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Sale 47

The Elling O. Eide Collection of Local Posts (Part 2)


Wei-Hai-Wei
 
 
 

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Lot 4246 P Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), 1898 (Dec.) Provisional issue proof of 5c. in black on red with single impression of the "C & Co./WHW" handstamp and value in manuscript in all four corners, the unique pair, bright colour, large margins, right stamp has light vertical crease, nevertheless very fine and a great rarity of Wei-Hai-Wei. Livingston 2.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000


Expertisation: Signed L.F. Livingston.

Provenance: Charles W. Dougan, Robson Lowe (Zurich), 20.10.83, lot 1195
Charles Goodwyn, Spink (Hong Kong), 20.11.05, lot 1607.

References: Michael Goldsmith and Charles Goodwyn, The Crown Colony of Wei-Hai-Wei 24 May 1898 to 1 October 1930. London : The Royal Philatelic Society, 1985, p. 11. Illustrated.

According to the records, there was only one strip of five of the proofs found, and this is the only surviving pair.
  Realized HK$184,000
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Lot 4247 Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), 1898 (Dec.) handstamped "C & Co./WHW" with "C P" and value in manuscript 2c. black on red, block of four, signed "G.K. Ferguson" on reverse, good colour, usual margins on three sides, large at top, fine and fresh unused. Livingston 1.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000


Expertisation: B.P.A. certificate (1993).

Provenance: Sir Percival David.
  Realized HK$36,800
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Lot 4248 Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), 1898 (Dec.) handstamped "C & Co./WHW" (two strikes, one inverted) with "Courier Post" and value in manuscript 5c. black on red, block of four, signed "G.K. Ferguson" on reverse, deep bright colour, excellent margins all around, unused, horizontal crease in margin between stamps. Livingston 2.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000


Expertisation: B.P.A. certificate (1993).
  Realized HK$115,000
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Lot 4249 o Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), 1898 (Dec.) handstamped "C & Co./WHW" (two strikes, one inverted) with "Courier Post" and value in manuscript 5c. black on red horizontal pair, signed "G.K. Ferguson" on reverse, variety paper join at foot above "Courier Post" with the original lined paper used to strengthen the join still affixed, lightly cancelled by part "Chefoo" dollar dater, a few minute pinholes and some wrinkling, nevertheless a fine and unusual variety. Livingston 2var.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000


Provenance: Charles Goodwyn, Spink (Hong Kong), 20.11.05, lot 1609.

Included with this lot is an undated letter to C.W. Gregory answering questions concerning this issue and believed to have originally contained the above pair.
  Realized HK$48,300
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Lot 4250 Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), 1898 neat envelope to Chefoo bearing 1898 first issue 2c. black on red, cancelled by "Chefoo" dollar dater (16.12), showing "T" unframed h.s., with "2 Cts" in lavender pencil adjacent, flap at back missing, very fine example of taxed mail. Livingston 1.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000


Expertisation: B.P.A. certificate (1993).

References: Michael Goldsmith and Charles Goodwyn, The Crown Colony of Wei-Hai-Wei 24 May 1898 to 1 October 1930. London : The Royal Philatelic Society, 1985. This is item number 7 in their listing of first issue covers on page 10 of the monograph.
  Realized HK$36,800
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Lot 4251 Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), 1898 (Dec.) envelope to Southampton (5.2.99) via Shanghai Imperial Post (2.1.99) bearing 1898 first issue 2c. black on red with error "P.C." for "C.P." and 5c. black on red, cancelled by "Chefoo" dollar dater (28.12), with "Shanghai" dollar dater ("N" in "Jan" reversed) and "Southampton" arrival c.d.s. on reverse, the right hand portion of the envelope where the C.I.P. and Hong Kong stamps would have been affixed for transmission overseas has been torn away, nevertheless an interesting piece containing both values, one of which is the "P.C." error. Livingston 1b, 2.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000


