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ONEGLIA FORGERIES, 1906 catalogue, "Majunga" to "Malacca"

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Erasmo Oneglia was an Italian forger in the late 19th century from Turin. 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'. When Oneglia applied a watermark on his forgeries, it is very clearly visible. His watermarks are impressed instead of being real watermarks. Oneglia also collaborated closely with A.Venturini and E.Spiotti. The exact relationships that these forgers had is not clear up to this day.

 

Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, "Luxembourg" to "Mauritius"

Majunga. *

Number Year Description Price in Fr.
1   15 fr. sur 25 noir et rose ................................................................................................................... Fr. 10.--
2   15 fr. sur 1 f. olive Fr. 10.--
3   15 fr. sur 25 noir et rose differents Fr. 10.--
4   25 fr. sur 1 f. olive Fr. 10.--

 

Mecklembourg-Schwerin. *

Number Year Description Price in Fr.
1856 - Armes (couronne et tête de boeuf):
1 1856 3 sch., jaune................................................................................................................................... Fr. -.30
2   5 sch., bleu Fr. -.80
Idem, 1804:
3   3 sch., jaune Fr. -.30
4   5 sch., bistre Fr. -.80
5   2 sch., lilas Fr. -.80
6   2 sch., violet Fr. -.80
7 1856 4/4 rouge Fr. -.50
8   4/4 rouge percé en ligne (papier vergé) Fr. 3.--
9   4/4 rouge fond blanc, percé en ligne Fr. -.40

I have not been able to find an Oneglia forgery of Mecklenburg Schwerin.

 

Méxique. N

Number Year Description Price in Fr.
1 1864 Réimpression, série de 4 timbres...................................................................................................... Fr. 1.50
2 1875 Timbres << Port de Mar >>, grand chiffre, série de 12 timbres Fr. 1.50

Since these Mexico forgeries are marked "N", they were not made by Oneglia, but by another forger (as mentioned in the foreword of his catalogue).

 

Modéne (Duché). *

Number Year Description Price in Fr.
1852 - Aigle noir sur couleur:
1 1852 5 cent., vert................................................................................................................................... Fr. -.10
2   10 cent., rose Fr. -.10
3   10 cent., lilas Fr. -.10
4   15 cent., jaune Fr. -.10
5   25 cent., chamois clair Fr. -.10
6   40 cent., bleu Fr. -.10
7   1 lira blanc Fr. -.30
1853-54 - Taxe fiscale - Même type:
8   9 cent., B. G. violet Fr. -.10
9   9 cent., G. B. violet Fr. -.10
1859 - Idem - Aigle dans un cercle:
10 1859 10 cent., noir sur blanc Fr. -.10
Gouvernement Provisoire.
1859 - Croix de Savoie, couleur sur blanc:
11 1859 5 cent., vert Fr. -.10
12   15 cent., brun Fr. -.10
13   20 cent., lilas Fr. -.10
14   40 cent., carmin Fr. -.10
15   80 cent., jaune Fr. -.10

In the book 'Philatelic forgers, their Lives and Works' by V.Tyler, a copied page of the 'Philatelisten Zeitung 18 page 100, 1905' is reproduced with a forged Oneglia "P.D" cancel exactly similar to the one shown on the 5 c 1859 forgery shown above. Also this forgery has unusually large margins (as in many other Oneglia forgeries).

 

Monaco.

Number Year Description Price in Fr.



1 1885 40 cent., bleu sur rose .................................................................................................. Fr. -.10
2   75 cent. noir sur rose Fr. -.20
3   1 franc, noir sur jaune Fr. -.30
4   5 franc, carmin sur vert Fr. -.50
1885 - Dent. 13 1/2 - 14
5   45 cent. bleu sur rose (this should probably have been 40 cent.) Fr. -.20
6   75 cent. noir Fr. -.40
7   5 fr. carmin sur vert Fr. 10.--

I believe the above stamps are the forgeries described in Album Weeds. The perforation is 11 1/2. Before the "P" of "PRINCIPAUTE" there is a "2" alike ornament which is quite unlike the genuine stamps. The names "DUPUIS" and "MOUCHON" just below the lowest line of the stamp are absent. These forgeries are (always?) cancelled with "MONACO PRINCIPAUTE 2E/22 JANV 87". If my information is correct, this forgery is known as the 'Turin forgery' (most likely referring to the forger Oneglia). The Serrane guide mentions Geneva forgeries by M. (Mercier?) which were subsequently improved in Turin. I presume these are the above ones.
The numbers 1 to 4 were already present in the 1898 pricelist.

