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Europe/Great Britain : UK Scott 132: Is this foxing, oxidation or something else?

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BobbyBarnhart
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09 Jun 2014
12:22:47pm
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I like the "new" stamp and intend to place it in my collection. But I am concerned that if this is mold based foxing, should I seal it in a mount first? Anyone have thoughts, suggestions?
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09 Jun 2014
12:56:10pm
re: UK Scott 132: Is this foxing, oxidation or something else?

The ink on classic stamps of Great Britain react to hot water. That is the most likely reason for the bleached color on the stamp. The only other (much less likely) possibility is prolonged exposure to sunlight.

The "bleeding" look of the cancel also indicates hot water soaking.

If I am right, though the cancel itself is not at all common, and may be desirable as such.

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BobbyBarnhart
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09 Jun 2014
01:52:32pm
re: UK Scott 132: Is this foxing, oxidation or something else?

Thanks Antonio. I like the stamp and, as you said, the cancel is worthwhile by its lonesome. Soon as I get around to creating my EVII pages, I'll put a space in just for it. (which will be shortly after I complete my thousand page "to do" list) Big Grin

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09 Jun 2014
02:19:35pm
re: UK Scott 132: Is this foxing, oxidation or something else?

When it comes to philately I usually bite off more than I can chew. Big Grin

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