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Now this is where it begins to get a bit "eclectic" as in the thread title, but before that begins, here's a rather heavily cancelled NZ chalon which arrived this morning.
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Now why would I pay £45 for such a heavily cancelled stamp? Here's why
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Now the plan was to try to post my collection in chronological order and I had in mind which country would be coming next. However a check of my records revealed my memory was wrong and that it was these which I began to collect in 2009.
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It was a period which lasted about 18 months before I turned to other countries which will follow in due course

Now I don't collect a lot of modern stamps, but I do like these, so I began to buy a few
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Now the purists amongst you may be thinking I'm a bit of a philistine for not collecting any Line-engraved stamps. Well you would be wrong. Here's the evidence
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So for the time being it will be a bit of a mixture of American stamps, line-engraved stamps and decimal panes. To be continued.

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i'm looking at the back of that chalon and my eyes aren't that great....is it the watermark ?
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i'm looking at the back of that chalon and my eyes aren't that great....is it the watermark ?
Yes, it's the N and D of T.H. SAUNDERS...........or at least I hope it is. SG138c.

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Beautiful stamps from British Columbia and Vancouver Island, a gap to be filled in future in my entity collection.
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Here's some of the stuff I had not photographed when I posted last week

These are my only Vancouver Island. I love this stamp. They cost about the same despite the markedly different condition, about £30 each.

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I will start the day with some American stamps. Apologies that the album pages are not translucent like my other albums.
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I do like the 24c, bottom right. A favourite US stamp of mine. Here's a 5c

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Next a couple of decimal panes. No idea why the top picture has inverted itself. The machin may be one of the most bland, boring and regrettably long-lived stamps known to man but the colour combinations on these panes I do like.
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Finally some line-engraved stamps. These are plate 10. Note the square footed J unique to plates 10 and 11.
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These are plate 2 . I am happy with 3 margins which can be picked up for between about £30 and £50. I doubt whether I have paid much more than £50 for any of them.
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As you can see, one of the plate 10's is cancelled with a black MX and the other a red MX. It might seem a bit odd that use of a red cancel on a black stamp was phased out in favour of a black cancel on a black stamp, but this perhaps coincides with the introduction of the 1d red. Whilst a black cancel on a 1d black is not uncommon, a red MX on a 1d red is significantly less common. To be continued.

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Some American stamps to start
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A couple more decimal panes
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Finally some more line engraved
Plate 5
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Plate 8
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Plate 9
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To be continued at the weekend

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Let's start the weekend with some American stamps. 1861-2
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5c buff, or is it brown-ochre or olive-yellow?
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The 24c, must be red-lilac, brown-lilac and dull purple
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90c. A bit off centre but lightly cancelled and not common
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1862-6. Lilac, grey-lilac and grey.
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These are the e and f grill stamps. For those who don't know what I mean, the stamps have a grill impressed into the paper to break up the fibre of the paper to enable ink to be absorbed and prevent the cancel being washed off. They come in different dimensions.
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A couple more decimal panes to start
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Next some line engraved. These are from 1d black plates 1 to 11.
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I don't know if the cancel on the plate 9 would be classed as something other than black. Here is something which is definitely not black, though it looks quite black on the picture. It's actually dark blue.
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Here's something a bit more uncommon. Red MX on plate 11. Shame about the top corner
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To be continued.

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Some more American stamps covering 1869-73
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These have no grill. The 4 on the page above have the grill and are a pretty expensive issue, whereas the ones below are a little less pricey
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Some more decimal panes
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Some line-engraved
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Some good strong colours
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I don't have the reference material to plate the 1d reds. Maybe something for the future. To be continued.

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I am having a Zoom meeting with some mates tomorrow evening and may (will) end up drunk and incapable, so I will make my first post of the weekend a day early.

American stamps to start. Nothing very special
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Next some decimal panes
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I like this one a lot
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Finally some line-engraved. First with selvedge
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Some strips
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Finally a block. Unplated
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Some really lovely older N.Z., U.K.issues and some superb Machin sheetlets. Keep up the good work Wilco. My collection barely extends below Edward VII. A few Queen Victoria from U.K. and Australian states, help extend the reigns.
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The effects of the gin have now worn off, so back to the last of my American stamps to begin the day
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Next the Wilding decimal panes. I particularly like these
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Finally some more line engraved. These are just a few unplated stamps that I have accumulated and may try to plate one day. I have sorted by cancel type for the time being, the MX stamps being the earliest.
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These will be 1844 onwards
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To be continued.

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Something to do whilst watching the Test Match, post a few more images of decimal panes
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Some line-engraved. These are the 1841 2d blue with white lines added, from pale to dark blue
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Here are a couple of the 1840 2d blues for comparison
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Nothing spectacular. I got these fairly cheap.

