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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Italy Stamps [6th Post] / Iran Stamps [3rd Post]

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To begin this post and before some talking about one Iranian stamp,let's have a quick look to 3  Famous Italian series from the beginning of the XX Century...



I would like to start with stamps from one series that is in fact "Two".!!... I'm talking of a group of 4 different designs , belonging in their original form to the 1911 series of the Jubilee of the Kingdom of Italy.. however, just one of them is part of that series, and it is presented above... it is a beautiful (the other are also Master works..) work of Augusto Sezanne and the engraving is as usual, a great work of Alberto Repettati ... the other 3 stamps (presented below) , are part of a surcharged issue of 1913... 
1911 "Jubilee of the Kingdom of Italy" (4) [Des (Augusto Sezanne)][Engr (Alberto Repettati)][Recess] Sc(119)



Great illustrations, all of them very classic and "old School" , of Enzo Morelli and Victorio Grassi...
Just to highlight a small detail, I now ask you to notice the surcharged label "2" in the 3 stamps...You will easily spot the presence of similar labels in the 5 and 10c stamps, and a different one in the 15c stamp....well, in fact , together with this difference there is another one that has to do with the spacing between labels (larger,close to 13.5mm, in the first two stamps and close to 12mm in the other one...)..just for example, I could say that the 15c stamp with wider spacing (13.5mm) has a higher cv...
1913 "Surcharge on 'Jubilee of the Kingdom of Italy'" (3) [Des (Enzo Morelli 5c)(Victorio Grassi 10c,15c)][Engr (Alberto Repettati)][Recess] Sc(126,...,128)



from 1921 we have a series commemorating the 6th Death Centenary of Dante Alighieri...
The stamps were designed by Giuseppe Cellini and [Typo] printed in Rome...despite the fact of the nonexistence of any remark in the catalogs about the better or worst centering of the stamps, it became very clear after seeing these particular 3 stamps, that well centered stamps were perhaps not so common... 
1921 "600th Anniversary of Dante's Death" (3) [Des (Giuseppe Cellini)][Typo (Rome)] Sc(133,...,135)




Now  our stamps are from a 1926 series  with focus in the life and work of St. Francis...among the illustrations , we have the Vision of St. Francis, the Monastery of St. Damien, the Assisi Monastery and the Death of St. Francis...there are 5 different illustrations ,, each one of them designed by a different Artist...the first 3 stamps are [Litho] printed and the last 3 one's are [Recess] printed... all the engravings , are again work of Alberto Repettati...The 20c,40c and 60c present us  a Wmk and perforation 14... all the other values have no Wmk and two possible perforations (13.5 or 11)
Many of the Commemorative stamps from this early period of the XX century are very beautiful... In fact we can say that all this period together with the one that starts in 1930 with the works of Corrado Mezzana are part of some of the High Points of European Philately...
1926 "700th Death Anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi" (6) [Des (Duilio Cambellotti 20c)(Giovanni Guerrini 30c,5L+2.50L)(A. Blasi 40c)(A. Rizzini 5L)(A. Del Neri 60c)][Engr (Alberto Repettati)][Litho (from woodcuts of Blasi 20c,40c,60c)][Recess (30c1.25L,5L+2.50L)] Sc(178,...,183)

Those who already know me better, for reading some of my previous posts, know that whenever I find a Mouchon stamp , I always share it with you , because it is not easy to track the Artist's life and Work...
The stamp I have to show you now is from Iran and from 1899, in my opinion part of his best period (1895 to 1900)


It is a very beautiful design from a series of 7 stamps with values from 1kr to 50kr...the frame work is very nice, the portrait also, a great stamp.!!.. SG only talks of engraving work by Mouchon ,but I think that we are in presence of a more complete work of Designing and engraving... if you notice, at the bottom center of the stamp, right below the label "Postes Persanes" , we can find Mouchon's signature ... 


I think that he wouldn't have place it with Central notoriety if he wasn't the author of all the work involved...
The illustration itself represents the Shah of Iran Muzaffer-Ed Din Shah Qajar (Reigned 1896/1907)
You can see that the stamp is damaged right in the center, below the Shah's neck , but it is the only one I've got,for now...!
1899 "Shah of Iran Muzaffer-Ed Din Shah Qajar" (7) [Des/Engr (Eugene Mouchon)][Typo(Typo (J. Enschedé, Haarlem)] Sc(147)

well, after another small post , and ending with one more Mouchon stamp, I will say that next time we will be travelling through the Middle East...


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Portugal Stamps [7th Post] / Hungary stamps [9th Post]

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Today I have one series from Portugal and one other  from Hungary... they are relatively large series , and neither of them is completed... deep in my head ,having all the 20 Portuguese stamps was not a problem ,but when I was classifying them ,a last minute missing $30 stamp release again to life the 'Hulk' in me ( a disgrace to Philately,I know!!!) and I turned my house upside down , looking for the very,very common $30 stamp... How could  I miss it???!... well, here are the remaining 19 stamps of this beautiful series...






The stamps are presented here with it's fv increasing , but the series was issued in four groups ... 3 groups of 4 stamps and 1 group of 8 stamps... two of these groups were issued in 1972 , one other in 1973 and the last large one in 1974...the stamps are [Litho] printed, and so we can find examples of all sorts of color misplacement and other printing problems always associated with these base series with a large number of stamps issued...
As You can see ,the illustrations of the stamps are related to Historic , Natural  or Architectural  Famous places in Portugal...it is without doubts  a nice series..!
Portugal 1972/1974 "Landscapes and Monuments" (20) [Litho (Casa da Moeda)] Sc(1123,....,1134)(1207,1209,...,1214)

Now we will start talking about one of the most famous series in the world... it is Hungarian, as I said in the beginning and it has two main designs , one for the low f values and other for the k high values....

