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Sale 70

Hong Kong & Treaty Ports


Queen Victoria
 
 
 

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Lot 3018 () Hong Kong, Queen Victoria : 1862-63 no watermark 2c. to 96c. unused (without gum or regummed), good to fine colours, 48c. reperforated and few small faults, fine or fine appearance, an attractive appearing set of this difficult issue. S.G. 1-7.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 3019 Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC perf. 12½ 4c. slate, unused with part original gum, very fine and fresh appearance, few improved perfs. (as often encountered on this difficult stamp). S.G. 9f cat. £12,000.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000
  Unsold
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Lot 3020 o Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC perf. 12½ 4c. slate, neatly cancelled "B62", fresh with bright colour and well centred, very fine. S.G. 9f cat. £275.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 3021 o Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC perf. 12½ 4c. slate (2) showing the more common deeper shade as well as a lighter shade, each neatly cancelled "B62", bright colours and fresh, well centred, the deep shade with minor small faint corner crease, otherwise very fine, a nice pair showing both shades of the perf. 12½. S.G. 9f cat. £550.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 3022 o Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC perf. 12½ 4c. slate, variety watermark inverted, cancelled "B62", rich colour, well centred, some minor unobtrusive manuscript, fine. S.G. 9fw, Z773a var. cat. £900.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 3023 o Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC perf. 12½ 4c. slate, neatly cancelled "Y1" (Yokohama) in blue, fine to very fine. S.G. Z33a cat. £550.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 3024 o Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC perf. 12½ 4c. slate, cancelled "Y1" (Yokohama) in blue, deep colour, fine to very fine; together with 1863-1901 Q.V. adhesives (6) showing various part U.K. arrival cancellations, including Newspaper Branch and non-London cancellations, all showing Hong Kong or Treaty Port origin cancellations, overall fine. R.P.S. certificate for the perf. 12½ (2007). S.G. Z33a cat. £550.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,610
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Lot 3025 Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC 6c. (2) and 8c (3) showing shades, unused with original gum, few small faults, fine or fine appearance, scarce original gum examples. S.G. 10, 11.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 3026 Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC 18c. lilac, fine and fresh mint, centred to foot. S.G. 13 cat. £7000.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000
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Lot 3027 o Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC 30c. orange-vermilion, variety "GKON" damaged at foot, lightly cancelled "B62", small stain on reverse, fine, very scarce. From the Philippe Orsetti collection. S.G. 15b cat. £1900.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 3028 Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC 48c. in an unlisted claret shade (although not the bright claret shade), fine to very fine and fresh unused (without gum per the certificate but we see traces of gum that has mainly dried into the paper), a rare and distinctive shade. B.P. A. certificate (1990). S.G. 17 var.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 3029 Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC 96c. olive-bistre, mint with part to large part "white" original gum, brilliant rich colour and extremely fresh on bright white paper, very fine, a wonderful example of exquisite freshness and colour. S.G. 18 cat. £80,000.
Estimate HK$ 500,000 - 600,000


Expertisation: Holcombe certificate (1990).

Provenance: "Dallas", Sotheby's (London), 18-20.7.1990, lot 860
Sir Gawaine Baillie, Sotheby's (London), 16-17.11.2006, lot 583.

References: No. 42 in Ng Kwai-Lung's Census of the Mint 96c. Olive-Bistre.

ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THIS GREAT RARITY AND ICONIC STAMP OF HONG KONG.
  Realized HK$690,000
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Lot 3030 o Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC 96c. olive-bistre, crisply cancelled by complete "B62" in blue, rich colour, faint red ink trace at lower left, very fine. S.G. 18 cat. £750.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 3031 o Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC 96c. olive-bistre, lightly cancelled "B62" in blue, good colour, small faults, fine appearance. S.G. 18 cat. £750.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 3032 o Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC 96c. olive-bistre with wing margin at left, neatly cancelled "B62" in blue, small repair at right, very fine appearance. S.G. 18.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$29,900
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Lot 3033 o Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC 96c. olive-bistre, neatly cancelled "62B" in blue, few perfs. at foot backed for esthetics and tiny corner crease at upper left, very fine appearance. S.G. 18.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 3034 o Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC 96c. olive-bistre, boldly cancelled "B62" in blue, showing very fine "Ker & Co." (Manila) security h.s. in red, fine and rare. S.G. 18.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 3035 Hong Kong, Sperati Q.V. 96c olive-bistre forgery die proof (Reproduction A) in black on glazed paper (49 x 66mm.), signed "Jean de Sperati" in pencil and handstamped "Reproduction Interdite", very fine. Ex Sir Gawaine Baillie. S.G. 18F.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 3036 Hong Kong, Sperati Q.V. 96c olive-bistre forgery die proof (Reproduction A) in issued colour on wove paper (49 x 61mm.), signed "Jean de Sperati" in pencil and B.P.A. "Sperati Reproduction" h.s. on reverse, fine to very fine. Ex Sir Gawaine Baillie. S.G. 18F.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 3037 Hong Kong, Sperati Q.V. 96c olive-bistre forgery, variant perf. 14 x 12½, signed on reverse "Jean de Sperati" in pencil with "Copie" h.s. adjacent, unused with part gum, very fine, an exceedingly rare Sperati forgery. Ex Richard C.K. Chan. S.G. 18F.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 3038 Hong Kong, Sperati Q.V. 96c olive-bistre forgery "used", cancelled "Y1" in black, signed "Jean de Sperati" in pencil and B.P.A. "Sperati Reproduction" h.s. on reverse, couple short perfs. at foot, fine to very fine and rare. Ex Richard C.K. Chan. S.G. 18F.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
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Lot 3039 Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC 96c. brownish grey, mint with faintly yellowed large part original gum, fresh with bright colour, trivial faint horizontal wrinkling, fine. S.G. 19 cat. £1500.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 3040 /() Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC 2c. to 96c. set (less 18c. and 96c. olive-bistre) with shades (including additional 24c. (2) and 48c. (2)), unused or mint, some faults including one 48c. with trimmed wing margin, fine or fine appearance with many sound examples (23 stamps). S.G. 8-12, 14-17, 19.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 3041 Hong Kong, 1877 16c. yellow, mint with large part slightly disturbed original gum, fresh with brilliant colour, faint gum crease and few slightly trimmed perf. tips at foot, fine. S.G. 22 cat. £2000.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 3042 Hong Kong, 1877 16c. yellow, mint, fresh and well centred, tiny added corner perf. at lower right, very fine appearance. S.G. 22 cat. £2000.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 3043 Hong Kong, 1876-77 16c. on 18c. lilac, mint, fresh, brilliant colour, very fine, a dramatic example of this scarce mint stamp. S.G. 20 cat. £2250.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
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Lot 3044 Hong Kong, 1876-77 16c. on 18c. lilac with wing margin at left, variety "1" with serif at foot at left broken off (Gurevitch O10), mint with large part lightly yellowed streaky original gum, small light corner crease at upper left, otherwise fine. S.G. 20 cat. £2250.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 3045 () Hong Kong, 1876-77 16c. on 18c. lilac, variety cracked "1" (Gurevitch O4), unused (regummed), brilliant fresh with rich colour, reperforated at left, very fine appearance. S.G. 20; Yang 20d cat. £2250.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
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Lot 3046 Hong Kong, 1876-77 16c. on 18c. lilac, variety space between "n" and "t" of cents, unused with small part to part original gum ("traces" per certificate which is overly critical), fresh with rich colour, small thin spot and minor pressed vertical crease, both of which are of lesser consequence on this variety that is extremely rare and invariably with faults unused, very fine appearance, a magnificent mint example of this rarity. B.P.A. certificate (2015). S.G. 20a cat. £8000.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 3047 o Hong Kong, 1876-77 16c. on 18c. lilac, variety space between "s" and stop, used, reperforated at right, fine appearance. S.G. 20b cat. £900.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,150
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Lot 3048 o Hong Kong, 1876-77 16c. on 18c. lilac, used (2), one with wing margin showing cracked "1" with "16" also shifted leftwards (so over "ce"), the other showing variety space between "s" and stop, latter reperforated at right, otherwise fine to very fine. S.G. 20, 20b; Yang 20b, 20d.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 3049 o Hong Kong, 1876-77 16c. on 18c. lilac used selection with surcharge varieties, including space between "n" and "t", cracked "1" (2) and spaced, dropped "c", good colours, some faults, generally fine or fine appearance (10). From the Philippe Orsetti collection. S.G. 20.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 3050 () Hong Kong, 1876-77 28c. on 30c. mauve, unused with redistributed gum, very fine appearance. S.G. 21 cat. £1500.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 3051 Hong Kong, 1880 5c. on 8c. bright orange, mint, fresh, reperforated at right, otherwise fine to very fine, single faintly gum stained perf. tip on reverse noted for accuracy. S.G. 23 cat. £1100.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,070
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Lot 3052 o Hong Kong, 1880 5c. on 8c. bright orange, variety surcharge inverted, neatly cancelled "B62", good colour, some trimmed perfs. at right and small manuscript on reverse that just shows through, a very collectable example of this major rarity. Ex Christopher D'Almada. Signed Holcombe. S.G. 23a cat. £21,000.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000


ONLY APPROXIMATELY 14 EXAMPLES OF THIS RARITY ARE RECORDED.
  Realized HK$27,600
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Lot 3053 Hong Kong, 1880 5c. on 18c. lilac, mint with original gum showing light characteristic streakiness, small corner gum crease, fine. S.G. 24 cat. £950.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$1,610
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Lot 3054 Hong Kong, 1880 10c. on 12c. pale blue, mint, faint soil spot at left and some light yellowing on reverse with single faintly foxed perf. tip, fine. S.G. 25 cat. £1000.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 3055 () Hong Kong, 1880 10c. on 16c. yellow, unused with traces of gum, fresh with strong colour, paper hinge remnant, fine to very fine. S.G. 26 cat. £4250.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 3056 Hong Kong, 1880 10c. on 24c. green, very fine and fresh mint with large part original gum (unobtrusive paper hinge remnant). S.G. 27 cat. £1500.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 3057 /() Hong Kong, 1880 watermark crown CC 2c. (both shades) to 48c., unused (regummed) or mint (5c., 48c.), good colours and fresh appearance, 48c. couple tiny faults, otherwise sound, fine appearance. S.G. 28-31, 28a cat. £3725.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 3058 S Hong Kong, 1882-96 watermark crown CA 2c. carmine, 5c. blue and 10c. green, handstamped "Specimen" diagonally (Samuel type HK4), mint or unused, fresh with bright colours, 5c. paper hinge remnant, 10c. couple blunted perfs. and light natural creasing, fine to very fine. S.G. 33S, 35aS, 37aS.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$2,070
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Lot 3059 /() Hong Kong, 1882-96 watermark crown CA 2c. to 30c. basic set of eight (including 10c. dull mauve and 10c. green (2)) with few shades, mint or unused, mainly fine to very fine (13). S.G. 32/39.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 3060 Hong Kong, 1882-96 watermark crown CA 5c. pale blue vertical strip of three from the left of the sheet showing papermaker's watermark in margin, fine to very fine and fresh unmounted mint. S.G. 35 cat. £146.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$1,265
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Lot 3061 Hong Kong, 1882-96 watermark crown CA 5c. blue corner plate block of nine showing papermaker's watermark in right margin, very fine and very fresh unmounted mint (light corner crease in margin at lower left noted for accuracy). S.G. 35a cat. £450.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 3062 Hong Kong, 1882-96 watermark crown CA 10c. deep blue-green, mint, large part to much original gum, good colour and well centred, tiny split at top and few small grease marks in margin at right, fine appearing example of this very scarce mint stamp. S.G. 37 cat. £1800.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 3063 () Hong Kong, 1885 20c. on 30c. to $1 on 96c. set of three, unused (regummed or redistributed gum), good colours, sound, very fine appearance. S.G. 40-42 cat. £1350.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 3064 Hong Kong, 1885 20c. on 30c. and 50c. on 48c., fine to very fine mint (50c. very fine). S.G. 40-41 cat. £600.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 3065 o Hong Kong, 1885 50c. on 48c. yellowish brown, variety watermark inverted, fine to very fine used (trivial short faint wrinkle on reverse), very scarce. From the Philippe Orsetti collection. S.G. 41w cat. £550+.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 3066 o Hong Kong, 1891 7c. on 10c. green, variety surcharge double with second overprint displaced to the southwest, cancelled "B62", very fine. B.P.A. (1933) and R.P.S. (2005) certificates. S.G. 43b cat. £1300.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 3067 o Hong Kong, 1891 7c. on 10c. green, variety surcharge double with second overprint displaced to the southeast, cancelled "B62", trivial faintest rust trace at couple perfs. on reverse, fine to very fine. S.G. 43b cat. £1300.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 3068 o Hong Kong, 1891 7c. on 10c. green, variety surcharge double, the wide double with the second overprint 4mm. to the northeast, cancelled by part "Amoy" c.d.s. leaving the variety clear, slight hinge thinning, fine and very scarce. Illustrated in Gurevitch, Queen Victoria Adhesives vol. 1, p. 216. Ex Ishikawa, Richard C.K. Chan. S.G. 43b var.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 3069 Hong Kong, 1891 20c. on 30c. to $1 on 96c. set of three (with both the yellowish green and grey-green shades of the 20c.), fine to very fine mint (both 20c. with one or two lightly foxed perfs.). S.G. 45-47, 45a cat. £1355.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 3070 Hong Kong, 1891 20c. on 30c. to $1 on 96c. with additional Chinese character surcharge set of three (with both the yellowish green shade and grey-green shades of the 20c.), very fine and fresh mint. S.G. 48-50, 48a cat. £627.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$2,070
