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Author: [ Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Line Engraved Marginal Markings

Before anything else, a Better New Year to you all. (Happy New Year in 2020 didn't work too well, so I'm abandoning Happy and going with Better).

Anyway, onwards. I am working with a 1983 seventh edition SG specialised Queen Victoria catalogue here, so my information may be well out of date. My query concerns the marginal markings; my edition says "In 1851, to facilitate horizontal division of sheets, an ornament was engraved on each side-margin between the J and K horizontal rows." I already have an example of the type B ornament, so when I found a strip of margin without the ornament I bought that too.

The catalogue doesn't say if anything preceded the ornament. I expected to find just the text about where to place the stamp and not use too much spit, but there is a horizontal line and a cross-hair in the J-K location, so here is my first question:

Were those markings there from the start, or can they help narrow down the plate?

In the same lot was a fragment of margin bearing an ornament type E. According to my catalogue this was only used on 2d plates, but this is very obviously NOT from a 2d plate, so my second question is:

On which 1d plates was ornament type E used?

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Author:  Tony Wells [ Thu Dec 31, 2020 7:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Line Engraved Marginal Markings

It wasn't.

It was used on the 1/2d plates, hence the red.


Author: [ Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Line Engraved Marginal Markings

Ah, of course.

Any ideas which plate it started with, or was it throughout?

Author:  Tony Wells [ Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Line Engraved Marginal Markings

As far as I know, Mike, all of them.

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