Return To Catalogue - Basel - Geneva - Neuchatel - Vaud - Zurich - Switzerland overview
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These stamps are commonly known as the 'Winterthur' issue, however, they were actually used in Zurich.
2 1/2 r black and red
Genuine stamps have a dot behind 'ORTSPOST', this dot is quite large (some forgeries have a small dot).
(Two genuine stamps, note the 'arrow' between the two stamps)
Value of the stamps
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare
|2 1/2 r||RRR||RRR|
First forgery of Album Weeds:
In the above forgeries there is no dot behind 'ORTSPOST'. The arrows and spirals outside the stamp are missing. There are many other differences with the genuine stamp. I have seen a sheet of forgeries where these forgeries are printed together with the first Vaud forgeries.
(Sheet of forgeries, printed together with Vaud issue, reduced size)
In the genuine stamps, there should be a large stop after 'ORTSPOST'. The first stamp shown above doesn't have this stop. The forger also must have noticed this and has added a stop in the second forgery shown above. Nevertheless the '2 1/2' is placed too far to the right in this forgery. There are also many other differences.
The above forgeries have the arrows different, there are small ellipses on each of them, instead of the spiral pattern of the genuine stamps.
Though I have been told that thes are Fournier forgeries, they don't resemble the forgeries in 'The Fournier album of philatelic forgeries' however. The lower and upper arches are too long in the above forgeries.
Forgery, made by Peter Winter?
I suspect that the above forgery could be one made by Peter Winter. Note the ragged frameline above the '2 1/2' in the upper right corner.
(Some other Winter forgeries)
(Forgery with wrong colours of background lines)
(Forgery with overprint 'FACSIMILE')
(A forgery with no arrows)