Picture #2: Close-up of a'Double Flame' stamp. Picture #3-10: Scans of the different stamps on the page with comments of the different types of' flame varieties'. Picture #11: Extremely Scarce'flame' in front (left side) of the lower right number'1'. This stamp is not of the normal pattern of the flame being on the right side of the number'1'.Picture #12: Extremely Scarce'jump flame' on the lower left number'1' stamp, on the right side of the number'1'. This stamp is unique in that the'flame' is not connected to the ball behind the number'1' or as I have named it the'jump flame'. Description Data: The following information is provided.
An interesting printing variety usually spoken of as the candle flame variety is easily found on this stamp. The numeral 1 which appears on each side of the stamp is of a fancy design and the base of the numeral is formed from a ball like ornament. From the right hand ornament on each of the two numerals on a stamp there is sometimes to be found a white area extending above the ornament to which the term candle flame has been applied. This is almost certainly a printing variety and not a plate variety.
It is probably caused by what printers called scooped color which means that the wiping process removed to much ink from this portion of the plate due to too heavy pressure on the wiping roller or to poor workmanship on the plates. An examination of a number of these stamps showing this variety, some of which were in strips and pairs, reveals no two exactly alike which is almost positive proof that the variety is a printing rather than a plate variety. Although Brookman writes about the'candle flame' variety being easily found , apparently it is not that easily to be found.
I have gone to many stamp shows and stamp auctions and have searched for this variety. Most dealers and auctioneers have not seen of or heard of the'candle flame' variety.
I did an internet search and came across this statement from the following website (the Swedish Tiger). I have to agree with their opening statement, Mentioned by Brookman, but rarely seen is the so-called'candle flame' variety. Mentioned by Brookman, but rarely seen is the so-called candle flame variety. To the right hand side of either one of the two numeral ones on the stamp extends a white area, said to resemble the flame of a candle.The white area is created by a raised portion of the plate in this area, due to poor workmanship on the plate. When the ink is wiped from the plate this area is wiped of ink, thus causing the absence of ink above the foot of the number one. Due to this, the shape and size of the flame can vary, thus this is a printing flaw and not a plate flaw. (Web site: the swedish tiger). Brookman apparently came across some of the'candle flame' variety stamps, enough of them to write about. I have spent some time over the last 25 years looking for and finding one or two of these stamps here and there and compiling them on this sheet. This is the most complete collection that I have found with so many different variations. There is NO other collection of the'flame varieties' like this available anywhere. The item "US # 219v (1890) Used 1c EFO'Candle Flame' set of 12 2 Very Scarce rare" is in sale since Monday, September 14, 2015. This item is in the category "Stamps\United States\Errors, Freaks, Oddities". The seller is "tasmanianman" and is located in Orem, Utah. This item can be shipped worldwide.