Sunday, June 5, 2011

Straits Settlements Collection

Hello all..  
We meet again.. This time I will share with all of  you stories about Straits Settlements..  Below is picture from one of Straits Settlements page from my collection

Through my researched, The Straits Settlements were a group of British territories located in Southeast Asia. Originally established in 1826 as part of the territories controlled by the British East India Company, the Straits Settlements came under direct British control as a crown colony on 1 April 1867. The colony was dissolved as part of the British reorganisation of its South-East Asian dependencies following the end of the Second World War.

The Straits Settlements consisted of the individual settlements of Malacca, Penang (also known as Prince of Wales Island), Christmas Island (until 1946 and part of Singapore until 1957) and Singapore, as well as (from 1907) Labuan, off the coast of Borneo. With the exception of Singapore and Christmas Island, these territories now form part of Malaysia.

When the Settlements became a crown colony in 1867, they began issuing their own stamps, not least because they adopted a currency based on 96 cents to a silver dollar. 

Twentieth Century
In 1907, the remainder of the stamps of Labuan were overprinted "STRAITS SETTLEMENTS.", some with new denominations, and in 1910 new large-format stamps appeared with values of $25 and $500 (although available for postage, their usual use was fiscal). George V replaced his father on stamps beginning in 1912, reusing frames and only replacing vignettes. These stamps were overprinted in 1922 to mark the Malaya-Borneo Exhibition.
My available Collections Straits Settlements King George V

From the picture above, we can see coconut tree on the both side left and right of the stamp. 
Below is another type of King George Collection
2 Cents King George V but with Kris on left and right of the stamp. 4 Cents King George V with picture of Paddy and another one is 5 Cents King George V stated with “Postage & Revenue” on the both side left and right of the stamp

I'm not sure the stories behind differences between this two types of stamps.. If anyone can leave their comment and share with me, it highly appreciated. 

The Straits Settlements also joined in the Silver Jubilee for George V in 1935

 George was born on 3 June 1865 in London, the second son of the Prince of Wales. When George was 18 he went into the Royal Navy, but the death of his elder brother in 1892 meant he had to leave a career he enjoyed, as he was now heir to the throne. In 1901, George's father became king and in May 1910, George himself became king. In 1935, the king celebrated his Silver Jubilee, an occasion of great public rejoicing. He died on 20 January 1936 and was succeeded by his son Edward.

I also have a few collections Straits Settlements King George VI. I will update it later... If you insist to see it please enlarge picture Straits Settlements page and zoom it one by one.

Seriously, I admit that I am an amateur and have a few knowledge about stamps through research here and there..  I am really appreciate if anyone can leave comments regarding all stamps in my collection. Till we meet again in next post. Good Bye


  1. Straits Settlements stamps are very complex when you go deeper and deeper of its history. Good luck and keep going ! The most expensive stamp is the $500, King Edward VII,around 1902, post office cancellation by error ( not revenue cancellation but postal cancellation with time and date/year ).Price : £ 1,000,000 ( one million £ )

    Other stamps are from Prince of wales Island ie Penang before 1840. Bye TINTIN,LONDON

  2. you buy stamps i have same old how can sale.thaks my mAil

  3. I love stamps n glad to read all those facts.dont stop.keep ur research on. Love to read again n again.

  4. Here's an article I wrote on the history and design of those Straits Settlements stamps - - I love those beautiful stamps, happy reading!