Philatelic Study Group:
Hong Kong & Treaty Ports Forwarding Agents Markings
This list consolidates all the known records from Col. F.W. Webb, Peter Pugh, Fred Stubens, Kenneth Rowe
and the undersigned author. Since, at my knowledge, the most recent published list is from K. Rowe in
his “Postal History of the Forwarding Agents”, I have kept the same presentation by city and the same numbering system.
All the markings not recorded by K. Rowe (initially about 25%) have been introduced in alphabetical order with an
additional letter (i.e. 40A, 40B etc.) This may seem awkward, but it keeps from creating another set of numbers.
Different markings shapes or color of the same company are now recorded separately with the addition of a lower case letter (i.e. 4, 4a, 4b).
(use of the letter "L" is to give the possibility to include in the future additional markings in alphabetical order).
This list includes Hong Kong & its Treaty Ports of China and Japan, plus so-called Pseudo-Treaty Ports
such as Bangkok and Manila. It excludes Singapore that is documented on the excellent website http://www.michelhoude.com
Most of the markings were used long before the introduction of adhesives. If a marking has been seen struck on
on a Hong Kong adhesive, it is deemed to having been used also as a Security Marking and
its security marking number is indicated in the "Security Marking Ref" column. 
To automatically qualify, a marking must contain one of the words "Forwarded by…", "Encaminada…" or "Transmis par .."
It may also display "Stamped by…" or "Postage Paid by..." terms used by some forwarding agents.
Many companies have forwarded mail, but without the above words, it is more difficult to detect if a marking indicates a forwarding intent
or just an identification function. Therefore "Agent name only" markings are only included in this list if their forwarding function is clear.
S inserted in the first column "Scan" indicates that this marking is illustrated in the website.
Names are displayed with fonts, case and colors as similar as the original marking. They are highlighter in bold letter. 
Conversely a name is not in bold letter if a marking is not illustrated and has not been seen by the author.
A number in the column "Note" indicates an embedded note regarding the history of the corresponding company.
* Grey color indicates an original note,  
* Pale yellow refers to another note located on one of the Security Marking lists.  
Philippe Orsetti
The markings are illustrated concurrently on Rod Sell's website http://rodsell.com/hksmsic/forwarded.html
and on the website of the Hong Kong Study Circle http://www.hongkongstudycircle.com/papers.html
(Initial listing January 12, 2001 with 180 records)
(Updated as of January 1, 2012 with 195 records)
(Updated as of May, 2015 with 299 records)
(Updated as of February 18, 2016 with 300 records, 78% being illustrated)
(Updated as of February 2017 with 306 records, 78% being illustrated) 
Scan Name Shape Size (mm) Color Place Date Note Security Remarks References
Earliest Latest Marking Ref.
Treaty Ports in China
a AMOY
S 1 J. L. ANDERSON & CO. Rectangle 50x28 violet Amoy 1879  [1] Ishikawa, Sotheby 1980 # 464
S a J. L. ANDERSON & CO. Oval blue Amoy 1879   Group V-1 Ishikawa, Sotheby 1980 # 464
S 3 BOYD & Co. Oval 29x19 red Amoy 1890 1902  [2] Group V-4 Treasure Hunter 2000
S 4 BROWN & Co. Oval 35x25 red Amoy 1890 1897  [3] Spink 2001, Christie's sale 1295-2245
a BROWN & Co. Oval 35x25 blue Amoy 1890 1897   Rowe
S b BROWN & Co. Oval 35x25 violet Amoy 1890 1897   Alevizos 99-353, Kelleher 9-2191, Bull 310-3411, Greg Manning PC-10-2196
5 Gilmore Meredith Amoy 1848 Rowe
6 F. D. SYME & Co.. Oval red Amoy 1845  [4] Rowe
S b F. D. SYME & Co.. Rectangle black Amoy 1854 1855   Bull 316-6387, Interasia 20 & 24-1374
8 Syme Minot & Co. Amoy Rowe
S 8 L TAIT & Co. Oval 32x18 red Amoy 1867  [5] Greg Manning PC-10-2189
S La TAIT & Co-.. Oval 32x18 violet Amoy 1895   Group V-14 Orsetti
b CANTON
S 0 E Bell & Co. Rectangle red Canton 1846 "via Marseilles" Spink 2003-935
S 0 L Gordon & Talbot Rectangle red Canton 1836 Interasia 44-6005
1 S. Hathaway Manuscript Canton 1837  [6] Rowe
S 2 OLYPHANT & Co.. Oval 34x20 red Canton 1858 1864  [7] ZA HK-10 853
S a OLYPHANT Co.. circle black Canton 1858 1864   Canton ?
