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STRAITS SETTLEMENTS Cancels on first issues

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Typical cancellations

Some cancels from the Indian period were used on the first issue of Straits Settlements examples are "B172" (Singapore), "B109" (Malacca) and B147 (Penang). These cancels can still be found up to at least 1883; source: The Postage Stamps of The Straits Settlements by R.H.D. Lockhart (1925).

(Singapore 'B172' cancel)

'B172' cancel
('B172' Singapore cancel on the left)

('B109' Malacca cancel)

"B172" cancel of Singapore, yet with an additional "MALACCA" cancel!

So-called 'duplex' cancel:

(147 Penang on India stamps and on first issue of Straits Settlements)

Duplex cancels for the Straits Settlements consists of a diamond with a number in the center (147 for Penang and 172 for Singapore). There are two small lines connecting the circle and the diamond. Malacca did not use this canceltype.

Singapore "D14" cancel (a similar cancel "D17" exists for Penang):

Singapore 'D 14' cancel

"D14 SINGAPORE" duplex cancel.

"D17" Penang cancel

"PAID" in a straight line:

'PAID' cancel
Perak "PAID" cancel? and two Selangor red "PAID" cancels on stamps of Selangor.

A similar "PAID" cancel in red was used in Selangor.

A red "PAID" cancel with an additional "D14" cancel.

Cancel of Singapore, originally used from 1855 to 1868, but now with the date indication removed (since it had become unreadable due to wear), after a while the letters themselves also became unreadable. As such it was used from 1883 to 1889:

Singapore cancel Normal cancel and red firm chop aswell

Mute cancels, consisting of dots:

Diamond of dots 24 c green 30 c lilac

Mute cancels, circle consisting of parallel bars

6 c lilac, circle with parallel bars

Cancel as could have been used in Perak or Sungei Ujong:

Parallel bars in circular shape

Other mute cancel, consisting of an ellipse with bars:

Circular date cancel:

"KLANG" cancel

Kwala Lumpur cancel and Kuala Lumpur.

Malacca in red and black

Port Dickson in violet


Singapore cancel
Singapore cancels in different styles and sizes

I believe this to be a firmchop of "BEHN MEYER & Co SINGAPORE"

"SINGAPORE" in a circle, bottom part filled up with dots. If my information is correct, this cancel was used in 1890-1891.

'PENANG' in a circle:

Penang cancel



"TANGLIN" (Singapore)

"TANJONG PAGAR" (Singapore)

"TELUK ANSON" (nowadays Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia)

"NEW HARBOUR SINGAPORE" (nowadays known as Keppel Harbour)



"ULU PAHANG P.O." cancel without and with date in the center.

Part of a large red 'HONGKONG' cancel. I do not know where this cancel was used for.

Large red "STAMPED" in a straight line.

Stamp with manual 'Stamped' written on it. Apparently used to tie the stamp to the envelope (to avoid theft). I've seen similar manual 'Stamped' stamps from India.

Cancels that I have not been able to identify:

30 c lilac

Special cancel: crown with "NEBONG TABAL":

It seems that the postmaster of this town lost his cancelling device and made this one instead (according to 'Straits Settlements Postage Stamps' by F.E. Wood, p74). This cancel was made in 1894(?). Note that the cancel in the left lower corner reads "NIBONG TEBAL".


Cancel of Netherlands Indies on Straits Settlements stamp (5 c blue), number in a diamond of dots, here '5': Padang and some other stamps with cancels '35', '56' and '89':

Netherlands Inidies cancel, nr 5, Padang

Netherlands Indies cancel "TANDJONGPRIOK" and "TANDJONGPOERA"

Ceylon "A" cancel on a Straits Settlements stamp.

Bogus cancels on forged stamps.

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