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Previous issues of Mauritius 1847-1859 with Queen Victoria

1858 Sitting Brittania, ship on the background

'FOUR PENCE' on (4 p) green

No value indicated
  (4 p) green
  (6 p) red
  (9 p) lilac
  'FOUR PENCE' on (4 p) green

(non issued stamps)

Stamps in brown or blue (see 2 pictures above) were non issued.

With value indicated, imperforated

6 p violet 1 Sh red

  6 p blue
  6 p violet
  1 Sh red
  1 Sh green

With value indicated, perforated

  6 p violet
  1 Sh green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
(4 p) greenRRRRRR 
(6 p) redRRR 
(9 p) redRRRRRR 
blue***---Non-issued stamp
brown on green***---Non-issued stamp

With Value Indication

6 p blueRRRRR 
6 p violet, imperforateRRR 
6 p violet, perforatedRR 
1 sh redRRRRR 
1 Sh green, imperforate RRRRR 
1 Sh green, perforatedRRRRR 


Forgeries, examples:

Spiro/Fournier forgery:

Fournier forgery! Taken from a Fournier Album

The above forgery with no value indication ('Mauritius' below) can be recognized with: 1) the 'M' of 'MAURITIUS' is closer to beginning of the name label than the 'S' to the end. 2) There is a white dot on the hat of the sitting woman. 3) The sea below the ship looks more like a 'bubble bath'. Though this stamp can be found in 'Fourniers album of philatelic forgeries' I don't think Fournier actually made this forgery, it could have been made by Spiro. The postmark on these forgeries mostly seems to be 4 concentric circles. However, other cancels exist:

Other Spiro/Fournier forgeries (with value indication):

Forgery! This could be a forgery!

Fournier forgery!
Forgery taken from a Fournier album

I've seen this forgery in the colours violet, brown and green.

Five varieties of the 6 p (I don't know which ones, but I presume these stamps include those 3 without any value indication) are offered by Fournier for 1.25 Swiss Francs in his 1914 pricelist. Besides the cancel with rings (as shown above), I have also seen these forgeries cancelled with 4 rows of dots. Note the strange shape of the 'R' of 'MAURITIUS'

Fournier forged overprint
Forged overprint (taken from a Fournier album)

Third forgery of Album Weeds (stamps with no value-indication):

Oneglia forgeries

The third forgery for the stamps without value indication of 'Album Weeds' can easily be detected by the background pattern. A coloured outline can be found all around the stamp, then a white space and then a wave-like pattern. I've seen two different types of these forgeries (see images above), I've been told that the second type (maybe the first type aswell) is made by the forger Oneglia. The genuine stamps don't have this pattern. Similar forgeries were made for Trinidad (in many colours) and Barbados:

(Mauritius forgery next to similar forgeries of Trinidad and Barbados)

Other forgeries:

I have also seen the non-issued blue stamp (with no value indication), chemically changed to the colour green.

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