A blog about the stamps and postal history of Nigeria as we know it today and all its component colonies, protectorates and territories prior to 1914. My mission is to create awareness of the amazing possibilities that are open to collectors of Nigerian stamps. The entire collection shown in this blog will be sold at public auction at a date to be announced - sometime in 2019 or 2020.
Temporary Hiatus in Posts
My apologies to those of you who regularly read my blog. Almost a month has gone by since my last post. My personal life right now is a bit of a mess, but I expect to be able to start adding additional posts by the last week of this month. So no, this blog isn't a flash in the pan.
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This week I will be finishing my examination of the 2d green from the 1894 first Waterlow watermarked issue and starting my examination of the 2.5d lake. The only aspect remaining to be looked at on the 2d green are the perforations, which I will discuss now.
Perforations on the 2d Green
Gibbons lists five perforations for this stamp:
14.5 to 1515.5 to 15 compound with 12-13.13.5 to 14.13.5 to 14 compound with 12-13.12 to 13.
Of course, just like all the other values looked at so far, the picture is quite a bit more complicated than that. The perforations that I have found in my detailed study of these stamps is as follows: 13; 14 x 12; 13 x 14 x 13; 1214 x 13 14.4 x 14 x 14 x 1414 12; 13 x 12.3; 12.6 x 14 x 12.9; 11.714.1 x 14 x 14.1 x 14; 1214.1 x 14 x 14 x 1414 x 14 x 13.9 x 1414 x 13.9 x 14.1 x 13.8 13 x 12.2 x 13 x 12.414 x 13 x 14 x 13; 1214 x 14.2 x 14 x 1414 x 14; 12.4 ; 13.1 x 14 x 13.4 ; 12.1 14.1 x 14 x 13.9 x 1413.9 x 14 x 13.8 x 14.114 x 14 x 14 x 13.914.1 x 14 x 14 x 13.91…
Last week I covered most of the aspects of the 1d blue stamp from this first Waterlow printed series. However, the two aspects that I did not cover were the paper, gum and perforations. Those aspects of this stamp will be the subject of this week's post.
According to Gibbons, there are 4 basic perforations:
14.5 to 15.13.5 to 14.13.5 to 14 compound with 12-13 and12-13.
However, in reality the measurements are quite a bit more complicated than that. So far, I have found the following perforation measurements: 14.9 x 15 x 15 x 1514.6 x 14.75 x 14.6 x 14.7515 15 x 14.6 x 14.8 x 14.614.6 x 14.5 x 14.7 x 14.5 14.5 14 x 12;12.614.2 x 1414.5 x 14.5 x 14.8 x 14.514;12.3 x 14 14.4 x 14.6 14.6 x 14.5 x 14.5 x 14.615 x 14.815 x 14.6 x 14.5 x 14.613.9 x 12.4;14 x 14 x 1414.8 x 14.9 14.8 x 14.51414 x 13.9 14.7 x 14.7 x 14.7 x 14.614.5 x 14.5 x 14.5 x 14.7514.5 x 14.714.914.6 x 15 x 14.8 x 15.115 x 14.914.9 x 14.614.6 x 14.514.6 x 14.814.75 x 14.514;12.315 x 15 x 14.7 x 1514.6 x 1515…
This week, I explore the aspects of the next value up in the series, the 2d green. This had the most ornate design of all the stamps in the set, and in my opinion, this was the most beautiful stamp in the set.
In studying this stamp, I have identified four shades of the green ink that was used to print the stamps. It is curious to me that Gibbons does not list any shade variations for this value at all. The individual scans below show each of these shades more closely:
This is an almost exact match to the basic green shade on the Stanley Gibbons colour key.
This is closest to deep grey-green on the Stanley Gibbons colour key, but contains a hint of olive. It is a very distinct colour that is completely different from any other examples of this stamp that is currently in my stock.
This shade is an exact match to Gibbons's myrtle green shade.
This is close to Gibbons's basic green shade, but is paler. Paper and Gum
There is considerable variation in the paper used to p…