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Sale 36

Asian Stamps & Postal History


1897 Red Revenues
 
 
 

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Lot 513 China, 1897 Red Revenue 3c. red without surcharge, perforation 14 x 14½, deep vibrant colour on crisp white paper, excellent centring within large balanced margins, very fine unused with much original gum, tiny gum skip at lower right, hinge remainders, an outstanding and noteworthy example of this rare stamp in the traditional rich red colour. Chan R1.
Estimate HK$ 400,000 - 500,000


LESS THAN 100 UNSURCHARGED STAMPS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED.

The 3c. stamp inscribed "China" and "Revenue" was originally produced in 1896 by the London printers Waterlow & Sons as a revenue stamp for Customs Department use, following an initial request by Sir Robert Hart, the Inspector General of the Imperial Maritime Customs, to James D. Campbell, the Customs Commissioner in London, in November 1895. The stamps were printed in sheets of 100 and perforated on three different machines and are line perforated 12-16. Waterlow & Sons shipped the 650,000 stamp order to China in September 1896. The 3c. revenue stamp was, however, never put into use, because of local opposition to the taxation scheme that the stamp was intended to serve.

At about the same time (1897), China was preparing to introduce a new silver dollar currency and a national postal service, the Imperial Post, supplanting the Customs Post, and a new definitive stamp issue reflecting these changes was ordered from printers in Japan. When the new issue was delayed because of production difficulties at the Japanese printers, the 3c. revenue stamps were surcharged by the Shanghai Customs Statistical Department as a stop gap measure in the first months of 1897 - producing the iconic and preeminent issue of Chinese stamps, the Red Revenues - as were existing stocks of the Empress Dowager issue.

A small number of the 3c. revenue stamps, though, were not surcharged, including examples which were presented to officials, as well as 761 stamps that were later transferred to the General Post Office. Of the latter, the entire stock, except for ten stamps that had been given to the Chinese Postal Museum, was tragically destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, as recounted to Dr. Chang Min-Sheng by Mr. Wu Feng Gang, a former Director of the Postal Museum. In addition, a few unsurcharged 3c. red revenues were retained by the printer Waterlow & Sons. It is thought that less than 100 unsurcharged 3c. red revenue stamps exist today, making them a rare and important element in the red revenue issue.

All surcharge positions are believed to be accurate, but cannot be guaranteed as such.
  Realized HK$460,000
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Lot 514 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 13, excellent colour, well centred, very fine and fresh unused with part original gum. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 515 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 17, bright colour, well centred, fine and fresh unused with part to large part original gum. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 516 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 11, bright fresh colour, centred just to top, very fine and fresh unused with part original gum. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 517 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 5, variety comma for stop, clear colour, well centred, fine unused with much original gum, hinge remainder. Chan 84e.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 518 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 20, deep colour, well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 519 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 2, deep colour, well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 520 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 19, fair colour, centred just to top, fine unused with part to large part original gum. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 521 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, two examples, positions 3 and 20, good colour, centred to top right, fine unused with part to much original gum, one has light overall toning. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 522 () China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 20, sheet position 100, with characteristic vertical sheet guide lines extending downwards from the lower right corner, fresh vivid colour, well centred, fine to very fine unused without gum. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 523 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, vertical pair, positions 13/3, deep colour, well centred, unused with small part original gum, uniform toning and top stamp has small surface faults/splits. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 524 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, a fantastic block of 4, positions 19-20/9-10, position 20 the Chinese character "Yin" only partly printed with complete left portion omitted, bright rich colour on immaculate white paper, very fine and fresh unmounted mint, the few usual gum skips. A remarkable and highly desirable variety. Chan 84 var.
Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 100,000
  Unsold
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Lot 525 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, block of 10 from the top left corner of the sheet, positions 1-2/11-12/1-2/11-12/1-2, with complete sheet margins at top and left, excellent colour on fresh white paper, unused with much original gum which is disturbed or partly glazed, nevertheless a very fine and striking block. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 200,000 - 250,000
  Unsold
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Lot 526 /() China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, an unused selection of sixteen examples, with various positions represented, the majority have part to much original gum, fair colours though the stamps have oxidisation or toning, mainly very good, a sound basis for forming a reconstruction of the twenty types of the setting (16). Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$48,300
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Lot 527 o China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, variety surcharge inverted, position 20, outstanding centring, imperceptibly cancelled by pakua in brown, faint overall tropicalisation, nevertheless of very fine and handsome appearance for this popular variety. Chan 84i.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000


