Security markings on British Malaya Stamps

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NOTE:
  • Images with a red boarder are used with the kind permission of Mervyn Lavender and are from his book: PERFINS OF MALAYSIA [See here].
  • On 15 February 1942, Singapore surrendered to the Japanese Army and most business closed their doors. Many firms did not reopening after Japan surrendered to the Allies on 15 August 1945. On 5 September 1945,British troops returned to Singapore and a British Military Administration [BMA] was formed to govern the Straits Settlements until March 1946.
  • Earliest & Latest Dates should be taken as estimates in most cases.
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Image
Pattern
Holes
Company
Stamps
Earliest
Latest
Remarks
A00
A.A.A
& Co.
32 + 28

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Straits
1923
?
One known on SG231 see ML
A01
A C
18
A. Clouet & Co.
Straits
1903
1926
.
A02
A.G
& Co.
LTD
21+28+19
Adamson Gilfillan & Co.
Straits
1908
?
One known on SG155 see ML
A03
A.G
21
Adamson Gilfillan & Co.
Straits
1912
1923
Likely type A2 with "& Co./LTD" removed
A04
APC
38
Asiatic Petroleum Co.
Straits
1913
?
.
A05
A.P.C
29
Asiatic Petroleum Co.
Straits
1920
1942
C has rounded back
A6
image required
A.P.C
29
Asiatic Petroleum Co.
Selangor
1935
1942
C has kinked back
 
image required
A.P.C
29
Asiatic Petroleum Co.
Straits
1937
?
as A6 used. On known on a Straits SG275
A7
A.P.C
S
30+10
Asiatic Petroleum Co.
Straits
1908
1911
.
B01
B&Co
43

Boustead & Co

Singapore
1884
1942
no stop under the o
B2
image required
B&Co.
41
Boustead & Co.
Penang
1884
1922
stop under the o
B3a
B&Co.
43
Boustead & Co.
Penang
1922
1942
stop under the o
B3b
image required
B&Co.
57
Boustead & Co.
?
ca1880
?
Two known on SG39 & 42 see ML
B4a
image required
B&Co
LTD
40+18
Boustead & Co.
FMS
1922
?
see ML
B4b
image required
B&Co
LTD
40+18
Boustead & Co.
Selangor
1935
1942
see ML
B5
image required
B&Co
LTD
42+18
Boustead & Co
Tumpat
1920
1927
on Kelantan see ML
B6
image required
B&Co
LTD
42+18
Boustead & Co
Ipoh
1941
?
on Perak see ML
B7
B&Co.
S
40+14
Barlow & Co.
Straits
1885
1909
stop under the o
B08
B.C.L
30
Borneo Co. Ltd.
Straits
1895
1932
.
??
check it out
B.C.L???
?
Borneo Co. Ltd.
Straits
.
.
o inside C
B09
B&K
36

Boyd & Kaye

Straits
1918
1922
.
B10
B.M
&Co..
31+35
Behn Meyer & Co.
Straits
1879
1904
2 stops under the o
B11
B.M.C.
49
Behn Meyer & Co.
Straits
1905
1914
B = 6 holes tall, seems to have replaced B10
B12
image required
B.M.C.
57
Behn Meyer & Co.
Penang
1903
1914
B = 7 holes tall
B13
B S
Co.
24+17

Likely Borneo, Sumatra Trading Co.

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Straits
1925
1940
.
C1a
image required
CANCELLED
88

Likely P & O Banking Co.

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Perak
?
?
56mm or 66mm long. One known on a SG119 see ML [note]
C1b
image required
CANCELLED
88

Likely P & O Banking Co.

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Straits
1923
1942
56mm or 66mm long see ML [note]
C2
C.B.I.
30

Chartered Bank of India, Australia & China

Straits
1903
1910
stop after the I
C3
image required
C.B.I
31

Chartered Bank of India, Australia & China

Straits
1913
1925
no stop after the I, often pins are missing
C4
C B I
26

Chartered Bank of India, Australia & China

Penang
1921
1942
no stops, I = 5 holes
C5
image required
C B I
26
Chartered Bank of India, Australia & China
Selangor
1906
1930
no stops, I = 5 holes
C6
image required
C B I
22
Chartered Bank of India, Australia & China
Selangor
1945
1955
no stops, I = 4 holes
C7
image required
C.C.
28

Cadonau & Co.

Straits
1899
1906
each C has an addition stop upper right corner
C8
C.C
21
Cadonau & Co.
Straits
?
?
one stop only
C9a
image required
C C
G T
14+15
City Council, Georgetown
Penang
1955
1975
on Penang and Malaysian stamps
C10
image required
CCP
26
?
?
?
?
On known on a Malaysia SG1 see ML
D01
D A
B
28+16

Deutsche Asiatische Bank

Straits
1905
1915
only PERFIN with serifs
D02
D.B.&Co.
54

D. Brandt & Co.

Straits
1886
1914
on the diagonal, stop under the o
E01
E.A.C.
43

East Asiatic Co.

Straits
1902
1932
C has an addition stop in its upper right corner
E2
E2_Wai_Kit_Ng.jpg
E S
Co LD
20+26

Eastern Smelting Co. Ltd.

Penang
1910
1920
small o and D aligned with top of the C and L
image from Wai Kit Ng (John)
F1
image required
F&Co
38
Fraser & Co.
Straits
1910
?
stop above the o
F2
F&N
29
Fraser & Neave
Straits
1922
1935
top of the & consists of 3 holes in a horizontal line
G1
G&Co.
38
Guthrie & Co.
Straits
1898
1920
stop under the o
G2
image required
G&Co.
LD
38+14.
Guthrie & Co.
Penang
1906
1915
stop under the o, small D level with top of L
G3
G.E.L
29
Great Eastern Assurance Co. Ltd.
Straits
1908
1942
no stop after the L
G4
image required
G E
L
18+6
Great Eastern Assurance Co. Ltd.
Straits
1962
?
.
H1
H1_Mari_Heessels.jpg
H&Co.
S
42+13
Hooglandt & Co.
Straits
1882
1894
stop under the o
image from Mari Heessels
H2
image required
H&
S.B.C.
24+35
Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation
Penang
1885
1920
no stop after the H
H3
H B
&Co
26+26

Huttenbach Bros. & Co.

Straits
1890
1925
H 5 holes high, top of the & consists of 3 holes in a horizontal line, o aligned with top of C
H4
image required
H B
&Co
21+23

Huttenbach Bros. & Co. or Harison Baker & Co.

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Selangor
1935
1942
H 4 holes high, top of the & consists of 3 holes in a horizontal line, o aligned with top of C
H5
HBCo
P
38+10
Huttenbach Bros. & Co.
Penang
1885
1920
o aligned with top of C
H6

H . J
& Co..
18+30
Herman Jebson & Co.
Penang
1882
1894

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two stops under o, a stop midway between the H & J

H7
H S B
31
Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation
Straits
1890
1917
.
H8
H S
B C
22+21
Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation
Straits
1918
1942
know with postmarks of Malacca, Penang & Perak. Stamps are thought perfinned in Singapore and shipped to the States.
H8a
image required
H S
B C
21+22
Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation
Straits
1917
?
One known on SG128 see ML
I1
I. R
25

Internationale Crediet- en Handels vereeniging

Straits
1908
1911
Rotterdam Trading Co., no stop after the R
J1
J L
& Co
15+28
John Little & Co. Ltd.
Straits
1885
1890
o aligned with top of C
J2
JL&Co
+
40+5
John Little & Co. Ltd.
Straits
1890
1930
o aligned with top of C, cross of five holes
K1
K&W
40

Kelly & Walsh

Straits
1896
1903
.
K2
K.D.
K.
35+17
Kaiserlich Deutsches Konsulat
Straits
1902
1914
.
L1
L P
L
17+7

Lee Plantations Ltd.

