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Identifying origin of KEVIII 6d booklet panes
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Author:  Robinr [ Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Identifying origin of KEVIII 6d booklet panes

Dear All,

I understand that the little 6d booklets containing just two pairs of stamps were made up from the outside two columns from standard sheets. The problem with identifying the panes for authenticity is understandable. And since it has been said that the trimming of the margin is so close that there are no cylinder numbers.

The margin (selvedge) of these small panes is 4mm, and the cylinder number of a standard pane is 3mm from the edge of the stamp, and so would in fact be captured by the booklet pane. Furthermore, the right hand edge of the control would also be captured.

Thus, it seems that one in every twenty 6d booklets could be identified by the cylinder number of the source standard pane. This does not guarantee fraud avoidance. But are the cylinders from which the 6d booklet panes were cut known? And incidentally, what became of the rest of these sheets?

Another at least theoretical way to identify the source would be by known minor flaws in the outer two columns of stamps. Apart from control blocks from standard panes, these stamps are hard to find. Does anybody know of a list of the minor flaws, or can anybody be kind and generous enough to share a list?

Best, Robin Restall

Author:  Harvey [ Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 1542

I'm afraid you've been misled! These small panes were NOT cut from normal sheets, but from ordinary sized booklet panes which were prepared as advertising panes. The adverts were printed after the stamps, so the panes would originally have consisted of two blank labels plus four stamps when they came off the press. The outer edges of the (blank)advert labels were cut off in order to make the binding margins for the smaller panes of two stamps.
Best Wishes

Author:  Robinr [ Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 1543

Thanks Harvey.
Another fine theory exploded!
But there is still the possibility of minor flaws I suppose....
Cheers, Robin (R)

Author:  Harvey [ Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 1544

If there are constant flaws on the stamps which normally make-up the 4-stamp advert panes then it's quite possible you might be able to trace the same flaws on the 2-stamp panes from the 6d booklets. All I can say is - keep looking. And good luck!

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