Calling collectors of Imperforate Penny Reds!
We have agreed with Stanley Gibbons that, at the forthcoming evening meeting, we will take a closer look at one of the most difficult shades of this issue, the "Lake-red" shade. If you are unsure as to exactly what this shade looks like, you are most certainly not alone. It seems that even some experts have differing views -- two of the stamps below are certified as ‘Lake-red’ and the others not -- can you tell which ones are the ‘Lake-reds’?
All GBPS members are invited to the meeting, which will begin at 6pm at SG’s shop at 399, The Strand, and we hope to see as many examples of ‘Lake-reds’ as possible, whether certified or not, so please, if you have any examples, please bring them along or allow a friend to bring them along to show us!
(If you do come along, please remember to notify SG in advance so they know how many to cater for.)
- What does the Lake-red shade on the 1d Imperf look like?
- Does it occur on Alphabet I and/or Alphabet II plates?
- Is there a period in time that the shade can be attributed to?
- Can we produce a list of plates recorded with the shade?
- How rare is the shade?
- Does the shade bear any resemblance to the lake-red of the 'Penny Plate number' series?
- Does it bear any resemblance to lake-red in the SG colour chart?
- Does it bear any resemblance to lake-red in the Methuen handbook of colour?
- Is 'Lake-red' the best description for the shade?
- How confident are we that the shade -- or any shade on these stamps -- is original and consistent?
- If it is/they are, is it significantly rarer than other possible unlisted shades and thus worth listing at a high price?
- Are there any extant older certificates for lake-red shades (or ones for stamps submitted as something else but identified as lake-red) that will show how the shade was regarded over time?
- Likewise, are there any identifiable stamps from adverts/articles in older magazines that were sold as lake-red?
- Was there ever an original reference example (or set of examples), or was it originally listed as just a general "category" shade and subsequently been something largely in the eye of the beholder?