This page illustrates differences in the fancy borders surrounding the large value
numerals. In the genuine stamp, the fancy border is constructed of four pieces of
printer's type for each of the corners and two pieces of printer's type for each of
the four panels. All images used on this page are of 5¢ Type I. The images of the genuine stamp are from
Trepel Census 2-I-UNC-16 and the Grinnell images are from Grinnell No. 22.
Top Right Corner
The shape and size of the floral design in the upper right interior of the image is
different. In the genuine, the sweep of the leaves swoops deeper and the leaves
are smaller. Notice how in the Grinnells, the leaves nearly touch the lines of the
outer semi-circle of the design but are well clear of them in the genuine. Notice
also the steeper arc of the line extending from the bottom left upward toward the
center of the design. Another point to see is how the bottom scallop extends below
the line ball at the inner end of the design on the Grinnell but, except for the
central point, finishes above that line on the genuine. These differences repeat
in all four corners of each value and demonstrate the printer's type used in the
genuine is not replicated in the design of the Grinnell.