Sale 30

Lot 85


China, 1897, Small Figures surcharge on Empress Dowager, 5¢ on 5ca dull orange, imperf between (Chan 41c. Scott 32a), vertical pair, a choice, beautifully centered used pair with bold, vivid colors and Pakua cancels in black; neat and light unobtrusive fold directly between the stamps, Very Fine and choice, a stunning example of this rarity, of which only nine used examples are known, with 2018 Experts & Consultants Ltd. certificate. Scott $20,000 (HK$ 157,480).
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000.

Lot 101


China, 1896, Engraved Red Revenue die proof in red, mounted on card, a magnificent proof pulled on thin glazed paper stock, 27 x 42 mm, affixed to a 115 x 130 mm thick card showing manuscript "April 2nd 96" at upper right; card with some minor, inconsequential toned specks, along with expected glue remnants on reverse from mounting, Very Fine and choice, a remarkable showpiece.
Estimate HK$ 300,000 - 400,000

This dated example shows minor design changes from the March 26, 1896, example which was printed in black, and showed Hart's requested design changes, which resulted in the issued design, with eight small circles added to the interior corners and centers on all sides, and is dated seven days before Hart's original design change.

Lot 102


China, 1896, Engraved Red Revenue die proof in black, mounted on card, a spectacular engraved proof, printed in black on thin glazed paper approximately 37 x 42 mm, affixed to thick card measuring 115 x 130 mm and showing "April 2nd 96" notation, mostly likely in Inspector Robert Hart's hand, at upper right; some minor glue mounting remnants on the reverse side of the card, Very Fine and choice, a spectacular exhibition item, especially with the companion proof in the issued red, also offered in this sale.
Estimate HK$ 300,000 - 400,000

This dated example, which appears seven days after Hart requested minor design changes—centered on the addition of eight circles at the outer corners and centers—shows the final design.

Lot 149

China, 1897 (Apr. 22), Red Revenue cover to Rev. JR Hykes, from Foochow to Shanghai, from the extensive Hykes correspondence, this cover is franked by a very pretty Small 2¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue, which is tied by a socked-on-the-nose Foochow AP 22/97 small Customs dater; reverse bears a brown (perhaps originally black) Shanghai Customs receiver dated APR 25; cover somewhat toned and missing lower left corner, Fine and scarce.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.

Lot 151

China, 1897 (May 29), Nanking oval Customs marking on Dowager and Red Revenue overprints combination cover, from Nanking to Pennsylvania, franked on reverse by a margin-to-margin horizontal strip of four 1.5 mm Large Figure 1c on 1ca orange Dowagers, plus a Large 1c on 3c Red Revenue (totalling 5c), tied by three strikes of the double-oval "Imperial Post Office/MAY 29 1897/Nanking" cancel in brown, with a fourth solid strike on the front as well; from Nanking, the cover traveled to Shanghai where it received a blue Customs dater of JUN 2 (on reverse), plus a Japan 5s UPU Koban on front, tied by solid "Shanghai/2/JUN/97/I.J.P.O." c.d.s.; then onward, as markings on reverse record, to Yokohama (8 JUN), San Francisco (JUN 27, "Paid All"), and finally to Lancaster, PA (date on receiver illegible); roughly opened at top, partially affecting the Yokohama transit only, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000.

Lot 248

China, Postage Due, 1912, Foochow "Provisional Neutrality" overprint, 1¢ brown, unissued (Chan DU5), a splendid example of this desirable and seldom-encountered issue, offering bold, vibrant color with nice centering and clean perforations, full original gum, Very Fine, a great example of this rarity, with 2018 Experts & Consultants Ltd. certificate.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000.

Lot 249

China, Postage Due, 1912, Foochow "Provisional Neutrality" overprint, 2¢ brown, unissued (Chan DU6), deep, rich color with excellent centering, full, wonderfully fresh original gum which displays just the slightest evidence of hinging, Very Fine, a magnificent example of this rarity, with 2018 Experts & Consultants Ltd. certificate.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000.

Lot 360


East China, 1942, Su-Chung First "Unit Issue" without value indicated, red set (Yang EC255-257), service indicated by black handstamp; "Ordinary" on the Junk, "Confidential" on the Torch, and "Express" on the pigeon; one set of all three mint, plus a used "Express" example, cancelled by red circular handstamp at right, Fine to Very Fine, an uncommon quartet.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000.

Lot 416

China (People's Republic), 1962, Mei Lan-fang souvenir sheet (C94M) (Scott 628), a splendid, exceptionally clean and fresh example of this ever-popular miniature sheet, offering a superb, flawless surface along with full clean original gum which shows just the customary trace of light gum disturbance (noted solely for accuracy), o.g., never hinged, Very Fine, a lovely sheet. Scott $18,500 (HK$ 145,670).
Estimate HK$ 70,000 - 80,000.

Lot 461

China (People's Republic), 1968, Revolutionary Literature and Art (W5) complete (Scott 982-990), a beautiful set, including several corner margin singles, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine. Scott $1,440 (HK$ 11,340).
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000.

Lot 539


Hong Kong, 1890 (dated Apr. 15), magnificent and unique De La Rue Archives appendix sheet, a remarkable sheet in superb quality, dated "April 15th 1890", showing 13 adhesives collectively, 11 of which are unwatermarked proofs, with the 2c rose and 5c ultramarine being the watermarked Crown & CA issued values; the proofs, line perf 14, are exceeding rare and are affixed to the sheet; interestingly, and noted on the sheet, the two 10c values, the $1 on 96c and $5 Postal-Fiscal surcharges are all printed on the two different red paper types of the era, namely that which was adopted for use on British stamps, and the adopted issued red paper used for the 12a India stamps; additionally, the $5 surcharges each show the small "5" variety, which was enlarged for use on the issued stamp; the five remaining proofs comprise the 30 gray green (Yang #41a), 20c on 30c and 50c on 48c surcharges (Yang #42a, 43a), plus $2 dull green and $3 violet Postal-Fiscals, Very Fine in all respects, a showpiece.
Estimate HK$ 140,000 - 160,000

An incredible item of the utmost importance, with most of the 11 proof examples believed to be unique (one similar $5 on $10 value appearing in the Royal Collection).

Lot 755

Japanese Occupation of Malaya: Trengganu, 1942, $25 blue & lilac, with red single-frame handstamp (Scott N29A. SG J116a), nicely centered with bold colors and choice strike of red handstamp, full clean o.g.; a few very, very light perforation-tip toned spots mentioned solely for accuracy, Very Fine, a choice example of this rarity, signed JR Hughes.
Scott $10,000 (HK$ 78,740). SG £10,000 (HK$ 101,650).
Estimate HK$ 18,000 - 22,000.

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