SidParticipantSeptember 21, 2017 at 7:48 pmPost count: 5
A PPS member (a friend) and I are entering into an exchange agreement. We know the value of his item but both of us are stumped as far as a fair value for the BNG wax postal bag seals as shown below. One is of Woodlarks and the other Baniara. Any help with valuation would be greatly appreciated.
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Mr A JParticipantSeptember 22, 2017 at 12:18 pmPost count: 5
The number of postal items identified from Baniara can be counted on one hand, so it surprises me the need for a postal bag seal. In saying that, Roger Lee states mail from Baniara was probably bagged up (with possible use of a wax seal) and processed at Samarai or Buna Bay.
Obviously rare, but as to value…….no idea!
It is also possible a wax seal example could also have been supplied per favour at a later time.
KainnikanadaParticipantSeptember 22, 2017 at 12:46 pmPost count: 9
I believe the two examples you’ve posted are identical to the non-contemporaneous strikes provided me in 1981 by a former District officer who was stationed in Papua New Guinea post WWII. He supplied me with multiple strikes of the Woodlarks B.N.G. and Baniara P-N.G. seals in sealing wax I supplied him.
Note the “P-N.G.” designation of the Baniara seal – was this supplied to some location post 1952?
The two scans I’ve uploaded do not appear when I submit this post.
SidParticipantSeptember 27, 2017 at 9:32 amPost count: 5
The seals/wax impressions I have came from a person who lived on Woodlarks
post WWII. I never felt that these were from the 1900’s era as they appear
too new and the paper is not that old.
Kainnikanada kindly replied to my query as shown below:-
“I believe the two examples you’ve posted are identical to the
non-contemporaneous strikes provided me in 1981 by a former District
officer who was stationed in Papua New Guinea post WWII. He supplied me
with multiple strikes of the Woodlarks B.N.G. and Baniara P-N.G. seals in
sealing wax I supplied him.” One thing for sure Kainnikanada’s scans show
seals identical to mine.
Tony Griffin backs this all up. He states ” I understand that some BNG
mailbag seal implements were found in a post office safe and that gave rise
to the contemporaneous usage seen on Sid’s examples.”
Lee states that “Modern impressions are in deep red/black wax” as these.
So have we established that these are copies of the original seals that
were used. Not forgeries or fakes. Shame as I collect forgeries.
But back to my original question, Value? However it appears that Pheonix feel they are worth something:-
Pheonix Lot 1227:Tamata: ‘POST OFFICE/CROWN/TAMATA’ impression in deep red
wax, some minor cracking & small segment missing at right. Ex John
Nicholson who believed the seal was discovered in a safe at Abau Distict
Office around 1955. Buy it now $120.
Many thanks to all who helped.
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