DATESTAMPS - 'FILLED AT BASE': 'COCOS ISLAND/6AP/1935' (Proud #D2) superb strike on Straits 5c orange on cover to Penang Turf Club. This is the cover from which Proud's illustration is taken.
This datestamp is substantially different from the other three strikes of Proud #D2 listed above in respect of diameter (29˝mm as compared to 30˝mm for the other three), width of the semi-circular 'band' in the base (3mm compared with 3˝mm in the others), inscription - in particular the shape of the letters 'S' in both 'COCOS' & 'ISLAND' - and its slightly but obviously smaller date slugs. While it is questionable what need Cocos would have for three different datestamps in this period, the only other explanation is the rather inconceivable one that this cancel is a fake, albeit one that passed Proud's scrutiny and of which no other has turned up to the best of our knowledge. Given the unlikelihood of obtaining an unqualified Expert Certificate for such an item, we must reluctantly offer this lot 'as is'. Personal assessment highly recommended.
Auction Category: COCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY - Straits Settlements Postal Agency 1933 to 1937
Sport - Horse Racing , Postmarks , Postal History , MALAYA Straits Settlements , AUSTRALIA , COCOS ISLANDS