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

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Lot 973

Thailand, 1891, King Chulalongkorn, 2a on 1a on 3a green & blue (Scott 29. Sakserm 26/1), fresh and nicely centered, full o.g., Very Fine, a splendid example of this rare issue.
Scott $2,000 (HK$ 15,750).
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000.
Realized HK$8,500.
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Lot 974

Thailand, 1835 (Apr. 11), Exceedingly rare Bradley correspondence missionary letter from Moulmain, Burma, to "Bankok", Siam, a magnificent folded letter written by a Rev. Bennett at Moulmain, Burma, to "Dr. D.B. Bradley/American Missionary/Bankok/Siam" with front top of cover showing in manuscript "Care of Messrs Spottiswoode & Connolly/or Rev. Tracy, Singapore" with bottom left noting "Care of J.W. Roberts Esq./Calcutta"; reverse shows black boxed "Forwarded/by/J.W. ROBERTS,/General Commission Agent,/Calcutta" handstamp, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 16,000

A remarkable usage between two American missionaries in 1835, each in a small mission post in Southeast Asia. A rare and superb exhibition piece
Realized HK$17,000.
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Lot 975

Thailand, 1835 (Oct. 23), Folded missionary ship letter from Emelie Royce Bradley to Rev. Dan Bradley, "Bankok" to Marcellus, NY, a magnificent, highly detailed folded letter from the wife of the famous American doctor and missionary, Dan Beach Bradley, not long after their arrival in Siam in July 1835; Bradley's wife writes to her father-in-law detailing the sick and feeble condition of her husband, who was suffering from severe and chronic diarrhea at this time; this remarkable letter shows red forwarding agent handstamp of J. Balestier, Singapore, which includes manuscript "Recd/12 Nov" notation within the oval; additionally, the cover bears a second red oval handstamp, "Consulate of the/United States/Singapore" with manuscript "Forwarded from W. Caroll, St. Helena by UStates Consular Agent…etc.", while front shows "20¾" manuscript rate marking, red "SHIP" handstamp and matching "New Bedford/MAR/17/Ms" receiving c.d.s.; few minor and trivial splits, etc., still generally Very Fine, a remarkably choice and incredibly rare cover.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000

This cover truly has it all, with forwarding markings ranging from scarce to rare and great content. The cover is a very early example from the storied correspondence of Dan Bradley, the man who introduced the first Thai-language printing press to Thailand, published the first newspaper there, introduced western medicine, and is generally credited with the discovery of the smallpox vaccination.

Simply an extraordinary letter and magnificent showpiece—a cornerstone exhibition item.

Realized HK$40,000.
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Lot 976

Thailand, 1835 (Dec. 7), Magnificent folded letter from the Bradley correspondence, sent Chantaburi to Marcellus, NY, a remarkable, highly literate and supremely informative 12-page letter written by Dr. D.B. Bradley to his father, the Hon. Dan Bradley at Marcellus; front shows red manuscript rate marking and light red Boston receiver, with father's manuscript docketing on flap; Dr. Bradley's postscript is dated Jan. 9, 1836—over a month after he originally began the letter (!); wonderful content, Fine to Very Fine, an outstanding example from this noted correspondence.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000.
Realized HK$9,000.
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Lot 977

Thailand, 1838 (Aug. 30), Outstanding missionary ship letter from the Bradley correspondence, Bangkok to Rochester, NY, a superb, heartfelt, highly detailed folded letter written by Emelie Royce Bradley, wife of Dr. D.B. Bradley, to her cousin Eunice Smith in Rochester; cover shows manuscript rate marking along with red "SHIP" handstamp and "Boston/FEB/27/Ms" arrival c.d.s., Very Fine and choice, a splendid and rare cover from this most-noted correspondence.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
Realized HK$26,000.
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Lot 978

Thailand, 1845 & 1868, Two exceptional collateral items from the Bradley correspondence, comprising an 1868 receipt from Dr. Bradley for $1.52 for postage on two letters to the US, paid in Singapore; plus a letter written on Dec. 17, 1845, in Clinton, NY, to Emelie Royce Bradley, Dr. Bradley's wife and niece of Nancy Royce, the letter writer; as this is merely the letter (no postal markings, etc.), the dateline indicates that Emilie had already passed away due to illness by this time, Fine to Very Fine, an interesting pair.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000.
Realized HK$2,000.
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Lot 979

Thailand, 1845 (June 16), Folded missionary letter from the Bradley correspondence, a lovely folded letter entire addressed to "Rev. Dan B. Bradley M.D./Missionary Physician/Bangkok/Siam", written by a Rev. Jonathan Greenleaf; front shows manuscript "per Prince of Wales", along with red "Forwarded by/Singapore/Spottiswoode & Connolly" agents handstamp; letter's interior has some contemporary comments harmlessly written in blank portion in ink, otherwise Fine to Very Fine, a lovely example from this noted correspondence.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
Realized HK$9,000.
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Lot 980

Thailand, 1847 (Mar. 1), Forwarded missionary letter to Dr. D.B. Bradley, Siam, very interesting letter written by a Jesse Caswell, addressed to "Dr. D.B. Bradley/Siam/Care of Messrs. Spottiswoode & Co./Singapore", with front additionally noting "per Success" in manuscript along with lovely strike in red of "Forwarded by/Singapore/Spottiswoode & Connolly" agent cachet handstamp; when opened, the flap shows, "Dear Br. Bradley, This letter & the Port Captain's wh. accompanies it came back to me from Singapore, for what reason I know not, unless because the agents at S. know not how to direct them to you. I shall write you by this opportunity overland, June 3d, 1847", Fine to Very Fine, a fascinating and rare piece of postal history from this storied early correspondence.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000.
Realized HK$7,500.
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Lot 981

Thailand, 1907 (Dec. 16), "One att stamps run short. Postage paid" Bangkok 2 Provisional, a splendid envelope with the address in English, showing a nice strike of the Provisional handstamp in black; signed in red by Postmaster Nai Fack; fresh, Very Fine, a lovely example of the last day of usage.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Realized HK$1,800.
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Lot 982
Thailand, Excellent, wide-ranging old-time accumulation, interesting and diverse holding of many hundreds of items, including over 100 mint never hinged examples of Scott #1a, #6 in blocks of six or larger, dozens of covers (earlier) and stationery items with lovely franking combinations, Censors, Registered, etc.; we also note mounted collections of some older issues with cancellation interest, and much, much more, Fine to Very Fine or better, a fun holding; inspection invited.
Estimate HK$ 4,500 - 5,500.
Realized HK$24,000.
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Lot 983

Thailand, Magnificent, sultry collection, 1800-1999, three Palo hingeless albums, each with slipcase, house this impressive collection, which is highly complete and virtually all mint; starting with an amazingly fresh mint 1883 King Chulalongkorn First Issue, and continues to a mint Second Issue (64att lightly cancelled) and a nice array of surcharges; we note (mint, unless stated otherwise) a complete 1905-08 King Chulalongkorn set, Jubilee overprints of 1908 (shifted low on the 18att), 1908 Statue issue, 1912 King Vajiravudh issue through the 20B value, and nearly every stamp issued during King Bhumibol Adulyadej's reign; Semi-Postals include the 1918 Red Cross overprints to the 1B value, 1920 Scout's Fund issues complete, etc.; Airmails show a lovely mint and used array of 1925-37 Garuda designs, plus mint Monument of Democracy and Bangkok Skyline issues complete; Officials include Scott #O1-O4, with frames on the first three shifted to varying degrees, and much, much more, Very Fine, just a beautiful collection; be sure to view.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 35,000.
Realized HK$28,000.
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