Brunei Definitive Issues
from the 1907 Set

Watermarked Multiple Crown CA
Updated - March, 2018

Brunei was a British Protectorate beginning in 1888. Stamps from Labaun and local issues were used until the Post Office opened in 1906. Initially overprinted Labaun stamps were sold, until the first stamps printed for Brunei were issued in 1907. The design of a native scene was used in varying forms for definitive issues until 1952 when it was replaced with an image of the Sultan. Identifying the Brunei issues is primarily a matter of determining the difference in the watermark and the various color shades which resulted as the stamps were reprinted during the course of the set's production.

If you have trouble determining the watermarks on these stamps, try looking at them face down against black paper. The stamps watermarked Multiple Crown CA will have sans serif letters with a crown that is narrow and straight edged. The Multiple Script CA watermark has cursive letters and a crown that is more rounded. See the images of the two watermarks below for reference. They are shown as normally seen from the back. You should be aware that these stamps exist with watermark reversed and inverted, so if you see something different than shown below it is one of these options.

You probably need a few copies of the stamps to accurately sort the surface and paper colors. I typically compare them against both white and black paper. Look for differences that are not too subtle. There was always variation during this time period, but typically the color changes result from mixing new ink for a second printing. They did not have computer color analysis during this time period, so things are just not exact.

Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, sets like this one were issued very conservatively. This set was issued in 1907 and was replaced with new colors beginning in 1908.

The catalog numbers are from the 1980 Commonwealth Five Reigns Catalogue (CW), 2013 Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue (SG) and the 2011 Scott catalog (ST). The description and historical information are from the Commonwealth Catalogue. Please contact Bridger & Kay to obtain a copy of this publication. The descriptions are from the Commonwealth catalogue, but I have also included the Gibbons descriptions below them since when is disagreement about the color shades between the two catalogues.

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Multiple Crown CA
Multiple Script CA
CW E13 - SG 23 - ST 13
1c Grey-Black &
Pale Green
CW E14 - SG 23 - ST 13
1c Black &
CW E15 - SG 24 - ST 15
2c Grey-Black &
CW E16 - SG 24 - ST 15
2c Black &
CW E17 - SG 25 - ST 17
3c Black &
CW E18 - SG 26 - ST 19
4c Grey-Black &
CW E19 - SG 26a - ST 19
4c Black &
CW E20 - SG 27 - ST 21
5c Grey-Black &
CW E21 - SG 28 - ST 24
8c Grey-Black &
CW E22 - SG 29 - ST 27
10c Grey-Black &
CW E23 - SG 30 - ST 29
25c Blue &
CW E24 - SG 31 - ST 31
30c Violet &
  CW E25 - SG 32 - ST 33
50c Green &
CW E26 - SG 33 - ST 36
$1 Red &

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