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

SHANGHAI

 



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  K 26mm Single Circle Index A Jan 19 1919 (30c)
Mr. Chris Norton
30 Nov 1922 (1st - 12c, 50c, $1, 2nd - 6c, 8c, 10c, 20c, 25c)      
  K 26mm Single Circle Index B        
Nov 30 1922    

K 26mm Single Circle Index C

 

 

 

 

Jul 26 1922    
  K 26mm Single Circle Index D 17 Jun ????     Nov 30 1922
(2 covers)
29 Oct 1921    
Nov 30 1922    
Nov 30 1922    
  L 25mm Double Circle Unknown Index        
Oct 13 1917    
Aug 15 1919    
Sep 2 1920    
Jul 24 1922 $0.02 Switzerland
1922 $0.10 USA
  L 25mm Double Circle Index A Unknown Number        
Dec 19 1917    
May 4 1919    
Oct 19 1921    

L 25mm Double Circle Index A I

 

 

 

 

Mar 12 1917 $0.10 GB
May 28 1917 $0.10 Switzerland
Jul 24 1917 $0.10 GB
Nov 22 1917    
Jul 15 1918    
Jun 28 1919 $0.10 Sweden
Nov 22 1919    
Apr 24 1920    
Jul 20 1920    
Jun 2 1921 $0.10 GB
Jan 30 1921    
Jul 27 1921    
Aug 17 1921 $0.10 Switzerland
Feb 20 1922    
Feb 22 1922    
May 20 1922 $0.10 GB
Jun 2 1922 $0.10 GB
Jun 17 1922 $0.02 Switzerland
Jul 7 1922    
Aug 11 1922    
 

L 25mm Double Circle Index A II

Cover

Nov 11 1922

 

 

Jan 1 1917    
Oct 20 1917    
Feb 15 1919    
Mar 20 1919 $0.10 GB
May 31 1919 $0.10 USA
Jul 22 1920 $0.04 Wei Hai Wei
Aug 25 1920    
Aug 2 1921 $0.40 Switzerland
Sep ?? 1921    
Nov 23 1921 $0.04 Switzerland
Unknown 1922    
Feb 4 1922    
 

L 25mm Double Circle Index A V

 

Cover

 

 

Sep 14 19??    
Apr 25 1917 $0.04 USA
J?? 12 1917
(Ex-Scamp - see note)
   
Apr 13 1918    
May 24 1918 $0.04 GB
Aug 24 1918    
Sep 14 1918 $0.10 USA
Jun 7 1919 $0.16 GB
Oct 9 1919 Bk    
Oct 28 1919    
Nov 29 1919 $0.10 GB
May 8 1920    
Jul 26 1921    
Dec 10 1921    
Apr 28 1922 $0.02 GB
Aug 5 1922 $0.02 Shanghai
Aug 8 1922 $0.04 Wei Hai Wei

L 25mm Double Circle Index A VI

 

May 25 1919 P

 

 

Feb 17 1917    
Mar 17 1917    
Jul 3 1917    
Aug 28 1917    
Feb 5 1918    
  L 25mm Double Circle Index B Unknown Number        
Sep 18 1917    
Oct 17 1921    
Nov 28 1922 $0.10 Germany
 

L 25mm Double Circle Index B I

 

 

Jan 18 1917

 

Jan 18 1917    
May 24 1918    
Sep 10 1918    
May 1 1919 $0.04 Java
May 20 1921 $0.10 Sweden
Jun 17 1922 Bk $0.16 GB

 

L 25mm Double Circle Index B II

 

Nov 1?, 1922
HKSC Jean Paul Beck

 

 

Mar 1 1919    
Apr 21 1921 $0.04 GB
Apr 21 1922    
Apr 24 1922    
Jun 30 1922    
 

L 25mm Double Circle Index B V

Dec 8 1917
HKSC Jean Paul Beck

Cover

 

Nov 19 1922

Aug 15 1918    
Nov 8 1918    
22 Nov 1919 $0.04 Syria
Feb 21 1922    
Oct 14 1922    
Nov 19 1922    
 

L 25mm Double Circle Index B VI

 

 

 

 

Apr 2 1918 $0.04 Switzerland
Apr 13 1918 $0.02 GB
May 11 1918    
Jun 6 1918    
  L 25mm Double Circle Index C Unknown        
Nov 19 1920    
Feb ?? 1922    
Apr 7 1922    
 

L 25mm Double Circle Index C I

Cover

 

 

 

Feb 15 1917 $0.28 USA
Feb 17 1917 $0.10 USA
Aug 1 1919    
Nov 18 1918    
Oct 3 1919    
Jan 20 1920 $0.04 Switzerland
Jun ? 1920    
Feb 17 1922    
Aug 12 1922    
Oct 22 1922    
 

L 25mm Double Circle Index C II

 

 

 

Oct 19 1922

Feb 9 1917 $0.10 Switzerland
Nov 9 1917 $0.04 Scotland
Nov 19 1918 $0.22 UK
Dec 4 1918    
Feb 15 1919    
Aug 13 1920 $0.04 Wei Hai Wei
Sep 25 1920    
Dec 9 1920    
Mar 24 1921 $.02 GB
May 18 1921    
Oct 15 1921    
Jan 13 1922    
Jan 27 1922 $0.25 Switzerland
Apr 22 1922 $0.06 GB
Jun 17 1922    
Aug 12 1922    
Aug 12 1922    
Oct 19 1922 $0.04 GB
 

L 25mm Double Circle Index C V

 

Cover

 

 

May 24 1917 $0.10 GB
Oct 29 1918    
Dec 14 1918 $0.10 Switzerland
Apr 9 1919    
Mar 10 1920 $0.04 Czechoslovakia
May 26 1920 $0.28 France
Sep 25 1920    
Dec 4 1920    
May 26 1921    
Jul 16 1921    
Aug 22 1921 $0.10 Switzerland
Oct 30 1922 $0.06 GB
 

L 25mm Double Circle Index C VI

 

 

 

 

Jan 29 1917 $0.14 Japan
Feb 17 1917    
Jul 13 1917    
  L 25mm Double Circle Index D Unknown        
Jun 12 1917 $0.10 South Africa
Jan 1? 1918 $0.10 GB
Jul 5 1920 $1.20 GB
Sep 2 1920    
Nov 11 1920 $0.10 GB
May 31 1922    
Illegible    
 

L 25mm Double Circle Index D I

 

 

 

 

May 2 1917    
Oct 18 1917 $0.16 USA
Mar 22 1919    
Apr 10 1919 $0.04 Sweden
Jun 24 1919    
Jan 13 1920 $0.10 Sweden
Mar 1 1920    
Aug 28 1920 $0.16 USA
Oct 7 1921    
Jan 4 1922    
Jan 30 1922 $0.04 Siam
Jun 30 1922 $0.04 GB
Oct 26 1922    
Nov 10 1922 $0.10 GB
Nov 30 1922    
 

L 25mm Double Circle Index D II

1 May 1917

?e 17 1922
HKSC Jean Paul Beck

 

 

Oct 6 1917 $0.10 USA
Oct 30 1917 $0.16 USA
Apr 17 1918 $0.10 Switzerland
Sep 2 1918 $0.02 USA
Feb 17 1919 $0.04 GB
May 14 1919    
Jan 3 1920    
Jul 20 1920    
Jul 20 1920 $0.04 Germany
Apr 21 1921 $0.04 GB
Jun 17 1921 $0.28 GB
Jun 20 1921 $0.10 Australia
Dec 15 1921 $0.10 GB
Jan 27 1922 $0.04 GB
Feb 17 1922 $0.04  
Jun 2 1922 $0.06 Java
Jun 30 1922 $0.15 Switzerland


L 25mm Double Circle Index D III

 

Jan 29 1919 P

 

 

 
 

L 25mm Double Circle Index D V

 

