Suspect Scott #387
Update: The certificate from the A.P.S. came back.
This is a moderately expensive stamp - $425.00 catalog value and is often faked. This stamp can be made by adding perforations to a #383 or trimming perforations off of a #374. It comes down to two things when determining if this is a genuine stamp or not:
Lets look at the straight edges: the stamp measures 24.5mm tall - a bit small. The edges themselves are straight, parallel to each other and have the soft look and feel of a genuine cut edge. It's a whole different story when looking at the edges under magnification - I found what appear to be perforation pits along the top and bottom edges. Strike one.
Images of top and bottom showing suspect perforation pits.
The vertical perforations look good and compare perfectly with a #374. Below are two images showing the suspect stamps left and right perforations superimposed on top of a #374. The suspects perforations match the #374s perforations for size and gauge.
This next image shows that the left and right perforations of the suspect stamp are parallel to each other and the perforations do not fall on the same horizontal plane.
In conclusion: I believe that I can safely say that the perforations of the suspect stamp are genuine but with the straight edges showing suspect perforation pits that match up with the 12-66 gauge I have to say that the suspect stamp is probably a #375 that has been trimmed down to look like a #387. To be absolutely sure I'll be sending the suspect stamp out to the A.P.S. to be expertized. I should get the stamp back by the end of August.
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