Notes from the Past

Rouletting - A method of piercing the paper between stamps, usually in the forma of a series of slits, to facilitate separation.  An alternative to perforation, it was originally performed by a toothed wheel cutter; hence the name.  An important difference between rouletting and perforation proper is that in rouletting no paper is actually removed.

Rouletting Patterns

Percé en Arc (Fr.)  Arc-pierced.  Cuts in the shape of short small arcs facing the same direction.
Percé en Lignes (Fr.)  Line pierced.  Short, straight cuts.  Often referred to as rouletted.
Percé en Lignes de Couleur (Fr.)  Line pierced in colour.  Results generally from using a rouletting rule (cutter) in letter press printing.
Percé en Lignes Obliques (Fr.)  Pierced in short oblique lines.
Percé en Losanges (Fr.)  Lozenge-pierced.  Each hole is a cut x.
Percé en Points (Fr.)  Pin-pierced or perforated.  Similar to the results of running a sewing machine along the line.
Percé en Pointes (Fr.)  Zig-zag pierced.  Separation by angular cuts facing alternate directions along the perforation.  The open side of the angular cut faces the center of the perforation.
Percé en Scie (Fr.)  Saw-tooth pierced.  One side of a saw-tooth cut is perpendicular to the line of the perforation.
Percé en Serpentine (Fr.)  Serpentine-pierced -- in wavy lines.  Separation by arc-shaped cuts facing alternating directions along the perforation.  The open side of the arc faces the center of the perforation.

- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia
Published 1966
Posted April 1, 2000

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