I have two Scott #3 stamps from France that are supposed to be different shades. Scott identifies Scott #3 as being black on yellowish, Scott # 3a as being black and Scott #3b as being black on buff. My problem is that I am somewhat color blind so I need your opinion on identifying the color of these two Ceres stamps. In my view, the stamp on the left is darker black than the one on the right and it appears that the stamp on the right has more of a buff color. Mike
MikeC99 It seems to me the one on the left is more intense black than the one on the right, but I am not qualified to say if it qualifies as a distinct shade variety. Then it's the troublesome shades of the paper.... I also find it difficult to positively identify the paper. My experience on these classics is that more or less all of them have a buff /yellowish shade - so what is due to ageing of the paper and what is from the original paper...? I often end up guessing. My best guess is that the one on right is buff, and the one on left has a shade of buff due to aging, but was originally white. Naturally a wild shot without seeing the stamps in the flesh.
Nice stamps in any case! My next project coming up is France, so it's nice to see others with the same interests.
MikeC99 , I dont have an answer to your question, but a lot of times, I will turn the stamps over and put the stamps side by side and compare the color of the paper. On my computer screen, the color of the paper is not really that different.
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