Prestige Philately Auction 205 CatalogueMALAYA - Japanese Occupation - Postal History
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Displaying 13 Lots in Category - MALAYA - Japanese Occupation - Postal History
1942 commercial usage to Kuala Lumpur of Negri Sembilan (?) size G Registration Envelope with the "stamp" obscured by a scarlet/white resealing label tied by Censor "chops" in black, 'JOHORE BAHRU' handstamp on provisional registration label, minor repaired opening fault & some soiling.
1942 commercial cover with General Issues 8c grey SG J151 tied by very fine '.../6 15/2602/* SYONAN *' cds, to Penang with 'DAI NIPPON/GPO PENANG' arrival b/s, generally very fine strikes of the huge boxed "Unknown (Inconnu).../.../Gone away (Parti)/...' (Proud #I 34) on the reverse & 'Undelivered for reason stated.../...' (#I 40) handstamps in violet, manuscript "RETOUR" in red, central fold.
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1942 Chinese merchant's commercial cover to Syonan with Straits 8c grey with quarter-Malacca handstamp in rosine SG J49 (Cat £140 x10+ on cover) tied by very fine 'MALACCA/28AP/1942/ + ' cds, Japanese "chop" across the flap, a trifle aged.
1942 possibly commercial cover to a Japanese firm in Syonan with rare franking of Negri Sembilan 1c black with Violet Handstamp SG J161a vertical pair tied by 'KUALA LUMPUR/11 10/2602' cds plus 'DAI NIPPON/...' on Negri 6c grey with boxed Revenue handstamp Tan #FT3 - an invalid usage - not cancelled & with 'T'-in-triangle h/s below, 'DAI NIPPON/...' Overprints on Straits 2c orange - in lieu of Postage Due - & Postage Due 8c scarlet SG JD31 tied by bilingual '.../11 12/2602/SYONAN' cds, Japanese censor "chop" in black & censor's crimping at left. A very rare usage of an invalid revenue stamp and also of a postage stamp used to pay the postage due.
1942 commercial cover with Malayan General Issues Straits Settlements 8c grey SG J151 tied by one of two strikes of the 'TANJONG/12 12/2602/PINANG' cds (Proud #JD4), to "Djakarta/Djawa" (Java) with Japanese censor "chop" in violet, minor blemishes. Tanjong Pinang is on the Indonesian island of Riau. [The Dutch Indies Karimon Islands, Lingga Archipelago & Riau Archipelago were administered from Syonan (Singapore)]
1943 irregular usage of unoverprinted Johore 2c Postal Card + similar 2c adhesive with both impressions crossed-through as invalid, to Syonan with superb 'MALACCA/2 17/2603' cds & 'T/MALACCA' h/s (Proud #UP3) in violet, Japanese "censor" chop, minor blemishes. The message is in Chinese.
NORTH BORNEO: 1942 merchant's cover to Kuching with unoverprinted 8c Map tied by 'JESSELTON/ 26/MAY/1942/NORTH BORNEO' cds, 'LABUAN/28MY/1942/ + ' & superb 'MIRI/30/MAY/1942' transit backstamps, Japanese "chop" in violet, a little aged. A rare cover from the early stages of the Japanese Occupation.
SARAWAK: 1942 commercial cover to Fusan (Pusan, Korea) with rare franking of Brunei Japanese Occupation 4c orange SG J5 x2 tied by Japanese rubber cds of Kuching (Proud #JD1) in violet, very fine circular censor "chop" in red. A remarkable origin/destination cover with "out of territory" franking. [Gibbons note that all of British Borneo was administered by the Japanese as a single region. Stamps of Brunei, North Borneo & Sarawak were valid throughout these territoties "but not, in practice, equally available"]
The exceptional Japanese Occupation of Malaya collection formed by Milo Rowell had no Brunei Used in Sarawak covers of the calibre of this and the next two lots.
SARAWAK: 1944 commercial usage of 2c Samarai on Horseback Army Postal Card to Annam (Cambodia) with rare franking of Brunei Japanese Occupation 3c green SG J4 horizontal pair tied by Japanese rubber cds of Sibu (Proud #JD3) in violet, very fine boxed censor "chop" in red, very fine multiple strikes of boxed 'NO SERVICE' (Proud #I 55) and 'RETOUR [arrow]' (#I 30) both in violet applied at Singapore, minor blemishes. An extraordinary origin/destination cover with "out of territory" combination franking.
SARAWAK: 1944 internal commercial usage of a re-used cover with makeshift economy label - minor staining from the adhesive used - with rare franking of Brunei Japanese Occupation 8c scarlet SG J10 tied by Japanese rubber cds of Bintulu (Proud ‹#JD3), three Japanese "chops" & light Japanese rubber cds arrival cds of Sibu (Proud #JD3 with stars at left & right) in violet. A very unusual and desirable item.
SARAWAK: 1942 merchant's cover to Singapore with 4c magenta x2 tied to the reverse by 'KUCHING' cds largely obscured by a plain censor tape, largely very fine 'SARAWAK CONSTABULARY/LICENCE KUCHING OFFICE' cachet also on the reverse apparently used as a censorship expedient, small '15MAY1942' handstamp in red on the face. A very rare and important cover from the early stages of the Japanese Occupation. [Pencil note on the reverse states "earliest known occ[upation] cover from Kuching"]
THAI OCCUPATION OF MALAYA: 1944 (Sep 30) commercial cover to Syonan with War Memorial 8c rose-pink tied to the reverse by 'ALOR STAR/KEDAH' cds, two boxed "chops" on the face, minor blemishes, Cat £500+ on cover.
THAI OCCUPATION OF MALAYA: 1944 commercial cover to Syonan with War Memorial 1c yellow Perf 12½ pair and 2c red-brown Perf 12½ single & Perf 12½x11 x2 (Cat £124+ x20+ on cover) tied to the reverse by 'ALOR STAR/26JU/KEDAH' cds (Proud #D15 - without year slugs - LRD by 8 months), Japanese Censor "chops" Number 6 in red & Number 7 in magenta, crimping at left where re-sealed by the censor. A rare & desirable cover, in well above-average condition for this material.