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Auction: 18039 - Fine Stamps and Covers of South East Asia, Including The Dr. Cheah Jin Seng Collections of Straits Settlements and Kedah, and The Iain Dyce collection of Straits Settlements
Lot: 817

North Borneo
1884 (28 Jan.) double rate envelope ex the Locke correspondence to Surrey, bearing North Borneo 1883 2c. red-brown (2) sharing 13 bar oval, in combination with Straits Settlements 1882 8c. orange (2, both with faults) and 1883 2c. pale rose pair tied by circular undated "singapore/po" h.s., showing fine "elopura" and Singapore Paid (4.2) datestamps with arrival c.d.s. (6.3) on reverse. A magnificent and colourful combination cover, the earliest known dated cover from Elopura and the first of the "Locke" correspondence. (From the Iain Dyce Collection)). Photo

Note: All the Locke covers were written by Mrs. Ada Pryer, wife of William B. Pryer, the founder of Elopura, which later became known as Sandakan, to her mother. Mrs. Pryer was also author of "A Decade in Borneo" which gives a vivid description of the life of a pioneer in North Borneo.

Sydney Harris, April 1968
Commander M. Burnett, October 1984
Tay Peng Hian, November 1986
Patrick Cassels, April 2008

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