Re-entries, Misplaced Entries, Kiss Prints, or ... ???


This page is for those items that turn up after many, many years, but it is really unknown just exactly what they are. Are they re-entries? Are they misplaced entries? Are they simply plate damage? Are they constant? Or are they one-of-a-kind? Your input is most welcome. If you have seen one of these before and so it is a constant variety, please report it. If you own one, even better, please send scans. If you think you know what it is, or what might have caused it, please write. I will post any and all responses following each item, so we can all share in what the feelings are. PLEASE participate!




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Scott #14

One Cent Rose

Plate Damage???


Misplaced Entry???


This stamp and scans were first submitted by David Eisenhauer. While uncertain just what this could be, David wondered if it could possibly have a sideways entry from the 5¢ Beaver transfer roll? The area in and above the 'E' of CENT shows some very odd markings that do not suggest a misplacement of the One Cent design. Unfortunately, the stamp has a nasty crease right through the area of interest - the 'E' and above.

Yes, it has been suggested that perhaps these odd details have been drawn on by hand, but this begs the question, why on earth go to all that trouble on a badly creased stamp instead of a sound one?

Any suggestions or theories would be appreciated. (This stamp is now in my own collection, having purchased it from David on eBay.)



Scott #19

17¢ Blue

Misplaced Entry?



**Position #63**

(See text...)


OK, here is an odd one to show up after not only so many years, but also after so many in-depth studies and so much plating has been done! James Calder published his book, “CANADA 17¢: 1859; A STUDY OF ITS PLATE POSITIONS” back in 1942, and it was reprinted by Charles Verge several years ago. All 100 plate positions are illustrated, but this one is nowhere to be found.

This stamp was found by William Coates, who first showed it to me so I could scan it. The lower left corner shows clear evidence of what looks to be a misplaced entry. There are vertical lines in the lower left corner of the design, particularly the ‘1’ of 17, and extending down from the lower inner frameline directly below the ‘1’ into the bottom margin. These lines clearly echo the vertical portions of the background pattern of all four corner spandrels.

Misplaced entry??? Looks like it could be.

Slip print??? Considering this stamp was issued in 1859 and to our knowledge has not come to light before this, this is the most obvious choice for a cause.

HOWEVER, Bill has since shown the stamp to John McEntyre, of Montreal, who has an award-winning single-frame exhibit of the 17¢ Decimal Issue, including TWO full proof sheets of 100. John did not recognize the stamp either, but after studying his proofs more closely FOUND evidence of this stamp in position 63 on the plate! It is surrounded by other stamps showing no signs of a slip. And the lines are sharp, not blurred.

So, after 145 years and countless man-hours of study and research, this stamp appears.....FASCINATING!!!

PLEASE submit reports and/or scans of other copies.



Scott #43

6¢ Small Queen

Magnificent Kiss Print, or ... ???




Bill Burden just sent me this beauty. Is this a kiss print, or a misplaced entry? For one thing, it occurred on am already recognized re-entry (note the doubling in the 'O, T & G' of POSTAGE.

Then check out the cross-hatching in the 'D'; the horizontal line through 'GE'; all of the other markings in CANADA POSTAGE; the lines in the hair; marks in the 6's; and the marks in the lower margin below the left 6.

WOW! This is really an amazing piece!

Hard to believe it has not surfaced before now, if indeed constant.

Any ideas???  Thanks, Bill!

Courtesy of W. G. Burden


Scott #19

17¢ Blue

Major Re-entry or Slip Print???

OK, so why am I including this on this page and not the 17¢ Decimal page? Well, because in well over 100 years of study of this stamp, such a re-entry has never been recorded in the major pieces of literature. If indeed this is a genuine re-entry, how could something this obvious have been missed for SO long? Especially when several full sheets have survived and been exhibited many, many times! Yes, it is entirely possible this is an out-and-out FAKE, but there’s just something about it that makes me somewhat hopeful it is indeed a newly discovered re-entry.

Actually, this stamp was sent to me many years ago to photograph, but I just this weekend came across the photos. It is not my stamp and I have long ago lost contact with the owner.

A duplicate copy would be a wonderful find!


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Ralph E. Trimble

Specialist in BNA Re-entries