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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), examples:

Normal cancel and red firm chop aswell 2 c brown 30 c lilac

Typical cancellations

Some cancels from the Indian period were used on the first issue of Straits Settlements examples are 'B172' (Singapore), 'B109' (Mallaca) and B147 (Penang).


(Singapore 'B172' on stamp of India)

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


('B109' Malacca cancel)

So-called 'duplex' cancel:


(147 Penang 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); next to it is a circular cancel with the name of the town. Malacca did not use this canceltype.

Singapore 'D14' cancel:

Singapore 'D 14' cancel

'PAID' in a straight line:

'PAID' cancel
(Perak cancel?)

A similar 'PAID' cancel in red was used in Selangor (sorry, no picture available yet).

Cancelled by hand 'BC' on first issue of Straits Settlements:

Cancelled by hand

Cancel of Singapore, with the date indication removed (since it had become unreadable due to wear):

Singapore cancel Normal cancel and red firm chop aswell

Mute cancel, consisting of dots:

Diamond of dots 24 c green 30 c lilac

Mute cancel, 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

Circular date cancel:

Singapore cancel Singapore cancel
(Malacca and Singapore)

'PENANG' in a circle:

Penang cancel

Cancel 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


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