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Erasmo Oneglia was an Italian forger in the late 19th century. He is famous for his engraved forgeries, but he also made photo-lithographed forgeries.

His forgeries include stamps from the Australian States, Baden, Belgium, Belgian Congo, Brazil, British North America, British West Indies, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Verde, Ceylon, Chile, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italian States, Luxemburg, Malayan States, Malta, Monaco, Nevis, Portuguese Guinea, St. Helena, Spain, Switzerland, Roman States, Thailand, Tuscany, Two Sicilies, United States and Confederate States of America. Some of his forgeries were erroneously attributed to Angelo Panelli.


Oneglia made forgeries of the 4 p 1861 stamp of Bahamas, I think the next forgeries are such Oneglia forgeries:

Image obtained from http://www.gsu.edu/~libpjr/stamps.html
(Oneglia forgeries? left image obtained from http://www.gsu.edu/~libpjr/stamps.html)

Cape of Good Hope:

I think the next stamps are made by Oneglia (or Panelli?):


(Oneglia forgery of the 2 p value, reduced size)

The above forgery is an Oneglia forgery, which in engraved as the genuine stamps. Sorry, for the small size of the picture of this forgery.

Ionian Islands:

Oneglia forgery?

I've been told that the above blue stamp is a Oneglia forgery, I think the other stamps is one as well. The contour of the head is surrounded by a coloured line. Note the strange shape of the last 'S', which has a strange upper part compared to the genuine stamps. The other letters are also slightly different.


Oneglia forgeries

Similar forgeries of the sitting Britannia were made for Trinidad and Barbados (also produced by Oneglia?).

New Brunswick:

(New Brunswick 6 p yellow forgery)


Panelli of Oneglia forgery? Image obtained thanks to Bill Claghorn Image obtained thanks to Bill Claghorn's forgery site

These forgeries were often attributed to Panelli, since Panelli sold them. But they were made by Oneglia.

A whole sheet of Oneglia forgeries of Newfoundland, printed in rows of 6, all six values below each other:

(Reduced sizes)

Turks Islands:

Oneglia forgery!

United States:

Literature: The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries by Robson Lowe & Carl Walske (1996, 104 pages)

Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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