Catalog Numbering for Michel, Scott et al.
Printings, Remainders and Scarcity
The Michel  6 Varieties
The Michel  8 Varieties
The Schilling Reprints
Table of Colors, Gum and Paper
Color Comparison of Originals and Reprints
Maps of Heligoland       Heligoland Cancels
Reprints on Lemberger Pages

Postal History      Postal Rates
Reprint Data Tables     Forgeries
Lemberger and Michel Color Chips
Proofers' Signatures
Proofers: Names and Signature Placement
The Examination of Various Stamps
Higher Value Stamps
The Robert Pollard Study
The Wagner Collection

Heligoland Paper

Quadrilled Paper

This stamp is a Michel 8, either 8a or 8b (8F is the inverted color and 8c is printed on plain thin paper.) You can inspect genuine examples here. It is an example of the thick quadrilled paper used in Michel 6yg, 6yh, 7yc, 7yd, 8a, 8F, 8b, 9 and 10. It is called gegittertes in Germany (or more completely, dickes, gegittertes Papier dickes meaning thick). The paper pulp is poured onto a fine wire mesh and when it dries, a wire mesh impression is left in the paper. The pattern could also be called a grid, a grill or a lattice. The mesh is square to the edges of the paper, parallel vertically and horizontally; IT IS NEVER A FAINT DIAGONAL OR DIAMOND PATTERN AS SUGGESTED BY No. 1 BELOW. Note that Michel 17a and b also have a right-angled quadrille pattern, but it is very hard to discern. So supposedly do Mi 18a and 18c, but I take that on faith at this point. Lastly, Mi 18b is supposed to have a "waffle" (diamond) pattern.


      

Here are seven purported Michel 8's seen first from the front (somewhat enlarged) and then from the backside (more enlarged) Only one is genuine.

Michel 8 Original and Copies

Note:The scanner colors are good but not perfect.

Michel 8 Original and Copies—Backside

The same stamps are now shown greatly enlarged. They have been scanned with a scanner set in its transparency copying mode so that light is projected through the paper. The character of the paper is much more apparent. Real examination is better because you can synthesize an opinion from many observations at different distances and light angles. The numbering above is carried forward here.

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Here are all seven stamps overlapped so they can be more easily compared. They are clockwise from the top: 3, 2, 1, 6, 5, 4, with 7, the genuine mesh, in the center.


      
One original Mi 8 and 6 copies lapped

Explanatory material will be added soon to give more help with identification.

Catalog Numbering for Michel, Scott et al.
Printings, Remainders and Scarcity
The Michel  6 Varieties
The Michel  8 Varieties
The Schilling Reprints
Color Comparison of Originals and Reprints
Maps of Heligoland       Heligoland Cancels
Postal History      Postal Rates
Reprints on Lemberger Pages
Reprint Data Tables      Forgeries
Lemberger and Michel Color Chips
Proofers' Signatures
Proofers: Names and Signature Placement
The Examination of Various Stamps
Higher Value Stamps
The Robert Pollard Study
The Wagner Collection

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