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Lot 1137

China, Undated, Imperial Chinese Post Office in Korea official red-band envelope to China, showing two printed bilingual paper seals of "H.I.C.M. Consulate Chemulpo Corea" in red on white, Very Fine, a rare example of Chinese consular mail from Korea to China during the Qing Dynasty.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500.
Current BidHK$1,200
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Lot 1138

China, 1861, rare single-franking use of the U.S. 90¢ 1861 Issue, paying the double rate to China (Scott 72), via Southampton; the stamp, beautifully centered with deep shade, tied by two strikes of Philadelphia 12-bar grid-in-circle cancel on buff cover addressed to John M. Nixon, Jr., care of Blain, Tate & Co. in Shanghai, China; red Philadelphia "Paid" Foreign Mail office c.d.s. very faintly struck (as often for this office in this period), with magenta "48/2" double 24¢ credit to Great Britain at top center; the cover was carried on the Inman Line's Glasgow from New York on May 9, 1863, arriving in Queenstown on May 22 and Liverpool the next day; red "London Paid BB MY 23 63" transit, red "1d" handstamp crossed out in red crayon and re-rated with manuscript "2" for double 1d British Colonial rate; then carried on Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. steamers from Southampton to Alexandria (Egypt), overland to Suez, thence to Hong Kong via Galle (Ceylon); "Hong-Kong C JY 19 63" receiver on back, with the final leg to Shanghai made on another P&O steamer; stamp with small sealed tear at top, Very Fine, ex-Knapp, Grunin, Gross. #13 in Herzog & Starnes' cover census, signed in pencil by Stanley Ashbrook (Oct. 25, 1951), with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Estimate HK$ 120,000 - 160,000

One of the fabled items in Postal History featuring the 90¢ 1861 solo-use to Shanghai, China—a cornerstone of any exhibition collection
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Current BidHK$60,000
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Lot 1139

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$ 15,000 - 20,000.
Current BidHK$7,500
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Lot 1140

China, 1895 (Dec. 1), "To Pay" handstamp on cover from New Haven, CT, to Tientsin, franked with US 5¢ cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed handstamp in red adjacent; with New York (Dec. 12) and San Francisco (Dec. 7) transits, "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (Feb. 2), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring datestamp (Mar. 2) and blue "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring datestamp on reverse; with original letter; envelope has vertical tear at top to left of the stamp, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500.
Current BidHK$1,000
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Lot 1141

China, 1895 (Dec. 30), "To Pay" handstamp on cover from New Haven, CT, to Tientsin, franked with U.S. 5¢ Grant, cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed handstamp in red adjacent; San Francisco transit (Jan. 4), "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (Feb. 14), "Customs/Shanghai" (Feb. 17) and "Customs/Tientsin" (Mar. 2) double-ring datestamps both in blue all on reverse; with original letter; stamp has defective corner at lower left, Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200.
Current BidHK$500
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Lot 1142

China, 1898 (Feb. 6), Red-band envelope sent locally, Soochow, franked by C.I.P. 1¢ orange, 2¢ scarlet and 5¢ violet (the last with interpane margin at right) cancelled by two strikes of Soochow Large Dollar Dater, Very Fine and choice.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500.
Current BidHK$1,000
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Lot 1143

China, 1899 (Mar. 16), Cover from Chicago, IL, to Tientsin, franked with US 5¢ pair (small faults) cancelled by "Chicago" flag design duplex; San Francisco (Mar. 19) and Shanghai (Apr. 20) transits; on reverse "U.S. Postal Agency/Shanghai Rec'd" c.d.s. (Apr. 20) and "Tientsin" Large Dollar Dater (Apr. 24) in blue, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500.
Current BidHK$1,000
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Lot 1144