Expertisation: Peter Holcombe certificate (1996).
  Realized HK$126,500
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Lot 528 o China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, variety surcharge inverted, position 3, strong colour, centred just to top right, cancelled by pakua in brown, paper adherence and hinge remnants on reverse, a fine and sound example of this variety. Chan 84i.
Estimate HK$ 200,000 - 250,000
  Realized HK$230,000
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Lot 529 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 25, characteristic overinked "4" unique to this position, bright colour, near perfect centring within unusually large even margins, very fine unused with large part to much original gum, hinge remainders, one of the finest examples extant of the 175 stamps receiving the surcharge solely in black. Chan 85.
Estimate HK$ 350,000 - 400,000
  Realized HK$552,000
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Lot 530 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, a magnificent example, exquisitely bright colour on fresh white paper, outstanding centring, unused with much original gum, barely discernable traces of tropicalisation on a few perfs. at left which are only really noticeable on reverse, very fine and a most impressive example of this legendary world rarity. Chan 86.
Estimate HK$ 6,500,000 - 8,000,000


Provenance: John A. Agnew
Frank Golden
Henry Renouf
Saul Newbury, Robert A. Siegel, 6.2.62, lot 417
"Iselham", Christie's Robson Lowe, 6.11.86, lot 3023,

References: Huang Kuang-Sheng, A Treatise on the Extant Copies of the Small One Dollar with Illustrations (Philippines, 1975). This is listed as example number 9 of the 32 extant Small One Dollar.
The Revenue Surcharges China 1897, Vol. I (Taipei: Directorate General of Posts of Taiwan, 1987), proof. 39. It is listed as type III, number 12.

ONLY 32 EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN RECORDED OF THIS ICONIC STAMP, WHICH IS ACKNOWLEDGED AS THE RAREST REGULARLY ISSUED STAMP OF CHINA, AND RANKS AMONG THE GREAT WORLD RARITIES.

