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Posted 09/14/2014   10:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add rustyc to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
By "neat" I don't mean "cool," although I think it's that too. I'm referring to beautiful handwriting. I'm not sure if penmanship is even taught these days. My own used to be semi-OK but is seriously deteriorating with age.

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Posted 09/14/2014   10:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It was more than simply being taught penmanship. In those days there were professional calligraphers to write documents, and they sometimes cancelled the stamps too.
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Posted 09/14/2014   10:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Notice the date, the second day of Gettysburg. And from a Border State to boot.
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Posted 09/14/2014   12:00 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice stamp and cancel! Easily XF, IMO.
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Posted 09/14/2014   1:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add josephswager to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That is beautiful rustyc and cool too! I agree this is such a lost art. If I wrote that nice I would never print out album pages, but handwrite my own. Thank you for sharing.
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Posted 09/14/2014   3:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
F-VF. The right margin keeps it from being XF.
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Posted 09/14/2014   3:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Did anyone notice that the writer of that manuscript cancel merged his "t" and "h" together when writing the word "Northern"?
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Posted 09/17/2014   12:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No, I didn't notice the missing upward stroke of the t, saw the crossbar and imagined the rest. Good eye.
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Posted 09/17/2014   07:19 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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F-VF. The right margin keeps it from being XF.


Respectfully disagree. There's not a dealer on the planet that would call this a F/VF.
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Posted 09/17/2014   07:49 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rustyc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for "standing up" for my stamp, revenuecollector. I didn't want to say anything because I am obviously biased and didn't want to start an argument. I respect revcollector's opinion, and he obviously knows more about revenues than me, but I thought F-VF was a little harsh. F-VF would mean that it is in inferior condition to a Scott-listed R44a. In any event, it's one of my favorite stamps.

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Posted 09/17/2014   08:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't know where you got the idea that F-VF is an "inferior" condition. It's not, especially in revenues. And what Scott knows about revenues could be kept in a cigar box. OK on the basics like issue dates and rates, but they pay it as little attention as they can get away with. Some of it shows a complete lack of understanding with no interest in improving it.
Anything noticeable on the surface that does not belong and draws the eye reduces the quality. If it was ink from the cancel it would not matter, but these are small stains and it does.
Of course dealers would call it XF, they want to sell it for as much as possible. And too many collectors today think that centering is the be all and end all of every stamp, and it is not. There are other factors and this is one of them. It's still a pretty nice stamp, just not XF.
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Posted 09/17/2014   09:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rustyc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
<sigh> I was only referring to the fact that F-VF is inferior, by definition, to VF, which is the supposed condition of a Scott-listed stamp. But this is why I didn't say anything in the first place. I will simply conclude by saying that there is obviously a subjective element in stamp grading, even among experts.
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Posted 09/17/2014   09:56 am  Show Profile Check orstampman's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add orstampman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
OK, I get it now - I previously thought the statement "The right margin keeps it from being XF" meant that there was a margin problem/flaw, as I thought it was referring to the centering and size/balance of the margins. Now understanding that the statement was referring to the blue ink spots.

I definitely consider this to have XF or better margins, but can understand a lower overall "grade" due to other factors.
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Posted 09/23/2014   12:47 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mudhut1000 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

"Neat manuscript cancel".


There was a lengthy address I had prepared for this thread, but I will keep it short:


"Neat manuscript cancel".



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Posted 09/30/2014   1:37 pm  Show Profile Check steve123's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add steve123 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I really like these manuscript cancels but usually have only the Scott info for US stamps as I mostly deal with Canadian stamps as far as BOB's.

Are there certain signatures or dates to look for? I have a lot of US revenues laying around that I would like to look through.

Thanks
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