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Lot 3071 Hong Kong, 1891 20c. on 30c. to $1 on 96c. with additional Chinese character surcharge set of three, very fine and fresh mint. S.G. 48a-50 cat. £572.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 3072 Hong Kong, 1891 20c. on 30c. grey-green with additional Chinese character surcharge, variety character at each side (left stamp) in horizontal pair with normal, mint (fractionally yellowed gum), rich colour, fine to very fine, very scarce pair of variety and normal stamp. Ex D'Almada. R.P.S. certificate (1950). S.G. 48a; Yang 45e.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 3073 Hong Kong, 1891 20c. on 30c. grey-green with additional Chinese character surcharge block of four, unmounted mint, fresh, faint diagonal wrinkle at foot of upper left stamp just crosses into stamp below, otherwise very fine. S.G. 48a.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 3074 Hong Kong, 1891 50c. on 48c. dull purple with additional Chinese character surcharge, variety characters at each side, very fine and fresh mint. S.G. 49 var; Yang 46e.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$2,070
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Lot 3075 / Hong Kong, 1891 20c. on 30c. (3) and 50c. on 48c. with additional Chinese character surcharge, the 20c. examples showing three different types (including the large character), mint (one 20c. unmounted), fine (4). S.G. 48a, 49.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 3076 Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine showing flat 8 in 1841 [10], mint with uniformly aged gum, fine to very fine. S.G. 51 cat. £474.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 3077 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine showing flat 8 [10], unused with gum that has dried into the paper, together with used (3) comprising short "U" in Jubilee variety (2nd to 6th printings [1]), nicked J and gap in "o" of Kong (with Mar. 91 c.d.s.) and broken H [9], fine. S.G. 51, 51b.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 3078 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, used (2) showing nicked B (2nd to 6th printings [3]) and nicked J and gap in "o" of Kong (2nd to 6th printings [8]), very fine. S.G. 51 cat. £260.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 3079 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine vertical pair, upper stamp nicked I [11] and lower stamp bevelled J [5], cancelled by small "B62", fine to very fine (from the 4th or 5th printing, given the nick in the "g" of Kong on [11]). S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,495
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Lot 3080 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine horizontal strip of three with margin at foot, left stamp nicked J and gap in "o" of Kong (2nd to 6th printings [8]), centre stamp broken H and bevelled L [9] and right stamp flat 8 [10], cancelled by first day c.d.s. (22.1), very fine and fresh. S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 3081 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine block of four [8 -9/2-3], upper left stamp nicked J and gap in "o" of Kong (2nd to 6th printings), upper right stamp broken H and bevelled L, lower left stamp thick B and lower right stamp nicked B, cancelled by "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. (23.1), fine to very fine. S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 3082 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine vertical strip of five with margin at foot [11/5], showing nicked I (1st, 3rd and 5th stamps) and bevelled J (2nd and 4th stamps) cancelled by "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. (24.1), very fine and scarce. S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
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Lot 3083 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine block of six from the 5th or 6th printing [8-10/2-4] showing slightly worn overprint with bottom centre stamp showing broken "K" and bottom right stamp much damage to the "N" in Kong, in addition to the constant breaks associated with the respective positions, cancelled by first day c.d.s. (22.1), fine and attractive multiple. The bottom right stamp shows the cracked "J" almost completely broken through confirming the 5th or 6th printing. S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 3084 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine horizontal pair, left stamp short "U" in Jubilee (2nd to 6th printings [1]) and right stamp thick B and bevelled L [2] cancelled by "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. (26.1, a scarce date), fine to very fine and fresh (probably from the 2nd printing, given the very slight crack in the "8" of 1841 on the left stamp). S.G. 51/51b cat. £330.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Unsold
