Lot 347 Canada #O250 2c Brown King George VI 1942-1949 War Issue, A Fine NH Strip of 3 With OHMS Perfin, Position E, Vertical Wove Paper With Horizontal Mesh, Cream Gum With a Semi-Gloss Sheen, Showing Triple Punched on Middle Stamp
A Fine NH strip of 3 of the 2c brown King George VI from the 1942-1949 War Issue with 4-hole OHMS perfin from position E, showing the OHMS triple punched on middle stamp. Printed on vertical wove paper with horizontal mesh and cream gum with a semi-gloss sheen. Although not listed specifically by Unitrade, the stamps of this issue exist with several different paper and gum types. In terms of paper so far I have been able to ascertain that there are five basic types:
(1) A horizontal ribbed paper.
(2) A horizontal wove with light vertical ribbing visible on the gum, found only on some coils.
(3) a vertical wove paper that is smooth on the surface, but shows distinct horizontal mesh through the back.
(4) A soft vertical wove paper that shows distinct vertical mesh, even without backlighting (clear vertical mesh). On some coils this paper is horizontal wove.
(5) A crisp vertical wove paper that shows no distinct mesh. On the coils this is horizontal wove.
(6) A medium vertical wove that shows vertical mesh, but only when backlit. (vertical mesh).
The gum found on these issues includes:
(1) Cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(2) Cream with a satin sheen.
(3) Yellowish cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(4) Deep yellowish cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(5) Streaky cream with a satin sheen.
(6) Streaky cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(7) Brownish cream with a semi-gloss sheen.
(8) White gum with a satin sheen.
(9) Deep cream with a satin sheen.
(10) Crackly cream gum with a satin sheen
These differences are useful because they give clues as to the order of the printings, and an individual stamp can be assigned to an approximate year based on these characteristics. For example, the late printings will share the same characteristics as the early printings of the 1949-1952 Postes-Postage Issue. For this issue, that would appear to be the ribbed papers, and those papers with no distinct mesh, as well as the gums with a satin sheen. These would appear to be from between 1947 and 1949. The soft vertical wove paper and vertical wove with clear vertical mesh appears to be from before 1945. Very brownish gum is also associated with early printings made before 1945, while mottled gum appears to be from the period between 1945 and 1947.
Unitrade values this at $3.75 for basic stamps, but for an error like this, my estimate of the value is $15. The strip offered here grades 70 as follows:
Paper Freshness: 5/5
Absence of Visible Paper Flaws: 5/5