Forged Stamps of Lagos

1886. Queen Victoria. Two Pence

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Lagos_1886_QV_2p_Genuine

Genuine

Lagos_1886_QV_2p_Forgery

Forgery

Lagos_1886_QV_2p_Torres_Illustration

Illustration by Plácido Ramón de Torres: Album ilustrado de sellos de correo, Barcelona 1879. Torres sold illustrations to various dealers/forgers from 1864 onwards, as well as made forgeries himself.

1886. Queen Victoria. Three Pence

Forgery

Lagos_1886_QV_3p_Forgery

Forgery

1886. Queen Victoria. Five Shillings

Forgery

Lagos_1886_QV_5sh_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery

Outer frame broken at the top and in the top-right corner. Thin white line to the right of ‘S’ of ‘LAGOS’

1886. Queen Victoria. Ten Shillings

Forgery

Lagos_1886_QV_10sh_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery

Outer frame broken in the top-right corner

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Literature

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  • 1-6, Queen’s head, perf. 121⁄2, 1874-75. Panelli forgeries: Herbert G. Porter, “The Posts and Postage Stamps of Lagos” (from Philately in Scotland), Stamp Collecting, Vol. 45 (February 22, 1936): 609,12.
  • 26. 6p olive-green Queen’s Head, 1882-1902. Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.151.
  • 31-38. High values of Queen’s Head issue, 1882-1902. Sperati forgeries of the 2sh6p, 5sh, 10sh: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, pp.51,52 and Plate 12; two additional Sperati forgeries of the 5sh: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Work of Jean De Sperati II/ Including Previously Unlisted Forgeries, pp.22,23 and Plate B. Robson Lowe, “Sperati and His Craft – III”, The Philatelist, Vol. 19 (July 1953): 247-51, continued at Vol. 20 (October 1953): 2-4. J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, pp.99,79.

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