Security Marking on British Malaya Stamps

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Updated: 15 Sept 2015

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Columns:

  1. full Name chop(s)
  2. Initials only chop(s)
  3. Forwarding Agent chop(s)
  4. PERFIN(s)
  5. Company names
  6. The date the company was founded or established itself in British Malaya.
  7. The date the company, in British Malaya, went out of business, merged or if "still active".
  8. The locations mentioned on Security Markings. Note: Not all the Security Marking types (i.e., columns 1 to 4) for a firm were used necessarily in the location(s) mentioned.

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
N
I
F
P
Company
Founded
Ceased
Business Location
N
-
-
-
A. A. Anthony & Co.
1830
still active
Penang
-
-
-
P
A. Clouet & Co.
1892
1953
Singapore
N
-
-
-
A. K. E. Hampshire
1890?
?
Selangor
N
-
F
-
A. L. Johnston & Co.
1819?
1892
Singapore
N - - - A.P.R. Van Beusekom, jr. ? ? Singapore
N - - - A. Liebert ? ? Penang
N
-
-
P
Adamson, Gilfillan & Co. Ltd.
1904
ca1930s
Singapore, Penang
N - - - Almeida & Co.

Singapore
N
-
-
-
Almeida & Sons
1825
pre1904
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Arthur Barker & Co.
1889
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Arthur Knecht
?
?
Penang
N
-
-
P
Asiatic Petroleum Co. Ltd.
1908
?
Singapore, Selangor
N - - - AustroHungarian Consulate ca1867 ca1918 Singapore
N
-
-
-
B.Q.W. Pasley
?
?
Penang
N
-
-
-
Bank of China-Australia
?
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Bank of Rotterdam
ca1867
?
Singapore
N
-
-
P
Barlow & Co.
1891
1959
Singapore
N
I
F
P
Behn Meyer & Co. Ltd.
1840
1914**
Singapore, Penang
**reopened post 1945
N
-
-
-
Behr & Co.
1888
1923
Singapore, Penang
N
I
F
P
Borneo Co. Ltd.
1851
1967
Singapore
-
-
-
P
Borneo, Sumatra Trading Co.
pre1916
?
Singapore
N
I
F
P
Boustead & Co.
1828
still active
Ipoh, Kelantan, Penang, Selangor, Singapore
-
-
F
-
Boustead Schwabe & Co.
1864
1867?
Singapore
-
-
-
P
Boyd & Kaye
pre1918
?
Singapore
N
-
F
-
Brennand & Co.
?
?
Singapore
N
-
F
-
Brinkman Kumpers & Co.
1867
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Brinkmann & Co.
1876
?
Singapore
- I - - British and Foreign Bible Society 1816 still active 1816 Malacca & Pinang, ca1824 Singapore
N
-
F
-
Brown & Co.
1863
?
Penang
N
-
-
-
Bun Hin & Co.
?
?
Singapore
N
-
F
-
Busing Schroder & Co.
1852
late 1860s
Singapore
N
-
-
-
C. Schomburgk & Co.
ca 1862
ca 1911
Singapore
-
-
F
-
C. A. Ribeiro & Co.
1895
?
Singapore
N - - - C. S. Tennent & Co. ? ? Penang
N
-
-
P
Cadonau & Co.
1900
1906
Singapore
N - - - Caledonia Estate ? ? Province Wellsley
N
-
-
-
Cameron Dunlop & Co.
?
1887?
Singapore
-
I
-
-
Chartered Bank of India
ca1861
1969
not mentioned
N
I
-
P
Chartered Bank of India, Australia & China
1861 - 1889
1969
Singapore: 1861
Penang: 1875
Taiping: 1888
Kuala Lumpur: 1888
Perak: 1889
Selangor: ?
Malacca: ?
Teluk Anson: ?
N
I
-
-
Chartered Mercantile Bank
1850
1893
Singapore, Penang
N
-
-
-
Chartered Mercantile Bank of India, London & China
1855 - 1859
1893
Singapore: 1855
Penang: 1859
N
-
-
-
Cheng Yean

