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Stamps of Straits Settlements overprinted with a 'B' were used in Bangkok, Siam (Thailand). In 1886 the use of these stamps was stopped. If I'm well informed, these stamps were not cancelled in Siam, but only when they arrived in Singapore (making the identification of forgeries even more difficult!).

Be extremely careful when acquiring these stamps. Many forged overprints exist!

1882 Stamp of India overprinted with crown and value (first issue of Strait Settlements)

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com
image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  'B' on 32 c on 2 a yellow

For the specialist: this stamp has watermark 'Elephant head'. I don't know if this stamp exists genuinly used.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
32 c on 2 aRR?? 

1882 Stamps of Straits Settlements overprinted with a 'B'

2 c red Certified genuine 6 c violet 6 c yellow Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com 12 c lilac 24 c green 30 c lilac

  2 c brown
  2 c red
  4 c red
  4 c brown
  5 c brown
  5 c blue
  6 c violet
  8 c yellow
  10 c black
  12 c blue
  12 c lilac
  24 c green
  30 c lilac
  96 c grey

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'TWO CENTS' on 32 c orange

  'TWO CENTS' on 32 c orange

For the specialist, these stamps were issued with watermark CC Crown or CA crown.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks

Watermark CC Crown

2 c brownRRR 
4 c redRR 
5 c brown****** 
6 c**** 
8 c****** 
10 cR*** 
12 c blueRR 
24 c****** 
30 cRRRRRR 
96 cRRRRR 

Watermark CA crown

2 c brownRR 
2 c red**** 
4 c redRRRR 
4 c brown**** 
5 c blue****** 
6 c ****** 
8 c **** 
10 c ****** 
12 c lilac****** 
24 c RR 

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2 c on 32 cRRRRRR 

Forgeries: the overprint is quite easy to falsify, there exist many forgeries, (by the way, I'm not 100% sure that all the above stamps are genuine), examples:

Forgeries!

Forged overprint forged overprint

Inverted overprint:


Postal Stationery

1885 Postcard of Straits Settlements overprinted 'B'

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  3 c blue on yellow

 


Fiscal stamp

A 20 c revenue stamp of Straits Settlements was overprinted with a 'B' to be used in Bangkok. I have never seen this fiscal stamp. If anybody posesses a picture, please contact me!


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