I have finished the US so where do I go next? One point for the continent, two for the country. Answers on a postcard. To be continued.

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I'll say Europe & Spain.

I don't collect European stamps but the early spanish i quite like.
a little like QV essays to look at.

.........i might start collecting a few.
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Continent Europe. Country Lundy. Postcard in the mail.
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Remarkably good guesses gentlemen. One of you is within a whisker. You may find these growing there
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..or maybe not??

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Bluebells !!! :lol:

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Looks a great deal like a Iochroma australe/Acnistus australis, from Central America. ;)
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ebay wrote:
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Looks a great deal like a Iochroma australe/Acnistus australis, from Central America. ;)
Very impressive, though I thought they were from Argentina, which is not the right answer, I just liked the picture and wanted to show it.

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Well the answer was Portugal, so here are some of my Portuguese stamps. Starting with the earlies
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A few more decimal panes
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Finally some line engraved, the early perforated issues of 1854
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The same, but a pair
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All of these are wmk small crown, perf 16
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To be continued.

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I like the look of those Portuguese stamps, Did the later ones have perfs ?
i'm sure i had one or two years back with perfs.

what would these stamps cost ?
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The early Queen Maria stamps are a bit pricey, except for the 25R. Here are mine. The early Portuguese stamps were rarely sympathetically cancelled. Mine are probably better than average.
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The perforated stuff will follow. Generally speaking they are not too expensive. The difficulty I have is that a lot of internet sellers use Yvert or Michel catalogue numbers (Greek to me) and it isn't always possible to identify them visually as some have chalky coated paper varieties and there are different perfs as well.

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More Portuguese stamps to start with. These are king Pedro 1853-61 starting with straight hair
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Now with curly hair. These a more common
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I will end the day with a few more line engraved. 2d blues perf 16 from the mid 1850's
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More Portuguese stamps to start with this weekend. A young King Luis looking left whereas Pedro was looking right
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A slightly older Luis, imperfs with curved labels
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Finally the beginning of the perforated stamps with the curved labels at the top of the page and the straight labels at the bottom
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A couple more decimal panes
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Finally some more line engraved
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These are all SG22 I think. Still wmk small crown and Die 1 but perf 14 rather than 16.
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A nice shade
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Wilko, you have no idea just how much, I miss my soda farls, potato bread and Barnbrack. My fathers mother in Balfour Ave, off the Ormeau Road, in Belfast, when we visited each Sunday , would fire up the gas ring under the metal ring and bake. We would take home a lot of delicacies that lasted until the next Sunday. Some of them did not last, until 3 hungry grandchildren got home.

I still have a taste memory. My wife still bakes potato bread and soda bread for St Patrick's day along with Beef and Guinness Stew and Champ. I am ashamed to say that my grandmother's bread was better. but my wife's stew and champ are to die for.

If, only, before she died, my mother had passed on the recipes for curn squares and Walnut Cake. If there are any Northern Ireland refugees out there, with those secrets up their sleeves, There is a desirous individual, awaiting your information with absolute salivation.
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Some closer pictures of the last page of Portuguese stamps which I posted last time round to start with

Curved labels
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Straight labels
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A few line engraved to end the week
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I'm backtracking a little with this post. First is a picture of some DLR 4d's which I didn't show first time round. They are brown orange, pale orange and (deep) orange
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Next a close up of the 2 stamps on the top line. the left hand one is the true brown-orange and the other an uncatalogued shade
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Finally the same group with 2 new stamps recently acquired. The new stamp on the top row may be brown-orange?? The new stamp on the bottom row is a nice pale shade of the "pale" orange which generally isn't very pale at all. It's more like yellow-orange.
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An interesting area to collect.

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Wilko, Most of those recent images are lovely. I have never laid eyes on many of them previously and feel very jealous that you have them. Guard them well as they are superb examples. My early 20th Century U.K. collection pales into insignificance.

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Here's my next page of Portuguese stamps
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Some more decimal panes
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Finally some more line engraved
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At this point the large crown wmk replaced the small crown
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The previous 2 were perf 16 but this is perf 14. The same colour as SG24 but LC rather than SC wmk.
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To be continued.

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I start with closer shots of the page of Portuguese stamps I posted last time round
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Next a few of the better miniature sheets the Royal Mail has issued
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Finally more line engraved
Sg30 Brick red. Never quite sure if these are the right shade
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This is supposed to be plum, but is it?
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The first picture of Portuguese stamps in my last post were the perf 13.5 stamps on normal paper. The last 4 pictures were the perf 12.5's on porcelain paper, with the exception of 2 stamps. They are the 2 stamps at the top right of the second picture, the black and the yellow. They are perf 14, issued 1872. The 10r yellow had a catalogue value of £110 in 1980, so is not a common stamp.