S 2 L G. P.   (?) Manuscript black Canton 1846 Initials only Dynasty 3
S 2 P Nye, Parkin & Co. Oval red Canton 1857  [8] ZA HK-9-1267
S 3 H. PARTRIDGE KELLOGG Oval 44x23 red Canton 1837 1839 used in Macao Christie's 1995-1904
S 3 a H. PARTRIDGE KELLOGG Oval 44x23 black Canton 1836 used in Macao Bull 2007
4 Reynvaan & Co. ? Canton 1850  [9] Rowe
S 5 RUSSELL & Co. Oval 43x27 Canton  [10] by  black?
S a RUSSELL & Co. Doubleo oval 42x26 red Canton 1830 1848   BY ... ex Orsetti, ZA HK011 2006, , Frajola Macao  F. Mayer p.12, Interasia 24
S b Russell & Co. Rectangle black Canton 1843   "Overland via Marseilles" Cavendish 660-1185
S 7 RUSSELL STURGIS & Co. Oval 51x25 red Canton 1837 1839   Philippines Philatelist
S 8 WETMORE & Co.. Oval 37x21 red Canton 1836 1844  [11] ornamented Bull 167-387, Frajola Macao  F. Mayer , Interasia 24
S a WETMORE & Co.. Oval 37x23 black Canton 1845   unormamented  
c CHEFOO
S 1 WILSON CORNABÉ & Co. Oval black Chefoo 1870  [12] Frajola Philamercury
S a CORNABÉ & CO Oval violet Chefoo 1870 1891   Group V-6 Agent name only Frank Drake, Rod Sell
S 2 L FERGUSSON & Co. Rectangle violet Chefoo 1901  [13] Gaertner 13, Interasia 20
S 3 L H. SIESTAS & Co. Banner violet Chefoo 1889 1894  [14] Gaertner 21-376 & 496
d CHINA
1 Dirom Gray & Co. Rectangle 34x17 black China 1844 Christie's sale 1071,  Cherrystone
S 1 L HOLLIDAY WISE & Co. Oval red 1844 A. Cheung exhibit p.49
S 2 RIENKIN RAWSON & Co. Oval 35x23 red China 1850 Lee Scamp ZA HK012-1023
S 3 J. LEWIS SHUCK Oval 34x25 black China 1837  [15]
S 4 TURNER & Co. Oval 26x19 red China 1841 1842 established in Macao
f FOOCHOW
S 0 L BATHGATE & Co. Oval violet Foochow 1915  [16] Gaertner 32
S 1 DODWELL & Co, Ltd. Triple oval violet Foochow 1914 1918   ex Orsetti
S 2 DODWELL CARLILL & Co. Fancy violet Foochow 1898 1899  [17] Kelleher 9-2192, Stanley Gibbons 5872-568
S a DODWELL CARLILL & Co. Triple oval violet Foochow 1914 1918   Group V-9b ex Orsetti, ZA HK011 2006, , John Bull #317 3393
S b DODWELL & Co., LTD. Unframed printed Foochow 1922   Interasia 22 & 32
3 Gibb, Livingston & Co. Oval Foochow 1900  [18] Rowe
4 Jardine, Matheson & Co. Foochow  [19] Rowe
S 5 PAUL PETTICK & CO. LD Unframed 49x9 violet Foochow 1896 1910  [20] Group V-11 3 lines Orsetti
S a PAUL PETTICK & Co. Ld Unframed 47x11 violet Foochow 1891   Group V-11a 4 lines Orsetti
S 6 L TURNER & Co. Unframed printed Foochow 1898 Interasia 22 # 2710
f1 HANKOW
S 1 L Melchers & Co. Triple oval violet Hankow 1904  [21] Agent name only Bull 318, Interasia 36
h HONG KONG
S 1 ARMSTRONG & LAWRENCE Oval 44x30 black HK 1854 1855 Cavendish Ed. Lawrence
S a ARMSTRONG & LAWRENCE Oval 44x30 red HK
S 1 L H.A. ASGER & H. ESMAID Double oval bllack HK Agent name only, Iranian company Gaetner 25, Spink 2013
S 2 BELILIOS & CO Triple oval 37x23 red HK 1892  [22] Hong Kong in centre
S a E. R. BELILIOS Triple oval red HK 1884   empty centre
S 2 L P.K. BENATRE Double oval red HK 1869 1870 Bull # 315, 1168
