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China, Hong Kong, Japan and Other Asia Stamps and Postal History


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Lot 141

China, 1862, incoming folded letter from the U.S. to Shanghai, franked with U.S. 1862, 5¢ red brown (75) used in combination with four 10¢ green stamps (68), tied by barred cancels, adjacent "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid" August 13 exchange office circular datestamp, "London Paid" August 23, 1862 circular datestamp & "1d" handstamp, Hong Kong October 23 backstamp; cover has been marked with a non-contemporary "No 10", Very Fine, 2012 P.F. certificate.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000

Two-color franking paying the 45¢ British Mail rate via Southampton
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Lot 142

China, 1863, incoming cover from the U.S. to Shanghai, franked with U.S. 1863, 5¢ brown (76), used in combination with vertical strip of four of 10¢ green (68), tied by geometric crossroad cancels on tissue paper cover, adjacent London October 30, 1863 circular datestamp and "1d" handstamp, New York exchange office circular datestamp on reverse, Very Fine, 2012 P.F. certificate.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000

Two-color franking paying the 45¢ British Mail rate via Southampton
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Lot 143

China, 1864, incoming folded letter from the U.S. to Shanghai, franked with U.S. 1861, 30¢ orange (71), three singles, used in combination with 24¢ lilac (78), tied by segmented cork cancels, with manuscript "96" credit and large fancy "2" (indicating double), red London PAID transit c.d.s. (Jan 25) with "1d" local charge; black "New York Am. Pkt., Jan 8" exchange office circular datestamp on reverse and backstamped Hong Kong (Mar 12); from the Heard correspondence, Very Fine, ex Patrick Henry, 2012 PF certificate.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 75,000

The $1.14 two-color franking is an 8¢ overpayment of the 53¢ British Mail double rate via Marseille. It may have been a misinterpretation of the obsolete rate of Dec. 1861 - 51¢/57¢ (¼oz./½oz.)
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Lot 144

China, 1866, incoming cover from the U.S. to Amoy, franked with U.S. 1863, 24¢ grayish lilac (78a), used in combination with 12¢ black (69) and strip of three of 3¢ rose (65), tied by barred cancels, also tied by "Sandy Hill N.Y., Mar 30" circular datestamp and red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid, Apr 4" exchange office circular datestamp with matching "40" credit handstamp, adjacent red London PAID transit circular datestamp and "1d" handstamp, Hong Kong June 5 backstamp; 12¢ with small toned area at top right, Very Fine, ex Patrick Henry, 2012 P.F. certificate.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000

Three-color franking paying the 45¢ British Mail rate via Southampton
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Lot 145

China, 1867, incoming cover from the U.S. to Swatow, franked with U.S. 1861, 30¢ orange (71), used in combination with 5¢ brown (76) & 10¢ green (68), tied by grid cancels on cover from Exeter, N.H., adjacent red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid, Feb 6" exchange office circular datestamp, red handstamped "40" with London Paid transit circular datestamp (Feb 16) and handstamped "1d", backstamped Hong Kong (Apr 8) and Swatow (Apr 10); cover with couple small edge tears, 30¢ with nick at left, 10¢ natural straight edge, Fine to Very Fine, 2012 PF certificate.
Estimate HK$ 7,500 - 10,000

Three-color franking paying the 45¢ British Mail rate via Southampton
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Lot 146

China, 1880/90, Changsha to Anyin Hsein "required 300 mile per day" official cover; small part at top removed leaving some damages and removing year, with 7th month 24th day of dispatch visible, otherwise Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 3,000.
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Lot 147

China, 1897, Kwang Hsu 23rd year large official cover, endorsed as "privilege to wear hat ornament, a promotion of one rank and recorded as promotion of 3 ranks", also endorsed content of 3 pieces. Slight toning. Very interesting cover showing Chinese court promotions.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 3,000.
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Lot 148

China, 1897 (Sep 3), cover from Kiukiang to Canada, franked with with Dowagers large figure wide intervals on second print 1c/1ca and 2X 2c/2ca (Scott 48, 49, Chan 57, 58), with Kiukiang large dollar dater in brown with S in SEP reversed, used in combination with Japan U-Koban 5s ultra (Scott 74) with Shanghai IJPO c.d.s. (Sep 6). Shanghai large dollar dater in blue (Sep 5) with S in SEP reversed, Yokohama c.d.s. (Sep 11), San Francisco FD c.d.s. (Sep 29) and Montreal c.d.s. (Oct 5) all on back. Endorsed "via Japanese Post" on front; roughly opened at bottom with closed tears, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000

This was a very late usage of the 5-sen rate. By October 1897, the rate was changed to 10-sen via the Japanese PO. The rate change was necessary because of exchange rate fluctuations
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Lot 149

