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Foreign Offices in China
 
 
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Lot 1237
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Foreign Offices in China, Solid semi-specialized collection, an attractive and clean mint and used holding, assembled on customized pages in a Minkus binder; begins with nice Russian Offices with better values, plus outstanding French Offices, including #12Ab (rare), 13, 17, many varieties of #18//33, 33-44, 45a, 56, J1-J6, and excellent showings of later issues; a fair showing of Germany and Italy rounds out the lot; fresh and clean throughout, with some superb cancels sprinkled in, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000.
Realized HK$24,000.
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Lot 1238
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French Offices in Shanghai, 1869, Napoleon III Laureate, 5fr gray lilac on lavender, used in Shanghai, France Scott #37, Yvert #33, the stamp with nice color and bearing a complete, clear strike of the Shanghai Large Numeral "5104" lozenge; weak corner perforation at lower left, two small thins, otherwise Fine to Very Fine+, an uncommon high value usage.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 1239

German Offices in China, 1907 (May 28), Zieher postcard, sent from Peking to Tientsin, the card, depicting C.I.P. stamps and Imperial flag with Dragon, bears German China 2¢ on 5pf (Chan #FG46. Scott #48), cancelled by "Peking/Deutsche Post" c.d.s., with same-day "Tientsin/Deutsche Post" c.d.s. on reverse, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 500 - 600.
Realized HK$400.
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Lot 1240

Indian Offices in China, 1901 (Apr. 20), 5¢ "B.R.A." overprint on ½¢ brown Coiling Dragon, cover sent from Tientsin to Tongku, 5¢ on ½¢ stamp tied by appropriate violet cancel, with cover additionally franked by hole-punched gutter pair of 3p India "C.E.F." overprinted issues, tied by F.P.O. No. 4 origin c.d.s.'s; reverse notes "F.P.O. No. 4/20 AP./01" marking, fresh, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 1241

Indian Offices in China, China Expeditionary Force, 1901 (July 10), cover sent to Newchwang via Chefoo, envelope, addressed to "Captain S. Napier/Niuchwang", franked by "C.E.F."-overprinted 1a India stamp, tied both by parallel pen strokes and by "F.P.O. No. 4/10 IY/01" dater; reverse bears bilingual Chefoo 13 May transit and 14 May Newchwang receiver (plus additional, indistinct, dater), Very Fine, a nice Boxer Rebellion item.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,600.
Realized HK$3,200.
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Lot 1242

Japanese Offices in China, 1881 (June 18), "United States Consulate at Hankow, China" corner card printed envelope to Boston, an outstanding usage via Yokohama (June 29) and San Francisco (July 10), bearing three Old Koban 5s browns, cancelled by crossroads killer with matching "I.J. Postal Agency/Shanghai" double-ring dater; Boston July 18 receiver on reverse; a few inconsequential peripheral faults, Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000

The US Consulate in Hankow used the Japanese Consulate in Shanghai for the transmission of its mail to the States, since the Mitsubishi Steamship Mail Company ran the Shanghai-Yokohama branch line and, therefore, controlled this part of the Pacific route for Chinese mail. As such the Japanese Post Office could offer a more rapid service to Yokohama than its American counterpart. Consular mail from Hankow to Shanghai was sent via the regular courier service operated by American missionaries until 1885
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Realized HK$5,000.
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Lot 1243

Japanese Offices in China, 1912, Letter sheet, 3s red (J.S.C.A. ZC11), an extraordinary item, with bright color, clear printing and flaps remarkably intact and sound; slight toning, mostly to reverse, Very Fine, an incredibly scarce mint item. J.S.C.A. yen 150,000 (HK$ 10,770).
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000.
Realized HK$6,000.
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Lot 1244

Japanese Offices in China, 1880 (May 1), Cover sent from Shanghai to Cambridge, MA, via Yokohama (May 13) and San Francisco (May 31), bearing Old Koban 5s brown cancelled by crossroads killer with matching "I.J. Postal Agency/Shanghai" double-ring dater; Boston (June 8) receiver in violet on reverse; cover a little unevenly opened at right, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500.
Realized HK$1,100.
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Lot 1245

U.S. Offices in China, 1912 (Apr. 13), Cover sent from Shanghai to Rochester, NY, franked with C.I.P. 1¢, cancelled by "Shanghai" First Year c.d.s., in combination with US 2¢ Washington cancelled by "U.S. Postal Agcy." duplex (Apr. 15), Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500.
Realized HK$1,600.
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