I'm wondering if anyone knows much about the South African war effort bantams of 1942-44. These stamps were in the usual South African bilingual pairs, except that the pairs were divided by rouletting rather than perforations.
Here are two mint examples (both items currently being auctioned on eBay
) in which you can clearly see what I'm talking about:
The Gibbons Commonwealth catalogue gives surprisingly high CV to pairs without the roulette.
I find myself in a bit of a dilemma, because I have one pair that is semi-rouletted, so to speak (just three indentations), and two pairs that have no identations at all, but in which there are some small spots which suggest that something happened in that area of the stamp without leaving the indentations. Technically, I would say that these pairs are not rouletted, although they also do not have the completely clean appearance of, say, imperforate stamps.
Would these stamps fall into the category 'Roulette omitted'? If anyone knows anything about this issue I'd like to hear from you.