Saturday, 17 April 2010

Jumelle Press Colour Trials Continued

Both Ian Rose and Douglas Myall have replied to the last post divulging more information on the background and history of these items.

Douglas comments that these stamps are described on the Deegam CD (Appendix 13) under Trials, Proofs , Essays and Ephemera.
It was good of him to send me a link to the information

"They are believed to have been made on 10th October 1973." Douglas also mentions "that the trials consist of two different head types B2 and C1. Both heads etched into the same cylinder, B2 etched deeper than C1 to give the deeper colours.

The cylinder was used to print two colours, lilac and turquoise. Resulting in the four stamps Head B2 deep lilac, head B2 deep turquoise, head C1 pale lilac and head C1 pale turquoise."

I have uploaded the other images from the lot so you can compare them. Top light turquoise, middle light lilac and bottom dark turquoise . The dark lilac stamps are illustrated on the previous post.

Thanks go to both to Ian and Douglas for their replies.

On a second note:

Why do the compilers of catalogues and auctioneers insist on describing stamp trials as "errors" when they are obviously nothing of the kind?

I have always maintained that a stamp is only worth what someone is prepared to pay for it.
In my initial report (and Ian's reply) you will see these items did not sell. Ian suggests they were over priced. I made a mistake when I sugested these were priced in pounds sterling. They were actualy priced in Euros (not a lot of difference when you compare the exchange rates).
The auctioneer estimated their combined value between 1.500 Euros and £1.800 Euros (E375 - E450 per block) which roughly equates to 93 - 112 Euros per stamp, this is more or less twice the value that Ian suggests.
"I do not know what they sell for these days, but my guess would be around £100 for a pair. This would make the auctioneers estimate for four blocks of 4 seem very high"

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