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Asian Stamps & Postal History


Hong Kong: Postal History, 1866-1950
 
 
 

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Lot 2774 Hong Kong, 1866 (14 Jan.) envelope to London (3.3) bearing 24c. green wing margin example tied "B62", with "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. on reverse and framed red "Overland via Southampton" h.s. on front, "1" and "11" ratings, opening tear through backflap and small corner fault on adhesive, fine 24c. rate to United Kingdom via Southampton usage.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 2775 Hong Kong, 1866 (23 Aug.) envelope to Point de Galle, Ceylon (7.9) "Per P&O Steamer" bearing 8c. orange cancelled "B62" showing on reverse "Hong Kong/C" despatch and "Galle/Unpaid" arrival c.d.s., rated "4" in Hong Kong and manuscript "1d" Ceylon charge, fine, a scarce destination.
Estimate HK$ 5,500 - 6,500
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Lot 2776 Hong Kong, 1868 (10 July) entire letter to Bombay (1.8) "p Delhi", bearing 4c. and 12c. tied "B62", showing "Hong Kong/C" origin c.d.s., "Siemssen & Co./Hong Kong" circular sender's cachet and Bombay arrival c.d.s. on reverse, rated "8", vertical filing crease through 12c., attractive double rate usage to India.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 2777 Hong Kong, 1874 (19 Sept.) entire letter to Bordeaux (30.10) "(by) French Packet via Marseilles" (29.10) bearing 24c. green tied "B62", with "Hong Kong/A" origin c.d.s. on reverse, showing framed "J Lembke/Hong Kong" sender's cachet, rated "1/-", 2 x 12c. quarter ounce rate to France by French packet via Marseille.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 2778 Hong Kong, 1899 (22 Sept.) printed envelope to Washington State, U.S.A. (24.10) via San Francisco (21.10) bearing 10c. purple on red, tied by "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s., interesting recipient's printed envelope in English and Chinese for Chaopi mail.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$920
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Lot 2779 Hong Kong, 1901 (3 Aug.) registered envelope to Singapore (9.8) bearing 2c. pair and 10c. tied by "Registered/Hong Kong" c.d.s., showing "R/Hongkong/China/No. 9581" registration label (38 x 20 mm.), very fine and early use of a printed registration label.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
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Lot 2780 Hong Kong, 1903 (3 Jan.) India ¼a. stationery card from Bombay to Ceylon, cancelled by Bombay c.d.s., sent in error to Hong Kong, showing "Missent to/Hong Kong" framed h.s. (Proud type I20) partly overstruck by "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s. (24.1) and "Base Office" c.d.s. (24.1) of the Indian forces adjacent, slight stain at right does not detract from this rare mark and interesting usage.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


The Indian Base Office had been established in Hong Kong in 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion. A very similar card to Ceylon from the sender with the same Hong Kong dates and marks is shown in Webb's Plate 21 (although it had not been cancelled at its Bombay origin).
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Lot 2781 Hong Kong, 1904 (14 Dec.) linen-lined parcel wrapper piece to New York, bearing K.E.VII 5c. (2), 50c., $1 (2) and $2, cancelled by smudgy "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s., vibrant colours, small parcel wrinkle at upper right corner touches $1 at upper right, fine and attractive high-value franking.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,875
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Lot 2782 Hong Kong, 1908 (12 Nov.) "Zieher" postcard (Hong Kong stamps in relief on reverse) addressed to Dorset, England bearing K.E.VII 4c. tied by "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s., showing "Returned/Not Transmissable" framed h.s. in violet (unlisted in either Proud or Webb), very fine, an exceedingly rare mark that we have never seen another example of.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000


