GB KGV 1d "Downey Head" stamps. A Detailed look & Discussion

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Re: GB Downey Heads Identification - Help!

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McGlen wrote:Hi all.

With the aid of a rather old GB Edward VII - George VI SG specialised stamp catalogue (4th Edition!), I have my 1/2d and 1d stamps split into the various types ranging from N1 to N13.

Q1. How do you ascertain what the correct sg number is for say N11 where the numbers range from sg341 to sg343? I’m clearly missing something or need to invest in a much later catalogue!

Q2. Below are a pair of 1d N11 (crown wmk), so in addition to determining the correct SG number, I am also trying to establish whether the one on the left is the ‘no cross’ N11b. variety. What do you think?

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Q3. Just to digress ever so slightly, below is a fairly average 1d N10 (inverted simple cypher wmk). Certainly not the most aesthetically pleasing stamp to behold and a few poor perfs! I’m scratching my head trying to decypher the postmark - box on top of a cross? Any of you guys know what it is?

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Thanks for taking the time to look at the scans. Any help/advice would be very much appreciated.

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Hi again.

I’ve yet to obtain an answer to the first question raised i.e. how do you determine the correct sg number when guidance simply refers to a range. If anyone out there can help, I would be extremely grateful.

Here’s an excerpt from the book I’m using.

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Re: GB Downey Heads Identification - Help!

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Goober wrote:Hiya, ref the postmark query, rotate the stamp to the left and what you have there is a GB roller cancel, probably parcel - I ran the image through Retroreveal, see below, what you thought was a box is clearly an E - the whole thing then becomes E.X - unfortunately I have no clue as to what office this relates to
Exeter would be my guess.

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Re: GB Downey Heads Identification - Help!

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mozzerb wrote:
Goober wrote:Hiya, ref the postmark query, rotate the stamp to the left and what you have there is a GB roller cancel, probably parcel - I ran the image through Retroreveal, see below, what you thought was a box is clearly an E - the whole thing then becomes E.X - unfortunately I have no clue as to what office this relates to
Exeter would be my guess.
Thanks MozzerB. Any ideas how to determine the correct sg numbers?

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Re: GB Downey Heads Identification - Help!

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McGlen wrote:
Thanks MozzerB. Any ideas how to determine the correct sg numbers?

You need to get an SG Colour Key as the difference between 341 & 342 is shade - 341 is "bright scarlet", 342 is "scarlet".

343 is "aniline scarlet" where, according to the SG Concise Catalogue, "the colour is suffused on the surface of the stamp and shows through clearly on the back. Specimens without these characteristics but which show similar "aniline" reactions under the quartz lamp are relatively common".

The latest Concise I have is from 2018 (awaiting the 2020 edition to upgrade) shows fine used prices for 341/342/343 at £2/£2/£100

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Re: GB Downey Heads Identification - Help!

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fchd wrote:
McGlen wrote:
Thanks MozzerB. Any ideas how to determine the correct sg numbers?

You need to get an SG Colour Key as the difference between 341 & 342 is shade - 341 is "bright scarlet", 342 is "scarlet".

343 is "aniline scarlet" where, according to the SG Concise Catalogue, "the colour is suffused on the surface of the stamp and shows through clearly on the back. Specimens without these characteristics but which show similar "aniline" reactions under the quartz lamp are relatively common".

The latest Concise I have is from 2018 (awaiting the 2020 edition to upgrade) shows fine used prices for 341/342/343 at £2/£2/£100
Thanks fchd. I thought they had to relate to shades/ colour variations but couldn’t figure out why the book listed 5 instead of 3. I was expecting to see a description for each of the sg numbers! Thanks again - it’s been bugging me for ages. I clearly need to invest in a more up to date guide! :D

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Re: GB KGV 1d "Downey Head" stamps. A Detailed look & Discussion

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This Downey Head seems to be printed on yellowish paper. Can anybody provide more information on this?
In the second scan I have shown the stamp on the right against another Downey Head for comparison.

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It's used, so could it have been soaked off a non-white envelope?

The paper is not evenly coloured on my screen, so I suspect it was not that colour originally.

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I would agree with phrag99.
The paper is stained. Looks like a hinge blemish as well.

Have a good one,
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Many thanks for the replies.

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I also think the paper is stained, and not as originally printed.
Skilo's reply reminded me of an item of his that I noticed in 2018 (Skilo, I tried to contact you privately at the time but probably did not have your correct email address). It was a 1d Die 2 B11 control strip from Plate 6 with a small watermark cross that had a bent lower arm. A bit of background info: two Post Office sheets were printed side-by-side on each sheet of Crown watermark paper; you can tell which side of the paper a corner piece comes from because there are small crosses in both outer corners, and a larger cross in the centre where the paper was guillotined. This bent cross variety only affects the right-hand small corner cross. I have this watermark variety on only the Downey Head 1d value (not the ½d), as follows: 1d Die 1b, Plate 15; 1d Die 2, Plates 2, 4, 6, and 8. Some control strips showing the variety are illustrated below. Has anyone else got any examples of this variety?
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Re: GB KGV 1d "Downey Head" stamps. A Detailed look & Discussion

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Hey Mike,

Hope you’re well my friend, and I’m sorry we didn’t connect. I’d be happy to help any time. I can private message you my email address.

Have a good one,
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Re: GB KGV 1d "Downey Head" stamps. A Detailed look & Discussion

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skilo54 wrote:
14 Jan 2021 12:45
I can private message you my email address.
Hi Skilo, yes, please send me a private message (I can't figure out how to do this!).

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