The latest addition to my collection is this horizontal gutter block (a pair is only two stamps). The basic stamp is the 2000 ruble value from the unissued first Essayan set. With all the pictorial sets it is important to check that you get the genuine print. Reprints and forgeries exist in large quantities. Often exotic variations like gutter, tete beche and inverted centers or other irregularities are quite common among the forgeries and reprints but very rare within the genuine material. You can check eBay, Delcampe and even regular (old school) auction houses and find the less rare forgeries listed – for the price of the genuine ones.
Multiples with gutter are quite rare. It seems the carefully separated the stamps back then. Probably also due to the difficulty handling (storage, transport) of the complete sheets.
These are a nice addition to any collection of the pictorials.
On the back is a signature which looks like this:
I am reading J. (?) LEE SHNEIDMAN. I do not recognize this signature. If someone knows about this signature please leave a comment.