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Posted 10/10/2018   10:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I definitely agree that the Gross sheet is a late printing showing significant wear. I am wondering, however, if part of the issue with ornament X on that copy has to do with a possible abrasion. There is a clear abrasion just to the left of that spot, and I cannot be sure if it didn't take part of X with it. Not clear. At the 1c plating archive, the copy there is an earlier impression and has a pretty strong ornament X (32R1L).

I'll try to spend some time staring at 32R1L today.

As an aside, this exercise is a good illustration of how some A reliefs can be a bit difficult to plate, even with recuts to look at. Imagine on Plate 1E, 2 and 3 where there are no recuts to help out. I recall some times where I'd stare at a stamp for about 6-7 hours overnight, and maybe around the last hour I'd finally see something microscopically different that would afford the breakthrough to actually plate it.
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Posted 10/10/2018   11:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
32R1L looks very good to me.

The recuts I think are a perfect match. The top recut has an ever so slight dip above the O in POSTAGE which I think I see on stallzer's stamp. The bottom recut is a very good match.

Neinken alert - the bottom recut on 32R1L in Neinken is drawn wrong. It is a long recut exactly per stallzer's stamp.

Everything else I can make out agrees very well. I'm not taking time to look for other candidates, but if you guys think this is the last possible candidate, then this is definitely it.
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Posted 10/10/2018   12:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dudley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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this exercise is a good illustration of how some A reliefs can be a bit difficult to plate, even with recuts to look at.


This is one reason why I think the preservation of classic multiples is important and why I deplore the practice of chopping them up in order to obtain high-graded singles.
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I think it is 32R1L also. I checked columns 2, 6, and 9. Column 9 may not have the spacing, but I checked anyway. Most have easy plate marks or a significantly different recut at top or bottom. The 32R was the only one that had any chance.

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Posted 10/11/2018   4:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dudley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It takes a village... stallzer, we have consensus on 32R1L.
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Thanks again for the "village" effort. I'll tag it as 32R1L. I'll post another puzzler later today.
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Here is an interesting pair showing full bottom plumes from the stamps above. It almost has to be 17-18R1L. The 7-8R1L is the only pair complete (R/L). I wish the bottom would have been cut better.




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Posted 10/20/2018   11:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dudley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Agreed, 17-18R1L. Pretty cool capture of the plumes from 7-8R1L.
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