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It's always nice to see the collections of others so I thought I would do my bit. My collection will not compete with the best but it is extensive as my desire to collect has led me to keep branching into new areas.

I plan to take you through my journey which has led me to a place I would never have imagined 20 years ago.

This is what it began with, lovely stamps on the mail my parents got when I was a kid:

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Then some philistine decided these were better:
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50 years later, yes 50 years, nobody has noticed how bland and boring the Machin is.

Anyway, undeterred I continued to collect during my childhood years. Every now and then I'd buy some CTO's like these in packets from the local toy shop:
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I now realise I might have invested my pennies more wisely!??

End of the first chapter which takes me up to the age of about 10. It does get better. Stick with it.

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The teenage years. My mum used to buy me first day covers like these:
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An age when GB stamp design had reached an all time low, though the social reformers set is okay IMO.
I also used to waste my pennies on the fad of (traffic light) gutter pairs like these:
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By the early 1980's the penny dropped that spending money on new issue commemoratives was the next best thing to tipping cash down the drain. You can barely give away the FDC's I had bought for me in the 70's and 80's.

However, I had begun to realise that older GB stuff had plenty to interest me. I recall there being old letters in my dad's desk and old postcards stashed away in drawers or cupboards. They had the odd gem on them like these:
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The stamp on the left is intense bright orange, the best I've seen.
These two 1d's are intense orange-vermilion in my book and quite uncommon. I wonder if the left hand stamp came from a booklet given the straight edge at the bottom.
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I now regret soaking/steaming them off the covers they would have been on.

My dad collected coins and went to the York coin and stamp fair. I used to go with him. What I bought there and what it led to will be the subject of my next chapter.

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Hi wilko

Thanks for sharing, i'm looking forward to the next chapter

Keep them coming, i always like looking at other peoples stamps.

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Looking forward to more.
I buy too much, can't sell enough - but the information here is priceless.

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Before updating my chronology I thought I would post an extra couple of pictures of one of the George V 1d's shown in my last post. Firstly with another fairly deep coloured example:
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..and then the reverse sides:
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Now back to the story. I decided that the most interesting and attractive GB stamps were the QV surface printed issues. Plate numbers, small/large corner letters, coloured/uncoloured letters, hyphen/no hyphen, wing margins, numerous shades, what else could a collector want.....unless I wanted the excitement of collecting Machins. However, opportunities to buy were limited. I decided that I would buy fine used. This was one of the first stamps Victoria stamps I bought, at the York Stamp Fair. I thought it was a bargain, and it possibly was despite the shortish corner, but I could probably buy a similar stamp for the same money I paid 35 years ago in this internet age:

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Whilst living briefly in Scarborough I visited a couple of stamps shops and bought these 2 surface printed stamps to enhance my small QV collection (sorry about the picture quality):
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Nice lookers but both have issues. I did not notice the 2/- blue is a reperforated wing margin. Schoolboy error. I could see that 9d had short perfs at the bottom but it was nice. The shop owner wanted £80 for it. I decided to sleep on it for a couple of days and when I returned to the shop a different guy was behind the counter. On enquiring about the 9d he told me it was £20. This was a bit of a surprise to say the least. Was this new guy the incompetent assistant just about to cause his master a huge loss? This led to a bizarre negotiation where I negotiated the price upwards modestly to something I felt more comfortable with. Maybe £20 was the right price?? Who cares.

Then it all stopped. I suspect I am not untypical in taking a 20 year break from the hobby whilst studies, work and life generally took priority. I will resume in the 21st century.

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Thanks for sharing your journey.

It would be really useful if you had a scanner so that your stamp colours were not distorted by ambient light or self-correction on the phone. Combined printer/scanners are not expensive, and are useful for illustrating varieties on your stamps, so it is not all 'money wasted that could be spent on stamps' !
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The scanner will have to wait. The addition of "lifetime" in the heading suggests I am on my last legs. I would like to think I still have a few decades left in me!

Anyway, before coming on to the post internet era, I thought I might add a few images in homage to my favourite stamp, the Machin. The stamps below are from an era when Post office circular cancels were about the same size as the stamp. More recently some numpty decided to make the circular cancel about twice the size of the stamp so that finding good CDS cancels seems to be more difficult. No doubt there was a reason for it. Here they are:

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..and a pair:
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Could these be worth big bucks in 100 years' time?

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After 20 years of limited collecting the internet arrived and I decided I would collect these. My strategy was to buy nice looking stamps, where possible with the profile clear. The odd short perf or off centring is not a problem for me as it might be for others:

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My plan was to buy at reasonable cost so superb used was never on the agenda. However I managed to pick up a few nice stamps fairly inexpensively:

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By the way, the top 9d is wmk emblems and the bottom one spray. I love wing margins. I don't understand why some people are a bit sniffy about them.

