The Malacca Chop - Lin Yangchen
  • The Malacca Chop

©Lin Yangchen


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On 23 April 1942 the wooden Malacca Chop was introduced, featuring the State Secretary Mr Shiramoto’s wooden Seal of the Government Office of the Malacca Military Department in Kanji characters covering four stamps.

A funky blend of two varieties of fuchsia: the lurid French fuchsia of the overprint, and the dark fuchsia of the key and duty plates. The grain of the wood can be seen in the bluntly serrated edges of the frame of the seal.

The Japanese ink pads, upon drying out, were replaced by British vermilion ink. Stamps bearing the Malacca Chop are particularly scarce, partly because collectors often discarded them after mistaking the overprint for an ugly cancellation (Coulter 1965). Coulter (1967) reviews the history, quantities and varieties.

Philatelic forgeries are rampant, including one by the notorious George Gee (Wells 2005, 2006). The author has encountered some in which the frame of the seal has rounded corners that immediately give them away. Imitations have gone as far as modern-day digitally printed reproductions (below) of the stamp and overprint.



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