Forged stamps of Straits Settlements

1867. Indian Stamps Surcharged. Three Half Cents

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1867. Indian Stamps Surcharged. Twelve Cents

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Genuine – SG #7

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Genuine – double overprint – SG #7a

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Forged overprint on genuine stamp

1867. Indian Stamps Surcharged. 24 Cents

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Forged overprint on genuine stamp

1867-1872. Queen Victoria. Two Cents

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Straits_Settlements_QV_2c_Selangor_Overprint_Forgery

Forged ‘SELANGOR’ overprint on genuine stamp

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Genuine ‘2 Cents.’ overprint on a rose stamp is on Four Cents

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Straits_Settlements_QV_2c_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.

1867-1872. Queen Victoria. Four Cents

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Straits_Settlements_5c_on_4c_Forgery

Forged overprint on genuine stamp

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Straits_Settlements_QV_4c_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.

1867-1872. Queen Victoria. Six Cents

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1867-1872. Queen Victoria. 8 Cents

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Straits_Settlements_QV_8c_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.

1867-1872. Queen Victoria. 24 Cents

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Straits_Settlements_QV_24c_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.

1867-1872. Queen Victoria. 30 Cents

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Straits_Settlements_QV_30c_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.

1867-1872. Queen Victoria. 32 Cents

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Straits_Settlements_QV_32p_Specimen_Genuine

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Straits_Settlements_QV_32c_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.

1867-1872. Queen Victoria. 96 Cents

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Straits_Settlements_QV_96c_Specimen_Genuine

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Straits_Settlements_QV_96c_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.

1884. Queen Victoria. Surcharged 8 Cents

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Strait_Settlements_1884_QV_8cents_blue_Surcharge_Genuine

Genuine – blue surcharge

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Genuine – black surcharge

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1892-1896. Queen Victoria. $100

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Straits_Settlements_QV_100dollar_Bogus

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1906. King Edward VII. 25 Dollars

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Straits_Settlements_1906_King_EdwardVII_25dollars_Genuine

Genuine

Straits_Settlements_1906_King_EdwardVII_25dollars_Specimen_Genuine

Genuine Specimen

Straits_Settlements_1906_King_EdwardVII_25dollars_Forgery

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1908. King Edward VII. 500 Dollars

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Strait_Settlements_1908_King_Edward_500dollars_Genuine

