Where can I find info on the GB Queen Victoria Perforation Varieties?

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Where can I find info on the GB Queen Victoria Perforation Varieties?

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Can someone please tell me where to go (careful!) to find information on the varieties/variations noted for perforations for various Queen Victoria stamps (late 1800s)? The catalogue (software) I am using notes perforations with "P#"s - 14;P11, 14:P12, etc.

(I've skipped over the Penny Reds for now!)

Thank you!
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P=number of perforations in a 2cm linear measurement.

A perforation gauge is an essential piece of stamp collectors kit, there are many around, most of which can be easily picked up cheap, but the most common recommendation is the Stanley Gibbons Instanta gauge.
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If you're even semi-serious about collecting GB QV, I'd suggest a Stanley Gibbons Concise GB catalogue as a bare minimum.

It's infinitely better than an obscure online catalogue and as your collection develops you could graduate to a Stanley Gibbons QV Specialised catalogue. :idea:
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Like a pair of tweezers/tongs, a SG "Instanta" perforation gauge, and watermark fluid, are essentials for EVERY collector desk.

I sell dozens a year of the superb see-through Stanley Gibbons "Instanta" perforation gauges. They are inexpensive, and last a lifetime, and EVERY collector on this planet needs one.

You can work out the exact perforation gauge to a TENTH of a point within seconds. Even if stamps are in stockbooks, have rough perfs, are self-adhesive on backing paper, or hinged on pages, or are on covers or piece.

Just being able to CORRECTLY identify one 1966 $1 Aust Navigator perf 14.7 versus the common 14.3 gauge will repay the cost many times over. To the naked eye, or with el cheapo solid gauges they appear identical.

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I have supplies in store and do understand the basic perforations nomenclature, but these stamps (late 1800s Queen Victoria) are not listed with "standard" perf values like "14", or "15 x 14", but rather "14, P2", or "14, P17" or even "Imperf.; P2" ???. It would seem that the designation means something beyond the standard "perforations per 2 cm". (I'm using SoftPro's EzStamp software, if that matters to anyone.)

I will likely need to purchase a more specific QV catalogue, as gavin-h suggests - especially when I go back to tackle the Penny Reds, but it isn't necessarily my intention to become an expert on these - my primary goal is to record the stamps which I have had handed down to me from my parents and grandparents.

I am a newbie on this site, but have catalogued >18,000 US Stamps (from 1851 on), so I get the gist of perfs, watermarks, grilles, tagging, etc...but as I now enter into foreign (to me) "territory", I'm encountering many new things, and I am willing to learn!

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This is the catalogue to explain all your Victorian GB perforation queries, and a whole lot more:--
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Have a look at ebay, there are usually a few on there.
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DBP171 wrote: 27 Jan 2024 03:43 Can someone please tell me where to go (careful!) to find information on the varieties/variations noted for perforations for various Queen Victoria stamps (late 1800s)? The catalogue (software) I am using notes perforations with "P#"s - 14;P11, 14:P12, etc.

(I've skipped over the Penny Reds for now!)

Thank you!
I would think this notation would be nonsense to most members here.

Perhaps you could illustrate with a screen-grab of the relevant part of the software?
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They are plate numbers (similar to the Penny Reds, but not as many to choose from -- or something along those lines). I will get the recommended QV catalogue!

Thank you all for your patience!
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norvic wrote: 30 Jan 2024 07:59
DBP171 wrote: 27 Jan 2024 03:43 Can someone please tell me where to go (careful!) to find information on the varieties/variations noted for perforations for various Queen Victoria stamps (late 1800s)? The catalogue (software) I am using notes perforations with "P#"s - 14;P11, 14:P12, etc.

(I've skipped over the Penny Reds for now!)

Thank you!
I would think this notation would be nonsense to most members here.

Perhaps you could illustrate with a screen-grab of the relevant part of the software?
DBP171 wrote: 30 Jan 2024 08:21 They are plate numbers (similar to the Penny Reds, but not as many to choose from -- or something along those lines). I will get the recommended QV catalogue!

Thank you all for your patience!
Well if that is the case then surely it means that they are all perf 14?
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