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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Chile [3rd Post] Austria [5th Post]

New Entries

Today I will show some of my new entries (some of them replacing others or just spare stamps...) from the Columbus series from Chile... As you all know the first group of series from Chile has different designs , all of them of Columbus...Unfortunately I do not own any stamp of the first series, the most valuable...
This is a period of great influence of foreign Printing companies ,as we will see rapidly...let us start with the 1867 series...


We can easily notice the influence of ABNC in this stamp...the ornaments and specially the inner circle background are very characteristic of their work...
You can also see the pen cancellation in the 5c stamp , but I don't understand it's influence in the cv (I don't now if we should consider it an extra factor and value it - and so increase the value of the stamp--- or if we should consider stamp+cancellation as "a all" and decrease the total value of the stamp...it is not clear)  ... 
I don't see it written in the catalogs but I think that a well centered stamp should have an increased value...
1867 "Christopher Columbus" (5) [Recess (ABNC,New York)] Sc(17,18)




Sorry for the deplorable state of these stamps , but ,for example the 10c (the worst of all...) is a new addition to the collection... the two following series have a similar design with some differences...
The main fact that differs this series from the following ones is the position of the Currency label, right at the middle of the Numeral...
These are rouletted stamps and are part of a 5 stamp series...
The engraving and printing work is again of ABNC,New York...I must say that in all the Columbus stamps I have today,I find that all the engravings are very good , except those that concerns the portrait itself... in most of the cases , that kind of engraving , with lines all over the face of Columbus,  is what we don't want to see in a stamp...it's a pity..!!  these stamps deserved better..!
1877 "Christopher Columbus" (5) [Recess (ABNC,NY)] Sc(20,22,23)





These are stamps from the 4th Columbus series... You can easily distinguish these stamps from the ones of the previous series by the position of the currency label,right below the numeral. 
The high's and low's of the engraving are still the same with a nice work on frame and ornaments and not enough attention to the portrait itself...
This series has a small section dedicated to the 1c and 2c stamps only...in fact ,these two values were re-engraved in 1894 with a small difference in a pair of details...



With Ornaments
Without Ornaments










the main distinctive fact is the presence or not of a small ornament in each side of the numeral...it is simple to find that the presence of the ornaments is enough to place that stamp in the Original series and it's absence place it as a 1894 Re-engraved stamp .... another distinctive mark , but linked with this first (they cannot exist except together in the same stamp) , is the top end of the Numeral 2...if You look carefully to the other stamps that presents values with the numeral 2, You will see that the numeral's top end with a small white ball,but this one looks like the picture at the right...so , after this talk about the two types of 1c and 2c we can conclude that my 1c stamp is original and my 2c stamps are from 1894...
in this series we could find different colors for the same value,differing only in the issuing date...this is the case of the 5c, with the dull rose, Ultramarine , Bright Ultramarine and Dull Ultramarine,of the 10c with the Orange and the Yellow and the 50c with the violet or mauve stamps...
In all of the stamps presented from this series , the only values that are new to the collection are the 25c and the 50c...the others are spare stamps...
1878/1899"Christopher Columbus" (12) [Recess (ABNC,NY)] Sc(25,38,38,38,27,28,28,28,29,30,31,31,32,35)



These are spare stamps from the 5th Columbus series...this series has a particularity.. the stamps from 1c to 10c could be of two types depending on the existence or not of a shading area just below the Country label... these reinforced shading area , creates an "Aura" effect ,almost turning Columbus into a Holy man...this effect is clearly visible in the 5c stamp presented, but the red 2c stamp has it also....if the "Aura" exists ,we have a Type A stamp and if it does not exist and the engraving is continuous, without reinforced shading , we have a type B stamp...none of these two stamps are type B...in practical terms , this difference corresponds to different issuing dates,being the type A stamps issued in 1900 and the type B in 1901, together with the higher values of the series (20c,30c,50c)....
This time , the engraver was H. Bourne and the printing work was from Waterlow and sons, London,but the portraits "Bad" engraving is more than ever visible.. I even don't know how was possible that a work  like this "came into the light"...it's really bad!!!
1900/1901 "Christopher Columbus" (7) [Des/Engr (H. Bourne)][Recess (Waterlow and Sons Limited, London)] Sc(40,41)



The only new entry is the 10c stamp , in a series where we return to the ABNC,NY work , now in a much more simple design and engraving work...the series show us a left profile portrait of Columbus and the point I wish to highlight is the cancellation on the green 1c stamp... it is the first time I see a square postmark like this...
1901/1904 "Christopher Columbus" (6) [Des (H.E. Arias)][Recess (ABNC,NY)] Sc(51,52,53,54)

I wish to show more stamps from another posterior series, but I had no time to classify them, so I will continue with a new section, just to show part of a beautiful series from Austria...


AUSTRIA










Picking up one of the topics of this post , a portrait engraving,I like to say that the engraving of the faces in the 3rd stamp is also a bad work (in my opinion)... 
The Excellency prize goes to the green 30+10g stamp... beautiful!! Great Engraving!!
The series is not complete but it is very nice and I thought that it deserved to be showed now...
1947 "National Art Exhibition" (10) [Des (E. Schrom)][Engr (R. Zenziger 3+2g,20+10g)(R. Franke 10+5g , 35+15g,48+12g)(H.T. Schimek 18+12g)(H. Woyty 30+10g)] [Recess]


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