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Oceania/Australia : Colonial Proofs

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Rob1956
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25 Jun 2016
08:40:19am
South Australia

1869 NINE PENCE - Imperforate Plate Proof - Grey-Black

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1883 FOUR PENCE - Imperforate Colour Trial Pair - Bright Violet

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1868 TWO PENCE - Imperforate Colour Trial Pair - Brownish-Orange or Burnt Orange

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1868 TWO PENCE - Imperforate Colour Trial Pair - Light Orange

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1868 TWO PENCE - Imperforate Colour Trial Pair - Black on White Card

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1868 TWO PENCE - Imperforate Colour Trial Pair - Grey-Black on Cream Card

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Imperforate paired proofs are very scarce, especially in sets.

VAN DIEMEN'S LAND

1889 ONE PENNY - Imperforate Colour Trial - Reprinted in 1889 from a defaced 1853 die, the die was destroyed in 1950 - Pale Blue

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1889 FOUR PENCE - Imperforate Colour Trial - Reprinted in 1889 from a defaced 1853 die, the die was destroyed in 1951 - Brownish-Yellow

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TASMANIA

1865 THREE PENCE Saint George and Dragon - Postal Fiscal - Imperforate Plate Proof

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QUEENSLAND

1872 TWO PENCE - Imperforate Plate Proof - Plate 2 - Block of 4 reprints of 1860 - Grey-Black (shade never issued, when printed commercially, blue was used instead)

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Winedrinker
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25 Jun 2016
09:42:28am
re: Colonial Proofs

Beautiful collection. The 1868 two pence 'black on white card' really stands out. I wish there were more black stamps in the world, but of course it does make it difficult to see the cancellation. I propose white cancellations!

Eric

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Rob1956
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25 Jun 2016
11:40:56am
re: Colonial Proofs

I agree, they are beautiful stamps, it's amazing that all the black stamps you see in the post were not accepted for commercial use, though the coloured stamps were.

The white card pair definitely stands out, people have commented about how detailed that particular stamp is.

The set of 4 dual stamps are very scarce, I'll eventually be adding to the imperforate proofs.

White cancellation would stand out on a black stamp, it would have been a common sense approach to the penny black if they used white cancellation ink to a pitch black stamp instead of a black ink Maltese cross, and the red Maltese cross wasn't crash hot either.

Cheers
Robert

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ikeyPikey
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25 Jun 2016
11:51:29am
re: Colonial Proofs

Gonna take a SWAG (silly wild-assed guess) that white inks are more particulate (& inert) than chemical and, therefor, more easily washed/removed.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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ernieinjax
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25 Jun 2016
12:01:25pm
re: Colonial Proofs

Hey Rob,

That Queensland block of 4 is simply gorgeous. Love your posts.

Ernie

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Winedrinker
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25 Jun 2016
12:20:18pm
re: Colonial Proofs

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"Gonna take a SWAG (silly wild-assed guess) that white inks are more particulate (& inert) than chemical and, therefor, more easily washed/removed."



And, if you used white ink for cancellations, you would probably have to use black covers, as the white marks wouldn't show up on white covers, thus creating mayhem and angry postal service employees.

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Rob1956
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25 Jun 2016
12:52:13pm
re: Colonial Proofs

Well that shot my idea of common sense ink down in flames.

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Rob1956
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25 Jun 2016
01:12:17pm
re: Colonial Proofs

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"Hey Rob,

That Queensland block of 4 is simply gorgeous. Love your posts.

Ernie"



Thanks Ernie, the block of 4 is flawless, whoever cut the corners did so surgically. This block shows in perfect detail the beauty of the young Queen through engraving.

The stamp was printed on what is known as Wove paper V, it is slightly stiff. I'll be posting more proofs in the very near future.

Rob
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Rob1956
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25 Jun 2016
01:27:01pm
re: Colonial Proofs

Forgot to mention everyone, the "1868 TWO PENCE - Imperforate Colour Trial Pair - Brownish-Orange or Burnt Orange" and "1868 TWO PENCE - Imperforate Colour Trial Pair - Light Orange" were printed on stamp quality paper with experimental gum.

The white and cream cards were printed on stiff paper without gum.

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dollhaus
25 Jun 2016
05:46:40pm
re: Colonial Proofs

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""Gonna take a SWAG (silly wild-assed guess) that white inks are more particulate (& inert) than chemical and, therefor, more easily washed/removed.""




Good SWAG. White dye-type colorants were (and still are) rare. Most white inks are a carrier of some type heavily loaded with Titanium Dioxide - that's a naturally occurring mineral that is about as pure white as you can get. Thousands of tons of it are used today. Think of how many gallons of white paint are made each year, all colored with TiO2.
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