AUTHENTIC 5 c DE MÉRODE : SIZE OF THE STAMPS.

PANEL 1 : - Thirteen stamps large size 3,45 cm nrs 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 , 15. Code in the drawing.
  - Eleven stamps medium size 3,43 cm nrs: 4, 5, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24 en 25. Code in the drawing
- One stamp small size 3,41 cm nr 20. Code in the drawing
PANEL 2 : - Twelve stamps large size 3,45 cm nrs 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15. Code in the drawing
  - Nine stamps medium size 3,43 cm nrs 1, 6, 12, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24 en 25. Code in the drawing
- Four stamps small size 3,41 cm nrs 16, 17, 21 en 22. Code in the drawing.
PANEL 3 : - Fifteen stamps large size 3,45 cm nrs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 en 15. Code in the drawing
  - Ten stamps medium size 3,43 cm nrs 16, 17, 18, 19, 20,21, 22, 23, 24, 25. Code in the drawing.

Discussion in detail.

Panel 1 position 3 and 4.
The stamp on position 4 is shorter. Furthermore the print left behind by one of the original motherplates on the lithografique stone is sloping in position four in comparison with position 3.

Panel 1 position 14.

Position 14 is a large size stamp. A complete sheet (of three panels) stamps of the real 5 c de Mérode has 40 stamps large size.
Remarque: two different motherplates large size have been used for the compilation of the lithografique stone 5 c, namely:
- one original motherplate with green point on the costume (type 1).
- one original motherplate without the point on the costume (type 2).
On a complete sheet of the 5 c one finds fourty stamps large size comprehensing seventeen of type 1 and twentythree of type 2.

PANEL 1 position 20.
  Panel 1 has only one Mérode 5 c of small size, in position 20 (hight 3,41 cm).
Panel 2 has four stamps small size (position 16,17,21 and 22).
Panel 3 has none.
These five copy's have been put on the lithografique stone using only one original motherplate.Indeed, these five stamps have the same hight, but also they all have a point on the costume of the Mérode and they all have the left 5 stained with spots.
During the elaboration of the stone, or during the printing proces, varieties have appeared, which enables us to differ these five stamps one another. The original motherplate small size has thus been used five times.

PANEL 2 positions 17 and 18.
Position 17 : small size (3,41 cm).
Position 18 : medium size (3,43 cm).
The difference in hight is 0,2 mm , which is easely measurable and visible on sight. Two original motherplates have been used for the realisation of the lithografique stone :
- an original motherplate with a point on the costume (type 1).
- an original motherplate without a point on the costume (type 2).
On a whole sheet of the 5 c one finds 30 stamps of medium size, of which 15 are of type 1 and 15 of type 2.

CONCLUSIONS
1) The placing of the large,medium and small size stamps in a whole sheet is completely at random and doesn't match any mathematic sequence.
These completely at random placing is one of the mysteries of the studie of the making of the lithografique stone of the de Mérode stamp.
2) We can also make the notice that stamps of small size always have been placed next to stamps of medium size and never next to stamps of large size. Between large and small size stamps, the elaborator of the stone has put stamps of medium size. So the completely at random placing of the different sizes is ment to be by the elaborator. The difference between the hight of the large and small sized stamps is 0,4 mm. If one had placed a stamp of size 3,45 cm next to a stamp of size 3,41 cm, the difference would be to striking. The aesthetic vieuw of the panels would have been sufferd by doing this.
3) The different motherplates used for the making of the lithografique stone were single, thus 75 copies were placed the one after the other on the lithografique stone.

AUTHENTIC 5 c de MÉRODE : The point on the costume of count de Mérode.
Type 1
On a whole sheet of the authentic 5 c de Mérode we find 37 stamps out of 75 with a great green point on the costume.
Type 2
On a whole sheet of the authentic 5 de Mérode we find 38 stamps on 75 without a point on the costume.

PANEL 1
All the 25 stamps of this panel have the point on the costume. This panel is enterily composed of stamps of type 1.

PANEL 2
Eight stamps of panel 2 are of type 1 (point on the costume), namely positions 1,6,11,12,16,17,21 and 22. Seventheen stamps of panel 2 are of type 2 (no point), namely 2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,13,14,15,18,19,20,23,24 and 25.

PANEL 3

Four stamps of panel 3 are of type 1 (point on the costume), namely positions 2,10,15 and 20. Twentyone stamps are of type 2 (no point), namely 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11,12,13,14,16,17,18,19,21,22,23,24,25.



SYNTHESIS DRAWING OF TYPE 1, TYPE 2, LARGE SIZE (G), MEDIUM SIZE (M) AND SMALL SIZE (KL).



AUTHENTIC 10 c DE MÉRODE : THE SIZE OF THE STAMPS.

6 There are two sizes :
- LARGE SIZE : 3,45 à 3,46 cm measured from frame to frame
- SMALL SIZE : 3,42 à 3,43 cm.
PANEL 1 : - consists of 15 large size stamps : positions 1 - 15.
10 small size stamps : positions 16-25.
PANEL 2 : - consists of 15 large size stamps : positions 1 - 15
10 small size stamps : positions 16-25.
PANEL 3 : - consists of 8 large size stamps : positions 1,3,4,8,9,13,14,15.
17 small size stamps : positions 2,5,6,7,10,11,12,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25.
 

The placing of the large and small size stamps in the third panel is completely at random and doesn't match any mathematical criterium.
We notice that we find in a complete sheet of 75 stamps 38 large and 37 small size formats. This placing can't be a coincidence.It is the result of a presupposed plan by Verschueren before the making of the lithografique stone.

AUTHENTIC 10 c DE MÉRODE : COLOUR POINT IN THE LEFT MARGIN.

24 stamps out of 75 have a red point in the left margin between the second and third decoratif element ( counting from the bottom to the top).
  - Seven stamps in panel 1 : 1,6,11,12,16,17,22.
  - No stamps in panel 2.
  - Seventeen stamps in panel 3 : 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,17,19,20,23,25.

AUTHENTIC 10 c DE MÉRODE : COLOUR POINT IN THE CENTRAL PART OF THE LEFT ARM OF THE U OF BELGIQUE.
PANEL 1 : eleven stamps of the 25 have this point: 2, 3, 7, 8, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 24 and 25.
PANEL 2 : no stamp has this point.
PANEL 3 : six stamps of the 25 have this point : 1, 3, 8, 9, 14 and 24.



AUTHENTIC 10 c DE MÉRODE : RED COLOUR POINT POSITIONED AGAINST THE LEFT SIDE OF THE MARGIN.

PANEL 1 : no point present.
PANEL 2 : 7 seven stamps out of 25 have the point : 2, 7, 8, 9, 13, 15 and 22.
PANEL 3 : two stamps out of 25 have the point: 16 and 21.

THE TWO TYPES OF THE AUTHENTIC 10 c DE MÉRODE.

Type 1 : Interruption or shrinking in the white line along the pearls at the left side, between the 1' and the 2' pearl, beneath the 10 at the left .
If this interruption or shrinking is present, we can always find a colour point on the three colourlines in the lower part of the great scroll at the right.
Type 2 : Neither the interruption/shrinking nor the colour point are present.
A whole sheet of the authentical 10 c de Mérode consists of 27 stamps out of 75 type 1.
PANEL 1 : type 1 : 1, 6, 11, 12, 16, 17, 21 and 22
PANEL 2 : completely type 2
PANEL 3 : type 1 : 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 and 25.