Security markings on British Malaya Stamps

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Markings that appear on stamps but are not firm chops.  

Updated: 14 Sept 2015
Please use the item's ID number - orange box - when communicating about it.

Misc001
Pd
 
Script, pen black ink

updated: 5 Feb. 2006

Image from the author's collection

  • Pd = likely Paid
 
Misc002
Two parallel lines
 
pen black ink

updated: 1 Jan. 2006

Two parallel lines used to tie the stamp to the envelope

Cancelled 19 September 1894

Image from the author's collection

 

 
Misc003
??
 
pen black ink

updated: 1 Jan. 2006

Cancelled SINGAPORE

author's collection

 


Misc004
Crossed line pattern
 
In pen, blue ink

updated: 1 Jan. 2006

Image from the author's collection

 


Misc005
STAMPED
 
Double rectangle: green, red

updated: 6 Feb. 2006

NOT A FIRM CHOP - APPLIED TO PREVENT THEFT OF THE STAMP

.

Images from the author'scollection

 


Misc006
LIGNE N / date / PAQFR. No 6
 
Octagonal ( 22 mm) black, blue, red

updated: 24 March 2008

NOT A FIRM CHOP BUT OFTEN SEEN ON STAMPS - FRENCH MAIL BOAT CHOP

Image from the author's collection

  • This is a French Mail boat cancellation.
  • Mark of Les Messageries Imperiales, 1861-1871, then Les Messageries Maritimes afterwards
  • Their Ligne de d'Indo-Chine began in 1861 and was know as Ligne N from 1866 to 1910. Numbers 1 through 10 can be found. PP0005
  • The service initially ran from Marseilles to Shanghai (Lingne N, 1867-1910)calling at Alexandria, Aden, Colombo, Singapore and Saigon. There was a branch line between Singapore and Batavia (Lingne P, 1870-1884) .
  • There was a Linge between Shanghai and Yokohama (Linge S, 1867-1887). 
  • There was a Linge between Hong Kong and Shanghai (Linge R, 1867-1869).
  • Initially the service was monthly but eventually became weekly alternating with the British mail boats.
  • The undisputed main reference on the subject is La Poste Maritime Francaise by Raymond Sales, in 8 volumes and in French.

Misc007
PASSPORT OFFICE / SINGAPORE
 
Various frames, violet

updated: 3October 2007

 Passports100_ETan.jpgPassports50_ETan.jpg .

Images thanks to E. Tan[October 2007]

Image from the author's collection

  • "Passport Office seems likely this late."John Wilson 31 Jan. 2006
  • Also seen on an eBay lot with KUALA LUMPOR instead of SINGAPORE. Author

Misc007.5
PASSPORT OFFICE / PENANG
 
Triple Oval, violet

updated: 8 Dec. 2009

Passport_Office_Penang

Click the image to see the 1924 document.

Image from the author's collection


Misc008
STAMPED
 
Various types, sizes and colours: red, black, violet

updated: 6 Feb. 2006

NOT FIRM CHOPS - APPLIED TO PREVENT THEFT OF THE STAMP

I

Image from Gaden Robinson


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Images from the author's collection


Misc009
P.P. = Packet of Patterns
 
Single line, black

updated: 14 Sept 2015

Images from author's collection

SEE: The Malayan Philatelist, Vol 56 No.3 Whole Number 268 September 2015



Misc010
HONGKONG
 
Single line, red

updated: 1 Feb. 2008

NOT A FIRM CHOP - LIKELY A DIRECTIONAL MARK

Many styles

Image from the author's collection

Cancelled SINAPORE

Thanks to John Wilson for this image. [Nov. 2006]

HongKong1_ETan.jpg . HongKong2_ETan.jpg

Thanks to E. Tan for these two items

HonKong_Framed_ETan.jpg

Thanks to E. Tan for this item [HONGKONG framed]


Misc011
[Chinese Inscription] / HONGKONG
 
2 lines, red

updated: 15April 2007

NOT A FIRM CHOP - LIKELY A DIRECTIONAL MARK

HK03.jpg

Image from the author's collection

  • Seen on Straits QV 8 cent blue cancelled SINGAPORE
  • this item is also shown in the Non-English [needing translation] section as NE020
  • The Chinese characters are, from right to left, Xiang Gang? Mandarin) or Heung Gong?(Cantonese)? i.e. Hong Kong but half the left character is missing. [Richard Hale, 15 April2007]