So when I started again in 2003, the plan was to complete one of each SG no, at least the lower priced ones. Things, however, did not go to plan. To be continued.

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Nice selection of victoria, i like the 2 shilling blue.......do you have one in brown ?

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It's a milky blue. I have two in brown, which I will show later. For the time being another two nice ones. The colour on the purple is really deep, more so than the picture suggests:

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Looking forward to seen more of your stamps,
so far very nice selection.

i'm bookmarking this thread.

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A correction first. I said the 2/- blue above was milky blue. It's pale blue. I have some milky blues, but not as nice. I was asked about the 2/- Brown. Here is the first one I bought. Lovely colour. Blue cancel. It does have a small repair NW corner but still a lovely stamp.

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The second one is a much paler shade and cost rather less! It has a light cancel which is why I bought it. Not the best of pictures.

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I showed a 6d before which I said has good colour. I have taken a picture which shows this better:

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Anyway the plan was to get one of each SG number. Nice stamps like these:

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It's a stamp I particularly like. The colour on the first and third is particularly good. I think these are medium garter wmk. Eventually I ended up with a lot:

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If anyone wants to have a better look at a particular stamp, feel free to ask. To be continued.

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Those 2/ browns are great, hard to find with a light cancel like these,
most times you can't tell what the stamp is under the heavy cancel.

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I found that having just one of each stamp was not enough. So I bought some more (SG69/70):

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...and more (75-77, the top stamp is a nice example):

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and more (79-82, the top left stamp has particularly good colour):

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and more (84-85):

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and more (86-87, shame about the top perfs on the CDS):

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….and the one plate strategy went out of the window:

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The last picture shows SG94 plates 7 to 10. The next stamp I picked up for a tenner advertised as SG94. I was surprised nobody else saw it was SG152, a rather less common stamp.

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I have plenty more surface printed to show if there is interest in them. Alternatively we can go on to ??. To be continued.

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A few more surface printed to start the weekend. SG94 pl 11-14

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SG103 pl 6-8. The vertical pair top right is actually part of a block of 4 which cost me less than £10. Happy days.

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SG107-109

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The same (I think)

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SG113-115

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SG121-123

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High vals next I think. To be continued.

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Hi Wilko,

Certainly some nice specimens in amongst that lot.
Feel free to show us "every last one" :D

It the dream to have a land grab, and end up with "as many of each as you can get", or is it to winnow them down in some way to form "a specialised collection, with varieties"?

Are you finding any "harder to find" than you'd expect, and has that changed over the years?

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Hi Wilko
You have some really nice stamps,
i especially like the ones with a nice clean cancel
well done
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ViccyVFU wrote:Hi Wilko,

Certainly some nice specimens in amongst that lot.
Feel free to show us "every last one" :D

It the dream to have a land grab, and end up with "as many of each as you can get", or is it to winnow them down in some way to form "a specialised collection, with varieties"?

Are you finding any "harder to find" than you'd expect, and has that changed over the years?
I am not finding any harder to find than I'd expect but only because these were mostly bought over 10 years ago and my collecting areas have moved on, as you will find out with the forthcoming chapters. I don't remember there being a particular stamp that I couldn't find when I was putting them together.

My collecting philosophy was pretty simple: if it's nice and cheap with a clear portrait, buy it. When there are half a dozen in the collection already, don't buy it unless it has something really special about it. Something special might be an unusual shade. The beauty of surface printed is the variability of shades. The disappointing thing about modern stamps is the monotonous uniformity of shades, perfection in the eyes of some, but not mine.

Here's that block I mentioned in my last post. Shame about the corner

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...and here are 3 from a less common plate of SG141. I love the stamp on the right. Lovely crisp cancel

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The high vals will have to wait for now.

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Now for the high values. Not the best cancel but an iconic stamp, though not one I particularly treasure

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SG135

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SG134?? pl 4

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SG132. It has a pressed out crease which you can just about see on the picture just below centre but it isn't too bad and it was very cheap

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SG129 I think

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Lastly some later issues. The top 10/- blue was part of a collection I bought. The paper is blued but whether it's the real deal I cannot be sure. I would like to think it is

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Just a few later surface printed and jubilees to go and then on to my next area. TBC.

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Hi wilko

Those are some nice high value qv.
missing from alot of people's collections.

I don't have a £5 orange.....yet !!
just waiting for the right one.

