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STRAITS SETTLEMENTS Firm Chops on first issues, A-B

Return To Catalogue - Firm chops letters C-J - Firm chops letter K - Firm chops letters L-M - Firm chops letters N-Z - Straits Settlements 1867 issue - Straits Settlements 1868-1901 - Straits Settlements cancels

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The stamps of Straits Settlements are almost always heavily cancelled, most of the time they also bear firm chops (as a protection against theft). Some of them are large enough to cover three individual stamps. The following website https://michelhoude.com/BMSM/Index.html shows many of such chops and provides very useful information. More information on some firms that used these chops: http://seasiavisions.library.cornell.edu/catalog/seapage:233_675. A list of forwarding agents can be found at: http://pbbooks.com/webfa.htm Examples of such chops:

2 c brown
Example of firm-chops, often in violet, blue or red colors. It is not always easy to identify them. Such as the one above.


Chops with Chinese characters also exist.


Chop from a Chinese language newspaper.


In alphabetical order:


"ADAMSON GILFILLAN & Co. Ltd."


"ALMEIDA & Co SINGAPORE"


"A.A.ANTHONY & Co PENANG"


"ARTHUR BARKER SINGAPORE" with Chinese text in the center here on two fiscal stamps.


"BARLOW & CO SINGAPORE", a different type with a double outer line appears to exist.


"B.C.L."; Borneo Company Limited


"BCOL" (the "O" is inside the "C"), Borneo Company Limited

Cancelled by hand
"B & Co" for Boustead & Co. Also handwritten. The handwritten "B&Co" is quite common. Note the unsurcharged 8 annas Indian stamp with manual "B&Co"


"BECKER & ?? SINGAPORE"


"BEHN MEYER & Co SINGAPORE" several types exist (elliptic, circular with date in the center), also a similar chop, but from "PENANG". Also a perfin with 'B.M.&Co' of the same company.


"BORNEO COMPANY LIMITED FORWARDED" Also exists in blue color.


"FORWARDED BY BOUSTEAD & CO PENANG" and "BOUSTEAD ?? SINGAPORE" with an additional "B&Co" chop.


"D.BRANDT & Co SINGAPORE" in a double ellipse, center empty?


"FORWARDED BY BRENNAND & CO SINGAPORE".


"FORWARDED BY BRENNAND OLDHAM & CO".


"BRINKMANN & Co SINGAPORE"


"BRINKMANN KUMPERS & Co SINGAPORE"


"FORWARDED BY"? "BROWN & CO PENANG", also exists with "PINANG"

 

Firm chops letters C-J


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