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Naples

Naples and Sicily formed the kingdom of the Two Sicilies, up to 1861

1858, Arms of Naples, inscription 'BOLLO DELLA POSTA NAPOLETANA'

5 g red 10 g red 20 g red 50 g red

  1/2 Grano redbrown
  1 Grano redbrown
  2 Grano redbrown
  5 Grano redbrown
  10 Grano redbrown
  20 Grano redbrown
  50 Grano redbrown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 gRRRR 
1 gRR*** 
2 gR** 
5 gRRR 
10 gRRRR 
20 gRRRR 
50 gRRRRRR 

Typical cancel:

Forgeries:

How to detect forgeries: the easiest way is to check the watermark: the are 40 Fleur-de-lys in a sheet of 100 stamps (so most stamps show a portion of the watermark only). The stamps have secret letters in the design, however, these secret signs are often extremely hard to see. Example of the 1 g (in the corner at the end of the arrow, there is an inverted 'R'):

Examples of forgeries:

I think the following stamps are forgeries too:

Note the strange 'S' in 'POSTA' and the '20'


(Forgeries, all probably made by the same forger)


(Probably a forgery, note the German 'BAHNPOST' or railway cancel of 1909?)

 

A forgery in the wrong colour (probably an imitation of the 1860 issue? when a blue stamp with inscription 'T 1/2' instead of 'G 1/2' was issued):

In the following two stamps, there is a hatched border all around the stamps (I think they must be forgeries):

 

Postal forgeries (to deceive the post office):

Postal forgeries also exist: 2 types of the 2 gr, 5 types of the 10 gr and 7 types of the 20 gr. For more details on these forgeries see the book 'Distinghuishing Characteristics of Classic Stamps, Europe - 19th Century, (except old German States)' by Hermann Schloss or 'Postal Forgeries of the World' by H.G. Leslie Fletcher (with pictures in black and white) or on Lorenzo's website: http://www.antichistati.com/800/appr/ap_30en.htm (with pictures of all postal forgeries).

Examples of postal forgeries:

2 g, example of a postal forgery:

retouched postal forgery
Second postal forgery, right retouched one

Both postal forgeries of the 2 g are lithographed, instead of engraved, they have no secret mark. The above two 2 g stamps are the second postal forgery; the base of the second 'L' of 'BOLLO' is slanting downwards (this has been retouched later, see second image). The 'S' of 'POSTA' has a large top loop and its lower part slants to the left. The inscription frame is clearly larger at the left hand side than at the right hand side of the stamp. The 'G' has a thick curled tail. The '2' is situated lower than the 'G' (this was also later retouched).
There is another postal forgery of the 2 g stamp, with the 'S' of 'POSTA' slanting to the right, the 'O' large. The 'D' in 'DELLA' is small, and the 'LL' is larger. Also in this forgery, the inscription frame is larger at the left hand side than at the right hand side.

10 gr, example of a postal forgery:

This postal forgery of 10 g has no ':' behind the 'G', it is lithographed, instead of engraved. The 'P' of 'POSTA' has a small top loop and the 'S' is quite strange compared to the genuine stamp. It is the fifth forgery of the 10 g, described in the book 'Postal Forgeries of the World'.


(I've been told that this could be another postal forgery)

20 g, example of a postal forgery:

The above postal forgery of the 20 g is lithographed, instead of engraved. The secret mark 'N' is missing. The 'P' of 'POSTA' is more elongated at the top and the 'O' is tall and thin. There are also differences in the other letters.

 

1860 Arms, also known as 'Trinacria'

(Sorry for the bad quality of the image) Image obtained thanks to Lorenzo

  1/2 Tornese 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
1/2 tRRRRRR 

This stamp is exactly the same as the1/2 G stamp of the 1858 issue, the 'G' is erased, but a small part can still be seen as a blotch behind the 'T'. Forgeries exist, examples:

First forgery:


(There is a 'E' behind the 'T')

The above forgery is the first forgery described in 'Album Weeds'; there is a 'E' behind the 'T'. In the genuine stamps there is never such a 'E'. The 'O' of 'POSTA' also leans over to the left.


(This forgery also has an 'E' behind the 'T', the value inscription is missing?)

A Senf forgery, with overprint 'FACSIMILE.' in red (produced in 1884):

Other forgeries:

Forgery!

In the above forgeries there is no sign of a blotch behind the 'T', the last one has a comma behind the 'T'.


(This forgery is engraved!)


(A modern forgery made by Peter Winter)

 

1860 Cross

Image obtained thanks to Lorenzo

  1/2 Tornese 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
1/2 tRRRRRR 

This stamp was made from the 1860 arms issue, by removing the arms and putting a cross in the interior of the circle. However, the previous design can still be seen (since not all parts have been removed carefully). In the above picture, parts of the three-legged figure can still be distinguished. Also the 'G' below the 'T' can still vaguely be observed. The secret mark (just outside the circle to the right of the '1/2' and inside the outer frame line) can clearly be seen in the genuine stamps. Many forgeries do not show these characteristics.

Forgeries:

Inscription too big, bogus cancel
(Forgeries)


(A very primitive forgery)


(Two different forgeries with a very large 'T')


(Rather convincing forgery, but no traces of the 'G')

I think the next stamp is a forgery too (next to it a stamp in the wrong colour, apparently from the same maker):

Fournier forgery?:

The above forgery looks exactly like the ones in 'The Fournier album of philatelic forgeries'. There seems to be an 'x' behind the 'T'. All the letters are in the wrong position. Fournier offers this stamp (under 'Deux Siciles Naples') in his 1914 pricelist.

Forgery with red overprint 'FALSCH' (=forged in German)
(A Senf forgery with overprint 'FALSCH!')


(A modern forgery made by Peter Winter)

Other forgeries exist, among them one with inscription 'NAPOLITANA' ('I' instead of 'E').


Typical cancel 'ANNULLATO' (here on letter):


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