Wednesday, 21 September 2022

The End Of A Era


The end of the Machin

For most every Machin collector that I know they are not only sad at the passing of our long reigning Monarch but some are also saddened because eventually it will also be the end of the long running Machin design that has graced our definitive stamps since 1967. Others will be happy as the new barcoded stamps did not meet everyone's approval. In Fact a lot of collectors had already drawn a line under their collections when the new bar coded designs were issued. 

What next for the Machin?

Royal Mail have already released a short statement.

 Following the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Mail has confirmed "stamps bearing the image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II remain valid for use". 

It has not been said, but with the recent cross over to bar coded stamps (a very large print run) we can still expect Machins to be sold or exchanged for the considerable future. When the old style Machins are withdrawn in January 23 you can still expect them to be exchanged well into 2023 or even 2024. Eventually they may even start to exchange them for definitivves bearing the image of Charles III. I am only guessing here but with the passing of our queen I envisage for some it will mark the end of collecting new issues stamps completely. It may generate a breed of collector starting off with a completely new collection of stamps bearing the image of Charles III. Sadly it will not be designed by Arnold Machin.

"Further announcements by Royal Mail will be made in the future"  

God save the King

Sunday, 4 September 2022

Primary sheet of 60 panes DP2

Continuing from the previous post.  Here is a copy of a black & white photograph from the National Postal Museum. It has been trimmed and shows the binding margins, both perforation types and the cut lines. The half V cut is at the top left of the sheet.


Tuesday, 23 August 2022

½V incorporated panes


Recently I was asked "why panes from early stitched booklets with the ½V cut were so expensive?"  

I had to admit that I did not know the answer to the question but I too have often pondered on the same question so I did a little research.

Here are my findings.

Two different perforators were used : These were known as Comb No.1 and Comb No.1a. Both perforators produced two types of perforations, some were perforated through the margin : perf P and others had no margin perforation : I perf. I might mention at this stage that they also also have either a rough cut or smooth cut guillotined edge to the margin. 

I was informed that they were perforated in lots of 60 panes, of these 60 panes 48 panes were perforated through the margin which leaves only 12 I perf imperforate marginal panes.

Of these 12, only 1 pane was incorporated with the imperforate (½V) cut edge. which goes to explain the high catalogue pricing for the I(½V) pane. Only one from 60. So there we have it.

The left selvedge of the sheet is imperforate, and after the perforating operation this is trimmed to the binding width,  with either a rough cut or smooth edge as mentioned above. The right selvedge was torn off, as was the bottom gutter. The slanting cut was made at the bottom in the left selvedge, to make the operation easier for assemblers to tear across the perf line.