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Author:  asmodeus [ Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Detecting the watermark

I use the books from Brown/ Fisher and in the "Plate Charateristics" tables the position of the watermark is mentioned. How shall I dedect the watermark? From the front or back? Thanks for your help!

Author:  asmodeus [ Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:00 pm ]
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I use the books from Brown/ Fisher and in the "Plate Charateristics" tables the position of the watermark is mentioned. How shall I dedect the watermark? From the front or back? Thanks for your help!

Author:  pennyreds [ Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:05 pm ]
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It's much easier from the back. You can hold the stamp up to the light or place it face down on a dark surface - both can work. You can use watermark fluid to make things clearer as well.

Author:  asmodeus [ Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:10 pm ]
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Brown/Fisher discribes the watermarks in his books. But from which side? Normally I detect watermarks from the back.

@pennyred: Thank you for your posting.

Author:  petrod [ Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:00 pm ]
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I know what you are getting at Asmodeus - in fact the Brown/Fisher books do not state from which side of the stamp the position of the watermark is observed. However, since the watermark characteristics referred to are "Imprimatur Features", my guess is that they would be looking from the front. Incidentally, I am not at all sure that this information is really of much use in identification unless you have an imprimatur copy. Is there any guarantee that issued sheets would have the watermarks in the same position? (Think of inverted watermark copies.)

Author:  asmodeus [ Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:00 pm ]
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@petrod: Thank you for your help and oppinion. It is only a small help to identify the plates. Other opinions?

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