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