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GERMAN POST OFFICES IN CHINA

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Before the introduction of its own stamps in 1899, the German post offices in China (first post office founded in Shanghai in 1886) used the stamps of Germany, examples:

2 Mk stamp of Germany used in Shanghai 20 p stamp of Germany used in Shanghai

Shanghai cancel
(Reduced size)

I have also seen stamps of China with cancel 'K.D. FELD-POSTSTATION No 9' and date in a single circle.


 

1898 Stamps of the German Empire of 1889, overprinted 'China'


3 p brown

  3 p brown (shades)
  5 p green

Different type (eagle)

25 p orange 50 p brown 50 p brown used in Shanghai

  10 p red
  20 p blue
  25 p orange
  50 p brown

Surcharged 

Certified genuine

  '5 pf' on 10 p red (rare, 5 types, only 4000 specimen exist)


(45 degrees angle and a 56 degrees angle overprint)

Specialists distinguish between an overprint with an 56 degrees angle and a 45 degrees angle. Other similar surcharges with a blue line were issued in Kiautschou.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
45 degrees overprint
3 pRRRR 
5 p** 
10 p** 
20 p** 
25 p****** 
50 p**** 
5 p on 10 pRRRR 
56 degrees overprint
3 p** 
5 p** 
10 p*** 
20 p*** 
25 p***** 
50 p** 
5 p on 10 pRRRR 

Some stamps in the value 3 p were cancelled to order with 'K.D. FELDPOSTSTATION No 2' and various dates (if sombody posesses a picture of this cancel, please contact me!).

Forgeries exist of these overprints:

The above two stamps are genuine German stamps used in Berlin. The overprint 'China' is forged afterwards. For more information on forgeries of the German colonies click here.


(Another forged 'China' overprint on a genuine 10 p stamp, the overprint is very thin)


(Fournier forgery)

The forger Fournier also made forgeries of these stamps. He forged the basic stamps and the overprints. The above forgery is cancelled with '*TSCHINWANGTAU* DEUTSCHE POST 16/2 97'. Fournier made forgeries of all 6 values (he offers them for 2 Swiss Francs in his 1914 pricelist) and 4 surcharged stamps (5 on 10 p; 4 different typesfor 4 Swiss Francs in his 1914 pricelist). The easiest way to recognize this forgery is the perforation, which is incorrect in the corners (the horizontal and vertical perforation is alligned in the genuine stamps, in the Fournier forgeries it isn't). I'm not quite sure if he also applied his forged overprints to genuine stamps.

 

1900 Stamps of the German Empire of 1900, overprinted 'China' from the lower left corner to the upper right corner (issued for Tientsin)

Certified genuine 10 p red Genuine overprint

  3 p brown
  5 p green
  10 p red
  20 p blue
  30 p orange and black
  50 p violet and black
  80 p red and black on red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3 pRRRR 
5 pRR 
10 pRRRR 
20 pRRRR 
30 pRRRR 
50 pRRRRRR 
80 pRRRRR 

Other stamps with this overprint were prepared (25 p, 40 p, 2 m and 3 M), but they were not issued. These overprints are very rare and have been forged on genuine stamps (I'm not 100 % sure that the above stamps are genuine):


(Forged overprints, even the cancels are forged)

 

1900 Stamps of the German Empire of 1900, overprinted 'China' in the lower part

80 p red and black on red

  3 p brown
  5 p green
  10 p red
  20 p blue
  25 p orange and black on yellow
  30 p orange and black
  40 p red and black
  50 p violet and black
  80 p red and black on red

Larger size

1 M red

  1 M red
  2 M blue
  3 M violet
  5 M black and red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3 p** 
5 p** 
10 pc* 
20 p** 
25 p**** 
30 p**** 
40 p** 
50 p*** 
80 p*** 
1 M****** 
2 M****** 
3 M****** 
5 MRRRR 


(Forged 'China' overprint, the stamp has a cancel 'BERLIN')

I know that this overprint has been forged on at least the 'pfennig' values.


In my opinion this is a forged 'China' overprint on a 1 M stamp, it is much larger than on the genuine 1 M stamp above

 

1905 Stamps of the German Empire of 1903, overprinted 'China' in fancy letters and surcharged in 'cents' or 'dollar'

1 c on 3 p brown

  1 c on 3 p brown
  2 c on 5 p green
  4 c on 10 p red
  10 c on 20 p blue
  20 c on 40 p red and black
  40 c on 80 p red and black on red

Larger size

1 D on 2 M blue

  1/2 D on 1 M red
  1 D on 2 M blue
  1 1/2 D (red) on 3 M violet
  2 1/2 D on 5 M black and red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
No watermark
1 c on 3 pcc 
2 c on 5 pcc 
4 c on 10 p*c 
10 c on 20 p*c 
20 c on 40 p** 
40 c on 80 p**** 
1/2 D on 1 M****** 
1 D on 2 M****** 
1 1/2 D on 3 M***** 
2 1/2 D on 5 M RRR 
With watermark 'Lozenges'
1 c on 3 pcc 
2 c on 5 pcc 
4 c on 10 pcc 
10 c on 20 pc** 
20 c on 40 p** 
40 c on 80 p*** 
1/2 D on 1 M*** 
1 D on 2 M**** 
1 1/2 D on 3 M***** 
2 1/2 D on 5 M ****** 

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