Yesterday I was sitting out on the front porch reading about fancy cancels and the different ephemera and materials and had a thought..."I bet I could make one of those?" I found the materials that was commonly used and carefully chose my designs. It is much more difficult than I had originally thought? It took quite a bit of time considering the simplicity of the designs. I now understand why "the circle of wedges" is so common! I, of course chose more intricate designs, although not by much but I'm happy with them. And to answer your thoughts -NO I will not do anything unethical with them. I just wanted to show my work and get your responses. So what to ya think?
I bet they would make easy work of it but I just used my little pen knife that my Great-grandfather gave me on the cork one and a hacksaw on the wooden one. Thanks!
These are the antiquated tools I used to make the cancels:
This is an interesting tool that I have used my whole life. My Great-grandfather had it in his shed and it is designed to make use of broken hacksaw or band-saw blades. It is from the N.Y.C.R.R. shops.
His depression era pen-knife: I keep it razor sharp. It isn't valuable or anything but to me it's priceless.
OK, here you go! I done two stamps of each type also.
Here are the 4 stamps I struck. I will either mark them on the back in ink or most likely just throw them away as I don't want these to be passed off as the real thing for obvious reasons. I used damaged stamps to do this so they wasn't worth squat to begin with and certainly not now as they are now both damaged and defaced. lol
So everyone knows right up-front I used damage stamps to do those and promptly tossed them in the bin after our little photo shoot. I am a purist and hobbyist by nature and only done this as an educational and learning activity. I would never EVER do anything unethical with these, but having said that I noticed right off the bat that I can spot fake corks on auction sites pretty easy now. Since I know first hand what it takes to carve one I know what to look for and am quite shocked at how many actual fakes and forgeries really are out there!
Caveat emptor! = Buyer Beware.
Last Edit: Sept 10, 2013 9:35:00 GMT by I.L.S.: Added further info
I mainly collect the US Classic singles & covers also, classic era B.O.B. items.
You mean Caveat Venditor - Seller beware. So what your point? You feel you need to say something -say it. I don't even sell at all. Anything not even on eBay. Caveat Emptor fits better. There are unscrupulous sellers everywhere and it is really up to the buyer to understand what they are purchasing. Albeit some sell things unknowingly but if he/she is reputable you can resolve any issues.
Yes, caveat venditor is what I meant; my fingers stumbled as is often the case the blog writing. Interestingly, caveat vendit also means "seller beware," but, recta dicis, the more common aphorism is caveat venditor. The point is that a person selling goods needs to responsible for providing accurate information about them to the purchaser, something all too rare on auction sites like ebay, Delcampe, auctionzip, etc. Moreover, as the pictures of your destroyed examples demonstrate, photos are not enough to provide necessary assurances to buyers, nor are glib disclaimers. The responsibility for determining the quality of a stamp rests not primarily on the buyer, wary as he or she may be, but on the seller who is clearly in the best position to know. I want wary, cautious sellers! What would we do if medicines were sold caveat emptor? Or processed foods? Or children's toys? So, until better accountability for sellers is in place, I will buy or sell stamps only infrequently via internet auctions. When I do sell, I try to describe exactly what I'm selling in both photos and words, with guarantees. I gather you would do the same.
To my surprise, I seem to have struck a defensive chord in you, which was not my intention.