Does your Queen Victoria collection consist GB only or British Commonwealth?

Thanks again for uploading these.

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You'll just have to wait and see, but there may be a clue in the topic title??

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The last of the surface printed before we move on to other areas. SG151 -153

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SG153- 156

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158 -159

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160 something

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A few jubilees. Spot the odd one out

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I don't know if it's purple on orange paper variety but it's quite striking

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3 different shades of the 4.5d

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Here's a better shot of the deep bright scarlet on the right

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2 different shades of the 2d

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...and finally the 1/- green in grey, though not the best picture

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So that's the end of Victoria for the time being at least. To be continued.

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I was going to wait till the weekend to make my next post but a fit of impatience has prompted me to do it now. I was struggling to find new things to buy in surface printed so I branched out. An obvious branch was ……………..Edward VII. My records suggest a bit of overlap. I had thought one followed the other but not so. The great thing about EVII is the variety of printings, coatings, shades and perforations, certainly far more than the standard catalogues list.

Anyone looking for a new area to collect could do far worse. The shades are not always easy to tell apart, the 1d's, 3d's and 6d's are a nightmare, but that's part of the fun. Unusual shades are what really attract me to these stamps. I have managed to find a few. The first picture is not an unusual shade but an unexpected bonus I discovered in a very cheap lot of 1/2d stamps

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De La Rue printing and first day of issue. Value maybe £20 but for a £5 lot, a bonus. I decided to get some more

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Hull once again. This one did cost me £20. The next are not Hull

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These are mint. Some may think they all look the same but there are subtle variations in shade to the experienced eye. Some of them may not be correctly identified or maybe they are.

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These are the higher value DLR's. The 3 rows at the bottom of the page are ones I have struggled to identify with certainty. Plenty of them!

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These are Somerset House printings. Reasonably easy to distinguish from the DLR stamps...……….sometimes.

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...and the higher value SH's

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My next post will show a few individual stamps and then I will go on to...…………………….something else. To be continued.

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Harrison perf 15 x 14, with a nice pale shade of the 4d

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...and a close up of that stamp

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DLR 2d's with a nice grey blue

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...and a close up

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A pale 1d shade

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An aniline 1d. Shame about the corner but very cheap

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Another aniline 1d. Cost a fiver if I recall. Messy cancel but...

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SG271 Bright green. Lovely colour, better in real life

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Lovely deep shade and cancel

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….and finally my star buy. Harrison p14 purple/lemon SG277 issued 12 Sept 1911 cancelled 14 Sept 1911 in purple. Not sure of the present cat val for used (which is greater than mint) but it was £150 in 2003. It cost me about £5.50

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A few high vals still to go then we can move on to other territory. TBC

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Very nice. Puts the KEVII items I recently shared to shame.
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Might as well post a page of 3d's before I turn in for the night. Not easy to identify, though looking at the shades I think I have done pretty well, though the last 234 looks like an odd one out.

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...and a few more I haven't got round to, and probably never will

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To be continued

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A quick canter through the Edward VII high values. Firstly DLR. Nothing special here

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…….and Somerset Hse. Better quality

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I was thinking of leaving the UK for foreign shores next, but I do have some pics of GV which may be of interest to some?? To be continued.

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Keep posting, all of interest. :D

Nice One pound green.

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Some very nice stamps there 8)
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Thanks for the encouragement guys. It's nice to know I'm not just doing this for my own benefit!

Here's a shot of the album page containing the deep vermilion GV 1d's I posted earlier. Much better to show the colour contrast

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….and here's the same thing with the 2d intense bright oranges

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Lots more to come. TBC.

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Nice to see those 1d side by side. I'm pretty sure I have one example of the 1d deep orange vermilion myself. Only one and very striking in shade. Definitely not the usual colour. Thanks for posting :)
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I'm still wondering about this one...
wilko wrote: I don't know if it's purple on orange paper variety but it's quite striking
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Doesn't look like purple on orange to me (on my colour chart).

Dauwalders currently have a purple on orange listed for sale
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Did you ever try to investigate whether it could be a "colour changeling", or an "unrecorded colour trial"? The underlying paper looks quite normal.

(I've seen some with a much paler "tinge of redness" in than this one, but nothing quite so spectacular as yours!).

Has anyone else seen this colour / shade before?

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Here's a picture of the reverse of the jubilee 3d with a standard deep purple/yellow on one side and a purple/yellow on the other. You can see that the paper is darker than the other two but orange?? Shame about the crease.

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The eagle eyed amongst you may have spotted a similar 3d on the page of EVII's I posted last night. Here it is with a pale shade on one side and a yellow shade on the other

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...and with a reddish shade and a deep purple for company

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….and the reverse. Now what's going on there? The design is central on the front but shifted on the reverse. I assume it has come from another stamp which was suffering the same issue??

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Food for thought. TBC.

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Great thread, thanks for sharing. I'm jealous of thos QV high values! :mrgreen:

Mainly collecting GB, working back from QEII. Often side-tracked into Japan, GB-era Hong Kong definitives, Ceylon and Australia pre-decimal.

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wilko wrote:Here's a picture of the reverse of the jubilee 3d with a standard deep purple/yellow on one side and a purple/yellow on the other. You can see that the paper is darker than the other two but orange?? Shame about the crease.
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Front view taken from above:
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Reading my Gibbons Specialised they have a note about the orange paper, I quote:

"Paper: Pigment lead chromate; colour fast, but chromate can be oxidised to orange dichromate, the likely cause of orange paper shade."

I'm thinking could the ink also oxidise at the same time, leading to something like your stamp? Hmm.
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Rog wrote:I'm thinking could the ink also oxidise at the same time, leading to something like your stamp? Hmm.
It definitely looks more like a colour changeling (to me), brought about by contact with some form of chemical.

The Gibbons note on lead dichromate should affect "the paper only", (and it shouldn't be blotchy, like the exhibits).

I dug out a few examples of shades
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You will note that where there is a "tinge of orange" in the paper, its quite consistent.

You'll also note the purple ink is quite inconsistent, both between printers, and within printers (presumably different batches).

What I'm now thinking, based on the back scans Wilko provided, is that the original "lifter" of the stamp (from its place of usage) may have used a substance that was not "stamp safe".

Then, when setting it down (to dry out), placed it "offset, on another, from the same issue".

The colour, to me, looks like its "leached" through on the first, but "lifted off another stamp" on the second.

Such a substance might be leaded petrol (They didn't have unleaded "back then")...... But, of course, that assumes it was done "back then", and not now, so I'll try both, and a few other known "lifters".

I can recreate leaded (We don't use it today!), to see if I can find a reaction with either the printing ink, or paper.

Its not hard for me to find a couple of donor stamps, but running it past "a range of fluids" might take me a week (or two).

These tests don't always lead somewhere, but it would be interesting "to try to get to the bottom of it".

Anyone else got any ideas on what it might be, or solvents I should test with?

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To end the day some more GV. Downey heads to start

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Close ups of some odd shades I found in a lot I purchased

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The Royal Cypher issue has a myriad of different shades. Here are a couple of pages to demonstrate

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The 2.5d's have so many different shades it seems like every stamp is different. Frankly I haven't a clue when it comes to what colours they are supposed to be

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By stark contrast the Block Cypher issue has barely any different shades catalogued but it is not true that there are no variants

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Last few bits of EVII and GV tomorrow and then something completely different. TBC

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Last post of the week. Firstly I have a scan of the EVII bright green which I showed earlier with 2 more Harrison halfpennies to demonstrate the good bright colour

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Now for the horses. I had a phase where I bought a few of these, mostly very cheaply. Not all sellers knew what they had. It's a case of having a decent catalogue and a bit of dedication and the mist begins to clear. The Waterlows first

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These are the DLR yellow browns

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A close up of one of the above

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A close up of the one I believe to be the rare cinnamon shade, not bought as such

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This I believe to be very deep brown or perhaps blackish brown, again not bought as such

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DLR high values

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Finally the Bradburys and the Waterlow re-engraved.

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Right, well that's enough of GB for now. I do have some more but they come later in the time line and you'll just have to wait. So, having more or less completed my QV, EVII and GV collections so that gaps were getting harder to fill, where could I go next? To be continued.

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Nice selection of sea horses.

I like how that £1 green sits there and you don't bother mentioning it :)

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By the time I had filled most of the main gaps up to GV I had a decision to take. Did I just keep collecting more of the same? No. Did I go back in time to line engraved? No. Did I keep going forward to George VI? No, boring. There is a bit of an adrenalin rush when you win an online auction and equally so when the post arrives. I had to have that daily "fix". I needed to find an area where there were more than enough stamps to buy, stamps that would interest me and hold value. But which?

As my first love was QV I decided to consider stamps from other countries with her portrait on. Like this one

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or this one

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or this one

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or this one

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All nearly as beautiful as the Machin! But in the end I decided on these

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Perhaps not the most obvious choice but lovely stamps with a huge amount of character. And so my Commonwealth foray began.

To be continued.

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Thanks for sharing, that's a very interesting read.

