Essential Supplies for the Stamp Collector

Collecting stamps is a widely loved hobby all over the world. Stamps are pieces of history, which has value that is sought by the whole world. Collecting stamps is also a hobby that most people can engage because it requires the minimal expenses.

From the time of the birth of the stamp, people have been engaged in stamp collection. The first stamp was introduced in 1840. After twenty years of stamp circulation, more than 70 countries have adopted the postage stamp system. There is an estimated 200 million collectors of postage stamps all over the world. There are around 125,000 stamp collecting supplies dealers, many organizations and clubs, which are concentrated in stamp collection.

The value of a stamp depends on the maintenance for keeping its integrity and quality. The proper handling and care for stamps is most important, if one is willing to engage seriously in stamp collection. There are several stamp collecting supplies that are available there in the market, which can be availed to ensure proper handling of stamps.

Here are some of them:

Stamp mounts and stamp hinges

Stamps will be stored in albums or books. These books contain spaces to place the stamps by using the stamp mounts and stamp hinges. The stamp mount is used if one is suspicious in damaging the original gum of the stamp. Mounts have sleeves where the stamps can insert and this eliminates the need to attach‚ the stamp in a gum-coated hinge. The stamp mounts are more expensive than stamp hinges and are usually used to hold the more expensive stamps of the collection.

Stamp hinges are the small rectangular pieces of paper or glassine, which are coated with gum. They are primarily used to attach the stamps into the pages of the stamp books or albums. They function like a door, which is held by hinges. The good thing about stamp hinges is that they are very inexpensive and one will not spend more than a few dollars to buy thousands of stamp hinges.

Stamp albums

Stamp albums are very important in collecting postage stamps because that is used to secure the stamps. The album will help the collector to be able to organize his stamp collection and display them in a very neat manner.

Knowledge about the kind of stamp album, which will be suitable for holding the stamp collection, is a good thing to have. A good stamp album would have thick pages and can withstand a lot of stress and faulty handling. It must have sufficient space for the stamps to not to get too crowded. The binding of the album must be sturdy and strong enough to hold the pages more effectively and secure the stamps properly. The pages must be acid-free to avoid damaging the stamps.

Stamp tongs

Stamp tongs are comparable to ordinary tweezers. However, stamp tongs are usually made from plastic or stainless steel. They are primarily used to handle the stamps to prevent the damage due to the dirt and dust, which may get transferred from the hands of the collector. The use of tongs is necessary for expensive stamps because a simple touch can decrease the value of a stamp.

Magnifying glass

A collector will examine his collection when he wants to check the quality of his collections. For examining the stamps, the collector can use a magnifying glass to have a clear view of its conditions. Examining stamps is necessary to mark tears, damages, or errors on the stamps and especially, that is important for appreciating the beauty of the stamps.

Perforation Gauge

Perforation gauges are used to identify a stamp from a set of identical stamps. Check on perforations is the way to identify a stamp. Every stamp has different perforations. The number of curves can be measured using a perforation gauge. They measure curves at every two centimeters.

Watermark Detector

The use of a watermark detector will allow a stamp collector to see the patterns, which are embossed on the stamps. The patterns indicate the time when the stamp was issued. All stamps are not embossed with watermarks, even though it is useful to have one at hand.

There are many kinds of stamp-collecting supplies, which are essential in the art of collecting stamps. If one is involved in stamp collecting, he must have the proper tools to be able to experience the fun and excitation.


 

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