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1897 Imperial Chinese Post and Later Issues
 
 
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Lot 1124
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China, 1897, Imperial Chinese Post, 4¢ brown (Chan 95. Scott 89), interpanneau block of 20, fresh, well-centered and with practically full original gum; about half the stamps are never hinged; some faults or adherences across top, otherwise Very Fine, an appealing multiple.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Current BidHK$1,500
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Lot 1125

China, 1897, Imperial Chinese Post, $5 yellow green & rose (Chan 103. Scott 97), block of 4, a remarkable block in true yellow green shade, with excellent centering and strong perforations all around, small part o.g.; some light overall toning, otherwise Very Fine, a rare multiple. Scott $7,200 as singles (HK$ 56,690).
Estimate HK$ 18,000 - 22,000.
Current BidHK$9,000
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Lot 1126
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China, 1898, Chinese Imperial Post, ½¢ deep purple trial color proof (Chan 104. Scott 98), imperforate on thick buff card (31 x 34 mm), without watermark, without gum, Extremely Fine, pretty, with 2018 Experts & Consultants Ltd. certificate.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Current BidHK$900
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Lot 1127

China, 1898, Chinese Imperial Post, watermarked, 5¢ salmon, imperf between (Chan 108g. Scott 102b), horizontal pair, pretty color and crisp detail, o.g.; a few stray toned spots, Fine to Very Fine, rare. Scott $775 (HK$ 6,100).
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000.
Current BidHK$800
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Lot 1128
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China, 1900, Chinese Imperial Post, unwatermarked, 1¢ deep orange and 2¢ scarlet (Chan 117, 118. Scott 111, 112), comprising 1¢ interpanneau block of 10 from the left of the sheet, and 2¢ blocks of 12 (4 x 3) from the bottom of the sheet with interpane margin at right (splitting throughout) and block of 15 (3 x 5) with one stamp showing broken ornament at top right; the first two blocks are mint (the 1¢ never hinged) the third unused without gum (faults), Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200.
Current BidHK$500
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Lot 1129

China, 1902, Chinese Imperial Post, unwatermarked, 4¢ chestnut, imperf between (Chan 119c. Scott 113 var.), horizontal strip of 3, intense color, with imperforate interpane margin at left, o.g.; a few gum soaks of minor consequence, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000.
Current BidHK$800
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Lot 1130
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China, 1902, Chinese Imperial Post, unwatermarked, $5 green & salmon (Chan 128. Scott 122), horizontal pair, remarkably fresh with crisp printing on immaculate paper, expertly regummed; pink fading, Very Fine appearance. Scott $1,750 (HK$ 13,780).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 3,000.
Current BidHK$1,000
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Lot 1131

China, 1902, Chinese Imperial Post, unwatermarked, $5 green & salmon, imperf left margin (Chan 128a. Scott 122 var.), nice colors and centering, a lovely used example showing full margin at left, tied to small piece by neat blue bilingual "Tientsin/12 JAN/08" c.d.s., about Very Fine, a showpiece, an incredibly rare item, listed in Chan mint, but unpriced as used.
Estimate HK$ 14,000 - 18,000.
Current BidHK$7,000
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Lot 1132
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China, Express Letter, 1911, 10¢ green (Chan E6. Scott E6), the right three portions complete, unused, numbered "0908"; left stamp has bilingual "Addressee's Signature" handstamp on reverse; fresh, Very Fine, with 2008 China Stamp Society certificate.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000.
Current BidHK$5,000
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Lot 1133

China, Shanghai, China Registry Label, 1883-1911 (Scott FX-SH1d), narrow black Roman letter "R", a beautiful example of this rarity, with fault-free face and crisp printing on clean paper. A 2019 P.F. Certificate accompanies, noting "with small faults"—a small thin at top plus two spots (one bottom, one left) of small paper pulls, visible only from the back.

These registry exchange labels resulted from an 1882 Universal Postal Union resolution that international registered mail be so marked by a label or handstamp with a capital letter "R". The US opted for gummed labels, with 37 authorized exchange offices. Labels are known from 26 offices, with Shanghai being the sole office outside the US or its Possessions.

A total of 52 Shanghai labels, across four different types, are recorded. Scott's US Specialized notes only nine of this type "d" label, with Roman letter "R". While most US labels were printed by the Government Printing Office and gummed, perforated and distributed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC, this label was printed locally in China, while officials there awaited arrival of the US-printed labels in red.

A beautiful and scarce item, of interest to any philatelic Sinophile., o.g., previously hinged, arguably one of the finest unused examples known, with nine recorded by Scott Catalog.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000.
Current BidHK$5,000
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Lot 1134
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China, Postage Dues, 1904, overprinted on Coiling Dragons, ½¢-10¢ complete, "Specimen" overprint (Chan D1-D6. Scott J1-J6), similar to those found in the China National Postage Stamp Museum; fresh unused with part to much original gum; the 4¢ has a diagonal crease, Very Fine, with 1997 Holcombe certificate.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500.
Current BidHK$1,000
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Lot 1135

China, Postage Dues, 1904, overprinted on Coiling Dragons, ½¢-10¢ complete (Chan D1-D6. Scott J1-J6), nice color on clean paper, o.g., Fine to Very Fine. Scott $135 (HK$ 1,060).
Estimate HK$ 500 - 600.
Current BidHK$300
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Lot 1136
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China, Cancellations, useful accumulation, 1897-1909, neatly arrayed on stockpages, approximately 100 stamps from ICP Coiling Dragons to Hsuan T'ung with a myriad array of cancels; nice range of types, cities and colors; several stamps faulty, but these were chosen for the quality of their strikes—which generally leave nothing wanting; note Large Dollar Dater, Tombstone and bilingual daters, "R" registry cancels (a couple socked-on-the-nose), etc., Fine to Very Fine with better, an intriguing lot; imaged in full online.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,800.
Current BidHK$2,000
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