Misc012
PENANG
 
Single rectangle, red

updated: 6 Feb.. 2006

NOT A FIRM CHOP - LIKELY A DIRECTIONAL MARK

  • seen on Straits QV 2 cent brown otherwise uncancelled

Misc013
SINGAPORE / Chinese
 
2 lines, red

updated: 6 Feb.. 2006

NOT FIRM CHOPS - LIKELY A DIRECTIONAL MARKs

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Images from author's collection

  • the 2 cent brown is also shown in the Non-English [needing translation] section as NE021

Misc014
CANCELLED
 
Various styles

updated: 6 Feb.. 2006

NOT A FIRM CHOP - APPLIED TO PREVENT THEFT OF THE STAMP

CANCELLED02.jpg

Images from author's collection


Misc015
B109 :: B147 :: B172
 
Octagon

updated: 17 Feb. 2006

NOT FIRM CHOPS - EARLY OBLITERATORS

Malacca: 1856 to 1871
Penang: 1856 to 1864
Singapore: 1874 to 1879

Images from author's collection

  • B172 - there were several types. From 1874 to 1884 a B172 obliterator was used in Penang and from 1874 to 1892 Malacca. [See PP0003]

Misc016
POSTAGE, PAID
 
Double rectangle, violet

updated: 17 Feb. 2006

NOT A FIRM CHOP - APPLIED TO PREVENT THEFT OF THE STAMP

Image from author's collection


Misc017
PAID
 
Single line, black, violet, red

updated: 30 April 2007

NOT FIRM CHOPS - EITHER APPLIED TO PREVENT THEFT OF THE STAMP OR ON REVENUE USAGE

. . . . .

Images from author's collection


Misc018
STAMP OFFICE
 
Various Ovals

updated: 19 July 2006

NOT FIRM CHOPS - VARIOUS LOCATIONS - APPLIED TO STAMPS ON FISCAL DOCUMENTS

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Misc021
Revenue Document Seals
 
Many Styles, thick red ink and embossed

updated: 21 April 2007

NOT A FIRM CHOP - APPLIED TO STAMPS ON REVENUE DOCUMENTS.
PART ON THE STAMPS AND PART ON THE DOCUMENT

. . . .

Many styles. The amount on the cancellation matches the value of the stamps they cancelled.


Misc022
LOOSE SHIP LETTER
 

Various forms, with and without frames, black ink

updated: 27 Nov. 2006

NOT A FIRM CHOP - APPLIED TO STAMPS ARRIVING IN AUSTRALIA

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Image from author's collection


Misc023
Hong Kong
 

Script lettering, red

updated: 27 Nov. 2006

NOT A FIRM CHOP - LIKELY A DIRECTIONAL MARK

Image from author's collection

  • this was produced by a handstamp not by a pen
  • the text might also be Hongkong

Misc024
Boxed R = Registered
 

black

updated: 27 Nov. 2006

NOT A FIRM CHOP - Registration mark

Image from author's collection




Misc025

JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT SANDAKAN

 

Violet

updated: 23 Jan. 2008

NOT FIRM CHOPS -  APPLIED TO STAMPS ON FISCAL DOCUMENTS

NRDBORNEO_JanDeKort.jpg

Image from Jan de Kort



Misc026

Accounting Marks, various

 

Violet

updated: 22 Feb. 2008

NOT FIRM CHOPS -  APPLIED TO STAMPS ON FISCAL DOCUMENTS

Accounting001.JPG

Image from author's collection



Misc027

Accounting Marks, various

 

Violet

updated: 29 Jan. 2009

NOT FIRM CHOPS -  APPLIED TO STAMPS ON FISCAL DOCUMENTS DURING THE OCCUPATION

StampOffice_Occupation.jpg

Click the image to view the entire document.

Image from author's collection



Misc028
FIRST OF EXCHANGE

No Frame, 1 line, violet

updated: 6 Sept.  2008

  ID00239.jpg 

Image from the author's collection

The wording is strongly suggestive of the practice of sending three separate bills of exchange, any one of which could be used to transfer money, the second and third not being honoured. Ceylon issued special tall-format revenue  stamps in strips of three from 1874 to the end of Edward VII's reign with First, Second and Third of Exchange labels.Thus, "First of Exchange". The Straits used similar tall-format stamps until 1882 and maintained separate series for Bills of Exchange and Judicial fees. However, by the time of Edward they had gone in for postage/revenue -- i.e. with the issue of 1902. [John Wilson, Sept.2009]


Misc029
FREIGHT PAID.

No Frame, 1 line, violet

updated: 15 March 2010

  Freight-Paid.jpg 

Image from the author's collection

  • From a fiscal document.


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