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Michel # 1202, 100 years of Austrian Post & Telegraph General-directorate.
One colour black,engraved on straw yellow coloured paper.

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Finally, page six

Michel # 1205, Josef Hoffmann was an Austrian architect and designer of consumer goods.


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Michel 1208, 120th anniversary of the Vienna Humane Society.
Combo printing, recess black, offset yellow.

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Close up of the little guy.
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I love Austrian stamps in general and the engraved ones even more so. And the message from member Possum was 'He is gorgeous'.

I recently received some stamps from Pberg and they included these two:

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The Norwegian train stamp are really nice, wonder if Norway still produces engraved stamps as so few countries still do.

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My receptionist just came in and caught me looking at this thread. I guess it is better than getting caught looking other kinds of pretty pictures on the internet.

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lithograving wrote:The Norwegian train stamp are really nice, wonder if Norway still produces engraved stamps as so few countries still do.
I searched 2009 and 2010 and came up with just one (150th Anniversary of Norway's National Anthem):

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So there is still hope.
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KevinHedley wrote:
lithograving wrote:The Norwegian train stamp are really nice, wonder if Norway still produces engraved stamps as so few countries still do.
I searched 2009 and 2010 and came up with just one (150th Anniversary of Norway's National Anthem):

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So there is still hope.

It's the same here in Canada where only the high values are still engraved.

The only recently engraved commemoratives are this year's Marine Life which was a joint issue with Sweden, engraved & printed by Sweden Post.


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Harbour Porpoise

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Sea Otter

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Very simple engraving on either stamp but it's better than nothing.

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The inside of the cover shows pertinent facts of the stamps and mentions the engraver and designer.

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Notice that Canada Post calls the printing process intaglio, compared to engraving or recess.

In French its gravure sur acier which translates as steel engraving.

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I always liked the 1944 Constitution set from Jamaica:

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Five engraved stamps have been issued by Denmark this year and here is the first of them:

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Part of the 1929 KGV "Scroll" Issue, the 20c "Harvesting Wheat"

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Also part of the 1929 KGV "Scroll" Issue, the 50c "Bluenose," quite possibly Canada's most beautiful issued stamp.

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I actually dont believe I own this. I picked it up 25 years ago for $20.00 likely will never see a better one in its place.
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That is a very decent looking copy Amfhf1, and a screaming bargain at 25 dollars. Congratulations!

Since I understand it was Father's day in Australia today (it's still only about 3 PM this Sunday in Spain), here is a little engraved celebration stamp, the Champenoise, which means the Lady from the Champagne Region (in this case representing the actress Janny Perjeanne), in full regional garb, and holding a glass of bubbly. This stamp was issued in 1938, and was engraved by Antonin Delzers. Its issuance also coincided with the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of Dom Perignon, the benedictine monk credited with the invention of champagne. Cheers!



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I realise it is not the world's finest example, but I DO get a buzz whenever I scan these gems for stock! Gotta be THE most striking Engraved stamp ever?

Even the wonderfully massive "3D" ornate WATERMARK used only for this, is a work of art!

https://www.glenstephens.com/rarity.html

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ozstamps wrote:
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I realise it is not the world's finest example, but I DO get a buzz whenever I scan these gems for stock! Gotta be THE most striking Engraved stamp ever?

Even the wonderfully massive "3D" ornate WATERMARK used only for this, is a work of art!

https://www.glenstephens.com/rarity.html
Definitely a contender. Maybe I should have held out for that stamp before I ordered from you!
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The £1 GB UPU is a fantastic example of engraving to be sure.

Here is a very nice effort from Belgium, a parcel post stamp engraved by Jean De Bast in 1928 and representing the Central Post Office in Brussels. The set of these stamps was issued in 1929.

Here is a proof, signed and dated by Jean De Bast:


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And a close up in even more detail, where you can even read the time on the clock:



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Here is a photo on a postcard of the Central Post Office for comparison (also posted on another thread):



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And finally, the set of stamps as they were issued:



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I received one of these Naked Maja stamps in an approval offering many, many years ago. For a thirteen year old in the fifties this was quite something and educational :lol:,better almost than National Geographics.
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The first Austrian multicolour stamp, Michel 1043. This 1958 issue portrays Walter von der Vogelweide a famous minstrel who lived in the Twelfth century.

It is a combo print, black engraving and multi offset/litho

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A couple of nice engraved ones from Portugal. On the edges are the names of the designer J.P. Roque and A. Lucas the engraver.

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This last one of the set of course is not engraved but offset/lithography yet still a very nice looking stamp.

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What a fantastic thread! I'm inspired to start an Engraved Beauties collection!

How though, would you go about it?

By engraver?

By country - Sweden and Austria look strong contenders?

Or just buy random stamps and sets from any country depending on what takes your fancy?

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Nick777VVV wrote:What a fantastic thread! I'm inspired to start an Engraved Beauties collection!

How though, would you go about it?

By engraver?

By country - Sweden and Austria look strong contenders?

Or just buy random stamps and sets from any country depending on what takes your fancy?

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That's a good question Nick and basically it depends on what you feel is right for you.

I've always had Austrian stamps (from my grandfather) ever since I started collecting at around 6 years of age and just liked them. At that time I didn't know the difference between engraved, typographed,offset or photogravure but I soon found that I liked those engraved ones more than the the others. Then I discovered that on Austrian stamps at least they had the name of the designer on the bottom left and the engraver on the bottom right which led me to prefer the work some engravers more than others.
I started to collect Swedish and Danish stamps only because they were engraved and Sweden especially because of the famous master engraver Czeslaw Slania.
Sometimes I saw an engraved stamp and just had to have it regardless of country or engraver, guess that's the fun in collecting.
France and Czechoslovakia have produced many beautifully engraved stamps and of course so has the US, especially the classic issues which are for the most part quite expensive.
Here are a couple of links to the art of engraving.

http://www.batz-hausen.de/titel.htm


http://www.slaniastamps-heindorffhus.com/index.html

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Very interesting links, thank you.

