Sample Journal 7

We have a second look at the region of the '6'. The region of adhesion to the frame is bigger than typical, and has a deeper color than the brown parts of the surroundings. There are also unusual thickenings and obstructions in the frame above the '6'. (Fig.4) We conclude that the adherence is an accident and that the stamp is of a second engraving, i.e., type III.


Fig 4. Problem Stamp 1 Details


This stamp, with the numeral '9' lower than 'KREUZER', is, according to our table, type I. The two dots under the eagle's neck are of unequal height, although their connection is so feeble that it could be overlooked. The round dots are compatible with type I, but there is a substantial white band within the border or the shield, particularly at the left, where in some places it is thicker than a hairline.

To make a decision on the type, we observe that the printing is unusually sharp. The animal in the small central shield, the dots and particularly the vertical lines in the center of this shield, are very sharp (one rarely sees them so well). But the application of the pigment is also very light. For instance in the numeral '9', the blue is speckled with small white points. (Compare with fig. 1). This stamp is undoubtedly type I. It illustrates, however, that with very light printing, the white line in the escutcheon border can be misleading. (while in a heavily printed re-engraved stamp smearing can narrow or mask the white line).

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