Confederate States of America
Postal History
Fakes, Phonies, Forgeries

Springfield Facsimiles on Cover

The stamp is the Springfield Facsimile version of the CSA #2 10c Blue Lithograph. The postmark is a complete fake which does not even remotely resemble a genuine CSA postmark. The manuscript town mark "Saxapahaw NC December 31" is a recorded Confederate Post Office. So the town mark and the address are probably genuine. Most likely the original stamp was pen cancelled and was either removed or fell off. The faker then replaced the stamp with the facsimile and phonied the postmark.

Cover was found in a dealer's stock at TEXPEX 2000 with a $300.00 price tag on it. When the phoniness of the cover was explained to him, he gladly turned it over so that it would be removed from the marketplace.

Compare the Springfield Facsimile on the Left with a Genuine CSA #2 Paterson Printing Stamp on the Right, and the differences become obvious.

Below is another example of Springfield Facsimiles on Cover. This cover actually was sent to the APS for a certificate as at least one previous owner apparently thought it was genuine. The APS Certificate states "a pair of counterfeits tied on cover by a fake postmark."

The cover has an elaborate address to the Kingdom of Prussia Germany but no indication of a point of origin. The address itself may or may not be legitimate, but I suspect that the address is also a fake. The two stamps at the lower left are the Facsimile CSA #1 and the Facsimile CSA #10 (Frame-Line). The "cross" fancy cancel is of a type that was never used in the Confederacy. This cover should really fool no one with even a rudimentary knowledge of postal history, but still it was sent in for certifcation by someone who thought that it might be genuine.

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