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Lot 89


China, 1897, Large Figures Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st Ptg., ½¢ on 3ca orange yellow, inverted surcharge, with Shanghai Customs cds (1897 Mar? 24), Very Fine.
Scott 38b. Chan 47b.
Estimate HK$ 200,000 - 300,000

This exact stamp is the one illustrated in the 1944 Mar article by Chen Zhe Chuan in Shanghai. This stamp sparked a great philatelic debate in 1944 among the greatest Chinese philatelist of that time, which lasted for more than 6 months, with the result being the acceptance of this variety as genuine and the final formation of the "4 doubled and 8 inverted overprint varieties of the Empress Dowager stamps". The fact that this was the last variety proven genuine, among all 12, was important as it showed this stamp was very rare and had the least sightings, hence a general lack of knowledge about this variety. General belief was that this existed as a double pane and was CTO, so all recorded examples were used with the Customs Shanghai cds, with no mint stamps recorded. This stamp had been "lost" for the past 70 years, since 1944. A once-in-a-life-time chance to own the "Discovery Copy" of this major Dowager variety

Lot 382

China (People's Republic), 1962, Mei Lan-fang souvenir sheet (C94M), o.g., never hinged, excellent condition, Extremely Fine.
Scott 628.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 150,000.

Lot 379


China (People's Republic), 1953, 35th Anniversary of October Revolution complete, unofficial "Soviet Union" inscriptions (C20), all postally used examples taken off letters; one value has fold marks, otherwise Very Fine, rare stamps and very difficult to complete a set.
Scott 197 footnote. Yang C20.
Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 120,000.

Lot 381

China (People's Republic), 1962, Mei Lan-fang imperf, 4f-50f complete (C94i), matched set of sheet margin singles, with same color guide line in margin, o.g., hint of a hinge mark, perfect white gum, Extremely Fine.
Scott 620-627 imperf.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000.

Lot 430

China (People's Republic), 1973, Ballet "The White-haired Girl" complete (N13), complete sheets of 50, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine, scarce.
Scott 1126-1129.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 75,000.

Lot 106


China, 1897, Large Figures Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 1st Ptg., 2¢ on 2ca green, "The Emerald Lady", Shanghai Dollar dater with full Chinese year visible 1897 (7th month 5th day), Fine to Very Fine.
Scott 58 var. Chan 67 var.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 75,000

This example was definitely used on a red band cover as the red color was still visible on the right side perfs. The basic stamp also has a printing variety with a distinct broken inner frame above fen. We have no record of a printing variety on the Emerald Lady stamp. Only 2 mint examples of this stamp have been recorded

Lot 378


China (People's Republic), 1949, Trade Union Conference, $5000 - $35,000 (North East) complete (C3NE), matched set of top right corner margin singles, all with sheet number "009", without gum as issued, Very Fine, very few such sets exist.
Scott 1L133-1L135.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 60,000.

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.)

Lot 618

Japan, 1874, Cherry Blossom, 20s red violet, native paper, with syllabic 2 ("ro"), full naturally crackly o.g., lightly hinged (trivial pencil date on gum), amazingly fresh, well centered for this issue, Fine to Very Fine, extremely rare, 1986 P.F. certificate.
J.S.C.A. 24; ¥2,000,000 (HK$ 150,390). Scott 30; $10,000 (HK$ 77,520).
Estimate HK$ 35,000 - 50,000.

Lot 621


Japan, 1874, Cherry Blossom, 30s gray, foreign wove paper, indistinct (bota?) cancel, good color; nibbed perf at bottom right, Fine, a lovely example of a very rare stamp, 2008 I.S.J.P. certificate.
J.S.C.A. 27; ¥1,250,000 (HK$ 93,990). Scott 25; $7,500 (HK$ 58,140).
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000.

Lot 187

China, 1923, Second Peking Printing Hall of Classics, $10 green & claret, top margin block of 4 with imprint, o.g., never hinged. Hinged on top margin only, Fine to Very Fine, very rare imprint block, Ex Beckeman.
Scott 268. Chan 271.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000.

Lot 49


China, 1882, Large Dragon (wide margins), 1ca green, pelure paper variety, cliché 7, without gum, Very Fine, the pelure paper variety is rarely offered mint.
Scott 4 var. Chan 4c; $8,000 (HK$ 62,020).
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000.

Lot 703


Japan, Military Stamp, 1921, Tsingtao Provisional, 3s rose, Boshi (substation of Tsingtao) postmark, fresh, a lovely example of this rarity, Fine to Very Fine, 1964 J.R. Hughes letter and 2008 I.S.J.P. certificate.
J.S.C.A. MP1; ¥750,000 (HK$ 56,400). Scott M4; $4,750 (HK$ 36,820).
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.

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