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Japanese Early Postmarks - 1870's

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Posted 06/28/2018   5:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you, perf12. The characters circled reads kitte = "stamp". It is not regarded as an identification point for genuineness AFAIK. In fact, the right side of the first character is actually done rather sloppily; compare with the Matsuda stamp.

Of floortrader's forgeries, the top 2 have corner flowers slightly smaller/shorter than the tablet between; hard to tell, but compare with the Matsuda print. The lower left one is by Spiro, with his typical New South Wales-style cancel used on a lot of his stuff. The imperf one is new to me; different inscription and hexagonal box for the character i, of course.
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Edited by hy-brasil - 06/28/2018 5:17 pm
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Japan
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Posted 06/28/2018   9:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add unechan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Andrew and all;

Beautiful stamps and covers.
My knowledge on these stamps are very very limited thus cannot provide anything significant... but hopefully can aid identify the postmarks and cover destinations.

Thanks for starting this thread; more to follow soon.

- Hironobu
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Posted 06/28/2018   10:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add unechan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Andrew and all,

The addresses on the cover needs more investigation, but some comments from my quick observation ;

- there are too many excessive writings to be considered as to be originally written. However this does not mean that the cover is not genuine; people used to utilize the cover to practice writing thus those excess writings may be simply added afterwards.

- The date written on the cover says March 5th and matches the date stamp.

- No arrival date stamp thus the addressee should be somewhere in Tokyo urban area; still struggling to decipher the address

- the perforation of the stamp seems to be unusually large in diameter; seems to be even larger than MLL perforation and need more investigation.

- Hironobu
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Edited by unechan - 06/28/2018 10:49 pm
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Posted 06/29/2018   02:27 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add agb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hironobu,

Thank you for dropping by, we all eagerly await your further comments in due course.

Andrew
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Edited by agb - 06/29/2018 02:27 am
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Posted 09/24/2020   3:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ligneN to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Stamp, postmarks and cover are perfectly genuine.
Yes, the "Mei" of Meiji looks strange/distorted, but was probably damaged/blurred and inserted by hand.

Stamp was pasted to the reverse of a Tokyo city-drop mail (1 sen rate!).
However the address within Tokyo is difficult to read.
Same for the senders return address.

Sure it is possible to plate the stamp.

Get Ichidas two-volume book as reported above. Vol. 2 is just 1:1 photos of sheets and sheet-reconstructions pasted to cardboard pages.
And no, it is not so "expensive" as it was in the past.
Some auctions offer boxed copies from estates for around $100.
Worth every penny.
(Yes, some japanese dealers still have mint copies and claim $300).
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