These days stamps don’t get me confused often, but the below Chinese stamps have done that. These are from the same lot as the Japanese Taxe Percue cut squares I wrote few weeks back. The stamps are ok, but the cancellations… I’ve got a nasty gut feeling I’ve landed with a pile of cancellation forgeries on common Chinese stamps.
Common Chinese stamps from late 1940s. But what's up with cancellation? I've never seen a cancellation like this on Chinese stamps.
At first I thought these could be some kind of revenue cancellations, but Googling around showed me that Chinese revenue items rarely have any western numbers on cancellations. And not a single revenue item I found had postage due stamp attached; I’ve got several of them canceled in similar style (see below image for example).
Some more Chinese stamps with similar cancellation. Notice there's also an postage due stamp (2nd on top row).
These look a lot like someone used or played around with date stamper. I don’t know if these could be some sort of railway or TPO (Traveling Post Office) markings, or from postal savings documents etc. where date stampers might have been used… A common nominator seems to be that all the items are roughly the same era: from late 1940s up to early 1950s. I’ve got maybe 70-80 stamps all canceled in similar fashion.
And they're not all just small definitives. Here's Northeast China Mi#144 and PRC Mi#144.
Any help and opinions for solving this mystery would be highly appreciated. Are these forgeries, or something else?
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