Silk thread visible on face of stamp to the left of U. I have personally examined and studied thousands of supposed 1st issue silk papers. It is one of my specialties.I have created an online reference page that goes into the subject in depth. I cannot link to it here, but it shouldn't be too diifficult to figure out. They are regular papers with either bits of visible of wood pulp or debris, or something stuck to the back of the stamp. Some things to be aware of. For a stamp to be a real 1st issue silk paper, the fibres in question must be blue threads. The silk paper was not introduced until very late in the 1st issue period. The vast majority of legitimate silk paper 1st issue revenues will be dated from mid-1870 onwards. The paper is in general very opaque and frequently has somewhat of a yellowish cast to it.
After a while you can start to recognize it on sight, in order to check closer for blue threads. There is extreme variance in both the density and nature of the blue silk threads across examples. Some stamps have many blue threads, whereas on others there may only be one thread (in fact I have pairs and blocks where only 1 stamp of the multiple shows the blue thread; this is why you will frequently find stamps that have all the telltale signs of being a silk paper, but cannot actually be proven such, due to the lack of the defining silk thread). Some blue threads are long and fine, whereas others are short and coarse.Be careful, as dark blue heavy and cut cancels were increasingly common during this period. What might at first glance appear to be a blue thread might be simply ink bleeding through from the front of the stamp. Be sure you can make out the individual thread. Strong lighting with 20x or higher magnification is essential. I also use a USB micrscope to hunt for blue threads. In my opinion, the Scott catalog values are out of whack on some of the silk papers. Silk papers that are more common than the Scott values imply: R64d, R65d, R66d, R67d, R85d. Silk papers that are more scarce than the Scott values imply: R1d, R13d, R30d, R45d, R80d, R84d. The fewer silk threads in a stamp, the more critical it is that you have high-resolution pictures. Do NOT leave anything to guesswork! Some of the silk papers are considerably more scarce than the Scott catalog values imply. As a general rule, I discount silk papers far less than other revenues, because real ones are in the minority in the marketplace. If you have any questions or wants, please do not hesitate to ask. Revenue Scott R89d $5 Conveyance on silk paper, SCV = $140" is in sale since Friday, July 6, 2018. This item is in the category "Stamps\United States\Back of Book\Revenues". The seller is "revenue-collector" and is located in Urbana, Illinois.
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