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Continuing the story of Giovanni Jean de Sperati, Italy-born master forger of postage stamps.

In this second, and final, instalment we move forward to the third decade of the 20th Century. By Jean de Sperati was earning enough to become a full-time stamp forger. He was so good that he was acting as a dealer but producing and selling copies of rare stamps to unknowing reputable dealers in Europe.

Re items in his collection had as many as six different signatures of authenticity. The collection contained in total different stamps guaranteed as genuine by experts.


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The most interesting thing about Sperati is perhaps the care he took towards his forgery. He loved his work and his knowledge of chemistry, paper and printing helped him to avoid mistakes made by other philatelic forgers. His skills were so advanced that even after knowing a Sperati stamp was a forgery, experts were baffled by his methods of reproduction. His favourite printing method was collotype collotypyspwrati known as photogelatin in America, which simulated intaglio and lithographic printing.

This eventually resulted in more than high-quality forgeries from more than different stamp-issuing agencies. A cache of his stamps, marked as valuable and intended for a Lisbon stamp dealer, was discovered by customs officials. He protested his innocence, explaining that it contained only copies sprrati valuable stamps, which he himself had made. The experts came to the conclusion that the stamps were all originals, and also very valuable.

Despite the findings of the experts Sperati managed to convince the police that they were fakes, and he was then charged with fraud. He also claimed that he normally signed his reproductions but had forgotten to do so in the case of the impounded stamps. His trial ended in April after years of legal wrangling and he avoided imprisonment and simply received a fine because by then spearti was 64 years old. But, most importantly, he agreed that he would never again produce a counterfeit stamp.


However, when Sperati died init was discovered he had still been hard at work with his reproductions. Even today, many valuable collections contain knowingly and unknowingly de Sperati forgeries — and some collectors are completely focused spegati seeking out his reproductions as a topic for their collections. He was, indeed, a Forger Extraordinaire. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

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