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China, Hong Kong, Japan and Other Asian Stamps and Postal History


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Lot 136

China, 1883 (Dec. 20), Large Dragon combination cover to Japan, addressed to General A.C. Jones, United States Consul at Nagasaki; originally franked on reverse by 1ca and 5ca Large Dragons tied by three strikes of blue Tientsin seal cancels (the 5ca lost somewhere along the way, but its presence confirmed by the two partial seal cancels); reverse also bears a blue "Customs/DEC 20/83/Tientsin" dater and a Shanghai Customs dater of DEC 24; in Shanghai, the cover was transferred to the Japanese Post Office, which applied a 5s ultramarine UPU Koban, tying it with a solid strike of a thick crossroads cancel with an "I.J.P.A./26/DEC/1883/Shanghai" thimble alongside, the cover arriving in Nagasaki Dec. 28, as noted by receiver on reverse; a few tears to top and part of backflap missing from opening, but adhesives and markings unaffected, Very Fine, an incredibly rare cover, believed to be one of four Large Dragon usages to Japan.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 35,000.
Realized HK$20,000.
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Lot 137

China, 1886 (Mar. 11), Small Dragon combination cover to Germany, sent via the French Post Office, a lovely cover, franked on reverse by clean-cut perfs 1ca and 5ca Small Dragons, tied by a blue Beijing seal cancel with blue "I.G. of Customs/MAR 11/86/Peking" alongside, which further ties the 5ca value; reverse also bears Customs cancels from Tientsin (date illegible) and Shanghai (MAR 17); at Shanghai, transferred to French Post Office, where two 25c yellow Sages were applied on the front and cancelled by "Shang-haï/18 MARS/86/Chine" daters; front bears additional red French arrival marking (illegible), with reverse showing three "Dresden-Altst." receivers/deliveries, two dated Apr. 22, one Apr. 23; Dragons toned, but markings crisp and clean, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000.
Realized HK$36,000.
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Lot 138

China, 1886 (Dec. 21), 3ca Small Dragon and 25c French Post Office combination cover, sent Peking to Haiphong and forwarded to Hanoi, a splendid and highly attractive cover, franked on reverse by 3ca rough perforation Small Dragon, tied by "I.G. of Customs/DEC 21,86/Peking" c.d.s. in blue and matching light seal cancel; reverse additionally shows "Customs/DEC 28/86/Shanghai" in black, where a French 25c was affixed and cancelled by one of two strikes of "Shang-Haï/29/DEC/86/Chine" c.d.s.'s; front and back note Hai-phong 8 JANV 87 arrivals, one military, with reverse showing Hong Kong JA 2 87 transit and Hanoi JANV 14 receiver, Very Fine and choice, a wonderful, clean and fresh cover with an excellent usage as well.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000.
Realized HK$22,000.
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Lot 139
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Lot 140

China, 1889 (Sept. 21), red band cover sent from Tientsin to Peking, franked on reverse by 5ca Small Dragon (toned, with corners missing at right), tied by a black Tientsin seal cancel with black Tientsin Customs dater alongside (SEP 21) and "I.G. of Customs/SEP 23/89/Peking" blue receiver at right, Very Fine, a nice inter-city usage.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 16,000.
Realized HK$11,000.
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Lot 141

China, 1892 (July 8), Small Dragon cover, sent from Taku to Sandhurst, England, a lovely and scarce single-rate cover, franked by 3ca Small Dragon perf 11½-12, horizontal pair and single, each tied to cover by customarily light strike of "I.M. Customs/8 JUL 92/Taku" datestamp; 25c France stamp added at Shanghai and cancelled by one of two "Shang-haï" cancels, plus "Yokohama Japan" 16.VII transit; reverse notes Hawkhurst and Sandhurst British arrivals dated AU 17, along with light small-sized Shanghai Customs transit; some stamp and cover tones, Fine to Very Fine, an attractive and scarce example of the elusive Customs Taku dater.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.
Realized HK$12,000.
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Lot 142
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Lot 143

China, 1893 (Feb. 8), Small Dragon combination cover, sent from Philadelphia to Shanghai and forwarded to Peking, franked by a perfectly centered US 10¢ Webster (Scott #226) tied by a Philadelphia "F.D." #3 duplex; front additionally shows a bright red "Customs/MAR 19/93/Tientsin" receiver, with clean-cut perf 3ca Small Dragon added for postage due, itself tied by a black Tientsin seal cancel; the cover's travels are documented on the reverse, with a San Francisco "F.D." c.d.s. of FEB 14, a U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai receiver of MAR 11, and a black Tientsin Customs dater of MAR 19; interestingly, addressed to Mrs Arthur Peterson, in Care of the Consul of the United States at Shanghai, with "U.S.S. 'Monocacy'" noted at lower left (why a woman would be aboard is a good question); the ship clearly having sailed, the cover was forwarded from Shanghai (crossed out) to Peking; light overall toning to the cover, still Very Fine, a good-looking cover.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000.
Realized HK$28,000.
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Lot 144
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Lot 145

