FSAMAAA wrote:I recently purchased the following collection ... http://stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=90433, and I'm starting to wade into it. I received early feedback that it appears to have been a good purchase, but also that there may be some mis-identification contained within its early pages.
An etiquette question for the larger group of France experts here ... should I start posting small sets of images here within this thread, or should I start a new, dedicated thread purely for this collection? I'm open to either path, and am asking solely to make sure I don't derail anything, or change the intent of this long-lived thread.
If someone feels called to chime in with initial corrections to the way some of the early stamps have been identified, I would welcome that. I have no pre-conceived notions about whether the identifications are accurate or not, and I'm not averse to doing my own research. However, I tend to learn best when I'm "standing on the shoulders of giants".
Lastly, I have current (or very recent) copies of Scott (I'm US-based, so it's a starting point), Yvert et Tellier, Maury, and Michel. If there is guidance within one of those catalogs (sorry ... US spelling) that would provide the best path forward, I welcome that advice as well.
Thanks in advance. I'm looking forward to getting a MUCH better understanding of early French stamps.
Scott is basically useless in distinguishing the various early Cérès issues. Most France collections built on Scott or Gibbons «guidance» will exhibit the same misidentifications as the collection you have purchased. Now, misidentification works both ways, sometimes you will have a better stamp than the collector expected. As said many times by various posters and on many threads, Maury, now Maury-Spink, catalogues are the best by far. No other come close by a country mile.
The first line on the first page of the collection purports to show copies of Number 1. Well, they're not! These three stamps are all Bordeaux issues. So is the last stamp on row 3.
You need to educate yourself on the differences between the various issues, including the general issues for the Colonies which were printed from the same plates as the Metropolitan France issues.
I suggest you can start here: http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=26164
There are other relevant threads that you can find by searching for Bordeaux and Ceres.
You will also note comments here and there in the information threads: very closely cut imperf stamps and those that are cut into, loose a great deal of value. Many of the stamps in the collection are in that category and are worth at the most 5% of properly classified catalogue value or even only a few euros. They should have been considered defective and assigned a zero value in the apparaisal.
You are on the right thread, show us some stamps in sufficient large scans, you will get answers.