Members of The Royal Philatelic Society London were treated to a magnificent display of the King George V high values of Great Britain at the meeting on 5 April. Bryan Kearsley FRPSL gave his presentation ‘Discovering Seahorses’, the name by which these classic designs are best known.

On April 5th, at the RPSL, Mr Bryan Kearsley made a very interesting presentation about seahorses.

Bryan Kearsley and Patrick Maselis copyright RPSL

Bryan explained how to distinguish the work of the four printers who, at different times, held the contract for these stamps, namely Waterlow & Layton, De La Rue, Bradbury Wilkinson and Waterlow & Sons. The differences are not only noted by examining the perforations, but also in the size of the design area and in a multitude of shades. Indeed, giving the vote of thanks, Richard Berry FRPSL was prompted to comment that shades can even be found within a sheet of the 2s 6d printed by De La Rue.

Also included were many fine examples of usage of these stamps, Bryan succeeding in unraveling what is a very complicated issue.

The Royal Philatelic Society London is the world’s oldest stamps association. Next year, it will celebrate its 150th anniversary

Héloïse

Written by Héloïse

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