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(French Colony in Africa)

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1892 Stamps of the French colonies, overprinted in two types, type I: 'OBOCK' curved, type II: 'OBOCK' straight

4 c brown, type II 35 c black on yellow 75 c red

  1 c black (I)
  2 c brown (I)
  4 c brown (I)
     (type II)
  5 c green (I)
     (type II)
  10 c black (I)
     (typeII)
  15 c blue (I)
     (type II)
  20 c red on green (II)
  25 c black (I)
     (type II)
  35 c black on yellow (I)
  40 c red (I)
     (type II)
  75 c red (I)
     (type II)
  1 Fr green (I)
     (type II)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Type I; 'OBOCK' curved
1 cRR 
2 cRR 
4 cRRRRRR 
5 c****** 
10 cRRRR 
15 cRR 
25 cRRRR 
35 cRRR 
40 cRRRR 
75 cRRRR 
1 FRRRRRR 
Type II; 'OBOCK' straight
4 c****** 
5 c****** 
10 cRR 
15 cRR 
20 cRR 
25 cRR 
40 cRR 
75 cRRRR 
1 FRRRR 
Surcharged in type II with additional value

'2' on 15 c and '4' on 15 c 1 on 25 c black, 4 on 25 c black and 5 on 25 c black Genuine stamp

  '1' (red) on 25 c black
  '2' (red) on 10 c black
  '2' (red) on 15 c blue
  '4' on 15 c blue
  '4' on 25 c black
  '5' (red) on 25 c black
  '20' (red) on 10 c black
  '30' (red) on 10 c black
  '35' (red) on 25 c black
  '75' (red) on 1 Fr green
  '5 Fr' (violet) on 1 Fr green

Many of the surcharges exist with inverted numbers.

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' on 25 c****** 
'2' on 10 cRRRR 
'2' on 15 cRR 
'4' on 15 c****** 
'4' on 25 c******Black or red overprint
'20' on 10 cRRRR 
'30' on 10 cRRRR 
'35' on 25 cRRRR 
'75' on 1 FRRRR 
'5 F' on 1 FRRRRRR 

Reprints:


(Reprints?)

I've been told that the above stamps are reprints, made at the demand of a Paris dealer. I have no further information.

Forgeries exist, examples of Fournier forgeries:


For more information on these forgeries click here or http://members.tripod.com/claghorn1p/Obock/Obock08.htm.

The second stamp bears the cancel 'OBOCK 26 SEPT 92 COLONIE-FRANCse', the first one probably 'OBOCK 27 MARS 92 COLONIE FRANCse' as they can be found in the Fournier Album of Philatelic forgeries. It should be noted that in most cases the cancels are not completely visible in Fourniers forgeries. The perforation is in most cases a giveaway (the corner perforation should not be irregular as in Fourniers products).

Fournier also forged the curved overprint:

Fournier forgery
(Picture obtained from Bill Claghorn's forgery site: http://members.tripod.com/claghorn1p/Obock/index.htm)


(Forgery, reduced size)

 

1893 French colonies Tablet type, inscription 'OBOCK' coloured

2 c brown on yellow 1 F green

  1 c black
  2 c brown on yellowish
  4 c brown
  5 c green
  10 c black
  15 c blue
  20 c red on yellow
  25 c black
  30 c brown
  40 c orange
  50 c red
  75 c lilac
  1 F green

These stamps have perforation 14 x 13 1/2. For stamps in the same Tablet design, but for other French colonies, click here.

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 c*** 
2 c**** 
4 c** 
5 c**** 
10 c****** 
15 c******With lined background pattern
20 cRR 
25 cRR 
30 cRR 
40 c****** 
50 c****** 
75 cRRSeems to exist with double 'OBOCK'
and inverted 'OBOCK': RR
1 FRR 

I've seen a postcard 'CARTE POSTALE' in the value 10 c black ('OBOCK' in blue) with the same design. I've also seen a 'CARTE-LETTRE' in the value 15 c blue ('OBOCK' in red).

These stamps were used overprinted in Djibouti:

25 on 2 c brown on yellow 'DJ' and bar on 5 c green 'DJ' on 5 c green




(Reduced sizes)

  'DJ' on 5 c green
  'DJ' and bar on 'OBOCK' on 5 c green
  'DJIBOUTI' (blue) and '25' on 2 c brown on yellow
  'DJIBOUTI' (red) and '50' (blue) on 1 c black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
'DJ' on 5 cRRRR 
'DJ' and bar on 5 c RRRR 
25 c on 2 cRRRR 
50 c on 1 cRRRR 
Forgeries:

Fournier made forgeries of these stamps, I suspect the following stamps to be a Fournier forgery. Note that the perforation in the corners is not perfect as in the genuine stamps:

Fournier forgery?

For more information on these forgeries click here.


(Forged overprints and forged cancel taken from a Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries)


Another Fournier product? 75 c with inverted country name

 

1893 Triangular stamps with a camel, imperforated

  2 F black
  5 F red (different size) 

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 FRRRR 
5 FRRRR 
Overprinted 'DJIBOUTI' for use in Djibouti

  'DJIBOUTI 1', 1 F on 5 F red
  'DJIBOUTI' on 5 F 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 F on 5 FRRRRRR 
5 FRRRRRR 

I've been told that the next stamp is a forgery (I'm not sure if the above stamps is genuine by the way):


(Forgery)

 

1894 Large stamps, people from Obock, imperforated

  1 c black and red
  2 c brown and green
  4 c brown and orange
  5 c green and brown
  10 c black and green
  15 c blue and red
  20 c orange and brown
  25 c black and blue
  30 c brown and green
  40 c red and green
  50 c red and blue
  75 c lilac and brown
  1 F green and lilac

These stamps have a network like underprint (papier quadrillé).

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 c** 
2 c**** 
4 c**** 
5 c****** 
10 c****** 
15 c****** 
20 c****** 
25 c****** 
30 cRRRR 
40 c****** 
50 c****** 
75 c****** 
1 F****** 

Surcharged
  '0.05' on 75 c lilac and brown (1902)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
0,05 on 75 cRRRRRR 
Overprinted 'DJIBOUTI' and surcharged


(Reduced sizes)

  '5 centimes DJIBOUTI' on 30 c brown and green (1902)
  '10 CENTIMES DJIBOUTI' (red) on 25 c black and blue (1902)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c on 30 c****** 
10 c on 25 c******with small '10': RRR

Bisected stamps were used in Djibouti due to a shortage of stamps. Each half of the 10 and 20 c were used as 5 or 10 c stamps. The right hand half of the bisected 25 c was used as a 5 c stamp and in 1903 the other half could be used as a 2 c stamp. It seems that the 30 c and 50 c also exist bisected. Example:


(A bisected 10 c and 20 c stamp)

 

1894 Triangular stamps with camels

5 F blue and red 10 F red and lilac 25 F brown and blue

  2 F lilac and orange
  5 F blue and red
  10 F red and lilac
  25 F brown and blue
  50 F red and green

The sizes of these stamps are larger with increasing value.

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 FRRRR 
5 FRRRR 
10 FRRRR 
25 FRRRRRR 
50 FRRRRRR 

Surcharged

  '10 CENTIMES DJIBOUTI' on 2 F violet and orange (1902)
  '10 CENTIMES DJIBOUTI' on 10 F red and lilac (1902)
  '5 CENTIMES' on 25 F brown and blue (1902)
  '10 CENTIMES' on 50 F red and green (1902)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 c on 2 FRRRR 
10 c on 10 FRR 
5 c on 25 FRR 
10 c on 50 FRRRR 

Postage due stamps

1892 Postage due stamps of France overprinted in two types I:'Obock' in a curved label, II: 'Obock' in a straight label

1 F brown, straight label 5 F brown, straigth label 30 c black, curved label

  1 c black (type II)
  2 c black (type II)
  3 c black (type II)
  4 c black (type II)
  5 c black (type I and II)
  10 c black (type I and II)
  15 c black (type II)
  20 c black (type II)
  30 c black (type I and II)
  40 c black (type II)
  60 c black (type I and II)
  1 F brown (type II)
  2 F brown (type II)
  5 F brown (type II)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Type I; 'OBOCK' curved
5 cRRR-A reprint with smaller overprint exists.
10 cRRRR 
30 cRRRR 
60 cRRRR 
Type II; 'OBOCK' straight
1 cRR 
2 cRR 
3 cRR 
4 cRR 
5 c****** 
10 cRR 
15 cRR 
20 cRR 
30 cRR 
40 cRR 
60 cRRRR 
1 FRRRR 
2 FRRRR 
5 FRRRRRR  

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