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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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