Does anyone have any pictures of the 223ii variety in a block, pair or other multiple? I need some better closer pictures than I have so far found.
I have been trying to do some detective work on trying to get more information on this stamp variety using the book "Canada Steel Engraved Constant Plate Varieties" by Hans Reiche.
In it, it does not give the specific plate position information that I am looking for for this specific variety (223-1). However, it does give the specific plate position information for other varieties around it.
The post office panes are arranged as 5 horizontal by 10 vertical for 50 stamps. A whole printing sheet has 10 horizontal by 20 vertical for 200 stamps. Thus, there are 4 panes in 1 sheet. Also 2 printing plates 1 and 2 were used.
The Unitrade catalogue says this stamp variety is in position 48 which puts it the bottom row of the pane of 50. The surrounding stamps are positions 47 (left), 49 (right), 43 (above), 42 (above left) and 44 (above right).
So far, the bottom small (rather than large) selvage found under this stamp variety shows that this is from either an UR or UL pane.
There is already 1 variety from the aforementioned book that does not appear to have the broken leg in it and it is the hook on horseback variety 223iv (223-26) from plate 1, upper left (UL) pane, number 48 position. Thus, this specfic position 48 is not it.
There is another variety (223-29) which is scratch through "S" in "CENTS" from plate 2, upper left (UL) pane, number 43 position.
There is another variety (223-16) which is dot in right margin opposite "S" in "POSTAGE" from plate 1, upper right (UR) pane, number 42 position.
From these three different varieties, plate 1 UL (223-26), UR (223-16) and plate 2 UL (223-29) are covered. The uncovered one is plate 2 UR which may be the one if the aforementioned varieties are not found on a stamp surrounding 223ii (223-1).
Also, plate 1 UL 223iv (223-26) may be eliminated since it is in the same position 48 as 223ii (223-1) but it is not the same variety.
So far, it appears that variety (223-16) which is dot in right margin opposite "S" in "POSTAGE" from plate 1, upper right (UR) pane, number 42 position appears in a block with 223ii (223-1). However, I need a better block picture to make 100% sure.
Also, I can't yet rule out (223-29) which is scratch through "S" in "CENTS" from plate 2, upper left (UL) pane, number 43 position since I need a better close up picture to be 100% sure.
I might be missing something in my above approach given that 223ii (223-1) is supposed to be a constant variety but it may not always appear on all panes from the same plate so that it is rare.
Auction records show that it is scarce and hard to get multiples of and only one block would be the plating key with positions 42 and 43 or 1 pair strip with position 43: http://www.canadianstampauctions.co...1a/223ii.htm
This specfic block below is from the following auction: http://www.canadianstampauctions.co...mmentary.htm