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    Posted: 17 April 2010 at 07:04
Norway State Railway Dragon Stamps


These stamps are listed in the Brofos Catalog of Railway, Steamship and Carrier Stamps of Norway which is available online at the Scandinavian Collectors' Club site.  

The Dragon Motif Stamps

In 1897, a new issue of parcel stamps appeared having an elaborate design with a viking-type border of entwined dragon tails and two stylized dragons with jaws interlocked at the base. Denominations are shown inside an oval in the center, above which is a crown and winged wheel. This design is printed in black over an underprint of twisting bands inscribed "NORGES STATSBANER" around "NS" monograms. The stamp of this type were printed in sheets of 100 stamps (10 x 10) from at least 1907 on. The earlier issues were probably also printed the same way, but this has not been confirmed. Complete sheets are rare, as most stations made "stamp books" with each page a half sheet of stamps.

These stamps were made by lithography.  A master die was used to make a larger die that was then "transferred" across the lithographic stone.  In the case of these stamps, the initial transfer was made in a group of 10 stamps and this block was repeated throughout the plate to make a sheet of 100.
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This is a neat item.  Early this morning I thought that it contained all ten types of transfer varieties, but now I see it is most unusual "hybrid" that occurs only in the second setting of the 1 øre plate.   In the position of the sheet that this block is from, there are arrangements from the first setting and also from the second setting.  The inclusion of the first setting only occurs once in the sheet.   This block is from the right part of the sheet, rows 6 and 7.  The top row is from the second setting and the bottom is from the first.   The positions are discussed in chapter V of the catalog and are referenced to the first setting which had dies #1-10.    This block contains die positions:

#12 #6 #7 #8 #9
#1  #2  #3 #4 #5

There are many variations in the design of these stamps that one might never notice unless one looks closely - and more importantly, has something to look at!  Its quite surprising really.  Who would have thought that there were so many substantial differences.    Look for instance at the frame around the "1"   Do you see how it is much narrower in row #1 column #4.   Do you see how the "1" tilts to the left in row #2, column 4-5.   Notice how it is straight,  or tilts to the right in other positions.   The upper part of the loop at the bottom of the frame is broken in row #1 column #1 but complete in row #2 column #2.  There is a "dent" at the top of the loop in row #2 column 5.   Do you see how there are different numbers of "dots" missing in the upper right quadrant of the frame.   Note as well the cracked "1" in row #2 column #2.

In the background of lines, there are  constant flaws as well; also in the mauve underprint.   For instance in row #2 column #3, there is a large missing piece in the underprint right above the rightmost ØR.    There are also variations in the "dragon's wings and legs" below the rightmost "RE".    What a lot of retouching must have been done!

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There is a block of 4 from the Trondhjem-Storen Railway on ebay at the moment. Bit too costly for me, but nice to see them. They are authentically aged too - see posts about recreating this effect.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Norway-Railways-Throndhjem-Storen-/190392600255?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c544886bf


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"There is a block of 4 from the Trondhjem-Storen Railway... "

beauties. thanks for the link
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