(John Gee, A Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri [Provo, UT: FARMS, 2000], 38)
Although this discussion is not relevant to the thread topic, I wanted to state that, based on both my recent examination of JSP I, as well as my continued analysis of the high-resolution scan thereof, Metcalfe's alleged "dapple marks" are entirely illusory.
They are, rather, the remnants of the ink stroke of the finger of a hand. Close examination of the original papyrus under magnification reveals that the gap between the finger tip and the first alleged "dapple" mark is actually where the top layer of papyrus has been lost. The space between Metcalfe's alleged "dapple marks" is also where the top layer of papyrus is lost. The second so-called "dapple mark" (the one closest to the lacuna) is clearly part of a line stroke, and the continuation of this line stroke is clearly attested to the point of the lacuna, although the bottom 90% or so of the continued line is also absent due to the top layer of papyrus being lost. Nevertheless, enough of the top portion of the line is attested to define the line representing the finger.
In short, magnified examination of the original papyri and high-resolution scans conclusively attests a finger line where Metcalfe sees "dapple marks" consistent with a bird wing.
Edited by William Schryver, 09 February 2010 - 01:33 PM.