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2c Columbian broken hat

Matt. I looked through my 80+ broken hats and at first sight I had two that probably would have met your eye appeal standards BUT when I held them up to the light each of them had small thins. I will keep my eyes open for a nice copy besides the one I have in my collection.



  • Rolin, Those tiny faults are easy to miss on any decades ( or century+) old tiny fragile piece of paper. Don't forget some "thins" are just natural transparencies , really need to be dipped to confirm. How's the Frajola board? I've been over there a bit lurking(over the past few years) , and enjoy reading but I don't have any covers dated 1849 that were flown in a balloon , at a special rate that must be explained in an algebraic formula for the day of the week of the full moon with Saturn in decline, which was walked upon by a 49er when the mail from the second leg of the journey was dumped down a ravine and Indians shot the mail with arrows (arrow holes need authentication) and since the Indians carried some diseases (from the white man's perspective) the cover had to be fumigated but with only the 6 slit example as opposed to the 5 slit example which was only used in the 3rd week of the 10th month of 1850 although other reliable contemporary sources conflict on whether it was 1849 or 1850 that the final and common 7 slit example was used, which may have been used contemporaneously to the other two types but not prior to mid 1850 if certain sources are correct. Oh I digress....
  • That IS supposed to be funny (And I think it is)
  • I have an extra hanging around but it could be just a slight variant in color.

    The thins I noticed are from careless handling and not natural.

    I know that most of the discussions on Richard's board are about things I will not have in possession but there are some discussions that have definitely helped my education. Knowledge is great and it might not pertain to me for now but you never know what you might run into in the future. I almost forgot to mention that I have some wonderful .jpg images of Nick's collection that came from the board.

    I read his board daily.

  • Like I said it was supposed t be funny...
  • It was but I thought I would continue the description.

    On a serious note, some of the postal history items do get rather involved and attempting to find information can be a long and time consuming road to travel. As you well know finding EKUs is not the easiest tasks in philately, it takes a lot of research and knowledge to nail some of these down. A while back I reported that I had the EKU for horizontal ribbing on a dated cover. The date was Jan 6, 1874. I just got a group of covers in and found a new EKU from Dec 6, 1873.

    By the way, I have the only reported Dalies, Virginia cover and the only reported Adora, Texas cover, with certs from APS for both.

    I guess this kind of went off subject.

  • I'm sorry it took me so long to see this. I've been out of town this week with my family to see Mt. Rushmore. Great fun! I'm always looking for good quality stamps, but as some of you know I'm a bargain hunter too (looking on Ebay, through dealer stocks, etc.) I seem to like the thrill of the hunt image The nice broken frameline example I posted in the other thread I found in a batch of about 50 2 cent Columbians I bought a while back. One day, I'm bound to come across a nice broken hat.

  • I know what you mean Matt. I like the hunt as well. Many of my better items have come from groups of stamps and covers I bought. The last group of 3c bank notes I bought was from the Hubert Skinner estate and I did not expect to find much but was pleasantly surprised to find a very distinct double transfer on a 158. That one stamp paid for the whole lot and I still got a few nice cancels from the lot.

    It just goes to show that a person should never make any assumptions about lots.

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