What the heck is "hinged" anyway?

What the heck is "hinged" anyway?

Post by terr » Fri, 05 Jan 1996 04:00:00



: All I see offered these days are stamps that were "never hinged."  Okay
: then, what is a "hinged" stamp and how can I tell?

They are talking about the mounts used to display a stamp in an album.
Used stamps dont really fall into the Hinged-never Hinged catagory
because they no longer have gum left on the stamp.

For unused stamps the stamp hinges will invariably destroy
some portion of the gum on the back. So, finding stamps
that have never been hinged means that the back of the stamp has
completely undisturbed gumming.

WHY is this important? I have no earthly
reason except people know their great collections are "worth" more if
the backs of their stamps have lots of nice, neato undisturbed gum on it.
Just think! Someday soon there will be stamp albums made so that the stamps
back sides will be visible through paper cutouts so that those brave
souls who were swept away with "its worth more, its worth more, its worth
more" fever can show off WHY they spent so much more. I mean, collections
are supposed to be fun right? And why pay double the price for a stamp that
doesn't have a hinge mark unless you can flip through album backwards and
peek at all the pretty gum through the paper cutouts!

HA AHAHAHAH!!!

-terry

 
 
 

What the heck is "hinged" anyway?

Post by Kevin Lauderdal » Fri, 05 Jan 1996 04:00:00


All I see offered these days are stamps that were "never hinged."  Okay
then, what is a "hinged" stamp and how can I tell?

Thanks

-Kevin

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What the heck is "hinged" anyway?

Post by fie.. » Sat, 06 Jan 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> All I see offered these days are stamps that were "never hinged."  Okay
> then, what is a "hinged" stamp and how can I tell?
> > Thanks
> > -Kevin

For U.S. material:
  "Hinged" applies mainly to stamps that still retain some gum.  The barest
trace of a mark left by removing a stamp hinge qualifies a stamp as "lightly
hinged."  There'salso the "heavily hinged" catagory.  I guess "hinged" by
itself describes the average hinge mark.

On the scarcer 19th century material, hinge marks are to be expected unless
"NH" (No Hinge or Never Hinged) is stated.  Most 19th century material that
has come down to us today is hinged.  Be suspect of such material advertised
as NH.  Seriously consider getting the material expertized before buying.
There's a lot of regummed material out there and it may not be advertised
as such.  Regummers have even taken to applying light hinge marks to avoid
suspicion.  Also be aware that used stamps of the era are often found heavily
hinged.  Many such hinges cannot be totally removed without damaging the
stamp.

Walt Fields
New Hampshire