 

Malte. *

Number Year Description Price in Fr.

1860 - Dent. 14, papier blanc grav. en cuivre:


Note the impressed watermark which can be seen from the front of the stamp.

1   1/2 p bistre ...................................................................................................................................... Fr. 2.50
2   1/2 p bistre papier bleuté Fr. 4.--

1863 - Fil. C. C. dent. 12 1/2:

3   1/2 p bistre Fr. 1.--
4   1/2 p jaune Fr. 2.--

1875 - Id. dent.14:

5   1/2 p bistre Fr. 0.25
6   1/2 p jaune Fr. 1.25

1882 - Fil. C.A.


Unfinished imperforate forgery, found in a large collection of mostly Oneglia forgeries.
7   1/2 p bistre Fr. 0.25
8   1/2 p bistre papier bleuté non dent. Fr. 5.--
    La série de 8 pièces Fr. 15.--

 

 

Malacca. * (Straits Settlements)

Number Year Description Price in Fr.
1 1880 Timbre vrai de 30 cent. carminé, avec 10 en surcharge, imitations, 10 sur 30 carmin ...... Fr. 1.50
2 1880 Timbre vrai de 8 cent. jaune, avec five cent. en surcharge, imitations Fr. 1.50
3 1881 Timbre vrai de 10 cent. carminé, avec 10 cent. en surcharge, imitations Fr. 1.50
4 1883 Timbre vrai de 8 cent. jaune, avec two cent. vertical en surcharge, imitations Fr. 1.50
5 1884 Timbre vrai de 5 cent. bleu, avec two cent. vertical en surcharge, imitations Fr. 1.50
6 1887 Timbre vrai de 8 cent. orange, avec 2 cent. en surcharge, imitations Fr. 1.50
1868-82 - Fil. C. C. dent. 14, grav. en cuivre




6bis   2 cent., brun Fr. -.20
7   4 cent., rose Fr. -.30
8   5 cent., violet-brun Fr. -.50
9   6 cent., violet Fr. -.60
10   8 cent., orange Fr. -.20
11   10 cent., ardoise Fr. -.50
12   12 cent., bleu Fr . -.20
13   24 cent., vert Fr. -.20
14   20 cent., carminé Fr. -.30
15   32 cent., rouge Fr. -.50
16   96 cent. gris Fr. -.40
Dent. 12 1/2
17   96 cent., gris Fr. 1.--
1879-82 - Id. surchargé:
18   3 cent. sur 5 Fr. 2.50
19   5 cent. sur 4 Fr. 2.50
20   Five cents sur 8 Fr. 1.--
21   5 cents sur 8 Fr. 2.--
21bis   Seven cents sur 32 Fr. 1.--
22   10 cent. sur 30 Fr. 1.--
23   10 cent. sur 30 Fr. 1.50
1882-91 - Fil. C. A. dent. 14:
24   2 cent., brun Fr. -.60
25   12 cent., violet-brun Fr. -.60
26   96 cent., gris Fr. 1.--
1883-94 - Surchargé two cents vertical:
27   2 cent., sur 5 bleu Fr. -.80
28   2 cent., sur 8 jaune Fr. -.80
29   2 cent., sur 32 orange Fr. 1.50
Surcharges diverses:
30   2 cent., sur 12 bleu Fr. 2.50
31   3 cent., sur 5 bleu Fr. 1.50
32   4 cent., sur 5 bleu (rouge) Fr. -.60
32bis   4 cent., sur 5 bleu (noir) Fr. 2.50
33   8 cent., sur 12 bleu Fr. 1.75
34   8 cent., sur 12 violet-brun Fr. 1.50
35   8 cent., sur 8 violet-brun (rouge) Fr. 2.--
36   32 cent., erreur, très rare, carmin Fr. 10.--
    Les derniers 31 Fr. 35.--

These forgeries were further used to make forgeries of Bangkok, Perak, Pahang, Selangor and Sungei Ujong.


32 c Oneglia forgery with forged impressed CC watermark.

The following 8 c Oneglia forgery has a bars with "G" cancel (as used on many other Oneglia forgeries) and a forged "SINGAPORE" cancel:

 

Madeire * (voir à pag. 43).

 

Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, "Naples et Sicile" to "Orange"


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