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The William S. Langs Stock, Part 2:
U.S. Stamps, Postal History and Zeppelin Flights

Offices in China

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Lot 2228

Mail to China, 1866, cover to Swatow from New Hampshire (Scott 68), franked with 1861, 10¢ yellow green (68) two pairs, used with a 3¢ rose (65) and a 2¢ black (73), target-canceled with a "Stratham, N.H., Jun 6" c.d.s., and red "Boston Br. Pkt. 40, 6 Jun" c.d.s. and London/Paid c.d.s., struck one atop the other, tie two of the 10¢ stamps, as does a red manuscript "1" credit marking; backstamped with a red "Boston Br. Pkt., Paid, 6 Jun" c.d.s. and an Aug 3 Hong Kong receiver; reduced just a bit at the right clipping the perforations on the rightmost 10¢, otherwise Fine to Very Fine, an excellent cover from the well known "Wingate" correspondence.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Current Bid $1,000
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Lot 2229

Offices in China, 1912, double-registered, six different offices-franking and use, a simply spectacular piece with Offices in China stamps from the following: USA, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and Russia all tied to Hong Kong King Edward VII 10¢ Registry envelope form type A (Schoendorf #2a, Webb #11, H & G #9, Yang #5a); frankings on reverse side are: 14 Japanese Offices in China tied by "Shanghai 7.12.12 I.J.P.O." cancels, eight Hong Kong King Edward VII issues to the 30¢ (Scott #86//100) plus a 10¢ Revenue issue tied by oval "Registered NO 30 12 Shanghai B.P.O." cancels, USA #374-380, 382, 416, F1, J46 tied by "Shanghai China U.S. Postal Agcy Rec'd Dec. 7. 1912" c.d.s.'s and ten Russian Offices in China issues to 35k (#24//40) and with handstamp "Registry SHANGHAI B.P.O."; other side franked with French Offices in China (#57-63) circular "SHANG-HAI CHINE 7-12-12" postmarks, German Offices in China (#47-51 & 53) by SCHANGHAI DEUTSCHE-POST 7-12-12 postmarks and China (#133, 163-72) by SHANGHAI 7-12 bilingual postmarks with German Post Offices in Shanghai Registry label "R/Schanghai/(Deutsche-Post)/a/No 525"; some stamps with faults and/or are missing parts, Fine appearance, an extraordinary cover with an incredible franking that we have never seen before.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Current Bid $1,300
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Lot 2230

Offices in China, 1919, 2¢ to $2 complete (Scott K1-K16), each value in a horizontal or vertical pair, and tied by "U.S. Pos. Service, Shanghai China Sept. 28, 1921" c.d.s.'s with matching "1" duplex cancels on two covers sent to Walther Frey Shanghai, a leading architect in China from 1910-38; horizontal file fold on each not affecting stamps and unnoticeable, Very Fine and rare pair of covers, a lovely pair that would grace the finest collection.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500

The U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai requested a supply of stamps that could be used in the local post offices. The rate of exchange used at that time was 2 to 1 (U.S. to Shanghai). The Bureau of Engraving and Printing overprinted a series of Washington-Franklin stamps which were placed on sale on July 1, 1919 until the closing of the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai sometime after December 31, 1922.

Current Bid $2,500
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