A few weeks ago we were very pleased to welcome Paul Eimers of security printers Royal Joh. Enschedé to the BPMA. Enschedé have worked with Royal Mail on a number of stamp issues over the years, but most recently were responsible for The King’s Stamps, a miniature sheet featuring reproductions of stamps from the era of King George V, issued to celebrate the London 2010 International Stamp Exhibition.
The King's Stamps, released 6th May 2010
Recreating stamp designs from almost 100 years ago using modern printing techniques was a challenge for Enschedé. In a talk delivered by Paul Eimers he described the painstaking process by which the original hand-engraved die was copied and then reproduced to allow new stamps to be printed using modern intaglio techniques. You can now hear Paul Eimer’s talk by subscribing to our podcast.
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The King’s Stamps miniature sheet and related products, including a Prestige Stamp Book written by our Curator of Philately Douglas Muir, were released on 8th May and can be purchased from Royal Mail.
On Tuesday 11th May, right in the middle of the main London 2010: Festival of Stamps activities, we will welcome Paul Eimers of stamp printers Joh Enschedé to the BPMA. Joh Enschedé have printed many British stamps over the years, but their latest work for Royal Mail is The King’s Stamps miniature sheet, to be released on 8th May to mark the start of the International Stamp Exhibition.
The King’s Stamps miniature sheet features two reproductions of the 1924 British Empire Exhibition stamps designed by Harold Nelson set within a contemporary border with the present value (1st) and the Queen’s head profile. In addition two reproductions of the “Seahorses” design by Bertram Mackennal are also featured; both high value definitives, first issued in 1913, are set within a contemporary border with the value (£1) and Queen’s head. The top of the Miniature Sheet’s plain border contains the text: London 2010 Festival of Stamps with a crown.
The King's Stamps miniature sheet, to be released 8th May 2010
This sheet is printed in both intaglio and lithography. The red, brown, grey and blue ‘stamps’ are printed intaglio, to be as faithful as possible to the original stamps, while the Queen’s head, stamp values and Sheet surround is printed in litho. The technical and design challenges of producing this miniature sheet will be one focus of Paul Eimers’ talk.
First day of issue postmarks to accompany the King’s Stamps have been produced. The London postmark replicates the lion on the British Empire Exhibition stamps, while the Tallents House postmark features part of the “Seahorses” design.
The King's Stamps first day of issue postmarks
The King’s Stamps miniature sheet and related products, including a Prestige Stamp Book written by our Curator of Philately Douglas Muir, will be released on 8th May and can be purchased from Royal Mail.
Tickets to Paul Eimer’s talk on The King’s Stamps are free. For booking details and further information please see the BPMA website.
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