Genuine

Strait_Settlements_1908_King_Edward_500dollars_Specimen_Genuine

Genuine Specimen

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  • 1-9. Provisional Issue, 1867. Forged overprint: L.N. and M. Williams, “India’s First Offshoot: The Straits Settlements Provisionals of September 1, 1867”, Stamp Magazine (U.K.), Vol. 7 (September 1940): 4. Forged surcharges: A.R. Cowman, “The Forgeries of the Stamps of the Straits Settlements”, The Record Of Philately, Vol.1, No.3 (May 1935): 45,46, continued at No.4 (June 1935): 52-54. Forgery of the 12c, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, p.425.
  • 10-19, 40-57. Regular typographed issues of 1867-72, 1871 and 1882-99. Lithographed and engraved forgeries: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.231 (listed under Malaya, Malacca, 1868-91). Forgeries of the issues of 1867-72 and 1871, and the 30c, 32c, and 96c of 1882-99, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, pp.425-28. The issues of 1867-72, 1871 and 2c bister brown, 12c violet brown and 96c values of the issue of 1882-99: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, p.55,56. Scott 10-15,17-19: Paper IV, Lowell Ragatz (editor), The Spud Papers/ An Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue Of Early Philatelic Forgeries, pp.23,24. Forged surcharges on the 1867-72 issue: A.R. Cowman, “The Forgeries of the Stamps of the Straits Settlements”, The Record Of Philately, Vol. 1, No.3 (May 1935): 45,46, continued at No.4 (June 1935): 52-54, at 45,46. Forgery of the 8c blue, 1894: F.A. Godden, “My Reference Collection”, Godden’s Gazette, Vol. 6 (February 1939): 125,26. Cancellation of specimens of the issue of 1867-72: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. III, p.304.
  • 20,21,26-32,35. Provisional issues of 1879, 10 “cents” issue of 1880, 5c of 1882, and 10 cents (on 30c) of 1880-81. Forgery of the 5c rose, 1882: A.R. Cowman, “The Forgeries of the Stamps of the Straits Settlements”, The Record Of Philately, Vol.1, No.3 (May 1935): 45,46, continued at No.4 (June 1935): 52-54. Forgery of basic stamp and surcharge: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, p.55.
  • 22-25C. Provisionals, 1880. Forged surcharges: A.R. Cowman, “The Forgeries of the Stamps of the Straits Settlements”, The Record Of Philately, Vol.1, No.3 (May 1935): 45,46, continued at No.4 (June 1935): 52-54.
  • 33. 10c on 6c, 1880. Forged surcharge: A.R. Cowman id. at Vol.1, No.3 (May 1935): 45,46, continued at No.4 (June 1935): 52-54.
  • 39. 10c Provisional of 1882. Forged surcharges: A.R. Cowman id. at Vol.1, No.3 (May 1935): 45,46, continued at No.4 (June 1935): 52-54.
  • 58-60. 2c Provisional stamps, 1883-84. Forgery of base stamp and surcharge. Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, p.56. Forged surcharge: A.R. Cowman, “The Forgeries of the Stamps of the Straits Settlements”, The Record Of Philately, Vol.1, No.3 (May 1935): 45,46, continued at No.4 (June 1935): 52-54.
  • 61. 2c on 4c, 1883. Forged surcharge: A.R. Cowman, id. at Vol.1, No.3 (May 1935): 45,46, continued at No.4 (June 1935): 52-54.
  • 62-68,70. Provisional issues of 1883-87. Forged surcharge on the 2c on 12 c of 1883, the 8c on 8c on 5c stamps of 1884 and the 4c on 5c stamps of 1884.: A.R. Cowman, id. at Vol.1, No.3 (May 1935): 45,46, continued at No.4 (June 1935): 52-54. Forgery of base stamp and surcharge, Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, p.56.
  • 89. The blue 4c on 5c, 1899. Forged surcharge: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, p.428.
  • 104A, 135. $100 K.E.VII, 1902 and 2c Provisional of 1907. Forged surcharge and overprint: A.R. Cowman, “The Forgeries of the Stamps of the Straits Settlements”, The Record Of Philately, Vol.1, No.3 (May 1935): 45,46, continued at No.4 (June 1935): 52-54.
  • 128A, 128B. High values of the Edward VII issue of 1904-11. Fiscal cancellation: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. III, p.321. Forgery of the $25: A.R. Cowman, id. at Vol.1, No.3 (May 1935): 45,46, continued at No.4 (June 1935): 52-54.
  • Pictures of genuine early cancellations: For a list of post offices, see J.L.N. Pasqual, “The Postmarks of the Straits Settlements, the Federated Malay States and Kedah”, Philatelic Journal of Great Britain (December 1930): 270, corrected by letter of F.E. Wood to the Editor, Philatelic Journal of Gret Britain (January 1931): 20,21.
  • 256-71. British Military Administration issue, 1945-48. Forged overprint: Anon., “’B.M.A.’ Forgeries”, Gibbons Stamp Monthly (First Series), Vol. 21 (November 1947): 50. See “267” below for more citations.
  • 267. 50c B.M.A. Postal fake made from the 1c: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. III, p.321. Forged overprint: L.N. and M. Williams, “Malayan Postal Forgeries”, The Stamp Lover, Vol. 41 (May 1949): 197; fake made from Scott 256: H.G. Leslie Fletcher, Postal Forgeries of the World, p.89. Forged overprint. The Gee Ma Forgeries, p.10.
  • Genuine postmarks: Lt. Col. W.W. Lean, “The Study of Obliterations and Postmarks for the Discovery of the Original Stamps of Certain Countries”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 40 (April 1931): 86,87.
  • 19th century revenue cancellations: Edwin Mueller, “from the Philatelic Consultant” column (fiscal cancellations of British colonies), Mercury Stamp Journal, Vol. 2, Whole No. 16 (December 1950): 88.
  • de Thuin fraudulent postmark: James M. Chemi, James H. Beal and James T, De Voss (editors), The Yucatan Affair: The Work of Raoul Ch. de Thuin, Philatelic Counterfeiter, p.38.
  • Japanese Occupation, N1-N19. Kanji overprints, 1942. Forged overprint: Robson Lowe (editor), The Gee-Ma Forgeries, p.10. Three fake double line chops: James M. Gallatly, “The Japanese Occupation of Malaya: The Double Line Chop: Its Types And Forgeries”, The Philatelist, Vol. 26 (May 1960): 220,21. Fake single-frame Kanji overprints on N6-N19: George P. Coulter, “Malaya/From Singapore Northward: The Single-Frame Kanji Overprints”, Japanese Philately, Vol. 21 (February 1966): 3-16. Description of the genuine chop: James M. Gallatly, “The Japanese Single-Lined Chops of Malaya”, The Philatelist, Vol. 23 (March 1957): 147-51; James M. Gallatly, “The Malayan Chops: Dates of Overprinting”, The Philatelist, Vol. 23 (June 1957): 235-38.

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