Forged stamps of Nevis

1861-1866. Medicinal Spring. One Penny

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Nevis_Medicinal_Spring_1p_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.

1861-1866. Medicinal Spring. 4 Pence

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Nevis_Medicinal_Spring_4p_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.

1861-1866. Medicinal Spring. 6 Pence

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Nevis_6p_Fournier_Forgery1

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Fournier forgery

Nevis_6p_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.

1861-1866. Medicinal Spring. One Shilling

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Nevis_Medicinal_Spring_1s_Oneglia_Forgery

Oneglia forgery

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Nevis_Medicinal_Spring_1s_Forgery

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Nevis_Medicinal_Spring_1s_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.

Fournier Forged Postmark

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A09

1880. Queen Victoria. 2 1/2 Pence

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Nevis_2half_Taylor_Forgery

Taylor forgery

1884. Queen Victoria. One Penny

Genuine vs. Forgery

Nevis_QV_1d_Genuine

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Literature

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  • A1-A6. Forerunners. Genuine and forged A09 postmarks on stamps of Great Britain: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. VI, pp.108, 9.
  • 1-18. Medicinal Springs issues, 1861-76. Lithographed forgeries: S.G. Balley, “The Issues of Nevis”, West – End Philatelist, Vol. 45 (January-February 1955): 2-5. Engraved and lithographed forgeries: A.R. Cowman, “The Forgeries of Nevis”, The Stamp Lover, Vol. 28 (July 1935): 50, continued at (November 1935): 161. Fournier and other forgeries and Fournier fraudulent postmark: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.252-54 (Yvert 1-16). Forgeries of the issues of 1861 and 1867 and fraudulent postmarks: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, pp.63,64. Panelli engraved forgeries of the issue of 1861, Spiro Brothers, Fournier (16,17) and Sperati forgeries of the issue of 1876: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661- 1947, Vol. VI, pp.111, 115,16. J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, pp.102,3. Also see individual stamps of the series below for more citations.
  • 1,5,9,14,14A,18. 1p Medicinal Springs issues. Spiro Brothers and other forgeries: Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.179. Chas S. Thompson, “More Counterfeits”, Weekly Philatelic Gossip, Vol. 18 (January 20, 1934): 1394. Three forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, pp.79-81.
  • 2,6,10,15. 4p Medicinal Springs issues. Three forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, pp.82,83. Chas S. Thompson, “More Counterfeits”, Weekly Philatelic Gossip, Vol. 18 (January 20, 1934): 1394.
  • 3,7,16. 6p Medicinal Springs issues. Two forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, pp.83,84. Sperati forgery and fraudulent cancellations): British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, pp.55,56 and Plate 14. Sperati forgeries: Robson Lowe, “Sperati and His Craft – XII”, The Philatelist, Vol. 20 (April 1954): 179-84.
  • 4,8,11,12,17. 1sh Medicinal Springs issues. Three forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, pp.84-86. Sperati forgery: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, pp.55,56 and Plate 14. Sperati forgeries: Robson Lowe, “Sperati and His Craft – XII”, The Philatelist, Vol. 20 (April 1954): 179-84. Spiro Brothers and other forgeries: Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised,Expanded Edition, p.179. Spiro Brothers forgery of 1861 stamp on grayish wove paper ( 8): Alfred J. Branston, “A Nevis Shilling”, The Stamp Lover, Vol. 77 (October-December 1985): 273. Alfred J. Branston, note, British Caribbean Philatelic Journal, Vol. 15 (December 1975): 163.
  • 16,17,28. 6p and 1sh of the 1876 issue, 6p green of the 1882-90 issue. Sperati forgeries (and fraudulent cancellations of the 6p, 1876): British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, pp.55,56 and Plate 14. Forgery of the 6p green, 1882-90: A.R. Cowman, “The Forgeries of Nevis”, The Stamp Lover, Vol. 28 (July 1935): 50, continued at (November 1935): 161, at p.50.
  • 21-30. Regular issue of 1882-90. Sperati and other forgeries and fakes, fakes with revenue overprints removed and forged cancel: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. VI, p.118. Forgery of the rose 1p, 1884 (23): Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.180;
  • Madame Joseph fraudulent postmark, AU 4/08. Derek Worboys and Roger B. West, Madame Joseph Forged Postmarks, p.71.

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