North Borneo Stamps: Forgeries of 8 cents surcharge on 2 cents SG3


Genuine [A]

Genuine [B]

Forgery [C]

Forgery [D]

These are the pictures I got from ebay and internet on North Borneo stamps with 8 cents surcharge on 2 cents. This shows how easy is it to find forged North Borneo stamps and it is important for us to know what's genuine and what's not.

Now, as outlined above, [A] and [B] are genuine and [C] and [D] are forgeries. Just by comparing these pictures, I'm sure you'll get the idea. But anyway, let's start by looking at these pointers:

1. If you compare the perforation between the genuine stamps and the fake stamps, you'll notice that the genuine are perforated 12 while the forged stamps are perforated 14. This is very important as most forgeries on the 2 cents stamps are perforated 14 rather than 12. The height of the stamp is approx. 22mm and by counting the vertical perforation you'll get about 13 perf. or no more than 14, whereas in the forgeries you'll often got 16 or more.

2. If you measure the letters of the surcharge (e.g. the I, E or T) in the genuine stamps you'll get about 2¼ mm high whereas in the forgeries it's only 2mm high. Unfortunately, having the right height does not necessarily mean the stamp is genuine because another batch of forgeries on this stamp have the same surcharge height as the original.

3. Now if you look at the letter "H" in the surcharge and compared it in both stamps, you'll notice that the feet of the H are joined together quite clearly shown in picture [B]. If you now look at the forgeries you'll appreciate that the feet of the H are wide apart. In picture [D], the feet of the H are very close together but they are not joined.

4. Look at the "S" letter now. In genuine stamps, the bottom half is considerably bigger than the top half. In forgeries the "S" letter is perfectly upright and the top half and the bottom halves are about the same.

5. What about the shade? Stamp [C] has a red-brown shade and is known as the Genoa forgery probably by the work of N. Imperato.

There are several other subtle differences, but I think that's all we need to know for now. Pointer no 1 is especially important and should be remembered all the time when looking and judging at this stamp. Comments are always welcomed :)


[1] Album Weeds: How to Detect Forged Stamps Part V by Earée


Anonymous said...

I am not sure if there is a genuine example canceled with bars in black. Usually the bars cancel will be in blue and red. Also found with other cancellations such as "AC" in oval, North Borneo town double ring (without date, Singapore double circle and Hong Kong B62

Marcel said...

According to Shipman's postal History of North Borneo, the horizontal surchage of 8 cents on the 2 cents may be cancelled as:

1. Oval of 13 bars in blue ink.
2. Oval of 14 bars in red ink.
3. Sandakan D2 without date in blue ink.
4. The oval "AC" in blue ink.
5. Singapore double circle in red.

Although mostly cancelled in red or blue, I think black cancellation is still a possibility. There's an interesting Silam pen-cancellation on the stamp:

Anonymous said...

The cancel looks like the Singapore double circle and it is always in black and not red as reported by Shipman (possibly mistake)on the Silam pen cancellation example. Although there is a possibility that bars may be applied in black, this issue would have ceased in JUL 1883 as the new 8 cents have arrived. One cover recorded around this period has the stamps marked with 3 red lines in ink (without other cancellations)and the earliest recorded Sandakan 13 bars in black is Jan 1884

Pavel Malto said...

One more type of forgery, perf. 9~10x14. Left&right margins look good, so it's interesting how it has been done.

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