STAMPS IN THE VIEWFINDER
This page is dedicated to my stamps or their cancellation on which I have a doubt concerning their precise identification. Your comments are welcome if you have interesting information.
A/ Stamps which issue can't be clearly defined
A-1: Stamp Y&T #3, Sc. #3, Ceres black, imperforate, 20 centimes. Year of issue: 1849
Problematic: purchased from a seller as being a make-ready ("mise en train") but specialised Yvert & Tellier catalogue indiques that none make-ready was find for this 1st issue.
Proposed solutions: 1/ A very rare make-ready of the 1st issue ; 2/ An essay from the so-called issue of the siege of Paris (1870).
B/ Unidentified cancellation
B-1: Stamp Y&T #22, Sc. #26, Napoleon blue, perforate, 20 centimes. Year of issue: 1862
Problematic: cancellation (MOUDA ?)
Supposed date of cancellation: 1871 or 1877
Proposed solutions: 1/ Private cancellation ; 2/ Cancelled abroad but not matching with known one ;
B-2: Stamp Y&T #3, Sc. #3, Ceres black, imperforate, 20 centimes. Year of issue: 1849
Problematic: cancellation unknown of misaligned & different sized dots + paper with too much impurity, slightly too thick.
Supposed date of cancellation: unknown
Proposed solution: 1/ forgery with fake cancellation, lithography instead of typography.
B-3: Stamp Y&T #4, Sc. #4, Ceres blue, imperforate, 25 centimes. Year of issue: 1850
Problematic: grid cancellation with alveolus
Supposed date of cancellation: 1850-52
1/ Characteristic grid of Châteauroux, but only known on black Ceres Y&T #3, Sc. #3 + used at the beginning of 1849 well before the issue of this stamp. Perhaps a late use such as New Year's Day where the large flow of mail to be processed requires a reinforcement of personnel who are equipped with old or makeshift cancellation "tools".
2/ Worn normal grid + a lot of ink, which leaves a grid imprint with rounded corners.
B-4: Stamp Y&T #17, Ceres green, imperforate French general colonies, 5c. Year of issue: 1872
Supposed date of cancellation: 1872-76
Proposed solution: 1/ A stamp, among other surely, used on registered mail from a French colony to Italia and cancelled in post office on arrival (double RACCOMANDATO). Blue cancellation with lozenge of dots used at departure of the French colony is visible.