A Bisect is a stamp which has been cut or perforated into two parts for seperate use. This is often when there is a shortage of stamps.

These are best collected on a piece or cover with ‘tied’ postmark. A stamp is said to be ‘tied‘ on cover or piece when the postmark or cancellation extends beyond the margins of the copy and is legible on the cover itself, thus proving authenticity. This is particularly necessary in the case of bisects.

Guernsey Postage cover with bisected stamp
This lovely example of a Bisected stamp from Guernsey, during the German occupation can be seen here with a much more indepth article. (Off-Site link)

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