RW65 Barrow's Goldeneye - Special Iceland Combo FDC w/ Animation Cel Cachet
The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE is a handsome duck of the Northern Hemisphere, welcomingly prominent in ICELAND (the island nation is even part of its latin taxonomic name = _Bucephala islandica_!) So it was a natural fit for an Icelandophobe cachetmaker to creat ... Read More
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- Stamp Type
- Duck Stamps - Federal
- First Day Cover
- Stamp Format
- Animals - Birds
- Year of Issue
Item DescriptionThe BARROW'S GOLDENEYE is a handsome duck of the Northern Hemisphere, welcomingly prominent in ICELAND (the island nation is even part of its latin taxonomic name = _Bucephala islandica_!) So it was a natural fit for an Icelandophobe cachetmaker to create a special FDC for this $15 Federal Duck Stamp.
The cachet is actually a handpainted 'CEL' of the type used in making animated cartoons (at least in the first 80 years or so of the artform - handpainted cels are a rarity in contemporary cartoon production, with all the images today being digitally created). The scarf- and earmuff-wearing BARROW'S GOLDENEYE here, waving the Icelandic flag, is a separate painted image on a small piece of ACETATE that fits over the printed image on the envelope showing his icy natural habitat.
The postage necessary for a duck stamp FDC is provided by two Wood Ducks - the 29¢ black booklet Wood Duck, and a plate number single of the 6¢ Waterfowl Conservation issue of 1968.
An additional combo - a 40K Icelandic stamp depicting the BARROW'S GOLDENEYE - serves to tie in the subject with its northern haunts and will probably be found on no other cachetmaker's RW65 FDC.
The FDC comes to you in a custom-made folder, with the image of the cachet on the front, and a brief tutorial about 'CELS' on the back!
The reverse of this cover shows that this is cover #1 of only 16 made (painting cels is a pretty time-consuming task!). There aren't any others like this one!
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