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The Senf brothers (Louis and Richard) printed a journal, the 'Illustrierten Briefmarken Journal', in Leipzig, Germany. They added 'Kunst-Beigaben' or 'art supplements' to each issue of his journal. These forgeries always had the overprint 'Facsimile' or 'FACSIMILE', 'Falsch' or 'FALSCH' included in the design. These forgeries also seem to have been sold directly to collectors (most of them with similar overprints indicating they were forgeries). The period in which they were produced was from about 1870 to 1890.

Besides a journal, Senf also issued stamp catalogues.

Example of a forgery of Surinam:

Often genuine stamps were also given ('Gratis-Beigabe') with this journal.

A total of 90 stamps (or sometimes sheets) and 4 postal stationary were given with the journal (source: 'Philatelic Forgers Their Lives and Works' by Varro E. Tyler). Other examples of his 'supplements' that I know of:

No 20 (16 October 1886): Spain 1853, 2 r red
No 24 (18 December 1886): Neuchatel cantonal issue 5 c black and red

No 14 (16 July 1887): Parma 1854, 5 c yellow
No 16 (20th August 1887): Greece, Postage due stamp of 1875, 1 D black and green
No 19 (1st October 1887): Bolivar 1863: 10 c green
No 23 (3 December 1887): Finland, envelope-cut of 1845, 20 k red
No 24 (17 December 1887): Russian post office in the Levant, 1863, 6 k blue

No 13 (1888): Colombia Tolima, very large 'Certificacion con Contenido'
No 14 (21 July 1888): British Bechuanaland, 1888, 5 Pounds lilac and black
No 23 Great Britain, reprint of a Mulready envelope, 1 p black

No 4 (16 February 1889): Surinam, King William, 2G50c green and orange
No 10 (18 Mai 1889): Curacao, King William, 2G50 c brown and violet
No 12 (15 June 1889): Bhopal, 1888, sheet with 1/4 a green (reduced to 2/3 of its size)
No 13 (6 July 1889): Russia, 1889, 1 R brown and orange

Senf also made a forgery of the 2 p Mulready envelope of Great Britain.

Examples of other Senf forgeries:

(Curacao, 2G50c, with overprint 'FACSIMILE' in lilac)

San Salvador: a whole sheet of 5 c blue stamps of the 1879 issue; all types are reproduced. The individual stamps have a red overprint 'Facsimile'. On top of the sheet is written 'Kunstbeigabe':

(El Salvador, with red overprint 'Facsimile')

The Tolima postal stationery forgery made by Senf:

Senf also made a forgery of the three-coloured 10 cents value postal stationery of Tolima (the forgery has inscription 'FACSIMILE' twice in the 'Remite' section at the bottom.

A forgery of the 1 D postage due stamp of Greece:

(The perforation is printed, with overprint 'Facsimile')

A square cut forgery of the 1845 envelope of Finland:

(Overprinted 'Facsimile')

(1875 5 M forgery)

Senf also made a forgery of the 10 M value 1875 of Finland (without 'FALSCH' overprint?).

Senf also made a forgery of the imperforate 1 R value of Russia of 1889. This forgery was distributed with No 13 (6 July 1889, thus long before the imperforate stamps of 1915 were issued), the text 'Falsch.' is printed in orange on top of the stamp:

Forgery of Russian Levant:

(Overprinted 'FACSIMILE.')

A Parma 5 c yellow 1854 forgery:

(With overprint 'Facsimile')

Bolivar 1863 10 c green forgery:

(With overprint 'Facsimile')

All 8 types of the Corrientes stamps (with red 'FACSIMILE' overprint):

I've also seen another Corrientes forgery made by Senf, apparently not any of the above types, without the 'FACSIMILE' overprint. He also seems to have forged the 1 r black on blue stamp of 1856.

Naples Trinacria forgery (1/2 T blue, produced in 1884) and a forgery of the 1/2 T cross :

Forgery with red overprint 'FALSCH' (=forged in German)
(With overprint 'FACSIMILE.' and 'FALSCH')

Papal States (1 Scudo):

(With oveprint 'FALSCH.')

Persia (Iran):

In the above two stamps of Persia the inscription 'FALSCH' is added in the bottom part of the stamp. The second mage was obtained with permission from the Forgeries idenfication site of Bill Claghorn.

A Senf forgery of Mexico:

The Senf brothers also made forgeries of the newspaper stamps of the United States. The word 'FALSCH' (=forged in German) is incorporated in the design. It seems that no 1 c was forged, but instead an advertisement label was made. Four of these stamps were distributed in the 'Illustrierten Briefmarken Journal' (the Dollar values), other values were sold to collectors (another 23 stamps; 19 of the 1875 issue and 3 of the 1865 issue). These forgeries can be found in the cd containing Volume 1.

Senf forgeries of Peru:

Senf forgeries of Colombia:

(With overprint 'FALSCH')

Columbia 1879 25 c green (overprinted 'FACSIMILE')

Forgery of the first issue of Uruguay (60 c) with 'Facsimile.' incorporated in the design:

('Diligencia' forgery of Uruguay)

Picture obtained from http://nigelgooding.co.uk/


Other possible Senf products:

Bolivar 5 P and 10 P 1882 issues:

(Senf forgeries of Bolivar?)

Possible Senf forgeries of Guatemala?

(This forgery has the word 'FACSIMILE' incorporated in the design below the shield)

In the next forgeries, the word 'FACSIMILE' of the above forgery, has been coloured in (but is still faintly visible):

Other Senf forgeries, of which I don't have pictures yet:

Afghanistan 1871/72 1/2 r brown, 1 r brown (overprint 'FACSIMILE')
Belgian Congo 1886 5 F violet (with 'Falsch' overprint, also without this overprint?)
Columbia 1861 5 c yellow (overprinted 'Falsch')
Columbia 1886 5 P brown (with overprint 'FALSCH')
Modena 'BG CEN 9' black on red ('FALSCH' written in the background colour)
Neuchatel cantonal issue (Switzerland) 5 c black and red (blue 'FALSCH' overprint)
Philippines 1856 'CORREOS 1854Y55' red (with overprint 'FALSCH)
Russia, postal stationery (stamped envelope) of 1845 5 k blue (with overprint 'FACSIMILE'?)
Russian Levant (Russian post offices in Turkey) 1865 10 pa brown and blue ('FALSCH' written at the bottom
Spain 1853 1 c brown 'CORREO INTERIOR' arms issue (with 'FALSCH' overprint)
Spain 1853 2 r red Queen Isabella (with overprint 'FALSCH')

If anybody possesses pictures of any of these forgeries, please contact me!

More Senf forgeries can be found on the cd with Volume 1.

Stamp forgeries - Timbres-poste, faux - Briefmarken Fälschungen

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