 Here are the two illustrations I was talking about.. You can for sure recognize them , not only for their beauty but also because they are really famous designs... the f values show us the Hungarian Crown at the center of the design ,and above it the Mythical Bird of the Magyars , the Turul... , flying on an empty white center background...
The other design, the k design show us King Francis Joseph wearing the Hungarian Crown.. it is a simple but beautiful illustration , with some very nice "Art Nouveau" elements (sometimes difficult to spot correctly due to imperfections in the printings...) surrounding the central portrait of the King....
This two designs were issued from 1900 to 1916, giving place to 4 main Issues : 
A) 1900/1904
B) 1904/1906
C) 1908/1913
D) 1913/1916
To identify and classify correctly the stamps , we have to always take in mind the Wmk and the perforation...The wmk is the main differentiating factor because each one of the above issues has a particular wmk... I will use some pictures of an old SG catalog to show the wmk's ... the wmk's usually don't appear in it's complete form, so we will see only pieces of each one of the Wmk... fortunately  the identification is possible because the wmk's are quite visible without the use of instruments or chemical processes... 

A) The first issue of 1900 has a wmk that only is completed in a group of 4 stamps... it show us the Hungarian crown inside an oval , connected to other ovals....it is easily identifiable.. 
two perforations are possible in this issue... 12x11.5 and 11.5 ( with higher cv...)...


there is a small detail in the design of the wmk that I could not fully understand... The cross that tops the crown is inclined to the left , while in other two of the wmk's it is inclined to the right... if we are dealing with the same Crown (Crown of St. Stephen or Crown of Hungary) this detail should be kept identical... why this difference?..perhaps someone could teach me more about the History of this crown and perhaps of these particular wmk's...(we can see in the f illustrations that the Hungarian Crown at the center has the same left inclined cross at the top...)






From all the stamps I show today , only a small number of them are new entries to the collection... despite the fact that this is the first time I talk about this series in the blog, I already have a lot of these stamps in the collection... so most of these are spare stamps or just color variations , etc... 
Hungary 1900/1904 "King Francis Joseph , Crown and Turul" (20) [Des (J. Bohm)][Typo] Sc(48,49,50,,53,56,57,58,58,59,60,60,60,61,61,64,64,65)

B) This is the wmk that appears in all the stamps belonging to the 1904/1906 issue... this is already a single stamp image , that is to say that the wmk could be completed in just one stamp... In must part of the cases, we can see only part of the image and the bottom or Up parts of another image , so I could say at this point , that there is a major difference to be retained between this wmk and the next one , that is the termination of the 3 small bottom base "legs" of the Crown...in this wmk , they end with just small points or "dots" , and in the next one, as we will see they end with well defined small circles... this is important , because sometimes the details of the Crown do not let us decide which is the wmk, but the presence of circles or dots will "light "us the right way...
In this issue we can have two distinct perforations : 12x11.5 and 15....




In this small group of stamps from the 1904/1906 issue, I want to highlight the two very different 2f Olive Yellow ( the first stamp has 12x11.5 perforation and the 2nd has 15 perf...) and the pair of 5k in the end... this pair presents two nice postmarks , but it also have many rust spots , so it's value is highly diminished... there are also some different shades of blue in the 6 2k stamps presented...
Hungary 1904/1906 "King Francis Joseph , Crown and Turul" (16)(15) [Des (J.Bohm f's)(O.Tull k's)][Typo] Sc(68a,68b,69b,72b,77b,81b,82b,82b,82b,82b,82b,82b,83a)

[Updated 15/06/2017 22:56 ] The last of the 6 2k stamps was incorrectly placed in this image and it's right place is with the stamps of the 1913/1916 issue... Sc(102) ... Sorry for the inconvenience... 
Regards..





C) This is the wmk of the 1908/1913 issue.. the presence of the circles in the bottom base of the Crown could be  , as I said before, very important...
This issue only has stamps with perforation 15...


I only have 4 stamps of this issue to present, but I want to talk about a small detail present in some of the Hungarian postmarks of those days... the Hungarian Crown appears also in the top center of the postmarks , and this bring even more emphasis to this beautiful series... You can see clearly this detail in the 30f and 60f stamps presented... ( the detail was also visible in previous stamps, of course).. 
Hungary 1908/1913 "King Francis Joseph , Crown and Turul" (17) [Des (J. Bohm)(O. Tull)][Typo] Sc(67,77,78,80)



This is the wmk of the last of the 4 issues of this series....the wmk is completed only in groups of 4 or more stamps...
The only perforation of this issue is the 15...





This is the last group that i have to present and I wish to talk again about the "Art Nouveau" details, very well presented here in this 3 Carmine 1k stamps... this 1913/1916 printing was the one that better highlighted those details...
in this last issue we also have the 12f lilac on Yellow and the Green on rose 60f both originals from this issue...
Hungary 1913/1916 "King Francis Joseph , Crown and Turul" (20) [DEs (J. Bohm)(O. Tull)][Typo] Sc(84,90,94,95a,98,99,100,101,101,101)

Well, we've reached the end of this post, and this is the time when I must say that I hope You have liked this very superficial approach to this Hungarian series (it has much more to say if we try to see it in a more detailed way ..) ... the Portuguese series is beautiful and simple..not much more to say about it , and ....


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