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ONEGLIA FORGERIES, 1906 catalogue, "Saint-Vincent" to "Terre-Neuve"

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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, "Parme"to "Sungei-Ujong"

Saint-Vincent. *

Number Year Description Price in Fr.

1861-69 - Dent. 14, grav. en cuivre:

1 1861-69 1 p., carmin........................................................................................................................... Fr. -.25
2   6 p., vert bleu Fr. -.50
3   6 p., vert jaune Fr. 1.--
4   1 s., ardoise Fr. 1.25

1871-81 - Dent. 12 1/2.

5 1871-81 1 p., carmin Fr. -.40
6   4 p., bleu Fr. 1.--
7   4 p., jaune Fr. 2.50
8   6 p., vert Fr. -.80
9   1 s., brun Fr. 1.50
10   1 s., indigo Fr. 1.50
Id. fil. * dent. 14
11   6 p., vert jaune Fr. -.80
12   6 p., vert Fr. -.80
Id. Id. dent. 12 1/2.

13   1 p., noir Fr. -.50
14   4 p., bleu ciel Fr. -.60
15   4 p., bleu foncé Fr. 1.50
16   6 p., vert claire Fr. -.80
17   1 s., rose Fr. 1.50
18   1 s., lieu de vin Fr. 3.--
19   1 s., vermillon Fr. -.80
20   5 s., carmin Fr. 5.--
1880 - T. de 1871 surchargé rouge.
21 1880 1/2 d. sur moitié de 6 p., vert Fr. 4.--
21bis   le deux se tenant Fr. 8.--
22   1 d. sur moitié de 6 p, vert Fr. 6.--
22bis   le deux se tenant Fr. 10.--
1880 - T. de 1871 surch. noire.
23 1880 One penny sur 6 p., vert Fr. 5.--
24   4 d., sur 1 s., verm. Fr. 10.--

1883-84 - Fil. C. A. Dent. 14.

25   4 p., bleu clair Fr. 1.--
Id. dent. 12.
26   4 p., bleu ciel Fr. -.50
27   4 p., bleu foncé Fr. 2.--
28   6 p., vert jaune Fr. 1.50
29   1 s., orange Fr. 1.--
30   2 1/2 s. sur 4 p., violet-brun Fr. 2.50
31   5 s. sur 4 p., violet-brun Fr. -.80
31bis   6 p., violet de 1885-89 C. A. Fr. 2.50
    Série de 34 pièces Fr. 60.--

These St.Vincent forgeries are often attibuted to the forger Panelli. In 'The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries by Robson Lowe & Carl Walske (1996)' the stamp with the image of the Queen are described, but not the 5 Shilling stamps (presumably since they are not engraved).
The 1 Shilling has the "G" of "SHILLING" quite different from the genuine stamps.
The 5 Shillings forgery has the "H" of "SHILLING" slanting too much backwards.


Here the 5 Shillings forgery with the forged star watermark.


This 5 Shilings forgery proves that Oneglia used both the Victoria 1V cancel and the 'star' cancel sometimes found on other Oneglia forgeries, which strongly suggests that all stamps with such a cancel originate from Oneglia (or one of his collaborators). It also appears with the bars with "G" cancel (see image above).

 

Tonga. *

Number Year Description Price in Fr.

1892 - Dent. 12 1/2

1   8 p lilac Fr. 0.50
2   1 s brun Fr. 1.--

1893 - T. ci-dessus, avec surch. rouge.

3   7 1/2 sur 8 p, rose Fr. 0.50

1894-95 - Surch et nouv. val en surch.

4   One Penny sur 2 p., blue Fr. 0.50
5   1/2 d., sur 2 p., blue Fr. 1.--
6   1/2 d., sur 2 p., blue Fr. 1.--
7   7 1/2 d., sur 2 p., blue Fr. 2.--
1894 - T. du 1892 surch. carm. dent. 12 1/2 G. F. B.
8   1 p., blue Fr. 0.30
9   2 p., blue Fr. 0.50
10   4 p., blue Fr. 1.--
11   8 p., blue Fr. 3.--
12   1 s., blue Fr. 5.--
1896 - T. du 1894 avec en surcharge:
13   Surcharge Half-penny- valua oe beni 1 1/2 d., sur 2 p. Fr. 10.--
14   Idem, 7 1/2 d., sur 2 p. Fr. 5.--
    Série de 14 pieces Fr. 25.--

The above Tonga forgeries are classified as Oneglia forgeries by me since they bear the bars with "G" cancel which was often used by Oneglia on his forgeries. A rather similar genuine bar cancel with "TONGA" in the center also exists. The perforation is different from genuine stamps and the value indication is also different (compare with a genuine stamp).

