For collectors of Swiss stamps, there are many ways to approach the Strubel issues, such as by printing and shade, by printing and plate arrangement, by postmark types, or in some cases, by one stamp of each denomination, without regard to their printing characteristics. With this issue, there is no such thing as a "standard collection arrangement". Every collector of these stamps has the opportunity to construct their arrangements, as they wish. My presentation here is intended to be solely a guideline.
Every book I've read, written by the philatelic experts on the
Strubels, has had a different approach to their attribution. For the
purpose of these web pages, these Swiss stamps will be presented by printing
period numbers, as outlined in the Zumstein catalog.
The first denominations of the Strubel issue, produced in Munich, were the 5 Rp., 10 Rp., 15 Rp., and 40 Rp., as shown above.
The Munich I Printing attributes are as follows:
The Munich I Printing catalog details are as follows:
The Munich II Printing is identical to the Munich I Printing, except for the following attributes.
The Munich II Printing catalog details are as follows:
The Bern I Printings are shown above. Their attributes are as follows:
The Bern I Printing catalog details are as follows:
The major denomination Swiss stamps of the Bern II Printing, with their colored thread attributions, are shown above. Unlike the Swiss stamps from Zumstein Groups Aa, A, and B, which all have green silk threads, the Swiss stamps within Zumstein Groups C, D, and E are less difficult to attribute, as they have variable colored silk threads that are unique to each of the denominations.
The Bern II Printing attributes are as follows:
The Bern II Printing catalog details are as follows:
As detailed in the Brach book, recent studies have yielded significant new
discoveries regarding the 1855-1857 printings shown above. Brach has
identified two distinctly different printings affecting all the issues
of this period, utilizing plates with completely different configurations
and characteristics. Integrating these new varieties will, of course, require the re-structuring of the catalog arrangement of these Swiss stamps in one's Strubel collection display. Anyone wishing to explore the technical aspects
of these new discoveries in depth, should refer to the Herbert Brach
book described in Part 1 of this review.
The descriptions above are based on those used in the current edition of the Zumstein Schweiz Liechtenstein catalog and the Zumstein Spezialkatalog Schweiz.
The Bern II thin paper variety attributes are as follows:
The Bern II thin paper variety catalog details are as follows:
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