Just looking through some old posts, in particular the post on philatelic displays.
VR in his reply said, with regards to the use of Hawid type stamp mounts something like, "the purists would say don't touch them."
I'm intrigued by this as, given the current fad, not to mention premium for unmounted mint, I'm wondering what the pusrists alternative would be. Surely no-one today would suggest hinging a previously unmounted mint stamp?
The other thing that intrigues me is how so many unmounted mint stamps seem to have survived the passage of time, unmounted mint, given that in yesteryear mint stamps were invariably mounted, and often by some fairly unsuitable means and materials.
My observation/query is purely academic in its intent but I would be interested in some explanations, theories etc.
Any answers anyone?
Posted by: VR
26/4/2011, 1:24 am
Re: Use of Mounts
I did say that - because I had heard it said in the past but it very much depends on what you are displaying.
Visit any top exhibition and you will see gold medal winning exhibits of classic material with no sign of hawid mounts (other makes of mounts are available). Generally this is because, take the Chalon heads for example, they either don't exist unmounted, or the gum has been removed at some point so using mounts is unnecessary.
Now on the other hand, if you have a potential medal winning collection of 1898 pictorials (as an example) you may well have a large number of unmounted items. Of course you are not going to mount them directly using hinges you will use hawid or some other mount.
If this is the case you must first decide whether to use clear or black mounts. Each presents its own particular challenge. If you use clear you don't have to worry about black borders which can detract if oversized but you may want to mount on a coloured paper/card to provide some contrast.
You may need to experiment. Certain stamps benefit from a black background and some stamps can be lost in the page without the contrast that (black) mounts provide. The use of too much black, or overwide margins, can give a page a funerial look.
At the end of the day you are looking to create an impression - you want the judge to stop and spend longer on your frames and first impressions can be so important when a judge and his team have so many entries to view and so little time.
Getting it very wrong can be disastrous and the judge doesn't dwell on your frames. But, assuming you have good material, tell a good story and the overall impression is good you cannot lose a lot of marks for poor presentation as there are only 5 marks in total for this aspect in most National/International competitions (locla competitions may vary so check the prospectus) so excessive use/abuse of mounts shouldn't lose you too many marks - but of course you do not want to throw marks away.
Posted by: Classic NZ
30/4/2011, 11:09 pm
Re: Use of Mounts
Appreciate the reply.
Posted by: mpaulj781
23/9/2011, 2:36 pm
Re: Use of Mounts
As a side issue, there are a number of unmounted stamps from the earliest periods because the stamps with selvedge in any sheet are quite a high percentage of the whole (more so with the larger stamps) and many collectors have used this to mount their stamps in the past. In addition, even in the 1930`s it was recognised that it was preferable to avoid mounting direct to gum, and glassine envelopes were often used as an alternative to hinges, the stamps being laboriously fitted within such envelopes and a stamp mount then being used on the back of them. Just to illustrate this, I recently bought the Cyprus 1928 set to 18pi which were all heavily mounted on top selvedge, but which left the stamps themselves MNH. The question was then if I should detach the selvedge, or fold it under before putting the stamps in Showgard mounts. I decided on the latter as otherwise someone might try and argue the stamps MUST have been re-gummed as "stamps from that period are not found MNH".
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