Queensland 1d Chalon stamp identification help needed

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Queensland 1d Chalon stamp identification help needed

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Queensland 1d Chalon stamp - identification help needed


The stamp looks Brown, cannot find 1d Brown in my catalogue.
The stamp looks Brown, cannot find 1d Brown in my catalogue.
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" . . . cannot find 1d Brown in my catalogue."

Neither can I.

The 1d stamp exists in numerous perf and watermark combinations. They all seem to be shades of rose, carmine, vermilion, or orange. Those colors quite often turn brown due to "oxidation." This has nothing to do with oxygen, and everything to coming in contact with sulphur -- usually in poor quality paper (album pages, envelopes, etc) or air pollution. The right side of you stamp has hints of the original color.

Sometimes, if it is not too far gone, the original color of the stamp can be restored by soaking it in hydrogen peroxide (3%) for a while, and then soaked in water for a bit longer to remove any traces of the hydrogen peroxide. If you do this, be aware that sometimes things go wrong, and the stamp could be more ruined than it already is. If the stamp has gum on it, soaking it will remove the gum.

If it were my stamp, I'd leave it as it is.

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It clearly (to me anyhow!) is overprinted SPECIMEN.

Some genius appears to have tried to ''clean it up'' in the past and lost most of the original color and much of the SPECIMEN overprint.

Whether that occurred before or after the Sulphurisation, of no matter as it has little value now.
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Thanks guys, Great knowledge and much appreciated as always.

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