India Lithograph QV 1854 SG19 var. 4a Blue & Br Red Rare Retouch w/Cert GU/FU
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India Lithograph QV 1854 SG19 var. 4a Blue & Br Red Rare Retouch w/Cert GU/FU

Head Die II [Rare entire head crudely retouched except inconsistently the profile above the nose broken in two place! Dots & shading lines heavy becoming solid colour, as with back of bust or lines on diadem solid – Only a few instances of Head Die II with extensive retouching involving the entire head are known making this example rare! (The Four Annas Lithographed Stamps of India, 1854-55 Martin D.R., Col.& Smythies E A: pp3: 1931 (1996 reprint edition) p.30) This significant true retouching is made even more strange when considering the later stages of its use on third printing SG21a examples are barely worn except for upper chignon detail] Frame Die I [Notable bright shade for 2nd printing – no 3rd printing flaws found by me] – Wide spacing/setting watermark position 2 reversed sheet position 3 – Recent 2019 BPA certificate notes ‘retouched

3 closer margins upper margin slightly reduced otherwise quite fresh overall condition

£850.00
₹78,200.00 / $1,028.50
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