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Help with stamp mounting

Postby steveoftreaclemineroad » Sun Jul 20, 2014 06:34 pm

So my little collection of DW stamps is growing! I have opted to go with the Stamp Catalogue Album Pages to create my album, Got hold of some A4 binders and plastic sleeves to protect everything, but I am at a loss for mounts.

I have had a look at the guide on the Catalogue website, but being a "green horn", could not make head nor tale given none of my stamps seem to fit with the sizes specified.

Here is a list of the stamps I "currently" own, can anyone pretty please give me some help with what mounts and mount sizes I need??

Great Inventors of Ankh-Morpork  B.S Johnson
Great Inventors of Ankh-Morpork  Leonard of Quirm
Ramtops Half Farthings Winter
Ramtops Half Farthings  Summer
Blind Io 5p 
A-M Dollar Civic 
Thieves' Guild 3p 
Thieves' Guild 'Penny Protective' 
Unseen University Farthing 
Unseen University Penny Farthing 
The Elim 
Seamstress Guild 2p 
Golem Trust 5p 
Bloodaxe and Ironhammer 4p 
Guild of Historians 3p 
The Lawyers' Guild 50p and $1 
The Iron Girder 5p 
Fools' Guild 10p 
Penny Patrician 
2p Coat of Arms 
5p Morporkia 
$1 Tower of Art 
Agatean Empire Half-Rhinu 
Fourecks 3 Squid 
The Sto Helit 'Penny Sprout' 
Uberwald 60 Bizot 
Uberwald 30 Bizot 
The Wonderful Fanny 7p 
Roberta E. Biscuit 3p 
The Cabbage Field 50p
NoThingFjord 2 Corgnae
Lancre 3p
Llamedos Ffyrling
Klatch 2 Wol
1 penny Moist
Assassins' Guild 3p
Half Penny Post
The 4p Vetinari
10p Morporkia
Going Postal 10th Anniversary Presentation Sheet
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Re: Help with stamp mounting

Postby steeljam » Sun Jul 20, 2014 08:16 pm

I have limited my mount sizes. I use Hawid clear strips.
I buy the 210mm strips 21mm, 30mm, 36mm and 44mm and cut to size.
This covers all the stamps. Some are a little too high and others the stamp sticks out the top but it looks OK.
I also insert the page in clear archive pockets for further protection.
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Re: Help with stamp mounting

Postby Murgatroyd » Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:38 pm

'Tis true, the stamp mount chart needs updating...
I originally complied it when I was living in Thailand, and this was a way of coping with the lengthy "Rainy season"... Now I know we have a rainy season here... it's called the year. But in Thailand it hammers down for months on end. The time it took me to measure every stamp and compare it with a size of mount wasn't that long, but there were so many of them! It took months...
Now I have a fledgling business to minister to, and a whole bunch of other tasks that are piled up waiting for a spare minute (fortnight) to become available.
Alas I can't promise to update my mount chart anytime soon.
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Re: Help with stamp mounting

Postby steveoftreaclemineroad » Mon Jul 21, 2014 01:10 pm

Thanks all for the advice!

How do you all mount larger items, such as mini-sheets? I got the special 10th Anniversary Going Postal Presentation sheet, and I want to mount this without breaking down the item.
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Re: Help with stamp mounting

Postby Murgatroyd » Mon Jul 21, 2014 01:40 pm

Some of the largest mounts take mini sheets:
Hawid do a strip which is 86mm x 210mm, This will take most mini sheets.
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Re: Help with stamp mounting

Postby steeljam » Mon Jul 21, 2014 04:52 pm

steveoftreaclemineroad wrote:Thanks all for the advice!
How do you all mount larger items, such as mini-sheets? I got the special 10th Anniversary Going Postal Presentation sheet, and I want to mount this without breaking down the item.
I use two strips 20mm high
One at the bottom and another inverted at the top. This keeps the sheet secure.
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Re: Help with stamp mounting

Postby Kelshandra » Mon Jul 21, 2014 09:21 pm

I do the same as steeljam or I use the envelope from the shop that the sheet came in (envelope folded neatly to make it the exact size) and a few photo corners to hold them into the album.
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Re: Help with stamp mounting

Postby phalarope » Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:30 am

Steveoftreaclemineroad - You can easily update Murgatroyd's mount guide yourself (and earn many a new Flatelist's gratitude). Measure the height of each of your stamps in millimeters. Using the mount guide at http://www.michaelkay.co.uk/stamp-mounts/hawid-stamp-mounts-black.htm, select the proper mount height to fit your stamp. Where you don't find an exact fit, choose the larger mount because top-opening Hawid's can be cut down to size. Always use strips and guillotine them down to the correct width. For larger stamps, blocks and sheets, I prefer Showgards, because they are split-backed (closed at the top and bottom) and provide a more secure mount that is easier to load then the closed-backed Hawids.
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Re: Help with stamp mounting

Postby Drayax » Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:02 pm

Might as well post it here since it probably doesn't deserve it's own thread. Just been looking through stamp descriptions on the catalogue and was wondering what dexter and sinister is referring to in some of the descriptions
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Re: Help with stamp mounting

Postby Grace Speaker » Tue Jul 22, 2014 01:18 pm

Drayax wrote:Might as well post it here since it probably doesn't deserve it's own thread. Just been looking through stamp descriptions on the catalogue and was wondering what dexter and sinister is referring to in some of the descriptions

it's the Latin for right and left. Anything to do with coats-of-arms etc. tends to still use Latin in its description :)
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Re: Help with stamp mounting

Postby Murgatroyd » Tue Jul 22, 2014 01:51 pm

Thanks Phalarope!
Yes, The big advantage to using strips and cutting then to size is that you only have to consider the height of the stamp when selecting a mount size...
If you're cutting the strips to fit, the width of your stamps is only a factor in the quantity of strips you have to buy...
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Re: Help with stamp mounting

Postby steeljam » Tue Jul 22, 2014 07:21 pm

Grace Speaker wrote:
Drayax wrote:Might as well post it here since it probably doesn't deserve it's own thread. Just been looking through stamp descriptions on the catalogue and was wondering what dexter and sinister is referring to in some of the descriptions

it's the Latin for right and left. Anything to do with coats-of-arms etc. tends to still use Latin in its description :)

It is important to understand the Dexter is on the right from the viewpoint of the person holding the shield; so Dexter is on the left of the image. Sinister (left) is on the right of the image.
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Re: Help with stamp mounting

Postby Drayax » Tue Jul 22, 2014 08:56 pm

Ah ok great cheers for the info. I don't think I would have come to that conclusion on my own :)
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