The Samovar

Scott 238,239,240 and 241A printing variants

cec71 - 9/9/2009 at 21:46

Shown in the scan are printing errors on the following stamps. Whether they are miscellaneous fly specks or true printing variants will depend on collector verification. Scott 238, 3R: white spot under nose. Scott 239, 4R:missing upper right ear. Scott 240, 5R: blue dots to right of 2, botton of first C, top of second C, bottom of loop of P. 241A, 5R:narrow bottom of 9, top of 2.

1923 Russia (1800x587).jpg - 322kB

RSFSR - 9/9/2009 at 23:21

The 3R flaw occurs on position #39 of the sheet with PN 2 in the top right corner. Note the right frame line flaw too.

RSFSR - 9/9/2009 at 23:27

The 5R flaw occurs in position #66 of the sheet with PN 2 (bottom left)

RSFSR - 9/9/2009 at 23:31

20R flaw occurs in position #51 on the sheet with the inscription ' ....amerikanka No 9'

RSFSR - 9/9/2009 at 23:41

I had no success in finding the 4R flaw (and I did look at several hundred right ears ...)

Unhinged - 9/10/2009 at 00:21

Heads up! An ear-y story. I look forward to "hearing" more.

Long live our flyspeckers! I'm not up to doing it myself, but I do like this kind of stuff.

RSFSR - 9/10/2009 at 21:20

cec71 - thanks for the challenges ... most interesting!

GregMirsky - 9/11/2009 at 10:18

I went through all my sheets/panes of 4 Rub stamps and did not find this specific flyspec. I got couple "broken left ears", but they "broken" in different way, not like the one at the beginning of this thread.

239 - is it or is it not?

oldteddy - 9/15/2009 at 09:40

Please note that it has the same other "specs" - a dot on the base of "2", a small light spec between "1" and the head. So it appears that it's not an oddity but a consistent flaw.

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