STAMP FORGERY GUIDE

SOURCES FOR INFORMATION ON FORGED STAMPS AND ON STAMP EXPERTISING
The web address of this page is  www.filatelia.fi/forglinks/
kock väärä suomi24.fi   (Sorry, this address has to be typed.)

RECOMMENDED LITERATURE
ON THE DETECTION OF POSTAGE STAMP FORGERIES
With an emphasis on older and thus lesser known publications.

G. Kock. World Forgery Catalogue. Helsinki 1998. Free PDF version, on this site.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Frank Aretz. Know Your Stamps. Volumes I, II and III (volume IV is on varieties). Toronto 1941. Still very useful.

E. D. Bacon. Reprints of 19th Century Postal Adhesive Stamps. United Kingdom 1899. Reprinted in e.g. 1954. Cf. Ohrt.

John Barefoot. Forgery & Reprint Guide. York (UK) 1983–87. Volume 1 Great Britain, 2 Alsace & Lorraine, 3 Armenia 1922 Pictorals, 4 Armenia 1923 Pictorals, 5–6 Samoa Express, 7–8 D.D.S.G. (Danube Steamship Co), 9 Latvia 1, 10 Latvia 2 Airmails, 11 Azerbaijan, 12 Portuguese Colonies, 13 Romania 1906 Charity Issues, 14 Suez Canal, 15 Poland Airmails, 16 Western Army Eagles (Russia), 17–18 Upper Silesia Plebiscite Issues, 19 Heligoland reprints, 20 Western Australia.

Billig's grosses Handbuch der Fälschungen. Otto E. Stiedl (text) & Fritz Billig (photo). Published in Vienna in 1933–38 in 44 small volumes (Lieferung) covering one country each. Some of the volumes have been translated into English. Very comprehensive, based on good photos. In German.

Alan Blunt. Poland? Forgery? Alnis Guide 11 (Glass Slipper), York (UK) 1990.

Alan Blunt. Przedborz Revisited. Dylizans (Soc. f. Polish Phil. in G.B.) #33, 34, 35 (April, July, October 2004).

Werner M. Bohne, Dr., ed. Reference Manual of Forgeries, The Germany Philatelic Society, Arnold MD (USA). Between 1975 and 2000, 46 releases in 15 volumes were issued. Later the Society made this valuable work available on CD.

Jean-François Brun. Out-Foxing the Fakers. APS 1993. Original French edition Paris 1989.

H. Bynof-Smith. Forged Postage Stamps. Sydney (AUS). Volume I The British Empire (1990), II The Americas excluding British Empire (1991), III Africa and Asia (1992), IV Europe and Colonies, Albania to Greece (1993), V Europe and Colonies, Hungary to Ukraine (1993).

Brian M. Cartwright. Madame Joseph Revisited. RPSL London 2005. See also Worboys.

R. J. Ceresa. The Postage Stamps of Russia. Volume I Armenia, II Ukraine, III The Armies and Post Offices, IV Azerbaijan, Batum and Georgia, V The RSFSR Issues. Since the first volume was published in England in 1977, 46 books have appeared in this monumental work finished in 2002. It covers all aspects of the traditional Russian philately of the first decades of the 20th century, with a strong emphasis on forgeries. Sold by www.trevorpateman.co.uk
In the spring of 2004 Dr. Ceresa started a new series, Russian Postage Stamps 1917–1923 Forgery Guide. Each A4 size volume, planned to be issued at a rate of one per month, covers a limited subject; 15 volumes will be available before the end of 2005 and a total of 160 is estimated.

Philip Cockrill. Liberia. Forgeries of the First Issues 1860–1880. Bracknell (UK) 1980's.

Crete. Postal History - Stamps. Amsterdam 1986.

D. J. Davies. Forgeries of Portugal and Colonies. York (UK) 2002.

R. B. Earée. Album Weeds. How to Detect Forged Stamps. 3rd edition, United Kingdom 1906. Volume I (Afghanistan to Luxembourg, 587 p.) and volume II (Madeira to Zululand, 709 p.). This the last and largest edition is also available in a modern eight-volume Australian reprint version (1970?) and similar 1950's reprint. Despite its age of about one century, Earée's work is still today an important general handbook on forgeries. The limited picture facilities of those days have led to lengthy verbal descriptions.