China, 1896 (Apr. 4), prepaid cover sent from Tientsin to Munich, franked by a non-overprinted Germany Forerunner, a 20pf Reichspost Eagle (Scott #49), tied by bold "Tientsin/Kaiserl. Deutsch/Postagencie/4/4/96d" cancel; reverse bears blue "Customs/APR [day illegible]/96/Tientsin" cancel, a black circled "306" and a Munich 16 MAI receiver; German stamp selvage on reverse (apparently used as hinges), Very Fine, an unusual usage, signed "d" Jaschke L. BPP.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
Realized HK$7,500.
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Lot 146

China, 1896 (June 7), "Customs Tientsin" postage due cover, from Connecticut to Paotingfu, pretty robin's egg blue envelope, franked by 5¢ Grant doubly tied by New Haven June 7 and smeary oval cancels; front additionally bears a red double-ring "Customs/JUL 21/1896/Tientsin" transit applied as additional postage was required; reverse shows New York June 8 and "San Francisco, Cal. F.D." June 2 transits, along with July 17 U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai receiver; accompanied by original correspondence, which includes a three-month statement of account from daughter to father, Very Fine, a rare destination.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000.
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Lot 147

China, 1896 (Aug. 4), "Customs Tientsin" postage due cover, from Connecticut to Tientsin, a lovely cover, with original correspondence from daughter to mother; franked by 5¢ Grant and tied by New Haven Aug 4 '96 cancel; front also bears, in red, double-ring "Customs/SEP 13/96/Tientsin" dater at lower left, showing that postage due was applied; reverse with Tacoma, Wash. AUG 10 and U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, China SEP 8 transits, Very Fine, a nice usage.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000.
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Lot 148

China, 1896 (Nov. 9), "To Pay" cover, sent Connecticut to Paotingfu, franked by 5¢ Grant tied by New Haven Nov 9 cancel, with red boxed "To Pay." handstamp across addressee's name; reverse bears Tacoma, Wash. NOV 15 transit, U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai DEC 27 receiver, plus two Shanghai Customs double-ring daters, one in black (Dec. 29, 1896), one in blue (JAN 19, 1897); addressed to "Tientsin/China/Paotingfu"; with original correspondence, Very Fine, a rare destination outside Peking and Tientsin.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000.
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Lot 149

China, 1897 (Apr. 22), Red Revenue cover to Rev. JR Hykes, from Foochow to Shanghai, from the extensive Hykes correspondence, this cover is franked by a very pretty Small 2¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue, which is tied by a socked-on-the-nose Foochow AP 22/97 small Customs dater; reverse bears a brown (perhaps originally black) Shanghai Customs receiver dated APR 25; cover somewhat toned and missing lower left corner, Fine and scarce.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.
Realized HK$50,000.
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Lot 150

China, 1897 (May 3), cover sent from Hankow to Grangemouth, Scotland, forwarded to Portobello, splendid and attractive cover, with reverse showing "Customs/MAY 3/1897/Hankow" origin c.d.s., with front of cover bearing a pair of Hong Kong 10c red Victoria issues, each tied by Hankow May 3 c.d.s.'s; reverse shows Shanghai May 7, Grangemouth June 14 & 15 transits, plus 1d violet Great Britain Victoria added and cancelled at Portobello on June 14, with a second Portobello June 16 receiver on reverse; interesting letter enclosed, Fine to Very Fine, fresh and lovely; a rare combination and usage.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000.
Realized HK$16,000.
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Lot 151

China, 1897 (May 29), Nanking oval Customs marking on Dowager and Red Revenue overprints combination cover, from Nanking to Pennsylvania, franked on reverse by a margin-to-margin horizontal strip of four 1.5 mm Large Figure 1c on 1ca orange Dowagers, plus a Large 1c on 3c Red Revenue (totalling 5c), tied by three strikes of the double-oval "Imperial Post Office/MAY 29 1897/Nanking" cancel in brown, with a fourth solid strike on the front as well; from Nanking, the cover traveled to Shanghai where it received a blue Customs dater of JUN 2 (on reverse), plus a Japan 5s UPU Koban on front, tied by solid "Shanghai/2/JUN/97/I.J.P.O." c.d.s.; then onward, as markings on reverse record, to Yokohama (8 JUN), San Francisco (JUN 27, "Paid All"), and finally to Lancaster, PA (date on receiver illegible); roughly opened at top, partially affecting the Yokohama transit only, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000.
Realized HK$50,000.
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Lot 152

China, ca. 1898-1902, large-size Official Mail cover to Hunan, attractive cover bearing a pair of 4¢ Coiling Dragons tied by bold, perfect strike of Yueh Chow Fu boxed cancel; written by the Administrative Officer at Yueh Chang to the Governor of the Province of Hunan; reverse shows "Pay No More" marking, etc.; small cover split of no consequence, Fine to Very Fine, a rare item.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Realized HK$5,000.
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Lot 153

