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time I procured them, there were comparatively few stamp collectors, and certainly no one had then thought of making counterfeits.
Some of the imperfections signalised proving to me, however, all the interest my reviewer attaches to my publication, I most sincerely thank him for the same. But those imperfections (which I must confess to) were caused by the confidence I had in my engraver, whose work was generally of irreproachable execution. I am willing to bear any justly-merited reproach.
The extreme care taken by your correspondent in comparing the engravings with authentic impressions, has only succeeded in detecting the omission of the almostimperceptible dotting on the Bale stamps; and I would ask if he thinks any engraver capable of producing two impressions of unmistakeable identity. He cannot bu agree with me that it would be an impossibility. Nothing, then, proves that I have reproduced a counterfeit instead of an authentic stamp, since there must of necessity be always some difference.
Your correspondent also assigns me a talent I unfortunately do not possess, that of being able to copy stamps myself; if I had that ability, I should certainly not have committed the two mistakes in the inscriptions to which he alludes.
To hint a belief that such wholesale forgeries of stamps have never existed but in imagination, would be a slur on the ability of this acute critic. The want of rarity of the Buenos Ayres stamps will easily prove the nonnecessity of employing a forgery in their case; the mistake in spelling the inscription as Ruends, only taking place in consequence of a worn specimen having been sent the engraver, who took the B for an R, and the o for a d.
Mr. Pemberton remarks seven stamps being described (rather vaguely) in my work on the Falsification of Postage Stamps. If that gentleman would be good enough to give me the particulars of the stamps alluded to I should be much pleased, as, albeit author of the work in question, I own, in all humility, that I do not recollect noticing any stamps in particular, My astonishment was so great on reading this remark of his that, distrusting my memory, I wished to verify the fact by consulting a specimen, and not succeeding with one, I examined a number with equal want of success. At last, I found a fictitious Geneva stamp, but so entirely differing from the authentic ones (which are quite common), that Mr. Pemberton could never have paid me the ill compli. ment of fancying I could have made use of such a sorry imitation. It would, indeed, be droll were it to turn out that I described all these stamps, quite unconsciously, from individuals that Mr. Pemberton alone possesses !"
To conclude, I would take advantage of the opportunity to thank most gratefully those parties who have been good enough to entrust me with stamps I did not myself possess, for the continuation of my Postage Siamp Illustrations ; and I venture to trust that the possessors of the Van Diemen's Land tenpenny; the yellow 1 c. of the Confederate States; the Corrientes 1 real ; the British Guiana 4 cents, red; and any Dutch Guiana, will be kind enough to lend them for the purpose of completing thu fifteenth and probably the last number of my publication.
I am, Sir, yours obediently,
J. B. MOENS. [Mons, Moens' insufficient knowledge of the English language, compelling him to rely on an imperfect translation of our own and Mr. Pemberton's critiques, has caused a misinterpretation of some passages, as will be readily perceived.- ED.)
To the Editor of the “ STAMP COLLECTOR'S MAGAZINB,'
SIR,_In the March number of your Magazine, I see mentioned, as a stamp not noticed in Mount Brown's Catalogue, a Canada Packet Postage, 12 c., blue;' this, I suppose, is a stamp like the common 124 c. in all respects except in colour; I should like to know whether any of your readers have seen a 121 c. of this colour that has passed the post.
I have a 'maculate' 121-0. Canada, blue, and also a 12 c., half of which is blue and half green. It is a very simple thing to change the colour of the 121 c. from green to blue, and I should like to know whether there is any proof of stamps having been printed of the latter colour.
I have no doubt that the colours of many stamps may be capable of being changed in this marked manner; though I should not advise any one with a budding taste for forgery to try experiments with any of his stamps, unless he be at least well grounded in practical dyeing : for he will probably find that most of the chemical reagents he may try, will either dissolve the colour off the stamps he puts in them, or gradually bleach them,-either of which results, if the stamps are of any value, is unsatisfactory.
I am in possession of a 20-c. Tuscan, issue of 1852, it is like the others of the same issue, but of a slate-grey colour; I do not find it mentioned in any catalogue; can you inform me if it is genuine, or whether it is probably made from the blue stamp: it has passed the post.
I possess also the following stamps :-1-anna Indian, red-brown; ld. English, brown or blue; 40-c. French, brown; 40-c. ditto, yellow; 1-c. ditto, dark grey or lavender; 20-c. Belgian, blue-grey ; 10-c. Duteh, magenta. The colours of all of which would entitle them to be considered as varieties, if they were genuine.
The above results of a few experiments of mine, will show how careful we must be in admitting any varieties in colour of stamps whose genuineness we consider proved by the accuracy of the engraving.
I am, Sir, yours obediently,
STEPHEN A. MARSHALL,
To the Editor of the 'STAMP COLLECTOR'S MAGAZINE.'
SIR, I perceive that in your May number, the “Diligencia' stamps are said to belong to the Argentine Confederation. This is a mistake, for I have all the three, and they are all stamped with the Monte Video postmark, by whose government they were issued.
Let me take this opportunity of informing your readers that upwards of two thousand four hundred designs were sent in to Government (in 1839) for the proposed envelopes and labels, so that collectors must not imagine those so carefully described by Dr. Gray to be all there are ! The above fact was told me by the highest possible authority. I remain, Sir, yours obediently,
To the Editor of the 'STAMP COLLECTOR'S MAGAZINE.'
