Genuine vs. Forgeries
This is the most difficult of the Hamburg stamps….
8 lines in upper scroll above ‘H’ and ‘G’ in HAMBURG
Three vertical lines to the left of ‘H’ and right of ‘G’ in HAMBURG
Vertical line of shading to the left of ‘P’
‘h’, ‘l’ and ‘b’ has a long top-stroke
8 lines in bottom scroll below ‘P’
‘a’ has a tail that is nearly half as tall as the letter itself
Footstrokes of ‘H’ slightly separated, typically showing a dot between them.
Left side of ‘T’ is detached
‘AM’ in HAMBURG is not joined
Left footstroke is separated from the column of ‘M’
Lower scroll does not touch the inner frame
The cross on the dome does not touch the scroll and is open to the top-left
Two small dots after ‘G’. Either one or both may be missing in light or worn-cliche impressions.
The stem does not touch the ribbon
Dot is separated from both line and trident
Top stroke of the first ‘l’ in schilling is detached
Faith indication of a vertical line of shading to the right of ‘E’
Genuine – 1859. Imperforate
Some text describing the particular stamp…