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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. Many of his forgeries were previously attributed to the forger Angelo Panelli. The engraved Oneglia forgeries are usually 'overinked'.

Oneglia forgeries, introduction, part 1
Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, "Abyssinie" to "Bulgarie du Sud"
Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, "Canada" to "Cap Vert"
Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, "Datia" to "Fidji"
Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, "France" to "Gwailor"
Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, "Hambourg" to "Joniennes"
Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, "Luxembourg" to "Mauritius"
Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, "Majunga" to "Malacca"
Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, "Naples et Sicile" to "Orange"
Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, "Parme"to "Sungei-Ujong"
Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, "Saint-Vincent" to "Terre-Neuve"
Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, "Turquie" to "Zululand" and "Madeira" + "Pahang"
Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, Supplement, part 1
Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, Supplement, part 2
Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, Supplement, part 3

 

Other cancels used by Oneglia (much less common than the bars with "G" or the bars with "1" cancels):

Highly dubious cancel!
A very peculiar 'star' or 'flower' cancel used on some of Oneglia's forgeries.


A "1V" elliptic cancel which Oneglia used for his forgeries of Victoria. But he also used it on this 4 p Virgin Island forgery and even on a St.Vincent forgery. The book The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries by Robson Lowe & Carl Walske also shows a 1 Sh Nevis forgery with this Victoria cancel.


Circle consisting of 'squares'.

image obtained from a Rumsey auction
Four concentric circles on forgeries of the United States, Turks Islands, Newfoundland, Bahamas, Netherlands Indies and Shanghai. The book The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries by Robson Lowe & Carl Walske also shows a 1 Sh of Nevis with this cancel.

image thanks to Richard Frajola
"8" in lined ellipse; New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New South Wales

 

Watermarks (forged):

Another peculiarity of the Oneglia forgeries is that he often forged watermarks, to give more credibility to his forgeries, either by impressing it or marking it in oil. Examples:


Many of the Oneglia forgeries have fake watermarks. Either an oil imprinted watermark as on the British Guiana, Lagos and Tobago forgeries. Oneglia forged both CA and CC watermarks.


This 4 p Cape of Good Hope Oneglia forgery has a forged oil anchor watermark.


The watermarks that are impressed are done so very strongly such that they can often be seen from the front already, such as on this Dominica and Malta forgery.


Impressed 'flower' watermark for Lubeck.


Star watermark from Ceylon.


Swan impressed watermark on Western Australia which can be seen very clearly from the front of the stamp already.

 


Part of a pricelist of Oneglia from 1898, with an image of a Jhalawar stamp.The text (in French) elsewhere in this pricelist reads "JHALAWAR 1891 - 1 Paisa vert F.05"


The above shown image is the same as these forgeries of Jhalawar. I believe these could be Oneglia forgeries.


1 Rupee Oneglia forgery of India (not listed in his 1906 pricelist, although overprints for Gwalior, Faridkot, Jeend and Puttialla are).

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


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