30/6/92, but with no overprint, the USSR currency was still legal tender but it appears to have been cancelled with a special Latvian postmark still inscribed CCCP even after independence, can anyone explain as to why ?

I have noticed that a line has been drawn through the CCCP, surely this should have been removed and not just a line drawn through it prior to its use !


Edited By Fred Sellars on 20/03/2020 15:53:41

18/03/2020 00:02:44

One never know what you can find when going through a kiloware mixture, here is my latest discovery .

It would appear that the printers must have had some extra ouzo that day when this stamp was printed .

No counter staff would spot the error due to the fact it was delivered via a stamp dispenser .

It's quite a nice find !img_20200317_234001.jpg

Thread: Ultra violet radiation of multiple crown Wilding definitives.
17/03/2020 12:21:50

Whilst still on the theme of regionals, a recent find regarding the 3d Scotland left and right band with violet phosphor was made with the use of a long wave ultraviolet light .

The scan below shows 2 distinct papers used in their printing, the top ones appear to be on a fluorescent paper with the lower ones being on a normal white(r) paper showing traces of fluorescent fibres in them .

These variations are not listed or mentioned in any catalogues as far as I am aware !img_20200317_112906.jpg

14/03/2020 23:40:49

P. S.

May I also point out that item (5) in the compilation posted 12/3/20 are both 4d deep ultramarine with 9½mm violet phosphor bands, first issued in early 1967 .

Just for the record ! Thank you, Fred.

Thread: French perforation shift of the 50 centime "sower" .
12/03/2020 23:15:50

img_20200309_183909.jpgI have found that the album for the 5 ruble stamps had no pictures in them, as initially they was not accepted, this has now been rectified and I can now show you some of the differences found.

The first picture shows the difference in the shading, the first stamp being dark blue whereby the second stamp is a much lighter shade.

The second picture is of the same stamps as seen under longwave ultraviolet light, the first stamp appears to be on a luminous type paper whereby by the second stamp has little or no fluorescence.

I have also noticed other values in this particular set also having similar peculiarities .img_20200309_182829.jpg


I should have named this thread" Oddities of the world's stamps " rather than " The Sower ".

However, all's well that ends well. Do you have any oddball stamps? Fred.


Edited By Fred Sellars on 12/03/2020 23:25:27

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