North Borneo stamps, postal history and local history
Thursday, 27 March 2014
More recent acquisitions
Most of these were bought at our recent society auction at a fraction of catalogue prices, much lower than even at online auctions.
This 1886 postal fiscal is one of 3 values. The bar cancellation may mean that it was used postally or more likely a CTO for philatelic purposes.
Postage due labels are said to be more difficult to find in pairs or multiples. Both of these have Lahad Datu cancellations. The upper pair is not damaged at the right margin. My heart sank when I first saw it. It is due to the ink from part of another cancellation.
This SG134e was unloved at the auction. It is not priced in the catalogue even though the mint version carries a tag of £325. This 10c has the slate blue colour frame instead of the commoner slate lilac. It has a faint Jesselton cds.
I was initially attracted by the red Sandakan cancellation on this very nice stamp. Then I realised it has a post date of 23 FEB (18)94 which is a very early date of use for this 1894 issue. The handbook states that this set was issued in January February of 1894. It also states that the earliest postmark seen on this set was 23 FEB 1894. Lo and behold we have the same date here!