S 3 F. BLACKHEAD & Co.  Oval 46x23 violet HK 1897 1902  [23] Group V-3a Orsetti
S a F. BLACKHEAD & Co.  Oval 46x23 violet HK 1901 1902   Group V-3 Rod Sell
S b F. BLACKHEAD & Co.  Oval 46x23 black HK 1901 1902   Group V-3b Ebay 2015
S 3 A BOSMAN & Co.. Oval red Shanghai 1868  [24] Agent name only Rumsey 27
S 3 Aa BOSMAN & Co.. Double oval red HK 1863   Rumsey 27, Interasia 2016 # 4290
S 4 BOURJAU HUBENER & Co/.. Double oval 41x16 blue HK 1863 1866  [25] Agent name only Interasia 2 & 20, Cavendish 661-714
S a BOURJAU HUBENER & Co/.. Rectangle blue HK 1863 1866   Robson Lowe Oct 81, Christie's 1995, Bull 137-1326, ZA 4-1030
b Bourjau & Co Rectangle HK 1874   Bull # 315, 1074
5 F. S. Borrodaile & Co. Rectangle 64x30 red HK 1858 Rowe
S 6 Brandao & Co. Oval black HK 1903  [26] Group V-4 Orsetti
7 S. E. Burrows & Sons Oval 35x18 red HK 1873 Dynasty 11, Kelleher # 11 lot 714
8 Bush & Co. Oval 43x27 blue HK 1844 1848  [27] Rowe
S a Bush & Co. Oval 43x27 black HK 1844 1848   cavendish, Scamp Far East Mail p.128
S 9 Bush & Co. Rectangle 35x18 black HK 1847 1848   "Postage Paid / By" ex Orsetti, ZA HK011 2006, , Cavendish Ed Lawrence
S 10 Bush, Halstead & Co. Oval 47x28 red HK 1840 1844 Christie's sale 1147 lot 2012, Cavendish 661-579, Bull 144-1045 & 315-1135, ZA HK-10 822
S 11 CARTER & Co Oval red HK 1863 1866 ex Orsetti, Zurich Asia 2006, Interasia 32, Cavendish 661-712, Bull 300
a CARTER & Co Oval blue HK 1863 1864 Interasia Part 8 lt 3499 to 3792
S 11 A A.H. CHINOY Double oval 32x23 red HK  [28] Group V-7A Winson Ng
S 12 CHINA TRADERS INSURANCE C0. Triple oval 41x26 violet HK 1899 1906  [29] Group V-7 Gaertner 25, Kelleher 9-2196
12 A SN Crosby Jr Rectangle red HK 1856
13 Da Silva & Co. Oval 36x18 black HK 1856 1866 Rowe
S 13 A S.J. DAVID & Co. Oval 36x25 violet HK 1900  [30] Group V - 8 Frank Drake, Harmon Fine
14 Richard Deacon Unframed 35 black HK 1878  [31] Rowe
S 15 Frederick Degenaer Unframed 43 blue HK 1868 1873 Ishikawa Forerunner p.44., Dynasty 9 Freilicher, Kelleher 9-2188, Bull 35-1121
15 A P.& P.  DERODE FRÉRES Unframed oval 44x21 blue HK 1868 "TRANSMIS PAR" (sometimes wrongly recorded as PERODE)
S Aa P.& P.  DERODE FRÉRES Double oval blue HK 1868 Agent name only. (sometimes wrongly recorded as PERODE)
S 15 B DESILVER & Co/.. Double oval 37x18 red HK 1854 1866  [32] formaly  A.H. Fryer Spink 2004, Robert Siegel Sale 853, Bennett 257-3298
S 15 C DODWELL CARLILL & Co Oval 47x30 violet HK  [33] Group V-9 Frank Drake
S 16 DRINKER & Co Oval 36x27 red HK 1848 Cavendish 661-662, Bull 308-923 & 315-1122, Spink 2014 # 2348
a Drinker & Co. circle HK 1848
S 18 DRINKER HEYL & Co. Oval 38x29 red HK 1847 1848 Dynasty 9 Freilicher, Interasia 43
19 Dunn, Melbye & Co. Unframed 41 red HK 1879  [34] Rowe
20 R. Duus Manuscript HK 1842  [35] Rawle Duus & Co Rowe
a R. Duus Oval 35x25 red HK 1845   Rawle Duus & Co Rowe
S 21 A ADOLF EIMBCKE Unframed HK 1873 Rowe
S 22 FLETCHER & Co. Oval red HK 1854  [36] Lee C. Scamp
a Fletcher & Co. Manuscript HK 1854   Rowe
