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1857 Arms of Savoy, Imperforated

1 c lilac Image obtained thanks to Lorenzo 3 L yellow, genuine copy, one of the rarest stamps in the world, image thanks to Lorenzo

  1 Centes lilac
  5 Centes green
  10 Centes brown
  20 Cent blue
  40 Cent red
  80 Cent red
  3 Lire IT yellow

Watermark seen from the backside of a certified genuine 80 c stamp

For the specialist: these stamps have watermark 'wavy crossing lines' (see picture at previous issue). The most common stamp is the 10 c. The 3 L is extremely rare. The 40 c is known to exist bisected to serve as two 20 c stamps.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
1 cR*** 
5 cRR*** 
10 c**** 
20 cRR*** 
40 cRRR*** 
80 cRRRRR 


In the early 20th century already 7 forgeries existed (according to Album Weeds), the first thing that can be checked is the presence of a watermark (but some forgeries have watermark too). The bottom line is always open at two places at the bottom (since the value was added in). The pearls at the extreme right and left of the crown are elongated. Examples of forgeries:

Second forgery of Album Weeds:

The above forgery is described as the second forgery in Album Weeds. The cross on the crown (or rather the ball that is supposed to be the cross), is situated to the right of the 'T' of 'POSTALE'. In the genuine stamps it is always slightly to the left. The side-folds at the right side end at the beginning of the last 'O' of 'TOSCANO' (it should go to the end of the 'N' of the same word). Many other small differences can be observed. Album Weeds says that at least the values 5, 10, 20 and 40 c exist. I've only seen the cancel with the dots as shown above and an ellipse with straight lines. Album Weeds says that also circular cancels with a cityname and 'P.D.' can be found on these forgeries.

Spiro forgeries, third forgery of Album Weeds:

The bottom line has almost always two white holes in it in the genuine stamps (and in some forgeries aswell) so the white lines coming from above are continued. This was done to add in the value part. In the stamps shown below, these white holes are absent.

Forgery! Forgery!

(these forgeries can be found with some kind of 'watermark' consisting of lines)

The cross on the crown is placed to the right of the 'T' of 'POSTALE' in the above forgeries (it should be slightly to the left). The pearls on the crown are either absent or very blotchy. There are white dots in the mantle. The chain around the central cross is replaced by circles in this forgery. There is a ring at the bottom of the mantle. Album Weeds describes this forgery as the third forgery. It says it is unwatermarked, however, the last stamp has a watermark constisting of crossing lines (see picture above). Maybe not all forgeries have this watermark. The cancels that can be found on these forgeries are typically Spiro cancels: dots or lines as shown above. I have also seen the 10 c and 40 c values of this forgery.

Fournier forgeries:

(Reduced size)

These are the forgeries offered by Fournier in his 1914 pricelist (5 values for 1.50 Swiss Francs) as second choice forgeries (because the quality is not very good I presume). The 1 c, 5 c, 10 c, 20 c, 40 c and 80 c were offered (the 3 Lire apparently not). These forgeries have a solid line below the value label, above it some blotchy white space can be seen. A '8' alike symbol is found some distance right to the 'R' of 'FRANCOBOLLO'. Many white spots are visible in the design (they seem to be at the same location in every forgery); to the left of the 'T' of 'TOSCANO' there is a white line. Note that the 80 c has a watermark that can be seen from the front of the stamp (I don't know if the other forgeries have a watermark).

Other forgeries:

Other forgeries with no white holes in the bottom line:

This stamp has a watermark Chain around the arms is replaced by circles

Other forgeries with holes in the bottom line:

3 L yellow, forgery! Forgery!

The 3 L is very rare and the genuine stamps should have a dot after the '3', level with the center of the '3' and a dot behind the 'IT', level with the bottom of it (according to Album Weeds). The above two stamps don't have this last dot (for a genuine copy see above).

A bogus value of 1 Lire in red:

A forgery with watermark:

(Forgery with watermark)

(Another forgery? with watermark)

Some forgeries with '2 4 6' printed at the bottom:

(Row of forgeries with bogus cancel)

Peter Winter forgeries

The forger Peter Winter has made forgeries of the values 5 c, 80 c and 3 L. They were made in the 1980's and have a rather 'modern' look.

Sperati forgery

Sperati made a forgery of the 3 L value, he used a genuine stamp, bleatched out the design, leaving the cancel intact. Then he printed a forged 3 L design on this bleached stamp. His forgeries are very deceptive. They are not very common and quite valuable in itself. Sorry, no picture available yet.


1854 Newspaper Tax Stamp, inscription 'BOLLO STRAORDINARIO PER LE POSTE 2 SOLDI'

  2 Soldi black

Image obtained thanks to Lorenzo

These stamps were seperated by hand-drawn red lines (about 4 centimeters apart). They are never cancelled and not sold to the public. It was printed in black on very thin, yellowish, almost transparent paper sheets. One sheet was composed of 80 pieces in 10 rows of 8 stamps each. This stamp was often cut very close to the circular print before being applied to the newspaper. Example of a stamp used on a newspaper:

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
2 s?*** 

I think the next stamps are forgeries:

(Forgeries? Note the strange cancels, reduced sizes)

Essays, Proofs

I have been told that the following labels are essays or proofs, however, I have no further information on these.


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