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Updated: 11 August 2014
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Chettys and Chettiars are financiers from South Indian. They are of the Vaishya (Vaishia) caste.

Those of the Chetty caste are from Chittor in Madras State. They are hereditary financiers involved with banking, insurance and commercial underwriting.

Chettiars are from the Ramnad district in Madras State. They are hereditary moneylenders involved mainly with loans of any size. Their doctrine prohibits them refusing anyone however the interest rate they charge is adjusted according to the risk.

The Chetty use a unique naming system of initial. From left to right these represent the name of their great grandfather, the grandfather and their father. The last one or two initial on the right, sometimes a double initial, are those of their village of origin. All of these initials place before their own name. [C01, page 156]

Recently large quantities of 20th century covers addressed to Chetty, mainly in Southern India, have flooded the market. Up until October 2006, I had not seen one of these chops applied to the stamps. Most of the time the stamps are used on the back of the cover to seal the flap.

WARNING: Someone has fallen to the temptation of applying fake markings to a number of these covers.

 

C001
M. N. KR. / PENANG.
 
Triple Oval ( Estimated 38 mm x 22 mm, 2 mm serif letters ) black

updated: 12 Feb. 2009

C001_mine.jpg

Cover posted on 19 JA 91

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Image from the author's collection

  • The Tamil writing says "M. N. KR."
  • This was the chop of M. N. K. R. SITHAMBARUM CHETTY of PENANG

 

 

C002
From / M. N. K. R. SITHAMBARUM CHETTY, / PENANG,
 
Unframed three lines (48 mm x 12 mm, 2.5 mm letters) blue

updated: 12 Feb. 2009

C002_mine.jpg

Chit_Viswa01x.jpg

Cover posted on 14th May 1890

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Image from the author's collection
 

 

C003
N. L. ST. N. / PENANG.
 
Toothed triple oval (42 mm x 25 mm, 2.5 mm serif letters) violet

updated: 28 Nov. 2006





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Cover posted at PENANG 31 Aug. 1892

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C004
RM. AR. AR. RM. / PENANG.
 
Toothed triple oval (40 mm x 25 mm, 2.5 mm letters) violet

updated: 28 Nov. 2006



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Both documents dated 1912

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  • PENANG in serifs

 

 

C005
RM. N. / PENANG.
 
Triple Oval (39 mm x 25 mm, 2 mm letters) violet

updated: 28 Nov. 2006

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Documents dated 1927

The embossed seal from the same document is virtually a copy of the chop.

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C006
A. M. / SINGAPORE
 
Toothed triple oval (43 mm x 25 mm, 2.5 mm letters) violet

updated: 28 Nov. 2006

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Documents dated 1927

Image from the author's collection

 

 


C007
K. M. / KALANG
 
Toothed triple oval (32mm x 22 mm, 2 mm serif letters) violet

updated: 26 March 2008

Chit08.jpg

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The document is dated 10 / 4 / 1905 on the reverse

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C008
KUALALUMPUR / KR. PR. PL.
 
Toothed triple oval (40 mm x 25 mm, 1.75 mm letters) black

updated: 26 March 2008

Chit09.jpg

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The document is dated 1928.

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  • In the lower frame of the document appears: KR. PR. PL. Kadappa Chetty. 



C009
O. RM. M. S. P. S. V. / PENANG
 
Toothed triple oval (40 mm x 25 mm, 1.75 mm letters) black

updated: 13 Feb. 2009

Chit009_chop.jpg

Chit009.jpg

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The document is dated 1909.

Images from the author's collection 





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