Ebay Reviews the Last few weeks



Looking back in ebay several weeks ago, many interesting items appeared. It is apparent that demand for good quality and rare stamps from this country remains strong and shows no sign of abating anytime soon. It is likened to the unstoppable rise of the Chinese stamps in recent years. The most recent Stanley Gibbons catalogue of 2012 documents  this quite clearly with many British Borneo (N. Borneo, Sarawak, Labuan and Brunei) show significant increase in catalogue pricing compared to, for example, Straits Settlement and other traditional 'philatelic' countries.

Here's some of the more interesting stuffs that I think worth having a second look:

1. Kudat D2

This interesting Kudat cancel yielded a finishing price of £95.88 after 7 bids. Appeared and ended in ebay on 15.01.2012. The date is "A 6 FE 1890". We know that there are many varieties on the Kudat D2 postmark, for example (a) The year code is strucked in two digits from 01.01.1894; (b) The time code (which is either A or P) invariably omitted from about 09.06.1895; and (c) Usually strucked in blue ink from about 10.03.1894 to 09.06.1895.

This Kudat D2 postmark however, only bears the first two digits of the year plug. As can be seen, the year is completed with a pen, making it 1890. This is not documented in Proud's postal history book. I'm not sure of the relative rarity of such a cancellation but surely, varieties are the spice of life and my guess is that it's not terribly common at all.

2. Royal Dutch Airlines (K.L.M) via Singapore / via Alor Setar

Registered mail from Sandakan to England carried by the Royal Dutch Airline (K.L.M) in 1936 via Singapore. The rate is 75 cents franked with 10c, 16c, 24c and 25c stamps of 1926-28 issue. Registration fee in 1936 to all destinations was 15c. The KLM service to Great Britain was 60 cents, making the overall cost of sending a registered letter using this service to Britain to be 75c. Ended on 13.01.12 in ebay at £280.

Apart from the usual delivery, mails were accepted for airmail transmission via KLM by 1932. A postal notice published in 1932 stated that all letters for this service was to bear a special "BY AIR MAIL" blue label.

This interesting cover appeared in ebay and ended on 29.01.12 with a final price of £348. The cover is franked with Straits Settlement stamps of 50c. and 5c. (55c.) and cancelled Labuan 17 May 1934. Sent to Wales.

The cover is also inscribed in red ink, "By Royal Dutch Air Lines, KLM. Singapore - Alor Setar - London service". Affixed with the blue airmail label required for all KLM flights.

3. Labuan SG12 6c. on 16c. blue

Nice Labuan stamp with two upright surcharge of "6" cents in dim red ink. Cancelled with dotted Labuan K1 cancel in red, somewhat concealing the surcharges. This stamp was listed in ebay and ended on 12.02.2012 at US$385.00 after 15 bids.

4. Registered Jesselton 1928 cover with Jesselton GPO and R10 marks

This magnificient cover appeared in ebay on 7 Feb 2012 and ended after 10 days with a suprisingly 'low' final price of 266!

The cover is franked with 10 stamps (1c.x 3; 2c. x 2; 3c. x 3 and 4c. x 2) i.e. 24 cents, all cancelled with the rare Jesselton R10 (in use from 22.02.28 - 10.12.30) dated 7 AUG 1928. Note also of the faint Jesselton GPO mark at the left lower corner. White Jesselton registration label is affixed on the lower left. 
At the back shows a myriad of other cancellations including three red wax seals. The one on the right shows a nice imprint of the North Borneo coats of arms. The Singapore registration mark shows a date of 13 AU 1928. The Jesselton R10 cancel on this cover is black compared to Patrick Cassels' collection auction 2008 (No. 278) which bears a violet ink.

5. Bandau postmark on Malaysia FDC

This FDC is expensive because of the postmark. I doubt it would reach its final price of US$63 if usual cancellation was applied. Bandau postmark was used, according to Proud, from 11.12.1962 to approx. 15.09.63. Very little is known about Bandau as a town and incidentally if you google 'Bandau' it will show another village in Germany.

