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Lot 1210

China, 1911-13, quartet of covers sent from Amoy to the US, an interesting group, all addressed to a Miss Sue M. Fair; three on "American Consular Service/Amoy, China." corner card envelopes, one on larger envelope with striking "American Consulate,/Amoy, China" red wax seal on reverse; the earliest, franked by 10s Japan Offices in China (#13) tied by "Amoy/I.J.P.O." comb dated 15.12.11, with Moji and Yokohama transits; the other three covers date from early 1913, two franked by Statistical Department "Republic" overprints tied by Kulangsu [Gulangyu, a small island just outside Amoy/Xiamen], one with Amoy and partial, smudged Shanghai Chinese daters plus a Shanghai I.J.P.O. handstamp, the other with Amoy Chinese and I.J.P.O. daters; the fourth cover, dated Feb. 18, 1913, franked by 10c Revolution Commemoration issue with Chinese Kulangsu and Amoy daters and an Amoy I.J.P.O. handstamp as well; various faults and age/travel-related toning and ink, but sound on the whole, Fine to Very Fine, a neat little group for the postal historian or cancel collector.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 3,200.
Realized HK$3,400.
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Lot 1211

China, 1912-48, compendium of Chinese covers, by our count 58 in total, with the majority of items running from the mid-'30s to the final years of the Republic; myriad frankings present, from Waterlow "Republic" overprints to Junks, Sun Yat-sens and Martyrs (both basic and CNC issues), Airmails and commemoratives; most to Oberlin College from their missions and schools; usages include Censored, Air, Express and Registered (some a combination thereof), with items of note including a 1937 cover franked with Japan 20s Mt. Fuji & Deer cancelled Dairen, an Oct. 31, 1936 cover bearing one-day commemorative cancel for Chiang Kai-shek's 50th Birthday, two lovely stamp collage postal cards (unused), a domestic 1942 cover with Japanese Officially Sealed label across the top, a 1943 cover to the US sent "over the hump" via BOAC and Pan-Am, a 1929 First Flight Cover franked with #C6-C10 (each with imprint, most with partial plate number), etc.; condition varies, but generally fresh and sound, Fine to Very Fine with much better, well worth inspecting.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000.
Realized HK$17,000.
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Lot 1212

China, 1912 (Aug. 22), handsome pre-printed cover, sent from Canton to Hong Kong, bearing "Republic of China" overprints ½¢ to 10¢, the 1¢ and 2¢ Commercial Press, the remainder Statistical Department (Chan #152, 155-159, 167, 168. Scott #146, 149-153, 161, 162), cancelled by seven strikes of Canton bilingual c.d.s., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000.
Realized HK$1,700.
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Lot 1213

China, 1913 (Dec. 13), picture post card from Peking to London, with scarce TPO marking, sent via the French and Imperial Post Office in Shanghai (Dec. 20), bearing 2¢ C.I.P. Coiling Dragons horizontal pair, cancelled by Peking bilingual c.d.s. (Dec. 13) and "I.P.O. R.M.S./Peking/Tangku No. 1" large double-ring handstamp, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 3,000.
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 1214

China, 1914 (Apr. 14), Hawaiian surfers picture post card, sent from Chefoo to California, am Island Curio Co. private mailing card with an image of "Famous Surf Board Riders, Hawaiian Islands", written on the sender's westbound transpacific voyage; handwritten note is dated March 13, while the 1¢ and 3¢ Junks are each tied by 14 APR 14 bilingual Chefoo daters, with an additional same-day Chefoo Japanese-style bridge dater alongside; Kobe 19.4.14 transit in violet at center, Very Fine, a rare early surfing-themed card.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 3,200.
Realized HK$1,300.
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Lot 1215

China, 1915 (May 27), Local cover from Tientsin, franked across backflap by 1¢ Junk (damaged), tied by Tientsin bilingual dater, Due (?) markings alongside; addressed to Colonel J C F Tillson, American Army, Tientsin, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,200.
Unsold
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Lot 1216

China, 1916 (July 6), "Tsing Hua College, Peking, China" corner card envelope sent registered to St. Louis, Missouri, arriving on Aug. 2 via Peking (July 6), Moukden (July 8) and Seattle (July 27), bearing on reverse First Peking Printing Junk 2¢ block of ten, cancelled by "Tsinghwayuan" segmented bilingual c.d.s., showing appropriate Registration handstamps, with US "Post Office Department/Officially Sealed" blue labels (2) and US Customs handstamps; a few minor peripheral faults, Fine to Very Fine, full of character.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500.
Realized HK$3,200.
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Lot 1217