S 22 A A.H. FRYER & Co. Oval red HK 1854  [37] became DESILVER & Co/.. Arthur White Postal History  http://siegelauctions.com/  
S Aa A.H. FRYER & Co.  LATE Oval red HK 1854   DESILVER & Co/.. / HONGKONG / LATE / A.H. FRYER & Co. Rumsey sale 27
S 23 GIBB, LIVINGSTON & CO., LTD. Triple oval 37x25 violet HK 1902 1922  [38] Group V-9A FORWARDED BY in centre Dynasty 9 1922 Frederic Freilicher, Kelleher 9-2200
S a GIBB, LIVINGSTON & Co. Circle O 32 violet Shanghai 1902   Group V-9Aa HONG KONG in centre
S 24 GONSALVES & Co. Oval 40x24 violet HK 1887 Bull # 315 Lot 1183
S 25 L. J. GUTIERREZ Oval 39x29 red HK 1857 ENCAMINADA POR S.A.S.S.Q.S.M.B[39] Christie's 1987-3042
a L. J. Gutierrez Oval 39x29 black HK 1857 ENCAMINADA POR S.A.S.S.Q.S.M.B[40]
S b L. J. Gutierrez Rectangle 43x29 red HK 1854 Encaminada por S.A.S.S.Q.S.M.B.[41] ex Orsetti, ZA HK011 2006, 
S 26 AUGUSTINE HEARD & Co. Double oval 49x32 red HK 1863 1867  [42] ex Orsetti, ZA HK011 2006, , Compustamp, Cavendish Ed. Lawrence, Interasia 12, 48. Gaertner 28-1823
S a Augustine Heard & Co. Oval red HK 1855   Agent name only Interasia 44-6017
S 26 A J.S. HOOK SON & Co Oval black HK Group V-9B Rod Sell
S 27 THOs. HUNT & Co. Oval 45x21 red HK 1859 1867  [43] Siegel 858-3079, Bull -315-1155
S a THOs. HUNT & Co. Oval 45x21 blue HK 1859 1867   Interasia 20
S b THOs. HUNT & Co. Oval 45x21 black HK 1866   David Feldman Stubens 1997
S 29 JARDINE, MATHESON & Co. Oval 45x26 red HK 1848  [44] Cavendish 661-661
S a JARDINE, MATHESON & Co. Double oval 36x24 violet HK 1858 1907   Group V-10 HONGKONG sans serif Dynasty 9 1907 Frederic Freilicher
S b JARDINE, MATHESON & Co. Double oval 36x24 violet HK 1898 1903   Group V-10a HONG KONG with serif Alevisos #99-295, Lee C. Scamp
32 Johnson & Co. Oval HK 1865 Rowe
S 32 A E.S. KADOORIE Triple oval    x28 HK 1909  [45] Group V-10B John Robertson
S 33 BENJAMIN KELLY & POTTS Triple Oval 45x25 blue HK 1904  [46] Group V-2 Harmon Fine
S 34 H. Kiar & Co. Oval 35x22 black HK 1877 1878 ex Orsetti, ZA HK011 2006, 
S 35 LANDSTEIN & Co. Unframed 52 blue HK 1872  [47] Greenish ? Siegel  sale 263 lot 277, Sun 4-1983
S a LANDSTEIN & Co. Unframed red HK 1869   Agent name only Bull # 315-1170
36 Lane, Crawford & Co. red HK 1869  [48] Lee C. Scamp
36 A Douglas Lapraik Triple oval 34x17 red HK 1873  [49] Lee C. Scamp
Aa Douglas Lapraik & Co. Oval 35x20 embossed HK 1916  
S Ab DOUGLAS LAPRAIK & Co. Triple oval 35x20 violet HK 1916   Dynasty 9 1907 Frederic Freilicher, Kelleher 9-2198
S Ac DOUGLAS.LAPRAIK&Co-.. Double oval 35x26 violet HK QV   Group V-10A Orsetti
S Ad DOUGLAS.LAPRAIK&Co-.. Double oval 35x26 black HK QV   Group V-10Aa Frank Drake, Charles Jones
S Ae DOUGLAS.LAPRAIK&Co-.. Double oval 35x26 blue HK QV   Group V-10Ab Bull # 279-1291
S Af DOUGLAS.LAPRAIK&Co-.. Double oval 35x26 red HK 1873   Interasia 2016 # 4300
S 36 B J LEMBKE Rectangle black HK 1874 ex Orsetti, ZA HK011 2006, , Zurich Asia 2006
36 C Linstead & Davis Oval HK 1930  [50] Rowe
S 37 A. Lübuk & Co.. Oval 31