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British Consulate Post Office Bangkok (1882-1885)

 

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 Issue Name: British Consulate Post Office Bangkok
 Thai Issue Name: ไปรษณีย์กงศุลอังกฤษในกรุงเทพฯ
 Issue Date: 1882/2425-1885/2428
 Cause: Prior to the introduction of Siam's first and own postage stamps, and until 1 January 1886, postal services were mainly overseas, originally handled privately by passing ships and later monopolized by the East India Company, and to send mail, Thailand, then known as Siam, used the British consular postal services of the Singapore Post Office in Thailand, as well as their postage stamps used for the Straits Settlements of the Malayan Peninsula, which for Siam were overprinted with a letter B for Bangkok. There are totally 22 of such stamps, divided into three sets, listed according to the watermark in the paper, namely: 1. an elephant's head (1 issue); 2. a crown and the letters CC (11 issues); and 3. a crown and the letters CA (10 issues).
 Catalogue Number: B1-B22
 Denomination: Elephant's Head: 32 Cents; CC 2 Cents, 4 Cents, 5 Cents, 6 Cents, 8 Cents, 10 Cents, 12 Cents, 24 Cents, 30 Cents, 96 Cents, 2 Cents (Vertical Overprint); CA 2 Cents, 2 Cents, 4 Cents, 4 Cents, 5 Cents, 6 Cents, 8 Cents, 10 Cents, 12 Cents, 24 Cents
 Unused Value: Elephant's Head: 2,400,000 Baht; CC: 65,000, 65,000, 12,000, 8,000, 100,000, 12,000, 24,000, 18,000, 3,500,000, 240,000, 120,000; CA: 15,000, 3,000, 18,000, 4,500, 9,000, 6,000, 10,000, 6,000, 9,000, 220,000
 Used Value: Elephant's Head: 2,400,000 Baht; CC: 60,000, 60,000, 9,000, 6,000, 7,000, 5,000, 8,000, 6,000, 3,500,000, 150,000, 80,000; CA: 10,000, 2,000, 12,000, 3,000, 6,000, 5,000, 3,500, 3,500, 5,000, 150,000
 Thailex Collection: n/a
 Size: Various (ca. 21 x 15 mm)
 Quantity of Stamps: n/a
 Printer: Thomas De La Rue Co., Ltd., England
 Subject: 1. Elephant's Head issue: Annas yellow (orangey-brown) colour and depicting an oval frame with the side profile of Queen Victoria wearing a crown, and overprinted in black with a letter a crown and the letter B for Bangkok, as well as the denomination of 22 cents overprinted in black; 2. CC issues are stamps in various colours, all depicting a frame, either an oval, an elongated hexagon or a rectangle which displays the text STRAIGHTS SETTLEMENTS - POSTAGE. Inside the frame is the side profile of Queen Victoria wearing a crown, and at the bottom, either in or underneath the frame, is the denomination in CENTS. All stamps are overprinted in black with a letter B for Bangkok. One stamp, pale red (pinkish-orange) in colour and with a denomination of 32 Cents is also vertically overprinted in black with the denomination 2 Cents. The oval frame of one stamp, in a slate colour and with a denomination of 10 Cents, is split into two halves, an upper and a lower half; 3. CA issues are stamps in various colours, all depicting an oval frame, which displays the text STRAIGHTS SETTLEMENTS - POSTAGE. Inside the frame is the side profile of Queen Victoria wearing a crown, and at the bottom, either in or underneath the frame, is the denomination in CENTS. All stamps are overprinted in black with a letter B for Bangkok. The oval frame of one stamp, in a slate colour and with a denomination of 10 Cents, is split into two halves, an upper and a lower half.
 Related Link: Philatelists Association of Thailand, General Post Office, Asian Elephant, Bangkok, Siam