Straits
1919
1937
.
L2a
L Y S
25
L.Y. Swee & Co.
Penang
1922
1957
on stamps of SS, BMA & Penang
L2b
  ml ? ? come back            
M1
image required
M
M=24 square = 33

Companie des Services Messageries Maritime

Straits
1906
?
in a square. M with serifs
M2
image required
M
24

Companie des Services Messageries Maritime

Straits
1907
1910
same as M1 but without the square
M3
image required
M
& Co.
15+28

possibly Maynard & Co.

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Straits
1902
?
stop under the o. One known on a SG114 see ML
M4
MBI
34
Mercantile Bank of India Ltd.
Straits
1894
1925
top 3 holes of the B are not in a straight line
M5
image required
MBI
34
Mercantile Bank of India Ltd.
Selangor
1910
1925
top 3 holes of the B are in a straight line
M6
M.B.K
40

Mitsui Bussan Kaisha

Straits
1912
?
no stop after the K
M7
image required
Mc.A&Co.
LD.
60+15

McAlister & Co. Ltd.

Straits
1902
1922
stop under the c of Mc, o and D
M8
Mc A
& Co
LTD
32+26+28
McAlister & Co. Ltd.
Straits
1920
1925
o and TD are small & aligned with top of other larger letters
M9
image required
Mc A
& Co.
33+28
McAlister & Co.
Straits
1916
1926
stop under o
M10
Mc A
Co
26+11
McAlister & Co. Ltd.
Straits
1928
?
c and o small & aligned with top of the larger letters
M11
image required
MC
M
23+15
Municipal Commissioners Malacca
Malacca
1954
?
One known on a SG27 see ML
M12
M C
P
23+10
Municipal Commissioners Penang
Penang
1910
1940
.
M13a
image required
M C P
33

Municipal Commissioners Penang

Penang
1940
?
Straits
M13b
image required
M C P
33
Municipal Commissioners Penang
Penang
1945
1948
BMA
M13c
image required
M C P
33
Municipal Commissioners Penang
Penang
1949
1960
Penang
N1
N C I
26

North China Insurance Co.

Straits
1903
1920
.
N2
NHM
46

Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij

Straits
1906
1934

H formed on the N & M. Netherlands Trading Society

O1a
image required
ORI
ENT
AL
25+30+17
[+ 2 large]
Oriental Government Security Life Assurance Co.
Selangor
1926
1936
on FMS & Selangor. Two large holes, 1 in the O & 1 after the L
O1b
image required
ORI
ENT
AL
25+30+17
Oriental Government Security Life Assurance Co.
Selangor
1935
1936
Same as O1a less the 2 large holes.
P1
image required

P & O
Co.

33+15

Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co.

Straits
1930
1936
stop under o of Co
P2
image required
P. C
21

Likely Puttfarcken & Co.

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Straits
1890
?
no stop after the C. One know on a SG53 see ML
P3
image required
P R
H
18+9

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Ipoh, Perak
1938
?
Three known on SG90, 106 & 109 see ML
P4
P S
& Co
20+26
Paterson, Simons & Co.
Straits
1904
1921
top of the & consists of 3 holes in a horizontal line, small o aligned with top of C
R1
RS&C
47

Rautenberg Schmidt & Co.

Straits
1879
1900
.
R2
image required
R. S.
C.
25+9
Rautenberg Schmidt & Co.
Straits
1900
1905
.
S1a
image required
S&Co.
38
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Straits
?
?
on the diagonal. On known on SG68. See ML
S1b
image required
S . B
&Co
23+30

Sandilands Buttery & Co.

Straits
1880
?
top of the & consists of 3 holes in a horizontal line, small o aligned with top of C. Stop midway between S & B.
S2
image required
S. B.
Co.
26 + 15
Sandilands Buttery & Co.
Straits
1908
1930
stop under o
S3a
image required
SHELL
40

Shell Oil Co.

BMA
1945
1950
on the diagonal
S3b
image required
SHELL
40
Shell Oil Co.
Straits
1948
1950
on the diagonal
S4
image required
S I T
19

Singapore Improvement Trust

Straits
1950
1974
.
S5
SK&C
46

Schmidt, Küstermann & Co.

