Genuine vs. Forgeries
Cut from a official perforated UPU 1891 reprint. Here a faked postmark has been applied to hide the Reprint overlay. The Reprints were printed on paper with watermark type V2.
Photographic plate of an actual first printing 1d Half Length. On hard card-stock. Cut from the color plates that accompanied the 1953 book by Wilson, about the Royal Collection.
The roulettes do not conform to the specifications of the rouletting machine used by the GPO clerks on the genuine issues. These roulettes gauge about 5.5 – the GPO machine gauged 7-9.
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.
Jeffryes forgery – sheet of 50