Post by Beryllium Guy on Mar 22, 2019 12:50:15 GMT
Many thanks to Nelson (@falshung ), Werner (salentin ), and Hironobu (unechan ) for your excellent posts in the Japan: Stamps thread (http://thestampforum.boards.net/thread/1387/japan-stamps). Although I am a WW classics collector, I have long had a soft spot for the classics from Japan. I have many of the same stamps which have already been posted in that thread, but there aren't too many others that I can add which are not already there, except this one:
Japan, Sc 67, 45 Sen, carmine
Background Story: I got this stamp as part of a small collection of pre-1930 Japan stamps at the WESTPEX show in Apr-2017. It was my last purchase from the show, and I paid around $100 (USD) for a collection of approximately 40-50 stamps on some very old album pages. The dealer had already removed some premium individual stamps from the lot, so these were essentially regarded as the leftovers.
I had not even noticed that this was in the collection when I bought it. I had spotted a couple of others which were of primary interest. When I finally removed all of the stamps from the album pages and soaked off the hinges from the ones that needed it and sorted the collection along with all of my other Japan stamps, I was surprised to find this one in there. If it is genuine, I can only imagine that the dealer missed seeing it there, too, or else he would have sold it as an individual item.
The stamp is not in the best condition, as it has one pulled "tooth" near the bottom right corner and a straight edge across the top. I initially assumed that this was a natural straight edge of the sheet, but looking at the edge condition more closely, it almost looks trimmed. Any comments are welcome about the appearance of this stamp and whether it looks to be genuine or not.