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Literature: 'Forgeries of the "Cantonal" Stamps of Switzerland' by A de Reuterskiold (1907), I have not seen this book myself.
5 c black and red
Value of the stamps
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare
(Grille in black)
(Forgery or genuine?)
In the genuine stamps, there is an '8' above the 'L' of 'LOCALE'. The horizontal thin inner frame line in the top right hand corner is continued to the thick outer line (source 'The forged stamps of all countries' by J.Dorn).
A similar stamp with inscription 'TESSINO 5 RAPPEN' is a bogus stamp, issued in Lyons (France), according to Album Weeds (I have never seen this stamp).
These two stamps look genuine, but they are almost identical (even the cancels!), so probably forgeries!
The above stamps could be Fournier forgeries. They come from a whole sheet of forgeries. However, they do not resemble the forgeries of 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries', the background pattern is different (the background pattern of these forgeries also is different from the genuine stamps by the way.)
In the genuine stamp, there is a small '8' above the 'L' of 'LOCALE'. The above stamps don't have this '8'. There is also no black frame in the white cross (the above stamps do have a black frame).
The above forgery has no '8' in the design.
The above two forgeries also don't have the '8' in the design, moreover the background pattern differs from a genuine stamp.
(A forgery with 'FACSIMILE' overprint)
(A forgery with a slightly different background pattern)
Peter Winter made some modern forgeries (somewhere in the 1980's):
(Winter forgery and a 'proof' also made by him with the red colour missing)
These Winter forgeries can be found in large quantities.