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Scott 279B ?. Large Slash Forehead

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Posted 02/18/2018   12:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add dynamode to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I think I have this stamp identified correctly as scott 279B.

It has a large slash through the forehead.

I did see a similar stamp somewhere years ago on the net, but lost the bookmark and cannot find the info again.

I am presuming its known ?.


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Posted 02/18/2018   1:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Partime to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't see it listed in French's Encyclopedia. Interesting find.
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Posted 02/18/2018   1:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dynamode to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
French's Encyclopedia. Never heard of that. A quick google shows nothing. Is it online ?.
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Posted 02/18/2018   1:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperix to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
it's the "Encyclopedia of plate varieties" by Loran C French and I don't think it's online. I also search for it from time to time, but it's also hard to get as a book.
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Posted 02/18/2018   1:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dynamode to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ok thanks. I will keep an eye out for it.
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Posted 02/18/2018   7:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dudley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There's one available from abebooks.com at $75.
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Posted 02/19/2018   6:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add essayk to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That's an interesting find.

I looked it up in the French encyclopedia for 279B, but it is neither illustrated nor listed at all. You might search for some kind of article on it at the USSS website. They have been putting the Specialist (US and Bureau) online.
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Posted 02/19/2018   7:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dynamode to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As I mentioned earlier. I did see a similar stamp somewhere on the web, but I just cannot remember where.

I have gone through all my bookmarks.

Hopefully someone will spot it and point us in the right direction.
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Posted 02/19/2018   7:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dynamode to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Late now so am shutting down.

Think it may possibly be gash in forehead.
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Posted 02/19/2018   8:18 pm  Show Profile Check orstampman's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add orstampman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I also checked French and didn't see it pictured or described. Very nice slash/gash!
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Posted 02/20/2018   12:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dynamode to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Its not the gash variety, I found that stamp online, its nothing like mine.

As far as I can make out, and I think I have identified it correctly. My stamp is type IV. Perf 12. Double lined USPS watermark,making it 279B. Again condition is not great, it has a thin and the visible faults.

I have looked at about 150 bookmarks, but cannot find where I saw the other stamp. It was a long time ago, probably before I got my Scott catalogue.

So it may have been a different 2c Washington that I saw this on. But I do remember the slash/gash being pretty much identical to mine.

I thought this one being a very visual mark, would be picked up quickly. But I do realise that flyspecking is normally a marathon, not a sprint so I will wait until the right person spots it. It is very unlikely that this is the only one.

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Posted 02/20/2018   9:15 pm  Show Profile Check eyeonwall's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add eyeonwall to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Given how dramatic it is, one would think that others would have been noticed. so either it is not constant (not something in the plate) or it was short lived (quickly caught by the printer and plate removed from service)
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Posted 02/21/2018   06:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dynamode to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I do not know if its relevant. It also has another red mark in the white central area above the right 2. Apologies for not pointing it out sooner.


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Posted 02/21/2018   07:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperix to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
French's book is nearly 40 years old. I wonder why there has not been a newer edition or another book about plate varieties in US classic stamps? If I look at how much interest is given to them for example in this forum and how many discoveries there must have been since 1979, where is the result of this?

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Posted 02/21/2018   08:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Caper123 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
319F has a Gash variety as do several 2c Washingtons from the 1920's.
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Posted 07/07/2019   09:07 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add imodius to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If it has a watermark and gash in forehead it could only come from DIE 79 which is 267. Is that a gash though?
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