Fake of the week - Scott #17.
At a quick glance you'd think this was a used Scott #17 margin copy (CV $325) that was cut close on three sides, at least that's what I thought years ago when I put this stamp into my collection. Just recently I was transferring my collection from one album to another and seeing that I've learned a thing or two since I started putting my collection together I decided to look at each stamp to be sure it was correctly identified. When I looked closely at the cut edge of this stamp I noticed small dents in the right edge that did not seem to belong there. I took the stamp and overlaid it on a perforation gauge aligned with the 15 1/2 line and wouldn't you know it the little dents along the right edge lined up perfectly
So it turns out that someone decided to cut the perforations off of a perfectly good used Scott #36b plate #2 (CV $225) to make it look like a Scott #17 which has a higher catalog value.
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Hat tip: Alterations, Fakes and Forgeries for teaching me how to identify fakes.
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