Here are the perf 13.5 on porcelain paper (top 3 lines). Whilst catalogue values suggest they are not much scarcer than the perf 12.5's, I have found them rather more difficult to come across, hence the gaps.
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These are just a few odds and ends
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That's it for Portugal, so where did I head next?


In the meantime a few more mini sheets
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I like this image
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Back to the line engraved to finish.
The stamp on the right I bought quite recently. It has a small corner tear but the green cancel more than compensates. A bargain at £10.
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Were it not for the fact that the last stamp is perf 16, I would not have taken it for SG36 which is officially rose-red
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This too is perf 16
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Enough for now. To be continued.

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Once I started collecting European stamps I had to continue. One of my favourite countries, if not my absolute favourite is Switzerland. Here they are
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As you can see a lot of the early imperfs were cancelled with the diamond shaped lozenge. Here are a few close ups. It may surprise you to know that I have not checked whether the first couple are genuine or not. I bought a large collection 3 or 4 years ago and was sufficiently pleased with the later stuff I had bought that it didn't seem to matter at the time whether the very early stamps were genuine. I am aware there are a few fakes about. It would be nice if they were genuine I suppose. Maybe I should check!

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That's enough of the Switzerland stamps for the time being. Back to the line engraved which I have been adding to every now and then whilst concentrating more on other countries
Sg37 is either red-brown or brown-red, I forget, but it is frequently misidentified IMO being rather scarcer than the true red stamps
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Is this one the true shade or oxidised?
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Very pleased with this one which I picked up for about £3.20 not long ago. It has a crisp green numeral cancel.
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These are pale red
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Finally a strip of 4 to finish in two pictures.
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Enough for now. To be continued.

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A few more close ups of my early Swiss stamps
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Plenty more to come. To be continued.

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Those early swiss stamps, do they have watermarks ?
i guess if they don't it makes it difficult working out if there is a fake amongst them all.

Nice selection. keep them coming.
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Now this is where it begins to get a bit "eclectic" as in the thread title, but before that begins, here's a rather heavily cancelled NZ chalon which arrived this morning.
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Now why would I pay £45 for such a heavily cancelled stamp? Here's why
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So for the time being it will be a bit of a mixture of American stamps, line-engraved stamps and decimal panes. To be continued.
Wow, John, love your work. I didn't see this one, they are very scarce. Well spotted.

cheers, Jim.

PS agree with you on the Rhodesia double heads, as nice as those Aussie states are unappealing

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Hi Jim and ebay, your contributions are much appreciated, and yes the Saunders watermark was a good and lucky spot.

ebay, the early Swiss stamps do not have watermarks but there is enough material available on the internet to work out whether the intricate designs have been faked (when you can be bothered). I did make the schoolboy error a few years back of finding an early and potentially expensive stamp just before the auction was due to close. the description said something to the effect that the seller could not guarantee it was genuine and it was sold as seen. I now realise that is code for the seller believes it is not genuine but does not want to admit it. Needless to say it turned out to be a fake. The seller did have a money back if not satisfied guarantee but I felt it would be wrong to return it when I had taken a punt.

The strubels which begin at the bottom of the first page do have a silk thread woven into the paper, apparently as a security device. They come in a range of colours, mostly red, green and blue but also black and yellow. Here are a few examples

Red
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Black
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Green
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Here's a link to an excellent website which explains more about swiss stamps generally and also the Zumstein numbering system used for the strubels.

https://www.stamp-collecting-world.com/switzerlandstamps.html

Each value has it's Z number which remains unchanged and each different printing is lettered a, b, c and so on. Logical.


Before I show more strubels, here are the last of the Arms and Posthorns.
The top two have a small drawn 15 and are Rappen and Centimes currency respectively
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Much more common are the large 15's with the currency being Rappen only.
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I hope you are beginning to understand why I so like the stamps of Switzerland.
To be continued.

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i start this week with the Strubels of switzerland, first issued in 1854. The first printings were in Munich, which my geography knowledge suggests is not in Switzerland at all. Anyway, here they are, Zumstein "A"

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With the exception of the later "G" printings where the colours are generally pretty strong, the earlier printings are not always easy to distinguish at first glance but a combination of the shade, thread colour, thickness of paper and type of cancel usually means they can be identified with reasonable certainty, though not always! The Munich and Berne printings are supposed to be distinguishable but I don't find it quite as easy as texts might suggest.

