funchalThis is a survey, primarily of 19th century cancelers, made for use in Europe, Latin America, and Africa. Early on, circa 1870, Swiss postal administrators permitted Güller & Cie to manufacture for other countries, but the cancelers had to differ in appearance from regulation Swiss cancel design. Evidence shows the ruling was not always followed. Examples in this exhibit emphasize the variety of styles chosen by, and made for, Güller’s customers, their common feature being the rotating date wheels. Of particular interest are post-1904 examples of those made for Argentina, Brazil, Tunisia, Uruguay and Venezuela, as they used the flexible head system patented by Frédéric de Coppet in 1903.

Link to single frame exhibit:
Foreign Cancelers Manufactured by Güller of Hüttikon


  1. Stephen Kittle
    July 6, 2015

    Were there any of these cancels used in Romania, 1904?

    Specifically, Bucuresci, dated Nov. 4th.

    Thank you
    Stephen Kittle

    • Roger Heath
      July 6, 2015

      Thanks for looking at my exhibit.

      Yes, there are 5 cancellers made for Bucuresci.

      Three old ones in 1880, and two with the de Coppet flexible head canceler shipped in 1908.

      The 1908 cancellers have at the bottom – Recomandate and each have a different decoration on the sides at 3 and 9 o’clock.
      One decoration looks like squiggle, the other canceler looks more like a 4 part white diagonal cross in a rectangle.
      These cancelers have the date show as 20.VI.08. This is the date shipped from the factory, the other dated 23.VII.08

      The three cancelers shipped in 1880 are smaller in diameter and have the city name around the top with a hollow 5-pointed star at the bottom. The central point is down rather than the way we normally draw a star with the point up. These cancelers have the month as a three letter abbreviation. 27 JAN 08. In those years all cancelers were shipped with a fictitious date even the ones made for Swiss Post. Maybe the worker attempted to have the date set for 80, but looking at it in reverse set 08.

      As to 1904 at this point in time I’ve not found any.

      If you can send a scan of the cancel you are questioning, I can look through the Güller proof books and see if I can find it. Keep in mind all cancelers are logged as to the day they shipped from the factory, and are not segregated by town name, or pattern, or anything useful philatelically.

  2. Célio Frederico
    October 31, 2015

    How many cancels are from Angola? Some of them are the type used in FERROVIA in Italy in 1910?

    Thank you

    Célio Frederico

    • admin
      November 18, 2015

      I have found 87 different Angola cancels in the proof books that were shipped on either 29 Fev 92, or 5 Mar 92. They look like the examples on your web site –

      Another group of 10 have a different appearance and were shipped on the same day – 29 Fev 92. They do not have the double circle, but have at the top –


      Then a wide octagonal date bridge

      below the name of the office


      • admin
        November 18, 2015

        The Ferrovia cancels of Italy were railway cancels. Güller made many of these cancels for Italy in 1908.

    July 16, 2018


    Do you know if in the work of the tests of handstamps, it is referenced handstamps used in France ?

    May i have copy ?

    Because i know handstamps Frederic DE COPPET since 1913 in FRANCE

    Thank you


    • admin
      July 27, 2018

      Hello Luc,

      Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. I know there are some Güller cancelers made for France, but at this time I do not have a list. Please understand that the proof books show the cancel proofs on the date they were shipped from the factory, not by country name, nor style, etc. So I will have to turn many pages to find French cancels. I recall seeing railway cancers for France but must find them. Please give me some time and I will try to find them.



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