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Most common cancel:

The 'B62' cancel was used in Hongkong:

About 30 different types of this 'B62' postmark exist. They exist printed in blue or black. Often this cancel is called 'Killer cancel'. After 1891 the use of this cancel stopped.

Another cancel '62B' also seems to have been used in Hongkong, it seems to have been used in 1864. I have never seen this cancel.

Other interesting cancels:

Stamp used in Amoy, Canton, Chowfoo, Foochow, Hankow, Shanghai and Swatow (all in China):

Amoy cancel Amoy red cancel, image obtained from a Cavendish auction Anping cancel With Canton (China) cancel Canton cancel Foochow cancel Shanghai cancel Stamp of Hongkong used in Swatow

Other cancels that were used are: 'Anping', 'Foochowfoo', 'Ningpo', 'Kiung Chow', 'Hoihow' and 'Liu Kung Tau' (oval cancel).

On King Edward stamp also the following cancels can be found: 'Wei Hai Wei', 'Tientsin' and 'Chefoo'.

Stamp used in Nagasaki, Japan:

Nagasaki (Japan) cancel

Stamp used in Penang (now Malaysia) and Singapore:

Stamp of Hongkong used in Penang 4 c grey, Singapore cancel

Other cancels such as 'Bangkok' (Thailand) or Kudat (North Borneo) exist:

Image obtained from a Cavendish auction Image obtained from a Cavendish auction
2 c brown Hong Kong Queen Victoria stamp with red 'KUDAT' cancel of North Borneo

Cancels: Some of the stamps of Hongkong were used in China and Japan, with the following numeral cancels: Amoy: 'A1' or 'D27', Canton: 'C1', Kiung Chow (and Hoihow?): 'D28', Hankow: 'D29', Kobe: 'D30', Foochow: 'F1', Ningpo: 'N1', Nagasaki: 'N2', Shanghai: 'S1', Swatow: 'S2', Yokohama and Chefoo? (=Yontai): 'Y1'.

Foochow 'F1' cancel 'C1' cancel, Canton, China
Foochow 'F1' and Canton 'C1' cancel

'S1' (Shanghai) cancel 'S1' Shanghai cancel S1: Shanghai cancel
Shanghai 'S1' cancel

Image obtained from a Cavendish auction Image obtained from a Cavendish auction
Kiungchow 'D28' cancel and Ningpo 'N1' cancel

Images obtained thanks to a Cavendish auction
Nagasaki 'N2' cancels


(Yokohama 'Y1' cancel)

A so-called 'Sunburst' cancel was used in Shanghai. This cancel is rare.

Image obtained from a Cavendish auction Image obtained from a Cavendish auction
Genuine blue and black sunburst cancel


(forged red sunburst cancel)

Genuine sunburst cancels are in pale blue colour and don't have a 'B62' cancel (source: http://www.hkpsoc.com/articles/ID_fake_pmk.htm). Does anybody posess a picture of a genuine sunburst cancel? If so, please contact me!

Other interesting cancels (mute cancels):

French mailboat cancel:


'LIGNE N': (french mail service) in a circle


'LIGNE N PAQ FR NO': (french mail service) in an octogonal shape, reduced size

A french 'CCH' cancel (Cochin China) on a 48 c red Hongkong stamp:

 

Fiscal overprints (DP, 'Daily Press', security chop):


(A.B.Co overprint)

Other security chops exist, such as the shown 'CMB' and 'A.B.Co' overprint). Later perfins were also used for this purpose:

'50 CENTS' on 48 c brown
(Perfin of Hong Kong)


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