I think the most pragmatic approach is going to have to be based on 'if it looks good, I'll have it', rather than any predetermined set of collecting rules.

I've no wish to collect Austria from start to finish as it were but there will be plenty of odd sets which simply demand inclusion because of their beauty.

This should be a fascinating project!
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Good luck Nick. I think you are right about collecting whatever you like. It is probable that you will end up going in one direction but for now I am not sure it is worthwhile making a firm decision one way or the other.

I never really realised the beauty of stamp engraving but this forum allows us to really appreciate the skill.

I will stick with my bird theme but return again and again to this thread.
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This should be a fascinating project!
When you do acquire some beauties I hope you will post them here.

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Great variety of engraving showcased on this thread, even some which I consider quite ugly (tastes do vary). With regard to country collections with interesting engraving, I think that my top pick would be Czechoslovakia: I find some unattractive, but many are beautiful in unusually distinctive styles.




I consider this one pretty enough to repeat:

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The engraver used very fine detail to portray these old pistols from Czechoslovakia.
Combination print: black engraving, colour photogravure
Notice the small crosses + on the four sides used for colour registration.

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Love the way they have captured the reflection.


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Another Canadian beauty, Thanks Librarianc, she is a beauty.

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stallzer wrote:Another Canadian beauty, Thanks Librarianc, she is a beauty.

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Nice stamps the War Issues, notice the 1942 hidden date in the lower left maple leaf.

Did you get a plate block or margin copy?

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lithograving wrote:
Nice stamps the War Issues, notice the 1942 hidden date in the lower left maple leaf.

Did you get a plate block or margin copy?
Ok, what's a margin copy ?

It's not a plate Block, I know what that is. It's a single stamp.....Bad thing is that I have a great scanner but for some reason it is not capturing the beautiful Blue of the stamp itself. Never noticed the 1942, good find.
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What I meant was it looks like there is selvage on the left side and bottom, maybe it's just the scan or my eyesight is going.

How about scanning with a black background or like someone here suggested months ago with the lid open.

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Centretek wrote:Love the way they have captured the reflection.


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Pakistan produced many fine engraved stamps. The one you show and the rest of this definitive set where printed by the Pakistan State Printers in Karachi but I believe they were engraved by De la Rue.

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lithograving wrote:What I meant was it looks like there is selvage on the left side and bottom, maybe it's just the scan or my eyesight is going.

How about scanning with a black background or like someone here suggested months ago with the lid open.

Ahhh....Your eyes are fine. There is a tab or selvage on the left and a little on the bottom, I cropped it with the scanner, didn't think anyone wanted to see that part of the stamp.
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Stunning stamps :D
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brcStamps wrote:Stunning stamps :D
Your favourable comments encourage me to post a few more.

From pre-war Poland 1935/37 part of a definitive series. I only have a few used of the 15 values, if someone has the whole set, please post them.

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More Poland from the 1938 thirteen value set commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Polish Republic.

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Anybody have the rest of the set to post?

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Some more Swedish booklet stamps.

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More Sweden
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Lithos are certainly some of the most beautiful stamps. I really love some of those Swedish issues.
Here are a few more. Grace Kelly is particularly lovely I think.
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And a few more from USA. Slater Mill is a very nice example.

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You are absolutely right Anthony, the US has printed some very fine engraved stamps, especially in the classic period but even modern ones such as the ones you posted. I had completely neglected them sorry to say.

The Steinbeck, T.S. Eliot, Grace Kelly are beautifully engraved as are the multicolour ones. One of my favourites is the Tom Sawyer , I liked it from the moment I picked it up in a small post office on one of our trips to the United States and it reminded me of the first time I read the book when I was a little kid.

It's a pity that since the Bureau of Engraving & Printing stopped printing stamps about 10 years ago very few US issues are still engraved.

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Here are some fine examples of modern US engraved beauties. The engraving is comparable to any that I have seen and surpasses many.

Truman was one of my favourite presidents partly for his plain demeanor and common sense approach to politics. And for not putting up with BS such as when he fired Douglas MacArthur. I like his saying The buck stops here.

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Plate block of the Architecture series. Notice that US stamps were still line perforated whereas by that time most stamps printed everywhere else used comb perf.

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The following three were printed on the Giori press using 3 colour engraving


I like the design of the Louisiana Statehood more so than the engraving. Stamp would have looked better using offset/litho or photographure, then again the BofE&P didn't have those print capabilities at the time.

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The next two were also printed by the Giori printing press but this time combining litho and engraving. Most of the US stamps in the these years were printed this way.

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The beauty of these stamps and most of the stamps I've posted before is the fact that they are so very inexpensive and so easy to obtain.

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The next 5 commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the American Civil War, one stamp only issued per year. Imagine how many souvenir sheets etc they would come out nowadays for such an event.

Actually next year is the Susquecentennial, wonder what they will come up with.

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This last one for the final battle of Appomattox is quite poignant and fitting, blue on the left, grey on the right representing the two sides.
Plus of course Lincoln's words
With malice toward none, with charity for all, ...let us strive on to finish the work we are in, ...to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

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Very nice and uncancelled are better to see.
I had scanned the John Trumbull, Chief Joseph and Robert F Kennedy also but didn't upload them :D

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Looking at some of these engravings gave me an idea for another thread.
Stamp image and actual image. Example:-

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What do you think?

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anthonyuk,
That's cool. Just my opinion, but I think it doesn't detract from the thrust of the thread. Maybe the odd time posting an engraved beauty with the actual example could just continue here.........

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