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[*] posted on 4/13/2007 at 14:48
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To be honest i didn't search if this question has already been raised... Can anyone suggest a reliable expert (i'm mostly interested to the pre WWI period) easy to reach from Europe (in Germany or in the UK?)
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[*] posted on 4/13/2007 at 16:21


How about Hovest, BPP?
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[*] posted on 4/13/2007 at 17:09


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How about Hovest, BPP?


We seen his name and do not doubt his skills. Can you provide his credentials and why he is considered an expert for us all to evaluate?

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[*] posted on 4/14/2007 at 10:09


...because it was asked for an expert in Germany or GB, and of the two German BPP experts for Russia, Hovest is considered the better one by most people I have asked. All the famous old names are retired now (in the best case).

What credentials should I be able to provide?
I was not going to advertise for him, just offering the expert I use for Imperial Russia and Russian-Levante.

Why he is considered an Expert? Ask the BPP, I'm not involved in the evaluation and acceptance of experts into this experts association.
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[*] posted on 4/14/2007 at 11:08


Well put! ;)
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[*] posted on 4/14/2007 at 14:06


The BPP lists Hovest (ludgerhovest@yahoo.de) and (briefmarken-wassmann@t-online.de) for Russia, but only Hovest for Levant. The AIEP lists Greis (does not list email address) and Mikulski (85 years old)(z.mikulski@bluemail.ch). All gentlemen are from Germany, except Mikulski who lives in Switzerland.

You might also contact the BSRP regarding experts in the UK. Terry Page at terry.page1@btinternet.com

The AIEP site gives the basic requirements to become a member. I suspect the BPP sites does as well, but I do not wish to venture a translation.

Well put!:!!
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[*] posted on 4/14/2007 at 16:35


Greis is expertising zemstvo only.

Is Mikulski realy still active? If yes, he would be the best choice (IMHO).
I have doubts since Mr. Hofmann quited expertizing 2 or 3 years ago and is still listed on the AIEP list. The BPP list already names his succesor Mr. Watzke as expert for Latvia.

Does anyone expertize offices in china?
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[*] posted on 4/14/2007 at 17:08


As originally asked
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Originally posted by ameis33
To be honest i didn't search if this question has already been raised... Can anyone suggest a reliable expert (i'm mostly interested to the pre WWI period) easy to reach from Europe (in Germany or in the UK?)

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Greis is expertising zemstvo only.

Is Mikulski realy still active? If yes, he would be the best choice (IMHO).
I have doubts since Mr. Hofmann quited expertizing 2 or 3 years ago and is still listed on the AIEP list. The BPP list already names his succesor Mr. Watzke as expert for Latvia.

Does anyone expertize offices in china?


Send an email to Mr. Mikulski and ask if he is stll expertising. I felt informatiom was more important than a non-answer.:)

Ameis33, is it for sale?
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[*] posted on 4/14/2007 at 17:35


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Does anyone expertize offices in china?


I'm not aware of an expert for the stamps issued by the offices in China, but for the postmarks and postal history in general you can always consult Raymond Casey whose expertise is unsurpassed. He doesn't have email but if you're interested I can give you his address. He does not "do" official expertization with certificates but he'll be happy to give you an opinion, and his opinion is worth more than most certificates. That goes for Russian offices in China, Mongolia, Sinkiang, Manchuria, Far Eastern ship mail, Russo-Japanese War, etc.
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[*] posted on 4/14/2007 at 17:36


In general I'd also recommend Andrew Cronin (Canada) as an expert on most areas of Russian philately.
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[*] posted on 4/14/2007 at 20:40


Except Russian Civil War...
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[*] posted on 4/14/2007 at 20:42


Mikulski no longer expertizes, unfortunately, you might have noticed he is selling his collection.

Adrew Cronin would probably be a good choice for Imperial Russia
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[*] posted on 4/15/2007 at 03:33


Having left Europe and crossed the pond, we should add the name of Paul Buchsbayew, an AIEP expert. Not sure if Andy's eyes are back to normal after his surgery and he is 80+ years old as well. Also, Leon Fink is considered quite knowledgeable.
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[*] posted on 4/15/2007 at 04:28


The request about an expert here in Europe came first discussing with a friend of mine about a letter with a 20k of 1865 from St. Petersbourg to Wien. The catalog value of such a stamp is almost 900$ (SC catalog). Of course, that's not the market price, but it's still a stamp which worth going deep... He asked me: could it be needed an expertisation? Yes, but who? (BTW, which was the postal rate from Russia to Austria for a folded letter in 1865?)

I always tought there aren't dangerous forgeries on postal history stuffs, but i start being not so sure anymore...

About the BPP, in my opinion, the German Philatelic Proofer association is much more serious and reliable than others, italian proofer first. Any italian expert will ever refuse to expertise a russian stamp, but will you trust a Mr. Gennaro (fantasy name) certification?
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[*] posted on 4/15/2007 at 07:31


How sad, and no expert bun in the oven to replace the old. The really sad part is no pupils at all, “best kept secret”. Gonna’ have ta’ just learn it all over, don’t ax me a question, God forbid we pass down the K-nowledge.

Yes sir, let the Germans expertise Russian Philately, what?!?
Nice job Russian societies, next well get rid of them pesky books, then we can just collect by the pick-tures. Ya’ll take care now.
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[*] posted on 4/15/2007 at 11:18


Sad consideration, but which is the average age of stamp collectors?
When i go to the philatelic market in Warszawa, i'm the youngest (35...). No jokes... It would be interesting to know the age of the Rossica forum's guests...
The question is not where is russian philately going... You should ask yourself where is philately going...
How to collect collectors? The promise of an easy gain is long passed...
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[*] posted on 4/15/2007 at 12:11


A whole generation of experts appears to be retiring, with not a lot of successors to replace them.

At 35 you're probably along the youngest here. I'm 48 and when I joined the BSRP 23 year ago I was the youngest members they'd seen in quite some time.
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[*] posted on 4/15/2007 at 12:24


Well, I am 33. Going once - going twice - ... ;)

There are at least 3 very prominent collectors in Warsaw under 50 (I want to say under 40, but I am not sure): Krzysztof Piwko, Robert Puchala, Zbigniew Korszen.

Also, please let me remind you that an AIEP expert Krzysztof (Chris) Ceremuga was also born in 1973 ;) Not everything is lost, but more can be done to educate the next generation of aspiring experts.
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[*] posted on 4/15/2007 at 12:29


Hmmm, wasn't there some debate some time ago about experts who are also dealers? Or was it dealers who are also experts? Both Ceremuga and Buchsbayew fall into that category.
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[*] posted on 4/15/2007 at 12:49


Indeed! However, Ceremuga's certificates are "lifetime" meaning you can return the stamp any time (!) I also met him - he is a bit strange, but a very nice and honest person.
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[*] posted on 4/15/2007 at 15:36


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Or was it dealers who are also experts? Both Ceremuga and Buchsbayew fall into that category.


Wassmann also...
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[*] posted on 4/16/2007 at 00:56


The real nightmare is the Civil War period. If you want to specialize in this area, you MUST become an expert at some point anyway. If else, you will even have no idea what you are collecting, either genuine stamps or forgeries, bogus issues, forgeries of bogus issues, etc., etc. Yes, there are even forgeries of bogus issues (Novocherkassk for example). As example I am going to attach some stamps that are considered as Wrangel (Crimea) proofs. Problem is that just few of them are known. Who can expertize them? How can I expertize them?

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