Sale 30

Lot 143

China, 1893 (Feb. 8), Small Dragon combination cover, sent from Philadelphia to Shanghai and forwarded to Peking, franked by a perfectly centered US 10¢ Webster (Scott #226) tied by a Philadelphia "F.D." #3 duplex; front additionally shows a bright red "Customs/MAR 19/93/Tientsin" receiver, with clean-cut perf 3ca Small Dragon added for postage due, itself tied by a black Tientsin seal cancel; the cover's travels are documented on the reverse, with a San Francisco "F.D." c.d.s. of FEB 14, a U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai receiver of MAR 11, and a black Tientsin Customs dater of MAR 19; interestingly, addressed to Mrs Arthur Peterson, in Care of the Consul of the United States at Shanghai, with "U.S.S. 'Monocacy'" noted at lower left (why a woman would be aboard is a good question); the ship clearly having sailed, the cover was forwarded from Shanghai (crossed out) to Peking; light overall toning to the cover, still Very Fine, a good-looking cover.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000.

Realized HK$ 28,000

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