I picked this up recently after reading about it in one of Herman Herst’s “Outbursts” from 1967. Herst says this a coil stamp in which some sheets escaped before getting sliced horizontally to create coils. However, the lower case “a” indicates this stamp being a variety of Scott 540, which is a regular fully-perfed sheet stamp. The coil counterpart of which this stamp would be a variety is Scott 492.
My confusion: Why is this not listed as an uncut coil variety, instead of partial-perf sheet variety?
If it is the same stamp as 492, why is the color of 540a called carmine rose, while 492 is carmine?
Is this stamp generally considered an error or a variety, these days. (Herst says, “While technically speaking they are not errors, they are Scott-listed varieties, and because of the absence of horizontal perforations, they are truly part perforates.”)
It seems to me that, either way, if this is a part perf sheet stamp or an uncut coil, it is not what was intended, and therefore an error.
Not that it matters a whit to me either way; however, I have been requested to do an episode of TTS on affordable error stamps, and am wondering if this would qualify (as an error, not affordable, though I certainly picked this one up at an affordable price).
PS I don’t have my desktop computer right now. Can someone tell me if this image displays too large? I used the “medium” image link.
Last Edit: Apr 14, 2021 19:09:44 GMT -5 by youpiao
youpiao , It's perfect on this tablet. Is this image from a scanner, or a camera?
It’s perfect on my iPad as well.
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You can encode either maximum size, or force it match default forum size and "click" to enlarge to full-size. But given we are both in Texas, bigger is better, so why bother?
I had typed up a reply shortly after you posted, but got called away before I could finish typing. This is my understanding, and should be verified with someone who actually knows and enjoys the W-F issues (sorry, I really really dislike that series ):
Scott US #538-541 were "sheet" stamps made from accumulated leftover uncut press sheets for #490-492 and #494. As Tedski mentioned, the press sheets were only perforated gauge 10 vertically, with the intention of cutting them into horizontal coil strips. After the conclusion of the war, the 170 stamp width of the press sheet was deemed unsuitable/inconvenient for production of 500/1000 coil rolls. So the large excess supply was then perforated gauge 11 horizontally and sold as panes of 170 (and later, cut into panes of 100 and 70).
Since the press sheet had been re-designated for the production of the "sheet" stamp, it is listed under #540 as a minor variety. I am in agreement with the Scott editors on this one (I just need to shoot myself in the foot for full compliance with Scott, but I don't own a gun). The missed production step is the horizontal perforation -- therefore, in my "opinion" this would constitute a major error. The original error panes for #538a and #540a were acquired by Edward Worden.
Regarding the color, both #492 and #540 commonly exist in both carmine and carmine rose color varieties. They are listed in the Scott US Specialized as such, without a separate minor catalog number assigned.
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