JEAN DE SPERATI: MASTER FORGER. Jean de Sperati relaxing in his study. The name “Jean de Sperati” is one of the most famous and infamous in the history. Media in category “Jean de Sperati”. The following 6 files are in this category, out of 6 total. A signed work of Jean de × ;. , English, Book, Illustrated edition: The work of Jean De Sperati II: including previously unlisted forgeries / Robson Lowe and Carl Walske. Lowe, Robson.

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Sperati retained his Italian passport throughout his life and always considered himself an Italian. Therefore, postmarks found on his forgeries are limited to those of larger cities. This page was last edited on 22 Juneat The first sperayi to copy stamps went extraordinarily well.

Please help improve sperrati article by adding citations to reliable sources. Even today, many valuable collections contain knowingly and unknowingly de Sperati forgeries — and some collectors are completely focused on seeking out his reproductions as a topic for their collections.

He did this with an inimitable precision scarcely obtained by any other counterfeiter. Views Read Edit View history.

Relatives owned a postcard factory as well as a sperzti mill. But, most importantly, he agreed that he would never again produce a counterfeit stamp.

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Full Time Stamp Dealer in Australia for over 35 years. PTS London and many other philatelic bodies. Despite the findings of the experts Sperati managed to convince the police that they were fakes, and he was then charged with fraud.


Some items in his collection had as many as six different signatures of authenticity. There are several known counterfeits by Sperati of this Jefferson Davis stamp. Exporting forgeries was at the time legal if sold and identified as such, and free of duty or taxes.

November Learn how and when to remove this template message. Jean de Sperati did not have to serve his prison sentence on the grounds of his age – he was already over 64 years old.

This stamp shows perfectly the main characteristic of the forgery Sperati Kangaroo forgeries get high prices globally, not just locally.

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Pointing out rightly these sold for that price a decade ago, well before the massive rise in Roo values overall. Sperati speratk a master craftsman, and produced very small numbers of meticulous masterpieces, rather than the masses of low quality JUNK quality material manufactured by Panelli, Spiro Brothers and Fournier etc.

They charged him with “exporting capital” without a licence and trying to avoid customs payments. It was the only example of this forgery I have ever owned or seen offered, and the price in the UK may of course be somewhat higher than this – I have nothing whatever to guide me in this respect as SG Specialised does not price it! I also have just sold another very rare Sperati Forgery.

Read HERE for details. After that sale Sperati is RED hot. A trivial re-inforced corner perf not mentioned in Shreves description. His favourite printing method was collotype collotypyalso known as photogelatin in America, which simulated intaglio and lithographic printing. For complete details on the Gray sale, click – https: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Jean de Sperati – Forger Extraordinaire

New York Also Member of: Full Time Stamp Dealer in Australia for 35 years. He was particularly interested in printing techniques, as well as photography which was in its infancy at that time. He was, indeed, a Forger Extraordinaire. This is the ‘Holy Grail’ to jran serious Papua collectors.

He then withdrew from the forgery business sperzti promised never again to falsify a stamp. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. However, having been forewarned, the family fled, leaving behind more than two truck loads of forgeries, printing plates, printing presses, chemicals and inks, photographic equipment and paper.

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Jean de Sperati is universally regarded as the finest and most dangerous stamp forger ever to have lived. A cache of his stamps, marked as valuable and intended for a Lisbon stamp dealer, was discovered by customs officials.

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Sperati was born in Pistoia[5] Italy, though he spent a large part of his life in France where he adopted the name Jean.

Sperati made fools of the Authorities in the long court trial by forging three more identical sets of the same 18 stamps in question, and tendered them to the court! Some stamps in his famous album contained as many as six different signatures or Guarantees of spwrati.

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