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    Posted: 26 September 2010 at 2:58pm

The shown cover I and the cut-out of the stamp/postmark I have since many years in my collection but I never described it. The cover when purchased has a note “Penam to Gyantse” plus registration handstamp. The address side I pre-printed in Tibetan and English and clearly says “GYANTSE.

I now wanted to describe the cover and noted a discrepancy. The registration handstamp is from SHIGATSE, Type (Hellrigl) /80. As per the mail route, Penam and Gyantse were directly linked. Why now a SHIGATSE registration label?

There are now 2 possibilities:

  1. The cover in fact is from SHIGATSE
  2. The cover was wrongly sent to SHIGATSE where it has receive the registration handstamp and then forwarded to GYANTSE.

Unfortunately, the PENAM and SHIGATSE All-Tibetan ornamental postmarks are very similar and the strike on the cover is not too clear but the symbol in 3 o-clock position of the postmark indicates the postmark is form SHIGATSE.

But, a second opinion is always good and your comments are appreciated.

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Hi !
Yes, the letter at 3 o'clock position in the cancelling handstamp is definitively "rtse", second part of the "Shigatse" fret handstamp.
Otherwise, the registration handstamp and the mansuscript notation(with two orthographic errors, one of them corrected), both show "registered (from) Shigatse". It would have been interesting, however, to have also a scan of the back of the cover with all what is written on it.
Nevertheless, any connection with "Penam" is seemingly excluded.
Besides, it appears that the "cross in circle" merchant's trademark is the one of the Tuladhar family, a well known family of nepalese traders in Tibet.   
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