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Posted 03/20/2017   10:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add decrynne to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
Hi.. I know very little about British stamps and would not know where to start when it comes to plate numbers. My mother (bless her) keeps turning up with stamps my father had collected over the years. These are some of the most recent she has turned up with. As you can imagine I am delighted with her latest find :) Can anyone out there help me identify these.. as in 1 or 1a and plate numbers. Thanks in advance












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Posted 03/20/2017   10:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 03/20/2017   11:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add decrynne to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the links. Unfortunately it seems I will need the books they suggest.. I am trying to concentrate on stamps from the USA, and that itself seems to take up most of my time. But thank you very much anyway- I will see what I can find out through these links. Meantime, if anyone thinks can identify then please feel free to express an opinion. :)
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Posted 03/20/2017   11:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ldhaber to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No, you do not need books.

What you first need to do is get scans of each of these stamps, individually. The scans ought to be at 800dpi.

Then go to this website https://www.spink.com/nissen-reconstructions.aspx and look up the images for each of the letter combinations you have and find the best match with regard to the placement of each of the check letters within each of the lower corner boxes. That is, high, low, towards the left, towards the right placement, if a letter is slanted or otherwise aligned.

After you have the best match, if you care to, post the image of your stamp and your view as to the plate and I and others would be happy to look at it and give you feedback.

You do not need to buy any books and invest in any thing other than a scanner.

If you are really lost, then just post the image of your stamp, again scanned and not photographed and you will probably get feedback. (The reason a scan is needed, is that you are looking for small issues wrt check letter alignment and photographs are not from a flat plane and introduce too many mis-alignments and make the process too difficult and prone to error.)

Good luck,

Larry
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Posted 03/20/2017   1:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add decrynne to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi and thanks. Ok, it is becoming painfully obvious to me that I need a scanner. I know nothing about scanners and am not very tec. minded or talented. It scares me to be honest- the internet is about as tec. as I have gone in the last few years.. So, I will try to do that and get back to you all.
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Posted 03/20/2017   2:33 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Most cheap inkjet printers come with a scanning function - nothing sophisticated!
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Posted 03/20/2017   3:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ldhaber to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Decrynne- understanding that your images are not very good and that the stamps are neither flat nor parallel with the film plane, it is hard to be certain with regard to the plates of your stamps, so I would describe my identification as being close to a guess, but I'd guess that JJ is 5, DE 9, JK is 6 and RG is 9. If anyone disagrees, I'll agree with them. IOW, I won't defend my guesses.

I suspect that your next question is with regard to value and all these are in rough shape and I do not think you've hit the a goldmine, if you catch my drift. If you decide to throw these up on eBay, I'd suggest you keep your day job.
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Posted 03/20/2017   9:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add decrynne to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ha. Thanks Idhaber. Thanks very much for your opinion (guess work). Of course we would all like to hit the goldmine but no fear, I was out working tonight and will be tomorrow too :)
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