It has been surmised the handstamp was applied because the embossing on the Zieher card violated the Colonial requirements for the postcard rate.
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Lot 2783 Hong Kong, 1901-28 selection of used parcel post forms (3) comprising 1901 Hong Kong Parcel Post Receipt with "Hong Kong" c.d.s. (for a parcel to London), 1904 "Hong Kong/Parcel Post/Customs Declaration" from Hankow (for a parcel to Paris) showing "Hankow/Commissioner of/Customs" bilingual h.s. and framed "Free" h.s. both in red and "Hankow" c.d.s., and 1928 French Parcel Advice Card from Mulhouse to Tientsin with France perfin 75c., 20fr. (2) and Fiscal 1fr. on front and reverse showing large "Tientsin C.P.O. Parcel Department/Detained" bilingual circular h.s. and violet framed "Received Damaged/B. de V. sent" (Bulletin of Verification to the sending country reporting state of the mail received) h.s., a scarce and interesting trio illustrating different aspects of the parcel post sending.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 2784 Hong Kong, 1937 (3 Sept.) airmail envelope to Cristobal, Canal Zone (18.9) "By 'Pan American Airways'" bearing K.G.V 30c. vertical pair, $1, $2 and $10 (3) tied by "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s., with "Jebsen & Co./Hong Kong" sender's paper seal on reverse, few cover faults, a fine and very attractive usage of the K.G.V $10 with vibrantly coloured examples.
Estimate HK$ 4,500 - 5,500
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 2785 Hong Kong, 1938 (18 Oct.) returned envelope from Hong Kong to Canton (19 & 20.10) bearing K.G.VI 5c. tied by "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s. showing "Retour" framed h.s. and Chinese "Unable to Deliver" and "Return" framed h.s. adjacent and "Returned Letter Office/Hong Kong" c.d.s. (17.2) on reverse, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 1,800
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 2786 Hong Kong, 1941 envelope from Denver, U.S.A. to Hong Kong (11.7) redirected to Chengtu (14.7) bearing U.S.A. Presidential 2c. and National Defense 3c. (corner fault) and K.G.VI 10c. (3) for the redirection, tied by "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s., showing blue Hong Kong censor tape at left overstruck by "Airmail" h.s. in violet, scarce.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
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Lot 2787 Hong Kong, 1941 (16 Aug.) window envelope ("Hong Kong & Shanghai/Banking Corporation/Hong Kong" embossed imprint on flap) to Singapore (30.8), redirected to Colombo, Ceylon, bearing K.G.VI 10c. pair with security perfin, tied by "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s., showing triangular Hong Kong and framed Colombo censor h.s. in violet, envelope opened out for display.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
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Lot 2788 Hong Kong, 1941 (Dec. 1 and 6) censored envelopes (2) from Boston and Montreal to Shanghai and Hong Kong respectively showing "Mail Service Suspended" h.s., the Canadian envelope franked by postal metre, fine to very fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
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Lot 2789 Hong Kong, 1939-46 envelopes (most with contents) and a little ephemera from the pre-internment (principally) and post-internment correspondence of Henk van der Laan, the Hong Kong Manager of the Netherlands Trading Society, who along with his wife was interned at Stanley Camp, showing a variety of usages and censorship, including 1939 incoming envelopes (2) from England and Holland showing different "British War Organization Fund" framed h.s., 1940 Red Cross message form (and envelope) sent from Hong Kong to Holland via Geneva after the German Invasion concerning his family in Holland, May 1940 envelope from Java to Holland (not from the van der Laan correspondence) posted immediately before the German Invasion and subjected to German censorship on arrival, and very scarce 1945 former internee postage-free mail from India to Hong Kong, mixed condition as to be expected on this kind of family correspondence, with many fine, an interesting correspondence from a well-known internee (David Tett's Postal History of P.O.W.s and Civilian Internees in East Asia During the Second World War, Vol. 4 devotes an entire chapter to the van der Laan family correspondence) (35 envelopes).
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 2790 Hong Kong, 1949 (25 May) stampless "Chiang Memorial Children's Village/Chungking" envelope to U.S.A. showing "Postage Paid/Hong Kong/30 cts" c.d.s. in red with non-Hong Kong, presumably private "Airmail to Shanghai/Ordinary to U.S.A." h.s. with first line crossed out, the cover may have been carried privately from China (as Shanghai fell to the Communist forces on 27 May) and mailed from Hong Kong.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 2791 Hong Kong, Marine Sorters : 1877 (15 Mar.) entire from Hamburg to Hong Kong "Via Brindisi" (18.3) bearing Germany 10pf. and 50pf. (small fault) showing "Hong Kong/Marine Sorter/Singapore to/Hong Kong" double-ring d.s. (16/23.4) adjacent, fine usage unusually showing the marine sorter datestamp on the front.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 2792 o Hong Kong, Maritime Mail : 1863-71 30c. mauve, cancelled by "Poss. Angl./Paq. Fr. N No. 5" octagonal d.s. in blue (23.5.85), very fine strike, adhesive with unpunched out perfin, few faults, an attractive example of this rare cancellation in blue.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 1,800
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 2793 Hong Kong, 1900 (8 Mar.) large linen-lined envelope to London (31.3) bearing 2c. block of four and 10c. vertical strip of six with a seventh 10c. placed at left (paying the late fee), all tied by "Singapore" c.d.s. and light strokes, with handwritten "Late Fee Paid" adjacent and "China and Japan/Telephone Company, Ltd./Hong Kong/Exchange" violet circular sender's h.s. on reverse, envelope folded vertically (away from adhesives), light cover wrinkle crosses two 2c., a fine and scarce large-franking late fee usage posted in the loose letters box aboard the mail packet and handled in Singapore, from the period immediately preceding the introduction of the "Late Fee Paid" handstamps to cancel the adhesive paying the late fee (4c. British Empire rate x 17, plus 10c. late fee).
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000
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Lot 2794 Hong Kong, Branch Offices : 1922 (28 Aug.) registered envelope to Oakland, California (25.9) bearing K.G.V 10c. vertical pair, tied by "Hong-Kong/Sai Ying Pun" type B double-ring c.d.s., with index C, showing extremely fine "R/Hong-Kong/Sai Ying Pun/No. 1440" framed registration h.s. adjacent and "Registered/G.P.O. Hong Kong" c.d.s. on reverse, fine.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 2795 Hong Kong, 1919 (7 Feb.) postcard to a prisoner of war at Nagoya, Japan, bearing K.G.V 4c. red, tied by "Hong Kong/Yaumati" double-ring c.d.s. (Webb type A, R) with index A, with Japanese censorship h.s. adjacent, very fine, scarce and unusual usage.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 2796 Hong Kong, 1879 (25 Jan.) U.S.A. 3c. stationery envelope from Indiana to Hong Kong (19.3), uprated with Banknote 1c. and 3c. pair, cancelled by blue parallel lines, with matching "Richmond/Ind." origin c.d.s. alongside just tying one 3c., showing "T" in circle h.s. and blue crayon charge ratings, with annotation on reverse "postage due 24¢ extra postage", envelope slightly reduced at left on opening, fine and scarce postage due usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000


