Friday, August 28, 2009

Focus on the clay issues

I have long neglected this issue because I still lack a digital technique to examine the watermarks.

CL1A of 1939, 5ct and 10cBR



CL1B of 1943, 1c, 5ct, 10cBR, 30c, 40c, 1p, 1p-SO, 2p, and 20p











CL2A of 1949, 10cBR



CL2B of 1952, 40c, 50c, 50c-SO, 2 pesos



CL3 of 1952, thick paper only found on the 25c-SO.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

5c1E1t repeatable p.v.'s from DEPOF blocks Part 2 details

The fourth block has a non-repeatable variety row 2, column 2.



Two repeatable plate varieties appear side-by-side. The left variety has two small nicks in the lower left design column.

Fourth Block
Row 1, column 1
Row 3, column 1
Row 4, column 1

Fifth block
Row 2, column 1



and the right side variety has a deformed M of MORENO.

Fourth Block
Row 1, column 2
Row 3, column 2
Row 4, column 2

Fifth block
Row 2, column 1



The fifth block also has an additional repeatable variety row 1, column 4



and row 4, column 4.

5c1E1t repeatable p.v.'s from DEPOF blocks Part 2

These two blocks have several repeatable plate varieties. Some of these varieties do not appear on the three blocks previously shown and are not found in repeatable rows or columns. Here are the two blocks unmarked and marked.







5c1E1t repeatable p.v.'s from DEPOF blocks Part 1 details

Here are details for the three blocks shown in the previous post. The pair of repeatable varieties on the same row consist of these two plate varieties, both easy to spot:

Block 1,
row 1, column 1
row 3, column 1

Block 2,
row 2, column 1
row 4, column 1

Block 3
row 2, column 1





Block 1,
row 1, column 3
row 3, column 3

Block 2,
row 2, column 3
row 4, column 3

Block 3
row 2, column 3





There are two additional repeatable varieties. The first one has a break in the line above TINA of ARGENTINA between the I and the N.

Block 1
Row 1, Column 4
Row 3, Column 4

Block 2
Row 2, Column 4



The second one has a noticeable dot under the first A of MARIANO.

Block 1
Row 2, column 3
Row 4, column 3

Block 2,
row 1, column 3
row 3, column 3

Block 3,
row 1, column 3
row 3, column 3



The third block has a variety found in two other blocks to be posted next. This variety has an M of MORENO that looks like the greek letter for M. It is found on row 3, column 4.

5c1E1t repeatable p.v.'s from DEPOF blocks Part 1

These three blocks have several repeatable plate varieties. These varieties appear in repeatable blocks (most likely of five horizontal and two vertical cliches). Here are the three blocks unmarked and marked.











5p1L2 Lower Right corner block with plate varieties

The upper left stamp is a familiar plate variety: long scratch across palm. Thanks to this block I now know that it is at least found in position 89. It may or may not be unique to one position on the plate.



Upper Left details





Lower Left detail

2p1L6 Upper Left corner block with key plate variety

I have shown position 1 of the plate before, I just did not know where on the plate it was. Thanks to this corner block, I now do.



Upper Left Detail



Lower Left detail



Lower Right detail

Friday, August 14, 2009

Saturday, August 1, 2009

25c range of use

Here is a first attempt at establishing range of use as well as relative rarity of each printing. With the exception of one of the 1E4s (highlighted in red), all of the dates are within range-i.e. there aren't any early uses one or two years before the known earliest use from looking at many specimens over the years.



The 25c1E1 is very rare, 50 percent of this sample are 1E3c's-the symmetrical box grid, and most of the other papers are also rare. The results from this small sample are consistent with my previous experience.

25c1E3b Picasa Album

25c1Ec Picasa Album

25c2C Picasa Album