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Oceania/Australia : 6d Kookaburra Engraved, 1914

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Rob1956
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09 Mar 2017
11:17:02am
Australia became an independent nation on January 1, 1901 when the British Parliament passed legislation allowing the six Australian colonies to govern in their own right as part of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Officially this day in Australian history would have abolished all state issued stamps and adopted a single Commonwealth stamp for all states. But this was not to be for another 13 years as a result of squabbling politicians.

The Kookaburra though used in the 19th century was the first official Commonwealth stamp issued in Brisbane on August 26, 1914, nearly 103 years ago.

There were originally 1,052,880 stamps issued thus making it a common issue, but there was some spoilage of 77,880 stamps leaving only 975,000 of which many were used on different types of postage.

Of these mint stamps even less were mint unhinged making these stamps scarce.

The stamp was printed on unwatermarked white wove paper which was obtained locally. The mesh of the paper was horizontal and the perforation was a single line perf. 11.

The purpose of the 6d issue was for intrastate postage.

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Intaglio printed by T.S. Harrison at the Note Printing Branch, Melbourne, and the gumming and perforation were undertaken by the Stamp Printer, J.B. Cooke.

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Winedrinker
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09 Mar 2017
07:26:45pm
re: 6d Kookaburra Engraved, 1914

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My Kookaburra is used and spotted, but holding its spot in good standing in my album. However, after seeing Robert's stamp, I am suddenly feeling inadequate. Happy

I need to upgrade!!! Damn your hide Robert.

Wine



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09 Mar 2017
08:45:02pm
re: 6d Kookaburra Engraved, 1914

Hello Eric (or should I say Wine)

Apart from the foxing (spotting) your stamp is very well centred, such centring is seldom seen in collections used or unused, there's no need to feel inadequate.

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"Damn your hide Robert."



Heh, Heh, that's funny, made me laugh, wait till you see the others I will be posting. I will be posting certain selections from my collection from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II with a brief history of the stamp(s).


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Winedrinker
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10 Mar 2017
11:51:07am
re: 6d Kookaburra Engraved, 1914

Always look forward to seeing your stamps.

As for the brown spots on my Kookaburra, I am not sure that is foxing. I gave the stamp a 30-second bath in ammonia and the spots seemed unaffected. If it was foxing, I would suspect some diminishment of the spots, but there was none. Any idea of what else could cause this? Seems rust-like in appearance.

Cheers,
Wine

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Rob1956
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10 Mar 2017
10:47:23pm
re: 6d Kookaburra Engraved, 1914

You could be right Wine it may well be rust (I'm now sure of it).

My advice would be to remove that stamp away from the others as the rust will eventually spread to others in the album. Rust is usually caused by atmospheric conditions (too hot or too damp), stored in storage sheds or garages where the elements will affect them.

Laying the album flat will also ruin the stamps. Keeping them in a dry place away from the heat will keep them safe. I'll find the ideal temperature on Monday and will post the information.

I will also find out next week if there is a way to effectively remove the rust, this will also be forwarded to you.

Rob

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Rob1956
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12 Mar 2017
10:38:27pm
re: 6d Kookaburra Engraved, 1914

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"As for the brown spots on my Kookaburra, I am not sure that is foxing. I gave the stamp a 30-second bath in ammonia and the spots seemed unaffected. If it was foxing, I would suspect some diminishment of the spots, but there was none. Any idea of what else could cause this? Seems rust-like in appearance.

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Hello Wine

I spoke to a friend who is a specialist dealer of pre-decimal Australian stamps, he said that if it has rust on the gummed side you can remove the gum and save the stamp; and if it’s on the front of the stamp there is no remedy and you will need to remove it from the album as the rust will travel to other stamps via air-borne spores (in my opinion the rust you have would take many a year for that effect to occur, if it occurs).

If I had that stamp I would place it in a hingeless mount and then place it back into the album, it also protects the stamp if you want to take it out for viewing; I do that with all my stamps, mine are clear mounts where I can view the front and back.

The ideal temperature when storing stamps is 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees Celsius); I have a thermometer in my cupboard.

Cheers Robert



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13 Mar 2017
12:21:10am
re: 6d Kookaburra Engraved, 1914

Robert,

Thank you very much for that information. I have indeed taken the stamp out of the album, and purchased an upgrade Kookaburra which should arrive in a day or so.

Amazing that paper can rust!

57 degree F. ideal temperature would be a challenge. And my wife Penny says it isn't going to happen. Will have to have to settle for high 60's.

Cheers!
Eric

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Rob1956
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04:38:53am
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"my wife Penny says it isn't going to happen. Will have to have to settle for high 60's."


It's good enough, it's still a good temperature.

Paper can rust when moisture forms onto it causing dampness.

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"I have indeed taken the stamp out of the album, and purchased an upgrade Kookaburra which should arrive in a day or so.
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Good decision.

Cheers
Rob

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