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Many forgeries exists, they are often hard to distinguish from genuine stamps because many types of the genuine stamps exist as well. Examples of forged stamps:
I will describe some Fournier (a famous forger) forgeries here. Even though I have been told that these are Fournier forgeries, non of these stamps, nor the cancels can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries'! He distinguishes between first and second class forgeries in his pricelist. I will first show his 'simple' second class forgeries and then continue with Fournier forgeries that can be found in this album (presumably first class forgeries).
Note that the circular cancel on the 5 rp 'stops' at the left edge of the stamp. Note that the background line fragments are the same for all the 2 1/2 rp stamps (remember that there are many different types in the genuine stamps and that the background lines change for every type, two joining stamps can never be of the same type). Also note that these lines are the same for both the 5 rp, 10 rp and 15 rp stamps!
Other Fournier forgeries:
(A whole sheet of forgeries, Fournier? Note the many different cancels and that the cancels sometimes stop at the edges of the stamp, the cancels are also too 'perfect')
(2 stamps of this forged sheet)
(A vertical strip of 4 forgeries)
(I've been told that these are also Fournier forgeries)
Two Rayon III forgeries, closely resembling:
These stamps can be found in 'The Fournier Album'; a block of eight stamps with large and small '15' and 'Rp.' and 'Cts.' mixed together. Above the 'YON' the background lines are very specific for this forgery (I haven't seen this pattern on any of the genuine types). The cancel 'PD' in a circle also can be found in 'The Fournier Album'.
Pictures closely resembling the above 2 1/2 rp and 10 rp stamp can be found in 'The Fournier Album'. (There the 10 rp bears a cancel 'FRANCO', the above 10 rp stamp is uncancelled). I therefore presume they are Fournier forgeries (it could very well be based on one of the 40 types of this stamp).
(I suspect the above forgery to be made by Fournier as well, it has the words 'FAC-SIMILÉ' printed in blue on the backside, similar to the forgeries that can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries')
Switzerland forgeries of the 1850 issue, part 2