The Samovar

1-rub inverted

oldteddy - 12/28/2007 at 23:20

Is it possible to tell if it's a fake just looking at the image?

Alep - 12/29/2007 at 03:10

I do not believe it to be a fake. Moreover, I remember well purchasing at the end of 1950-s or beginning of 1960-s the same kind of stamp with the same shift of the inverted center (that means from the same sheet) within a cheap packet of 25(?) very common Imperial stamps distributed by the state philatelic trade through the news-stall. Evidently, the inverts were put into the packets by mistake by an ignorant sorter.

Alep - 12/29/2007 at 14:43

I found I still had this particular stamp. A similar stamp from another sheet is on the left.

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Case of "1"

oldteddy - 1/1/2008 at 18:22

Please note very well-shaped "1" on Greg's and of the right Alep's stamps, while the one I've shown and the left Alep's one have "1" somewhat deformed.

Alep - 1/5/2008 at 13:47

Stamps with "1" of different shape can be found in the same sheet of the later printings.

igorfmyask - 1/5/2008 at 13:58

Originally posted by Alep
I found I still had this particular stamp. A similar stamp from another sheet is on the left.

Stamp on the left also has shifted background that is tipical for imperforated issue of 1919.

Gary - 1/5/2008 at 16:38

Perhaps we would expect to see more EFO items as the machinery wore out, malfunctioned, ink and paper and glue became harder to get, as well as the controls became more lax. Additionally, a few samples sold nalevo could always put a some rubles in the pocket. These items have become very common recently. ;)

Alep - 1/6/2008 at 11:07

It is right: this stamp is not rare. It is found even on covers. As example, I show rather curious cover mailed in September 1921 from Vernyi to Dachnoe, a Petrograd suburb. The franking consists of 3 50-kopeck stamps and a 1-r stamp with inverted center (also shifted background but from a sheet another than that of the single stamp shown earlier), all locally revalued 100-times to meet the 250-ruble rate.

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Alep - 1/6/2008 at 11:08


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jlechtanski - 1/6/2008 at 16:35

If the cover has an example with a shifted background, shouldn't the V's on the selvage (used as seals on the cover) also be shifted in relation to each other?

Are they from a different sheet and/or just added at a later date to enhance the cover?

Alep - 1/7/2008 at 14:07

The light "V" on the selvage is shifted down as the background. Please compare with the following multiple:

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