The Early Philatelic Forgeries of All Countries. A 1953 Ragatz reprint containing, in one volume, works from the 1860's by Moens, Doble, Lewes & Pemberton, Dalston and Stourton.

Fakes Forgeries Experts. Paolo Vollmeier, ed., Switzerland. Since 2004: Knud Mohr, ed., Denmark. One new volume published annually since 1998. A most important work.

Le faussaire de Wondelgem. Publ. by Groupe d'Etude des Falsifications, Bruxelles 1992. Contains pictures of 505 forged overprints up to 1930. In French. Not very helpful.
(I am not aware of forgeries attributed to Wondelgem. Maybe the devices were not widely utilised.)

Nils Färnström. Falskt. Stockholm 1975. In Swedish.

Rienk M. Feenstra. Greece, A Collection of Forgeries. Ridderkerk 1993, supplement 1997.

H. G. Leslie Fletcher. Postal Forgeries of the World. Batley (United Kingdom) 1977.

The Forged Stamps of All Countries. Published by J. Dorn, London c. 1935. Reprinted in the 1950's. Comprehensive. Some similarity with Serrane.

The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries, A Photographic Composite for Reference Purposes. François Fournier. Published by Ragatz in 1970 and strongly recommended. The forgeries have been described in Serrane II (1929).

Fournier's 1914 Price-List. Francois Fournier. It is included in Ragatz' Album (see above) and has also been reprinted separately in 1947, 1949 and 1958.

Hans Friebe. Emil Reinhard Krippner. Freiberg (DDR) 1989. In German.

Frimærker Folk og Filateli.
København 1969. In Danish.

D. J. Gadsby. Heligoland. Originals and Reprints. United Kingdom 1947. 20 p.

The Gee-Ma Forgeries. Publ. Robson Lowe Ltd, United Kingdom 1980.

Nigel Gooding. Spanish Philippine Stamp Forgeries, Volume I. United Kingdom 2006.

Gustav G. Gordon. Frimärksförfalskningar till postens skada. Stockholm 1945. In Swedish.

Francisco Graus. Manual de Consulta de Falsos de España. Barcelona 1981–86, in 7 binders. In Spanish. Very extensive.

A. de Haene. Étude sur les Faux Timbres d'Europe. Namur 1926. Very good. Town of origin or name of forger is often mentioned. In French.

Erich Haide. Check to the Forgers. Germany 1948. Has been reprinted.

Jean Haik. The Local and Private Posts of Morocco. SPLM, Paris 1997.

Wolfgang Hellrigl. The A.I.E.P.-Handbook of Philatelic Expertising. Zurich 2004.

E. F. Hurt and L. N. & M. Williams. Handbook of the Private Local Posts. Billig's Specialized Catalogues 6, USA 1950.

W. A. Jacques. Andorra – Andorre. Publ. Robson Lowe, UK 1974 supplement 1985.

Japan. The CD Forgeries of the Dragon, Cherry Blossom and Koban Postage Stamps of Japan, 2nd edition, was published in 2002 (the 1st in 1997) by the International Society for Japanese Philately (see the Links), Haddonfield NJ (USA).

Kit Jarman. The Local Posts of Morocco. Alnis Guide, United Kingdom 1993.

Floyd A. Jenkins. Roman States Essays and Reprints, The Issues of 1867–1870. USA 1997.

Alden Johnson. Forgeries Old and New, I and II. Toronto 1941 and 1945.

Dr. G. H. Jonkers & W. J. Quik. The remainders and reprints of Transvaal. Rotterdam 1998. The Mirza Hadi reprints.

Jan Karásek. Czechoslovak Postage Stamps and their Counterfeits 1918–1939. Brno 1998.

J. Karásek, Z. Kvasnicka & B. Paulicek. Forgeries of Czechoslovak Stamps. Fairfax VA (USA) 1985 (1st edition 1966).

U. E. Klein. Marienwerderaufdrucke, echt oder falsch? Germany 1991. In German.

Victor Kneitschel. Catalogo Kneitschel de Sellos Argentinos. Buenos Aires 1974.