China, 1897 (Oct 2), illustrated cover from Kiukiang to Canada, with Dowagers large figure wide intervals on second print 1c/1ca and 2X 2c/2ca (Scott 48, 49, Chan 57, 58), with Kiukiang large dollar dater in brown, used in combination with Japan 2s red (Scott 73) with Shanghai IJPO c.d.s. (Oct 12) and Japan 3s was removed with Shanghai large dollar dater (Oct 4) and violet T ctms tax marking from IJPO all on cover back. 12 cts endorsed in violet pencil above IJPO tax mark also with 5c written in pencil. San Francisco c.d.s. (Nov 5), Montreal c.d.s. (Nov 12) with 2 small c.d.s. dated Nov 12 and 13 (with index 3 and EN) respecively. Cover was redirected to a hospital on receipt. Although the 3s stamp was removed, this was still a very rare cover as this was one of a hand full of postage due covers that had survived during the change to the new 10-sen rate.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.
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Lot 150

China, 1898 (Oct 19), cover from Tientsin to Switzerland, franked with ICP 4¢ (Scott 89, Chan 95), tied with Tientsin withour Customs on top c.d.s. Used in combination with Hong Kong Queen Victoria 2¢ x5 (Scott 36b, Yang 33) tied with Shanghai British PO c.d.s. (Oct 24) on back with HK c.d.s. (Oct 27) and Fleurier c.d.s. (Nov 26). Shanghai Dollar dater on front (Oct 23). A very rare mis-matched rate where the domestic rate of 4¢ was accepted by the Imperial P.O. and the external rate was 10¢. There is absolutely no sign that of additional posatge being removed, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 6,000.
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Lot 151

China, 1900 (Jun 20), registered combination cover from Amoy to Germany, with Amoy IPO tieprint, franked with CIP pairs of 1¢, 4¢ and 5¢ (Scott 111, 113, 115 var., Chan 117, 119, 120a) tied with Amoy bilingual c.d.s. In combination with Hong Kong Queen Victoria 20¢/30¢ with Chinese overpint (Scott 61, Yang 45) and HK c.d.s. (Jun 22) and tied with Amoy IPO tieprint on back also with Hamburg c.d.s. (Jul 23 and 24). Boxed Amoy registered marking and large R in red on front. Scarce registered tieprint cover, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
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Lot 152

China, 1902 (Mar.), red band cover from Paoting to Tientsin, franked with CIP 1¢ x2 tied with Paoting Dollar dater on front. Paoting One Tien Hwa Bay Lau rectangular sub-office marking in blue, Peking oval (Mar 12) and Tientsin bilingual c.d.s. (Mar 13) on back. Rare Paoting sub-office marking not previously recorded, Fine.
Scott 111. Chan 117.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 6,000.
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Lot 153

China, 1901 (Dec 18), incoming cover from Mexico to Peking, with enclosure, but with stamp removed. The letter was written by former US Minister, then commissioner, John Barret, who was stationed in Mexico City to the Imperial Chinese Majesty's, president of the Board of Foreign Affairs. Essentially, this was the US's invitation to China to participate in the 1904 World's Fair in Saint Louis celebrating the first century of the Louisiana Purchase. Of course, China took part in the fair. A very important historical document showing China's early effort going out to participate in the international society.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.
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Lot 154

China, 1902, red band double registered cover from Changde to Peking, franked with CIP Coiling Dragons½¢ and 5¢ pairs, tied with Changte Fu rectangular marking on front with large R marking. Shunte Fu rectangular marking in vermillion, Chengting Fu rectangular marking and Peking oval (Dec 23) on back. Even though this was a military mail, it was sent via civilian mail. The domestic rate was reduced to 1c between 1902 (Apr 8) to 1904 (Aug 31). A show-piece, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott 98, 102. Chan 104, 108.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
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Lot 155

China, 1905, 2 covers from Hubeh, addressed to Chinese foreign students via the Chinese Embassy in Germany, plus a 1939 cover. 1) 1905 (Mar) double registered cover paying a 30¢ rate (CIP 10¢ x3) from Kingchow to the Chinese Embassy in Berlin. With Kingchow lunar c.d.s. (Yi-is 2nd month 22nd day) and 2 large R's registered marking tying stamp. Shasi lunar c.d.s. (2nd month 21st day) and boxed Kingchow registered marking also on back with Berlin receiver. Why the Shasi c.d.s. was a day earlier was a mystery. German registration label on front. 2) 1905 (Sep) registered cover from Hubeh to Germany, most likely with a pair of CIP 5¢ removed but with another pair still intact on cover. Stamp tied by lunar c.d.s. reinforced by Chinese brush (Yi-is 7th month 1st day). This day was probably not accurate. Tungchuan lunar c.d.s. (7th month 29th day), Shunning lunar c.d.s. (8th month 6th day), Hankow bilingual c.d.s. (Sep 6), Shanghai bilingual c.d.s. (Sep 9), Berlin c.d.s. (Oct 13). Cover front with address label removed. this probably showed the Chinese Embassy address in Berlin, but small part of Hankow boxed registered marking was still visible. 3) 1939 (Feb 25) Chungking to Berlin Chinese Embassy airmail registered cover with HK registered c.d.s. (Feb 28) Berlin c.d.s. (Mar 11) and 2 Leipzig c.d.s. (Mar 12) all on back. Registration label was removed. Cover redirected to Leipzig upon arrival in Berlin. All 3 covers were sent to Chinese students studying in Germany. The 2 Imperial covers are exceedingly rare.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000.
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Lot 156

