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Now part of the Federation of Malaysia. Labuan (on the island of Sabah, previously North Borneo) was ceded to Great Britain on 24th December 1846. From 1860 onwards Hong Kong and Indian stamps were used, later followed by stamps of Straits Settlements (1867). The first Labuan stamps were issued in May 1879. From 1892 on stamps of North Borneo could also be used in Labuan. In 1906 Labuan was incorporated in the Straits Settlements and stamps of the Straits Settlements were used from then on. (this information was found on http://home.freeuk.net/johnmorgan/sss.htm, more information on Labuan can also be found here).

8 c red and black, cancelled to order
(left: cancelled to order, right: genuine cancelled stamp)

Cancelled to order stamps: the elliptic cancel with 9 or 14 bars was used to cancel stamps to order (see picture on the left above).

 

1879 Queen Victoria

2 c red 8 c violet

  2 c green
  2 c red (1885)
  6 c orange
  6 c green (1892)
  8 c red (1882)
  8 c violet (1885)
  10 c brown (1885)
  12 c red
  12 c blue (1892)
  16 c blue
  16 c grey (1885)
  40 c yellow (ochre) (1892)

Surcharged

  '2 CENTS' on 8 c red (1885)
  '2 Cents'(diagonal) on 8 c red (1885)
  '2 CENTS' on 16 c blue (1885)
  '2 Cents' on 16 c blue (1885)
  'TWO CENTS' on 40 c yellow (1892)
  '6 Cents' on 8 c violet (1891)
  '6 6' (red) on 15 c blue (1880)
  '6 Cents' on 16 c blue (1891)
  'SIX CENTS' on 16 c grey (1892)
  '6 Cents' on 40 c yellow (1891)
  '8 -' on 12 c red (1880)
  '8 8' on 12 c red (1880)
  'Eight Cents' on 12 c red (1881)
  'EIGHT CENTS' on 12 c red (1881)

The '6 6' on 16 c blue normally has the lower '6' lying on its back, however specimens exists where the '6' is standing up, like in the following picture:

A very rare overprint was made in 1883: 'One Dollar' on 16 c blue with the initials of Mr. A.S.H.Hamilton in red:

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

Two types of these stamps exist, engraved and lithographed ones. The engraved stamp have all thin lines very sharp and the edges of the lines are well defined. The lithographed stamps, on the contrary, have more fuzzy lines.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Watermark 'CA Crown' sideways (1879)
(this watermark is larger than the usual 'CA Crown' watermark)
2 c green RRRR 
6 c orangeRR 
12 c redRRRR 
16 c blue****** 
'6 6' on 16 c blue RRRRLower '6' sideways
Watermark 'CC Crown' (1880)
2 c green****** 
6 c orange****** 
8 c red******1882
10 c brown****** 
12 c redRR 
16 c blue*****1881
40 c yellowRR-Non issued?
'2 CENTS' on 16 c blueRRRR 
'8 -' on 12 c redRRRR 
'8 8' on 12 c redRRRRUsually with the lower '8' sideways,
exists with lower '8' upwards
'Eight Cents' on 12 c red ****** 
'EIGHT CENTS' on 12 c red RR 
'One Dollar' on 16 c blueRRRRRR  
Normal watermark 'CA Crown' (1883)
2 c green**** 
2 c red**1885
8 c redRR 
8 c violet****1885
10 c brown***1886
16 c blue****** 
16 c grey******1886
40 c yellow****** 
'2 CENTS' on 8 c red****** 
'2 Cents' on 8 c red******Diagonal
'2 Cents' on 16 c blueRRAlso exists with '22' instead of '2'
'6 Cents' on 8 c violet**Surcharged in red: R
'6 Cents' on 16 c blueRRRR 
'6 Cents' on 40 c yellowRRRR 
No watermark, engraved (1892)
2 c redcc 
6 c green** 
8 c violet** 
10 c brown*** 
12 c blue*** 
16 c grey**** 
40 c yellow****** 
'TWO CENTS' on 40 c RR 
'SIX CENTS' on 16 cRR 
No watermark, lithographed (1894)
2 c red** 
6 c green**** 
8 c violet**** 
10 c brown**** 
12 c blue****** 
16 c grey****** 
40 c yellow****** 

All the above stamps have perforation 14. The first 'CA Crown' watermark extends across two stamps.


(Inverted '8' on 12 c red)

Typical cancels:

6 c green 10 c brown 12 c blue

Forgeries exist, examples:

These forgeries are very deceptive. But according to the forgeries idenfication site of Bill Claghorn, the arrow at lower right in central frame is poorly formed. The line behind the lips is poorly formed and finally the hair curl below the ear lacks detail in these forgeries.


(I've been told that this is a Fournier forgery of a 40 c value, I have no further information)

 

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