Hi, Haven't quite got the hang of this photobucket imaging lark, so I hope someone will scan down below the images and read this!! I have found a SSF D7a, and a newspaper stamp B3a, with apparent partial 'frames' around the watermark. Know of another member who has found the same 'frame' on a D5c.
Is there a logical explanation, and if so, I would be grateful for that information.
Posted by: VR
6/7/2009, 4:37 pm
Re: SSF watermark 'peculiarity'
Don't give up on the 'photobucket'. It took me a couple of goes to understand it. Please don't hesitate to ask more questions if you need more guidance with it.
As to the watermark variants in your post these are examples of marginal watermarks. With the sideface stamps (your example D5c) the stamps were printed in sheets of 240 stamps, in four panes of 60, with gutter margins separating the four panes. There was also a large margin around the outside.
The watermark on the paper was also divided into 4 panes, each with 60 NZ over Star watermarks which should, if everything was properly aligned, give one watermark per stamp. Each pane of watermarks had a single lined watermarked frame which should appear around each pane of stamps. Any misalignment of the printing and the watermark resulted in the NZ and Star being off centre or, even worse, only partly on the stamp (as in your examples). If the stamps were in the first, or last, vertical column of a pane they might have a vertical line of watermark to left or right of the stamp. Stamps from the first or last row might have a horizontal line of watermark from the frame if there was any misplacement. Stamps from the corner of a pane might give a corner of the frame watermark in the case of misalignment - this is the case with your examples.
The watermark also had the words NEW ZEALAND in the top and bottom sheet margins and the horizontal gutter margin. The left and right sheet margins had NEW ZEALAND POSTAGE. The watermark would need to be significantly misaligned in relation to the stamp image to show part of the letters watermark.
I have attached an example of the 3d sideface stamp which shows these features quite well. The ND of ZEALAND is visible in the lower margin. The vertical line of the frame watermark can be seen running to the right of the perforations and not on the stamps. However the lower frame line crosses the lower two stamps below the queen's head.
Hope this helps.
Posted by: NZ285
6/7/2009, 7:43 pm
Re: SSF watermark 'peculiarity'
And thank you for a comprehensive and excellent explanation of these marginal watermarks. I assume the same explanation applies to the Newspaper stamps, which used the same paper, but one would think that there would be more examples here, as the stamps were in a single pane of 240, rather than the four panes of 60 with margins as per the SSF's??
As to photobucket, I'm sure I will become more proficient given time, but thanks for your offer of help.
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