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[Updated: 23 Aug.  2007]

Are there yet more types of direction markings to be reported? I encourage readers to participate in the census. Send scans and measurements (in mm) to one of the email addresses given below. Ask a friend to help if you do not have a scanner.

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Direction Markings: Contributions

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The items below are awaiting comment by Charles A. Jones

Item: #012
Contributed by: Michel Houde, 26 June 2007

SINGAPORE.

Hong Kong block of 12 of the 1884 Wmk Crown CA 10 cent green (SG37). [Item sold on ebay in June 2007.]


Hong Kong/Singapore Type 6 (new type) 

SINGAPORE in capital letters with serifs, ~8 x 44 mm (8-8  x 44-45 mm).  Three complete strikes on Hong Kong QV 10 green Crown CA, marginal block of 12.  Each stamp cancelled unclear B62. 
If you are the owner of this fabulous block, it would be much appreciated if you would supply a better scan and the exact measurements of the SINGAPORE marking. Also, it would be interesting to know in which order the markings were applied. Is the direction marking  beneath the B62 cancels?
Charles A. Jones 16 Aug. 2007

Item: #011
Contributed by: Michel Houde, 22 June 2007

bilingual PENANG

Cover HONG KONG to PENANG bearing Hong Kong KEVII 4c cancelled cds AMOY A 9 SE 05, VICTORIA transit cds 12 SE 05, PENANG receiving cds SE ? 05.

[Matthew Bennett - Zurich Asia Auctions Sale 13, lot 1196, Nov. 2, 2006]


Straits/Penang Type:  Penang 15 (previously reported)

PENANG on KEVII cover from Amoy.  This, the ?Sin Soon Tek? cover, was the type cover for Penang Type 1 in the original census. Charles A. Jones 16 Aug. 2007

Item: #010
Contributed by: Michel Houde, 22 June 2007

BATAVIA

[reverse]

Cover HONG KONG to BATAVIA bearing 7c / 10c cancelled B62, HONG KONG cds ?? JA 91, Netherlands Indies AGENT SINGAPORE cds 27/1/1891 and BATAVIA cds 30/1/1891.

[eBay lot in 2007 ]


Hong Kong/Batavia Type 3 (new type) 

BATAVIA, on red band cover, in capitals with serifs.  Dimensions, 7-8 x 38 mm.  The marking has a somewhat ?washed? appearance, so measurements are approximate.  There appear to be three Chinese characters below, although they are indistinct and may be in a slightly different shade of red from the English letters.  Cover bears QV 7/10 surcharged stamp cancelled B62, Type D1(?).  Hong Kong cds alongside dated, JA 2?, 91.

This is an exceptional cover, one of very few examples of the 7 rate mistakenly accepted by the Hong Kong GPO early in 1891.   The 7 rate was intended for mail to the UK only.  It was mistakenly used, without tax, on mail to other UPU countries ? and their colonies, in this case Batavia, a Dutch colony ? between January and March or April 1871.  This may be the only example of the 7 rate to such a colony.  (Ref.:  Zurich Asia Sale 13, Lot 923, and Vol. 1, The Adhesives, p. 17.)

Charles A. Jones 16 Aug. 2007

Item: #009
Contributed by: Michel Houde, 22 June 2007

PENANG

Cover STRAITS SETTLEMENTS to PENANG bearing 4 cent bright violet (SG223) tied by NORTH CANAL ROAD SINGAPORE double circle 29 JA 1927.

[eBay lot in 2007 ]


Straits / Penang Type 15 (new type)  PENANG in block capital letters, approximately 5 x 32 mm, on illustrated red band cover.  Chinese characters above.  Struck in red away from the stamp.  Cover bears Straits Settlements KGV 4 violet, canceled North Canal Road/Singapore cds, 1927.  This is the latest date so far reported for a direction marking.
Charles A. Jones 16 Aug. 2007

Item: #008
Contributed by: Michel Houde, 6 June 2007

SIAM

Straits Settlements QV 2c/4c pale rose CA [SG61], uncancelled

[This item is from the Prakaipet Indhusophon Collection of Siam, 1989, 3D Printing Company, Bangkok. With special thanks to the author for his kind permission for the use of images.]


Straits / Siam Type 16 (new type)  SIAM in capital letters with serifs, ~10 x 5 mm.  Struck in red.  On Straits Settlements QV Crown CA.  No other cancel or marking.  Charles A. Jones 16 Aug. 2007

Item: #007
Contributed by: Michel Houde, 6 June 2007

BANGKOK

Straits Settlements QV 2 cent pale rose CA [SG63], uncancelled

[This item is from the Prakaipet Indhusophon Collection of Siam, 1989, 3D Printing Company, Bangkok. With special thanks to the author for his kind permission for the use of images.]


Straits / Bangkok Type 12 (new type)

BANGKOK in short capitals with serifs.  Dimensions:  29-30 x 4  mm.  Struck in red.  B of Bangkok appears malformed or damaged.  On Straits Settlements QV 2 Crown CA.  No other cancel or marking. Charles A. Jones 16 Aug. 2007

Item: #006
Contributed by: Michel Houde, 6 June 2007

BANGKOK

Letters 7 mm tall, estimated from measurements of a similar stamp.

Both are Straits Settlements QV 8 cent ultramarine CA [SG101] issued June 1894, cancelled by the so called Siam mail boat dumb chop.

