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Anchor Chop

Items added: 14 September 2021

AC-000-example     AC-inveresed-example


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.

SINGAPORE  checkerboard

•    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.


ex3

Straits Settlements
(SG 64)
Only one see thus far.

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Bangkok Issues

#SGVALUECOLOURCANCELFIRM CHOP
Items starting with #31 are new since the book was published.
Click an item's # to view it.
36208¢black--
35924¢black--
34208¢blackindistinct-
33142¢black--
32208¢black--
31?24¢black--
Items 01 to 30 are from the book. They are shown below, click here.
01924¢black--
02164¢black--
03208¢black--
04208¢blackSINGAPORE-
052110¢blackSINGAPORE-
062110¢black--
07710¢black--
082110¢black--
09208¢black-WINDSOR, REDLICH & Co.
1034¢black-FALCK, BRAMANN & BEIDEK
1134¢blueCHECKER BOARD (red)-
12?8¢black--
13?4¢black--
14?8¢red--
1534¢blue--
16122/32¢black--
17208¢black-WINDSOR REDLICH & CO
18?24¢black--
1922¢black--
2068¢black-Indistinct red marking
21164¢blackSINGAPORE-
22?8¢red--
23924¢red--
24924¢black--
25?8¢black--
26?8¢black-FALCK, BRAMANN & BEIDEK
27192¢black--
28122/32¢black-MÖLLER & MEISNER
29142¢red--
30122/23¢blackSINGAPORE-

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New

#36
AC-036.jpg
Mine
#35#34#33#32#31
AC-025AC-034AC-033AC-032AC-031
SG9SC20SG14SG29?
Eur-Seree, 14 July 2021 Auction #59  part of lot 159MineInternetInternet | Note - kiss print 'B' at left Internet

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These are pictured in the book.
ex1
ex2


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