Bohemia and Moravia – Varieties of the 1939 4K Iron Works Stamp (Michel 34, Scott 36)


Bohemia & Moravia - Scott #36, Michel #34
Bohemia & Moravia – Scott #36, Michel #34

Although the Scott Catalog does not list any varieties for this issue, according to the Deutschland Specialized Catalog for Bohemia and Moravia, this stamp comes in 3 varieties (Michel #34)

34a – schwarzlichgraublau (blackish gray blue)

34b – schwarzlichgrauturkis (blackish gray turquoise)

34c – schwarzblau (black blue)

Now these colors seem close, but here is another copy for comparison:

Bohemia and Moravia Scott 36 Color
Bohemia and Moravia Scott 36 Color

Luckily, according to the catalog, you can at least differentiate the 34a from the 34b and 34c with a frame line.

Examine the following closeup and the first stamp (34a) has no frame line extending to the outside line.  The second (either 34b or 34c) has the frame line.   Also, 34b and 34c are supposed to show some white blocks in the upper left corner (see arrows) – But these seem inconsistent.

Bohemia and Moravia Scott 36 (Michel 34) closeup 1
Bohemia and Moravia Scott 36 (Michel 34) closeup 1

I examined quite a few of these closeup and it seems that this little line extends at various lengths – note the following:

Additional Frame Line Closeups
Additional Frame Line Closeups

The line seems to extend anywhere from 1/4 of the way, to halfway out.   Also, the last example you can see the white better in the upper left.

Unfortunately this doesn’t help me identify the 2 colors – But I don’t think they look turquoise so I will guess my examples are all of the 34c variety.




  1. This is an interesting article – always more to check! I have 8 copies of the 4K – all have broken left-margin frames. I have two shades: blackish grey-blue and black-blue, but none with the turquoise hue. I also checked all of the other values in this series (both the large and small stamps) and did not find any other missing frame varieties, but other values also come in various shades.
    But this series (both large and small) also have alignment dots. For the vertical stamps, the dot appears at the upper right border, just above the “R” in MAHREN. For horizontal stamps, the alignment dot appears a few mm down the left margin of the stamp. The alignment dots seem to be present on all values.
    🙂 rick

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