The Samovar

question about gum

red1999 - 11/14/2017 at 03:09

Hi guys,

here is the backside of a 15 kop 1908 zsarist stamp. As you can see the gum only covers a part of the backside. At the left border is a gum free strip.

Question 1: Is this rare?

Question 2: How did it happen? Border of sheet? Some random mishap? Regular production fault?

Question 3: The gum is "crinkled". Is this typical or a hint of forged gum?

Any help is appreciated! :)

15 kop gum BS black small.jpg - 279kB

stamplover - 11/16/2017 at 21:20

Highly suspicious for re-gumming. Note that the perfs on the bottom and right have no gum.

David Jay - 11/17/2017 at 01:30

For earlier stamps, it is more typical that a re-gum would have tiny droplets of gum on the perf tips, reflecting gumming after perforation. In this case, I don't seen that, though a higher resolution image might still show it. Could be wrong, but it appears to me that perfs at bottom and right have gum -- this is most obvious at bottom right.

red1999 - 11/17/2017 at 10:16

thanks for your comments. i agree, that it is suspicious but i cant find a spot with a "decisive fault".

if regummed, i also wonder why someone would to this with such a stamp. the raise in value is not so big.