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1890 Stamps of Great Britain, overprinted 'BRITISH EAST AFRICA COMPANY'

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Certified genuine
(Reduced size)

  '1/2 ANNA' on 1 p lilac
  '1 ANNA' on 2 p green and red
  '4 ANNAS' on 5 p violet and blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 a on 1 pRRRR 
1 a on 2 pRRRR 
4 a on 5 pRRRR 

At least the forger Fournier made forged overprints on genuine stamps of Great Britain. All values can be found in 'the Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries'. For examples of these forged overprints see after the 1895 issue of this country. These three values were offered for 3 Swiss Francs in his 1914 pricelist.

 

1890 Inscription 'IMPERIAL BRITISH EAST AFRICA COMPANY LIGHT AND LIBERTY', imperforated

8 a blue 1 R red

  1/2 a brown
  1 a green
  2 a red
  2 1/2 a black on yellow
  3 a black on red
  4 a brown
  4 a grey 
  4 1/2 a violet
  8 a blue
  1 R red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 a ****** 
1 a ****** 
2 a****** 
2 1/2 a****** 
3 a****** 
4 a****** 
4 1/2 a****** 
8 a****** 
1 RRR 

 

1890 Inscription 'IMPERIAL BRITISH EAST AFRICA COMPANY', perforated

  1/2 a brown
  1 a green
  2 a red
  2 1/2 a black on yellow
  3 a black on red
  4 a brown
  4 1/2 a violet
  5 a black on blue
  7 1/2 a black
  8 a blue
  8 a grey
  1 R red
  1 R grey

These stamps have perforation 14

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 a *** 
1 a **** 
2 a***** 
2 1/2 a****** 
3 a***** 
4 a***** 
4 1/2 a**R 
5 a*R 
7 1/2 a*R 
8 a blue***** 
8 a greyRRRR 
1 R red***** 
1 R greyRRRR 

Larger size

5 R olive

  2 R brown
  3 R violet
  4 R blue
  5 R olive

These stamps have perforation 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 R****** 
3 R****** 
4 R***R 
5 R***R 

Surcharged

1/2 a on 2 a red '1 Anna' on 3 a black on red '1 Anna' on 4 a brown


(These two images were obtained from a Shreves auction)

Certified genuine Certified genuine

  '1/2 Anna' (manuscript) on 2 a red
  '1/2 Anna' on 2 a red (additional 'ad' added)
  '1/2 Anna' (manuscript) on 3 a black on red
  '1 Anna' (manuscript) on 3 a black on red
  '1 Anna' (manuscript) on 4 a brown
  '1 Anna' on 4 a brown (additional 'ab' added)
  '5 ANNAS.' on 8 a blue
  '7 1/2 ANNAS.' on 1 R red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All manuscript surchargesRRRRRR 
1/2 a on 2 aRRRRRR 
1 a on 4 aRRRRRR 
5 a on 8 aRRRR 
7 1/2 a on 1 RRRRR 

Note: stamps with one or two sides imperforated can be found and are not rare. The outer borders of stamp sheets were imperforated, the imperforated sides come from these borders.

4 R blue, forgery!
(Fournier forgeries?)

Fournier made forgeries of the 2, 4 and 5 R stamps. He offers them for 2 Swiss Francs in his 1914 pricelist as first choice forgeries. The above stamps are forgeries, I presume they are Founier forgeries.


This Fournier forgery has a 'FAUX' overprint, it is taken from a Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries


(Forged 8 a stamp, '8' placed too far to the right)


(Fiscal stamp; postage stamp overprinted 'INLAND REVENUE')

Sperati also seems to have made forgeries of these stamps, examples of some blackprints of his forgeries and a cancel:

 

1895 Stamps of 1890 overprinted 'British East Africa'

2 1/2 a black on yellow 3 a black on red 4 a brown 1 R red

  1/2 a brown
  1 a green
  2 a red
  2 1/2 a black on yellow
  3 a black on red
  4 a brown
  4 1/2 a violet
  5 a black on blue
  7 1/2 a black
  8 a blue
  1 R red

Larger size

  2 R brown
  3 R violet
  4 R blue
  5 R olive

and surcharged (1895) in red
  '2 1/2' on 4 1/2 a violet

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 a RRR 
1 a RRRR 
2 aRRRR 
2 1/2 aRRRR 
3 aRRRR 
4 aRR 
4 1/2 aRRRR 
5 aRRRR 
7 1/2 aRRRR 
8 aRRRR 
1 RRRRR 
2 RRRRRRR 
3 RRRRR 
4 RRRRR 
5 RRRRRRR 
2 1/2 on 4 1/2 a RRRR 

Forgeries, example:

Forgery!

Fournier also offered the values 2 R, 4 R and 5 R (on his forged stamps from the previous issue) with overprint 'BRITISH EAST AFRICA' in his 1914 pricelist (fac-similes of overprints, 2 Swiss Francs for the 3 values together). The overprint '2 1/2' on 4 1/2 a violet was also forged by him.


(Cuts with examples of Fournier's overprints from the Fournier album)

The first overprint was used on the 1895 issue, the second overprint was used on stamps of India to simulate the 1896 issue. The next three overprints 'HALF ANNA', '1 ANNA' and '4 ANNAS' were used on genuine stamps of Great Britain to simulate the 1890 issue. The '2 1/2' was used on stamps of 1895 (not listed in Fourniers 1914 pricelist). The '5 ANNAS.' might have been used on genuine 1890 stamps?

 

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