Thursday, 23 March 2017

Recent acquisitions

It is not easy to acquire desirable philatelic items from North Borneo nowadays. Fortunately, now and then, the dealers have some nice and reasonably priced offerings. Being a regular customer also makes it easy to get a discount on all purchases. 

This is a very attractive incoming card showing Jesselton D2, Sandakan D8 and Lahad Datu D3. It was addressed to the New Darvel Bay Tobacco Plantations Ltd near Lahad Datu from a manufacturer of embrocation which was an old word for a liniment treating sprains and injuries. Such injuries were likely common place among the labourers working in the plantation. This company survived until 1930.

It is obviously not a North Borneo postcard but it was sent as part of information to shareholders of The New London Borneo Tobacco Company Ltd about the sales and shipments of tobacco. This was one of the earliest tobacco companies and was started by Count Geloes d'Elsloo. Its main property was the Ranau Estate which won a prize in a tobacco competition in London in 1889.

I am showing this postcard because its adhesive is cancelled by Jesselton D6 in a very beautiful magenta colour which is rather unusual.


  1. Wow, that is some historic post, from where you got it? Thank you for sharing your collection with us..

  2. Mostly from dealers that I know at Stampex in London. Thanks.

  3. Hi, this is fantastic! I'm researching the Keasberry's in Sabah and would like to find out more on the history of what sabah was like when it was British North Borneo. Would you mind emailing me please on Many thanks in advance!

    1. Google "Keasberry Labuan" and Keasberry North Borneo"