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Very New Collector Of Cut Squares. Noobie Question.

 
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Posted 06/01/2021   03:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add lkkoller to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I have a very noobie question... Please be gentle! When cutting your own squares is there some general rules as to how much border to leave? Do you save the cancellation? I don't want to cut any, I'd rather have entires. But I inherited several cut squares that are very ragged looking and need trimmed. Thanks!
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Posted 06/01/2021   03:46 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

If you feel trimming is needed, leave as much margin as possible. Be very wary of removing any cancel information.
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Posted 06/01/2021   03:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lkkoller to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks. 51studebaker. Your answer fits exactly with my thoughts and what I have been doing.
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Posted 06/01/2021   05:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I use a half inch border around similar stamps of issue,
Increase that to include Postmarks or Cover printing if shown.
Primarily to keep a uniform display.
Cut so the stamp impression sits square to the cut.

Here is an Australian Cut square that fetched $600 in 2014, Phoenix Auctions Australia

This occurred from a collectors deep knowledge of his/her discipline, (to recognise the importance) and the scarcity of the item.

Postal Stationery collector February 2014 Vol 20 No 77

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Posted 06/01/2021   10:05 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add classic_paper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'd add, if any still have the flap or other side of the envelope (as appropriate), keep that attached.
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Posted 06/01/2021   4:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
First of all the full used envelope (or unused) is more valuable and desirable.

That said a 2"x 4" corner was a common size, larger if there are marking you wish to preserve. The other version, the one you seem to be inquiring about is called a "cut-square."

If you retain the entire envelope, you can then differentiate between many varieties of the envelopes upon which the design was placed and there are many.

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Posted 06/01/2021   7:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lkkoller to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks all for the information. I intend to collect the entire envelope, used or unused. I just have a lot already cut out and am looking to kinda make them uniform.
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