Forged stamps of Trinidad

1847. Private Ship Mail. Lady McLeod

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Trinidad_1847_Lady_McLeod_Genuine

Genuine

Trinidad_1847_Lady_McLeod_Winter_Forgery

Winter forgery

Trinidad_1847_Lady_McLeod_Forgery

Forgery

Trinidad_1847_Lady_McLeod_Forged_Cover
Trinidad_1847_Lady_McLeod_Forged_Cover2

Forged Covers

Mass produced covers with pen writing. The stamp and hand cancel was applied afterwards.
Thus the handwriting is identical, but the stamp placement and hand cancel vary.

1851-1857. Britannia. Various Colors

Forgeries

Trinidad_1851-1857_Britannia_Forgery

Forgery

Trinidad_1851-1857_Britannia_red_Forgery

Forgery

Trinidad_1851-1857_Britannia_Brown_Oneglia_Forgery

Oneglia forgery

Trinidad_1851-1857_Britannia_Green_Oneglia_Forgery

Oneglia forgery

Trinidad_1851-1857_Britannia_Slate_Forgery

Forgery

Trinidad_1851-1857_Britannia_Blue_Forgery

Forgery

Trinidad_1851-1857_Britannia_Grey_Forgery

Forgery

Trinidad_1851-1857_Britannia_Blue_Forgery2

Forgery

Trinidad_1851-1857_Britannia_Torres_illustration1

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.

Trinidad_1851-1857_Britannia_Torres_illustration2

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.

1859. Britannia. Four Pence

Genuine vs. Forgery

Trinidad_1859_Britannia_4p_Genuine

Genuine

Trinidad_1859_Britannia_4p_Forgery

Forgery

1859. Britannia. Six Pence

Forgeries

Trinidad_1859_Britannia_6p_Forgery

Forgery

Trinidad_1859_Britannia_6p_Forgery2

Forgery

Trinidad_1859_Britannia_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.

1859. Britannia. One Shilling

Forgeries

Trinidad_1859_Britannia_1sh_Forgery

Forgery

Trinidad_1859_Britannia_1sh_Forgery2

Forgery

1882. Britannia Surcharged. 1d on 6p

Forgery

Trinidad_1882_Brittania_green_1d-on-6d_Forgery

Forged ‘black’ overprint on genuine ‘red’ overprint stamp

1869 & 1894. Queen Victoria. Five Shillings

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Trinidad_1869_QV_5sh_red_Genuine

Genuine

Trinidad_1869_QV_5sh_red_Forgery

Forgery

Trinidad_1869_QV_5sh_blue_Forgery

Forgery

Trinidad_1869_QV_5sh_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.

Bogus

Trinidad_QV_1pound_Bogus

Fantasy

Queen Victoria. One Pound

Fournier Forged Postmarks

TRINIDAD MY27 1851

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  • Design types A1 and A2. Britannia (1p) undenominated issues, 1851-82. N. Imperato forgeries and Fournier fraudulent postmark: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.345 (Yvert 1-5 and 6,7). Three forgeries of the type 1, issues of 1851-53 and 1854-57, possible forgery of the type 2, 1852-60, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, pp.538-40. Forgery of stamp and postmark: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, pp.87,98,99. Characteristics of the genuine stamps: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, pp.122,23.
  • Design type A3. Britannia 4p, 6p and 1sh issues, 1859-82. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.345 (Yvert 10-33). Two forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol.2, pp.540,41.
  • 74-90. Regular issue, 1896-1904. Circular cancels with “Registrar General” are for revenue usage: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog.
  • 78a. 1p black and red, Keyplate Type II error, 1901. Fake made from Scott 80, Mercer Bristow, “Faker tried to simulate rare error of Trinidad”, Stamp Collector, Vol. 72 (April 6, 1998): 15.
  • Genuine cancellations: W.L. Freshwater, Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 17, p.205.
  • Four Madame Joseph fraudulent postmarks, A !4, OC 14/09 to 1935. Derek Worboys and Roger B. West, Madame Joseph Forged Postmarks, p.100.
  • 19th century revenue cancellations. Edwin Mueller, “from the philatelic Consultant” column, Mercury Stamp Journal, Vol. 2, Whole No. 16 (December 1950): 88. Scott Classic Specialized Catalog, note following 90.
  • O84-O148. Official Stamps, 1901-1928. Genuinely used stamps have a punched hole, which is an official control marking: Edwin Mueller, “from our Expert’s Desk”, Mercury Stamp Journal, Vol. 2, w.n.23 (September 1952): 257.

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