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Kevin Blackston
PO Box 17544
San Antonio TX 78217-0544
United States of America

Two (or maybe three) 14¢ American Indian plate flaws

I’ve posted a couple of times previously about finding plate flaws on copies of the United States 14¢ American Indian stamp. Earlier this year, I ran across a couple more such items, plus a third that might represent a plate flaw. Here they are in no particular order.

Scratch from second “S” in “STATES” into headdress

Our first stamp is not very well centered, but the design looks okay overall until we take a closer look at the second “S” in “STATES.” You’ll notice that there’s a light scratch that bisects the top curve of that letter, briefly disappears, and then reappears in Hollow Horn Bear’s headdress.

United States American Indian stamp with diagonal scratch running through second 'S' in 'STATES' and into headdress
14¢ American Indian stamp with diagonal scratch
Detail showing diagonal scratch running through second 'S' in 'STATES' and into headdress on 14¢ American Indian stamp
Detail of scratch

Scratch to left of face

Our second entry also has a scratch, but this one appears to be confined to the stamp’s vignette. The vertical line is quite obvious in the empty space to the left of Hollow Horn Bear’s face.

United States American Indian stamp with vertical sratch to left of face
14¢ American Indian stamp with diagonal scratch
Detail showing vertical scratch to left of face on 14¢ American Indian stamp
Detail of scratch

Possible gash to left of face

Finally, I have a stamp with possible plate damage also to the left of the face within the vignette. I emphasize possible because this is probably the sort of thing that could be caused by a bit of random muck on the printing plate, or even a splash of ink; nevertheless, I seem to recall seeing this somewhere else in the past. My collection does not, however, contain another example of this, so I kind of have to categorize this as a freak unless I find another or someone else reports having one.

United States American Indian stamp with blob or gash to left of face
14¢ American Indian stamp with blob or gash

Published 2019-05-05

Comments

David (2019-06-07 22:44):

Mike, I found a 695 cracked plwre the other day... the one in Frenches book... have you seen this variety before?

Kevin Blackston (2019-06-11 22:12):

No, I haven’t seen an example of the cracked plate 695, though I’m obviously keeping my eye open for such things whenever I see a copy of the 14¢ Indian stamp for sale. Nice find!

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