It seems that the 19th Century album pages I bought from the dealer in Aix have continued to yield all sorts of interesting items, with some forgeries among them, notably from St. Lucia and St. Vincent so far. Today comes the next set of questionable items in the sequence: the PSNCo issues from Peru.
The Scott Catalogue lists two genuine stamps of this type (2013 excerpt below), but with an interesting note afterward that stamps of the same design and denominations were also prepared for the PSNCo, but never put into use. Please see below scans of stamps that I have found in the old album pages. My question, of course, is if anyone can give me any idea if these stamps are genuine or forgeries? Personally, I am betting on Nelson (@falshung ) for the answer to this one, but of course, all are welcome to weigh in....
Note: All of these stamps were scanned in a single 600dpi image, and the separate images shown here were simply cropped from the original, larger image. I have observed that some of the individual stamps appear to be much more distinct than others, but that is how they actually look rather than an artifact of the scanning process or equipment.
As might be expected, the odds of finding an unused much less a used PSNCo stamp are in the realm of winning a lottery.
Based on your images one can deduce the following;
The initial test for originals is the blue tinted paper and as they were engraved, the design will generally show through the back from the printing pressure. The blue probably comes from the Prussian blue ink and will be spotty. Forgeries are basically surface lithographed.
Your stamps appear to be the following
A very rough crude forgery from an unknown source
A decent forgery The top serif of the small 1 is tilted up, the base of the large 1 is too thin The dot is too close to the P. It is of course the wrong color. The 4 ring cancel is a typical fake.
A poor forgery typical of Spiro with the dot cancel.
The dot after the S is much too far. The right foot of the R is flat.
The ship details are very rough. Note the flag & thick smoke.
The #1 forgery trait with this value is the ship pointing the wrong way
A very good forgery from Chauncey.L.Young
Note the curve in the foot of the 2.
The top of the N touches the frame. The tail of the R is long and pointed
Many thanks for your highly informative post, Nelson (@falshung). So, no lottery-winner for me this time, but truthfully, I wasn't expecting much. Thanks for some superb images of the genuine articles and an excellent review of the forgeries. It appears to me that I may have a mix of some of the cruder ones and a few of the little bit better ones.
These are beautiful classic stamps, and I would love to own one, but unless I do hit the lottery at some point, I doubt that I will ever be able to afford one for my collection.
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