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As the title indicates, I'm going to upload in this thread images from my first stamp write up of my FSF collection. I have been collecting NZ stamps for just over two years.

I wanted to get a feel for organizing the items I have collected in that brief time, and to attempt to set out a few of the nicer items I have been fortunate to find.

I have looked at the excellent examples of write ups posted here and had some kind, and very helpful, input from other NZ collectors through email. With that said, I want to emphasise a couple of points at the outset:

1. This is a draft and has not been exhibited (and may never be). There is, therefore, no introduction page, as would be expected for an exhibit.

2. While the write up broadly follows the conventions of a traditional category display, it is obviously missing many of the pieces that would be expected for a formal exhibit. It is also too short for an exhibit as it lacks items on covers. I'm aware of this and will consider if I want to expand this further

3. As you will see, there are some gaps. I'm still considering if/how to fill them, but I've left them in the draft.

I welcome comments, but please do note these points before commenting.

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That's it for the moment. A few more items will be added in the coming weeks.
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Good morning

Very nice to see this initial write-up.

If you are going to exhibit these then I do strongly suggest that you include on your title/front page a bibliography that includes the references used. You specifically mention Wooders and Thackery, but I suspect that you may also have used various volumes of Postage Stamps of New Zealand, and these also + any other reference books used ought to be mentioned also.

Keep up the good work, and all the best for your project.

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David Smitham wrote: 28 Sep 2023 05:14 Good morning

Very nice to see this initial write-up.

If you are going to exhibit these then I do strongly suggest that you include on your title/front page a bibliography that includes the references used. You specifically mention Wooders and Thackery, but I suspect that you may also have used various volumes of Postage Stamps of New Zealand, and these also + any other reference books used ought to be mentioned also.

Keep up the good work, and all the best for your project.

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Red,

Very nice!

Though you said there was "no introduction", there was. There was also a lot of interesting and uncommon material, and the write up was both clear and concise.

If you wanted to take a step further, then I'd say you were 10/16th of a way towards having a very good one frame exhibit in the traditional class.

Missing I think is a page or two with interesting examples of use (as you have already said), some large multiples (mint or used), and examples of notable constant flaws (cracks, etc.).

But before you go the exhibit route, check on whether it has been done before. If it has, then you will have to think of some distinguishing feature of you display...

Above all, enjoy what you're doing. And keep showing it here!

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PhilipAdams wrote: 28 Sep 2023 11:46 Red,

Very nice!

Though you said there was "no introduction", there was. There was also a lot of interesting and uncommon material, and the write up was both clear and concise.

If you wanted to take a step further, then I'd say you were 10/16th of a way towards having a very good one frame exhibit in the traditional class.

Missing I think is a page or two with interesting examples of use (as you have already said), some large multiples (mint or used), and examples of notable constant flaws (cracks, etc.).

But before you go the exhibit route, check on whether it has been done before. If it has, then you will have to think of some distinguishing feature of you display...

Above all, enjoy what you're doing. And keep showing it here!

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Thank you for taking the time to look over my collection, and for the kind words and helpful advice, Philip.

Robin Gwynn has done a lot of great work on the First Sidefaces, and Mark Benvie has also recently put together a very strong collection (now largely broken up, I believe). Some of the pieces in my collection come from Robin's and Mark's exhibits. So, the topic has been done before and finding a new angle is quite challenging. Robin has also written about the difficulties of putting together even three frames of good FSF material, much more difficult than the chalons that preceded the FSFs or the Second Sidefaces that succeeded them, for example.

There is only one recognised consistent error in the issue (on the 1d), so building an exhibit with print varieties is not an option. The main variations are in the perforations. This is the area I have some distinctive material, having found a couple of rare examples (below). Perhaps that is where I would focus for a one frame exhibit.
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Large blocks (particularly used) are also very rare, and good quality covers are comparatively scarce. Like all collections, good ones generally take a lot of time to compile, so if I decide to develop this it will require some patience, a bit of luck, and, of course $$$.

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Giving a bump to my earlier requests to buy FSF material, covers or early use:

https://stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?p=10984602#p10984602

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Added another page today with these nice examples of the De La Rue & Co. pre-production colour trials showing alternate colours from those finally issued.
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On your 6d page you have noted late usage in March 1882. The Second Sidefaces were issued in April, not January as you have stated.
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Craig wrote: 17 Oct 2023 21:24 On your 6d page you have noted late usage in March 1882. The Second Sidefaces were issued in April, not January as you have stated.
We'll spotted. I had noticed that a few days ago and corrected in the new draft. Thanks for reviewing
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Posting another new addition to my FSF write up, recently purchased on eBay. I'm currently conducting research on the cover with other FSF collectors, but I am not aware of another example of a FSF with double perf on a cover (higher values of FSF DP are particularly scarce). I would be happy to hear from Stampboards members who have, or have seen, other examples.
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I would also be interested to hear from collectors who have knowledge of packet cancels of the type on this cover as I do not know much about these. Any postal history information appreciated, particularly if anyone has potential shipping details. The markings indicate this went via San Francisco, arriving in Glasgow on 26 May 1877.
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I have also added a page on the 1873 Newspaper stamp as background information on the transition from the Chalons to the FSFs in 1874.
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I added two more pieces to my FSF collection today. Both help to partly address gaps in my write up.

