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The Senf brothers (Louis and Richard) printed a journal, the 'Illustrierten Briefmarken Journal', in Leipzig, Germany. They added 'Kunst-Beigaben' or 'art supplements' to each issue of his journal. These forgeries always had the overprint 'Facsimile' or 'FACSIMILE' or 'FALSCH' included in the design. These forgeries also seem to have been sold directly to collectors.

Example of a forgery of British Bechuanaland:

Often genuine stamps were also given ('Gratis-Beigabe') with this journal.

A total of 90 stamps (or sometimes sheets) and 4 postal stationary were given with the journal (source: 'Philatelic Forgers Their Lives and Works' by Varro E. Tyler). Other examples of his 'supplements' that I know of:

1886:
No 1: Mulready envelope of Great Britain, 2 p blue
No 20 (16 October 1886): Spain 1853, 2 r red
No 24 (18 December 1886): Neuchatel cantonal issue 5 c black and red

1887:
No 14 (16 July 1887): Parma 1854, 5 c yellow
No 16 (20th August 1887): Postage due stamp of Greece of 1875, 1 D black and green
No 19 (1st October 1887): Bolivar 1863: 10 c green
No 23 (3 December 1887): Finland, envelope-cut of 1845, 20 k red
No 24 (17 December 1887): Russian post office in the Levant, 1863, 6 k blue

1888:
No 13 (1888): Colombia Tolima, very large 'Certificacion con Contenido'
No 14 (21 July 1888): British Bechuanaland, 1888, 5 Pounds lilac and black
No 23 Great Britain, reprint of a Mulready envelope, 1 p black

1889:
No 4 (16 February 1889): Surinam, King William, 2G50c green and orange
No 10 (18 Mai 1889): Curacao, King William, 2G50 c brown and violet
No 12 (15 June 1889): Bhopal, 1888, sheet with 1/4 a green (reduced to 2/3 of its size)
No 13 (6 July 1889): Russia, 1889, 1 R brown and orange

Senf forgery of a Mulready envelope of Great Britain:

Senf also made a forgery of the 2 p Mulready envelope:

A forgery of the 1880 2 Sh orange stamp of Great Britain was also forged by Senf, it has the overprint 'FACSIMILE':


A Senf forgery of Great Britain with overprint 'FACSIMILE'

Examples of other Senf forgeries:


(Mauritius, 'FACSIMILE' added in the design)


(Cape of Good Hope, inscription 'Facsimile')


(Cape of Good Hope, overprinted 'FACSIMILE')

Confederate States of America: I know of a 10 c stamp with 'Facsimile No.10' on the backside (sorry, no picture available).

The Senf brothers also made forgeries of the newspaper stamps of the United States. The word 'FALSCH' (=forged in German) is incorporated in the design. It seems that no 1 c was forged, but instead an advertisement label was made:


(Senf advertisement label, reduced size, inscription 'Gebr. Senf Leipzig')

'Falsch' written in the design, above the '3'
(Facsimile overprint, 'FALSCH' incorporated in the design)


(Zoom-in of the word 'FALSCH')

Four of these stamps were distributed in the 'Illustrierten Briefmarken Journal' (the Dollar values), other values were sold to collectors (another 23 stamps; 19 of the 1875 issue and 3 of the 1865 issue).

Forgeries of the Department of State stamps of the United States, I presume the next forgery is a Senf forgery:


(Could this be Senf forgeries?)


(Zoom in of the 'FACSIMILE' overprint)

The word 'FACSIMILE' is printed between the words 'DEPARTMENT' and 'STATE'. Senf made forgeries of all four values in this serie ($2, $5, $10 and $ 20).


(Note the words 'FALSCH')

In the above postmaster stamp, the word 'FALSCH' is printed three times (see arrows in enlarged picture).

A Senf forgery of Van Diemen's Land, 4 p, 'FACSIMILE' written on top:


(With 'FACSIMILE.' added on top of the design)

and some forgeries of British Columbia (all with 'FALSCH' overprint):


The perforation on these stamps is printed

and a 1 Sh stamp of Newfoundland:


With 'FALSCH!' overprint

And some forgeries of Victoria:


(Victoria 5 sh and 5 Pounds stamps, the perforation is printed on the 5 Pounds stamp)


(Victoria 'TOO LATE' stamp, 'FALSCH' overprinted in green)

Virgin Islands:


(Virgin Island 1 Sh, with 'FALSCH.' overprinted at the bottom)


(Wurttemberg 70 k with 'FALSCH.' overprint)

Some Senf forgeries of the 1860 issue of Nova Scotia with 'SPECIMEN' overprint. Many people think they are Fournier forgeries (since they can be found in the Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries). Fournier only sold them (and later Hirschberger, the successor of Fournier), but they were made by Senf:

Stamp of Hannover produced by Senf:


(10 gr 1859 Hanover stamp with 'FALSCH' overprint)


(Fiji forgery of the 5 Sh stamp, the perforation has been cut out by someone, Senf printed the perforation only, this forgery has a red overprint 'FALSCH' at the bottom, but is hardly visible since the perforation has been cut off)

A 5 M 1879 stamp of Heligoland was also forged by Senf (if my information is correct, 'FALSCH' is written in yellow on this stamp), if anybody possesses a picture, please contact me!

Other Senf forgeries can be found on the cd with Volume 2:


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