Sale 31

Lot 1138

China, 1861, rare single-franking use of the U.S. 90¢ 1861 Issue, paying the double rate to China (Scott 72), via Southampton; the stamp, beautifully centered with deep shade, tied by two strikes of Philadelphia 12-bar grid-in-circle cancel on buff cover addressed to John M. Nixon, Jr., care of Blain, Tate & Co. in Shanghai, China; red Philadelphia "Paid" Foreign Mail office c.d.s. very faintly struck (as often for this office in this period), with magenta "48/2" double 24¢ credit to Great Britain at top center; the cover was carried on the Inman Line's Glasgow from New York on May 9, 1863, arriving in Queenstown on May 22 and Liverpool the next day; red "London Paid BB MY 23 63" transit, red "1d" handstamp crossed out in red crayon and re-rated with manuscript "2" for double 1d British Colonial rate; then carried on Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. steamers from Southampton to Alexandria (Egypt), overland to Suez, thence to Hong Kong via Galle (Ceylon); "Hong-Kong C JY 19 63" receiver on back, with the final leg to Shanghai made on another P&O steamer; stamp with small sealed tear at top, Very Fine, ex-Knapp, Grunin, Gross. #13 in Herzog & Starnes' cover census, signed in pencil by Stanley Ashbrook (Oct. 25, 1951), with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Estimate HK$ 120,000 - 160,000

One of the fabled items in Postal History featuring the 90¢ 1861 solo-use to Shanghai, China—a cornerstone of any exhibition collection

Realized HK$ 120,000

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