Comparative Philatelic Forgery
Identification Site

This site shows stamp fakes and forgeries by country and year of issue. You can click on a country name to see a thumbnail catalog of that countries issues and then select a stamp by clicking on that postage stamp. Alternately, you can first click on a year of issue and then select the stamp from there. Clicking on a stamp will bring more detail deeper in the tree. Check back often as this Philatelic Forgery site is new regularly. Forgers covered are Sperati, Fournier, Spiro, Oneglia and others.

This site is intended to be educational, informing viewers of common forgeries and showing their characteristics, primarily by comparison. This site is not intended to be used to certify genuine original stamps, as that can only be done by comparison face to face with genuine reference stamps and forgeries by an expert.

We are working on putting the entire Fournier Album on line. Click the link to the left to see it.

Click on a country name for a pictorial index
or a year for that issue.

Click on a letter to jump to that country index
USA  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  R  S  T  U-Z 

Falkland Islands  Click here for country index (comparison)
Fernando Poo   (comparison)
Fiji   (comparison)
Finland   (comparison)
Fiume   Fournier Album
Fournier Album
Russia to Uruguay
 Click here for country index (comparison)
Fournier Album
Cancellations & Overprints
 Click here for country index (comparison)
France   Fournier Cancels    Sperati forgeries       Fournier F.M. p64       Fournier F.M. p163
Port Said   Fournier Album
French Colonies   General Issues for all colonies (comparison)       Fournier Album p27      Fournier Album p28      Fournier Album p29     
Navigation and Commerce issue for all colonies falsch timbre filatelie (comparison)
French Offices in China   Fournier Album
French Offices in Cavalle Port Lagos Vatahay Dedeagh Canton Yunnan-Fou Port Said Hoi-Hao Mongtze Pakhoi   Fournier Album
French Congo  Click here for country index (comparison)      Fournier Colis Postaux       Fournier Cancel p33
French Guayana  Click here for country index (comparison)      Fournier Album p156       Fournier Album p161       Fournier Cancel p33
French Guinea  Click here for country index (comparison)      Fournier Cancel p33
French India  Click here for country index (comparison)      Fournier Album       Fournier Cancel p33
French Polynesia  Click here for country index (comparison)
French Sudan  Click here for country index (comparison)      Fournier Album Overprints      Fournier Cancel p33

Gabon  Click here for country index (comparison)      Fournier Album
Gambia  Click here for country index (comparison)
Geneva Fournier   Fournier Album  
Germany  Click here for country index (comparison) falsch Briefmarken      Fournier Album     
     German States
  Sperati forgeries 
     German States
  Fournier Album 
     German States
  Fournier Album 
     German States
  Fournier Album 
     German States
Thurn & Taxis
  Fournier Album 
     Berlin  Click here for country index (comparison)
Germany Offices in China   Fournier Album
     Levant, German Offices   Fournier Album
     Caroline Islands, German   Fournier Album
     East Africa, German   Fournier Album
     South West Africa, German   Fournier Album      Fournier Album       Fournier Album Overprints p164
     Wurtemburg   Fournier Album
Gibraltar   Fournier Album     Sperati forgeries 
Gold Coast   Fournier Album     Sperati forgeries 
Grand Comoro Islands  Click here for country index (comparison)      Fournier Cancel p33
Granada   Fournier Album
Great Britain  Click here for country index (comparison)
     Levant, British Offices   Fournier Album
British Offices in China   Fournier Album
Gold Coast  Click here for country index (comparison)
Grand Comoro  Click here for country index (comparison)
Greece   Fournier Album p69    p70    p72   
Griqualand   Fournier Album p73   
Guadeloupe  Click here for country index (comparison)      Fournier Cancel p33       Fournier Cancel p73  
Guam   Fournier Album p73   
Guatemala  Click here for country index (comparison)
Gulf of Benin (see Benin)  Click here for country index (comparison)

Haiti  Click here for country index (comparison)    Fournier Album p74   
Hamburg Sperati   Sperati forgeries 
Hawaii   Fournier Album p74   
Heligoland   Heligoland is a complicated study. Here is a comprehensive site.
Heligoland   Fournier Album
Honduras   Fournier Album
Hong Kong   Page 164      Sperati forgeries 
Hungary   #1-12(Litho/Engr. comparison)  Click here for country index (comparison)      Fournier Album     

Click on a letter to jump to that country index
USA  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  R  S  T  U-Z 

Cameroons Canada Cape of Good Hope Cape Verde Caroline Is. Ceylon Chile China Colombia Comoro Cook Costa Rica Crete Cuba Cuprus Czechoslovakia

Dahomey Danish West Indies Denmark Diego Suarez Dominica Dominican Republic

Ecuador Egypt Estonia

Falkland Islands Fournier Album France French Colonies Congo Guiana Guinea India Polynesia Sudan

Gabon Gambia Gibralter Great Britain Gold Coast Guadeloupe Guatemala

Haiti Hong Kong Hungary

Ionian Islands IndoChina Iran Italy

Labuan Lagos Latvia Lebanon Liberia Lithuania Lubeck Luxemburg

Macao Malta Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mecklenburg Mexico Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat

Netherlands New Brunswick New Caledonia Newfoundland New Zealand
Nicaragua Nigeria North Borneo North Ingermanland Nova Scotia
Obock Oldenburg

Paraguay Parma Persia

Reunion Rhodesia Roman States Romagna Romania Rouad, Ile Russia

Saar St. Christopher St. Helena Ste. Marie de Madagascar St. Thomas & Prince St. Vincent
San Marino Samoa Sardinia Saxony Sedang Senegambia Senegambia
Siam Sierra Leone Shanghai Solomon Islands South Australia Southern Nigeria
Spain Surinam Sweden Switzerland

Thailand Tibet Timor Togo Transvaal Trinidad Turkey Tuscany
Uruguay Venezuela VietNam Wenden Wurttemburg