Petschili Issues – Germania

China

During the Boxer rebellion, Germany ran short of postage at its offices in China.  As a result, unoverprinted German stamps and stamps from Kiautschou were used at Feldpost and civilian post offices throughout the territory.  The unoverprinted German and Kiautschou stamps used at these offices can be distinguished only by their cancels, and are referred to as “Petschili” issues.

The Petschili issues are generally catalogued in three groups — Crown/Eagle Issues, Germania Issues, and Kiautschou Yacht Issues.

The Germania Issues were primarily used at the Shanghai, Tientsin, and Peking post offices, as well as Feldpost offices “a” and “b” within the Ostasiatischen Expeditionscorps (East Asian Expeditionary Corps) and Feldpost Station No. 2, though other lesser-used cancels exist from other stations.

Germania dates of use at the Feldpost stations are as follows, though cancels are known as late as 31 December 1902.  Those after 31 August 1901 are typically favor cancels.

  • Nr. 1 (later Kaumi) — 4 Nov 1900 – 4 Jul 1901
    (also used from 5 Jul 1901 – 14 Jan 1902 at the newly opened P.O. in Kaumi, Kiautschou)
  • Nr. 2 Peking — 11 Sep 1900 – 31 Aug 1901
  • Nr. 3 Yangtsun — 2 Sep 1900 – 30 Apr 1901
  • Nr. 4 Tongku — 2 Sep 1900 – 31 Aug 1901
  • Nr. 5 Tientsin — 3 Sep 1900 – 7 Nov 1900
  • Nr. 6 Tschingtschou — 18 Apr 1901 – 4 May 1901
  • Nr. 6 Fouping — 5 May 1901 – 16 May 1901
  • Nr. 6 Langtsouanking — 17 May 1901 – 25 May 1901
  • Nr. 7 Paotingfu — 2 Nov 1900 – 25 Jul 1901
  • Nr. 8 Shanghaikuan — 26 Nov 1900 – 31 Aug 1901
  • Nr. 9 Peithaho — 22 May 1901 – 31 Aug 1901
  • Nr. 10 Kaiping — 21 May 1901 – 31 Aug 1901
  • Nr. 10 Taku Südfort — 9 Nov 1900 – 1 Jan 1901

MiNr P V k and MiNr P V l exist in two types each due to variations in the original Germanias.