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 Post subject: First day of issue
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:10 pm 
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I recently obtained this via eBay :

Downey Head N1 002.jpg



The vendor gave no guarantee as to whether it was genuine, and since I only paid £6, I have no quibble. I just wondered whether any members felt that the balance of probability is that the hand written inscription is genuine and accurate, merely out of curiosity ?

Many thanks for any thoughts.

Tony


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 Post subject: Re: First day of issue
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:04 pm 
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Tony,
Firstly is the pair of the watermark, die, shade etc. of the stamps when first issued? Then are the marginal markings of first issue? Sometimes a person who enhances an item forgets or is ignorant of such basics.
I can't answer those questions, but if the answer is yes, then my gut reaction to your question is a "Yes". In part my answer is governed by the thought that someone who wanted to enhance the item would probably want to keep the writing clear of everything that was printed.


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 Post subject: Re: First day of issue
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:29 pm 
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Thanks, Winston - yes, everything else checks out - Die 1a, Crown watermark, but unfortunately (from my limited knowledge) no plate markings.

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Tony


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