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Author:  jimw [ Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Imperf Penny Red sg 8 plate 85 letters I J

I have just plated this stamp and it has two small crown watermarks is this normal on this stamp.
one slightly high right and one slightly low central.
has anyone else got a copy that can check please.

Author:  Winston W [ Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:04 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Imperf Penny Red sg 8 plate 85 letters I J

Jim,

My first thoughts are:-
1. Is it a fake?
2. Is the second crown a mark from the watermark of another stamp that was impressed on it?

If a genuine usage then an interesting discovery. I would have thought the paper would have been used on other plates in usage at the same time and appear on stamps lettered IJ.

The earliest recorded date for Plate 85 is 16 December 1848 and it was defaced or taken from press on 6 March 1850. That gives quite a number of plates on which the double watermark could appear, from Plate 80 to Plate 92 or thereabouts. Does the postmark type help narrow down that window?

Winston W

Author:  jimw [ Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Imperf Penny Red sg 8 plate 85 letters I J

Winston W
Thank you for your reply.
The postmark on this stamp is a numeral Horizontal oval 837 Wrentham type A.
If you would like to examine this stamp in more detail e mail me your address to jward9jw@gmail.com and l will send it to you. I would appreciate the opinion from someone with more knowledge than me, on the subject.

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