China, 1899 (Dec. 2), Registered Maus red-band envelope sent from Wuchow to Germany, franked with a marvelous array of issues comprising 1885-88 Small Dragons rough perf 12½ 5ca and perf 11½ 3ca, 1894 Dowager Empress 2ca green, and 1898 C.I.P. 1¢, 4¢ and 5¢ salmon (Chan 18, 20, 23, 105, 107, 108a), each cancelled by Wuchow bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 10¢ pair with framed I.P.O. tie-print and "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. (Dec. 11) showing large black "R" Registry handstamp alongside; Baden-Baden and Lichtental arrival c.d.s. (Jan. 9, 1900) on reverse, Very Fine, a remarkable mixed franking of Customs and Imperial issues; illustrated in Tony To-Wah Kwan, Covers and Cards of Empress Dowager Jubilee and its Surcharged Issues, v. 2, p. 729.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000.
Current BidHK$5,000
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Lot 1145

China, 1900 (Feb. & Sept.), Pair of covers sent from Hangchow to Kiachow, bearing 2¢ single and double frankings respectively, each cancelled by Hangchow bilingual c.d.s. with "Settlement" security handstamps adjacent; reverse shows Shanghai transit and Tsingtau/Kiautschou c.d.s. of the German Post Office, the former also with Kiaochow oval bilingual c.d.s. of the Chinese Imperial Post, Very Fine, interesting pair of covers sent at single and double rates.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,600.
Current BidHK$1,400
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Lot 1146

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$ 2,000 - 3,000.
Current BidHK$1,000
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Lot 1147

China, 1902 (June 14), Real photo postcard, sent from Chefoo to Vienna, Austria, the card picturing a view of Chefoo Harbour; franked by C.I.P. 1¢ strip of three and 2¢ single cancelled by "Chefoo" bilingual c.d.s., with Shanghai transit (June 17) alongside; Vienna receiver (July 28), where redirected, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000.
Current BidHK$800
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Lot 1148

China, 1904, Chinese Imperial Post, unwatermarked, 2¢ scarlet, Chungking bisect (Chan 136B. Scott 112 var.), tied by "Chungking" double-ring lunar dater, on Aug. 6, 1904 local envelope to W. Campbell, Very Fine, with 1941 New Light Philatelic Society certificate, which has a number of prominent signatures including the Secretary, F.Z. Chun.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Current BidHK$1,000
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Lot 1149

China, 1906 (Feb. 5), Cover from Hankow to Neuchatel, Switzerland, bearing C.I.P. ½¢ (4), 1¢ pair and 2¢ strip of three, cancelled by "Hankow" bilingual c.d.s.; Neuchatel receiver (Mar. 16); flap at back missing, Fine to Very Fine, an appealing 10¢ franking paying the U.P.U. overseas rate.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000.
Current BidHK$800
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Lot 1150

China, 1908 (Apr. 19), 1¢ green vertical format postal card, sent from Tungchangfu to Germany, uprated with C.I.P. ½¢ pair and 2¢ single cancelled by "Tungchangfu" segmented bilingual c.d.s.; Tsinan (Apr. 26) and Shanghai (May 1) transits; a few lightly foxed perforations at top of one ½¢ stamp, otherwise Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Current BidHK$1,600
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Lot 1151

China, 1908 (Dec. 18), Postcard sent from Shanghai to Athens, Greece, bearing C.I.P. 2¢ singles (2) cancelled by Shanghai bilingual c.d.s., also showing Shanghai transit c.d.s. of the French Post Office (Dec. 20), "Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No. 6" octagonal datestamp (Dec. 1), and Alexandria transit c.d.s. (Jan 17, 1907) adjacent, Very Fine usage, scarce destination.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200.
Current BidHK$500
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Lot 1152

China, Postage Dues, 1904, overprinted on Coiling Dragons, ½¢-10¢ complete (Chan D1-D6. Scott J1-J6), tied by "Canton" bilingual c.d.s. on reverse of 1904 (Apr. 27) local envelope, the front is franked with CIP ½¢ similarly cancelled, Fine to Very Fine, though philatelic, an interesting early usage of the first Postage Due issue.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000.
Current BidHK$800
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