Return To Catalogue - Luxembourg 1882-1920 and miscellaneous
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For forgeries of the Luxemburg stamps see: http://www.luxcentral.com/stamps/LuxFakes.html. A nice site on the cancels of Luxemburg can be found at: http://www.luxcentral.com/stamps/LuxPostmarks.html; from this site I quote the cancels that can be found in the period 1852-1920: Mute cancel (concentric circles, bars in circle, etc. 1852-1873), Dutch type (one circle 1852-1871), Two-circle Belgian type (1852-1871), Two-circle French type (1852-1872), Two-circle German type (1870-1873), Single-circle German type (1872-1882), Large Two-circle German type (1882-1905), bridge type (with bars 1906-1940 and without bars 1916-1940). Furthermore railroad cancels (Ambulant) and precancels can be found in this period.
10 c black 1 Sgr red
For the specialist: these stamps have watermark 'W'.
Value of the stamps
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare
Typical cancel; 3 concentric rings with a dot in the center
The most common cancel seems to consist of three concentric rings with a dot in the center.
But other mute cancels exist, example:
(A lozenges cancel of Ettelbruck)
Some very dangerous reprints exist with watermark 'W'. Unfortunately I have not been able to obtain images of these reprints. Also essays exist without watermark.
Several forgeries exist of these stamps (all unwatermarked?), examples:
(First forgery of the 1 Sgr of Album Weeds)
The above forgery is the first forgery of the 1 Sgr described in Album Weeds. The 'S' of 'POSTES' is too far to the left of the circle around the '1' in the upper right hand corner. There are many more differences. Also note the strange cancel consisting of an oval with six parallel straight bars. The upper part of the 'P' in 'POSTES' is much smaller than in the genuine stamps. For the specialist: this forgery is lithographed while the genuine stamps are engraved. This forgery is also described in 'The Spud Papers LI'.
Another forgery of the 1 Sgr has the 'U' of 'UN' very badly done (like an 'O') and there is a dark dot on the cheek, near the corner of the mouth (second forgery of Album Weeds).
1 c brown 1 c orange 2 c black 4 c yellow 4 c green 5 c yellow Different design:
10 c blue 10 c violet (or grey) 12 1/2 c red 20 c brown 25 c brown 25 c blue 30 c lilac 30 c red 37 1/2 c green 37 1/2 c brown 40 c orange Surcharged
'UN FRANC' on 37 1/2 c brown Overprinted 'OFFICIEL' (Official stamps of 1875, 2 types of overprint exist)
1 c brown 2 c black 4 c green 5 c yellow 10 c violet 12 1/2 c red 20 c brown 25 c blue 30 c red 40 c orange 'UN FRANC' on 37 1/2 c brown 'Un Franc' on 37 1/2 c brown Overpinted 'S.P.' (official stamps of 1882)
1 c brown 2 c black 4 c green 5 c yellow 10 c grey 12 1/2 c red 20 c brown 25 c blue 30 c red 40 c orange 'Un Franc' on 37 1/2 c brown
In the forgeries shown above, the letters 'RG' of 'LUXEMBOURG' are touching the frame, the 'G' of this word has a peculiar tail. This forgery seems to exist for all(?) values. The 10 c forgery is obtained from the website: http://www.luxcentral.com/stamps/LuxFakes.html
From the above mentioned website this 'Hamburg forgery' was also obtained (it was probably made in Hamburg):
The following two forgeries have the cancel 'LUXEMBOURG 6 DEC 71':
Left genuine, right forgery. Images obtained from the Forgeries idenfication site of Bill Claghorn.
Two forgeries of my own collection, I think these are taken from a Fournier album:
I have seen a 1 c Fournier forgery with cancel 'ECHTERNACH 2 DEC 66 *', but many other cancels were used by Fournier, such as:
'* WILTZ * 3/6 83 2-3 S'
'* ECHTERNACH * 18/5 82 5-2 M'
'* GREVENMACHER * 25/8 4-5 S'
Some forgeries (I suspect them all to be Fournier forgeries):
Is the following stamp a forgery as well?:
A fored 'OFFICIEL' overprint: