|2021 Nov 14||001||Where Revenue Stamps Overprinted "B"?|
The Consular Corps was composed of Consul-Generals, Consuls, Vice-Consuls, Consular Agents and Pro-Consuls. Pro-Consuls were appointed to administer oaths, taking affidavits or affirmations and performing notarial acts.
Fees charged for services rendered by Consular offices were in many instances payable by means of stamps, to meet these fees a range of Consular stamps were issued.
Revenue Stamps Used at the British Consulate at Bangkok
I know of three revenue stamp catalogues that list the 1874 20 cents purple and black Straits Settlements revenue, overprinted B. The earliest is by Marley (1910) followed by Forbin (1915) and finally Barefoot (2000).
I have never seen an example. The overprinting of the postage stamps “B” was a procedure to account for the fact that the Postmaster received a 10% discount on the purchase of the stamps by the Postmaster at Bangkok. The agreement with the Treasury in Singapore was only for postage no mentioned has surfaced concerning revenue stamps. The use of revenue stamps fell to the Consulate and outside of the responsibility of the Postmaster. Therefore, I must conclude that this stamp is bogus.