"Knowledge Is Power"billw2 wrote:
I know next to nothing about Australian States stamps but the alignment of those perf holes is atrocious, and to me, as someone that collects US, that looks like an amateur reperf job.
They are absolutely normal looking on many printings from Victoria, Circa 1900. Uneven and ugly looking perfs were often the norm there. Depending on the gauge, you get sharp pointed tips and blunter ones, but as we can see both were often badly aligned, even on 1 side.
Victoria of course printed the WA stamps in this era, and similar ugly perf spacing is VERY normal -
This above too looks to the untrained observer like an "amateur reperf" but it also is 100% perfectly genuine.
I've handled 10,000s of these issues, and Rod Perry probably handled MILLIONS in his career as a International Gold Medal exhibitor of "Victoria", and running a large Auction house there.
David Benson is a FIP Judge of long standing. We all agree this 1/- Victoria is normal and not re-perfed.
You can even see large and small perf pins in use along 1 side of each stamp!