6. Sadong cancel on Sarawak Postal Stationery

Now a little bit of interesting Sarawak item. This one is a 3-cents postal stationery of Sarawak, addressed to Singapore. The most interesting part is of course the rare "SADONG" D2 postmark dated 29 Nov 1899. Ended at a stagerring final price of US$ 611.67 after 13 bids!

The postal stationery is Sarawak's first postal stationery, which was only produced after the country joined the U.P.U in 1897. It bears a 3-cents value showing the Rajah's face (believed to be from a photo taken when he was 57 years old). Sadong as a post office was opened in the early 1890s but was later transferred to Simunjan in 1937.


Anonymous said...

Bandau is KOTA MARUDU-- a town and district located in Kudat Division, Malaysia with approximately 1,917 square kilometres of land and a population in 2000 of more than 58,841 people, made up mainly by Dusun (Kimaragang, Tobilung & etc.), Rungus, Bajau, Orang Sungai, Suluk, and Chinese (mostly Hakka and Hokkien).

Located in the northern region of Sabah, bordered by the districts of Kudat, Kota Belud, Pitas, and Beluran. It takes roughly 2 hours journey drive from the city of Kota Kinabalu over a distance of 130 km. You can also make an excursion to Kudat from Kota Marudu, which takes about 1½ hours by road. Kota Belud is merely an hour away.

Kota Marudu was formerly known as 'Bandau', which derives from the Kadazandusun world 'Mondou'. According to the local folklore, mondou is believed to be a buffalo-like creature feared by the local residents. The district was eventually re-named 'Kota Marudu', after a famous fort built by the famous local warrior Shariff Osman on Marudu Bay to protect the area from British colonisation.

Among the places of interest in Kota Marudu include the famous Sorinsim Waterfall, located 40 km from the main town and Taman Sagabon, an agriculture research station at the Buyut lake. You can find South East Asia's biggest solar power station in Kota Marudu.

One may enjoy the district's celebration of the annual Maize Festival in honour of the agricultural product's contribution to the socio-economic development of Kota Marudu. The line-up activities includes a variety of exhibitions, competitions, traditional sports, and the crowning of Maize Fashion Queen!--LINDA

Anonymous said...

item no--220941096652 kudat D3--FEB 96. date 25 use pen writing finishing price only GBP 0.99 hahaha---LINDA.

Marcel said...

Hi Linda, thanks for the Bandau information. I know that Bandau is the old name of Kota Marudu, in fact Dr. Maximus Ongkili's parliamentary constituency has always been called Bandau until quite recently. But if you type "Bandau" in wikipedia it will show you the German village..hahaha..

The Kudat D3 that you mentioned has the last two digits in the year plug whereas the D2 in this example has the first two digits. But in your example, the date "25" is corrected with a pen - interesting isn't it? :)

GE-KK said...

Anonymous said..."The district was eventually re-named 'Kota Marudu', after a famous fort built by the famous local warrior Shariff Osman on Marudu Bay to protect the area from British colonisation."

According to the earliest map of Northern Borneo by Petrus Bertius dated 1616, the place was known as Tamanatos, but later maps, those printed in 1700s, already called it Maloodoo or Maroodo. Since Shariff Osman only fought the Battle of Marudu on 19th September 1845, some 150 years later, the name Marudu cannot be accorded to him. You are not wrong in your assumption that Kota Marudu means ‘the Fort of Marudu in Malay’ and points to his fort which was the largest and most famous fort in Marudu - although there is nothing left of it. However, if the word Kota is taken to mean Fort, where may I ask is the famous Fort in Kota Kinabalu or Kota Belud?

I have no objection with the reference to Shariff Osman as a local warrior, but he was definitely not set up in Marudu to protect the area from British colonization, far from it. He came from Lake Lanao in Central Mindanao to become among other things, a slave trader. The Illanuns or Iranuns from Lake Lanao were the first to take advantage of the expanding Sulu trade to become large scale slave raiders and traders in the eastern seas and in order to operate more effectively, they have set up a network of satellite posts in Sabah at Pandasan, Tunku and Marudu.


myNBstamps said...

The Jesselton R10 is truly a magnificent cover. There is a dash between 7 and AUG which is not recorded in Proud's version. I do have a stamp which shows it quite clearly. The wax seal is something else, if only in full. The GPO cachet could also be quite uncommon.

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