Once in a while a really nice example of the NZ PENNY UNIVERSAL comes to the surface.
The following example has a lot of the attributes that a Specialist in this series looks for.
First of all the stamp in all its glory and then I will show the points of interest.
First off this stamp has the remains for the Printers Guide Lines still visible at the top of the stamp. In the main, these guide lines were removed when the plates were manufactured but a few were missed.
Second, the so called 4 0'clock flaw is clearly shown thus making it easy to determine which plate/printing this stamp must be.
Third, this stamp is a very clear example of a re-entry as shown by the clear doubling of the letters in "ZEALAND" and "PENNY". A close inspection shows doubling over most of the stamp.
Fourth, is the very clear doubling of the letters in "Universal Postage". In most re-entry examples this doubling is quite difficult to detect (especially on used stamps) and usually can only be seen on one or two letters. In this example most of the letters are doubled.
And finally, the real give away to identify this stamp completely is the extended "line through the wrist" flaw. This neatly identifies this stamp as being Waterlow Trial printing with the W1 plate and it is a Type A.
All the above information is more than enough to place this stamp on Row 6 and number 18 along that row on a sheet which was made up of 10 rows of 24 stamps per row.
Thus continues the facination with this series
Hope the readers of this thread find this interesting, comments are welcome...................
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