China, 1932 (Nov. 9), US 1¢ postal card sent from Ann Arbor, MI, to Canton, additionally bearing a University of Michigan-perfined 2¢ adhesive, cancelled by duplex; showing "Rebuts", "Insufficient Address" and "Return to Sender" unframed handstamp and matching "Returned/Letter Office/Punku-Canton/China" framed datestamp all in red, with "Returned to writer/from/Exchange Office/Seattle, Wash." pointing finger handstamp in violet adjacent, Fine to Very Fine usage.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$1,200.
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Lot 1218

China, 1933 (Mar. 2), lovely registered Sven Hedin large envelope, sent Peiping to Stockholm, linen-lined, approximately 125 x 95 mm envelope, franked by 30c Martyr and two $1 Second Peking Print issues tied by nice strikes of Peiping origin c.d.s.'s, with Peiping Registry label; cover boldly addressed by Hedin to his sister Alma, with reverse showing "Sender/Sven Hedin/31 Hsi Kuan Yin Sze/Peiping/China", all in Hedin's hand, Very Fine, an attractive, scarce usage.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 1219

China, 1933 (Mar. 6), lovely quality registered Sven Hedin large-size cover, sent Peiping to Stockholm, in exceptional condition, approximately 125 x 95 mm, the cover completely written in Hedin's hand, addressed to Alma Hedin in Stockholm; front shows manuscript "Registered" and Peiping Registry label, while reverse is franked by 20¢ Dr. Sun Yat-sen issue, along with 10¢ and $1 (pair) of Second Peking Prints, all tied by Peiping origin c.d.s.'s, with adjacent Shanghai March 8 transit; boldly signed by Hedin as the sender, Very Fine, fresh and choice.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 1220

China, 1933 (Mar. 9), splendid registered Sven Hedin large envelope, sent Peiping to Stockholm, beautiful, exceptionally clean quality; approximately 125 x 95 mm linen-lined envelope, franked by 15¢ and $1 Second Peking Prints plus $1 red Tan Yuan-chang issue (quite scarce on cover), all tied by Peiping origin c.d.s.'s and with Peiping Registry label; reverse noting Shanghai transit of March 11; cover is fully written in Hedin's hand and is addressed to his sister Alma; boldly signed by Hedin as the sender on reverse, Very Fine, choice, fresh quality.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 1221

China, 1933 (Mar. 20), lovely registered Sven Hedin large envelope, sent Peiping to Stockholm, beautiful and clean large linen-lined envelope, franked by 2¢, 4¢ (2), 20¢ and $1 (pair) Second Peking Junk series issues, all tied by Peiping origin c.d.s.'s, addressed to Miss Alma Hedin in Stockholm, with Peiping Registry label; reverse shows large and bold "Sender/Sven Hedin/31 Hsi Kuan Yin Sze/Peiping/China" inscription along with Shanghai March 22 transit, Very Fine, a splendid envelope written entirely in Hedin's hand—a beauty, scarce.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 1222

China, 1933 (Apr. 22), excellent registered Sven Hedin large envelope, sent Peiping to Stockholm, splendid linen-lined, large (125 x 95 mm) envelope, franked by 50¢ Reaper along with 25¢ Tan Yuan-chang and $1 Peking Print Hall of Classics (in a bottom margin vertical pair with partial imprint!), all on reverse and tied by Peiping origin c.d.s.'s; reverse also shows Shanghai April 24 transit and notes Sven Hedin as sender, while front is addressed to Alma Hedin—all written in his hand, Very Fine, clean and lovely cover.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 1223

China, 1939 (Apr. 1), combination franking cover, sent Shanghai to the US, franked by five 5¢ Sun Yat-sens (block of four plus single) cancelled by two strikes of dotted-rimmed Shanghai bilingual dater (1.4.39), plus US 6¢ Airmail (#23), tied by Sunnyvale, Calif duplex (Apr 21); sent via Airmail to Menlo Park, CA and there forwarded to Fort Lewis, WA; envelope with North British & Mercantile Insurance Co. emboss on backflap; some foxing (affecting one Chinese stamp and the US adhesive), roughly opened at left, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,800.
Unsold
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Lot 1224

China, 1941, Thrift Movement souvenir sheet, on Exhibition cover (Chan MS1 var.), overprinted for the Russian Philatelic Society Exhibition in Shanghai on February 28, 1943, with pair of 2c Martyrs; tied by commemorative double-ring datestamp on unaddressed envelope, plus Shanghai bilingual datestamps of Feb 28 (the day of the Exhibition; dotted-rimmed) and Mar. 1, Fine to Very Fine, a rare souvenir usage.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 3,000.
Realized HK$2,800.
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Lot 1225

China, Postage Dues, 1913-15, 1¢ to 30¢ (Chan D41-D46. Scott J43-J48, J57-J58), on reverse of Post Office form, each stamp tied by President Hsu Inauguration commemorative datestamp in violet, showing Kiukiang bilingual c.d.s. of 10 Oct 18 adjacent, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 500 - 750.
Realized HK$500.
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