【Special Features: Chefoo – The Second Earliest of All Customs Circular Datestamps】
Chefoo, 1875 (22 July) Lurgan to Chefoo, addresssed to William Hancock. Cover ‘via Brindisi’ bearing GB 3d and 1/- stamps cancelled by Lurgan duplex. Transit London (23 July), Singapore to Hong Kong Marine Sorter (22 30 Aug) to arrive Chefoo (6 Sep) with Customs cds. Re-directed to Peking. Only 4 covers with Customs Chefoo datestamp prior to the Large Dragon issue are recorded, the first two arrived on the same date. This is the second earliest example of any Customs datestamp.