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US 10c Wasington Scott Design A140

 
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Posted 07/07/2020   7:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add rb6179 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
The stamp I am looking at has no visible watermark and is perf 12. On orange paper it looks gray compared to other stamps on normal paper. It shows specks and dark fibers on the back when viewed under a scope. On the edges I see black or very dark fibers extending from the edges of the torn perfs, something I don't believe I have ever seen on any other stamps.

Scott list only 3 varieties of this denomination and design, all are either single line or double line watermarks. Sc 364 is blueish gray variety.

My question is it possible that a watermark can fade over time or not b visible on a stamp with this color and age, or do unwatermarked examples exist of the 3 varieties?

I added pics of a 1c Washington perf 10 for comparison purposes, knowing my cam and monitors may distort the colors.




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Posted 07/07/2020   7:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
They do not fade over time, but sometimes they are small and difficult to see. Plus yellow and orange stamps are the most difficult to see watermarks on in any case. They usual attempt method is to view the margins carefully first, and then look inside the design. DL watermarks tend to show up fairly easily most of the time, so if you really cannot find one it is probably a single line watermark. These can be difficult under the best of conditions.
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Posted 07/07/2020   7:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rb6179 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
ok I will do that.
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Posted 07/07/2020   7:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Moyock13 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Is it me?!? Or are those stamps backwards? Like a mirror image.
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Posted 07/07/2020   8:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rb6179 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
yeah my scope flipped the images.
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