G. Kock. World Forgery Catalogue. Helsinki 1998. Free PDF version, on this site.

Frederick J. Levitsky. Roman States Forgeries. The Issue of 1852. Weston Mass. (USA) 1986. Supplement 1990.
Frederick J. Levitsky & Floyd A. Jenkins. The Roman States Forgeries. The Issue of 1867–68. USA 1990.

L. Linder. Finland. Falsifikat. Pp 557–577 in Katalog-Handbok 1952, Harry Wennbergs Frimärksaffär AB. Stockholm 1951.

P. F. A. van de Loo. Forgeries of Netherlands stamps and former Colonies, I and II. Hilversum 1979 and 1982.

Robson Lowe. The Oswald Schröder Forgeries. Perth (UK) c. 1980.

Robson Lowe & Carl Walske. The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries Commonly Attributed to Angelo Panelli. Limassol 1996.

Robson Lowe & Carl Walske. The Work of Jean de Sperati II. Including Previously Unlisted Forgeries. RPSL, London 2001. Of great importance. Cf. Work ...

Larry Lyons. The Identifier for Carriers, Locals, Fakes, Forgeries and Bogus Posts of The United States. I, II, III. Vermont (USA) 1998.

Taizo Maeda. North Korea 1946–1957. Plate Identifier. Tokyo 2000.

I. Martinas. Stamps of Rijeka, Fiume 1918–1924. Zagreb 2006.

Ian B. Mathews et al. Transvaal Philately. Cape Town 1981.

Alexander F. Newall. Airmail Stamps: Fakes and Forgeries. United Kingdom 1990.

Robert P. Odenweller. The Stamps and Postal History of Nineteenth Century Samoa. RPSL & RPSNZ 2004.

Paul Ohrt. Handbuch aller bekannten Neudrucke, Band I (Afghanistan–Hamburg), Band II (Hannover–Marokko), Band III (Marshall Is–Panama) and Band IV (Paraguay–Preussen). Unfinished. Düsseldorf 1907, 1912, 1919 and 1937. Reprinted c. 1994 by Peter Feuser Verlag, Stuttgart. In German.

Juhani V. Olamo. Finland. Reference Manual of Forgeries. 9 releases, 3 binders. HFF, Helsinki 1998–2003.

Opinions: Philatelic Expertizing - An Inside View. I (1983), II (1984), III (1985), IV (1987), V (1988), VI (1992), Abstracts I–V (1990). The Philatelic Foundation, New York NY. Not just forgeries.

Helmut Oppitz. Wissen schütz vor Schaden. I (Baden–Hannover, 1995), II (Helgoland–Württemberg, 1996), III (Germany, 1997). Publ. Phil Creativ, Germany. In German.

Mikko Ossa. Forgeries of Finnish Postage Stamps. Tammisaari 1977.

Eric Payne. Ethiopian Fiscals and Fournier Forgeries. Cockrill Series, United Kingdom 1982.

Doc M. Pepper. US Newspaper Stamps. The Forgeries. Texas TX 2000.

Poland 1918 Locals. Publ. J. Barefoot Ltd, York (UK) 1999.

Mavis Pope. Stamp Forgeries of New South Wales (1989, 2nd ed. 1995), Victoria (1991), Queensland, South Australia & Tasmania (1992), Western Australia (1993). NSW Australia.

Kenneth W. Pugh Reference Manual of BNA Fakes Forgeries & Counterfeits. Canada. 11 releases 1977–81.
Publication of a second series of this study started in 2001.

Schach den Fälschungen, publ. Kurt Kayssner, Germany 1935/36 (Lieferung 1–4, often found in one ring-bound volume), 1938 and 1949. A good handbook. In German.

Karl H. Schimmer. Porte de Mar. MEPSI, Tucson 1987. (Pages 111–124.)

Hermann Schloss. Distinguishing Characteristics of Classic Stamps, I German states, II rest of Europe. New York NY 1948, 1951. Original French edition Nice 1944.

