I have two stamps, both reportedly from Bill Amonette (the 10/11 color expert). I acquired them from two different places, both identified as "Bright Orange Brown," (a rare shade), and they are definitely not the same shade.
The lighter colored one came with one of his notes that says "#10 VF 61L1E SUPER COLOR BRIGHT ORANGE BROWN #10 VF 61L1E with margins all around close and just clear at the top. SUPER color as bright post office fresh orange brown as you will ever find, Neat CDS cancel. This rare color as intense bright orange brown as I have ever seen only from plate 1E. 10519a" (Note: this is an 10A - the 10/10A split had not been made when Bill Amonette wrote his note./)
The darker one is from one of his color charts which I have a copy, and I can confirm that it is the same stamp. It is plated as 33L1E.
I'm going to send these to the PF, but I am curious if there are any informed opinions here about the difference in these stamps. Both were scanned by me on the same scanner with the same settings.
A few possibilities:
- The stamp with a note is not actually the stamp Bill described.
- The stamps changed colors since Bill identified the shades.
- This "shade" comes in a wide range of shades
- I have misinterpreted the note that says "Intense bright orange brown" as maybe a different shade.
- Identifying shades is a fool's errand.
A copy of the relevant color chart: