Suspect Scott #442, Unused HH Single (5/10/14).
This stamp was part of a larger collection of larger collection of Washington/Franklins I bought at auction in January of 2014. Scott #442, used, is not a high valued stamp and is often faked according to The Experts Book. The Scott Catalogue value is only $10.00 for an unused example. The Experts Book states that this stamp can be faked from a Scott #409 by adding perforations to the top & bottom and trimming to size on the left and right, or a Scott #409V (imperforate vertical coil) by adding perforations to the top and bottom, or by trimming the perforations from the left and right edges of a #425 or #425e booklet pane singles. Fakes made from a booklet pane will have a watermark that reads vertically.
The water mark on the suspect is a reversed “S” that reads horizontal thus eliminating the possibility of the suspect being from a booklet pane.
The width of the suspect is 21.5mm but the perforations have issues. The perforations show no signs of being genuine – they are round, smooth, show no pressure ridges or pulled fibers and the perforation tips are flat. The images below show the suspect overlaid on genuine gauge 10 perforations.
The suspects perforations match up perfectly with known genuine gauge 10 perforations.
As can be seen there is fit issues the farther to the right the perfs go. On top of that the top perforations slope down but the bottom perfs do not.
Conclusion: In my opinion the suspect is a #409 with fake perforations top and bottom.
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