1d Red Die 1, Plate 22 - Identification and Plating Guide
This CD includes 482 scans, two for each position, one @ 360dpi which can used for quick comparison of Check Letter positions and another composite scan @ 1200 dpi (or @ 600dpi in a few instances) to show detail such as VGLs, Die Dots, Basal Shifts etc. These detailed scans also include some additional descriptive text for reference.
For direct comparison of stamps we suggest that a scan of your own stamp (taken @ 360dpi) and the appropriate scan from the CD are each opened into individual windows using Microsoft Paint or any similar image viewing program, then select and copy one of the images so that it can be pasted into the window of the other image for a side-by-side or an overlaid comparison.
The 240 Check Letter positions on this CD have been checked against scans taken from our own stock which includes Dr. Kenneth William Statham’s working reconstruction of plate 22, from other part Reconstructions also scans of some of the Johnny Johnston reconstruction of plate 22 and from scans provided by others. There are no imprimatur sheets of plate 22 for comparison, as such we (where possible) discounted other plates by comparison to the relevant imprimatur photos of those plates.
By clicking any of the check letter positions in the grid below you are able to open an image of the stamp or detailed image in your default web browser. Each image will open in a separate window, meaning that you can open more than one at a time to compare images or to be able to work with both the main image and the detailed image at the same time.
Basal Shifts: AE and MJ exhibit moderate evidence of this Base Line variety, however, some of the other positions (i.e. FC, OE, OJ and TB) exhibit only a very slight thickening to the Base line with a weak doubling of the Base to one or more corner square, we have suggested these as “slight” Basal Shifts. Some of these are oblique (where the relief on roller has been sunk/rolled into the plate at a very slight angle to the main impression creating some separate detail which then merges into the main impression at some point). Others have attributed such doubling to a Low HGL, however, the positions of the “L” Row Guide Dot on this plate (mostly at a level equal to the top of the value) might be considered as a reason to question this attribution.
Fresh Entry: QB & TA are examples where the transferred impression was clearly misplaced, this original impression was then removed by burnishing and a new impression (Fresh Entry) rocked in. Traces of these original misplaced impressions (not effectively cleaned away) show up on the subsequently printed stamps.
A very big thank you to those who supplied scans and advice, especially to Mr R. Cassell and Mr S. Treacey also to Mr M. Jenkins, Mr M. Roberts, Mr T. Slemons and Mr I. Wright. With a very special thank you to Mr A. Claridge and to Mr G. Holmes.
Produced by Richard Gray (First Class Stamps Ltd.) – © Copyright January 2006.website address www.firstclass-stamps.com