Thursday, 11 February 2016

A few Brunei Ultramar specimens and the Brunei 9 bar cancel

Most naturally, I bought these Ultramar specimen adhesives from a dealer in Portugal. Sets of all new stamps were sent to all member UPU countries. The SPECIMEN overprint should prevent fraudulent use and Portuguese postal authority added an extra ULTRAMAR handstamp for further security.
The phrase en ultramar means overseas in Spanish and these overprinted sets were distributed to post offices of the Portuguese Colonies and are regarded as very uncommon. This handstamp was used between 1910 and 1920 with late uses in the years 1921 and 1923. Between 1911 and 1925 (except 1921 and 1923), the term COLONIAS was used. And in between 1926 and 1931 the term Especimen was used.  These latter two handstamps must be rare as I have not come across any from our territories yet.

These 6 values represent more than half of this 1907 set with values up to $1. The 5c value after the $1 is the second most valuable member of this set of stamps.

This 9 bar cancel of Brunei is not uncommonly found on the low values of the 1907 set but a full strike on a stamp is hardly ever seen. We are still not sure of its function as no covers exist. Alongside we have a full Labuan 9 bar strike on a NB stamp for comparison. The Brunei 9 bar is about half the size.


  1. Hi there
    I have the Portuguese specimens for the Multi CA wmk values, 10c, 25c, 30c, 50c and $1.
    Are you interested in possibly purchasing them?
    Kindest regards Steven (

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