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Lot 3085 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine horizontal pair with margin at left, left stamp broken "1" in 1891 (5th and 6th printings [7]) and right stamp nicked J [8], cancelled by first day c.d.s. (22.1), few customary tiny surface imperfections, fine to very fine and fresh. S.G. 51/51c cat. £330.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,070
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Lot 3086 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine block of four [1 -2/7-8], upper left stamp short "U" in Jubilee (2nd to 6th printings [1]) and lower left stamp broken "1" in 1891 (5th and 6th printings [7]), cancelled by first day c.d.s. (22.1), trivial faint short edge wrinkle at right (non-variety stamp) noted for accuracy, very fine and fresh block (probably from the 5th printing given the crack in the "8" [1] does not break through). S.G. 51/51b/51c.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 3087 Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine block of four (1st printing [3-4/9-10]) on piece cancelled by "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. (24.1.91), the upper left stamp showing tall narrow "K" in Kong variety, the upper right with broken P (n of Kong) and broken 2nd E, lower left broken H and beveled L, and lower right stamp flat 8, very fine with scarce postal usage c.d.s. S.G. 51/51d.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 3088 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine block of eight (2 x 4) [1-2/7-8] showing short "U" in Jubilee (first stamp of 1st and 3rd rows) and also including nicked J and gap in "o" of Kong, cancelled by first day c.d.s. (22.1), few hinge-reinforced separated perfs., fine to very fine (probably from the 2nd printing given the very slight crack in the "8" of 1841 on [1]). S.G. 51/51b.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 3089 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine block of eight [7-10/1-4] showing short "U" in Jubilee (extreme lower left stamp) and also including cracked J [4] and nicked J and gap in "o" of Kong [8], cancelled by first day c.d.s. (22.1), unobtrusive small scuff on 3rd stamp in bottom row, very fine block (probably from the 2nd printing). S.G. 51/51b.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 3090 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine block of eight (2 x 4) [1-2/7-8] showing short "U" in Jubilee (first stamp of 1st and 3rd rows) and broken "1" in 1891 (first stamp of 2nd and 4th rows) as well as thick B and bevelled L [2] and nicked J and gap in "o" of Kong [8], cancelled by first day c.d.s. (22.1), rich colour, small thinning on one non-major variety stamp and light creasing on reverse, very fine appearance, a nice block probably from the 5th printing (from the sizes of the crack in the "8" on [1] and the gap in "o" of Kong on [8]). S.G. 51/51b/51c.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 3091 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine block of eight [6th printing 2-5/8-11] showing space between "o" and "n" of Hong major variety at upper right and also cracked J (to its immediate left) and nicked J (lower left corner), cancelled by first day c.d.s. (22.1), fine to very fine and fresh multiple, trivial faintest rust traces on few perfs. on reverse noted for accuracy, lovely and rare block with the important error. S.G. 51/51f.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 3092 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, variety overprint double with second overprint displaced approx. 0.2mm. above nicely showing the doubling, from position 12 (Bent E) cancelled "B62", paper hinge remnant, fine to very fine, a very nice variety. R.P.S. certificate (2017 noting as a "kiss print"). S.G. 51 var.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
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Lot 3093 Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, another almost coincident overprint double with second overprint displaced approx. 0.1mm. above and fractionally to the right, mint, fresh, surface abrasions, otherwise fine appearance. S.G. 51 var.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 3094 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, complete pane of 60 from the 3rd printing from the upper right of the sheet with margins at top and left, showing the major short U variety [1] in each setting of 12, along with the stroke between the "8" and "4" [4] definitively ascribing the sheet to this printing, cancelled by first day c.d.s., customary light uniform ageing on reverse, inconsequential light vertical fold in margin at top from where folded vertically along central perfs. and slightest buckling in central horizontal row of perfs. where also folded noted for accuracy, a very fine and rare complete pane, with only five panes (all used) recorded. S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000


