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Lot 36

Chinese Local Posts: Shanghai, 1856, neat blue envelope sent Shanghai to Aberdeen, with "Shanghae Post Office/Paid" & Crown circular handstamp (Webb Type 1), a splendid, clean, highly attractive cover, endorsed "Via Southampton", bearing on front a choice, bold and full strike of the rare Large Crown "Shanghae Post Office/Paid" circular handstamp in red; front also shows manuscript "6" and underlined "PAID", with reverse showing "Hong Kong/14 AP/1856" double-arc c.d.s. in black, Crown "PC/7 JU 7/1856" transit in red, and Aberdeen/A JU 1856 (day illegible) arrival c.d.s. in black, Very Fine, with 2019 Experts & Consultants Ltd. certificate.
Estimate HK$ 250,000 - 300,000

A simply magnificent example of this legendary rarity, which represents the first postal marking of Shanghai—and one of only 17 examples recorded.


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