Raised, or in low relief. A process allied to printing, whereby the whole or part of a design is raised up out of the surface of the paper by means of a pair of dies, or a die and a matrix, one die bearing the convex (male) design, and the other being concave (female). The process has been used for the production of stamps in both plain ('blind') or colour embossing, and in G.B. and U.S.A. especially for the stamping of postal stationery. Examples of embossed stamps are Germany's issues 18721-5; Heligoland 1867-75; Gambia 1869; Italy 1862; Portugal 1853-84; Sardinia 1851-5; and G.B. 1847-54. In the main it has been the fashion for the portrait head to be plain or colourless, but there have been exceptions. The embossed Portuguese colonial issues of Luis 1870 give the 'Embossed' title to this keytype.
- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's EncyclopaediaPublished 1966Posted January 20, 2000
Index of 507 Notes from the Past
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