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Literature: 'Forgeries of the "Cantonal" Stamps of Switzerland' by A de Reuterskiold (1907), I have not seen this book myself.
5 c black and red
Value of the stamps
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare
(Grille in black)
(Forgery or genuine?)
In the genuine stamps, there is an '8' above the 'L' of 'LOCALE'. The horizontal thin inner frame line in the top right hand corner is continued to the thick outer line (source 'The forged stamps of all countries' by J.Dorn).
A similar stamp with inscription 'TESSINO 5 RAPPEN' is a bogus stamp, issued in Lyons (France), according to Album Weeds (I have never seen this stamp).
These two stamps look genuine, but they are almost identical (even the cancels!), so probably forgeries!
The above stamps could be Fournier forgeries. They come from a whole sheet of forgeries. However, they do not resemble the forgeries of 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries', the background pattern is different (the background pattern of these forgeries is also different from the genuine stamps by the way). The second 'e' of 'Centimes' is too large, the 'i' of this word is placed almost undert the center of the arms just above it (it is placed much more to the right in the genuine stamps).
Fournier(?) forgery with grille cancel and 'GENEVE 26 MARS 51 2 S' cancel placed besides it, all on a piece of paper. This cancel can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries', click on Switzerland Fournier forgeries for more information.
Another Fournier forgery as found in the Fournier Album.
First forgery of Album Weeds
In the genuine stamp, there is a small '8' above the 'L' of 'LOCALE'. The above stamps don't have this '8'. There is also no black frame in the white cross (the above stamps do have a black frame). An extra frameline exists all around the stamp, which is not present in the genuine stamps. The above forgeries are quite common and are referred to as first forgery in the book Album Weeds. This forgery is very old and was already mentioned in Schweizer Illustr. Briefmarken-Zeitung of May 1883 (source: http://briefmarken.ag/:).
The above forgery has no '8' in the design.
The above two forgeries also don't have the '8' in the design, moreover the background pattern differs from a genuine stamp.
(A forgery with 'FACSIMILE' overprint, possibly made by the forger Champion, or Geneva forgery)
This forgery is mentioned as 7th forgery in Album Weeds, there it is referred to as Geneva forgery.
(No '8' at the top of the stamp)
A forgery with a slightly different background pattern. There is a diamond like pattern under the 'L' of 'LOCALE'.
Senf forgery with blue 'FALSCH' overprint.
Peter Winter made some modern forgeries (somewhere in the 1980's):
(Winter forgery and a 'proof' also made by him with the red colour missing)
These Winter forgeries can be found in large quantities, also with cancels.
Winter forgery with red cancel
I've also seen two of these Winter forgeries, printed together, both with a black oval 'P.D.' cancel.
A page with Sperati 'reproductions' in black: top row: Vaud central cross negative print and normal print; Vaud 4 c type A and type B. Second row 5 c and 4 c negative print and negative cross print. Third row: Neuchatel stamps (without center). Fourth row: central crosses of the Neuchatel forgeries.
A Menke-Huber postcard with replicas of Vaud and Neuchatel