Confederate Gallery of Curious Things
Counterfeits, Fakes, Fantasies, Facsimiles, Reprints


This section will eventually include a provenance section, which will show and list scanned owner backstamps as well as handwriting of known collectors and dealers through the past century plus.

Also see the "Trouble Spots" section within the "Confederate Primer Online." There are detailed descriptions of forgeries of the "T-E-N" and "Frame Line" issues and how to detect them, as well as other addressed difficulties.


eBay Rogues Gallery - Caveat Emptor! Buyer Beware! An area that drives most serious students absolutely crazy.


The linked pages below are scans of the Confederate fake collection of David Kent that was sold at auction in April 2008. The pages, scanned in high resolution, are reproduced here with the permission of the new owner. They are a ready-made explanation of the most commonly encountered gallery of "curious things." Use the zoom feature of your web browser to enlarge / see detail.

Title Page Introduction
Alabama - Selma, Sparta, Livingston, Mobile, Greenville
Altered Plates - never put into use - a long history on these, details forthcoming in "Trouble Spots"
Birmingham counterfeits
Blockade Postage fantasy
Bucks Richmond Express fantasy
Cancellations - 2-cent to 20-cent - a gallery of baddies
Cancellations - from bad to worse - general issues to provisionals
Charleston - Fort Sumter
Columbus, Ohio Farley issue
Crude forgeries of the Davis lithographs
CSA Flag
Florida - Madison, Tampa, Express (also see Georgia page below)
Georgia - Athens, Savannah, Macon - the second row on this page is actually the untitled Madison, Florida counterfeit
Hell-box - a wide assortment of curious things
Livingston, Alabama forgeries
Louisiana - Baton Rouge and New Orleans
Memphis, Tennessee
New York counterfeit - one of the most commonly seen - often on eBay and in virtually every dealer bourse by non-specialist dealers as genuine CSA 6. This is also addressed in the "Trouble Spots" section.
North Carolina - Lenoir, Weldon, Statesville
Richmond fantasies - Duckpins and Battle flag
Scott Catalogue 1894 illustrations - one of the greatest source of early counterfeits
South Carolina - Charleston and Columbia (multiple types)
Sperati 10-cent rose forgery - dangerous
Sperati "T-E-N" forgery - dangerous. Addressed in more detail in the "Trouble Spots" section on this site under Articles link.
Springfield facsimiles - some of the most commonly seen baddies - often on eBay. If you are reading these pages because you know nothing about stamps and want to find out what you have, please flip the stamp over and look at the back. Often the word "FACSIMILE" or "REPRODUCTION":is found on the back in various ink colors.
Tennessee - Memphis and Nashville - multiple types
Tennessee - 2 - Memphis, Rheatown, Knoxville - multiple types
Virginia - Marion, Danville, Pittsylvania Court House, Petersburg - multiple types
Virginia-2 - Pleasant Shade, Lynchburg, Fredericksburg - multiple types

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