I have a few questions regarding this stamp, stamp is perf 12½.
First I have around 15 copys of this stamp but this image is very blurry compared to others, I simply put it down to a poor printing but whilst reading my new commonwealth catalogue came across the term albino frame print saying can be identified by blurry lines, im not saying im thinking this is in any way but it peaked my curiosity, a google/eBay search has left me even more confused,the stamps I've viewed claiming to be albino double print just looked a bit heavy on the ink? can some one give me a link or an idiots guide to albino frames and how to identify them.
Second question is regarding this stamp, the notes on the "line on sail" variety for this issue state that it was a flaw that developed gradually between 1943 and 1950, I can see a line left and very faint to right but there is no mention of the flaw on the 5/- I also have a 2/- with almost identical line, no other copys, and I have multiples have this line.
The albino frame can be difficult to see with straight frames.In the stamp below the inside of the frame is a bit rounded in one part so it stands out better.You can notice the embossed portion left by the uninked plate. (Siegel auction stamp)
I have a flaws database on my web site with submissions from various collectors. I have two versions of the line in sail flaw which I have attached below so you can see them. It looks like you have the reparied version which has a shorter line. Notice that you also have the dots to the upper left of the frame which comes with the repaired line. See the image below if you don't see the dots. Hopefully this helps answer your question. If you would like to view all the flaws, please visit this web site. http://www.kgvistamps.com/kgvistamps/flaws.aspx
Thanks for all the replies, I was way off on what I thought an albino print was but now understand exactly what it is thanks to the links and scans.
In regard to the line on sail, thats great info, I've checked my 2/- and its the same, it has 2 dots in upper left so must be repaired state aswell, one question I do have is why there is no listing for the flaw (pre repair) for the 5/- or maybe its to do with the dates of printing? either way its a great little find that lead me down a rabbit hole to discover a few new things.
There are a vast number of flaws - especially for the King George VI material. Most of them are not listed in the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue because they don't really have room to publish all of them. Richard Lockyer - who submitted the original version of the flaw to me is the person who is responsible for most of the King George VI flaws that are actually listed in Gibbons. He told me one time that in order to get one listed it has to be found on multiple stamps with the position confirmed (usually in a block with some portion of the selvedge). It also helps if the flaw has an interesting name - like the Ascension Torpedo Flaw. Richard also has a pretty close relationship to the Gibbons editorial staff which also gives him access to propose additions to the catalog.
KGVI, whilst my main area of collecting is QEII errors and flaws im now at a point where most items are expensive and purchases few and far between, im thinking KGVI commonwealth would be a good opportunity to continue as I already have a vast amount of material to search, I bookmarked your site which is impressive, I also notice that most line on sail flaws for sale on eBay are actually the repaired state with the dots but still asking for considerable sums and identified as the original flaw, I think a little side note in gibbons wouldnt go a miss for the issue.