These must be the first Berne printing, Zumstein "B", mostly lozenge cancels

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Finally the next page in the album
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To be continued.

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The last pictures I posted were of the Zumstein C's, D's, E's and F's. Here are a few close up's, starting with the C' and D's.
Brown shades to start
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As can be seen, the circular cancels are becoming more prevalent
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The 1 Francs will follow in my next post. To be continued.

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The next 4 are grey-lilac with a black silk thread
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This one is lilac with a black thread
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Next grey-lilac with a yellow thread
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The next one is unused and vey clean. It is grey-lilac with a yellow thread. According to my catalogue, if it is thick paper it catalogues at £750 and if it's thin paper, catalogue value is £10,000. Now I wouldn't describe the paper as being thick, I wouldn't say it was truly thin either. There is no in between according to my SG.
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These are thin paper making them Z23E.
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Finally my Zumstain F's. All fairly scarce
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Finally the G's. Note the lozenge cancel has disappeared by 1859/1860
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To be continued.

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A few closer shots of the Zumstein G's to start this week's showings
They are not too expensive. I love the design. Simple but classic.
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I had forgotten I had some in unused condition
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The perforated issues will be next.

To be continued.

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I have worked out that I have about 18 months more material to bore you with so I will crack on with Switzerland.

These are the perforated strubels 1862-4
Mint on the left of the page generally
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These are the high vals
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The 40c is said to have a cv of £700 in mint (as does the 30c)
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These are the 1867 colour change issue
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There are some odd catalogue values. The 40c grey is £1 mint and £80 used! The 30c blue (not ultra) is £1000 mint.
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The 2c's
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The red brown is an uncommon stamp
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These are the 1881 granite paper issue. Again some bizarre catalogue values with the used stamps worth far more than mint. For example the 40c slate is 15p mint and £2250 used.
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A delayed start this week as I had to go here
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A quick canter through the last of my Swiss stamps before moving on
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I do like the change of design
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There are various different shades and perfs inc perf 9, the 1Fr above being a perf 9. Still quite a few gaps to fill.
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If anyone has a particular European country they would like to request when I have finished Switzerland, I will see what I have. If not, you'll get what you're given.

To be continued.

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Here are the last of my Swiss stamps
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I like these sets a lot
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No suggestions for the next country , so I may need to choose myself.

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A delayed start this week as I had to go here

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This isn't your second home by the coast is it ?

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POP wrote:
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A delayed start this week as I had to go here

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This isn't your second home by the coast is it ?
Right on one count, it's by the coast. But which coast?

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I have chosen one of my favourite "countries" for the next chapter, Wurttemberg. I just like the large chunky design and colours. Here they are
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Some closer shots
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These are my favourites. Some of them have silk threads in the paper and there are thick and thin paper varieties
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The top value.
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As you can see, they have been imperforate so far. We have reached about 1860. The perforated stuff will follow in my next post
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Here are the perforated Wurttemberg stamps I have
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Then there was a colour change of sorts. Same colours but on different values
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Finally the rouletted stamps
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Not sure about the colour of the last stamp. It's not a catalogued shade.
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That's my collection of Wurttemberg. I would recommend it as an area to collect. Not too expensive on the whole and the stamps are usually CDS cancelled, so generally look nice.

Where next? To be continued.

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wilko wrote:
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POP wrote:
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wilko wrote:
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A delayed start this week as I had to go here

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This isn't your second home by the coast is it ?
Right on one count, it's by the coast. But which coast?
That's the Trump Turnberry Resort, near Ayr, Ayrshire. (West Coast, Scootland).

So maybe you went to visit "Americas Greatest President this century" (and play a round of golf),
or you're an assassin, scoping out the location?

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ViccyVFU wrote:
07 Sep 2020 10:00
wilko wrote:
01 Sep 2020 05:43
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31 Aug 2020 21:57
wilko wrote:
30 Aug 2020 07:49
A delayed start this week as I had to go here

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This isn't your second home by the coast is it ?
Right on one count, it's by the coast. But which coast?
That's the Trump Turnberry Resort, near Ayr, Ayrshire. (West Coast, Scootland).

So maybe you went to visit "Americas Greatest President this century" (and play a round of golf),
or you're an assassin, scoping out the location?
I am well down the list of potential assassins I'm sure. No sign of The Donald. His staff were all suitably wearing masks. Leadership from the top?? We got a good deal on the package, but at £7.50 for a pint and £17 for soup and sandwiches, The Donald managed to claw some money back. A beautiful place when the sun shines which, as you will see from the picture, it did on the first day. On the second day we met Francis, storm Francis, almost as dangerous and unpredictable as The Donald.

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