King George stamps & some French too!

Discussion in 'World Stamps' started by Jay, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    I know these stamps probably aren't worth much of anything monetarily but they seen to have captured my attention and I would like to learn more about them. Their identification of course but moreso when these were used the tiny but noticeable differences (especially the ½p green K.G.'s) to look out for and information on starting a decent collection of them. I heard someone mention the term "Downeyhead" and would like to know which one and why they are called that? I'm very curious about early British stamps (and the more recent Machin's of course).
    Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you -Jeffrey

    Here are the British ones I would like to collect someday.
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    Here are some French stamps I really enjoy looking at.
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  2. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    Here are some what I believe to be British stamps as well. Please correct me if I' mistaken. I see all the symbols in the corners so I thought British (eg: rose, thistle, shamrock, daffodils )

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    Canadian stamps too!

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  3. Tom D

    Tom D Well-Known Member

    I like that 2 cent King George from Canada. It is like he is looking at me
     
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  4. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    Looks like a mugshot sort of! lol
     
  5. Steve Robinson

    Steve Robinson Moderator Moderator

    You are correct they top 4 are British :) KGVI dark colour set issued 1937 You have Normal/Sideways and Inverted watermarks to look for LOL
     
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  6. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    I'm really starting to take a fancy to the "Downy heads". That may be a collecting interest in the future. (I am currently accepting donations...lol)
     
  7. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    researching my Downy head I believe it is a Scarlet, Die 2, Single Crown Watermark- S.G.#341 Sound right to you? The watermark is identical to Skilo's "N1" example and I have the S.G. color chips and it lines up with the scarlet chip. Also the postmark is of 1912 (July 3). I think I'm onto it now!​
    Fully shaded lion, second line in wreath is clear through -​
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  8. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    what's this one?

    Also I copied these pics from another site (Wikipedia) because I didn't feel like scanning a thousand singles. The ones I have are identical in every way however sans cancellation.

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  9. Steve Robinson

    Steve Robinson Moderator Moderator

    Edward VII & Queen Victoria :)
     
  10. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    He (Keegan) may have stumbled on an early British "lilac" but I gotta dig it out and look. too early to tell yet. I just seen it through the plastic. Thank you for the ID's
     
  11. Steve Robinson

    Steve Robinson Moderator Moderator

  12. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    It's possible? There is enough variety there for about anything to turn up! Great selection and I even get struck by some of that stuff...lol
     
  13. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    Royal related stamps are really nice to collect.
    I do have some but in modern times already. ;)
     
  14. mrvic26

    mrvic26 New Member

    I have a envelope with about 50 to hundred of those.
     
  15. mrvic26

    mrvic26 New Member

    Most are like this View attachment 3151
     
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  16. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    They look Canadian. Am I mistaken?
     
  17. Steve Robinson

    Steve Robinson Moderator Moderator

    Nope they are all British :)
     
  18. Bionicbelly

    Bionicbelly Getting this stamp thing licked

    Definately British - we are the only country to print our stamps without naming our country ( probably because we could not spell in 1840 :confused: )

    Keeps all you "foreigners" guessing ;)

    See http://www.stamp-exchange.co.uk/king_george_vi.htm ( and others ) for reference
     
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  19. Elza

    Elza New Member

    According to Wikipedia:

    "The first stamp, the penny black, was put on sale on 1 May, to be valid as of 6 May 1840; two days later the two pence blue was introduced. Both show an engraving of the young Queen Victoria, with smooth, unperforated edges.

    At the time, there was no reason to include the United Kingdom’s name on the stamp; the UK remains the only country not to identify itself by name on postal stamps,[31][32] as it simply uses the current monarch’s head as implicit identification"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postage_stamps
     
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