GPO Sarawak postmark on post-war cover - The Stamps Journal

GPO Sarawak postmark on post-war cover

I’ve stumbled upon this curious GPO Sarawak handstamp mark in eBay after years of not seeing one. The last one I saw was from many years ago on a cover similarly franked with the stamps from the 1947 issues. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of that cover saved.

This one was sold in eBay mid-June 2016 and ended at a final price of US$51.21 after 9 bids.

The violet-ink handstamp was applied on the top right corner on a cover addressed to USA. There was no markings at the back. The cover is franked with various Sarawak stamps from the 1947 issues (1¢-4¢) and tied by Proud’s D31/32 postmarks.

I could not find any mention of this handstamp mark either in the Sarawak handbook by Forrester Wood or Proud’s book on the postal history of British Borneo.

GPO Sarawak

Perhaps someone may be able to shed some light? Comments appreciated!

2 thoughts on “GPO Sarawak postmark on post-war cover

  • September 6, 2016 at 7:50 am

    The exhibit examines the stamp of the Rajahs, from just prior to the first Sarawak issue to the post war overprints in 1945. A particular interesting period because of the effect of historical changes on stamp issues.

    • October 23, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment!


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