Cover

 

 

Jan 19 1917    
Jan 14 1918    
Mar 22 1918    
May 24 1918 $0.10 GB
Dec 19 1918    
Jan 16 1919    
Dec 1 1919 $0.16 Denmark
Aug 4 1920    
Apr 11 1921    
Aug 25 1921 $0.10 GB
Oct 19 1921    
Jan 16 1922    
 

L 25mm Double Circle Index D VI

 

 

 

 

Mar 26 1917    
Sep 21 1917    
Feb 23 1918    
  L 25mm Double Circle Index F Unknown Number        
Sep 1? 1917 $0.10 USA

L 25mm Double Circle Index F IV

 

Jan 8 1921 P

 

 

 

L 25mm Double Circle Index F V

 

Nov 11 1922 P

 

 

 

L 25mm Double Circle Index F VI

 

 

 

 

Dec 24 1917 $0.04 Java
  R4 Index Unknown        
Aug 11 1917    
Nov 19 1917 $0.68 USA
Nov 24 1920 $2.00 Switzerland
Apr 5 1922    

R4 Black Oval 30mm x 24mm Index A

Feb 19 1917 (2c)
Mr. Chris Norton

 

 

Nov 30 1922

Jun 29 1917    
Jul 6 1917
(Cavendish 2004)
   
Jul 10 1917 $0.10 GB
Jul 23 1917    
Aug 5 1917    
Aug 13 1917 (Fr)    
Aug 15 1917 $0.20 Sweden
Sep 4 1917 $0.20 USA
Sep 11 1917 $0.26 India
Sep 17 1917    
Nov 13 1917    
Dec 8 1917    
??? ?? 1918    
Mar 25 1918    
Apr 9 1918    
Apr 18 1918
(John Bull 312)
   
May 15 1918 $0.26 GB
May 22 1918 $0.20 Norway
Jun 21 1918    
Jul 10 1918    
Aug 1 1918    
Aug 2? 1918    
Mar 1 1919    
Mar 8 1919    
May 9 1919 AR    
May 26 1919 $0.26 USA
May 31 1919    
Apr 4 1919    
Jun 4 1919    
Jun 14 1919    
Jul 12 1919    
Aug 15 1919    
Sep 30 1919    
Dec 8 1919    
Jan 29 1920 $0.20 USA
Mar 30 1920 $0.32 GB
Dec 5 1920    
??? 17 1921    
Mar ?? 1921    
Oct 10 1921    
Oct 18 1921(front)    
Oct 31 1921    
Nov 3 1921    
Nov 19 1921 $0.20 GB
Feb 12 1922 $0.25 Switzerland
Apr 2 1922    
Apr 5 1922    
Apr 15 1922    
May 18 1922 $0.20 Switzerland
Aug 23 1922 $0.20 USA
Aug 23 1922    
Aug 23 1922    
Nov 30 1922    
Nov 30 1922    
Nov 30 1922    
 

R4 Black Oval 30mm x 24mm Index B

 

Nov 18 1922
HKSC Jean Paul Beck

Feb 24 1917?

Nov 4 1922

Feb 24 1917    
Aug 25 1917 $0.20 GB
Jun 4 1918    
Nov 19 1918    
Mar 1 1919    
Nov 22 1919    
May 27 1920    
Jul 20 1920 $0.20 GB
Jan 17 1921    
Feb 26 1921    
Mar 24 1921    
Apr 27 1921    
Sep 13 1921    
Sep 17 1921 $0.98 Australia
Oct 2 1921    
Oct 4 1921    
Feb 13 1922    
Apr 7 1922    
May 20 1922 $0.20 Holland
Sep 9 1922    
Nov 4 1922 $0.25 Germany
 

R4 Black Oval 30mm x 24mm Index C

Cover

30 Nov 1922 P

 

 

