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The forger Peter Winter (Germany) made forgeries of many classic and rare stamp of several countries in the 1980's. They sometimes have the word 'replik' written on the backside (but not always). He not only sold them 'loose' but also on cover. He seems to have used some photographs of the British Library in London to make some of his forgeries (source: http://www.sheryll.net/Forgeries/Germany/Forgeries_article_Germany.htm). A catalog exists of the 'House of Stamps', offering his 'stamps', see: http://www.seymourfamily.com/billclaghorn/HouseOfStamps/index.htm. Recently, these forgeries are offered in large numbers on internet auctions for low prices.


(Example of the 'replik' overprint on the backside of a Winter forgery

Note on all Winter forgeries:They are printed on modern paper (the paper doesn't 'look' old). This is the main distinghuishing characteristic.


Peter Winter forgeries of the German States

BADEN:


(Forgery of the 9 k black on green misprint and the normal 9 k black on lilac)


(Same forgery on a forged letter)

The Stockach imperforate stamp was also forged by Peter Winter. I have seen it on a letter (source 'House of Stamps 1988' catalogue).


(Imperforate 3 k Baden forgery, uncancelled)

BAVARIA:

Peter Winter also made forgeries of the 1 k stamp 1849 stamps of Bavaria, examples:

blurred impression
(Peter Winter forgeries)


(Peter Winter forgeries, reduced sizes)

I have seen these Peter Winter forgeries with printed normally and with blurred print (see picture above). I have seen them often with the '107' wheel-cancel. I've also seen some Winter forgeries of the 1 k black value with a wheel-cancel '49'. These forgeries were made in the 1980's, they don't look very 'old'.


(Reduced size)

A similar letter with four 18 kr forgeries and the same cancel 'DEGGENDORF 23 5' and numeral cancel '49' can be found at Bill Claghorn's website: http://members.tripod.com/claghorn1p/Bavaria/Front1.htm. Everything seems to be forged, even the letter itself.


(A pair of Peter Winter forgeries of the 18 k red stamps)

The next envelope is completely forged, it is adressed to 'Landwirtschaftliche Verein ???? Sauschwabenheim bei Engelheim' (the text is difficult to read):

Note that this same forged envelope was also used for a Baden Stockach issue (imperforate 3 k stamp), source: 'House of Stamps 1988' catalogue.


Probably also Winter forgeries

BRUNSWICK

The above letter is entirely forged; the stamps, cancel and letter. Note that the same forged letter was also used with stamps of Bremen and Wurttemberg! The letter is adressed to 'Messieurs Pansan et Montgolfier'.


(Probably a Winter forgery)

HANNOVER:


(3 Pfennige green 1863 forgery of Hannover)

OLDENBURG:

Peter Winter also made forgeries of the 1851 issue; I have seen all four values and also the 1/30 th and 1/15 th values in blocks of four.

Distinguishing characteristics:
1/3 Sgr: there is a break in the outer frameline below the 'D' of 'OLDENBURG'. I posess this forgery cancelled with 'LDENB' in very large letters (in blue).
1/30 Th: The design is copied very carefully, the only things I can see are the small 'bumbs' in the upper right and lower right corner. I posess this forgery cancelled.
1/15 Th: The 1/15 Th Winter forgery always seems to have the same break in the inner outline (to the left of the crown). I posess this forgery with a blue rectangular cancel, however, I'm unable to read the text of this cancel.
1/10 Th: This Winter forgery always has the same breaks and spots in the outer outline, for example besides the '1' in the left hand side and between the '3' and 'S' at the right hand side. I posess this forgery cancelled with 'TERST' in very large blue letters.

On all my copies on the backside the word 'replik' is printed.

Image obtained from Bill Claghorn's forgery site Image obtained from Bill Claghorn's forgery site

Image obtained from Bill Claghorn's forgery site

Image obtained from Bill Claghorn's forgery site
(Oldenburg forgeries)

SAXONY:


(Saxony 1850 3 pfennige issue)

Winter also offered this Saxony 1850 issue in a whole sheet (20 stamps).

I also posess a Peter Winter forgery of the 1851 arms issue (3 p green) on very white paper. He also made forgeries of 'proofs' without value inscription (6 different colours: green, dark-brown, light-brown, orange, dark-blue and finally light-blue; the center is always black).


(1851 arms forgery and 'proof')

BREMEN:

a Peter Winter forgery
(a Peter Winter forgery of the 5 g stamp of Bremen)

The above forgery of the 5 g stamp of Bremen can easily be detected by the rouletted perforation.


