Pencil sketches, feathers and a nanoshit kind of week

Pencil sketches, feathers and a nanoshit kind of week

Trying to get over a weirdly aweful week that started with the death of a friend and ended with me doing a classic face splat on the road and an ambulance trip to emergency for a patch up job.  It was one of those nano shit moments – a nanosecond before you tip over, your brain goes “Oh shit” and down you go.  And now I have a nifty swollen black eye, broken glasses, an ugly cut on my eyebrow and a variety of bruises on the go as a souvenir for the week.  Did you know they can glue your forehead back together? A little glue good as new… well not quite but almost.  After the repair job, off I went in search of a place to fix my glasses. They were oddly askew with the arms pointing in the wrong direction.  Hard to see when you can’t put the glasses on your nose. Made it as far as Eatons Centre and Lens Crafters fixed them up for me – no charge. Considering how badly damaged they were, I’m amazed they even offered to fix them.  Damn fine job they did to. Really pleased. Thought for sure I’d have to buy a new pair of glasses, they were that badly mangled. Wasn’t looking forward to spending $500 on them. 

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Soruth 1868 – two stamps from a Princely State

Soruth 1868 – two stamps from a Princely State

Soruth

Here are a couple of lovelies – Soruth 1868. I acquired them about a year ago at auction. Soruth (or Sorath, Junagadh, and Saurashtra ) was a small Princely State in Gujarat until 1947 when it became part of the state of Saurashtra and then part of Bombay State.

These are hand stamped with water colour ink. You can find them in Scotts 9 and 8  respectively.  I usually use Stanley Gibbons but I’m having a few problems identifying this set clearly.  Too many variations. The only thing clear is both are Type B – you can tell by the bottom left character.

Soruth characters on stamps

Unperforated, no watermarks, no gum, laid paper.  Very nice, large margins on both.

I got lucky at auction and picked them up for a song.  The catalogue price hovers around $170 for the pair. I didn’t think I’d have a chance at getting these, but I scooped them up for under $25(Cdn). Sometimes, it’s all about who shows up for the auction. I went with the faint hope of getting them and was surprised to find no one else was interested.  Everyone showed up  to watch the fight over a great set of Canadian covers and no one was interested in the Indian material. My pair sold early in the auction and  which was excellet because everyone was saving their money for the cover dustup. Unless you had over $4,000 for each cover, there wasn’t a hope you’d be able to touch them.

I don’t spend a lot of time or money on Feudatory States – although I’d like to. The problem is they are just too difficult to identify and  many forgeries abound, I know experts who have been snookered on occasion.  I have a modest little collection – low values mostly but infinitely enjoyable.

 

 

More wallpaper – skyline and concrete

More wallpaper – skyline and concrete

I’ve discovered I have a real thing for industrial style backgrounds and photos.  Gears, concrete, rust – something about the textures appeal to me. Here’s another background I’ve been playing with. 

A basic street scene laid over a photo of crumbling concrete. Can’t remember where I took the photo of the concrete – down around Bloor and Spadina I think. Kind of cool effects:

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