Canada #404a 4c Deep Red Queen Elizabeth II, 1962-1967 Cameo Issue, A Group of 2 VFNH Booklet Panes, Printed on Different DF Papers

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An interesting and attractive grouping of 2 very fine NH (VF-80 to VF-84) booklet panes of the 4c deep red stamp of the 1962-1967 Cameo Issue, both printed on smooth paper and with smooth cream gum that has a semi gloss sheen. One is printed on DF greyish violet paper and the other is printed on DF greyish paper. 

In terms of paper, Unitrade lists these panes on both DF and LF paper, though NF paper exists as well. The paper of these stamps is generally horizontal wove, as opposed to vertical wove for the sheet stamps. They can be found both with and without light vertical ribbing on the gummed side. 

    Also, in most instances, the paper is opaque, showing only a faint image of the design through the back. However, some stamps are found with more of the design visible on the back, and the stamp is also known printed in aniline ink, which suffuses through the back of the stamps. 

    In terms of gum, there are generally three types, one of which are present in this group:

    1. A smooth, cream coloured gum that has a semi-gloss sheen. That is the gum found on the two panes in this lot.
    2. A streaky, cream coloured gum that has a semi-gloss sheen.
    3. A grainy cream coloured textured gum with a satin sheen. This is not present in this lot, but has been seen to exist on the 4c value. I have not seen this gum on any of the booklet panes.

    In terms of shade, there are shade variations on each value. The 4c red can be found in deep red and light red shades. 

    The perforations also vary due to the fact that CBN used up to four different machines to perforate sheets during this period. The old machines gauging 12 and 11.9 were used to perforate most of the original printings, and then the newer machines were used for the later printings. One of these new machines gauges 11.95, while the other one introduced sometime in 1961 gauges 11.85. Compounds can also be found of both these gauges, so that all sheet stamps can be found with many different perforation measurements that at least include: 11.95 x 11.9, 11.95 x 11.85, 11.9 x 11.95, 11.9, 11.95, 11.85 x 11.95, 11.85 x 11.9, 12 x 11.9, 11.9 x 12 and 11.85 x 12. It is difficult to measure the perforations accurately on these, due to the straight edges on the panes, but these booklets exhibit all the variation that the sheet stamps do. 

    The Unitrade catalogue value of these panes is $8, counting them as basic varieties. There is a tear in the selvedge of one pane near the staple hole that was sustained when the pane was removed from the booklet from which it came, but the stamps are all pristine and VF. A wonderful opportunity to get started on a more specialized collection of these booklet panes. 

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