Jan 8 1917 $0.20 GB
Mar 5 1917    
Mar 7 1917    
Mar 24 1917 $3.42 USA
Apr 12 1917 $0.26 Singapore
Apr 17 1917    
Jun 28 1917 (back)    
Oct 2 1917 $0.20 India
Nov 19 1917    
Dec 6 1917    
Dec 11 1917    
Jan 22 1918?    
1918    
Mar 19 1918    
Mar 28 1918    
Apr 18 1918    
May 18 1918    
May 21 1918    
Jul 12 1918 $0.31 GB
Sep 4 1918    
Oct 7 1918 $0.26 GB
Oct 7 1918    
Oct 23 1918 $0.62 USA
Dec 18 1918 AR    
Dec 21 1918    
Dec 24 1918    
Feb 11 1919 $0.20 GB
Jun 26 1919    
Jul 30 1919    
Sep 22 1919    
Mar 12 1920    
Apr 9 1920    
Aug 2 1920    
1921    
Jul 5 1921 $0.40 Switzerland
Apr 12 1922    
Apr 22 1922 $0.55 GB
Oct 6 1922 $0.25 GB
Nov 6 1922    
Nov 17 1922 $0.35 GB


 

R4 Black Oval 30mm x 24mm Index D

Apr 18 1917
HKSC Jean Paul Beck

Cover

 

Nov 22 1922

Aug 5 1917    
??? 5 1919 $0.20 Switzerland
Mar 18 1920 $0.26 France
Jun 1 1920    
Jul 1920    
Sep 3 1920    
Apr 2 1921 $0.26

Denmark
/Norway

Apr 7 1921    
Sep 21 1921    
Mar 17 1922    
Aug 4 1922 $0.25 Germany
Nov 4 1922    
Nov 18 1922    
Nov 22 1922    
 

R8 Black Rectangle Uppercase

 

 

 

Mar 30 1920

Jan 8 1917
Mar 7 1917
Mar 24 1917

May 5 1917
Jun 29 1917
Jul 6 1917
Jul 10 1917
Jul 23 1917
Aug 5 1917
Aug 11 1917
Aug 15 1917
Aug 25 1917
Sep 4 1917
Sep 11 1917
Sep 17 1917
Oct 2 1917
Nov 13 1917
Nov 19 1917
Dec 6 1917
Dec 8 1917
Dec 11 1917
Mar 25 1918
Mar 28 1918
Apr 18 1918
Mar 19 1918
May 15 1918
May 21 1918
May 22 1918
Jun 4 1918
Jun 25 1918
Jul 10 1918
Jul 12 1918
Aug 2? 1918
Sep 4 1918
Oct 7 1918
Oct 17 1918
Oct 23 1918
Nov 19 1918
Dec 21 1918
Dec 24 1918
??? 5 1919
Feb 11 1919
Mar 1 1919
Mar 8 1919
Apr 17 1919
May 26 1919
Jun 4 1919
Jun 14 1919
Jun 26 1919
Jul 12 1919
Jul 30 1919
Aug 15 1919
Sep 22 1919
Sep 30 1919
Dec 8 1919
Jan 29 1920
Mar 12 1920
Mar 30 1920
Apr 9 1920

  R8 Black Rectangle Uppercase with B.P.Q. instead of B.P.O.        

Feb 24 1917
Apr 18 1918
Nov 22 1919

 

R8 Violet Rectangle Uppercase

 

 

 

 

July 1920
Sep 3 1920
Mar ?? 1921
Apr 27 1921
 

R8a (Second Usage) Black Rectangle Uppercase

16 Jul 1921 S

18 Nov 1922 P

 

 

Sep 13 1921
Sep 17 1921

Sep 21 1921
Oct 10 1921
Jan 22 1918?
Feb 13 1922
Mar 17 1922
Apr 12 1922
Aug 4 1922
? ? 1922

 

R9 Violet UpperCase with Serif R and Curly leg  – Top and Bottom of R Clearly Touch Frame

 

 

Jun 1 1920

8 Sep 1922
HKSC

Jun 1 1920
Jul 20 1920
Aug 2 1920
Aug 14 1920
Jul 5 1921
Oct 18 1921(front)
May 22 1922
Sep 8 1922
 