Penang

1880

1890
.
S6
S.K.
C.
28+13
Schmidt, Küstermann & Co.
Penang
1900
1910
C has an addition stop in its upper right corner
S7a
SMC
34

Singapore Municipal Commissioners

Straits
1922
1947
.
S7b
image required
SMC
34
Singapore Municipal Commissioners
BMA
1945
1947
One known on a SG4. See ML
S8a
S
M C
9+18
Singapore Municipal Commissioners
Straits
1947
1974
.
S8b
image required
S
M C
9+18
Singapore Municipal Commissioners
Malaysia
1964
?
One known on a SG11. See ML
S9
S.M.N
41

Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland

Straits
1915
1942
No stop after the N.
S10a
S.T.C.
29

Straits Trading Co.

Straits
1906
1942
.
S10b
image required
S.T.C.
29
Straits Trading Co.
FMS
1906
1942
.
S11
image required
S.T.Co.
40
Straits Trading Co.
Perak
1904
1922
Stop under the o.
T1
T C
& S
15+24

Thomas Cook & Son, Ltd

Straits
1920
1942
.
T02
TKK
32

Tan Kah Kee

Straits
1920
1935
.
V1
V. B.
34
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Straits
1922
?
One known on a SG232. See ML
W1
W &
Co
28+12

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Waugh & Co. or Whittall & Co.

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FMS
1919
1935
top of the & consists of 3 holes in a horizontal line, small o aligned with top of C
W2
W.M
&Co.
31+17

W. Mansfield & Co.

Straits
1900
1922
stop under o, no stop after the M
W3
image required
WH
& Co.
?

William Hall & Co.

Penang
1880
?
stop under o, only on revenue stamps
Y01
Y S
B
18+15

Yokohama Specie Bank

Straits
1928
1942
.

History:

  • 1826 Singapore, Penang & Malacca become the Straits Settlements, ruled from India
  • 1 April 1867, the Straits Settlements become a Crown colony administered from Singapore
  • 15 February 1942, Singapore surrendered to Japanese Army on
  • 15 August 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allies on
  • 5 September 1945, British troops returned to Singapore and a British Military Administration [BMA] was formed to govern the Straits Settlements until March 1946.
  • 1 April 1946, the Straits Settlements was dissolved and Singapore became a separate Crown Colony.
  • 16 September 1963, Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak were formally merged and Malaysia was formed.
  • 9 August 1965, Singapore separated from Malaysia and became the Republic of Singapore.
  • 1965 October - Singapore becomes the 22nd member of the Commonwealth.
See Time line of Singaporean history here.

 
Stamps:

  • On 1 February 1823, the civilian post office opened at Singapore.
  • Indian stamps were used from 1854 to 1 September 1867 in Malacca, Singapore and Penang when the Straits Settlements became a Crown Colony.
  • 1856 the octagonal Indian type cancellers began being used: B/109 for Malacca, B/147 for Penang and B/172 for Singapore.
  • On 1 April 1877 the Straits Settlements joined the Universal Postal Union [U.P.U.]
  • Stamps overprinted "British Military Administration" [BMA] were used from 1945 to 1948 throughout the Malayan States.

Straits Settlements:

  • Malacca, Singapore [along with Christmas Island] and Penang [along with Province Wellesley and until 1934 The Dindings] were incorporated under one government in 1826 with the governor was located at Penang. 
  • In 1836 the seat of government was transferred to Singapore. 
  • Administration was transferred from India to the Secretary of State for the Colonies on 1 April 1867 when the Straits Settlements became a Crown Colony. 
  • The Cocos [Keeling] Islands were transferred to the Straits Settlements on 7 February 1886. Labuan was attached to the Crown Colony in 1898becoming the fourth settlement in 1906. Labuan was transferred to North Borneo in 1946. 
  • The Crown Colony was dissolved in 1946.

Singapore:

  • In 1946 Singapore became a separate colony.

Malayan Union:

  • In 1946 Penang and Malacca were incorporated into the Malayan Union.

Federation of Malaya:

  • was formed in 1948 out of the Malayan Union.


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