Friday, May 19, 2006

Why I hardly ever tackle the penny reds, part 605

Plate 7, positions 37 and 43. Position 37 slows the flaw under neck (first recorded 1916) but 43 doesn't have the corner flaw (first recorded Jan 1915). And the perfs seem to be single line, which would make it a 1914 printing. The pair makes no sense at all. Anyone? Posted by Picasa


At 3:23 PM, Blogger Greg said...

OK, I figured it out, but it took some digging. The perfs turn out to be comb, not line. (Some day I'll post Les Molnar's nifty way of accurately measuring perfs using a scanner.) And the lower stamp does show light traces of the corner flaw. So it is a post-1916 printing. Drat! (Though the current Premier sale has a similarish pair to this at $200, so I shouldn't whine too much.)


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