Forged Stamps of Bergedorf

The postal district of Bergedorf served a population of about 13,000 with only 2,500 inhabitants in the town of Bergedorf itself in 1861 at the time the postage stamps were issued. Due to the extreme lack of business of the post office, genuine used items are very rare. Since the bulk (300,000) of the total printing and the original printing stones were bought by an unscrupulous dealer (who continued to print them), one is best served to acquire Bergedorf stamps only when accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

1861

Hamburg & Lübeck Coat of Arms combined

 
Bergedorf_1_1861_Proof
Bergedorf_1861_1sch_Forgery4
Bergedorf_1887_1.5Schilling_Moens_Reprint
Bergedorf_1861_3Schillinge_Genuine
Bergedorf_1872_4Schillinge_Moens_Reprint

Thanks to Gerhard Lang for Torres illustrations and analysis

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Literature

The following literature was used in creation of these pages

  • The Serrane Guide to Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926
  • H. Bynof-Smith: Forged Postage Stamps of Europe and Colonies
  • R.B. Earée: Album Weeds – How to Detect Forged Stamps, 3rd Edition
  • German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries
  • Fritz Billig: Großes Handbuch der Fälschungen, no. 7, Bergedorf
  • Hermann Schloss: Distinguishing Characteristics of Classic Stamps: Old German States

A common problem among these earlier authors is that the genuine characteristics they describe is not consistent for the different prints/plates that were produced. Their observations have been summarized on these pages and applied to images of certified stamps in an attempt to weed out inconsistencies.

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