King Edward VII
1908 Multiple Crown CA Issues
Updated - October, 2017
Identifying stamps from Montserrat King Edward VII issues
watermarked Multiple Crown CA is a matter of sorting between the two watermark
options: Crown CA and Multiple Crown CA (MCA), and then determining the
difference between chalk and ordinary paper for the 1/2d value, and some
color shades for the 1/2d, 2d, 3d, and 6d values. This set of stamps replaced
the previous Multiple Crown CA watermarked paper with new colors beginning
in 1908. This set was used until it was replaced with a new design in
1918. Unlike most King Edward VII sets, this one was used during King
George V's reign, until it was replaced with new colors beginning in 1908.
The only noticeable change was a replacement for the 5/ value with the
image of the new monarch in 1914.
Once you have determined the watermark, the next step for the 1/2d values is to sort them between chalk and ordinary paper. The initial stamp were printed on ordinary paper and later on chalk coated paper. Although a silver coin will draw a line when rubbed gently against most chalk paper, I find this does not work very well for the KEVII watermarked MCA issues. I look for a shiny coating on the paper when viewed under a good light source. You can also rub your finger across the face of the stamp. It will slide easily over the chalk coated paper, and will feel like it is catching against the ordinary paper. Another test is the quality of the impression. The chalk treatment was used to insure a better quality printing. For the record, the term chalk is not scientifically accurate, but it is the term that has been used in the catalogs. In order to help you get a feel for identifying the two paper types, the 1/2d issues are marked with the paper option.
Once you have determined the watermark, and the paper type for the 1/2d values; the next step is to sort the colors. Color shades can be difficult to sort, especially when you only have a couple of stamps to compare. They typically occur when the stamps are printed after the initial printing. Today we have computer color matching, but during this time it was done by hand with components that might differ from the original ink formula. I like to place the stamps against black and then white paper and view them under a strong light. The images shown attempt to show the colors, but they do not show them as well as viewing the stamps in person. So use the images as relative indicators.
Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, definitive sets from this time period were issued very conservatively. I do not have the printing details, but it would be safe to assume the 5/ issue was printed in a quantity of less than 5,000 based on other issues of this time period.
The catalog numbers are from the 1980 Commonwealth Five Reigns Catalogue (CW), 2013 Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue (SG) and the 2011 Scott catalog (ST). The description is from the Commonwealth Catalogue. Please contact Bridger & Kay to obtain a copy of this publication. You can access the other publishers using the "Links to British Colonial Stamp Sites" at the bottom of this page.
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|CW E36 - SG 47 - ST 40
5/ Red &
|CW G1 - SG 48 - ST 42
5/ Red &
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