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de Philatélie, Paris: member
of the commission d'expertise in 1943 and 1949 (Chevassu 1949).
Jenö Ács The forged mark is described in [Flasch p. 49].
Capt. Adgey-Edgar Author, 1940s. Perhaps of Eastwater House, Bramley,
E. L. Angeloglu Reported to be more reliable on Hejaz stamps than
on Nejd issues.
American Philatelic Expertizing Service Founded in 1903 as the American Philatelic Association
Expert Committee. From 1959 to 1965 APS used the services of the
Philatelic Foundation. Cf. American Philatelist February 1995 and February
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alliierter Kontrollrat
1946/48 e.V. The experts of this German specialised society only
determine colours of Gemeinschaftsausgaben stamps, not their genuineness.
They do sign stamps.
Guy Balasse Address (1999): rue du Midi 43-45A, B-1000 Bruxelles.
Bartels The Hamburg (Colonnaden 3, Hamburg 36) dealer
or (less likely) the Düsseldorf dealer Wilhelm Bartels or
the Berlin-Charlottenburg and Stettin dealers Bartels & Co
(1943)? There is also the New York dealer and expert John Murray (1872–1944),
Jean-Francois Baudot Address (2004): JAMET, 24 rue de Gramont,
Josef Baumgarten Hand stamp (which one?) is in the hands of a forger.
[Bulat] According to [Flasch] it is not certain that mark 2
is Josef Baumgarten's.
Bianchi Address (2004): Via Plinio
43, I-20129 Milano.
Gino Biondi Address (2004): Via Goffredo Mameli 45, I-50131
Birnbaum There was, in 1943, a dealer Fritz Birnbaum in
both Berlin and Dessau.
Miroslav Blaha Initiator of the 1918 Skalitz ovpt. [Flasch]
Herbert Bloch One of the world's great experts. Before 1936
in Germany. Last leader of the Friedl Expert Committee (formed
1948), New York NY, expert of the Philatelic Foundation. Also
worked for H. R. Harmer NY (1943–58) and later Mercury Stamp
Co. [Brühl p. 487–8, APS Hall of Fame.]
Mihály Bodor Address (2006): Koksz u. 64, HU-7630 Pécs.
M. Bohne Germany Philatelic Society (USA). Renowned expert
Zoran R. Boskovic Address (2004): Vladetina
1, 11120 Beograd 35. Born: 31st October, 1957 in Kragujevac (central Serbia).
Education: graduated archeologist (B.Sc.). Profession: employed by
Institute of Archeology in Belgrade since 1990. Stamp collector: active
since 1972 (stamps of Yugoslavia), from that time member of Union of
Serbia's Stamp Collectors (SFS). Today member of philatelic club
Podrinje-Šabac (president since 2001) and philatelic club of
Banja Luka, Republika Srpska. Since 28th September 1998 expert-beginner
under mentor Prof. Dr. Jovan Velickovic and since 23rd January 2001 expert
for territories Republika Srpska (including local issue Doboj) and Republika
Srpska Krajina. Since 1998 collaborates actively in the Expert Council
of the Philatelic Association of Serbia and Montenegro.
David Brandon Address (2006): P.O. Box 247, Guildford, Surrey
Basel Swiss independent expert
committee. Members (1999): Jean Paul Bach, Martin Eichele, Peter
Rapp. [FFE2 p.177] Their
certificates (e.g. SykeH-1) have reportedly been forged [J. Kraft] or been
British Philatelic Association Expertizing Ltd,
P.O. Box 137, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 0RG, England. (2003)
of Russian Philately Expert Committee
Secretary: Eric Peel, 41 Norwood Drive, Harrow, Middx. HA2 7PF, England.
Brun One of the most respected
experts of the 1950s and 1960s. Grandfather of Jean-François.
Georg Bühler His mark (genuine or forged)
has been found even on the simplest of forgeries. It is reported that
Bühler's eyesight was failing during his last years and also that his hand stamp was abused after his death.
In addition the mark was forged by
Blum. Bühler's successors
are still (2007) active as stamp auctioneers, t.a. Georg Bühler
Nachfolger OHG, Berlin.
Egidio Caffaz Address (2004): Via Penghe 1/B, I-35030
Selvazzano Dentro (PD).
Roger Calves Address (2001): 8 rue Drouot, F-75009 Paris. A somewhat
controversial mark. It is
reported that the Calves mark is placed in bottom centre on mint stamp,
bottom right on used ones with an overprint and bottom left on used ones
without overprint, but this information is unconfirmed. His business
Drouot Philatélie at the above address is now continued by Christian
Calves and Alain Jacquart, who reportedly have continued to use Roger
Calves' expertising hand stamp.
Gianni Carraro Address (2006): Via S. Maurilio 20, I-20123 Milano.
CEM Address (2001): Calle Mayor 30 , E-28013 Madrid.
R. J. Ceresa Author of "The Postage Stamps of Russia
1917–1923", published as 46 books between 1978 and 2002,
and of " Russian Postage Stamps 1917–1923 Forgery Guide". Address (2009):
3 Russell Terrace, Glencanthara Rd, Aldwick PO21 2SE, England. The initials "RJC"
(alone or within a circle) is not an expertising mark, but a house mark
used by Dr. Ceresa on his stamps in e.g. circulation books before he started
to give opinions. This mark can thus be found on forgeries too.
Giovanni Chiavarello Address (2004): Via S.Giacomo dei Capri 65 bis,
COMEX Address (2002): Pau Claris, 106 Entlo., E-08009 Barcelona.
N. Costales Dealer 1932–55. Expert for the APS. Catalogue
CSA Address (2005): Patricia A. Kaufmann, 10194 N.
Old State Road, Lincoln, DE 19960-3644, USA. The CSA has operated an
authentication service since the early 1950s.
Mohamed Dadkah He was the most famous philatelist of Iran. [APS Hall
Hermann Decker Replaced genuine stamps, received for expertising,
with forged ones in 1897. [GSM 1897–98]
Diena Probably the most respected
of the post-WW2 Italian expert. [See also APS Hall of Fame.]
Emil Dub Some of his opinions are no longer considered
to be in accordance with modern expertising requirements. In addition his
expertising stamp devices have been forged on several different occasions [W. van
In the BDPh-Diskussions-Forum Wilhelm van Loo wrote on 6 April 2005:
Dr. Dub hat ab 1945 fast alles geprüft und soweit es ihm möglich war, die
Gebiete erforscht. Er hat wesentlichen Anteil am Aufbau des Prüfwesens
nach dem Krieg. Viele Prüfer und seriöse Händler sind nicht mehr aus dem
Krieg zurückgekehrt. Seine echten Prüfzeichen sind weitgehend unbekannt.
Lange Zeit hat er nur mit dem "Käfer" geprüft. Marken mit diesem echten
Käfer findet man fast nicht mehr, nur die Prüfzeichenfälschungen. Für Saar
signierte er u.a mit einem "D" und bis 1949 mit einem verzogenen "DrDub",
das selbst ich für falsch hielt, als ich seine Unterlagen noch nicht
kannte. Er war HNO-Arzt und hat bis über 80 "geprüft", wenn auch dann
nicht mehr im BPP. Sein Prüfzeichen ist in unbekannt vielen Fälschungen
auf den Belegen der Philatelie, daraus kann man ihm eine hohe
Qualifikation doch nicht absprechen. Vieles konnte er nicht erforschen
durch die damaligen Zonengrenzen, so hat er auch Marken falsch beurteilt.
Eine Nachprüfung für Zeichen die vor 1975 auf die Marken kamen, sollte
selbstverständlich für einen Laien sein. (Text reproduced with permission
of the author.)
im Block... This mark is applied
to individual stamps separated from a block that has, originally,
been expertised as such.
ECPM, Mejiro 1-4-23, Tokyo 171-0031, was opened for
foreign customers in connection with the 2001 Phila Nippon exhibition.
The experts act as members of the Committee, not as individuals.
Y. Furuya is Secretary General of the Committee. The names are
listed surname first. See Philately in Japan, August, 2001, pp.
6-8, and internet.
Eichenthal EICHENTHAL EICHENTHAL The first was
used by the stamp store, the second by Willem (note: letters are not
narrow). In the forged mark for Willem the left leg of the A is dented
outwards near the top, and the cross bar of the second H is not at the
centre, but higher. [Peter Gleason, Eesti Filatelist #39 2005 p. 189.]
Florian Eichhorn In 1991 the BPP experts on Japan
agreed not to use their metal handstamps on classic Japanese stamps
anymore, due of the thin paper. Eichhorn has also decided to mark
Korean stamps with a pencil signature only. His mark will now only be used
on forged or faked stamps in combination with a FALSCH rubber stamp
Albert Eid Important Belgian dealer of antiques and stamps
in Alexandria or Cairo, later in Brussels (antiques). Reported
to be more reliable on Nejd stamps than on Hejaz issues.
Ebbe Eldrup Address (2006): Bolbrovænge 29, DK-2960
Peter Engler Address (1995): Waldhaus, D-88696 Owingen 1.
& Martin Dealers (proprietors
O. Marsh, later W. H. Golding and G. P. Keef), South Hackney
(London E9), c. 1920–50.
Estudio 20 S.A. Imbelloni, Jakubovich
and Solari works as in-house experts at this auction house (2004).
Lois M. Evans-De
Violini Address (2002): PO Box
5025, Oxnard, CA 93031-5025, USA.
Ermo Fiecchi was a great expert.
– There was also a dealer A. E. Fiecchi in Venice in 1897.
Tyler (1991) tells about a dealer-reprinter A. E. Fiecchi in
Milan in 1907. In 1926 Capt. A. E. Fiecchi was president of the
Italian stamp dealers' association. In 1949 A. Fiecchi and A.
E. Fiecchi were dealers in Milan.
Finland Information moved to
Claude Fourcaut Address (2006): 55 rue Alphonse Pallu, F-78110
Le Vésinet. Expert since early 1970s.
Luigi Gazzi Address (2004): Via Scuole 17, I-38068 Rovereto
Gilbert Paris 1926, 1879–1944,
auctioneer, expert, disperser of the Ferrary stamp collection
1921–25. Not known if same person. S. Gilbert could be same
as G. Gilbert.
San Giusto Expert 1956: Danilo Sancin, who signed stamps
in manuscript by pencil; cf. sample on the certif.
after the word "Bleistift:". Owner 2002: Flavio Pardo.
Glavany See: Kaan Ertem: First stamp
dealers of Istanbul 1875–1914, Opal, Dec. 2002. The French
Davide and Raoul G. lived in Constantinople c. 1900. [Ottoman
Bank web site.]
Svend Grønlund Deceased. It is known that towards the end his
opinions became unreliable.
Rolf Gummesson Some of his opinions of later date have not proved
M. Haertel This mark is reported to be worthless. It has been
applied to forgeries made by Haertel himself. [DBZ 1966 p. 1319
and Michel Deutschland Spezial.]
Stefan Heijtz Address (2006): Box 19541, S-104 32 Stockholm.
Hellman Address (2006): P.O. Box 1,
Otto Hindrichs There is (2001, 2011) a dealer Dr. Otto Hindrichs at
Lambertikirchplatz 4, D-48143 Münster, owned by the founder's grandson.
Peter Holcombe Address (2000): Postfach 1470, CH-6006 Luzern
15. No longer active?
Tobias Huylmans Address (2011): In den
Sigristmatten 2, D-79115 Freiburg. tobias [at] huylmans.de
Berlin (Verein der Deutschlandsammler
e.V.). Address (2002): Günter Bechtold, Postfach 1155, D-82351
Weilheim. The marks are coded according to expert; e.g. for the circular
mark a cross in the centre stands for Peschl, a dash for Oechsner, a B for
Bechthold, a T for Tworek, a W for Winkler, a WE for Weinbuch.
Instituto de Expertização
de Filatelia Portuguesa Address (2005): Rua Pierre Durand 94,
P-490-544 Póvoa de Varzim. Set up in 2005. [FFE8]
ISFILA Address (2005): Safak Sokak No.4 D.2, TU-34371
Paul Jemtschoujin A rather frequently encountered expert's mark
of good reputation. According to UPNS not reliable on Ukrainian Tridents,
César Jones Since 1983 FIP juror (traditional,
postal history, postal stationery and aerophilately) in more than 40
exhibitions at all levels. Dr. Jones' "Uruguayan Air Mail First Flights"
was awarded gold or above five times at FIP exhibitions. Expert of the FIP
Commission on Aerophilately. Address (2005): Ave. Uruguay 1333 apto. 101,
11.100 Montevideo, Uruguay. E-mails: uruphilatelyyahoo.com and
Geza Kapusi In the forged expert's mark (usually in black)
the oval is visibly smaller, 4x3 mm and less regular, the original
being 5x3.5 mm. [Flasch
V. J. Karvonen Member of Helsingfors Frimärkssamlare Förening's
expert committee 1963–.
W. A. King Expert of the Arabian Philatelic Association International,
qv. Address (2002): W. A. King FRPSL, 40 Kilnford Drive, Dundonald,
Kilmarnock, Ayrshire KA2 9ET, Scotland, UK. Personal sign wak is accompanied by a pencil mark
indicating position for plateable stamps. Used twice for doubled
marks and in same direction as mark.
Eugene Klein Official expert of the APS 1911–1931 (and of
ASAA, 1926) and a specialist collector of Heligoland, South Bulgaria and
several South American countries. [APS Hall of Fame.]
Kalev Kokk Address (2004): Sisaski 24B, EE-10913
Tallinn. [Eesti Filatelist #39 p. 228.]
Jürgen Kraft Address (2005): Apt. 17, ES-38612 El Médano,
Tenerife-Sur. Issues Kurzbefunde (abridged certificates) for German States and gives opinions on
worldwide items (up to c. 1880, Germany up to c. 1960) offered
online, assisting especially eBay.de. Was stamp dealer in Germany 1976–93.
Karl Krüger His opinions on Japanese overprinted stamps (military stamps, post
offices in Korea and China) are not considered reliable. – The backstamp shown was used by Krüger on
stamps expertised by him as forged.
Kunz A Julius Kunz was dealer in Usti nad Labem (Germ.
Aussig) in 1931.
Helmut Kuras Address (2005): Hofäcker Str. 14, D-65207
Wiesbaden-Naurod. [Eesti Filatelist #39]
Alvar Kuuskvere Address (2003):
Eha 12-1, EE-61506 Elva. Phone +372 7 457 459. Expert mark in use since November 2002.
der Briefmarkensammler des Saarlandes:
member of the Expert Committee, 1949.
Kalenik Lissiuk Having returned to
Europe he was in the early 1930s arranging several speculative issues of new
stamps in Lithuania and Latvia. Lissiuk was of Ukrainian origin.
Fiorenzo Longhi Address (2006): Via Alla Masseria 12, I-28832 Belgirate
P. Macoveanu Address (1990s): Rue de Fontenay
29-31, F-92320 Châtillon. Phone/Fax: 0033 1 46560399. He was the editor of
the Catalogue spécialisé des timbres anciens d'Europe (1980).
Marbach According to UPNS E. E. Marbach, Vienna. In 1943 (no
longer in 1949) there was a Vienna firm
Marbach Bros. In 1949 L. Marbach was a dealer in Rome. See also
Marziano Address (2009): 36 av. du 3 Septembre,
F-06320 Cap d'Ail.
Ivan Martina Address (2007): Primorska 1A,
HR-51000 Rijeka, Croatia.
Pierre Mavrogordato According to Matkey's site
the scientist of Greek origin, Geheimrat Peter Mavrogordato
lived in Römhild (South Thuringia, Germany) each summer
from 1911, and permanently from 1936 until his death in 1948.
Hugo Michel In the terms-of-trade in his 1926 catalogue Hugo Michel writes (2 Jan. 1926; in
translation): "Stamps sent for expertising can no longer be accepted
because I discontinued my expertising services due to overloading".
It may have ended earlier. Michel sold the catalogue's publishing rights
to the Schwaneberger Album Company in 1919.
Gyula Miertl The mark 'Miertl' in frames has been forged three
times. The original is 6.5x3 mm, rubber, always lilac ink. The
forgeries are of metal (i.e. thinner letters), two of them are
8.5x3 and 7x2.5 mm, the third is lacking the frame. – For
the Baranya 2nd issue Miertl had a new metal hand stamp made:
'Miertl' in manuscript, unframed. This mark was forged too and
is usually found applied to the SE corner (original SW or NE
corner) and is less clear. [See Flasch 119]
Migliavacca Philatelic auctioneer
and consultant since 1967, philatelic and numismatic expert since
1973. Areas of philatelic expertise: Italy and Italian area (stamps
& postal history), British Virgin Islands, censored mail,
Iran, European postal history including militaria, disinfected
mail worldwide. Address (2003): P.O. Box 704, Road Town, Tortola,
British Virgin Islands. Fax: 284-49-43510. E-mail: issuncandwbvi.net.
Stanislaw Mikstein The mark in script has been extensively forged.
The forged mark sometimes has the appearence of having been hand written
in ink. See [Blunt. Poland? Forgery? 1990] and [Stallberg.
1944]. In his work [Poland Locals. Barefoot 1981] Andrew Hall illustrates
on p. 89 the following signatures that should
Monge Pineda Distinguished Barcelona
dealer. Gathered the World's finest philatelic library in the Spanish
language. En 1878 José
Monge y Fuentefría inicia su actividad comercial filatélica
que sería continuada por sus hijos Pedro, Aureliano y
Lorenzo Monge Pineda. Pedro Monge Pineda realizó una extraodinaria
labor de investigación siendo el pionero del estudio de
la Historia Postal y de la Prefilatelia española, lo que
le llevó a ser calificado en su época como "el
maestro". Su hijo Pedro Monge y García-Noceda continuó
la actividad filatélica así como la biblioteca
especializada que es la actualidad la más importante que
existe sobre Correos y Filatelia en España. Asociado con
José María Sempere Luque desde 1975 nace en 1978
la Galería Filatélica de Barcelona que hoy, después
de 4 generaciones y con una experiencia de 120 años de
actividad profesional, es una de las principales firmas filatélicas
bajo la dirección de Pere Antoni Monge Salazar y José
María Sempere Luque. (Galería Filatélica's
Müller This mark is generally considered
highly unreliable although Dr. Müller is not reported
to have had malicious intent, cf. Haertel. [Michel Deutschland
Abed H. Najjar Born in 1952, resides in
the UK, runs a publishing business. Has published the specialised works of
several philatelic authors. A serious collector of the British
Commonwealth he specialises in the stamps and postal history of
Transjordan/Jordan, a subject on which he has published two award winning
books. Abed Najjar has been expertising and expressing an opinion on the
stamps of Jordan for collectors and auction houses for over 25 years.
Nielsen While a highly respected
expert on Denmark his opinions on items from some other countries
have occasionally proved not fully reliable. Incidents are publicly known
at least from the 1990s and later. Address (2006): Mirabellevej
10, DK-2400 København NV.
Norsk Filatelistforbund in October 2002 authorised
the following experts, in addition to AIEP/BPP members Hans J. Enger and
Geir O. Flatheim, Morellveien 12, N-4635 Kristiansand S. (1886–93 issue, 20 mm
Jan Kr. Isaksen, N-1622 Engelsviken. (Locals)
Bjørn A. Schøyen, Postboks 1, Høybråten, N-1005 Oslo. (Locals)
Trond Schumacher, Holmendammen Terrasse 22, N-0387 Oslo. (Locals)
Obermüller-Wilén Considered to be the
foremost Swedish expert of today. Daughter of Franz Obermüller.
Mikko Ossa Nowadays works as an independent expert. Address
(2006): Krootilankatu 6, FI-32800 Kokemäki.
Heinz Pape This mark must be looked upon with the greatest
suspicion (Tyler: 95 % are forgeries). The mark was both abused and
forged by Géza Tarján and used on hugh volumes of his forged
(overprints) stamps. The genuine mark is 1.25x2.5 mm, metal,
well shaped. This is the forged
one, in the postage stamp's SE corner (credit: Dezsö Flasch).
See [Flasch 14, 130]. Heinz Pape was the managing director of
Tarján's stamp company's branches in Vienna and Hamburg. [Tyler
Carl E. Pelander Dealer 1937–63 and an expert on Scandinavia.
[APS Hall of Fame.]
address (2006): 70 West 40th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY
10018, USA. Telephone 1-212-221-6555. Fax 1-212-221-6208. In 1993 the PF
faced severe financial losses and had to discontinue its other activities.
The Philatelic Museum, Foundation Address
(2006) Mejiro 1-4-23, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0031. Affiliate of Japan
Philatelic Society, Foundation, which started expertising in 1958. [FFE8]
Stefan Poburenny This signature has not been seen on a genuine
stamp. The hand stamp has probably been abused. [Bulat, and Jerry
Vincent Pothion La Poste aux Lettres, 17 rue
du Fg. Montmartre, F-75009 Paris. (2004) Shop now owned by Baudot (qv.)?
Rene Poulain In 1926 t.a. Poulain Frères, in 1949 as
Maison G. Blanchet. Also on forged. See also [Flasch].
Jan Poulie Head of the office of expertising of De Bond der
Verzamelaars, Netherlands, 1949.
Pietro Provera The picture of the green spruce tree is reported
to be the mark of the Italian collector Pietro Provera living
in Switzerland (2002). Some years ago he sold his collection
of Lombardy-Venetia and all covers bore this mark. In the past
he wrote specialised articles on Lombardy-Venetia (especially
the first issue). [Lorenzo Gilardi, Como. 26 Feb. 2002.]
Maurizio Raybaudi Address (2000): P.O. Box 756, I-00187 Roma.
Hans-Peter Renggli It has been reported from different
quarters that the opinions (on e.g. cancellations) given by him during the
last years are not all reliable. (2004)
The committee was founded to combat the large number of Lubi forgeries
when his activities were unveiled in 1935. See Suomen Postimerkkilehti
1/1936 p. 4 (in Finnish).
Richter This very common
expertising mark (genuine or forged) is usually considered to be of little value as it is
frequently found on forged stamps. Dealer 1943 1949 (Kyllmannstr.
22a, Berlin-Lichterfelde West). This
1906 cover is addressed to Georg Richter.
Heinzgeorg Richter Address (1998): Ilbenstädter
Str. 31, D-61206 Wöllstadt. Not active?
Antonio Roig On 1 Dec. 2003 Julio Peñas wrote in Ágora de
Filatelia: "Roig fue un buen
experto, muy buen experto aunque cometió algunos errores sobretodo debido
a que lo marquillaba todo siendo un autentico todo terreno que igual sabia
de clasicos, que de la republica, que de falsos postales, que de colonias.
Al final de su vida y ya con la vista muy cansada seguía marquillando
sellos y su precision en las expertizaciones ya bajaba mucho. Además para
colmo de males su marquilla fue falsificada y es muy peligrosa sobretodo
sellos de las emisiones sobrecargadas de la Cruz Roja y del Quijote."
Jaan Roots Address (2004): Arnulf Överlands vei 197,
[Eesti Filatelist #39 p. 228.]
RPSL Address (2002): 41 Devonshire Place, London W1N
of Victoria Australia's most well-known
expert committee. Address (2006): P.O. Box 490, Ashburton 3147. No web
Mehrdad Sadri Address (2006): Persiphila, PO Box 1589, Glendora,
CA 91740-1589, USA.
"I was born on September 18, 1952, in Shemiran, a northern
suburb of Tehran, Iran. I have received my BS degree in Chemistry
from the National University of Iran and MS degree in organic
chemistry from the California State Polytechnic University. I
have started collecting Iranian stamps when I was just 8 years
old and continued since. To help saving the diminishing popularity
of the Iranian philately, I have decided to get involved more
seriously by discussing and writing articles explaining various
Iranian forgeries and how to detect and distinguish them. I have
conducted several seminars by invitation from the Iranian Philatelic
Study Circle and other societies and have published my works
and studies in several books, papers, and articles including
the Lions of Iran, which is an extensive study of the 1865-1878
lion issues of Iran including Paris Reprints and varieties of
forgeries. My other book which was published earlier this year,
is Persiphila Standard Philatelic Catalogue (Iran - Qajar Dynasty).
Also I have tried to publicize the Iranian philately through
my website which I am hoping to expand it furthermore."
[M. Sadri, 2002.]
Sanabria Nicolas Sanabria (1889–1945) was a world-famous
specialist dealer (since 1927) of aerophilately. The business
was continued by his son Nicholas Sanabria. [APS Hall of Fame.]
Bruno Savarese Address (2004): Via XX Settembre 139/B rosso,
SBPV Since about 2003 SBPV is associated with the
Verband schweizerischer Philatelistenvereine and the
members are "offizielle Prüfer des
Verbandes". List of the addresses of members not belonging
to BPP or AIEP:
Helmuth Avi, P.O. Box 4349, CH-6904 Lugano.
Signature in manuscript by pencil.
Peter Elbau, CH-7414 Fürstenau.
Hermann, P.O. Box 477, CH-4410 Liestal.
Pierre Guinand, 18 chemin de la Plantaz, CH-1110 Morges.
Velizar M. Kardosch, Alleestrasse 44, CH-8590 Romanshorn.
Julius Schlesinger This rather common expertising mark is unfortunately
not considered fully reliable. It is also said to have been forged
and applied to e.g. small Hermes Heads of Greece. [Brühl, Tyler p. 106]
Senf Started expertising in the late 19th century. This frequently seen mark is said to
have been both applied to forged stamps and forged itself, but
generally a Senf mark is still trustworthy.
Souren Serebrakian Born in 1900 in Tiflis, but of
Armenian origin. Having graduated in Leipzig in the 1920s he became a
cigarette factory manager in the Netherlands. After a few years he went to
Brussels (before 1931), where he was a full time stamp dealer. S., who had
began stamp collecting as a boy, also participated in international
exhibitions. When WW2 started he moved to New York, continuing trading in
stamps. He died in USA in 1991.
Filatelistiseura (f. 1920). The stamp was engraved in 1922 for use on
expertised Aunus postage stamps. See this
announcement in Suomen Postimerkkilehti 5/1922 p. 58 (in Finnish). The
experts were Einar Fieandt, Sulo Kinnunen and Elis Lundmark.
Svyatoslav Shramchenko Orig. Czestochowa (Poland), later Philadelphia
PA [UPNS]. This philatelist was himself involved in several
dubious stamp issues in Ukraine in the early 1920s. [Rossija]
Per Sjöman The opinions and certificates issued by him during
his last years are commonly not considered very reliable.
Bohumil Skandera Peter
Hoffmann's web site has a long biography on this dealer. 'bsb'
(Bohumil Skandera Brno) is not really an expert mark.
Corneille Soeteman Address (1999): 129-133 Zuidstraat, B-1000
Silvano Sorani Via Washington 74, I-20146
Philatelic Association's stamp
has been seen on reprints sold in bulk to the West.
Alexandre Sredinsky All items stamped 'Hals' must be regarded with
the greatest suspicion. Sredinsky was the Postmaster of the Wrangel
Army and later reportedly forged the stamps in Paris trading as T. Hals.
brothers Henry (1901–71) and Julius, originally from Riga, were stamp dealers in
Berlin 1920s to 1933, after which they moved to Brussels for a few years,
before emigrating to the USA. In New York they (mainly Henry) were famous
as stamp auctioneers and wholesale dealers. The company was also
engaged in e.g. bogus overprinting on WW2 stamps [FFE7 p. 58], the 1945
Greenland overprints, Maluku Selatan phantoms and new issues for African
republics. Some time after the war Henry
returned to Germany.
The Henry Stolow company's shop in Munich was still active in 2005.
Gregory Stolow (USA) is son of Julius.
Nils Strandell was the foremost Swedish expert of his time.
Bela Szalay In the forged mark the lower opening of the 'S'
is wider than the upper. In the genuine it is in the reverse.
E. Tausig The marks forged by Tarján are of rubber,
always in the stamp's SE corner and in lilac ink. Genuine (metal,
3.5x7 mm): lilac, carmine lilac, carmine and black. The
two forged marks (credit: Dezsö Flasch). [Flasch 14, 154]
Philatelists Association of Thailand 253,
Rajvithi Road, Dusit, Bangkok 10300. (2006)
Max Thier His rather common expertising mark is still highly
respected. The hand stamp was forged by Rudolf Siegel for use
on forged German States stamps. [Brühl p. 485, Tyler p.
Jean-Jacques Tillard Address (2006): B.P.
4433, 57 rue
de Paris, F-97500 St-Pierre & Miquelon.
Jerry Tkachuk Address (2001): 30552 Dell Lane, Warren, MI 48092-1892,
Toselli Address (2004): Via Matteotti 143, I-18038 Sanremo
Serge Toulieff Address (2001): Place Matteoti 6, I-4630 Soumagne.
Turpin The name should most likely be F. B. Turpin,
this particular scan having been heavily retouched. This is probably
the same person as the "F. B. Turkly London" referred
to by Dr. Ceresa (q.v.).
Eo Vaher Independent expert; still active. Address (2006):
39 Clafford Lane, Melville NY 11747, USA.
Johan Vanhorenbeck Address (1999): Lange Kievitstraat 8, B-2018 Antwerpen.
Jovan Velickovic Phil. Assoc. Serbia & Montenegro. The 'JV' mark has been forged. The forged mark
has a larger V and the vertical bar of J is visibly curved.
Graves Greene Address (2005):
P.O. Box 204, Postal Station Q, Toronto, ONT M4T 2M1.
VÖB Founded 1965. List of the addresses of active members not belonging
to BPP or AIEP too (2004):
Gerhard Babor, Lainzerstrasse 80/8, A-1130 Wien.
Andreas Bazant, Josefstädterstrasse 52, A-1080 Wien.
Hubert Gerzabek, Ameisgasse 27, A-1140 Wien.
Hermann Hader, Hauptstrasse 31, A-2353 Guntramsdorf.
Franz Hochleutner, Sammiringer Hauptstrasse 383, A-1110 Wien.
Adolf Kovar, Hamiltongasse 3/1/4, A-1140 Wien.
Peter Kroiss, Parkstrasse 7/2, A-2362 Biedermannsdorf.
Klaus Labres, Postfach 74, A-1134 Wien. (Secretary)
Karl Majörg, Rosslauf 18/1, A-4552 Wartberg a.d. Krems.
Fritz Puschmann, Postfach 161, A-1015 Wien.
Ronald F. Steuer, Stubenring 6, A-1010 Wien.
Fritz Sturzeis, Beckmanngasse 32, A-1140 Wien.
Gerhard Svoboda, Katharinengasse 16/2/6/2/24, A-1100 Wien.
Karl Vodrazka, Parzhofstrasse 7–9, A-4040 Linz.
Herbert R. Volin Does independently issue certificates
upon request. Does not backstamp.
Stephen Washburne. Chairman, Expert Committee, International Society
for Portuguese Philately (ISPP), P.O. Box 43146, Philadelphia,
PA 19129-3146, USA. (2002)
Sigfrido Wolf Casella Postale 712, I-50100
Yaremdji See: Kaan Ertem: First stamp dealers of Istanbul
1875–1914, Opal, Dec. 2002. Address 1912: Tidjaret-han 40 41 42,
Zumstein This back stamp is very common. Zumstein's name
has a good reputation.
SOME OF THE PRINTED SOURCES USED FOR
THE LIST OF PHILATELIC EXPERTS
[Brühl] C. Brühl. Geschichte
der Philatelie. Hildesheim 1986.
[Bulat] John Bulat. Illustrated Postage Stamp History
of the Western Ukrainian Republic 1918–1919. USA.
[Flasch] Dezsö Flasch. Garantiezeichen auf ungarischen
Überdruckmarken. Arge-Ungarn e.V., Germany 1998.
Annuaire de la philatelie 1943 and Annuaire international
de la philatelie 1949–1950. Paris.
Who's Who in Philately. London 1926, 1928, 1931.