(Two 'proofs' of Bremen)

He also made some 'proofs' of Bremen in different colours. I have seen 5 sgr black on lilac, 5 sgr black on yellow, 2 g green, 2 g black on yellow, 2 g black on lilac, 3 g green, 3 g black on lilac, 3 g black on yellow 10 g green, 10 g black on yellow and 10 g black on lilac.

The above forged 7 g stamp on letter has been totally faked by Peter Winter. The letter is adressed to 'Messieurs Pansan et Montgolfier', it further has the written text 'Einschreiben'. Note, that the same forged letter (same text!) has also been used by Peter Winter to generate a forged letter for Wurttemberg and Brunswick (see there)!

 

I presume that the next forged letters were also made by Peter Winter:

WURTTEMBERG:

I've also seen Winter forgeries of the first serie of Wurttemberg (1851), uncancelled (with 'replik' printed on the backside):


(Peter Winter forgery, 'replik' written on the backside)


(Zoom-in on the 'replik' part)

As far as I can see, in all the forgeries of one value, the same breaks in the lines appear in the same position (they differ from value to value). For example the broken up line under 'Freimarke' in the 9 k value. My copies have the following cancels:
1 k: 'Stuttgart Bahnhof' in a rounded rectangle in green
3 k: 'ULM 3 JUN 1873 12 -3' in a double circle in green (badly readable)
6 k: 'ENDERSBACH 23 2 53' with three circles
9 k: 'STUTTGART POSTAMT SEP 8' in a pie-cake like cancel in blue
18 k: 'ULM 3 JUN 1873 12 -3' in a double circle

Peter Winter forgery

The above forged 70 k stamp on letter has some very special cancels: 'STUTTGART Charge' with black lozenges between the two words. The letter is adressed to 'Messieurs Pansan et Montgolfier', it further has the written text 'Einschreiben'. Note, that the same forged letter (same text!) has also been used by Peter Winter to generate a forged letter from Bremen and Brunswick!

LUBECK:


(2 s normal stamp and 2 s 'misprint' printed together)

I have also seen the following Winter forgeries of Lubeck:
1/2 s lilac (cancelled)
2 s brown (uncancelled and cancelled)
2 1/2 s red (uncancelled and cancelled)
4 s green (uncancelled and cancelled))
and the following 'proofs': 1/2 s brown, 1 s brown, 1 s lilac, 2 s orange, 2 1/2 s brown and 2 1/2 s green.


(Winter forgery of the 1 s stamp of Lubeck)

Baden: An imperforated variety of the 3 Kr 1862 stamp exists, it was mainly used in the city of Stockach (very rare). This stamp was also forged by Peter Winter (with cancel 'STOCKACH 28 DEZ'.


Peter Winter forgeries of Germany


(Peter Winter forgeries of the eagle issue of 1889)

He has also made forgeries of at least the 10 p and 20 p values of the 1889 eagle issue of Germany. As in the Fournier forgeries, the horizontal and vertical perforation does not match. I have also seen imperforate forgeries of the 10 p and 20 p values (I have even seen a complete sheet of 5 rows of 9 imperforate 20 p stamps and a similar sheet with 10 p perforate stamps). He seems to have used these stamps mainly to create the rare provisional overprints (see above) used in China and possibly also some German colonies overprints. He also made some 'misperforations' (I have seen a misperforated 20 p stamp).

I have seen Winter forgeries of the 5 M reichspost 1900 issue of Germany. I've only seen them with a cancel of 'Titisee' (but other cancels might exist) or uncancelled.

Airmail stamps of Germany were also forged by him .Both stamps with 'E.E.L.P.' overprint and the one with 'Gelber Hund' have been forged. In all his forgeries that I have seen, the word 'COPY' is printed at the bottom of the stamp. I have also seen a postcard with one of these forgeries:


(Forged postcard adressed to: 'Walter Kunath Leipzig C1 Humboldsstrasse 2a')

The position of the stamp, cancels and adress varies from forgery to forgery.

 


(Winter forgery of the Bavaria Aero Club stamp)


(Winter forgery of the 'Frei laut Entschadigungs- Conto.' label)


(Forgery of a 'Photo-Papiere Satrap' label attached to a 10 p Germania stamp)

Peter Winter also made forgeries of other advertisement labels, I have seen: 'Aquadent Ferd. Jacob', 'Appetitanregend Lecin' and 'Gewerktschaft Quint' (all attached to a 10 p Germania stamp).


(A forgery of West Saxony, issued just after the end of World War II, Peter Winter also made a forgery of the 6 p black, without Russian inscription)

Please note, that Peter Winter has made many more modern forgeries of Germany (of the period 1920 onwards); among them the Zeppelin stamps, the first issues of West Germany etc. etc.


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