R9a Violet UpperCase with Serif R and Curly leg  – Top and Bottom of R Do Not Touch Frame

 

 

May 27 1920

 

May 27 1920
Nov 24 1920
Dec 1920
 

R9b Black UpperCase with Serif R and Curly leg  – Top and Bottom of R Clearly Touch Frame

 

 

 

Nov 19 1921

Mar 24 1921
Oct 4 1921
Oct 12 1921
Oct 31 1921
Nov 3 1921
Nov 19 1921
 

R10 Violet Upper and Lowercase

 

 

Feb 12 1922

30 Nov 1922

Feb 12 1922
Apr 7 1922
May 18 1922
May 20 1922
Apr 2 1922
Apr 5 1922
Apr 15 1922
Apr 22 1922
Sep 9 1922
Sep 21 1922
Oct 6 1922
Nov 4 1922
Nov 6 1922
Nov 17 1922
Nov 22 1922
Nov 30 1922
1922?

  R10 Black Upper and Lowercase         Nov 30 1922

AR Handstamp

 

 

 

 

Sep 13 1917
May 15 1918
Apr 12 1922
 

AR Receipt

 

 

 

 

Dec 18 1918
Feb 7 1919
May 9 1919

BPO to CPO Handstamp Time HH.MM
Proud I25

 

 

2 Oct 1920
Proud

15 Feb 1922
Proud

Jun 17 1922
BPO to CPO Handstamp Time HH.
Proud I24
    27 Jul 1921
Proud
2 Dec 1921
Proud
 
BPO to CPO Handstamp Time HH
(no .) Proud I23
    21 Apr 1920
Proud
29 Oct 1920
Proud
Jan 4 1922 ?

BPO to CPO Handstamp Time HH MM (no .) Proud I22

 

6 Jul 1922

16 Dec 1919
Proud

15 Mar 1922
Proud

Aug 15 1921
  "Duty Free" in Blue         1922 Unknown
  "Too Late" Straight Line Handstamp       5 Feb 1918
Proud
5 Feb 1918
  Postmaster British Post Office Shanghai
Double line violet handstamp
        Mar 12 1920
  Circular T   14 Feb 1921
Cheung HKSC J279/7
  27 Jan 1922 27 Jan 1922

Notes

This cover was sent from Shanghai to Hong Kong but passed through the Chinese office and was not cancelled until its arrival in Hong Kong on 23 Oct 1921

The cover dated J?? 12 1917 with Index D V, ex-Scamp, is unusual in that the first digit of the year is missing and the "7" is centered and the second letter of the month is missing.

This adhesive, discovered by Mr. Lee Scamp and noted in the HKSC Journal 370 in July 2014 shows the year as "61" (an upside down 19)

The cover dated November 30, 1922 with cancel K Index D is possibly the cover referenced in both Webb and Proud.

The cover dated 5 Feb 1918 with L A VI cancel also carries a Shanghai "Too Late" straight line h.s. Proud latest recorded date. directed per Awa Maru to Suez but too late for that ship so sent on the next vessel which only apparently only went as far as Ceylon where censor Colombo h.s. applied. Blue censor label apparently applied at Shanghai (similar in style to Hong Kong label but lacking place name at bottom. There was no WWI British Censor label recorded used at Shanghai prior to the discovery of this example.

The cover dated 12 Mar 1920 has a Postmaster, British Post Office, Shanghai double line oval violet handstamp. Any information on this marking would be appreciated.

The cover dated 6 Jun 1918 with L B VI cancel also carries a rare 10c Red and Blue on White roulette American Red Cross in China patriotic label. This is a very scarce label with few examples being recorded. The 10c extra paid was donated to the Red Cross.

The cover dated 22 Nov 1919 is reported to have a forwarding agent cachet "Forwarded by / B.A. Someckh & Co/Shanghai" on the reverse and is addressed to Syria.