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Postmaster issues exist for Alexandria, Baltimore, Boscawen, Brattleboro, Lockport, Millbury, New York, Providence and St.Louis. Furthermore envelopes were issued for Annapolis Md, Baltimore and New Haven. The postmaster issues have often the inscription 'POST OFFICE', the private local posts of this same period bear often the inscription 'Express' or 'Despatch'.

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1846 Millbury, inscription 'POST OFFICE PAID 5 cts' in a circle, with head of Washington in the middle

Picture taken from a Christies auction catalogue

  5 c black on blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 cRRRRRR 

Forgeries, examples:

Forgery!

Forgery!

 

1845 New York, head of Washington, inscription 'NEW YORK POST OFFICE FIVE CENTS'

Genuine, image obtained from a Shreves auction Typical cancel: ACM in red by postmaster Monson Forgery?

  5 c black on grey or blue

These stamps are handsigned 'ACM' (as in the two pictures above) or 'RHM' in red ink.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 cRRRRRROn blue or white paper

Forgeries, example:

Forgery?

Album Weeds describes a forgery (first forgery) where the word 'FALSCH' (=forged in German) is engraved twice at the bottom of the stamp and once below the head of Washington:

Forgery!
('FALSCH' in bottom left and right)


(Note the words 'FALSCH')

I believe this is a Senf forgery.

This stamp in red is probably a proof or forgery:

Reprints of these stamps also exist, they have the dimensions 20 1/2 : 28 1/4 mm instead of 20 3/4 : 27 3/4 mm.

The forger Sperati made a forgery of this stamp:

Sperati forgery
(Sperati forgery, image obtained from Richard Frajola's website: http://www.seymourfamily.com/rfrajola/Sperati/speratiindex.htm )

There seem to exist forgeries of Sperati forgeries(!); as the next pictures show:


(Forgery of a Sperati forgery, the seal of Sperati on the backside is much too small)


('Proof' made by Sperati, Sperati's signature can be found at the right hand bottom side)

Literature: 'The New York Postmaster's Provisional', by Stanley M. Piller, published in 1991, 127 pages; with information concerning: essays and proofs; plating; validating initials; varieties; postal history and the Sperati forgery (I haven't read this book myself).

 

1845 New Haven, envelopes

5 c red
(I'm not sure if this envelope is genuine)

Envelopes
  5 c red
  5 c blue

 


(I've been told that this is a reprint)

Forgery in a non-existing color!
(Forgery, there exists no green or black color!)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c red RRRRRR 
5 c blueRRRRRR 

 

1846 Providence

Genuine stamp!

Genuine!
Genuine, image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com


(Reduced size, I don't know if this stamp is genuine)

  5 c black
  10 c black


(Sheet of 12 stamps, reduced size, image obtained from a Shreves auction)

These stamps were printed in sheets of 12 stamps, the upper right corner has the value 'TEN' (see picture above), while all the others have the value 'FIVE'. There are 12 different types of these stamps (11 of the 5 and 1 of the 10 c). The 5 c exist with and without dot behind 'CENTS', the 10 c never has a dot behind 'CENTS'.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 cRRRRR 
10 cRRRRRR 

Reprints exist, in general with one of the following letters on the backside: 'B O G E R T D U R B I N' (reprints without letters also exist).


(Reprint, front and backside)

The above stamp looks like a forgery made by George A. Hussey (see 'Philatelic forgers, their lives and works' by V.E. Tyler). It exactly resembles the picture given in this book. The 'S' of 'CENTS' is very far to the left, the 'O' of 'PROV' seems smaller than the other letters, the 'R' seems larger.

Another lithographed forgery:

And another forgery:

I know that Sperati also made forgeries of these stamps. I do not have any information about the distinguishing characteristics for these forgeries.


(Front and backside of a Sperati forgery)

 

1845 St.Louis, two bears holding shield


(Genuine stamps, images obtained from a Bennett auction)


(Genuine, reduced size)


(Images obtained from a Siegel auction)


(Image obtained from a Shreves auction, with typical cancel)

  5 c black 
  10 c black
  20 c black

These stamps exist on greenish paper, on grey-lilac paper and finally on pelure paper. The 20 cent value was only discovered by Scott in 1869. Many experts first believed them to be forgeries.

They were printed in a plate constisting of 6 stamps (two colums and three rows). First, the three stamps on the left were in the 5 c value and the three at the right in the 10 c value. These first stamps (often referred to as first plate) are all on greenish paper. The upper 5 c and middle 5 c were then changed to 20 c stamps by scratching out the old value and inserting a primitive '20'. This is often referred to as the second plate. A small amount of these stamps of the second plate was also printed on greenish paper (thus making the 20 c on greenish paper a great rarity). Later grey-lilac paper was used for this plate, the 5 c on this paper is also a great rarity. A third plate exists, in which the '20' was re-changed back to a '5', they seem all to have been printed on thin pelure paper.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All valuesRRRRRR 

Forgeries:

The following label (cut to shape, so without the text around it) seems to be offered often as a 'reprint':

I know that Samuel Allan Taylor made forgeries of at least the 5 c value (also in colour blue?). Other forgeries exist, also in bogus colours. I have seen 5 c blue, 5 c red. Also a photographic reproduction has been seen by me. If anybody has more information concerning these forgeries, please contact me!

More deceptive forgeries exist, example:

 

1858 Tuscumbia, Ala, Envelope, inscription 'TUSCUMBIA ALA PAID 3' in a circle

(Sorry, no image available yet)

  3 c red

 


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