Singapore
N
-
-
-
China Mutual Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
1899
?
Singapore
-
-
-
P
City Council of George Town
1957
1976
Penang
N
-
-
-
Commanditaire Vennootschap Martijn Co.
?
?
not mentioned
N
-
-
-
Commercial Union Assurance Co. Ltd.
1894
1998
not mentioned
N
-
-
P
Companie des Services Messagerie Maritime
1862
?
Singapore
N - - - Consulaat der Nederlanden ? ? Singapore
N - - - Consulat de France ? ? Singapore
N
I
-
P
D. Brandt & Co.
1878
1914
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Dalman & Co.
1881
1914
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Dallan Australian Horse Repository
ca 1888
pre 1916
Singapore
N - - - Denodaya Press ? ? Singapore
N
-
-
P
Deutsche-Asiatische Bank
1906
1915
Singapore
-
-
F
-

Douglas Mackenzie & Co.

pre1834
?
Singapore
-
-
F
-
Dyce, Martin & Co.
?
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Dr. H. L. E. Luering
1889
1909
not mentioned
- - F - E E Thye ?
?
Penang
N
I
-
-
E. & H. Hinnekindt
1867
?
Singapore
N - - - E. & O. Hotel 1885 still active Penang
N
-
F
-
Easter Extension Australian and China Telegraph Company
1871
1974
not mentioned
-
-
-
P
Eastern Smelting Co. Ltd.
1907
1998
Penang
N
-
-
-
Ed. Renard & Co.
?
?
Singapore
- - F - F. E. Walte & Co. ? ?
N
-
F
P
Fraser & Co.
1873
post 1916
Singapore, Penang
-
-
-
P
Fraser & Neave Ltd.
1889
still active
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Friederichs & Co.
?
?
Penang
-
-
F
-
G. Armstrong & Co.
1822
?
not mentioned
N
-
-
-
G. H. Slot & Co.
ca1883
?
Penang (ca1883), Singapore
N
-
-
-
G. Hieber & Co.
1870
1908
Singapore
N
-
-
-
G. Poisson & Co.
1863
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Gaggino & Co.
pre1877
post 1916
Singapore
N - - - Galstaun & Co. 1878 1884 Singapore
N - - - Giang Brothers ? ? Singapore
N
I
F
-
Gilfillan Wood & Co.
1867
1904
Singapore, Penang
-
-
-
P
Great Eastern Life Assurance Co.
pre 1980
still active
Singapore
N - - - Guan Joo Cheang ? ? Penang
-
I
F
P
Guthrie & Co. Ltd.
1821
1968
Singapore, Penang, Port Swettenham
-
-
F
-
H. C. Rautenberg
?
1851?
Singapore
N - - - H. J. MARTYN ? ? Penang
N - - - H. Neefe M.E. ? ? Penang
N - - - H.... Sidick ? ? Penang
N
-
-
-
Hallifax & Co.
ca1907
?
Penang
N
I
-
-
Hamilton Gray & Co.
1832
1886
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Harris, Goodwin & Co.
?
?
Singapore
-
-
F
-
Harrison & Co.
1873
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Hartwig & Co.
1864
?
Singapore
N
-
-
P
Herman Jebsen & Co.
1882
?
Penang
N
-
-
-
Hilty & Co.
?

