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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 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) green||RRR||RRR|
|(6 p) red||R||RR|
|(9 p) red||RRR||RRR|
|FOUR PENCE on (4 p)||RRR||RRR|
|brown on green||***||---||Non-issued stamp|
With Value Indication
|6 p blue||RRR||RR|
|6 p violet, imperforate||R||RR|
|6 p violet, perforated||R||R|
|1 sh red||RRR||RR|
|1 Sh green, imperforate||RRR||RR|
|1 Sh green, perforated||RRR||RR|
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 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'
Forged overprint (taken from a Fournier album)
Third forgery of Album Weeds (stamps with no value-indication):
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)
I have also seen the non-issued blue stamp (with no value indication), chemically changed to the colour green.
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