The figures above are circular chops approximately 18 mm in diameter. In the centre is what looks like a capital ‘T’ superimposed on a capital ‘S’ (left image) or more likely an anchor (right image). What looks like an “S” might represent a rope. Around the perimeter are perhaps laurel leaves. The anchor with a rope entwined is often encountered used as a maritime symbol.
When the book appeared in 2021, I had identified this chop on a total of 30 Bangkok issues and 1 Straits Settlements stamp. These are shown below.
• Most examples appear on an uncancelled stamp.
• The few that are cancelled have received the dateless SINGAPORE circular handstamp or the Bangkok checkerboard.
• Ink Colour: 81% black, 13% red or 6% blue.
• Several have firm chops. All were German firms.
• FALCK, BRAMANN & BEIDEK
• WINSOR, REDLICH & Co.
• MÖLLER & MEISNER
The chop was studied at a meeting of the Thailand Philatelic Society in August 2013. The consensus was that it is an "S" and anchor design consistent with a ship or purser's mark. However, no-one could suggest which ship it could be.
Until a proving cover surfaces, I speculate that this chop was used by Pickenpack, Thies & Co. They were German merchants in Bangkok with an office in Hamburg. They owned two ships and were agents for the German Steamship Company of Hamburg. They might have operated a service that carried mail down to Singapore.
The anchor was a common symbol used by those involved with sailing - companies, navy and people. There was no navy in Bangkok at the time. I think that the chops were applied by a purser on a ship taking letters on commission down to Singapore to enter the mail there.
Of the 30 in the table four have a SINGAPORE cancellation and one the so-called Checkerboard obliterator. The remainder have no Postal marking. Seeing that only one has what is a Bangkok obliterator implies that the letters in this group did not go via the British Post Office. What might have happened is that one cover was transferred to whoever was operating the service with the anchor chops because the ship was leaving sooner than a ship waiting for the mail from the British PO.
Where is that proving cover!
Items starting with #31 are new since the book was published.
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|Items 01 to 30 are from the book. They are shown below, click here.|
|09||20||8¢||black||-||WINDSOR, REDLICH & Co.|
|10||3||4¢||black||-||FALCK, BRAMANN & BEIDEK|
|11||3||4¢||blue||CHECKER BOARD (red)||-|
|17||20||8¢||black||-||WINDSOR REDLICH & CO|
|20||6||8¢||black||-||Indistinct red marking|
|26||?||8¢||black||-||FALCK, BRAMANN & BEIDEK|
|28||12||2/32¢||black||-||MÖLLER & MEISNER|
|Eur-Seree, 14 July 2021 Auction #59 part of lot 159||Mine||Internet||Internet | Note - kiss print 'B' at left||Internet|