This is type A with the "1 Dollar" of the surcharge partly covering the word "Revenue". The type A and B ("1 dollar" completely covering the word "Revenue") stamps all come from the right surcharge plate. The type C ("1 dollar" above the word "Revenue") comes from the other surcharge plate.
  Realized HK$6,900,000
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Lot 531 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 11, rough perfs. (scarce thus), deep rich colour, well centred within large balanced margins, very fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 532 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 24, bright colour, well centred, very fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 533 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 22, good colour, well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 534 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 10, showing traces of red printing ink in margin at top right, good colour, well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 535 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 8, bright colour, centred to right with large margin at left showing portion of adjoining stamp, fine and fresh with part original gum, large hinge remainder. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 536 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 19, deep colour, excellent centring, fine unused with redistributed gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 537 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 24, well centred within large margins, colour mostly oxidised, unused with much original gum, a sound example. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 538 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, variety "one cent" 3mm. below Chinese character, position 25, sheet position 100 with characteristic vertical sheet guide lines extending downwards from the lower right corner, deep bright colour, well centred within large margins, fine and fresh unused with traces of original gum, large paper adherence on reverse. Chan 87d.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 539 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, variety "one cent" 3mm. below Chinese character, position 25, sheet position 100 with characteristic vertical sheet guide lines extending downwards from the lower right corner, deep colour, choice centring, fine unused with much original gum, two foxed perfs. Chan 87d.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 540 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, a splendid horizontal pair from the lower right corner of the sheet with complete sheet margins on two sides, positions 24-25, the latter with "one cent" 3mm. below Chinese character, sheet positions 99-100, the latter with characteristic vertical sheet guide lines extending downwards from the lower right corner, exquisitely bright fresh colour on lustrous white paper, very fine pristine unmounted mint, the few habitual gum skips and light natural gum wrinkling. A marvelous positional piece. Chan 87, 87d.
Estimate HK$ 75,000 - 90,000
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Lot 541 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, two examples, one is position 16 large box of central character, bright colours, well centred, of very fine and fresh appearance unused, with large part to much original gum, both have slight thinning from hinge removal. Chan 87, 87a.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 542 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, two examples, rough perfs., good colours, both centred just to right with large margins on other three sides, fine and fresh unused with large part original gum, one has light vertical crease. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 543 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, two examples, excellent centring, fine appearance unused with large part original gum, some tones. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 544 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, an impressive mint reconstruction of the twenty-five types of the setting, with the constant varieties, positions 6, 15 and 16 large box of central character, position 5 crack on right side of central character "One", and position 25 "one cent" 3mm. below Chinese character, comprised of vertical strip of five (unmounted, folded along perfs. between 2nd and 3rd stamp), block of eight (2 x 4), blocks of four (2), horizontal pair and two singles (positions 22 and 23, the latter has trimmed perfs. at foot and no gum), fine to very fine. Chan 87, a, b, d.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000
  Realized HK$138,000
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Lot 545 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, compound perf. 12 x 14, cancelled by part "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "May 13 1897" in brown, fine and scarce compound perf. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,610
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Lot 546 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, compound perf. 12-12½ x 14, position 21, cancelled by pakua, fine and scarce compound perf. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Unsold
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Lot 547 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 11, with two breaks of top left horizontal stroke of Chinese "One", cancelled by practically complete pakua of Canton in brown, minor thinning, otherwise fine. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 548 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 8, bright colour, choice centring, fine to very fine unused with much original gum. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 549 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 4, strong colour, choice centring, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, usual gum skips. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 550 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 18, good colour, well centred, fine to very fine unused with large part to much original gum, usual gum skips. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 551 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 15, good colour, centred to top, fine unused with large part original gum, hinge remainders. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 552 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 15, fair colour, centred just to top, fine unused with part to large part original gum, hinge remainder. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Unsold
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Lot 553 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 10, well centred, unused with much original gum, colour a little oxidised, fine. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 554 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 12, deep colour (a trifle oxidised), excellent centring within large margins, fine and fresh unused with much original gum, usual gum skips. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 555 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 25, sheet position 100 with characteristic vertical sheet guide lines extending downwards from the lower right corner, bright colour, outstanding centring within large balanced margins, fresh unused with part to large part original gum, hinge or paper remnants on reverse resulting in some tropicalisation barely showing through to the front which has still retained its overall white lustre. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 556 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, block of 4, positions 1-2/6-7, unusually heavy impression of surcharge, positions 6 and 7 show characteristic breaks in top left Chinese character, deep rich colour (lightly sulfurised in places), near perfect centring, fine to very fine unused without gum, top pair split vertically along perfs. A highly appealing block. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 35,000 - 40,000


Auction Record
Sotheby's (Hong Kong), 7.11.96, lot 1021.
  Unsold
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Lot 557 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, block of 4, positions 8-9/13-14, deep colour, well centred, some toned perfs. at top and a couple of rust spots on gum only really affecting the top left stamp, otherwise fine unused with much original gum. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
  Unsold
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Lot 558 /o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, a small study of positions 13 and 18, showing the evolution of the two constant varieties on this stamp, comprising position 13 normal single, single showing "Four" Chinese character at top mainly largely missing (thin at top), and vertical pair, positions 13 and 18, top stamp showing "Four" Chinese character at top mostly missing and the lower stamp showing three letters of "cents" mostly missing, then position 18 normal single and single showing different stages of letters of "cents" missing (3, one used), overall fine to very fine, the pair (folded along central horizontal row of perfs.) has much original gum, the others with large part to much original gum (except one which is without gum). Chan 88, 88a, 88b.
Estimate HK$ 200,000 - 250,000