Provenance: Ex Raymond W. Carlin.
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 2797 Hong Kong, 1886 (24 Apr.) envelope from England to Shanghai via Hong Kong (28.5), redirected to Kiukiang, bearing Great Britain 2½d. tied by "Banbury/46" duplex, showing "Value of Stamps 2½/Sum to be Collected 5" h.s. with handstruck "T" alongside, some ageing, fine usage, very scarce.
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
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Lot 2798 Hong Kong, 1891 (28 Dec.) Germany 5pf. + 5pf. formular reply card sent from Hong Kong to Germany (29.1.92), with indicia and adhesive uncancelled and manuscript "OO" (indicating non-acceptance) alongside and "T" in circle h.s. applied, showing "Hong Kong/A" origin c.d.s. adjacent; the card, as franked, was accepted by the German authorities with no postage due applied and the Hong Kong manuscript charge crossed out, fine and unusual usage of a scarce reply card from Hong Kong to Germany that was not recognised by Hong Kong but subsequently accepted by the recipient country.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
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Lot 2799 Hong Kong, 1906 (16 Mar.) U.S.A. 2c. stationery envelope from Fresno, California to Hong Kong (16.4) via Seattle (19.3) showing "T/15" circular h.s. and "12" charge, fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200


Provenance: Ex Raymond W. Carlin.
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Lot 2800 Hong Kong, 1913 (6 May) U.S.A. 2c. stationery envelope from Portland, Oregon to Hong Kong (29.5) showing "Seattle T/30 Centimes" duplex and "12" charge, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200


Provenance: Ex Raymond W. Carlin.
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Lot 2801 Hong Kong, 1924 (11 Oct.) envelope from India to Hong Kong (3.11) (opened out for display) redirected to Canton (5.11) showing "Tavdi/Surat" origin c.d.s. (adhesive has fallen away or been removed) and bearing Hong Kong Postage Due 4c. vertical pair tied by "Hong Kong" c.d.s. and "Charge not collected/x/in Hongkong" framed h.s. in violet (Proud I200, earliest recorded date per Proud as precedes his 9.1.25 initial date) annulling the postage dues and on reverse China Postage Due Peking Printing 1c. (corner fault) and 2c. (3) applied and cancelled in Shameen, Canton, with "Tax 7 Cents/Cash" framed h.s. in violet on front, despite the missing adhesive, a fine two-country postage due usage showing apparently the earliest known date of the Hong Kong annulling mark.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 2802 Hong Kong, 1926 (25 Sept.) envelope from Hong Kong to Scotland, bearing Great Britain K.G.V ½d. strip of four, showing circular "T" h.s. alongside applied in Hong Kong indicating that the stamps were not accepted for postage, with "Hong Kong" origin c.d.s. alongside, the adhesives and "T" h.s. subsequently cancelled by cork canceller on arrival in Britain indicating that the adhesives now accepted for postage and no postage due was required, fine and unusual usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 2803 Hong Kong, 1950 (1 Dec.) envelope from Antwerp, Belgium to Hong Kong (13.12) (opened out for display) bearing on reverse Belgium 4f. (2, small tear in one) and Hong Kong 1938-63 Postage Due 6c. and 50c., tied by "Hong Kong" c.d.s.; also included is 1937 (30 Dec.) registered envelope to Switzerland bearing Coronation set showing "T" in circle h.s. but without any postage due adhesives or indication of postage due paid in the receiving country.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
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