China, 1898 (Nov. 17), registered cover sent from Hankow to Brussels, via Hong Kong, an absolutely pristine cover addressed to the Belgian Minister of Railways, Posts and Telegraphs, franked by a breathtaking horizontal pair of 10c CIP Coiling Dragons tied by bilingual Hankow 17 NOV 98 Large Dollar chop; front also bears large "R" registry handstamp at top center and, at lower left, a vertical pair of 10c Hong Kong black on red Queen Victorias, tied by "Hong Kong/C/NO 26/98" dater, a second strike of which appears on the reverse, alongside a Brindisi 22 DIC transit and charming vertical oval "Bruxelles (Réception)/24/DECE/20-21/98" receiver, along with an intact angels-holding-scissors (?) design red wax seal; light vertical file fold of no consequence, Very Fine, we dare you to find a prettier cover.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000.
Realized HK$6,000.
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Lot 154

China, 1898 (Dec. 4), decorative "mailing card" sent from Twatutia to Halle, Germany, via Tamsui, a lovely and very scarce mailing card, showing blue "K. Tamamura Yokohama/Imperial Japan" imprint at top right picturing postage stamp ship design, franked on front by 1883 5s blue New Kobans (2, one marginal), each tied by bold, complete strikes of "Twatutia Taiwan/4/DEC/98/Japan" c.d.s.'s (JG Bishop Type XII-2), with magnificent strike of "Tamsui Taiwan/5/DEC/98/Japan" c.d.s. in deep purple adjacent; reverse shows Hong Kong DE 8 98 transit c.d.s., along with Halle (Saale) 8.1.99 arrival marking; very minor, mostly inconsequential water-type stain at right, still fresh and Very Fine, a striking and rare card, with 2018 Experts & Consultants Ltd. certificate.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.
Realized HK$14,000.
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Lot 155

China, 1899 (Aug. 21), combination cover sent from Swatow to San Francisco, attractive and neat cover, franked on reverse by 10c watermarked Coiling Dragon, which is tied by bold "Swatow/21 AUG 99" Large Dollar dater, while front shows Hong Kong 10c Victoria tied by "Hong Kong/AU 22/99" c.d.s.; reverse additionally shows "San Francisco/SEP 18/1899/Paid All" arrival; some light cover aging, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 3,000.
Realized HK$5,000.
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Lot 156

China, 1900 (Nov. 16), combination picture post card usage, sent from Taku to Prague, lovely and visually attractive card, franked by China ½¢ brown Coiling Dragon block of four, along with a 2¢ single, tied by local Taku origin c.d.s.'s; 10c French Offices "CHINE" overprint affixed over block of four and cancelled by one of two strikes of "Shang-Haï/28 Nov/00/Chine" c.d.s., with Praha JAN 8 01 receivers on front, Very Fine, an eye-catching card.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000.
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Lot 157

China, 1901 (Aug. 28), stampless Fieldpost card, sent Tongku to Wenzelsdorf, sent postage-free, bearing solid strike of "Tongku/28 8/01/Deutsche Post" c.d.s.; addressed to Wenzelsdorf, crossed out and forwarded; front also bears comb-style "Corbetha/9.10.01" and "Teutschenthal/1./10 10/01" receivers, the latter partially overstruck on the Tongku origin; generally clean, Fine to Very Fine+, an unusual destination.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000.
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Lot 158

China, 1901 (Oct. 21), 1¢ pink ICP postal card, locally used in Tientsin, addressed to a German lieutenant at the Horse Depot, the indicia cancelled by a bilingual single-circle "Tientsin/21 OCT/01" c.d.s.; card is a pre-printed announcement for a rehearsal of the Tientsin Orchestral Society (even during wartime, apparently, the band played on), and the lieutenant's attendance "is urgently requested"; reverse bears blue black Max Schwing/Sondershausen [Germany] company mark; clipped top left corner, central vertical fold, Fine to Very Fine, an interesting card.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$800.
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Lot 159

China, 1906 (Apr. 12), registered cover from Shanghai to Seattle, WA, a beautiful, exceptional-quality small envelope, franked by 20¢ and 30¢ Carp-design C.I.P. issues tied by bilingual Shanghai origin c.d.s., along with matching framed "R/Shanghai/No 873 [manuscript]" handstamp; reverse shows violet "Shanghai/12 APR 06/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. and violet "Seattle, Wash/May 4/1906/Registered" receiver. Fresh, Very Fine, a lovely cover.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 160

China, 1910 (Feb. 13), double registered cover, sent from Taianfu to Germany, an oversized pre-printed envelope for the Northern Line of the Royal Chinese Tientsin-Pukow Railway; endorsed "Einschrieben!" (Printed Matter) and "via Siberien" on front, which also bears two "R" registry handstamps plus a boxed "A.R./No. 23" handstamp; postage paid on reverse by three each 2¢ green (irregular block) and 10c ultramarine (pair plus single) CIP Coiling Dragons, each of which is tied by a bilingual Taianfu lunar c.d.s.; reverse additionally shows transits from Shandong (Feb. 14), Tientsin (27 FEB) and "Tientsin Chine/28/FEVR/10/Poste Francaise"; vertical file fold of no import, some edge wear as to be expected, Very Fine, a grand cover showing an uncommon usage.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Realized HK$7,000.
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