I'd like to ask your opinion about a stamp in my collection, whose oddness I only noticed a few months ago.
It's a GB Queen Victoria 2d blue, which I believe to be Stanley Gibbons catalogue number 47 (1858-79) with plate number 13. It is used, showing two cancellations. It has watermark W4 (large crown) and P 14.
It is in the perforation that the oddness appears: the perforating machine seems to have 'slipped' to the extent that the stamp, when separated for use,
contains the word 'POSTAGE' not at the top of the stamp where it should be, but at the bottom, below 'TWO PENCE'. In other words, the stamp has lost its upper 2 or 3 millimetres, and gained the same proportion of the stamp below.
If I can master the technology (I am a technological dinosaur) I will append an image. But hopefully even without an image you can get an idea of the nature of the stamp.
I asked for an opinion from Stanley Gibbons, who told me that so large a perforation shift was unusual, but that the error could not be listed in their catalogue, and was of no significant worth.
Yet it seems to me that such an error, showing what should be at the head of the stamp appearing at the bottom, is likely to be of great interest to philatelists, and of considerable rarity.
What do you think, fellow stamp collectors?
PS Well, I tried pasting the photo onto the mail, but it wouldn't take it. What's the secret? Never mind, I'm sure you get the general idea. Opinions please.