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Europe/Great Britain : Cut Corner(?) Mystery

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earwaves
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22 Apr 2019
03:12:14pm
This was hinged to a blank album page of British stamps I bought at a stamp club auction, donated by an heir. It has a red-orange impression on tan, not as contrasty as my scan makes it look. Size is 1 1/16 x 1 1/5 inches (28 x 30 mm). The royal "GR" script is topped with a crown beneath "Great Britain" in a ribbon above. The denomination is 1d. There's a letter M in one bottom corner and the number 230 in the other. "Post...Paid" is above that. Fake perforation frames the design. Could this be an early form of metered mail? I couldn't find it in my copy of British Postal Stationery by Huggins.Image Not Found

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nigelc
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22 Apr 2019
04:42:17pm
re: Cut Corner(?) Mystery

Hi earwaves,

Yes, it's from a British meter impression.

There would originally have been a second part on the left in the form of a circular date stamp.

This part has the cypher of King George VI.

The large letter M at the bottom left identifies this as coming from a Universal machine.

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earwaves
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29 Apr 2019
09:58:13pm
re: Cut Corner(?) Mystery

Thank you, Nigel C!

I'll use your information for a caption under the mounted piece. I suppose I could put it
with anything similar on a page from 1936-52, unless you have a better guess. (My Brit album is made up of a PDF set I bought a few years ago.)

Is there a reference work or link for British meter impressions?

Joe

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ikeyPikey
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29 Apr 2019
11:36:04pm
re: Cut Corner(?) Mystery

Quote:

"... Is there a reference work or link for British meter impressions? ..."



Maybe ask these guys?

http://www.MeterStampSociety.com/ ... The Meter Stamp Society

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/meterstampsociety/ ... or join the(ir) Yahoo group, and ask there

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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smauggie
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30 Apr 2019
01:16:34pm
re: Cut Corner(?) Mystery

Or (possibly even better) look it up on the free, online, worldwide meter catalog International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog

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nigelc
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30 Apr 2019
01:39:23pm
re: Cut Corner(?) Mystery

Thanks smauggie. Great reference! Happy

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Linus
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30 Apr 2019
01:52:07pm
re: Cut Corner(?) Mystery

I paid $5 for a copy of this catalog many years ago at the Stamp Out Cancer Auction. At 1216 pages, it makes a good weight for pressing down your stamp drying boards!

Linus

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Charlie2009
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30 Apr 2019
02:27:39pm
re: Cut Corner(?) Mystery

Thank God you do not have to buy them anymore,you'll get the World Cat.per individual country here:

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/International_Postage_Meter_Stamp_Catalog

from Abu Dabhi to Zimbabwe.Just scroll down.

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Jeredutt3
30 Apr 2019
06:33:20pm
re: Cut Corner(?) Mystery

the link would not work for me :-(


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sheepshanks
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30 Apr 2019
08:41:29pm
re: Cut Corner(?) Mystery

try,


https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/International_Postage_Meter_Stamp_Catalog

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earwaves
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05 May 2019
10:33:04pm
re: Cut Corner(?) Mystery

Thank you, everyone! Why can't the rest of the world get along as well as stamp collectors?

I found this exact meter here: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/International_Postage_Meter_Stamp_Catalog/Great_Britain#GROUP_B:_Upright_rectangle_with_simulated_perforation_outer_frame_containing_monogram_of_King_George_V_(GvR)

It was first used in 1927, but one of the samples showed a 1940 cancellation, even though George V was a couple kings back.

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nigelc
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06 May 2019
02:50:34am
re: Cut Corner(?) Mystery

Hi earwaves,

There's a small "VI" in the centre of the cypher representing King George VI.

There's an example in Group D in the same reference.

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