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Oceania/Australia : GEORGE V IS IT IMPERFORATE AT BASE, ANY SUGGESTIONS.

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Horamakhet
15 Dec 2017
08:54:41pm
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Now the first reaction of everyone will be that it has been trimmed, but I can see not evidence of perforations at all, just where the stamp has been cut perhaps from a pair of imperforate stamps..

Now I make no claim that it is impeforate at base, but the margin just seems to wide to be normal?

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Horamakhet

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jbaxter5256
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16 Dec 2017
01:27:31am
re: GEORGE V IS IT IMPERFORATE AT BASE, ANY SUGGESTIONS.

It would be very nice to find a vertically connected pair so that the distance between vertically connected stamps could be investigated as an aid to identification.

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Rob1956
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16 Dec 2017
01:40:46am
re: GEORGE V IS IT IMPERFORATE AT BASE, ANY SUGGESTIONS.

Only a fool would cut an imperforate stamp so as to put one half onto an envelope. After enlarging the image I can see that it has been trimmed (the bottom perforations removed, roughly albeit). And I must concur with jbaxter5256, you would need the other stamp for confirmation, such a pair would run into the thousands.

Rob

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Horamakhet
16 Dec 2017
04:51:43am
re: GEORGE V IS IT IMPERFORATE AT BASE, ANY SUGGESTIONS.

Yes
I agree that only a fool would do that, but what if it had been done back in days when the stamp was first issued.
There is no way to prove it either way with out the other stamp.
Horamakhet

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Rob1956
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16 Dec 2017
08:44:52am
re: GEORGE V IS IT IMPERFORATE AT BASE, ANY SUGGESTIONS.

Imperforate stamps became redundant since the perforation machine was introduced, if that stamp had its mate attached it would be a rarity. These stamps are usually picked out during the printing process and removed to be destroyed. These stamps are called "printers waste" and most likely was removed by an employee, pocketed and then taken out of the printing department, but it would never be used for postage.

Even "printers waste" can demand big money.

But with the stamp displayed this isn't the case but a normal stamp with the bottom cut off.

Rob

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