Robert H. Schoen & James T. DeVoss. Counterfeit Kansas-Nebraska Overprints on 1922–34 Issue. APS 1991 (several printings).

Fernand Serrane. Vade-mecum du spécialiste-expert en timbres-poste. I Europe, II hors d'Europe. Nice 1926, Bergerac 1929. The volume on Europe (which has been reprinted) also contains a lot of valuable non-forgery information. In French.

Fernand Serrane. The Serrane Guide. Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926. An English translation of both parts the above important work. APS (USA) 1998.

Erik Sjögren. Distinguishing Features of Jaan Lubi Forgeries of Estonian Stamps. Part I in no. 28/1982, part II in no. 29/1983, and part III in no. 31/1987 of Eesti Filatelist (Sweden).

Maurice-G. Slagmeulder. Les Timbres Belges Faux & Truqués. Charleroi 1930's. In French.

E. A. Smythies. B.N.A. Fakes and Forgeries. Thornhill Ontario 1971.

The Spud Papers: An Illustrated Descriptive Catalog of Early Philatelic Forgeries. Published 1871–81 in 67 parts. This historical work (mainly on Spiro forgeries) is available in one volume in the form of two modern (1977) reprints. Better identification may, however, be found in later forgery handbooks.

Spying Eye [B. Reeves]. Handbook on Philatelic Forgeries. Chicago 1948.

Hermann Stallberg. Die Fälschungen der Aufdruckausgaben Polens. Wermelskirchen 1944. (Also distributed by the Polish Philatelic Society, UK.)

R. J. Thoden. Reference Manual of Saudi Arabian Forgeries. Arabian Philatelic Ass. 1981. Loose leaf.

A. Tort Nicolau. Guia del coleccionista de sellos de Correos de España, I–II. Reus 1935 (reprinted 1942). In Spanish.

Ming W. Tsang. Hong Kong Forgeries. Glenside PA (USA) 1994.

Sigurd Tullberg. Handbok för filatelister. Stockholm 1951. Contains 107 pages (also as off-print) with many concise forgery and reprint descriptions. This book may be helpful to collectors able to read Swedish.

Varro E. Tyler. Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps. Publ. Linn's (USA), expanded edition 2000 (originally 1993). Highly recommended.

Varro E. Tyler. Philatelic Forgers: Their Lives and Works. Publ. Linn's (USA) 1991. Also highly recommended.

Kr. Wilhelmsen. Japans klassiske forfalskninger. Tromsø 1981. With English and German translations. The best book on Japan.

L. N. & M. Williams. Cinderella Stamps. London 1970.

L. N. & M. Williams. Forged Stamps of the Two World Wars. London 1954.

Willy Wolff. 600 Falsche Stempel. Arge Neues Handbuch der Briefmarkenkunde 1961 (nd).

Wondelgem: see Faussaire de ...

Derek Worboys. Madame Joseph Forged Postmarks. RPSL and BPT (United Kingdom) 1994. See also Cartwright.

The Work of Jean de Sperati. British Philatelic Association 1955. Part I, the text (reprinted 1956). Part II, the picture plates. An excellent work, but Speratis are rarely encountered.
In 1997 James Bendon Ltd (Limassol) published a one volume reprint edition integrating both the text and the plates.

The Yucatan Affair: The Work of Raoul Ch. de Thuin, Philatelic Counterfeiter. Publ. APS 1974 (reprinted 1980). Very thorough.
Back to top.

The Stamp Forgery Guide was first published in February 2001.
Visit my pages on Mozambique Co., Some Near East islands, Borgå Steamship, Hamina Railway.





 

MY OTHER PAGES
Mass forgery of postmarks and expert marks:
the Blüm case
Image archive of certificates
Forged postmarks:
Germany,
Finland,
Commonwealth,
Worldwide
The bogus issue Occupation Azirbayedjan
Salli, a little known Finnish forger
Philatelic Experts,
1800, past and present, scans of their marks
World Forgery Catalogue, PDF
Worldwide Index of Stamp Forgeries
Exhibit: samples
of forgeries
Ruhleben POW
Camp Stamps
The Samoa Express reprints and forgeries
The philatelic
experts for Finland
Other philately monographs
Site map