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#105481 - 06/02/05 03:09 AM HL461 Hooper Strait-MD (Flag Numbers ?)
CAVR Offline
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Registered: 06/13/01
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OK OK, this Open Edition piece has been out since last Fall (September timeframe), however I have heard no word about it, nor does collectors seem to care that it even exist.

Well being a Chesapeake Bay lighthouse fan, I stopped at the Chesapeake Bay Museum in St. Michaels, MD to find out the scoop about this piece which was to help celebrate the 125th Anniversay of Hooper Strait, and which happens to be the 5th version of this particular lighthouse (remember the 2001 HL Reunion pieces).

Anyhow I purchased one at the museum, and then I received one (without knowing) with a shipment from my dealer. As I look at the flags for each piece, I am totally confused.

The piece purchased directly from the Chesapeake Bay Museum in St. Michaels has a flag of 1362 (Note there is no prefix like the letter "A" which is common of Open Editions, nor does this piece have a special base sticker indicating the 125th Anniversay of Hooper Strait Lighthouse).

The piece from my dealer has a flag number of A421. Which is indicative of how Open Editions are numbered.

Any insight as to the reason why the different numbering schemes ? confused
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#105482 - 06/02/05 03:59 AM Re: HL461 Hooper Strait-MD (Flag Numbers ?)
Bigbird Offline
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Registered: 09/15/04
Posts: 408
Loc: Portsmouth, Virginia
Stupid question?!? Are you sure that both are Harbour Lights?? :p
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#105483 - 06/02/05 04:15 AM Re: HL461 Hooper Strait-MD (Flag Numbers ?)
Dave H Online
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Christopher, I believe John posted something a ways back about the goof at the factory and that thw unlettered versions went to the museum. Going on memory here, so I may be wrong.

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#105484 - 06/02/05 05:33 AM Re: HL461 Hooper Strait-MD (Flag Numbers ?)
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There's a note on the table of releases for 2004 that reads:

Quote:
As an open edition, the first year of production pieces should have the prefix letter "A" before the edition (serial) number. However, the first pieces released of Hooper Strait were numbered 1201 to 1500 without the letter. Others in the production run have the prefix letter "A".
www.harbourlights.com/catalog/2004/2004_table.htm

There was also a similar numbering error with the Hereford Inlet Fall - some of which had "A" when they shouldn't have.
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#105485 - 06/02/05 05:43 AM Re: HL461 Hooper Strait-MD (Flag Numbers ?)
sandy Offline
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Registered: 12/10/02
Posts: 1964
Loc: Kent, CT
I have an open edition of Cape Canaveral (GLOW 420, #4509) that doesn't have a prefix letter which is the only reason I have an open edition in my collection.

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#105486 - 06/02/05 02:11 PM Re: HL461 Hooper Strait-MD (Flag Numbers ?)
Bigbird Offline
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Registered: 09/15/04
Posts: 408
Loc: Portsmouth, Virginia
This also happened to the St. Joseph's Pier LE, too.

Steve
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#105487 - 06/03/05 02:55 AM Re: HL461 Hooper Strait-MD (Flag Numbers ?)
CAVR Offline
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Registered: 06/13/01
Posts: 907
Loc: Winter Harbor
As Mr. Paul Harvey says, "And now you know the rest of the story"!

Thanks John. All makes sense now..... smile smile
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