The Hong Kong 'China' Overprints
British Offices In China 1917 - 1930

AMOY

Amoy (now known as Xiamen) is a coastal city in southeastern China. "It was one of the five original Treay Ports opened under the Treaty of Nanking, 1842. There were two British Post Offices in Amoy, the original office at the Bay of Amoy on Kulangsu Island where the British Consulate and foreign community lived, and a later second post office set up on the adjacent mainland that was the commercial area. The British post offices in Amoy closed on 30 November 1922."HKPSJ 13 Mr. Frank Drake & Mr. David Drake

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EKU on Adhesive
LKU on Adhesive
EKU on Cover
LKU on Cover
Cover Census
Date Franking Destination

Jii 25mm Single Circle 3.5mm Letters Index B Day/Month

5 Jan 1917
HKSC Jean Paul Beck

23 Jan 1922 HKSC Jean Paul Beck

20 Apr 1917

31 Dec 1921

20 Apr 1917 $0.10 USA
21 Aug 1917    
5 Mar 1918   USA
11 Feb 1919 $0.20 USA
5 Jun 1920    
8 Jul 1920 $0.10 Germany
31 Dec 1921 $0.10 India

Jii 25mm Single Circle 3.5mm Letters Index B Month/Day

Jan 2 1917
Feb 23 1917 (6c)
Mr. Chris Norton

Mar 8 1922
HKSC

Sep 25 1920

Feb 25 1922
2 Apr 1918    
Sep 25 1920    
Feb 2 1921    
Mar 11 1921    
May 24 1921 $0.10 USA
Jun 6 1921    
Sep 20 1921 $0.68 West Java
Feb 25 1922    

Jiv 25mm Single Circle 3.5mm Letters Index F Day/Month

25 Jan 1917
Schoenfeld

29 Mar 1917
30c
19 May 1917
4c
HKSC Jean Paul Beck

 

   

Kia 26mm Double Circle Index –B-

?Y 14 1922 HKSC

Nov 19 1922

 

   

Kib 26mm Double Circle Index –F-
Month/Day

Jan 18 1917 HKSC

Cover

Jul 30 1918

Nov 28 1922
Dec 14 1917    
Jul 30 1918    
Jul 14 1919    
25 Oct 1919    
Oct 14 1920    
Sep 20 1921 $0.20 UK
Dec 20 1921 $0.39 Holland
Jan 9 1922 $0.045 USA
Jun 12 1922 $0.10 USA
Nov 2 1922    
Nov 6 1922    
Nov 6 1922    
Nov 28 1922    

Kii 26mm Double Circle Index Time

Mar 1 1922 HKSC

Sep 9 1922 HKSC

May 20 1922

May 20 1922
May 20 1922    

Box Riv No Black

Not Applicable Not Applicable

 

6 Nov 1922 Dec 14 1917
Jul 14 1919
Sep 20 1921
Dec 20 1921
Nov 2 1922
6 Nov 1922

Box Riv No B Black

Not Applicable Not Applicable

5 Mar 1918

11 Mar 1921 5 Mar 1918
2 Apr 1918
11 Feb 1919
5 Jun 1920
11 Mar 1921
 

Box Riv No B Violet

Not Applicable Not Applicable

25 Feb 1917

25 Feb 1922 25 Feb 1917
20 Sep 1921
25 Feb 1922
AR Handstamp     1 May 1919
Proud
1 May 1919
Proud
 

Notes

Mr. Frank Drake and Mr. David Drake published a study of cancels and frequency in Journal #13 of the Hong Kong Philatelic Society Journal. A total of 593 items were examined and the data summarized below.

In addition, they reported the following variations of the cancels at Amoy:

Type Jii Index B - one example with the figure 8 inverted (SP 8 20) and one example with the 3 in the day date reversed (3 JA 22).

Type KiB with the index letters as --F instead of -F- (DE 16 20)

Cancel Type
Quantity
Frequency %
Notes
Jii Index B
339
57.2%
 
Jiv Index F
11
1.9%
Ming Tsang (1995) reported that this cancel was used for only about 4.5 months.
Kia Index -B-
34
5.7%
 
Kib Index -F-
121
20.4%
 
Kii Index Time
88
14.8%

 

Issue/Value

Quantity
/CANCEL

       
Frequency %
Notes
 
J ii B
J iv F
Kia -B-
Kib -F-
Kii Time
 
1c MCA
25
2
1
11
6
8%
 
2c MCA
19
19
12
8%
Newspaper and Printed Matter Rate
4c MCA
70
3
8
30
20
22%
Postcard Rate
6c MCA
42
8
7
10%
First step above single letter rate
8c MCA
36
2
3
6
7
9%
 
10c MCA
39
2
6
21
10
13%
Letter Rate
12c MCA
27
2
5%
 
20c MCA
36
1
8
2
8%
 
25c MCA
4
1
0.8%
 
30c MCA
6
1
1
1%
 
50c MCA
33
6
11
8%
 
$1c MCA
1
1
0.3%
 
$2c MCA
1
0.2%
 
$3c MCA
1
2
0.5%
 
$5c MCA
1
0.2%
 
$10c MCA
1
0.2%
 
1c MSCA
4
0.7%
 
2c MSCA
6
1%
 
4c MSCA
 
6c MSCA
1
12
2%
 
8c MSCA
6
1
1%
 
10c MSCA
 
20c MSCA
1
0.2%
 
25c MSCA
 
50c MSCA
Not issued until after closure of the port
$1c MSCA
 
$2c MSCA