First, this nice, clean 1875 cover from Dunedin to London with a 6d perf 12½, 6d being the standard letter rate from NZ to the UK. The cover transited via Suez and has a London receiving mark. Nothing exceptional, but a good example of FSF use nonetheless.
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Second, this beautiful imperf block of 3d plate proofs, stamped 'CANCELLED', produced of De La Rue & Co. The violet colour was changed to brown for the final issue for unknown reasons. It is not known how many of these proofs were produced, but it is currently believed to have been not more than one or two sheets for each denomination.
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In 1882 NZ passed legislation that allowed postage stamps to be used for fiscal transactions, such as paying government charges. The FSFs were replaced by a new design - the second side faces (imaginative, I know) - which expressly states their permitted usage for "postage and revenue." The remaining FSFs could therefore be used fiscally. Below is a block of 1/- used in July 1882 for payment of land registry charges.
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I purchased this group from a seller on eBay. As can be seen, there are a few faults, but I still think it's a good addition to my FSF write up. The 2d, 3d, 4d, and 6d, are all irregular compound perf. The 6d is a nice, clean copy and not common in mint condition.
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Thank you to those who have kindly provided comments on the first draft of my FSF write Up. Based on these inputs, I have made some revisions and expanded some area. It's still a work in progress, but it is developing. I am still only at 30 pages, so not quite 2 frames. Are there stamp exhibitions that accept 2 frame exhibits? If so, any suggestions on where I might show this are appreciated.

Here are a couple of the revised pages. I've updated the intro into a "traditional" first page (minus the page index).
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With many thanks to SB member, Craig, who sent this to me, I added an interesting piece to my FSF early use section - a 6d cancelled at Auckland, AUG 73. This is 4 months prior to the official release of the FSFs in January 1874.

An error? Perhaps. I've written a little about it in the page below. There will also be an article outlining a bit more in an upcoming issue of the NZSGB quarterly, The Kiwi.

http://nzsgb.org.uk/ekiwi/index.html
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Here's a close-up of the 6d in question ...
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Added a 2d perf 12½ with inverted WM today, to go with the 2d perf 10 x 12½ inverted WM I already had. Not the greatest copy, given the heavy cancel and a crease, but these are somewhat harder to find than their CV of $300 NZD suggests.
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RedKiwi wrote: 04 Dec 2023 02:37 Added a 2d perf 12½ with inverted WM today, to go with the 2d perf 10 x 12½ inverted WM I already had. Not the greatest copy, given the heavy cancel and a crease, but these are somewhat harder to find than their CV of $300 NZD suggests.

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I added this 1d perf 12 x 11½ to my FSF collection today. The manuscript cancel is probably postal not fiscal. The letters appear to be "Caver..." and resembles the manuscript cancel for Caversham in the Dunedin postal district, as illustrated in the PSNZ vol 3, though with manuscript cancels such as this, it can be a bit of guess work in many cases.
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Nearly all NZ manuscript cancels from this period are considered rare. Wooders lists Caversham as rated 9 on a 10 point scale.
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RedKiwi wrote: 29 Nov 2023 20:58 Here's a close-up of the 6d in question ...

Nice one - looks good.
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This 6d perf 12 x 11½ has what looks to me like a fiscal cancel. However, I can't make out what it might be. Does anyone have any ideas?
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I decided to get two of my FSF covers restored. Both are philatelically significant for reasons that are outlined above. However, both covers were damaged. This was not solely an aesthetic decision; I also wanted to stabilize and preserve the covers from further damage to increase their lifespan.

The professional restorer has written a detailed report on what was done that will accompany the covers when they are sold, so that future owners are fully aware of what has been done. The work is fairly subtle (in my view) but significantly improves the covers, though no doubt views will differ. I'll let you judge.


Before:
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After:
FSF Double Perf Cover (After).png
The focus was on removing some staining and repairing the tears with archival Japanese paper.
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Re: My New Zealand "First Sidefaces" (1874 - 1882) Draft Write Up

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Here is the same cover from the back.

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Here's the second restored cover. The main work was in repairing the tear at left.

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You've created a fantastic New Zealand FSF collection in such a short time,

The specimen examples were these hard to find as i rarely see the FSF with specimen overprint, maybe i am not looking hard enough.

I do like those 2/ are 5/ high values mint, hope there is more to see.
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ebay wrote: 18 Dec 2023 05:26 You've created a fantastic New Zealand FSF collection in such a short time,

The specimen examples were these hard to find as i rarely see the FSF with specimen overprint, maybe i am not looking hard enough.

I do like those 2/ are 5/ high values mint, hope there is more to see.
Thank you, ebay. I really appreaciate you taking the time to look over my write up.

I have been very fortunate with my FSF collection. Much of it has come off eBay, including those nice specimen examples (which I was surprised to get as a whole set for £300), and the 2/- & 5/- which also sold well below what I usually see them sell for.

The FSFs are fun to collect as they attract much less attention than the NZ chalons, and therefore some nice pieces can still be found at reasonable prices.

I'm adding pieces all the time, so will update as they come in.
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With many thanks to SB member, Chippin, I have additional information on the below cover.
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Drawing information from Tabeart, vol. 1, Chippin writes:

"Your cover was carried on the Pacific Mail Steamship Company's Zealandia, which sailed from Auckland on 12 April. The Zealandia arrived at San Francisco on 5 May (via Fiji - 16 April). The cover was then carried by rail to New York and placed on the City of Richmond, a ship of the Inman Line.

Tabeart gives an arrival date for Queenstown (name changed to Cobh, County Cork, Ireland in 1920) as 27 May 1877. He doesn't give a date for arrival at Liverpool but it is usually one day later than the date for Queenstown. Your cover shows the Liverpool Packet cancel dated 26 May 1877. The dates cited by Tabeart are taken from various local papers which are not always 100% accurate."
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