Wednesday, 9 May 2012
some recent acquisitions
This is the 1894 $5 used with a nice clear Kudat D3 (here we go again!) postmark. Catalogued at over £300, one should be able to acquire it for half that or less. This is bright purple but also available in dull purple.
Used examples, even with normal postmarks like this, are mostly fiscal or cancelled by favour. It is possible that it might have been used in parcel post but I doubt that many stamps would survive intact in its original condition.
Recently, a cover with this company inscription with a combination of NB and Straits stamps used with Sandakan and Singapore postmarks was sold for a hundred times estimated price in an auction in Hong Kong! The feeling is that this cover was well and truly underestimated as combination covers are very rare and desirable.