 

Turck (Iles). * (Turks Islands)

Number Year Description Price in Fr.

Gravure en cuivre


1 1867 1 penny, rouge carmin.................................................................................................. Fr. 0.30
2   6 pence, gris vert Fr. 0.30
3   1 shilling ardoise Fr. 0.30

1879 - (Filigrane étoile):

4 1879 1 penny, rouge carmin Fr. 0.30
5 1879 1 penny, vermillion Fr. 0.30
6 1879 1 shilling, violet Fr. 0.30
1881 - (Filigrane C.C. et cour.):

Oneglia forgery!

7 1881 1 penny, rouge carmin Fr. 0.30
8   6 pence, olive brun Fr. 0.30
9   1 shilling vert gris Fr. 0.30

Note the typical 'white eye' in these Turks Islands forgeries. I've seen this forgery with a 'Star' watermark. This watermark was probably made with grease or something. Sometimes these forgeries are also attributed to the forger Panelli.
These forgeries are also listed in the book 'The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries Commonly Attributed to Angelo Panelli' by Robson Lowe and Carl Walske (1997)
The forged cancels are quite numerous: a bars cancel with "G" in the center, a bars cancel with "1" cancel, concentric circles or a star like cancel. All of these cancels were also used on other forgeries made by Oneglia.


Undoubtedly the same basic forgery as shown above but with a "1/2" overprint (not listed in the catalogue).

 

Tasmanie. N

Number Year Description Price in Fr.

(Gravure en cuivre)
1860 - Effigie de Victoria

1 1860 6 pence, gris Fr. 1.--
2   7 pence, violet (this should be 6 pence? as in the 1899 catalogue?) .................................................. Fr. 1.--
1853 - Effigie à droite, cardes variés:
3 1853 Série de 2 timbres Fr. 2.--

Since these Tasmania forgeries are marked "N", they were not made by Oneglia, but by another forger (as mentioned in the foreword of his catalogue).
The numbers 1 and 2 were already present in his 1898 catalogue.
I have not been able to find any images of these forgeries.

 

Tessaglie. N

Number Year Description Price in Fr.
1 1898 Série de 5 pièces............................................................................................................................. Fr. 1.--

Since these Thessaly forgeries are marked "N", they were not made by Oneglia, but by another forger (as mentioned in the foreword of his catalogue).
I've only seen one forgery type of Thessaly (the one described in Album Weeds), however the Serrane guide mentions that there are two different types of forgeries for Thessaly. I presume it the type that I have not seen before that was made by Oneglia.

 

Tahiti. *

Number Year Description Price in Fr.

1882 - Timbres des Colonies Françaises de 1877 avec valeur en deux traits en surcharges:

 
1 1882 25 sur 35 cent., noir sur jaune.................................. Fr. 2.--
1884 - Timbres des Colonies Françaises avec TAHITI, deux traits et valeur en surcharge.
Timbres de 1880
2 1884 5 sur 20 cent., rouge sur vert Fr. 2.--
3   10 sur 20 cent., rouge sur vert Fr. 2.--
Timbres de 1877
4   25 sur 1 fr. olive Fr. 2.--
Surcharge renversée
5   5 sur 20 cent., rouge sur vert Fr. 2.--
6   40 sur 20 cent., rouge sur vert Fr. 2.--
7   25 sur 1 fr., olive Fr. 2.--
Surcharge vertical de bas en haut

8   5 sur 20 cent., rouge sur vert Fr. 2.--
9   10 sur 20 cent., rouge sur vert Fr. 2.--
10   25 sur 1 fr. olive Fr. 2.--
Surcharge vertical de haut en bas
11   5 sur 20 cent., rouge sur vert Fr. 2.--
12   10 sur 20 cent., rouge sur vert Fr. 2.--
13   15 sur 1 fr. olive Fr. 2.--
1893 - Timbres des Colonies Françaises de 1881 avec TAHITI en surcharge oblique de gauche a droite:


14   1 cent., noir sur azuré Fr. 2.--
15   2 cent., brun Fr. 2.--
16   4 cent., violet Fr. 2.--
17   5 cent., vert Fr. 2.--
18   10 cent., noir sur violet Fr. -.20
19   15 cent., bleu Fr. -.20
20   20 cent., rouge et vert Fr. -.20
21   25 cent., jaune Fr. 2.--
22   25 cent., noir sur rose Fr. 2.--
23   35 cent., noir sur jaune Fr. 2.--
24   75 cent., carmin Fr. -.50
25   1 franc., olive Fr. -.50
Idem, surcharge oblique de droite a gauche:

