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Like many collectors, I get occasianally very frustated with stamps from Sweden. Or more precisely – the various perforation formats they provide. Since the 1920s, Sweden has been known for issuing most of its stamps in coil, booklet and sheet format. In plain English? Same stamp, but it can exist in 1 to 4 (or even more) different perforation variations.
So why am I writing about this commonly known topic? About 5 or 6 years ago I found the mystery item below from kiloware. The top stamp is your average copy, but take a look of the stamp on the bottom. The perfs on the right side are missing almost completely.
For a long time I tought it was a random miscut/misperforated stamp that I had been lucky enough to find. But… Some time ago I received a huge lot (thousands of very common swedish stamps) , and found the two items below that changed my thinking.
The first stamp is normal coil stamp.
The third stamp has miscut perf (like my original finding), but it has some kind of affixed (and perforated) borderpaper on the back.
And on the middle, is a stamp that has complete perf, but it has also had (but soaked) an affixed borderpaper on the back. There’s a clear impression on the stamp showing where the paper has been.
My hunch is that these are from the end of stamp roll; or the borderpaper is some kind of joint piece between two sets of stamps used in a roll. The ones with missing teeth are simply miscut copies when the roll was created. But this is just my guessing…
I have checked the most common Scandinavian catalogs (Michel, Facit, AFA) for these, but found nothing… So once again, I hope that the online collectors community shows me their wisdom and helps me solve the mystery. So what’s the story behind these?
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