January 16th 2016 - Spink London, Members Displays - Perak
Pictures by Nick Hackney , Report by Dominic Morris
Report on MSG Members’ Displays on Perak 16 January 2016
[The report extract below only goes as far as the first Round.
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On a cold day and in cold Spink offices (the heating was turned off for the weekend:
Members’ scarves were the ‘must have’ survival accessories) 16 Members turned out. We had a full afternoon’s display of 4 Rounds.
He showed: bogus overprints of ‘3 cents’ and ‘5 cents’ in red on Straits 1892 1c and 8c stamps;
the first definitive issue of 1892, including three plate proofs, plate numbers,
specimens and part panes. These were followed by the 1895 ‘Postage and Revenue’ issue to $25
with die proofs of the duty plates, mint, used, plate numbers and specimen.
These pages were based on Dr Wood’s collection and much of the original
(printed) write-up was retained. A sheet of notepaper and matching envelope
with the Sultan’s crest came next, followed by an 1897 Straits QV 3c postcard to a doctor in Bournemouth, mentioning that a ‘Malayan Philatelic Society had been formed in Perak’
and suggesting that ‘this was the first such society in Malaya and perhaps in the Far East’.
Some picture postcards of life and people in Perak came next.
And a cover showing the continued use of FMS stamps after the first few Perak definitive
appeared in 1935-36. Some postage due covers were included,
one showing an internal cover re-directed to the UK, and thus under-paid.
Temporary registration labels were shown, the original name deleted and the new name inserted by hand or even printed; a printed TELOK ANSON label had been corrected by overprinting TELUK.
Lastly Gordon showed a 1939 letter from the Controller of Posts, Perak
to estate managers asking that his staff should post their letter (
mainly addressed to India) early in the week, otherwise they would be delayed for several days due to the mail-boats to India leaving mid-week.
including a lovely
Lahat hand-sta Registration label on cover and similar from Selama plus
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Probably dubious items
Part of the viewing
Dominic Morris CBE
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