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 Post subject: Is this a retouch on the 2½d blue?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:00 pm 

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Hello All,
Whilst checking through my KEVIII 2½d blues the other day I came across a block of twelve, 3 x 4 with bottom selvedge.

One of the stamps on Row 17 had what appeared to be a retouch just below the ear.
It consisted of a light patch with two dark spots.
Intrigued I checked further and then found I have the same flaw on a Morocco Agencies overprint in a larger block with control
A36 2 no dot Row 17 Stamp 4.

I can find no reference to this variety in the SG catalogue nor the Kirk, Stanton or Vallancy booklets.

As I have it on the ordinary and MAG overprint examples it would appear to be constant. Am I correct in that assumption, and does anyone else have examples of this to confirm?

Any information appreciated.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:05 pm 

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Dear Ron,

Great posting! Thanks for opening the subject!

I'm happy to say that I found two big control blocks in my mess… one 5x5 and the other 6x6, one the early 1936 printing and the other from the late with bar printing.

The stamps at R17/4 both have a flaw beneath the ear lobe, but they are slightly different from each other, and both are slightly different from yours. There's some kind of progression - or regression (?).

The implication that I read into this is that it is a weak flaw on the cylinder that was subject to slight modification (reduction?) by the act of cleaning and re-chroming. The inference then is that there were two rechromes? So three states for the cylinder at least.

To sort this out it would be very helpful indeed to see more material, and I guess we both hope that there will be further contribution to this subject…


Cheers and all,

Robin (R)

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