Bernhardt Assmus

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Assmus in the dock.
A genuine Penny Black VR official.

Dr. Bernhardt Assmus (Born c. 1855),[1] originally from Hamburg, Germany, was a stamp forger operating in London.

He was unmasked after Morris Giwelb bought forged Penny Black VR official stamps from him in August 1890.[2][3] Giwelb accompanied the police on a visit to Assmus' premises at 12 Church Street, Islington, and assisted them at Vine Street Police Station in sorting the seized material.[2]


  1. ^ "Police" in The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jan 07, 1892; pg. 14; Issue 33528.
  2. ^ a b "Morris Giwelb" by Cyril Permutt in Philatelic Paraphernalia, No. 23/24, April/July 1990, pp. 333-334.
  3. ^ Birch, Brian. (2012) Biographies of Philatelists and Dealers. 12th edition. Standish, Wigan: Brian Birch, p. 880.

Further reading[edit]

  • Herst, H. (ed.) (1986) Forensic Philately (An Account of the Famous English Stamp Fraud Trials involving Messrs. Bluett, Benjamin, Sarpy, Jeffryes and Dr. Assmus Originally Published in "The Stamp News", 1890-1892). Lake Oswego, Oregon: Herman Herst Jr.