SIR,-May I be permitted to ask Messrs. Pemberton & Lewes, through the medium of your Magazine, for the proof of their statement, that no 10-c. Post Cantonal stamps have ever been issued at Geneva,-as I have direct proof that such stamps have been in circulation ? I am curious to learn how two gentlemen, supposed to be so well versed in all matters relating to postage stamps, can have made such an egregious mistake.
Trusting that Messrs. L. & P. will give proofs in support of their assertion, and assuring you that mine shall be forthcoming at the proper time,
I remain, yours truly,
WILLIAM FREDERIC COOKE. 6, Buckland Terrace, Dover.
printed in two colours, and the twenty-four cents of the later issue is also of two colours.
F. C. RICHARDSON, of New York.-You say, 'op good authority,' that the Inter. Rev. American stamps are not for postage, but are all for bills, receipts, bank cheques, &c. Will you kindly inform the ignorant why some of them are marked, 'Express,' and enlighten us by the description of an express bill or receipt ?
BEGINNER.-All the individuals of the later issue of the United States have the letters U. S. in the lower corners.
BACHELOR OF ARTS. -The Ireland Private Office,' spaces in Lallier's Album, have ever been a mystery unsolvable by ourselves or any one else.
OCEANICUS.-We shall be glad to see the Barbadian stamps you mention, if you can forward them. We have never met with any answering the description.-The difference of the paper will readily distinguish proofs, such as Whym per's, from essays. -The latter term is never applied to any but those on Government approval, which would exclude the Ocean Postage stamp.
C. B. J.-There are numerous travesties of the Mulready envelope, such as you describe. They would not pass the post without an adhesive.- The second envelope you mention was one of the emanations of the advocates of an Ocean penny postage.--Your 60 kr. is an Austrian bill or receipt stamp.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
T. A. ARNOLD.-We have seen a genuine black onepenny New Zealand since our last.-Thanks for the correction, if correct.
DELTA, Paris.-Living in Paris, you can easily form your own judgment with regard to who are the best dealers.
H. E. W., Sandicroft. - The ocean postage, as we have said before, has never been used except with a current postage stamp appended to the envelope on which it was printed. We do not like to set any value on stamps, as those rare at one time are comparatively common at another.
G. V. C., Cambridge.- A list of most of the publications on stamps may be seen in Dr. Gray's manual.- We have never seen a tenpenny English without threads. This, as well as the one shilling, green, were issued both as adhesives and envelopes.—The 8-sk. Norway, yellow, must be one of the chemical family, mentioned by our correspondent in the present number.-The portraits on the government stamps of the United States are those of Washington, Penn, Franklyn, and Lincoln.—The old franks are rather difficult to procure, as numbers of individuals have formed collections of them, but they may be often met with both from private friends and at curiosity shops.- We do not know of any dealer in postage stamps at Cambridge, but should there be a demand for them there, the supply will soon follow.
H. G. S., Manchester.- Unused British stamps cannot be sold without a license, and our own colonials may, perhaps, be in the same category. Our revenue officers cannot claim jurisdiction over the sale of foreign postage stamps.
CESTRIUM.-Your twopenny English, with no letters at any corner, must be an essay.-We have seen several of tho penny envelopes perfectly colourless, and believe they were struck off to try the stamp.-The figure on the left side the Bahama id. will do as well for a shell as anything else.
SUBSCRIBER.— The Canton Berne stamp (which we engrave) is, we
16 ON TO are informed, for bills or deeds; but the peculiar way of stamping it gives it the appearance of a used postage stamp.
TIMBROMANIAQUE, Dublin. - A tabular list of postage stamps and their countries published this month, would be incomplete the next, owing
PAPPEN 10 to the continued new issues,
PLYMOUTH Post.-There never was a penny blue English adhesive adopted. Lallier most probably had seen one of the blue penny essays.The use of the Baden Land Post has been previously explained.-Your French stamp is one of those used by confectioners to denote the prices of their wares.- We shall be glad of a description of the Java stamp.
Jos. YOUNG.–There have been but two issues of the United States labels, but the five cents was each time
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MOUNT BROWN, 124, Cheapside, London, has on
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MIVEN AWAY!!! Mr. FRANK E. MILLAR, of U 166, Queen's Road, Dalston, London, N.E., begs to inform his friends that his Monthly Price List for June is now ready, price, post free, two stamps; and that with every List he will give, gratis, one of his private English Postage Stampa which is now in use. Sample, from Price List, all clean copies : French Colonies, 1 c., 10.; 5 e., 6; 10 e., d., and 40 e., Ad. or 2, the four; Greek, 4, Set of 7; Turkish, 4. Set of 4; Hong Kong, 2 e., d.; Ionian lelands, 1/, Set of 3; Confederate States, from 60. each; Local Ameriean, from 1d. each. All communications (excepting orders over 2/6) requiring a reply, must contain a stamp for that purpose. Address in full to Mr. FRANK E. MILLAR, as above. N.B.-All the German States Stamps at nearly cost price.
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TAMES GRANT, 29, West George Street, Glasgow,
will send his Price List, consisting of 800 different Postage Stamps, all very cheap, on receipt of stamped envelope.
STAMPS ! C. TAW, 57, Joy Street, Belfast, has a
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ni A. M., 22, Upper Baker Street, Regents Park, U• London, N.w., will forward his printed Priced List on receipt of two stamps.
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NOTICE.-AN purchasers of the STAMP COLLECTOR'S MAGAZINE are entitled to receive trith the May and succeeding numbers an unobliterated Foreign or Colonial Postage Stamp.
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