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Worldwide Stamps and Postal Hstory continued...

Fournier Album, Argentina thru Bolivia
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
570   ImageFournier Forgery Album. No. 238, containing approximately 3,000 items comprising unused and used singles, multiples and many surcharges and cancels, appears to be complete except for nine empty spaces, pages in blue binder with "Album De Fac-Similés Edité Par L'Union Philatélique de Genève" embossed in gold on front cover, slight cover wear mostly along edges and breaking of the tabs that attach the cover to the posts, but this does not affect the spine or the integrity of the pages

VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE FOURNIER FORGERY ALBUM. ONLY 480 ALBUMS WERE MADE.

According to Varro Tyler's Philatelic Forgers, Their Lives and Works, Fournier, unlike many of his contemporary forgers, did not seek to defraud the public. He described his material as facsimiles and promoted it to collectors who could not afford to purchase genuine items and to uneducated collectors as a preventive measure against being deceived by dishonest stamp dealers.

When Fournier died in 1917, one of his employees, Charles Hirschburger, unsuccessfully tried to continue the business. When Hirschburger died in 1927, L'Union Philatélique de Genève purchased the Fournier stock, which weighed over 800 pounds, from Hirschburger's widow. The Union then marked the forgeries with "FAUX" handstamps on the front and/or "Facsimile" on the reverse, and employed students from the Geneva School of Arts and Crafts to mount representative selections of the forgeries in 480 albums. Whatever was not placed into one of the books was burned to ashes.

Because Fournier made forgeries from such a wide variety of countries, many of the 480 books have either been divided into country references or have had many items removed. Very few remain intact or have the degree of completeness of this book. (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $6,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
571   ImageEmperor Leopold I (1640-1705). Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary and Croatia and King of Bohemia, document dated 1670 and measuring 500 x 370mm, handwritten and with clear signature at bottom left, incl. large official seal, document with stains and large central holes (not affecting signature), Fine (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
572 Pbl ImageARGENTINA, 1864, 5c, 10c and 15c Rivadavia, Trial Color Plate Proofs in Black (8TC-10TC). From the Perkins, Bacon & Co. archives, each in a bottom half-sheet of 50 plus an irregular block of 38, Very Fine, ex Dale-Lichtenstein (as full sheets) and each with 1979 Diena certificate as a full sheet (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $275.00
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573 c ImageAUSTRIA, 1910, 10k Birthday Jubilee (144; Michel 177). Tied on local registered cover by Bad Ischl 18.VII.10 first day circular datestamp, Very Fine, unpriced as a first day cover (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $500.00
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574 nh ImageAUSTRIA, 1946, 1sh-5sh Renner Souvenir Sheets (B185-B188; Michel 772B-775B). Mint N.H. except 2s and 5s each with a small spot of gum disturbance, Very Fine, Michel €2,300 (Image)

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$ 2,000.00

SOLD for $550.00
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575 c ImageAUSTRIA, OFFICES IN THE TURKISH EMPIRE, 1876, 10sld Blue, Coarse Print (4). Horizontal pair, tied on 1873 folded cover to Sira, Greece by "Rettimo 21/?" blue circular datestamp, noted as due "40" (lepta) by blue crayon upon arrival, where large four-margined Greece 1872 40l Brown on Bluish (42) and cancelled with centrally struck "67" numeral diamond grid, Sira backstamp, central vertical file fold ending in small tear at top, Very Fine appearance (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

CLOSED
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576 c ImageAUSTRIA, LOMBARDY-VENETIA, 1864, 5s Rose, Perforated 9-1/2 (22; Sassone 43). Horizontal pair, tied on attractive blue 1869 folded cover to Sira, Greece by choice strike of "Rettimo 1/3" circular datestamp, noted as due "20" (lepta) by red crayon upon arrival where Greece 1862 20l Blue on Bluish (20) affixed and tied by indistinct circular datestamp, Sira backstamp, light vertical file fold passes thru Greek stamp, Very Fine, with 1984 Matl certificate (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $475.00
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577 c ImageBELGIAN CONGO, 1900, 10c Carmine & Black (19). Tied on picture postcard by retta cancel (of Khartoum) and cancelled by manuscript "Lado 31.3.07" and initials to Lucca, Italy, also provided with "White-Nile 31 III 1918" (accidental missetting of year slug), trivial staining around stamp, otherwise Fine, a rare example of the Lado Enclave manuscript cancel of which Gudenkauf only records one other entire and a single stamp (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $850.00
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578 og ImageBELGIUM, 1875, 5fr Deep Brown Red (39; COB 37). Original gum, remarkably well-centered, lovely rich color and a crisp detailed impression, Very Fine and choice, a challenging stamp to find in this select original-gum quality, signed Senf, COB €2,100 (Image)

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$ 1,700.00

SOLD for $425.00
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579 nh ImageBELGIUM, 1933, 5c+5c-10fr+40fr Orval Abbey (B132-B143; COB 363-374). Mint N.H., brilliant colors, a Very Fine post-office fresh set, COB €2,900 (Image)

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$ 1,500.00

SOLD for $425.00
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580 nh ImageBELGIUM, 1935, 10c-100fr Railway (Q184-207; COB TR178-TR201). Mint N.H., bright and fresh (especially the top values), Very Fine, not an easy set to find in Mint Never-Hinged condition, COB €4,000 (Image)

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$ 3,375.00

SOLD for $1,100.00
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