Nigeria 1953 Timber Fly Speck Study

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A look at the many fly specks that may be found on the 1953 QEII Timber issue.[edit]

Positions are noted using Thirkell measurements.

Reference stamp image; Almost perfect apart from small dot in A of NIGERIA and small purple scratch to left of Queens frame.

The Purple Speck Flaws[edit]

Pearl Flaw, second pearl from left coloured: Th A10
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Diadem at top of crown damaged inner lines: Th A11
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Triangle of dots outside frame at bottom right corner. Small purple scratch in value square. Coloured dot above central raft.: Th H13, Th A2, Th C6
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The same positional stamp as above with three dots and the value tab dot, but a later printing now showing malformed/hand redrawn E in TIMBER: Th H13 Th A2 Th A6
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Purple dots outside frame at right of Crown:Th A11
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Dot over M of TIMBER and small scratch outside bottom right frame. Th A6 Th G13
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Woodchip flaw Th F9
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Line through N of NIGERIA Th G4
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Break in Baseline (wear)Th H1
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Plate wear at lower right showing weakness in lines Th H1-H3
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Flying woodchips around Axe Th F10. Also worth noting is the cross hair (marginal stamp position at top left)
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Scratch on Hull of Ship Th E2
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Numerous marks in ERIA of NIGERIA Th H7-H10
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Distorted 1 in value Th A1, large dot in N of NIGERIA, Frame break below N also Th H4
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Distorted /- shilling sign Th A2, Value frame strengthened.
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Tail to R of TIMBER Th A7, Value frame strengthened, Small scratch line in first I of NIGERIA G4
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Dots on and around the bow of ship and in the margins, Dots to left of Diadem and in margin, Scar below Queens eye.
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Black Flaws[edit]

Black 'comma' flaw below ripples Th E10
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Black triangulated flaw (Could be same flaw as above 'comma flaw'?) Th E10
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Floating log flaw Th E4
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Guide Lines Sheet Markings[edit]

The following stamps (as well as one or two above) show Guidelines and sheet crosses in their margins

Black Guideline at left
Purple cross hairs
Purple cross hairs

Black Shifts[edit]

Black shifts are prominent on some printings of this issue.

Black Shift to the Left, Barge Pole touching ships Crane wire
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Black Shift upwards, sails of small boats touching skyline
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Black Shift downwards, floating log barge just touching outer frame design.
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Black Shift to the right, ripples from bargepole over the Queens Frame.
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