Singapore
N
-
-
-
Hin Lee & Co.
?
?
Penang
N
I
-
P
Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation
1884 - 1909
still active
Singapore 1877
Penang 1884
Malacca 1909
N
-
-
P
Hooglandt & Co.
1864
?
Singapore
N - - - Hotel de l'Europe 1858 1910 Singapore
N
-
-
-
Howarth Erskine & Co.
1875
1912
Singapore
- - F - Hutchinson & Co. ? ? Singapore
N I
P Huttenbach Brothers & Co. 1885 ca1939 Penang, Selangor, Singapore
- - F - Huttenbach, Liebert & Co. ? ? Penang
-
-
-
P
Internationale Crediet- en Handels vereeniging
pre 1910
?
Singapore
-
-
F
-
International Forwarding
?
?
Singapore
-
-
F
-
J. Balestier
ca1834
ca1849
Singapore
N
-
-
-
J. H. Lonberg
?
?
Penang
N
-
-
-
J. M. Oosman
1887
?
Singapore
- - F - Jacob Rahamin ? ? Singapore
N
-
-
-
Jamie Wynd
ca1870
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
John Cameron & Co.
1861?
?
Singapore
N
-
-
P
John Little & Co. Ltd.
1843
still active
Singapore
-
-
F
-
John Pervis & Sons
1822
?
Singapore
N
-
-
P
Kaiserlich Deutsches Consulat
?
1914
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Kaltenbach, Engler & Co.
1858
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Kaltenbach, Fischer & Co.
?
?
Singapore
N
-
F
-
Katz Brothers Ltd.
1865
?
Singapore, Penang
N - - - Kaufman ? ? Penang
N
-
F
P
Kelly & Walsh Ltd.
1889
?
Singapore
- - F - Ker Rawson & Co. ? ? Singapore
N
-
-
-
Khean Guan
before 1890
?
not mentioned
N
-
-
-
Kim Ching & Co.
ca1860
?
Singapore
N - - - Kim Hin & Co. ? ? Singapore
N - - - Koninklyke Paketvaart Maatschappij ? ? Singapore
N
-
-
-
Kumpers & Co.
1867
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Lawson, Lyon & Co.
?
?
not mentioned
-
-
-
P
L.Y. Swee & Co.
?
?
Penang
-
-
-
P
Lee Plantations Ltd.
pre1919
still active?
Singapore
- - F - Lim Tek Hock ? ? Penang
N - - - Lim Tiang Wah pre1882 1886 Singapore
N - - - Lind, Asmus & Cie 1874 1879 Singapore
N
-
F
-
Lorrain Gillespie & Co.
pre 1873
1875
Penang
N
-
-
-
Lyall & Evatt
pre1904
1986
Singapore
N
-
-
-
M. S. Martyn
1890
1922
Singapore
-
I
F
-
Martin Dyer & Co.
1842
1885
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Mansfield Bogaardt & Co.
1876
?
Penang
N
-
-
-
Mathieu & Cie
pre1856
?
Pulo-Pinang
- - - P Maynard & Co. ? ? Singapore
N
I
-
P
McAlister & Co. Ltd.
1857
1971
Singapore, Penang
N
I
F
-
Maclaine Fraser & Co.
1825
1882
Singapore
-
-
F
-
Maw Whitehead & Co. [or Shaw Whitehead & Co.]
1834
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Medical Hall
1882
?
Singapore
N - - - Messageries Maritines ? ? Singapore
-
I
-
P
Mercantile Bank of India
1893
1974
Singapore, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor all 1893
N
-
-
P
Mitsui Bussan Kaisha
1891
?
Singapore
- - F - Middleton, Harrison & Co. ? ? Singapore
-
-
-
P
Municipal Commissioners, Malacca
pre1857
?
Malacca
N - - - Moine Comte ? ? Singapore
-
-
-
P
Municipal Commissioners, Penang
pre1857
?
Penang
N - - - MSEA ? ? Singapore
N
I
-
P
Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappy
1858 - 1889
1964
Singapore [1 May 1858]
Penang [1889 ]
N
I
-
-
Netherlands Trading Society
1889
1964
Penang
N
I
-
-
New Oriental Bank Corporation Ltd.
1884
1892
Singapore
-
-
-
P
North China Insurance Co.
ca1880
?
Singapore
N - - - Nord Deutscher Lloyd ? ?
- - F - Oliveiro & Co. ? ? Penang
-
-
-
P
Oriental Government Security Life Assurance Co.
?
?
Selangor
N - - - Othman Merican & Co. 1872 ? Penang
-
-
-
P
P & O Banking Co.
ca1920
ca1939
not mentioned
N
-
F
P
Paterson Simons & Co. Ltd.
1859
still active
Singapore
N
I
-
P
Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co.
1845
still active
Singapore
N - - - Perile, van de Pals & Co. 1888 1913 Singapore
N
-
-
-
Poisson Valtriny & Co. Singapore
?
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Pritchard & Co.
ca1883
?
Penang
N
-
-
-