Expertisation: Experts & Consultants certificate (2001).
  Realized HK$43,700
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Lot 4252 Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), 1899 lithographed by Kelly & Walsh 2c. red and 5c. olive-green complete sheets of sixty-four (8 x 8), unused with much original gum, the 2c. missing small part of selvedge and with a few defects and light creasing, the 5c. is very fine, some folds/splitting along perfs. Overall a fresh and remarkable set of complete mint sheets in an excellent state of conservation. Livingston 3, 4.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000
  Realized HK$161,000
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Lot 4253 Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), 1899 lithographed by Kelly & Walsh 2c. red block of four with sheet margin at top, fine to very fine unused with part to large part original gum, a few reinforced perfs. at top. Livingston 3.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 4254 o Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), 1899 lithographed by Kelly & Walsh 2c. red and 5c. olive-green, both cancelled by "C & Co./WHW" circular chop, fine. Livingston 3, 4.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 4255 o Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), 1899 lithographed by Kelly & Walsh 5c. olive-green block of six from the top left corner of the sheet, pastel-like shade, each stamp with "C & Co./WHW" circular chop, top right stamp has a few clipped perfs., fine and scarce multiple. Livingston 4.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500


Provenance: Charles Goodwyn, Spink (Hong Kong), 20.11.05, lot 1616.
  Realized HK$18,400
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Lot 4256 Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), 1899 (Feb.) envelope to the British Consulate in Shanghai (5.3.99 Local Post arrival) bearing second issue 5c. olive-green and C.I.P. 2c. scarlet, both cancelled by "Chefoo" dollar dater, albeit with a difference of five days, the C.I.P. stamp cancelled on the 24th Feb. and the Local Post stamp cancelled on 1st Mar., a small portion of the envelope bearing the Local Post stamp has been removed and subsequently replaced. Livingston 4.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


Provenance: Ellery Denison.

Letter from William L. Kullman to Elling O. Eide (22.1.99) stating that there is no doubt that the cover is genuine and that the original piece containing the Wei-Hai-Wei stamp is from the original portion of the envelope. There is a detailed explanation of the dates of departure from Wei-Hai-Wei, as well as the sailings from Chefoo explaining the difference in dates, with the 1 March date coinciding with a ship leaving for Shanghai. According to Mr. Kullman, the cover probably arrived in Chefoo from Wei-Hai-Wei late on the 23rd and missed the steamer, so it wasn't actually cancelled until the following day. Then there was not another ship due again until 1 March, so the Local Post stamp was not cancelled until it coincided with leaving for Shanghai.
  Realized HK$51,750
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Lot 4257 Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), King George V surcharged in black 1c. on 1d., 2c. on 2d., 3c. on 3d. surcharged in violet 50c. on 1s., and surcharged in red $1 on 1s. blocks of six, the last two with sheet margins, very fine and fresh unmounted mint, the 50c. on 1s. has slightly brownish gum and $1 on 1s. has traces of toning on a few perfs. at top right. A rare and magnificent set. Chan LWF1-LWF5.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$66,700
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Lot 4258 Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), Embossed seal of the Colony of Wei-Hai-Wei in black and white on thick card (86 x 90mm.), from the Reign of King George V, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500


Provenance: Ryohei Ishikawa, Sun Philatelic Centre Inc. (San Francisco), 15.12.79, lot 340.
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 4259 Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), Banknotes : Kung Chang Bank 5c., Tien Yu Native Bank 1c., and Ah Fong 5c. faults or defects. Scarce trio.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500


Provenance: Charles Goodwyn, Spink (Hong Kong), 20.11.05, lot 1690.
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 4260 Chinese Local Posts (Wei Hai Wei), 1902 "Wei Hai Wei./Government Receipt./Land Tax" document No. "23927" (190 x 325mm.); also two 5c. banknotes (damaged) with British Coat of Arms.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200


Provenance: Charles Goodwyn, Spink (Hong Kong), 20.11.05, lot 1691.
  Realized HK$1,150
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