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My advice to any novice collector starting a new country would be to buy a cheap collection rather than individual stamps, even if you pay a bit more than they appear to be worth. There is no substitute for seeing stamps up close and what you learn will pay dividends in due course. It's also better to start with a part complete album page with gaps to fill rather than a single stamp on an album page. If you're lucky the cheap lot will have a valuable stamp hidden away in it.

So I bought a collection or two and began to fill up the pages fairly quickly

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I have a question regarding the stamps on the top row of the first picture. The 3rd stamp along is SG67 wmk Crown CC. The other three yellows are all Crown CA picked up in mixed lots. So far as I am aware there is no Crown CA catalogued. Are they fakes? Just odd that 3 of the 4 I have bought in mixed lots appear to be fakes. It's not as thought the original is a particularly scarce stamp.

Having bought a basic collection a few years back I was contacted by Arthur T.... .
Ebay would not allow it now. He offered me £45 for some ordinary looking stamps which had barred numeral pmks. I realised there was more to it than met my eye. I was happy to accept his offer.

Having got the basic stamps I filled a few gaps. This one was a bonus

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Shame about the short corner but a rare stamp, SG46 dp green, v rough perfs. Just a tenner. A few more gap fillers in my next post.

TBC

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We all make the odd mistake. I bought this stamp described as being rouletted. I put it in my album as such. Years later I looked at it more carefully and could see no evidence of roulettes despite the large margins on 2 sides. Schoolboy error.

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A few more of the better ones. A nice dark shade

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This one is printed on both sides

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This is my best of a few rather dodgy 6d grey blacks

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I was lucky enough, or so I thought, to be the winner of an Ebay auction, or strictly two auctions, for a couple of these with roulettes. They cost about £80 each, rather a bargain. I paid for registered post from Australia which cost me £18 from memory. The letter never arrived. The seller , bless him, put in a claim and refunded me what I had paid for the stamps. The postage he said was not covered. The stamp is still an elusive gap in my collection but if anyone has one for sale at £80 I'm in !!!

Is this grey black or black black?

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A few condition issues but well centred and cancelled

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Not the best of pictures but a few more better ones

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TBC

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I showed this before on another thread but worth another look whilst we're on topic

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To be continued

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Liking the swans 8)
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More swans then Rog

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These are SG43

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….and SG40

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SG49 onwards

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A bit of later stuff

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Western Australia was a good place to start but I was soon looking for another country or two to collect as WA has a relatively limited selection. Now I cannot remember exactly which country was next without checking records (which I am too lazy to do) but it may well have been either of these which I will show in more detail next week.

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Ceylon and South Australia for those who need a clue.

To be continued.

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wilko,

can't wait to see your South Aust. when you start scanning next week!


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Fleurieu55 wrote:wilko,

can't wait to see your South Aust. when you start scanning next week!


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No pressure then! I was thinking of doing the Ceylon first. You might just have to wait!

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The plan was just to post at weekends to allow readers to reflect and perhaps contribute to the thread. There are already a few unanswered questions posed by myself and others. However, as a special favour to Fleurieu I will post a couple of pictures of SA below.

I soon realised when I began to collect commonwealth that waiting for the stamp with perfect perfs and centring and a CDS cancel would mean I might be waiting a long time. The odd short perf means little to me. The priority remains a nice cancel and clear portrait.

These are the early roulettes. Some will notice that there are no notes with SG no's on compared with other pages I have posted before. This is down to lack of time/laziness. My executor will have a problem if I snuff it as there are more like this than with notes.

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The shades are my guesses as the majority were bought as part of lots not necessarily with stamps individually identified. I have done my best and think they are just about right. Still the odd gap.

More roulettes

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This is all you're getting until the weekend.

To be continued.

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The last picture was part way through the 2nd roulette issue 1860-9. The next is the last of these and then the perf x roulette issue of 1867 and the start of the p11.5 - 12.5

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More p11.5 - 12.5

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Don't know what happened to the perf 10's but these are the 10 x 11.5/12.5 's and the first of the broad star wmks. The 4d top right is the V over Crown wmk.

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11.5 - 12.5, p10 and 10 x 11.5/12.5 Broad star

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These look like the large star perf 10's and the start of the 10 x 11.5/12.5. Nice colours.

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I would certainly recommend SA to any novice collector. A good range, nice colours and not too expensive. I also have some long toms. Not a particular favourite. They just happened!

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…...and a few more

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I have some later stuff but I've only taken one picture, the start of the Crown SA wmk series. Here it is

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So that's the SA. Hope you're happy now Fleurieu! Tomorrow I will do Ceylon and then where??

To be continued.

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