More fake cancellations on Korea 1884 issue stamps showing up in auctions

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Recently more fake marks on genuine 1884 stamps showed up in auctions and online. This article discusses the findings from a recent Berlin auction and explores the complexities of stamp verification through professional scrutiny and historical context.

The material shown here (on stockcard, fig. 1 bottom), offered as auction lot at the Berlin “Schlegel Auktion” on 28 November 2023, did not find a buyer. It includes stamps on pieces whose legitimacy was scrutinized, particularly in terms of the marks which are private and ostensibly placed with fraudulent intent. Previous to the auction, the vendor (lot owner) gave these for an analysis to F. Eichhorn BPP. The results were given in an bilingual “Kurzbefund” (‘standardized opion’) and published on the auction website along the offered materials (fig. 1 top).

This article explains why these marks are of private origin and applied 50 or more years after the postage stamps were actually used, citing the auction’s offer details of the experts opinion. Furthermore, the discussion extends to the misuse of French shipping/customs documents, as highlighted in a detailed exposition on the Korea Stamp Society’s website.

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3 thoughts on “More fake cancellations on Korea 1884 issue stamps showing up in auctions

  1. What a shame. We have had too many fakes and forgeries. But we , Koreans, did not manufacture them alone . Most of them were made by foreigners. When Korea’s first two stamps were issued, those two must have attracted lots of foreign collectors and dealers because Korea as one of the underdeveloped feudalistic regimes introduced the modern postal system and issued stamps relatively quite earlier compared to other parts of the world. We were only 13 years late than Japan in terms of stamp issue.

  2. well… I don’t like the term “fake cancellation”, the word “cancel” in philately means you chop on a stamp to make it not valid anymore (cannot be used on other mails). if anything else chop on a real stamp but the purpose is not to make it not-valid, it should not be considered a “cancellation”. Yes these Korean stamps are genuine and they are chopped with a strange “seal” but from postal perspective they are not “cancelled”. Since they are not “cancelled” these are chops are not fake. Actually I think they are meaningful, maybe in business affairs, But I need more clearer image to tell what the Chinese words are. From Asian collectors’ poinit of view, we can tell immediately that these are not postal cancellations. So we won’t consider it genuine or fake.

  3. OK, lets call the (ab)use of these private business seal handstamps as “marks”, not as “cancels”.
    That is also used in the summary of the opinion.

    Obviously the forger / producer of these materials wanted to create the impression of genuine marks.

    All the musings of allegedly “fiscal usage” of mun issues come from those abused old customs / shipping documents.
    (pictured e.g. in Zirkle or 1980 Sun catalog). Later on they were apparently cut out to obscure their origins.

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