So I thought this was just an inking anomaly…
It’s amazing to me how sometimes seeing similar items over the years doesn’t resonate until you see more than one in close temporal proximity.
I was looking through an APS circuit book shipment and saw a Scott # R82c ($2 Mortgage) with what appeared to be inking anomalies in the lower left corner. I paid it no never mind and continued onwards. In the same shipment, but in a different book from a different seller, I saw a suspiciously similar R82c.
Well dip me in poop and call me stinky: it’s not an inking anomaly but a persistent plate flaw (erosion/corrosion?).
I’m sure it’s well known to platers, but not being a plater I had always just assumed it was an inking error.
I include 3 images below (you may need to click on them and open them at full size to see some of the details).
- The 2 stamps side by side.
- The same image but with consistent attributes highlighed.
- A higher-resolution scan of the lower left corners of the two stamps overlapping.
Not very valuable, but they take on a different tenor with me if a plate variety rather than just an inking/washing error.