Hide Fiona’s Garters? Well that has probably got your attention at the very least.
Don’t panic – this site has not been hijacked by someone selling dodgy underwear – it is the easiest mnemonic to remember when looking for Wing Margin stamps.
Wing Margins arose from the fact that stamps were printed in panes on a single sheet of paper and the spaces in between – the gutters – were perforated down the middle. This meant that stamps on the right side of the left pane had a Wing Margin on the right and those on the left side of the right pane had a Wing Margin on the left.
Wing Margins are found on stamps with Watermarks Emblems, Spray and Garter
Because of the fixed positions of check letters it is simple to be sure
For Emblem & Spray watermarks these must have H,I,D,E in the bottom right corner
For Garter watermarks – it must be F, G
So HIDE Fiona’s Garters!!! Simples!!
It was often common to cut down these stamps – and many exist with a single apparently imperforate side where the Wing Margin should have been. Many were also reperforated – often in an innocent attempt to “improve” the stamp. In my opinion it is wrong to be censorious about such things – even the great Charles Nissen is known to have done so.
So – if the perforations don’t quite look right, remember