Trying to identify some Victoria stamps this evening and came across these two. The one on the left seems to be real while the one on the right seems to be a forgery.
My reasons for the forgery one is that the letters on the bottom corners should be " E and W" and not "R and W". Also the back of the stamp is pure white like a sheet of paper. Although the cancellation is correct, it seems to be too clear and perfect.
Here is another one if anyone can help. Its either a Scott# 5, 6, 7 or forgery. Again the back of the stamp is perfectly clean. The cancellation conceals most of the stamp and is hard to tell if its a Type I, II or III.
The CV for these 3 catalog numbers are $140 to $1,900. Thats why I am questioning this stamp.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Here is the site with knows forgeries. It doesnt show this stamp though.....
I'm not sure why, but your pics are showing up as thumbnails, so I can't see any details. I keep running into this problem on Stamp Bears with certain posts. I think Gordon Lee also ran into the same problem. Others seem to see the pics nice and large with no problems. I can't enlarge the pic, either. I've tried using Chrome and IE, but neither seem to get a bigger pic.
Maybe you can PM the link to the full-sized pic for me. I promise not to pilfer the pics.
Are the images from your own stamps? If so try to scan them at 600dpi as detail is very hard to see. On these images I seem to note tiny indentations on the right of the first stamp which could mean that it is a forgery, adding to that the postmark is highly suspicious as it seems to have been placed there with the side of a penny, rather than the usual butterfly cancel as in the second stamp.
The second stamp is much too faded/light in colour at this magnification to make any value judgement, the cancel seems to have been done with water based ink rather than the usual oil based inks, from the absorption threads in the paper.
The third stamps also appears to be a forgery to me at this magnification. I am going on the number of vertical lines below the throne and above the two pence, in the real ones they are much closer together to me.
I am using Windows 7 and FF28. Whatever it is, it must be something with our software setup (my computer and Gordon Lee's).
This is not the first time it has happened. Sometimes in a single thread with posts made by the same person, I get a mix of full-size images and thumbnails.
I clicked on Philatarium's links (thanks), but they are still thumbnails. I know they are thumbnails, because when I enlarge them they blur out. Not sure what is going on. I even cleared out all my caches. Still thumbnails.
Sorry Kris, but I wasn't ignoring you -- I can't help if I can't get my computer to display them properly.
I may try restarting with all my add-ons disabled and see if that solves the problem.
Will try to rescan them. I was able to adjust the dpi before my computer crashed, but all I can scan at now is at 300. Let me play around with it......
I had the same problem after a crash a computer or two ago, where I couldn't control the dpi (much) or select many of the other options I used to have. I think the driver got corrupted in the crash. Hope you get it fixed easily.
You can either reinstall the driver, or if you have the option -- clear out your preference/file. Back when I was on the Mac, simply deleting the preference file usually did the trick -- except that everything goes back to default settings.
If these work for you, then there must be some kind of something going on with the original image host and its settings, or else with some common settings on your computer and others, since it's been reported by at least one other person.
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