Plating The 3¢ U.S. Imperforate Stamp of 1851 - 1857

Plating Wizard Explained:

The Plating Wizard is an online form you use to tell a searchable database what stamp characteristics you want to see. The database contains all 2,600 stamps by position, with traditional plating characteristics, images and much more. The goal of the Plating Wizard is to scale down your "matching results" to a small number of stamps - hopefully less than 25. The Plating Wizard rules are very simple:

Shorthand Used in the Selection Buttons:

Shorthand keeps the Plating Wizard form concise and standardized. The following conventions are used throughout the Plating Wizard:

Dr. Carroll Chase recut numbers #1-#34; USPCS Chronicle (W.K. McDaniel) recut numbers #35-#40
frame line
inner line
vertical line
horizontal line
guide dot
upper left
upper right
lower left
lower right
connects to (or at)
diamond block
top label block
bottom label block
at top and bottom
two extra vertical lines
diagonal line

The Plating Wizard hopes to make plating easier. Traditional plating characteristics include Plate #, Relief, Guide Dots, Primary Inner Lines, Recuts, Shift & Transfers, etc. as discussed throughout Dr. Chase’s book, subsequent USPCS Chronicle articles and this study.

Looking beyond those traditional plating characteristics, by the end of 2019, it is planned to incorporate the thousands of elements of "Additional Plating Characteristics" which are present in the wonderful DeVere Card Plating Charts. Please refere to the DeVere Charts section of this study for more information. However, at this time the Plating Wizard includes only the Traditional Plating Characteristics in an interactive tool designed to help you plate stamps.

Plating Wizard Form

Selections within any group (groups include Select Plates, Select Reliefs, Select Guide Dots, Select Primary Inner Lines, and, Select Other Plating Characteristics) limit the stamps to those choices. If you make no choices within a group then that group is not filtered and the Plating Wizard shows more stamps in its results. So, either select all the choices within a group that your think could match your stamp, or don't select any within the group. You are encouraged to "mix and match" your selections among the various groups.

Select Plates:

Scott #10 or #10A:
    Scott #10A:
    Scott #11:
    Scott #11A:

Select Reliefs:

Select Guide Dots:

Select Primary Inner Lines:

Select Other Plating Characteristics:

Secondary Inner Lines or Frame Line Recuts:

Inner Lines Running Up/Down:

Triangle Recuts:

Diamond Block recuts:

Label recuts:

Other characteristics noted in Chase Book:

Frame Lines are Open or Extended at Corners: