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

CHEFOO

Under the Treaty of Tientsin from 1858 which was ratified by the Treaty of Peking in 1860, Chefoo became a Treaty Port. Chefoo lies in the center of the north-east coast of the Shantung Peninsular, which is fifty miles west of Wei Hai Wei and in the center of the silk industry. It closed on 30 November 1922.

"The primary function of an index letter in a circular date stamp is to positively identify the person who made that mark. In most British Post Offices, the index letter A was the Postmaster's private seal. For the Chefoo cancels used on the KGV China overpring, the index A was not used. ... A possible reason may be that the British Post Office in Chefoo did not have an official postmaster and that the local trading firm, Curtis Brothers, essentially managed the postal service and the packet service to Shanghai." HKPSJ 14 Mr. Frank Drake & Mr. David Drake

Image
Cancel
EKU on Adhesive
LKU on Adhesive
EKU on Cover
LKU on Cover
Cover Census

A 25.5mm Double Circle Index C
DD/MM (Image from Schoenfeld must be in error)

Cover
21 ?? 1917
HKSC Jn370 Mr. Lee Scamp

11 Nov 1920
HKPSJ

18 Apr 1917

4 Mar 1920

18 Apr 1917 $0.10 GB
7 Jun 1917    
18 Jul 1917 $0.16 GB
30 Jul 1917    
20 Oct 1917 $0.10 GB
4 May 1918 $0.30 Dutch East Indies
12 May 1918 $2.76 Norway
18 Sep 1918    
26 Oct 1918 $0.04 GB
8 Aug 1919    
29 Jan 1920 $0.10 GB
4 Mar 1920    
B 25mm Single Circle Index C
(Previously not reported by Webb et al. but reported by Mr. Drake and supported by RPSL Cert.)
Unknown Only 1 copy reported      

Ci 26mm Double Circle Index time

13 May 1917
HKSC

15 Aug 1917
Schoenfeld
19 Jun 17
HKPSJ 14

 

 

 

Cii 26mm Double Circle Index bar

7 Aug 1917
HKSC

Cover

 

30 Nov 1922

14 May 1919    
19 May 1920 $0.04 Switzerland
?? May 1920 (2?)    
31 Jul 1920 $0.04 GB
10 Aug 1920    
16 Aug 1920 $0.10 USA
26 Oct 1920    
2 Feb 1921    
18 Aug 1921    
21 Sep 1921    
6 Jan 1922    
14 Jan 1922    
6 Mar 1922    
28 Oct 1922 $0.16 USA
28 Oct 1922 $0.16 USA
28 Oct 1922 $0.16 USA
10 Nov 1922 $0.35 GB
27 Nov 1922    
30 Nov 1922    
30 Nov 1922    

Box Riv No Black

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

7 Jun 1917

30 Nov 1922

7 Jun 1917
4 May 1918
12 May 1918
14 May 1919
4 Mar 1920
26 Oct 1920
2 Feb 1921
18 Aug 1921
14 Jan 1922
10 Nov 1922
27 Nov 1922
30 Nov 1922

Notes

Mr. Frank Drake and Mr. David Drake published a study of cancels and frequency in Journal #14 of the Hong Kong Philatelic Society Journal. A total of 473 items were examined and the data summarized below.

Cancel Type
Quantity
Frequency %
Notes
A Index C
117
24.7%
Not yet found on the SCA Issue
B Index C
1
0.2%
 
C1 Index Time
2
0.4%
Not yet found on the SCA Issue
Cii Index Bar
353
74.6%
 

 

Issue/Value
Quantity/ CANCEL
     
Frequency %
Notes
 
A Index C
B Index C
Ci Index Time
Cii Index Bar
   
1c MCA
17
8
5%
 
2c MCA
11
6
4%
Newspaper and Printed Matter Rate
4c MCA
6
1
1
12
4%
Postcard Rate
6c MCA
11
33
9%
First step above single letter rate
8c MCA
5
77
18%
 
10c MCA
14
1
32
10%
Letter Rate
12c MCA
7
2
2%
 
20c MCA
8
22
6%
 
25c MCA
1
4
1%
 
30c MCA
10
16
6%
Possibly due to the parcel rate
50c MCA
6
42
10%
 
$1c MCA
9
20
6%
 
$2c MCA
2
5
1%
 
$3c MCA
6
5
2%
 
$5c MCA
3
2
1%
 
$10c MCA
1
1
0.4%
 
1c MSCA
2
0.4%
 
2c MSCA
4
1%
 
4c MSCA
4
1%
 
6c MSCA
12
3%
 
8c MSCA
3
0.6%
 
10c MSCA
9
2%
 
20c MSCA
11
2%
 
25c MSCA
19
4%
 
50c MSCA
Not issued until after closure of the port
$1c MSCA
 
$2c MSCA
3
0.6%