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


Foochow
 
 
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Lot 40
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Chinese Local Posts: Foochow, 1895, First Issue, 1¢ green (Chan LF2. Scott 2. Livingston 2), an attractive used example, cancelled by bold, centrally struck "Customs/JAN 29/96/Foochow" double-ring c.d.s. in red; some minor perforation tip soiling, Fine to Very Fine, a scarce find on this denomination.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Current BidHK$1,400
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Lot 41
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Chinese Local Posts: Foochow, 1895, First Issue, 5¢ ultramarine (Chan LF4. Scott 4. Livingston 4), an attractive, fresh used example, cancelled by bold, centrally struck red "Customs/JAN 29/96/Foochow" double-ring c.d.s., Very Fine, quite scarce.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Current BidHK$1,400
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Lot 42
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Chinese Local Posts: Foochow, 1895, First Issue, 6¢ carmine (Chan LF5. Scott 5. Livingston 5), a lovely, beautifully centered example with vivid color, cancelled by a choice strike of "Customs/JAN 29/96/Foochow" double-ring c.d.s. in red, Very Fine and choice, an exceptionally scarce cancel on this denomination.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Current BidHK$1,400
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Chinese Local Posts: Foochow, 1895, First Issue, 10¢ yellow green (Chan LF6. Scott 6. Livingston 6), a fresh, nicely centered used example, cancelled by bold, perfectly struck "Customs/JAN 29/96/Foochow" double-ring c.d.s. in red, Very Fine, scarce.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Current BidHK$1,400
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Lot 44

Chinese Local Posts: Foochow, ca. 1863, red pre-adhesive "Foo=Chow=Foo China" seal, on complete cover to Hong Kong, a stunning example of this incredible rarity; endorsed "per steamer 'Carthage'" and addressed to an Indian merchant in Hong Kong, the cover bears at upper right a magnificent, full, and fully legible strike of the 23mm red negative "Foo=Chow=Foo China" seal discussed in Webb (p. 267); two red crayon "4" ratings on front; no backstamps, but an offset imprint (in reverse!) of the seal on back across flap; addressed to one "Tarachundas Ianarandas Esq.", whom we assume was involved in the tea trade, Very Fine and rare.
Estimate HK$ 300,000 - 400,000

Webb notes the tea trade was most likely responsible for Foochow being one of the few Treaty Ports to have a pre-adhesive handstamp. The four examples recorded by Webb date from 1862-63: one among the David correspondence to Glasgow, one on a market circular to New York, and two to Bombay, another major tea center. This cover's links to Bombay seem obvious, as the interior of the backflap carries a four-line note in an Indian script.

Current BidHK$150,000
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