Sale 31

Lot 1042

Chinese Local Posts: Shanghai, Private Post, 1922, Shanghai Light Horse, 50c red, well-centered, full, crackly o.g.; a few shortish perforations, Fine to Very Fine, a rare stamp unused.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000.

Lot 1068


China, 1894, Empress Dowager 60th Birthday, 1st printing, 1ca-24ca complete, imperforate proofs (Chan 22-30. Scott 16-24), in colors of the 1st printing on thin native laid paper, four are marginal including the 9ca from the top right corner of the sheet and the 24ca from the top of the sheet, Very Fine, a brilliant and wonderful set.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000.

Lot 1069


China, 1894, Empress Dowager 60th Birthday, 1st printing, 1ca-24ca complete, imperforate proofs (Chan 22-30. Scott 16-24), 3rd printing in colors of the 2nd printing on hard wove paper, a magnificent set in corner or marginal pairs; deep bright colors fresh as the day they were printed, Very Fine, an exceptional set of noteworthy quality.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000.

Lot 1095


China, 1897, Small Figures surcharge on Empress Dowager, 1¢ on 1ca vermilion, inverted surcharge (Chan 38d. Scott 29a), with outstanding color and crisp surcharge, plus partial pakua cancel in brown; possible perforation thin at top from split watermark, Very Fine, an eye-catching stamp, with 2019 Experts & Consultants Ltd. certificate.
Estimate HK$ 14,000 - 18,000.

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

Lot 1144

China, 1899 (Dec. 2), Registered Maus red-band envelope sent from Wuchow to Germany, franked with a marvelous array of issues comprising 1885-88 Small Dragons rough perf 12½ 5ca and perf 11½ 3ca, 1894 Dowager Empress 2ca green, and 1898 C.I.P. 1¢, 4¢ and 5¢ salmon (Chan 18, 20, 23, 105, 107, 108a), each cancelled by Wuchow bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 10¢ pair with framed I.P.O. tie-print and "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. (Dec. 11) showing large black "R" Registry handstamp alongside; Baden-Baden and Lichtental arrival c.d.s. (Jan. 9, 1900) on reverse, Very Fine, a remarkable mixed franking of Customs and Imperial issues; illustrated in Tony To-Wah Kwan, Covers and Cards of Empress Dowager Jubilee and its Surcharged Issues, v. 2, p. 729.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000.

Lot 1195

China, Postage Due, 1912, Foochow "Provisional Neutrality" overprint, 1¢ brown, unissued (Chan DU5), a splendid example of this desirable and seldom-encountered issue, offering bold, vibrant color with nice centering and clean perforations, full original gum, Very Fine, a great example of this rarity, with 2018 Experts & Consultants Ltd. certificate.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000.

Lot 1286


East China, 1944, First Issue Yan-fu surcharge, 15c on brown Warship design (Yang EC235), a lovely mint example on newsprint with large margins all around, without gum as issued, nearly Very Fine, a wonderful example of this rare issue.
Estimate HK$ 14,000 - 18,000.

Lot 1288


East China, 1949, Central China First District mimeographed issue, $500 black on newsprint (Yang EC361), Type B example, an absolutely superb quality mint stamp—one of only two $500 values which appear in the composite sheet of 35—boasting uncommon freshness and huge margins all around, without gum as issued, Extremely Fine and choice, a gem, with photocopy of 2013 Experts & Consultants Ltd. certificate.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000.

Lot 1299


North East China, 1951, Parcel Post issue complete (Yang NEP1, NEP5-7. Scott 1LQ1-1LQ4), comprising $10,000 perf 10½, and $300,000 to $1,000,000 imperforate; the $500,000 has two minute natural inclusions, without gum as issued, Very Fine and choice. Scott $7,600 (HK$ 59,840).
Estimate HK$ 24,000 - 30,000.

Lot 1453

Japan, 1872, Cherry Blossom, 30s gray, Matsuda printing, native wove paper (J.S.C.A. 14. Scott 18), bottom margin single, with resplendent color and particularly well-centered, full crackly o.g.; small paper hinge remnant, Extremely Fine, a marvelous example of Post Office freshness; highly desirable, Ex Ruggiero, with 2014 I.S.J.P. certificate.
J.S.C.A. yen 100,000 (HK$ 7,180). Scott $625 (HK$ 4,920).
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000.

Lot 1459

Japan, 1874, Cherry Blossom, 20s violet, foreign wove paper, with syll. 4 ("ni") (J.S.C.A. 34. Scott 38), in deep color, well-centered, full o.g.; hinge remnant and insignificant traces of rust on a few perforations on reverse only, Very Fine.
J.S.C.A. yen 60,000 (HK$ 4,310). Scott $425 (HK$ 3,350).
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 3,200.

Lot 1512

Japan, 1874, Cherry Blossom, 2s yellow, foreign wove paper, syllabic 12 & syllabic 14 (Scott 34 var. J.S.C.A. 30), syllabic 12 vertical pair and syllabic 14 block of four, cancelled by Kiban numeral on "Consulate of Japan, San Francisco, Cal., U.S.A." Official Business printed corner card envelope to H.I.J.M. Superintendent of Customs, Custom House, at Hakodate; with Tokyo and Hakodate native daters, Very Fine, a charming and delightful cover, unusual franking with mixed syllabics of the same value.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000.

Lot 1520

Japan, 1923 (Jan. 26), Unissued 1½s & 3s Wedding stamps (J.S.C.A. U1-U2), a beautiful, perfectly centered pair of these elusive unissued values, tied to a splendid commemorative illustrated picture post card by dual strikes of red 13.1.26 commemorative c.d.s.'s from Palau in the Mandated Islands; harmless minor wrinkle, otherwise Very Fine and choice, a wonderful item.
Estimate HK$ 14,000 - 18,000.

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