GB perforated 1d red QV slight off centre: is this an 'error' stamp?

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GB perforated 1d red QV slight off centre: is this an 'error' stamp?

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Hi there. I found a Penny Red in a collection I recently acquired. Low and behold, it may be an 'error' stamp. I'm new to all of this and am having a great time learning.

Can anyone tell me if this would be classified as an error stamp? You will see that the perforation is a bit offset and edges into the stamp to the right.

The left-hand side is obviously offset as well. Kind of interesting. Any value here? I'm looking forward to your reply.

Thank you in advance. Rick

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Re: Penny Red Error?

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Rooster! Hi

This is and is not an error!

The first stamps of 1840 onwards, were of course issued imperforate with the first perforated versions appearing from 1848 onwards.

Obviously the stamps were supposed to be perforated between the designs, but as is the case with your illustration this often didn't quite happen. Indeed in the early years it is probably fair to say that if not the majority were mis-perfed a significant % were.

So in these early days should this be considered an error or the norm?

I am sure other SB'ers will be able to post examples of early Line Engraved stamps which through being mis-perfed show as many as parts of three adjoining stamps, or have POSTAGE at the bottom of the design or ONE PENNY at the top. Top and bottom marginal stamps sometimes have the value or POSTAGE omitted altogether and or part of the marginal inscription as part of the stamp.

Your stamp from the 1864-79 series of "Penny Red Plate Numbers" (seems to be plate 149) is catalogued by Stanley Gibbons at £7 for a used example but has the footnote "For well-centred, lightly used +200%" In other words the less "error" the higher the value. I would add that in the past I have bought and sold extreme mis-perf examples for far more than +200%.

Beauty is after all in the eye of the beholder.

Nowadays and for quite some time the art of perforating stamps has become a science. To find a significantly mis-perfed stamp is now very unusual and usually would be classified as an error rather than semi-standard with the value increasing accordingly.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Penny Red Error?

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Sark wrote: 27 Dec 2023 16:52
I am sure other SB'ers will be able to post examples of early Line Engraved stamps which through being mis-perfed show as many as parts of three adjoining stamps, or have POSTAGE at the bottom of the design or ONE PENNY at the top.
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Re: GB perforated 1d red QV slight off centre: is this an 'error' stamp?

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Well done Glen. Exactly what I was hoping would be posted.

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