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FRANCE (+ colonies); Postage due stamps, Primitive Forgery Type 3

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1884 Postage due stamps of France and colonies (so-called Duval type), genuine stamps:


Presumably genuine stamps

 

Forgeries:

See also France Postage Due Stamps, 1881 forgeries or
French colonies, postage due stamps, primitive forgery type 1
French colonies, postage due stamps, primitive forgery type 2

The stamp forger Venturini is known to have made forgeries of the French postage due stamps (and also the French colonies), see "Philatelic forgers, their lives and works" by V.E.Tyler.

 

Primitive forgeries, Type 3:


Forgery of the 1 c with wrong inscription "CENTIMES". Also some other forgeries made by the same forger. I've noticed that there is always a small break in the right frameline halfway up. In the 50 c of this forgery type, the top of the "5" is too close to the "P".


A block of four 4 c of these forgeries.


A forgery of the 1 c value with inscription "CENTIMES" instead of "CENTIME". I've seen this and other values of this forgery type for the French colonies. The other values are quite deceptive, but in my opinion, there is always a small break in the right frameline about halfway up. Also, there are some vertical lines missing on the right hand side of the left bottom ornament (just below the value). In the 5 c, the top of the "5" is different from a genuine stamp. In the 10 c, the "1" is placed slightly too far to the right. They are cancelled with either an unreadable towncancel ("TOULOUSE"?) or a small blur triangle. The perforation appears correct to me (especially in the corners, where most other forgeries are not correct). There appears to be too much white space around the stamps, they are often (very) badly centered.


Left: forgery with missing lines. Right, genuine stamp


More of these forgeries.


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