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Jeffreys was a forger in the late 19th century. According to 'Philatelic forgers, their lives and works' (by Varro E. Tyler), his name is also sometimes spelled as: Jeffreyes, Jeffries or Jeffryes. He made some forgeries of overprints of various countries and forgeries of the following countries: Ceylon, Grenada, New South Wales, New Zealand, Tasmania and Victoria. Finally he made two bogus stamps of Hawaii. If anybody has more information about these forgeries, please contact me!

In 1892 Jefrreys was convicted to six months imprisonment with hard labour for 'conspiracy to defraud the public' for his stamp forging activities.

Overprints

I have no pictures of the forged overprints of Jeffreys at this moment. 'Philatelic forgers, their lives and works' mentions that they exist of the countries: Colombia, Ecuador, North Borneo ('8 cents' on 2 c), Sarawak, Sungei Ujong and Zululand.

Forgeries

Ceylon:


1855 issues: 8 p, 9 p, 1 Sh 9 p and 2 Sh

Forgery of the 1 Sh 9 p:

The best way of distinghuishing this Jefferies forgery (according to Brian Hicklings) is the lower part of the amphersand (&) which is much too large on the forgery. Also the 'O' in 'CEYLON' is larger in the forgery and is not out of line (due to its size) with the 'L' as in the original. This is a dangerous forgery. A picture of this forgery can also be found in 'Philatelic forgers, their lives and works' (there with overprint 'SPECIMEN').

 

Grenada


1857: Stamp with no value with 1/2 p, 2 1/2 p, 4 p, 1 Sh and some fiscal overprints


(Grenada forgery)

The above stamp is a Grenada forgery. Note the appearance of parts of adjoining stamps.

 

New South Wales:


1850: 1 p (plate 1 and 2)


(Jeffreys forgeries with '49' cancel of Wagga-Wagga)

The Jeffreys forgeries are engraved and dangerous, but they do not show the plating characteristics. They were printed in pairs. According to 'Philatelic Forgers, their Lives and Works' by Varro E. Tyler they exist either cancelled with the Sydney barred cancellation or the numeral cancels '43', '12', '24', '29', '34', '49', '62', '64', '84', '93' or uncancelled. But I've also seen them with cancels '38' and '92':


(Jeffreys forgeries)


1851-55 1 p (different shades), 2 p, 3 p, 4 p


(Probably Jeffreys forgeries)


1856: 6 p registration stamp

 

New Zealand:


1855: 1 Sh

 


(New Zealand forgery, reduced size)


('Proof' of the 1 Sh stamp of New Zealand, note the hand with the 'staff' above the design)

The above stamps are forgeries of New Zealand. Note the appearance of parts of adjoining stamps.

 

Tasmania

1853: 1 p, 4 p


(Forgeries of the 1 p 1853 issue)

 

1863: 2 Sh 6 p postal fiscal (in original red colour + black, brown, orange, violet and blue)


(2 Sh 6 p postal fiscal in violet, orange and red)

 

Victoria


1850: 2 p and 3 p

A Jefferies forgery!
(Jeffreys forgeries of the 2 p and 3 p 1850 issue)

It seems that whole sheets of the 3 p forgeries were sold by the Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria in 1959 (source 'Philatelic Forgers, their Lives and Works' by Varro E. Tyler).

1854-58: 1 Sh


(Jeffreys forgery of the 1 Sh stamp)


(Left Jeffreys forgery, right official reprint for comparison)

Note that the letters of the inscription are slightly different in the Jeffreys forgery.

 

Bogus issues for Hawaii

A bogus issue made by Jeffryes in 1886 for Hawaii, resembling the statue of Kamehameha.


(This stamp has cancel 'HONOLULU JUN 5 1886 H.I.')

A value of 2$ red in the same design exists as well.


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