Provenance: Ex Dr. Danny C. Ko and with his original exhibition page
  Unsold
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Lot 559 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, the stupendous pane of 25 from the top right corner of the sheet with complete sheet margins on two sides, showing sheet number " 5641", deep colour, exceptional centring, very fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum, gum skips principally in top horizontal row, some splitting and reinforcing mainly in selvedge and a few marginal creases there not affecting stamps. An exquisite and highly desirable pane with sheet number. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 700,000 - 900,000


THE LARGE FIGURES SURCHARGE 2C. ON 3C. IS A VERY SCARCE VALUE WITH SHEET NUMBER. THERE ARE LESS THAN 30 SURVIVING EXAMPLES, WITH FIVE PANES OF TWENTY-FIVE (SHEET NUMBERS "4054", "4207", "4299", "5641" AND "5858", OF WHICH FOUR ARE MINT) AND TWO HALF SHEETS OF FIFTY (SHEET NUMBERS "6395" AND "6500").
  Realized HK$1,092,500
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Lot 560 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, pane of 25, deep bright colour, well centred, unused with much original gum, rough or irregular perfs. at top, gum disturbance on right side and light tones on gum which barely affect the fresh appearance on front of this fine and handsome pane. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 250,000 - 300,000
  Realized HK$299,000
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Lot 561 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 18, neatly cancelled by part "Kiuk(iang)" dollar dater in brown, very fine. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 562 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, deep colour, well centred, cancelled by "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. of "Au 10 97", very fine. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 563 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, a choice used selection (4), cancelled by pakua or dollar dater, very fine. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 564 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, selected examples (11), each cancelled by different dollar dater including Ichang, Nanking and Ningpo, mainly fine to very fine, one has straight edge at foot and another has few clipped perfs. at bottom right. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$25,300
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Lot 565 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, a used selection (10), cancelled by Customs double-ring d.s., dollar dater or pakua, very good to fine, a few have small faults (10). Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 566 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 8, bright colour, choice centring, very fine unused with much original gum, hinge remainders. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 567 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 3, surcharge shifted to left, nice colour, well centred, very fine unused with much original gum. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 568 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 19, good colour, near perfect centring, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, hinge remainders. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 569 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 2, bright colour, well centred, fine unused with much original gum, small tone spot on gum barely showing through to front. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 570 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 8, resplendent colour, centred just to foot, fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum, hinge remainders. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 571 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 17, good colour, well centred, fine unused with large part original gum. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 572 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 13, bright colour, well centred, fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum, hinge remainder. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 573 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 17, good colour, centred to lower left, fine unused with much original gum. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 574 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 2, surcharge shifted to top, deep bright colour, centred to foot, fine unused with part to large part original gum, hinge remainders. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 575 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 18, choice centring, unused with part to large part original gum, colour slightly oxidised and hinge remainder, nevertheless fine. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 576 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 8, bright fresh bright colour, centred just to right, fine unused with part to large part original gum. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 577 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 11 (?), deep bright colour, excellent centring, fine to very fine unused without gum. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 578 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 1, deep colour, centred just to left, fine unused with large part original gum, colour a trifle oxidised and hinge remnants. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 579 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 19, good colour, centred just to lower left, fine unused with much original gum, usual gum skip. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 580 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 8, clear colour, particularly well centred, fine unused with much original gum, hinge remainder. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 581 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 20, good colour, centred just to lower left, fine unused with part to large part original gum, large hinge remainder. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 582 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 14, clear colour, particularly well centred, fine unused with part to large part original gum, paper adherence on reverse. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 583 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 9, bright colour, well centred, fine unused with redistributed gum. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 584 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 1, showing partial offset of surcharge on reverse, centred to foot, unused with much original gum, colour slightly oxidised. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 585 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 4, excellent centring, unused with much original fresh gum, colour slightly oxidised, otherwise fine. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 586 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 5, bright colour, centred just to top left, fine and fresh unused without gum, faint trace of vertical bend at foot. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 587 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 25, sheet position 100 with characteristic vertical sheet guide lines extending downwards from the lower right corner, clear colour, reperforated at foot, fine unused without gum, nevertheless a collectible example of this key sheet position. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 588 /() China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, two examples, unused, one with original gum and the other without gum, light oxidisation, otherwise sound. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 589 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, three examples, two with straight edges at foot, unused with large part to much original gum, faults or toning. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$18,400
