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Friday, 01 March 2019 06:58

Things to Avoid With Your Stamps

Remember that stamps are frail and can be damaged within seconds. Here are a few things that you should avoid at any cost when you are working with your stamps so as to ensure their safety:

Handling Stamps with Your Hands

Remember that even clean hands contain lots of oil. You can’t do anything to avoid that. This oil teamed with dirt and dust that accumulates in your hands can obliterate your stamps.

Hence, you should never pick up stamps using your hands. Stamp tongs are a better choice because they ensure safety and also help you pick out the specific item with ease.

Not Checking Your Envelopes

An interesting stamp can make you forget everything. In your haste to cut the stamp out from the envelope you might ignore the envelope all together. That is wrong. You must always check the envelope because it might be a treasure in itself. The envelope could be something special such as an Event Day Cover or First Day Cover.

A postmark or cancellation will signify the special place that it may have come from. It might also be a wartime mail or a balloon mail with censorship markings or anything else with rich postal history. Thus, don’t ignore the envelope ever.

 Trimming Stamps on Envelopes Too Closely

It is obvious that you might want to remove the entire excess envelope while soaking stamps or mounting them. Here you have to be extremely careful not to cut the stamp all together. You have to be very careful with the perforation to start with.

These days, you will find irregularly sized and shaped stamps and cutting them off neatly is difficult. There are many stamps that have labels with some writing around them. Before cutting them off, make sure the writing or the attachment is not a part of the stamp.

Gluing or Taping Stamps to Your Album

This may seem strangely funny to you but there are many new collectors who commit this mistake. Many don’t know how stamp mounts and hinges work and they end up gluing or taping the stamp to the album.

Of course the stamp will be secure but it will be nigh impossible to remove it without causing serious damage to it. When one starts collecting, this should be the first thing to avoid.

Storing Loose Stamps in a Box

Storing loose stamps seems very easy especially when you don’t have the time to sort them out and file them. But storing them in this manner can cause a lot of damage such as curling and bending.

The perforations may also be damaged. Storing them in boxes for long without touching them is also wrong because the acids and dyes in the box can damage your stamps. Hence, you should buy glassine envelopes and secure them safely in a safe container.

Using Too Small Mounts

Stamp mounts are probably the best way to secure your stamps because they protect your stamps and also aid examination and removal with ease. You can find stamp mounts of various sizes. There are also do-it-yourself and precut options that you could choose.

You need to have many different sizes at your disposal so that you use the right mounts. If the mount is too small, it will cause creases and damage the perforations. Be very careful when you put the stamp in the mount. Check twice before securing it.

Published in Post
Sunday, 12 August 2018 00:00

Stamp Mounts

Stamp mounts are an alternative to using a stamp hinge to affix stamps to your stamp album. They can provide more protection to your stamp, and can give a professional look to your stamps when displayed in a stamp album.

What Are Stamp Mounts?

A stamp mount is a sleeve that you insert your stamp into. The back of the stamp mount is usually black, and is made up of two flaps. The front is transparent. The sleeve is made of a special plastic to ensure there is little damage to the stamp.

The advantage of a stamp mount over a stamp hinge is that it does not attach to gum at the back of the stamp, which is especially important with mint stamps. Although the better stamp hinges are designed to be peelable, there is always a risk that they may damage the stamp or leave a mark on the back of the stamp. It is this reason why some collectors prefer to use a stamp mount to minimize damage to their stamps, especially if they are valuable or mint never hinged stamps. This helps to preserve the condition and value of the stamps stored this way.

Stamp mounts come in several sizes to accommodate the different stamp sizes. They can come in long strips that can be cut to size easily with a guillotine or scissors.

Using Stamp Mounts

To affix the stamp to the stamp album with a stamp mount there are two methods that can be used. The first way is the top back flap is lightly moistened to activate the gum and is placed in the stamp album. The stamp mount is then gently lifted at the bottom, and the stamp is placed into the mount.

The second way is to lift the flaps of the stamp mount and place the stamp in the mount. The back of the top flap is then lightly moistened, and the mount and stamp are positioned and affixed to the stamp album.

The big disadvantage with stamp mounts over stamp hinges is price. Stamp mounts are more expensive than stamp hinges, but price becomes less important the more valuable the stamp or stamps are to the collector.

Published in Stamp accessories