Punjom Mining Co. Ltd.
?
?
not mentioned
N
-
-
P
Puttfarcken & Co.
1888
pre1910
Singapore
N
I
-
-
Puttfarcken Rheiner & Co.
1857
1888
Singapore
N
I
-
P
Rautenberg, Schmidt & Co.
1849
1914
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Raffles Hotel
1887
still active
Singapore
- - F - R. Brennand ? ? Singapore
N
-
-
-
Reme & Co. ? ? Penang
N
-
-
-
Reme Brothers
1858
?
Singapore
N - - - Reme, Leveson & Co.
1862 1868 Singapore
N
-
-
-
Rigold, Bergmann & Co.
.
.
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Riley Hargeaves & Co. Ltd.
1865
1912
not mentioned
N
-
-
-
Robinson & Co. Ltd.
1859
still active
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Rodyk & Davidson
1877
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Rud Sieverts & Co.
pre1900
?
Singapore
N
I
F
P
Sandilands Buttery & Co.
1863
.
Singapore (?), Penang (1854)
N
-
-
-
Sarkies & Moses
1840
1914
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Scheepsagentuur / J. Daendels & Co.
.
.
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Schiffmann, Heer & Co.
1891
?
Penang
N
I
-
P
Schmidt, Küstermann & Co.
1858
1914
Penang, Singapore
N
-
-
-
Schuster & Engel
1865
?
Singapore
-
-
F
-
Shaw Scholfield
?
?
Singapore
-
-
-
P
Shell Oil Co.
.
.
Singapore
N - - - Singapore and Straits Aerated Water Co. 1883 ? Singapore
N - - - Singapore and Straits Printing Office ca1879 ? Singapore
N
I
-
-
Singapore Free Press
1835
revived 1884
1869
1962
Singapore
-
-
-
P
Singapore Improvement Trust
.
.
Singapore
-
-
-
P
Singapore Municipal Commissioners
1887
.
Singapore
-
-
F
-
Smith Bell & Co.
.
.
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Song Soon Guan & Co.
pre 1882
.
Singapore
-
-
F
-
Spottiswoode & Connolly
1824
1849
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Staehelin & Stahlknecht
1867
?
Singapore
N - - - Stephens Paul & Co. 1896
1941
Singapore 
N
-
-
-
Stiven & Co.
.
.
Singapore
-
-
-
P
Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland
.
.
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Straits Insurance Co., Ltd.
1883
1899
not mentioned
16 March 1883 [M04v2p595]
22 Aug. 1899 [M04v2p603]
N
-
-
-
Straits Times
1845
still active
Singapore
N
-
-
P
Straits Trading Co. Ltd.
1887
still active
Selangor, Ipoh, Perak, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur
N
-
-
-
Swan & Maclaren
1885
?
Singapore
N
-
F
-
Syme & Co.
1823
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
T.C. Hin
1892
?
not mentioned
N
-
-
-
T.L. Gosling & Co. Ltd.
pre1904
?
not mentioned
-
-
-
P
Tan Kah Kee & Co.
1904?
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Tanjong Paggar Dock Co.
1864
1905
Singapore
-
-
F
-
The Asiatic Stamp Co.
pre1909
?
Penang
N
-
-
-
The Bombay Life Assurance Co. Ltd.
pre1954
?
Kuala Lumpur
N
-
-
P
The East Asiatic Co.
1902
still active
Singapore, Tringanu
N
-
-
-
The Sze Hai Tong Banking & Insurance Co. Ltd.
1907
1995?
not mentioned
-
-
F
-
Thean Chee & Co.
pre 1904
?
Penang
-
-
-
P
Thomas Cook & Son Ltd.
?
still active
Singapore
N
-
F
-
United States Consulate
?
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
V. Ch. Valtriny & Co.
?
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Vacuum Oil Co.
1893
1931
not mentioned
N
I
-
-
Valtriny & Co.
?
?
Singapore
N
-
-
-
Velge d'Almeida & Co.
1864
ca1870
Singapore
N
I
-
P
W. Mansfield & Co. Ltd.
1864
1987?
Singapore
-
I
-
-
W.R. Scott & Co.
pre 1877
1891
Singapore
-
-
-
P
Whittall & Co.
pre 1919
ca1935
Selangor
N
-
F
P
William Hall Co.
1823
ca1886
Penang
-
-
F
-
William MacDonald & Co.
1853
?
Singapore
-
-
F
-
Williams Anthon & Co.
?
?
Singapore
-
I
F
-
Wm Mckerrow & Co.
pre1880
pre1910
Singapore
-
-
F
-
Wm. Spottiswoode & Co.
pre1862
?
Singapore
-
-
-
P
Yokohama Specie Bank
1928?
1946?
Singapore

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