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Thursday, June 18, 2009

GB GV Downey Heads Part IV

Hello, This will be last part to the GB GV Downey Head series.. I could write forever on these stamps but I think the basics are covered. I promised a photo……. here it is.

Some essential items you need for study of stamps. Especially, lets say, pre 1970 stamps, GB and British Commonwealth in particular, when watermarks and shades were more the norm , and anyway, the stamps were, in my humble view, more interesting and worthy of study :-)
I have annotated some of what is on the table, Hope you find it interesting.
To conclude this piece I just want to add that it is worth having a good perforation gauge and a good magnifying glass. I would even go so far as to suggest a digital microscope. I have one but it not in this picture – it is hooked up to the computer – and it is really good to help study the stamps for varieties as well as take pictures I can load and show you :-) These GB GV stamps do have different perforations and as I have said, apart from the obvious Die differences, there are many catalogued varieties. Depending on how serious you want to get, a copy of the SG Specialised Stamp Catalogue, Volume 2 - it covers Edward VII to George VI - is a worthwhile investment.
Finally, if you want to see more stamps – and these are the 1/2d Downey Head from a collection I put together for a GBPS exhibition a few years back, please have a look at only 16 pages of 1/2d green stamps but you will see some examples of the catalogued varieties.
Enjoy your stamps, Best wishes … Michael


At 4:41 AM, Blogger Pablo (yo) said...

Nice desk!
It's good to see that mine is not the only one messy....

At 4:52 AM, Anonymous Charlie in Lecanto said...

Yes, nice desk. I keep wanting to get a picture of mine taken if it ever gets that organized


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