1841 1d Red Plates 12 to 40 Repaired Impressions
IntroductionScope of the Display
My display exhibits repaired impressions from the earlier repaired plates 12 to 40 of the 1841 penny red imperforate stamps, displaying the different states and characteristics of various letterings that were repaired.
Wear is understood to be the usual reason that a plate repair was considered necessary, the repair intended to restore the fine lines of the worn engraving.
Repair of the plate was in most cases by re-entry using a transfer roller applied under high pressure over the existing impression. Most repairs were coincident re-entries with no duplication in the design, but on some occasions duplication ofthe impression occurred and this is known as a non-coincident re-entry.
The principal characteristics of the repaired letterings are described to aid identification of each state.
(1) Queen Victoria Specialised Catalogue Volume 1 Part 1 – Stanley Gibbons, 2020
(2) Repaired Impressions – H Osborne, 1949
(3) The Repairs of the 1841 Penny Plates 1-40 – J. W. M Stone