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Lot 590 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, vertical pair, positions 10/15, deep bright colour, centred to top, very fine and fresh unused with small part original gum. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$19,550
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Lot 591 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, the superlative block of 20 (5 x 4) representing the top four rows of the pane, top left stamp shows small flaw on basic stamp below "e" of "cents" of surcharge and also slight surcharge offset on face of positions 1 and 2, deep bright colour on crisp white paper, outstanding centring throughout, very fine unused with much original gum, usual gum skips, a few negligible age spots on gum which barely show through to front, lightly folded along one vertical row of perfs. resulting in a few split perfs. at foot. An absolutely stunning multiple. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 600,000 - 800,000
  Realized HK$632,500
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Lot 592 /() China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, a mint or unused reconstruction of the twenty-five types classified according to the owner, 23 of the 25 positions appear to be accurate, sixteen with original gum, mainly very good to fine, some faults. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 120,000 - 150,000
  Realized HK$161,000
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Lot 593 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, bright colour, near perfect centring, lightly cancelled in brown, fine to very fine. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 594 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Mar 2 1897" in brown, fine to very fine, and an early date. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 595 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, cancelled by part "Customs/Canton" double-ring d.s. of 1897 in brown, fine and very early date. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 596 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 16, deep rich colour, centred just to top, fine to very fine mint with full original pristine gum, faintest trace of hinge at top. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000
  Realized HK$69,000
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Lot 597 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 11, fresh bright colour, centred just to foot, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, gum skip and paper adherence. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 35,000 - 40,000
  Realized HK$48,300
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Lot 598 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 4, deep bright colour on fresh white paper, centred to right, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, hinge remainder. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000
  Realized HK$48,300
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Lot 599 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 13, deep vivid colour on bright white paper, phenomenal centring, extremely fine and fresh unused without gum. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 35,000
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 600 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 1, strong colour, centred just to lower right, fine unused with much original gum. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 35,000
  Realized HK$36,800
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Lot 601 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, bright colour, centred to lower right, fine unused with large part to much original gum. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 35,000
  Realized HK$36,800
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Lot 602 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 24, deep colour, well centred, fine unused with part to large part original gum, slightly toned. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000
  Realized HK$29,900
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Lot 603 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, bright colour, centred to top right, unused with much original gum, some colour suffusion, a fine appearing example. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
  Realized HK$27,600
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Lot 604 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 5, bright colour, particularly well centred, fine appearance unused, regummed, minute speck in margin at foot. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
  Realized HK$25,300
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Lot 605 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 14, good colour, well centred, fine appearance unused, regummed. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
  Realized HK$25,300
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Lot 606 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 5, bright colour, centred to foot, fine appearance unused, regummed. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
  Realized HK$23,000
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Lot 607 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 24, nice clear colour, centred to lower right, fine appearance unused, regummed. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
  Realized HK$25,300
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Lot 608 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 10, bright colour, centred to upper right, unused without gum, a few stray small black marks at lower right, otherwise fine. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$23,000
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Lot 609 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, two examples, unused, both of good colour and centring, one with small faults and no gum, the other regummed, fine to very fine appearance. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
  Realized HK$46,000
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Lot 610 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, three examples, unused with part to much original gum, one has straight edge at foot, one reperfed at foot and the other has small defect in margin at right, very good to fine appearance. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000
  Realized HK$55,200
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Lot 611 /() China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, three examples, unused, two with part original gum, one sulphurised, another has sealed tear at top and the last no gum (reperfed at foot), good space fillers. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
  Realized HK$63,250
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Lot 612 /() China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, three examples, one unused with part original gum, one unused without gum (repaired), and the other with cancellation removed, faults or defects, good space fillers. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
  Realized HK$59,800
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