Saturday, 8 December 2012

Christmas Treat 2. Kudat BNBC

The double ring Kudat BNBC cancel is probably one of the rarest of North Borneo cancellations which accounts for the reason that this is only one that I have handled thus far. We have a very good 1894 $5 stamp here with a fair example. The name of the town is discernible and one of the Maltese crosses is almost complete. The date is clear but the letters BNBC for British North Borneo Corporation is fairly faint. However, the great thing is that I only paid for the intrinsic value of the stamp with this special marking as a bonus.
According to Proud, this cancellation is only seen on high values off cover and probably indicates fiscal use. It was later superseded by a double ring Kudat BNB cancel which you can see here. The two Sandakan BNBCs are relatively more easy to find on both high values and in particular the 3c stamps of the 1900s. On low values, it probably represented some form of levy applied at the Sandakan offices. You can see my Sandakan BNBCs by clicking herehere, here, and here.
I have still to find my Jesselton BNBC cancelled stamp and conceivably this could be a more uncommon cancellation. This latter marking is not even mentioned in Ted Proud's book.

This is the double ring Kudat BNB fiscal cancellation on a 1911 perf 15 50c stamp.

An arrival slogan, probably GB, of  "Post Early (for) Christmas". With this, I would like to thank readers for their support and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Happy New Year!

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