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Lot 472

1912 (Apr. 8), bisect cover from Yunyang to Hankow (Chan 136k), splendid and clean red band cover, carrying on reverse diagonal halves of 1¢ ochre and 5¢ violet Coiling Dragons, tied by bold Yunyang 8 April 1912 origin c.d.s.'s; reverse also shows excellent strike of Hankow 21 April 1912 receiver, fresh, Very Fine, a beauty.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
Realized HK$50,000.
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Lot 473

1912 (Apr. 10), bisect cover from Yunyang to Hankow (Chan 136k), beautiful neat red band cover franked on reverse by diagonal halves of 1¢ ochre and 5¢ violet Coiling Dragons, tied by choice bold Yunyang origin c.d.s.; reverse additionally shows Shanxi 18 April transit, along with bilingual Hankow 12 MAY 1912 receiver c.d.s., fresh, Very Fine, an appealing and rare cover.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
Realized HK$55,000.
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Lot 474

1915 (Sept. 29 & Oct.), stampless military cigarette postcards used to Taipeh, Formosa, one unfranked card written by a British soldier from the Royal Scots Brigade in France during WWI, thanking an individual for the shipment of free cigarettes; front shows design of British soldier and sailor sharing a smoke, with "Field Post Office/20 SP/15/154" c.d.s., red triangular Censor chop and violet "TSUR…/1.11.15/Japan" transit, while the second card of identical design shows similar markings without the violet Japanese transit, Very Fine, scarce usage of a scarce pair of cards.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,800.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 475

1916 (Jan. 2), cover from Lungan to U.S., attractively franked, on front by ½¢ 1913 London Junk Issue block of six (plus a corner margin pair on reverse), 1¢ orange Junk right margin vertical strip of four, plus on reverse a right margin block of four of the 3¢ Junk, all tied by Lungan Hong Xian Yuan Nian (first year), first month, second day c.d.s.'s, with Mienchow 5th year, first month, 6th day; Hankow 5th year, first month, 15th day; and Shanghai 18 JAN 16 transits, Very Fine, an appealing and scarce usage, with 2018 Experts & Consultants Ltd. photo certificate.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Realized HK$65,000.
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Lot 476

1933 (Apr. 5), Northwest Scientific Expedition issue registered cover, Peiping to Stockholm (Chan 329-332. Scott 307-310), beautiful, clean cover franked by the entire set, along with 5¢ and 25¢ Tan Yuan-chang issue, all tied by bilingual Peiping 5.4.33 c.d.s.'s, with reverse showing Shanghai 7.4.33 transit; addressed by Sven Hedin to his sister, Alma, and boldly signed "Sven Hedin" across the back, clean, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Realized HK$3,400.
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Lot 477

1940-50, a foursome of short-paids, Liverpool to Shanghai, a wonderful find: four covers all addressed to an H.A. Coward—a brave man to work in Shanghai through the decade—from a friend or colleague at a Liverpool branch of the Midland Bank, Ltd., who consistently underpaid the postage (leave it to a banker!); the first cover, postmarked 12 APR 40, bears a striking Censor marking and full tape, along with manuscript "40¢" in red and black handstamped "T/20" in stretched hexagon with "L.V." below, the postage due paid by a pair of 20¢ Chinese Republic Dues tied by Shanghai bilingual 4.7.40 dater; this is followed by two 1949 covers (7 MCH and 20 APR), each with penciled "T42" on front and corresponding Chinese rate in pen or pencil—you can see how China's currency collapsed over the intervening six weeks, the postage due skyrocketing from $620 to $15,000—each total due paid by mixes of Gold Yuan issues tied by "T"-in-triangle handstamps; the final cover, mailed 27 APR 50, again bears the hexagoned "T" with "42" and "5300" alongside, this time the postage due paid by four PRC stamps, again tied by the "T"-in-triangle handstamp, each cover fresh and without the usual usage faults, Very Fine, an exhibit page all on their own, showing rate changes for a single route over a decade…and the use of three distinct currencies (from two political entities) to cover the shortfalls.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Realized HK$9,500.
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Lot 478

1941, cover sent from Likwoyi to Tientsin, franked on reverse by 4¢ on 5¢ Dr. Sun Yat-sen issue surcharged in red (horizontal pair, the right stamp with lower left character Tso instead of Fun variety, Chan #480 & 480a, Scott #440, 440r), tied by two strikes of Kiangsu, Likwoyi c.d.s.'s, plus Tientsin 1941.3.1 machine roller cancels in addition to Tientsin same-date arrival c.d.s., fresh, Very Fine, a scarce and attractive usage, 2018 Experts & Consultants Ltd. photo certificate accompanies.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Realized HK$3,200.
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Lot 479

1949 (Sept. 9 & 10), pair of Fu Shek 10¢-bisected-as-5¢ covers, nice pair of bisect usages to Foochow, comprising a Sept. 9 usage arriving on Sept. 15, plus a Sept. 10 usage that arrived on Sept. 18; each cover torn, one expertly repaired, Fine to Very Fine appearance.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$1,100.
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Lot 480

1949 (Oct. 1), Silver Yuan cover, sent Paksha (Toishan) to Manila, P.I., a lovely and attractive cover, franked on reverse by pair of 20¢ blue Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hwa Nan prints (Chan #S27), along with Canton "015" silver currency label, all cancelled by bilingual 1.10.49 Paksha (Toishan) origin c.d.s.'s, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 3,000.
Realized HK$7,000.
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Lot 481

1949 (Nov. 5), Silver Yuan cover, sent Yingshan to Nanchong, Szechuan, franked by a block of four 5¢ on $500,000 surcharged Sun Yat-sens (overhanging the envelope edge at left), tied by one of two dotted-rim "Dongchuan/5 11 38/Yingshan" c.d.s.'s; same-style Nanchong receiver dated 7 11 38 on reverse; addressed to the Civil Court (11th Branch) of the Szechuan High Court; black and blue straightline handstamps (illegible) on front, cover is fresh and bright; paper hinging remnants on reverse are inconsequential, Very Fine, a late Silver usage in the province.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$800.
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