Monday, July 22, 2013

Collecting : My collection 04 f

Some examples of how the la Gasse-meter works :

Some examples of the stamps I tested:

1. Make sure the stamp is exactly in the middle of the central square:

full scan
2. Make sure the overlay is exactly in the position of the cancel

scan in detail
3. Result : 150
This is a very good cancel indeed; 150% of the value
the box indicates : 150
Another example:

1. Placing the stamp:
full scan
2. Placing the overlay:
Here, the cancel is bigger then the overlay indicator,
so you'll have to find the center of the cancel.

scan in detail
3. Reading the scale:
scale : 150
The scale indicates a 150%, but the cancel isn't clear enough to reach that percentage.
Altough it's very well centred, due to the lightness of the cancel, the value is lower.
So certainly a 'downgrade' to me.

Last example:

1. Here I placed a larger stamp on the A-sheet.
The hight is larger than the width, so we have to adjust the hight when placing the stamp.
If the stamp is wider than its hight, we have to adjust the width of course.

full scan
2. Placing the overlay:
adjusting the stamp to the compass, and the 2nd compass to the stamp

3. The result:
aww, only 40
With small 'classic' stamps, the value would be 40%, but as this stamp is larger, it's in fact a very good cancel too, as we can see the full name of the city (here : Bucureci - Bucarest) and the full date of cancelation : here Jan. 28, 1914.
Definitively an 'upgrade' to me.

Lesson to be learned.
This is a handy tool but it's not a Bible.

Have fun measuring !

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