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MARTINIQUE 1886-1890

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(A letter of Martinique from 1825 with cancel 'MARTINIAQUE' and 'COLONIES PAR BORDEAUX')

I've seen a similar letter to Rouen with cancel 'MARTINIQUE' and 'COLONIES PAR ROCHEFORT'.

 

Stamps of the french colonies were used cancelled with a diamond shaped figure of points with "MQE" in the middle (see picture)

'MQE' Martinique

 

Normal cancel on stamp of the French Colonies:


1886 Stamps of the French colonies of 1881 overprinted "MQE" and value

'MQE 15 c' on 20 c red on green 'MQE 15 c' on 20 c red on green

  'MQE 15 c.' on 20 c red on green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
15 c on 20 c *** *** Two types: 'MQE' 5 or 5 1/2 mm high


Page from a Fournier Album with Fournier forged overprints.

 

1886 Stamps of the French colonies of 1881 overprinted "MARTINIQUE" and value

'01 c.' on 2 c brown '01 c.' on 4 c brown

  '01c.' on 2 c brown
  '01c.' on 4 c brown
  '01' on 20 c red on green

'05 c.' on 10 c black

  '05c.' on 4 c brown
  '05c.' on 10 c black

'5' on 20 c red on green Image obtained from a Harmers auction "05c." on 20 c red on green

  '5' on 20 c red on green
  '5c' on 20 c red on green
  '05' on 20 c red on green
  '05c.' on 20 c red on green

05 c on 30 c brown and 05 c on 35 c black on yellow '05 c.' on 40 c red

  '05c.' on 30 c brown
  '05c.' on 35 c black on yellow
  '05c.' on 40 c red

Image obtained from a Harmers auction '15 c.' on 20 c red on green 015 on 20 c red on green 15 on 20 c red on green '15 c.' on 25 c black 15 c on 75 c red

  '15c.' on 4 c brown (misprint?)
  '15c.' on 20 c red on green
  '015' on 20 c red on green
  '15' on 20 c red on green
  '15c.' on 25 c black
  '15c.' on 75 c red

Surcharged 'TIMBRE-POSTE MARTINIQUE' and value

'01c.' on 2 c brown

  '01c.' on 2 c brown

Surcharged '1892' value and 'MARTINIQUE'

type 1
(Reduced size)

  '05c.' on 25 c black
  '15c.' on 25 c black

Surcharged '1892 MARTINIQUE' and value

'05 c' on 25 c black

  '05c.' on 25 c black
  '15c.' on 25 c black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
01 c on 2 c * *  
01 c on 4 c * *  
01 on 20 c * *  
05 c on 4 c RR RR

With '5' instead of '5' (slanting '5'): RRR

05 c on 10 c ** ** With '5' instead of '5': R
5 on 20 c *** *** Double overprint: RR
5 c on 20 c RRR RRR Forged overprints exist
05 on 20 c * *  
05 c on 20 c * * With '5' instead of '5': ***
05 c on 30 c * **

With '5' instead of '5': ***

(Slanting '5' variety)

05 c on 35 c ** **  
05 c on 40 c *** *** With '5' instead of '5': R
15 c on 4 c RRR RRR Misprint?
15 c on 20 c *** *** Without country name: ***
Value and country name inverted: ***
With '5' instead of '5': RR
015 on 20 c ** ***  
15 on 20 c *** ***  
15 c on 25 c * * With '5' instead of '5': ***
15 c on 75 c *** *** With '5' instead of '5': R
01 on 2 c * ** 'TIMBRE-POSTE MARTINIQUE'
05 c on 25 c *** *** '1892 05 c. MARTINIQUE'
15 c on 25 c ** ** '1892 15 c. MARTINIQUE'
05 c on 25 c *** *** '1892 MARTINIQUE 05 c.'
I've seen an error with '95' instead of '05'.
15 c on 25 c ** ** '1892 MARTINIQUE 15 c.'
I've seen an error with '1882' instead of '1892'.


(Left, common '5'; right, slanting '5' variety)


Double overprint 5 on 20 c

Some remarks on forgeries can be found in Le Postillon Revue Philatelique of 1921, page 490.


Pages from a Fournier Album with Fournier forged overprints.

The cancel "ST.PIERRE 1E 11 JUIN 92 MARTINIQUE" was also forged by Fournier:


Forged Martinique cancel "St.PIERRE 1E/11 JUIN 92 MARTINIQUE" used by Fournier (in the upper right corner).


And another forged Martinique cancel "FORT DE FRANCE 6 MAI 94 MARTINIQUE" (3rd row, 4th cancel), taken from the Fournier Album.


Fournier forgery, the basic stamp is a forgery, the inverted overprint is also a forgery (the central part of the "M" does not go all the way down) and the cancel "St.PIERRE 1E/11 JUIN 92 MARTINIQUE" is also forged (see the above sheets with forged cancels).


Forgeries of the misprint.

 

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