NSW 8d Blue Laureate
Hello to the community I am a new member hoping to learn more about two blocks of stamps from my collection. The first block I purchased many years ago which in all intense and purposes I bought from an inherited
collection most likely believing it was a Van Dyck reprint. The thing that nagged at me was it had a fault in it with the printing and I couldn't fathom that a forger would allow this to get out as it would possibly bring about their demise.
In the last year I purchased a second block from Stanley Gibbons with certification that it is a Van Dyck reprint. I have since scanned these two at high resolution and put them side by side my block upon comparison is not like the Van Dyck although you can see they are from the same block as it is documented. I am hoping there is greater knowledge in this area than I have particularly in relation to block re-facing and or re-engraving.
In the photos the Van Dyck is on the left hand side always.
The paper on the Van Dyck is .0005 inch my block is .0004 inch which means my block is consistent with the size of the original post office issues.
My block is different in colour than all of the Van Dycks's that I have compared.
The Van Dyck block I have is on a more compressed paper than my block.
The Van Dyck's that I have compared are cut shorter than my block and has a spot to hold on to when rolling ie my block has partial fingerprints on the edges where it was held I find it hard to come to terms with a forger leaving any evidence of their presence on a block that could get into circulation.
My paper has a yellowish tinge to it.
Does anybody know did Van Dyck do any proofings or trial colours?
Did Jervis re-work the 8d block at some point?
Does anyone know the exact size of the block and the original paper that was used?
Did Van Dyck rub/scrape the plate when he had it ?
Were the Laureate blocks original printed by a roller or a press method?
Does anyone have a book/picture of an original NSW Post Office stamp printing making machine?
Is there a reference book that has pictures and or information on the rolling/inking process/machine used by the post office in C1853 ? I think I have read somewhere there was a rubber buffer that came down and grabbed the sheet did it automatically getting pulled in by the machine?
I have some selected side by side comparisons from the Stanley Gibbons Van Dyck block and my block where ink density is equal so that I have been comparing similarly. The Van Dyck's are on the left side my Block is always on the right hand side.
When these images were scanned they were scanned on the same scanner using the same settings and uploaded onto the same computer with no alterations what you see is what I see in real life.
Is there an alignment guide to align the paper on the post office machine when they were originally done?
I have seen on forums collector's mentioning the eyes on the Van Dyck's are Bigger? Why are do mine have smaller eyes?
Any Information would be greatly appreciated
Thank you Stamper 226.