Sarawak Bogus Stamps

Sarawak Bogus Stamps

These interesting issues of Sarawak bogus stamps appear in ebay from time to time with decent ending prices. Most sellers in ebay usually mention them as bogus or Cinderella stamps, but people still bid for them. The reason is that although they are outright bogus and carry no real philatelic significance, they are quite uncommon and therefore of some interests to Sarawak collectors.

According to W.R. Forrester-Wood, several values have been recorded: 2c (green), 3c (blue), 4c (sepia), 5c (vermillion), and 10c (mauve). Other known values include 25c., 50c., and $1. The issue is printed on smooth white woven paper and perforated 11.5.

Design
The stamps depict two sailing vessels: a 3-masted schooner on the left side and a native boat on the right. The background is a mountainous coastline. The stamp consists of a monocolour deisgn, with the value typographed in black. The top frame is inscribed with “SARAWAK” and the bottom frame is inscribed “POSTAGE (value) CENTS”.

The side frames consist of two pillars surmounted by shileds of arabic (Jawi?) and Chinese writings. The middle pillar bears a diamond-shaped device containing a crescent below and a five-pointed star above. The stamps may be cancelled with bogus cancellations or remain as mints. The year of issue remains an unsolved mystery, although its usage dates back to around 1915.

The original article was written by me here.

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