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By Druss
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Fake Signature on The Adventures of Tom Bombadil ?

Mar 9, 2019 (edited)
2019/3/9 7:47:47 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Hello there.
I just came upon this signed volume of the ATB supposedly signed by Tolkien on 21st Aug 1969 in Bournemouth, according a pencil note from the original owner. The signature looks fake to me, but I'm not a specialist. The seller clearly indicates that he isn't sure of it either. What do you think ?

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Mar 9, 2019
2019/3/9 7:55:12 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Fake
Mar 9, 2019
2019/3/9 7:57:51 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Yeah, definitely has a "Higgins" look to it, albeit not in his usual blue ink.
Mar 9, 2019
2019/3/9 7:59:11 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
He did occasionally use black ink, and he also use to cross out the name when he faking other signatures, looks like he forgot that Tolkien did not do that for this fake.
Mar 9, 2019
2019/3/9 8:01:21 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Trotter wrote:
He did occasionally use black ink, and he also use to cross out the name when he faking other signatures, looks like he forgot that Tolkien did not do that for this fake.

Yeah, I did notice the unusual cross-out. Didn't know AF did that.
Mar 9, 2019
2019/3/9 8:11:18 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Well it was fast
Thanks for your confirmations, I saw some Formhal's forgeries, but this one was a little bit different, enough to have a doubt.
Mar 9, 2019
2019/3/9 9:30:49 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
No problemo. Team work is always the best one
May 10, 2019
2019/5/10 9:48:50 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
As I don't want to open a new topic, just for the same question, I post it here. Do you think this one is legit ?

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May 10, 2019
2019/5/10 10:59:03 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Doesnt work for me , looks like Allans blue ink , Trotter will know am sure

Druss wrote:
As I don't want to open a new topic, just for the same question, I post it here. Do you think this one is legit ?
May 10, 2019
2019/5/10 11:32:44 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
It is one of Mr Formhal's efforts, not sure if I have seen this exact one before, but it is one of his. Have you informed the seller?

The picture is from Mr Formhal's practice book, the middle right signature looks almost identical.

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May 10, 2019
2019/5/10 11:39:09 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
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yep already emailed no reply so far!
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