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FRANCE, Postage due stamps 1859 issue, Fournier and Sperati forgeries

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France Postage Due Stamps, 1859 issue

1859 Genuine stamps

10 c type 1, image obtained from a Harmers auction Type 2, Bordeaux issue Type 2 Postage due 30 c black Certified genuine (cleaned)



Fournier forgeries

Fournier offers 4 values for 2 Swiss Francs in his 1914 pricelist (the 10 c black, 15 c black, 60c blue and 60 c yellow). I've seen a 15 c Fournier forgery with a forged "PARIS 6E/21 FEVR. 70 R.DU PONT-NEUF" cancel in a Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries.

10 c and 60 c Fournier forgeries as taken from a Fournier Album of Philatelic forgeries. In my view, in the 60 c forgery, the "6" is less fat than in the genuine stamps (especially in the left central part). In the 10 c forgery, in my view, the "v" of "percevoir" is slanting too much to the left and the "S" of "CENTIMES" appears to be printed upside down.

Page of a Fournier Album with French postage due forgeries.

Fournier forgeries of the 60 c value with a forged "WASSY-S-BLAISE 3E/1 SEPT 71 (50)" cancel.

Fournier forgery of the 10 c value

Fournier forgery from a Fournier album of the 15 c value. It has a "PARIS 6E/21 FEVR. 70 R.DU PONT-NEUF" forged cancel.

I've been told that these sheetlets with 9 stamps are Fournier forgeries.

60 c Fournier forgery with "BELFORT (66)" cancel which is not given in the Fournier Album.

40 c forgery. I've been told that this is a Fournier forgery, but I sincerely doubt so.... Other sources say that this is a reproduction made for the Expo in Nice. The central inscription is badly done (compare with a genuine stamp). They are clearly different from the above Fournier forgeries.



Sperati forgeries

Sperati made forgeries of the 10 c, 40 c and 60 c brown values.

Sperati forgery, from a die-proof
Sperati forgeries of the 10 c value

The Sperati forgery of the 10 c value (lithographed) exists unused, used and also as a die-proof. The following cancels were used by Sperati on this forgery:
"BORDEAUX 23 FEVR 59 (32)"
"LA ROCHELLE 27 MARS 59 (16)"
"MARSEILLE 26 JUIN 59 (12)"
"MONTAUBAN 12 FEVR 59 (12)"
"NIORT 9 JANV 59 (75)"
"NIORT 25 AVRIL 59 (75)"
"ST GAUDENS 23 FEVR 59 (30)" (see image above)
"VIERZON 3 JANV 59 (17)"
"OR" in a small circle

Sperati forgeries of the 40 c value

This forgery has a white spot in the right bottom corner of the "0" of "40" (as in the genuine position of which Sperati copied it from). The cross-bar of the 'A' of 'TAXE' is almost broken. Die proofs in black also exist of this value. Sperati made reproductions in three different shades of blue. Sperati made used and unused reproductions of this stamp. The cancels Sperati used on this issue are:
"ANGERS 4 JANV. 73 (47)"
"BAR-LE-DUC 19 NOV. 71 (53)"
"LANNION 2E 20 MARS 73 (21)"
"LA REDI 4E 21 AOUT 72 (32)"
"LUXEUIL 3E 9 FEVR 73 (69)"
"PARIS 3E 7 NOV 71 (60)"

Two Sperati forgeries of the 60 c brown value

Sperati made uncancelled, cancelled and die-proofs in black of the 60 c brown value. The color shade is too brownish (should have been more greenish brown). There are small white dots in the "60" which have been copied by Sperati from a genuine stamp at a particular location in the sheet. A small white dot can be found below the "E" of "TAXE". There is also a brown color spot in the left side of the "E" of "CHIFFRE". Cancelled stamps always bear one of the following cancels:
"BAR-LE-DUC 3E 19 NOV. 71 (53)"
"BEAUMONT S.... 2 E 3 MAI 72 (72)" (see image above)
"LE HAVRE 2E 5 AVRIL 72 (74)"
"LE HAVRE 1E 19 JUIN 72 (74)"
"ORLEANS 5E 20 JANV 72 (43)"
"PARIS 3E 7 NOV 71 (60)"

Proof in black signed by Sperati.

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