Making a silk purse out of a sow's ear

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February 10, 2015

Well... not exactly. I saw the part perforate pair below on eBay. It's a moderately tough item, cataloging $250 for a single stamp and $600 for a pair. This one definitely fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. Stained and toned throughout.

I figured I'd gamble and put in a bid, thinking that I might possibly be able to improve it somewhat. I won the pair for 10% of Scott. Not exactly a steal given its current state.

Composite of seller's pics:

seller's composite image

When I got the pair I decided to soak it. When I soak revenues, I use very warm water. I find that the heat is as important to cleansing as the water itself.

3 days in a Desert Magic drying book later, and while there are still a few minor residual toning spots, overall I'm quite pleased with the result...

final result

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