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.
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).
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.
Any help and opinions for solving this mystery would be highly appreciated. Are these forgeries, or something else?