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Jeffries end stamps and the reversed 'N'

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  • 4 weeks later...

My Jeffries has the reversed Ns in KILBURN, N.W. 6, but also hasDSC_3853_crop.thumb.jpg.b35333d74afb71254653eb3d50701e69.jpg what looks like a stamping error. It looks as though it was stamped "12 ALDESHOT ROAD"  , and then SHOT has been overpunched with "RSHOT". The correct spelling is the heaviest punching, but the original letters are visible (but don't show well in a photo).

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On 10/2/2020 at 3:02 PM, Sprunghub said:

Note "CJ" impress as per posters.  So, intentional and a bit anarchistic rather than archaic ?




Like yours Sprunghub, my JD also has a 'C' stamped ahead of the Jeffries Bros stamp in the original oval.

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18 hours ago, Paul Woloschuk said:

Just to add to the evidence of reversed 'N' on inscriptions.

This photo is of a stone plaque in Calne in Wiltshire.


Absolutely consistent use of the "reversed" N. Similarly the consistent use of V for U. Also I for J in John, as is frequently seen in old paintings. (Especially of Christ, where there is often a plaque or scroll reading "INRI" as an abbreviation for "Jesus of Nazareth, King (Rex) of the Jews".

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Maybe it was a gimmick: a way of showing it was genuine. Fake goods are common today. 


Maybe it was just their way of doing it, like the modern logo for the band Nine Inch Nails.


Maybe it was like the grocer's apostrophe: a mistake so common as to be almost an accepted usage.


There is no doubt it is an N whichever orientation it is in. Maybe the accepted definition of an N was based on the shape rather than the "handedness" of the symbol.


I suspect it was the "deliberate mistake" to prove authenticity.

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This reminds me of the admonition - common in my young days - to "mind your p's and q's," meaning to make really sure that you act correctly in a critical situation. Apparently this originated in the printing trade when printers were using moveable type. When you look at a typeface letter, it is the mirror image of what will appear on the paper after printing. And "p" and "q" are mirror images of each other, so a type-setter needed to be especially careful with these letters. WIth the upper-case "N", however, there's no problem. 



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