Suspect Scott #664 Used Single.
This is a suspect #664 "Kans." overprint used single. I've been trying to formulate a
systematic procedure for determining if a suspect overprinted stamp is genuine
or not. I've determined that there are five areas to look at that at a
minimum will determine if a suspect overprinted stamp is genuine or not whether
it's used or unused. A problem with any of the following five steps would
be grounds to say that a suspect overprinted stamp is a fake.
- Check the perforations: Genuine overprints were only applied to the perf 11X10
1/2 issues. You'd be surprised how many fakes I've seen on perf 11X11 or
- Check the gum breakers: Without exception all genuine unused Nebr./Kans.
overprints have gum breakers that are spaced 22mm (Type II) apart which means
that there will only be one gum breaker on the back unless the breakers are at
the very top and very bottom perforations of the stamp. Any suspect overprint
stamp found with more than one gum breaker can be considered a fake.
- Check the suspect overprint against a known genuine overprint. The best
way of doing this test is to use imaging software to overlay a slightly
transparent image of the suspect overprint on top of the known genuine
overprint. with this method the size, spacing and shape of the suspect
overprint can be compared directly to the known good overprint.
- Check the back to see if the overprint comes through: Genuine overprints were
applied using a surface printing method of electrotype which only leaves ink on
the surface of the stamp. a fake done with a typewriter would depress the
surface which would leave corresponding bumps on the back of the stamp.
- Check the color of the suspect against the color of a known genuine overprinted
stamp: This would be a method of last resort since the color of the suspect may
have been altered due to natural causes or the colors of the genuine stamps may
not be exact. In most cases a fake will be found long before the need to
check the color.
What is the perforation gauge of the two sides?
- The suspect gauges out to the correct 11 X 10 1/2.
Are any gum breakers present?
- Yes, there are signs of one gum breaker which means the suspect has Type II gum breakers which are correct for the overprinted issues.
Compare the suspect overprint with a known genuine overprint.
- The suspects overprint compares very well with a known genuine overprint. The suspects overprint is the correct size, shape and font.
Does the color match the Type II gum breaker issue?
- The color of the suspect is close to the dull orange of a Type II gum breaker issue (middle stamp, top row) though it is faded somewhat. The outside stamps on the top row are a bright orange color.
Conclusion: In my opinion the suspect is a genuine #664.
As always comments and suggestions are always welcome.
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