26   1 cent., noir sur azuré Fr. 1.--
27   2 cent., brun Fr. 1.--
28   4 cent., violet Fr. 1.--
29   25 cent., jaune Fr. 1.--
30   35 cent., noir sur jaune Fr. 1.--
31   75 cent., carmin Fr. 1.--
32   1 franc., olive Fr. 1.--
1893 - Timbres des Colonies Françaises de 1881 avec TAHITI et 1893 en surcharges horizontales:
33 1893 5 cent., vert Fr. 1.--
34   10 cent., noir sur violet Fr. 1.--
35   15 cent., bleu Fr. -.20
36   20 cent., rouge sur vert Fr. -.20
37   25 cent., noir sur rose Fr. -.20
38   75 cent., carmin Fr. -.20
39   1 franc., olive Fr. -.50
Timbres-taxe.
1893 - Timbres-taxe des Colonies Françaises avec TAHITI en surcharge oblique:
40 1893 1 cent., noir Fr. -.80
41   2 cent., noir Fr. -.80
42   3 cent., noir Fr. -.80
43   4 cent., noir Fr. -.80
44   5 cent., noir Fr. -.80
45   10 cent., noir Fr. -.80
46   15 cent., noir Fr. -.80
47   20 cent., noir Fr. -.80
48   30 cent., noir Fr. -.80
49   40 cent., noir Fr. -.80
50   60 cent., noir Fr. -.80
1893 - TImbres-taxe des Colonies Françaises avec TAHITI et 1893 en surcharge horizontale:
51   1 cent., noir Fr. -.80
52   2 cent., noir Fr. -.80
53   3 cent., noir Fr. -.80
54   4 cent., noir Fr. -.80
55   5 cent., noir Fr. -.80
56   10 cent., noir Fr. -.80
57   15 cent., noir Fr. -.80
58   20 cent., noir Fr. -.80
59   30 cent., noir Fr. -.80
60   40 cent., noir Fr. -.80
61   60 cent., noir Fr. -.80

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Forgery of the French Colonies with a "PAPEETE 3E/14 FEVR 83 TAHITI" cancel, which also appears on all of the above forgeries. I presume the 35 c was also used to create the 1882 forgery listed above.

 

Trinité. *

Number Year Description Price in Fr.

1851 - Déesse assise << Trinidad >> dans le bas, sur azuré (gravure en cuivre)

1 1851 Sans valeur, rouge brique Fr. 0.30
2   Sans valeur, rouge brun Fr. 0.30
3   Sans valeur, violet brun Fr. 0.30
4   Sans valeur, blue Fr. 0.30
5   Sans valeur, noir gris Fr. 0.30
6   Sans valeur, rouge brique Fr. 0.30
7   Sans valeur, rouge brun Fr. 0.30
8   Sans valeur, violet brun Fr. 0.30
9   Sans valeur, violet noir Fr. 0.30
TIMBRES DE SERVICE, vrais
1894 - Timbres de 1883 avec O. S. en surcharge
10 1894 1/2 p. vert Fr. 2.--
11   1 p. carmin Fr. 2.--
12   2 1/2 p. bleu Fr. 2.50
13   4 p. gris Fr. 3.--

 

Terre-Neuve. * (Newfoundland)

Number Year Description Price in Fr.

1857 - Couronne et fleur héraldiques, cadre carré, gravure en cuivre:

1 1857 1 penny, brun violacé ................................................................. Fr. 1.--
2   5 pence, brun Fr. 1.--
3   5 pence, brun violacé Fr. 1.--
1867 - Fleurs héraldiques, cadre triangulair:

4 1867 3 pence, vert Fr. 1.--
1857 - La série de 6 pièces, tous différents,

Panelli of Oneglia forgery? Image obtained thanks to Bill Claghorn Image obtained thanks to Bill Claghorn's forgery site
5 1857 la série Fr. 1.--
1862 - La série de 6 pièces, tous différents:

6   la série Fr. 1.--

1886 - Phoque:

7 1886 5 cent., brun Fr. 1.--
8   5 cent., noir (1867) Fr. 1.--
9   5 cent., bleu (1876) Fr. -.50

1886 - Prince de Galles

10   1 cent., violet Fr. 1.--
11   1 cent., violet-brun Fr. 1.--
12   2 cent., violet-brun (1876) Fr. -.40


Whole sheets of these Newfoundland forgeries, all values printed on one sheet. It seems that Oneglia usually printed his forgeries one by one and not in whole sheets by the way.


The Lowe and Walske book lists only "1" in bars cancels, but I personally have only seen "N35" numeral cancels on these forgeries.

 

Oneglia forgeries, 1906 catalogue, "Turquie" to "Zululand" and "Madeira" + "Pahang"


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