Suspect Scott #349, Used Single.
I bought this stamp on EBay for $5.00 as a suspect fake with the goal of getting it off of the market and doing a proper analysis on it. The catalog price for a used #349 is a modest $100.00 and can be faked by adding perforations to trimmed #344, adding perforations to a #344E, trimming perforations off of at left and / or right of a #332 and trimming perforations from the left or right of a #332a.
The suspect was looked at by the previous owner and listed below are their findings.
· DL WM
· Trimmed fake 349.
I looked at the watermark to see what orientation it was in and found it to be in a vertical orientation.
As can be seen in the above iamges the watermark is vertical, reversed and reads from the top to the bottom. This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the suspect is a booklet pane single.
Conclusion: since the suspect is a booklet single it can be nothing more than a trimmed #332a booklet pane single.
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