Forgeries of classic Ecuador stamps

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Moving on with topic of classic Ecuador stamps, I can not overpass the topic of forgeries. They are said to be very plenty, especially for the first three issues there are likely more forgeries than real stamps. Despite my collection of classic Ecuador is just one page, I can still come up with few interesting items to share.

Let’s begin with a forgery of 1872 Coat of arms issue. Michel has a footnote, that stamps in perforation other than 11 x 11 are forgeries:

1872 Ecuador. Coat of Arms, Michel #6.

1872 Ecuador. Coat of Arms, Michel #6.

Besides different perforation, the design has some subtle but clear differences. The below black/white closeup photo highlights some of these:

1872 Ecuador, coat of arms. A close up comparison between the real thing and forgery.  Notice the differences especially on parts that are circled in red.

1872 Ecuador, coat of arms. A close up comparison between the real thing and forgery. Notice the differences especially on parts that are circled in red.

I have to say I have no actual knowledge who’s behind the forgery, but as a wild guess I’d bet my money on Spiro brothers.

Moving on, then I have a somewhat crude forgery of 1896 issue. This one I’ve managed to track down as possible forgery of Jean De Sperati This one was produced by N. Imperato of Genoa, Italy in 1918 (my compliments to Rick for sharing this tidbit):

1896 Ecuador. Success of the Liberal party.  The left side stamp is likely with CTO/remainder-cancel.

1896 Ecuador. Success of the Liberal party. The left side stamp is likely with CTO/remainder-cancel.

Unlike the first item, this is much easier to identify as forgery as the print output is really rough and lacks the level of details.

As usual, feel free to share your comments, questions and opinions on matter. Till next time, happy collecting!

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