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January 2018

Questions & Answers - New Item

Large rubber Hong Kong handstamp  

Question #11

Large rubber Hong Kong handstamp

See Questions and Answers

January 2018

HKSC Meeting in Hong Kong on Sunday 8th April 2018

Further details on Meetings page

December 2017

Fake / Forgery of Hiogo D30 Obliterator

Hiogo D30 Cancel   Hong Kong Philatelic Society has recently reported a number of high quality forgeries of the Hiogo D30 obliterator fetching high prices in internet auctions. Dr. Andrew Cheung has recorded 5 instances of these fakes in 2017.

To help collectors spot these forgeries, Neill Granger and Dr. Andrew Cheung have kindly given their permission for us to make available their article on the D30 Obliterator. It is available in the Papers section and is NOT restricted to members only. This article was originally published in the Hong Kong Philatelic Society Journal No. 18 in 2014.

November 2017

Forthcoming Sales of Members' Collections in December

The John Bull Auction of 9-12 December includes the Barry Tsang Collection consisting of 327 lots.

Sample Lot

Lot 7138 - 1935 (May 6) Hong Kong KGV Silver Jubilee illustrative FDC (Yang C2), registered to London. VF-F.

The second part of Nick Halewood’s King George VI definitive collection and Philippe Orsetti’s award-winning Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong collection, along with other studies from him, are included in the Hong Kong section of Interasia’s December 4-7 auction.

Sample Lots

Lot 4217 - Prewar Printings : 1938 K.G.VI 10c. bright violet Requisition V block of four with plate number Lot 4556 - Detained Mail : 1941 (6 Dec.) Cover to Ontario with "Detained in Hong Kong/by Japanese" and "Passed/by/Censor/136" military censor h.s.

November 2017

Study Circle Publications For Sale

Last few remaining, first come first served.

A Study of
Hong Kong Definitives:
King Edward VII
King George V
Hong Kong Airmails
Hong Kong Airmails
By Nick Halewood
David Antscherl
by Duncan Crewe by Nick Halewood
Members' Price £10
incl. surface postage
Price £15 for the Airmails set incl. UK postage
overseas postage extra
Contents pages and sample pages available here
Please contact our member Nick Burrell if you wish to make a purchase

November 2017

A Bit of Good News

We are happy to report that our Vice President (North America), Ingo Nessel, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society.

Many congratulations to Ingo - thoroughly well deserved.

November 2017

Members' Exhibits

The 'zoom' facility has now been added to all the exhibits. This allows you to magnify items in the display so that they may be examined in greater detail. See Exhibits

October 2017

Journal Archives System

Further back issues of journals have been added to the system.

Journal articles available online now are from Journal Nos. 256 to 311 (Dec. 1985 to Oct. 1999).

See Journal Archives

June 2017

New Monograph

Philippe Orsetti's

United States Naval Hong Kong Markings

US Naval Markings in Hong Kong

See Papers.   Thank you Philippe.

June 2017

New Member's Exhibit

Air Cdre Richard Gurevitch's

Hong Kong: Postal Issues of the Queen Victoria Period

Hong Kong Queen Victoria Issues

See Exhibits.   Many thanks to Richard.

Note - For an experiment, we have added a zoom facility to this exhibit so that varieties can be viewed in greater detail. Feedback on this most welcomed as are any suggestions on how the system can be improved.

June 2017

Questions & Answers - Two New Items

Hong Kong Parcel Post Cancel Hong Kong Parcel Post Cancel

Question #9 - Why are there different parcel post frankings?

Hong Kong Paid Cancel

Question #10 - Hong Kong Paid (type 14a) used as arrival marking?

See Questions and Answers


April 2017

At the AGM in November 2016 it was agreed that we should trial hosting back issues of journals alongside a computerised journal index on the website. For this trial we have used an index covering Jns. 256 to 311 (Dec. 1985 to 1999) and currently 9½ years of journals from this period has been put online.

The first prototype from the trial is available here Journal Index and Archives .

It was also agreed that access to contents contained in the Journal Archives, Exhibits and Papers sections of the website should be restricted to members only.

To achieve this a member’s login has been introduced. Members need to email to obtain their login username and initial password.

A new monograph is now available

Red Cross Envelopes during the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong
by Philippe Orsetti

see the members' Papers section

Members' Exhibits

Seven more exhibits have been added, they are -

Nick Halewood's

Hong Kong KGVI 1938-52 Definitive Issues

Hong Kong QEII 1954-62 Definitive Issues

Dr Andrew Cheung's

British Treaty Port Post Offices in China

British Treaty Port Post Offices in Japan

Carol Cheung's

The Hong Kong Circular Datestamps 1893 - 1941

The Hong Kong 1953 Coronation Issue

Ingo Nessel's

Hong Kong King George VI 8 cents
A stamp Interrupted by War

They are available for viewing here.   Many thanks to Nick, Andrew, Carol and Ingo

If you have an exhibit, display or presentation that you wish to share with other members then please contact

Hong Kong Officially Sealed Labels Catalog
by Philippe Orsetti

Updated November 2016

see the members' Papers section

Members' Exhibits

Philippe Orsetti has suggested the inclusion of a new section on this website for
members to share displays of their exhibits. A working prototype has now been prepared
using Philippe's award winning exhibit on 'Hong Kong Under Japanese Occupation (1941-1945)'.
It can be viewed here

More displays or presentations are required to help with the evaluation of the prototype. If you can help with this or wish to provide feedback then please contact

HKSC Meeting at the World Stamp Show, New York, 2016

A report and photographs from the event is available here

Hong Kong & Treaty Ports Forwarding Agents Markings
During the XIX Century

by Philippe Orsetti
Updated June 2016

see the members' Papers section

Our History
The Hong Kong Study Circle was founded in 1951 to record and circulate information on the philatelic and postal history of Hong Kong and the Treaty Ports. It is UK-based and regular meetings are held in London. Provincial meetings are also held from time to time. Overseas meetings are a feature as well and are arranged as opportunities arise.

Membership is world-wide and is linked by the Journal plus the Newsletter, which are the medium for reporting, exchanging and recording information, normally submitted by members. The Journal has been published continuously since 1951 and is issued quarterly free to members.

From time to time specialized handbooks are published by the HKSC, the most recent being two volumes, Hong Kong Airmails 1924-41 (by Duncan Crewe), and Hong Kong Airmails 1945-95 (by Nick Halewood). Click here for more information.
Officers of Hong Kong Study Circle and contact details
Chairman Richard Whittington
President Chris Norton
Vice-president (North America) Ingo Nessel
Vice-president (Hong Kong) Dr. Andrew M.T.Cheung
General & Membership Secretary Nick Halewood
Treasurer Robert Newton
Journal & Newsletter Editor Nick Halewood
Librarian William Lack
Webmaster Frank Young


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