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Fournier made two types of forgeries (possibly even more) of the 1881 postage due stamps. Here the easiest type to recognize is shown. It is not clear if Fournier actually made these forgeries, or merely sold them (since they appear with cancels that cannot be found in the Fournier Album).


Block of 3 Fournier type I forgeries, consisting of the 1 F, 2 F and 5 F brown. The 1 F has a dot to the right of the "R" of "PERCEVOIR". The 2 F has the bottom of the "S" of "FRANCS" smudged. The 5 F has a tiny dot to the left of the "R" of "PERCEVOIR" and another tiny dot outside the stamp next to the upper right corner ornament.


A whole block of black Fournier Type I forgeries, containing all values (the 50 c was not forged in this set)


The 1 F and 5 F of this forgery type, but now perforated.

The Fournier Type I forgeries can be distinguished by:
1 c: The frameline above the upper left "RF" is irregular
There is a small black line in the white line above the "R" of "CHIFFRE" (I'm not sure if this is always the case)
2 c: There are two breaks in the upper frameline above "CH".
3 c: The right bottom corner has a downwards extension.
4 c: There is a tiny dot in front of the "4".
5 c: In my view, there is a tiny scratch outside the design to the right of the "S" of "POSTES" (but not always?). The left hand side leg of the second "R" in "PERCEVOIR" is partly missing.
10 c: The first "R" of "PERCEVOIR" has a white space in the left leg.
15 c: The bottom right corner is rather smudged (I don't know if this is always the case).
20 c: There is a tiny dot in the upper part of the banderole next to the "S" of "CENTIMES".
30 c: A small dot appears just above the lower curl of the "3". Genuine 30 c stamp never have an accent above the "A".
40 c: There is a dot between the "V" and "O" of "PERCEVOIR".
60 c: There is a tiny dot on top of the first "R" of "PERCEVOIR".
1 F: There is a dot behind the last "R" of "PERCEVOIR" (exists in black, brown and lilac). Also there is often a break in the banderole next to the "C" of "FRANC".
2 F: The bottom of the "S" of "FRANCS" is badly done (exists in black and brown). The first "S" of the left "POSTES" has a missing lower curl.
5 F: There is a tiny dot to the left of the first "R" of "PERCEVOIR" and another tiny dot outside the stamp next to the upper right corner corner ornament (exists in black and brown). I've noticed that the upper part of the upper left square with "RF" is always badly done.


Fournier forgeries.


A 5 F black forgery with a forged "PARIS 4E/7 NOV 83 R.LAFAYETTE" cancel.

Other website with some information about forgeries of these stamps: http://sbuchfr.free.fr/faux_taxe_col_gen.htm.


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