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Posted 12/05/2018   10:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add justme to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I just now finally started to check watermarks in my stamps and I'm not getting anything. I've only checked a few Washingtons. Either all the ones I checked are not watermarked or I'm doing something wrong.
I did see this one and let me know if this is a watermark I'm seeing.
It's an imperforate Washington red (letter denomination) either 344 or 384. Is that the watermark in the upper right?

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Posted 12/05/2018   10:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add michaelschreiber to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes. It looks like it is the U.
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Posted 12/05/2018   10:51 pm  Show Profile Check 91stang's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 91stang to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wher do you see this 'U'? I'm sure if you refer to Scott's cat of course the USA version.they show you examples of the watermarks start there..
Good luck
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Posted 12/06/2018   12:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mdroth to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Watermarks are tough because most times, only a piece of a letter or symbol appears on the stamp - like with the OP's stamp above - there is only 1/2 of the letter 'U' that is visible. The other 1/2 is on the next stamp.

This shows a good picture of what it looks like:

https://www.stamp-collecting-world....ps_1910.html
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Edited by mdroth - 12/06/2018 12:37 am
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Posted 12/06/2018   09:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add justme to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Now, comes another issue. Is this a single line watermark or part of a double line watermark. Below are two screen shots I got from the Stamp Smarter site.


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Posted 12/06/2018   09:57 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mdroth to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Part of the problem with watermarks.

One of the reasons I try to avoid collecting new countries w/watermarks!

Based on your pictures, it is impossible to tell whether it is single-line or double-line.

The good news, potentially, is that most US issues are either watermarked or not. There are very few that had both single & double watermarks. So a preliminary ID should be done based on design/perfs etc. Leave the watermark for last...

(I'll just add one more comment: the 'single' line watermarks are generally thinner than the double-lines. But you need lots of experience with these to understand which is which...)
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Posted 12/06/2018   7:15 pm  Show Profile Check 91stang's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 91stang to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great thread I see it now..IMO.it a single line. But hey, good luck.
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