[both of these items are from the Prakaipet Indhusophon Collection of Siam, 1989, 3D Printing Company, Bangkok. With special thanks to the author for his kind permission for the use of images.]


#006A (Upper stamp).  Type:  If Bangkok, Type 12 (new type - see #006B)  If Hongkong,  Type 7 (previously reported)           
BANGKOK or HONGKONG, as one word.  Capital letters with serifs.  Letters 6 mm tall.  Struck in red.  On Straits Settlements QV 8 ultramarine Crown CA with the so-called Siam mail boat dumb chop in black.

#006B (Lower stamp).  Straits / Bangkok Type 13 (new type) 
BANGKOK in capital letters with serifs.  Letters 6 mm tall.  Struck in red. On Straits Settlements QV 8 ultramarine Crown CA with the so-called Siam mail boat dumb chop in black.
Charles A. Jones 16 Aug. 2007

Item: #005
Contributed by: Michel Houde, 6 June 2007

Hongkong

This seems to have been produced by a handstamp not a pen.

Straits Settlements QV 12 cent blue CC [SG15] cancelled D17 = Penang. The black cancel is on top of the red marking.

This item may be viewed on Michel Houde's website dealing with Security Markings on British Malaya Stamps


#005.  Straits/Hongkong Type 11 (new type)

Hong(kong) in cursive script.  Although a handstamp, the marking gives the impression of handwriting.  Capital H is 9 mm and lowercase letters 3 mm tall.  Struck in red.  On Straits Settlements QV Crown CC canceled by D17 obliterator (Penang). The cancel is on top of the direction marking. Charles A. Jones 16 Aug. 2007

Item: #004B
Contributed by: Michel Houde, 6 June 2007

SINGAPORE

Straits Settlements QV 2 cent brown CC [SG11] issued June 1868, cancelled dumb chop. The black cancel is on top of the red marking.

This item may be viewed on Michel Houde's website dealing with Security Markings on British Malaya Stamps


Straits/Singapore Type 18 (new type)

SINGAPORE in capital letters with serifs.  Letters 5 mm high.  Struck in red.  Chinese characters below.  On Straits Settlements QV Crown CC issue.    Canceled by dumb chop (obliterator of bars) on top of the direction marking. Charles A. Jones 16 Aug. 2007

Item: #004A
Contributed by: Michel Houde, 6 June 2007

SINGAPORE

Straits Settlements QV 2 cent pale rose CA [SG63] issued July 1883, cancelled dumb chop. The black cancel is on top of the red marking.

This item may be viewed on Michel Houde's website dealing with Security Markings on British Malaya Stamps


Straits/Singapore Type 17 (new type)

SINGAPORE in capital letters with serifs(?). Struck in red.  Letters are 7 mm tall but difficult to read owing to the red color of the stamp.  On Straits Settlements QV Crown CA.  Cancelled by dumb chop (obliterator of bars) said to be on top of the red direction marking. Charles A. Jones 16 Aug. 2007

Item: #003
Contributed by: Michel Houde, 6 June 2007

HONGKONG

Straits Settlements QV 8 cent blue CC [SG101] issued April 1894, cancelled SINGAPORE FE ?? 9? The black cancel is on top of the red marking.

This item may be viewed on Michel Houde's website dealing with Security Markings on British Malaya Stamps


Straits/Hongkong Type 7(?) (previously reported)

HONGKONG, as one word(?).  Capital letters with serifs, 6 mm tall.  No Chinese characters.  On QV Straits Settlements 8 blue Crown CA.  [Michel, you have this as Crown CC.]   Struck in red.  Stamp is canceled by Singapore cds, year date 189? (incomplete).  The cds is reported to be over (on top of) the direction marking. 
Charles A. Jones 16 Aug. 2007

Item: #002
Contributed by: Michel Houde, 6 June 2007

HONGKONG

Seen on Straits Settlements QV 8 cent blue cancelled SINGAPORE.

The Chinese characters are, from right to left, ?Xiang Gang? (Mandarin) or ?Heung Gong? (Cantonese) ? i.e. Hong Kong but half the left character is missing.

This item may be viewed on Michel Houde's website dealing with Security Markings on British Malaya Stamps


#002.  Straits/Hongkong Type 10 (new type)

HONGKONG, as one word, in rather tall, slender, and closely spaced capitals. Stamp is not available, so measurements are unknown.  Chinese characters for Hong and Kong above.  Struck in red.  Said to be on QV Straits Settlements 8 blue Crown CA. 
Charles A. Jones 16 Aug. 2007

Item: #001
Contributed by: Michel Houde, 6 June 2007

PENANG

Seen on Straits Settlements QV 2 cent brown otherwise uncancelled.

This item may be viewed on Michel Houde's website dealing with Security Markings on British Malaya Stamps


Straits/Penang Type 14 (new type)

PENANG in capital letters with somewhat exaggerated (large) serifs.  Struck in red.  Neither the stamp nor a scan is available, so measurements are unknown. Although the strike is incomplete, there appears to be a bar above and below the name.  Bars may be part of frame or box.  No other direction marking is reported with a frame or bars.  On Straits Settlements QV Crown CA issue. Charles A. Jones 16 Aug. 2007  

Are there yet more types of direction markings to be reported? I encourage readers to participate in the census. Send scans and measurements (in mm) to one of the email addresses given at the top of this page, click here. Ask a friend to help if you do not have a scanner.

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