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.
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|