Plating The 3¢ U.S. Imperforate Stamp of 1851 - 1857


Plating Wizard Explained:

The Plating Wizard is an online form you use to tell a searchable database what stamp characteristics you want to see. The database contains all 2,600 stamps by position, with traditional plating characteristics, images and much more. The goal of the Plating Wizard is to scale down your "matching results" to a small number of stamps - hopefully less than 25. The Plating Wizard rules are very simple:

Shorthand Used in the Selection Buttons:

Shorthand keeps the Plating Wizard form concise and standardized. The following conventions are used throughout the Plating Wizard:

#
Dr. Carroll Chase recut numbers #1-#34; USPCS Chronicle (W.K. McDaniel) recut numbers #35-#40
L
left
R
right
FL
frame line
IL
inner line
|
vertical line
h|
horizontal line
GD
guide dot
Tr
triangle
UL
upper left
UR
upper right
LL
lower left
LR
lower right
~
connects to (or at)
DB
diamond block
TLbl
top label block
BLbl
bottom label block
@T&B
at top and bottom
2Xtra||
two extra vertical lines
\
diagonal line
&
and

The Plating Wizard hopes to make plating easier. Traditional plating characteristics include Plate #, Relief, Guide Dots, Primary Inner Lines, Recuts, Shift & Transfers, etc. as discussed throughout Dr. Chase’s book, subsequent USPCS Chronicle articles and this study.

Looking beyond those traditional plating characteristics, by the end of 2019, it is planned to incorporate the thousands of elements of "Additional Plating Characteristics" which are present in the wonderful DeVere Card Plating Charts. Please refere to the DeVere Charts section of this study for more information. However, at this time the Plating Wizard includes only the Traditional Plating Characteristics in an interactive tool designed to help you plate stamps.

Plating Wizard Form

Selections within any group (groups include Select Plates, Select Reliefs, Select Guide Dots, Select Primary Inner Lines, and, Select Other Plating Characteristics) limit the stamps to those choices. If you make no choices within a group then that group is not filtered and the Plating Wizard shows more stamps in its results. So, either select all the choices within a group that your think could match your stamp, or don't select any within the group. You are encouraged to "mix and match" your selections among the various groups.

Select Plates:

Scott #10 or #10A:
    Scott #10A:
    Scott #11:
    Scott #11A:

Select Reliefs:

Select Guide Dots:

Select Primary Inner Lines:

Select Other Plating Characteristics:

Secondary Inner Lines or Frame Line Recuts:

Inner Lines Running Up/Down:

Triangle Recuts:

Diamond Block recuts:

Label recuts:

Other characteristics noted in Chase Book:

DeVere Card's Additional Plating Characteristics

*** UNDER CONSTRUCTION - SHOULD BE AVAILABLE BY THE END OF 2019 ***


The following assumes you have reviewed the DeVere Charts section of this study and that you understand the notations and markings that DeVere Card used. The selections below use his open-extended frame line markings, his dot position notations and his 8-point and 4-point system notations for "closer and wider."

Lower Right Guide Dot Location:

Frame Lines are Open or Extended at Corners:

DeVere Card "8 Point Diagram 1" Spacing Judgements:

DeVere Card "4 Point Diagram 2" Spacing Judgements: