History of Printings



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Cowan Print:

This  paper has the W7 watermark, and so the paper appears to be thinner and less dense.  The mesh is a distinct horizontal, this alone being sufficient to eliminate any chance of confusion with the “Waterlow” and “Basted Mills” printings.  The impressions are very ill-defined by comparison with the “Londons” and there is no dot above the top left corner of the value tablet as in the “Londons”.  Shades are similar to the “Basted Mills” issue, lacking in depth and tone of the earlier issues.  Perforations are invariably rather rough, especially the perf 14




                                                Many shades abound with this paper but there are two recognised shades being:
                                                                                        Carmine, Carmine-Pink

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Plate Wear:

                                               Of the three local Plates used in New Zealand Plate 1 suffered considerable wear
                                                   over it's useful life.  This page shows examples of the different stages of wear.

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                                          Three plates were used to print locally.  Numerous re-entries are known for each of the plates.
                      A comprehensive listing of these re-entries can be found in the Catalogue of New Zealand Stamps by Campbell Paterson Ltd.

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