Why this site

1- The today Web offering on Antique Italian State stamps: the bad news

Today the percentage of forgeries of these stamps offered by sellers on the Web, versus the originals, is very high. It's a fact. Nothing wrong if these forgeries were offered as such. But this is not the case: they are offered as originals or at the best "as is" that translates into "these are forgeries and we don't want them back". The expert collector recognizes the original from the forgery but the new collector is concerned about engaging in a collection in a segment so flooded by forgeries considering also the prices involved. For sometime I wrote to the sellers inviting them to withdraw the offering or correct the claims with marginal success. I even threatened one big german seller to a legal action (after I collected multiple evidences of offers of forgeries as originals) with some result...but the field of sellers in good or bad faith is too large to follow this path.

When invited to clarify or withdraw the offering, sellers are justifying themselves by claiming that the segment is too specialized and there are no easy way to identify the stamps other than having them expertised (by Italian experts). But this takes time and money. As result this situation is stable and the web market is now flooded with any type of forgeries.

2- ... and the good news !

To understand and recognize the originals, in the Web there is a great site, www.antichistati.com, by Lorgil that is an exhaustive presentation of all the original stamps. But for the forgeries in the Web there is nothing or close to nothing on these States. Of course there are expensive and detailed books on the subject but nothing new with clear pictures and colors for an easy and quick consultation.

This site represents a first tentative to cover this gap helping in the identification of the forgeries offered in the Web as well, inside personal collections, to recognize them from the originals.

The forgeries not cached by the methodology of this site are the ones that require lateral light to enhance stamps details (second and third series of Sardinia) and some of the ones that are photolitographed copies of originals. Those are, anyway, a minor part of the forgeries circulating and require a formal expertising for their correct identification.

2- Disclaimer
This program shows a list of gross forgeries and is made for education purposes only. These ARE NOT THE ONLY forgeries for the Old Italian States but only a part of them that, anyway, are the most often seen in Internet sites of Antique Italian States stamps. DO NOT take any financial nor commercial decision based on the info of this program. We fully decline any responsibility for direct and/or indirect financial consequences on decisions based by anybody on the content of this program.