Wet Versus Dry Printings On The 1911-1928 Admiral Issue
- The 1c green
- The 2c carmine
- The 5c dark blue
- The 7c yellow ochre
- The 10c plum
- The 1c and 2c perf. 8 horizontal coils
- All the perf 12 horizontal coils
- The 1c green and 2c carmine perf. 8 vertical coils
- The 8c blue
- The 10c bistre brown
Step 2: separate the mint and used stamps.
Step 3: look at the gum - smooth gum are almost certainly wet, while embossed are always dry.
Step 4: look through the smooth gums for 3c carmine sheet stamps. These are always dry printings. Any remaining smooth gum stamps are wet printings.
Step 5: for the used stamps, look for re-drawn framelines in the upper right corner. Any such stamps are always dry.
Step 6: for any remaining used stamps check the appearance of the paper. Sort them into mesh and no-mesh piles. The no-mesh piles are likely dry printings.
Step 7: for the pile of remaining used stamps with mesh, measure the width. If they are 17.75 mm, they are dry printings. If you don't want to measure them, then line them up against a known dry printing like an 8c blue or 10c bistre brown. If they are narrower, they are wet printings. Use this method to double check any you are not sure of that you identified in the above 6 steps.
The above steps should enable you to get it right practically every time.
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