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Sperati Forgeries Auction With Excellent Images - Paradise Valley Stamp Company

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Posted 03/04/2021   07:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
MOOT ----Thanks for the heads up . I seen that at auction at Rasdale Stamps about a year ago with one worldwide collection . But the total of the four parts did not reach the level for one bidder {he was a internet bidder} . I got the D - L section ,Dennis L. got the R-Z section , so half the collection when to Florida .

For me it was mostly all duplicates but it saved me 400 lbs of Steiner Pages ,printing than organizing it .

Back to the Paradise Valley stuff there are a few items that need to be in your hands to really identify a real from a forgery, Richard said above so I will call them . Thanks
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Posted 03/04/2021   09:50 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add widglo46 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've only acquired a few of the US Sperati reproductions, but I think it is especially fun to do a side-by-side comparison of the same plate position. Here is mine of #10X1, position 12. I believe it is one of Sperati's engraved forgeries.
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Posted 03/04/2021   10:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Richard Frajola to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sperati did not engrave his reproductions, although several early experts, including Mueller, thought he did even as late as 1949 when they examined sets of his work. On some of his best work, he ran his reproduction through his press twice with minute offset to give "depth" to the line. Also, he was able to reproduce die sinkage by putting a piece of copper on the bed of a press and wetting the paper to conform around it.

I have a 16 page presentation on his technique here:
https://www.sperati.org/Tpages/ST.pdf
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Posted 03/04/2021   2:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add widglo46 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for that reference, Richard. I guess I am one of those who got caught up in the man's legends.
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