China, 1907, small printed matter rate cover from Gungxi Wuzhou to US, franked with CIP 2¢ (Scott 112, Chan 118), tied with Wuzhou lunar c.d.s. (Ding-wei 2nd month 7th day), Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 3,000.
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Lot 157

China, 1907, red band cover from Anhwei to Jiangsu, franked with CIP 2¢ (Scott 112, Chan 118), tied with Anhwei DaFel postal agency non-standard marking, also with Jiangsu Anfung lunar c.d.s. (Ding-wei 5th month 15th day) also on front; slight rub on red band, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000.
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Lot 158

China, 1911, postcard with Jin to Yu Train PO c.d.s. to Tientsin, franked with 1911, Chinese Imperial Post, 2¢ green, with TPO c.d.s. on both front and back. Tientsin French PO c.d.s. and Tientsin bilingual c.d.s. (both Jun 11), also with S10 postman chop on back. Highly collectible domestic TPO postcard, Fine.
Scott 124. Chan 129.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 3,000.
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Lot 159

China, 1908 (Mar 18), postal card from Shanghai to Berlin, 1c third printing postal card 120 mm between frames (Han 4), used with German Offices in China 4c/10pf tied with Shanghai German Office c.d.s. with Berlin c.d.s. (Apr 24). What was important was the fact that the Trans-Siberian Railroad had reopened in 1907, but this item was not sent overland which would take about 22 days. This card was sent via sea routing and took 37 days. Rare use of third printing card from foreign offices in China, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 12,000.
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Lot 160

China, 1908 (Dec), postal card from Anlingchen to Tientsin, 1c third printing postal card 119 mm between frames (Han 4), with Anlingchen lunar c.d.s. (Wu-shen pickle month 9th day), Potowchen bilingual lunar c.d.s. (Wu-shen pickle month 10th day), Tientsin bilingual lunar c.d.s. (Wu-shen pickle month 12th day index Zi), Tientsin bilingual c.d.s. (Jan 3 with single letter 9 as year) and postman chop S3. Scarce small town marking on third printing card, Fine.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 12,000.
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Lot 161

China, 1909, registered cover from Hankow to Germany, with complete set of Hsuen Tung First Year commemoratives on front, tied with Hankow bilingual c.d.s. Also with CIP Coiling Dragons ½¢ x2, 1¢ x3, 2¢ x2 (Scott 110, 111, 112, Chan 116, 117, 118) all tied with Peking bilingual lunar c.d.s. (Ji-you 8th month 26th day) and a Peking bilingual c.d.s. (Oct 10 with single 9 as year) on back, Very Fine.
Scott 131-133. Chan 137-139.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000

What was important was the presence of 2 boxed registration markings of Hankow and Peking both on front. There are no other examples of the use of 2 different boxed registration marking in English on the same item. It was thought that the Hankow PO missed cancelling the stamps on the back and this omission was picked up by the Peking PO during transit, where it chose to cancel these stamps and added an additional strike of its box registration marking. A unique occurrence
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Lot 162

China, 1910, red band double weight double registered cover from Tientsin to Peking, franked with CIP Coiling Dragons ½¢ x4, 2¢ and 10¢, tied with Tientsin City bilingual lunar c.d.s. (Geng-xu 3rd month 27th day index 9), also with boxed registration marking Tientsin City number 9 PO on front. Peking bilingual lunar c.d.s. (Geng-xu 3rd month 27th day index Ding) on back. This was sent rom the Tientsin Governor's office to the Peking Army Department, with endorsement on cover left referring to famine relief fund for the province Reho. Red military chops on front and back typical of all official usages. A show-piece, Very Fine.
Scott 110, 124, 129. Chan 116, 129, 134.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
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Lot 163

China, 1910, double weight registered cover from Amoy to UK, sent via Siberia, franked with CIP Coiling Dragons 3¢ x3 and 7¢ x3, tied with Amoy bilingual lunar c.d.s. (Geng-xu 5th month 21 day) with Amoy boxed registered marking and Shanghai French PO c.d.s. (Jun 10) on front. Shanghai bilingual c.d.s. (Jun 30), London and London WC registered oval (Jul 17, 18) both on back with rare intact Commissioner of Customs Amoy wax seal all on back. Endorsed via Siberia. This cover should be paying a 26-cents rate, as the rate was reduced in 1907 (Oct 1). This cover was thus overpaid by 4 cents, Fine.
Scott 125, 128. Chan 130, 133.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
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Lot 164

China, 1910, card from Tungchuan to Germany, Imperial 4th printing 1¢ postal card, uprated with CIP ½¢ x2 and 2¢ (Scott 110, 124, Chan 116, 129), tied with Tungkun bilingual lunar c.d.s. (Geng-xu 10th month 27th day). Highly desirable Kwangtung small town marking, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 7,500.
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