Besides this and the following lot, we record three other used complete Jubilee panes, the largest known multiple of the issue: (i) the "K. Ashleigh" collection 5th printing pane (ex D'Almada) (ii) the 3rd printing pane (ex Ishikawa and Richard Chan) missing the bottom and left margins, and (iii) the extensively damaged pane from the 5th printing that had been in Dr. Chan Shiu-Hon's collection.
  Realized HK$218,500
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Lot 3095 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, complete pane of 60 from the 4th printing from the lower right of the sheet with margins on all four sides, showing the major short U [1] and short J [6] varieties in each setting of 12, cancelled by first day c.d.s., customary light uniform ageing on reverse, few stamps with surface abrasions, buckling in central horizontal row of perfs. where folded with almost coincidental light horizontal crease, some reinforced split perfs. at top, a fine and important complete pane of this iconic issue. S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 100,000
  Realized HK$195,500
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Lot 3096 Hong Kong, Plate Flaws : 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, showing large colour spot below and just to left of "H" of Hong on the basic stamp (NE pane R2/1, [7] of the overprint setting of 12), fine to very fine and fresh mint, very scarce constant plate flaw (from 2nd to 4th printing in light of overprint characteristics and absence of the broken 1 variety). S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 3097 o Hong Kong, Plate Flaws : 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine vertical strip of five with sheet margin at top, showing severely distorted/damaged lower right corner constant plate flaw in the second stamp (NW pane R2/3), strip shows positions [3] and [9, broken H and bevelled L] of the overprint setting, cancelled by "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. (24.1), fresh, stamp 4 trivial faint horizontal crease on reverse and stamp 5 rounded corner at lower left, thin in sheet margin, fine to very fine and scarce piece with the plate flaw. S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 3098 /o Hong Kong, Plate Flaws : 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine used (3), together with unoverprinted 2c. carmine (2) and Postal Fiscal 2c. "S.D." overprint mint (surface faults with small part painted in), all showing the NW pane R2/3 corner flaw, with the unoverprinted stamps illustrating stages of the flaw, faults (two of the Jubilees are fine), a rare group that took the seller years to assemble. S.G. 33, 51, S2.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 3099 o Hong Kong, Plate Flaws : 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine used (2) both showing the same constant plate flaw of break in frame lines at lower right producing in effect double frame line, very good to fine; also unoverprinted 2c. carmine (3, including one in pair) showing similar plate flaws. S.G. 33, 51.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 3100 o Hong Kong, Seventh Printing : 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, variety space between "o" and "n" of Hong believed to be the 7th printing (showing different overprint characteristics from the normal catalogued 6th printing variety), cancelled by "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. (24.1), fine to very fine and rare. S.G. 51 var.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000


Based on the work of Mick Goldsmith and Air Commodore R.N. Gurevitch, it has been concluded that there was a seventh printing of the first setting. This stamp shows a diagonal left side to the top serif to the first "1" of 1891 and a colour dot in the margin customary to certain seventh printing stamps, as well as the Jan. 24 c.d.s. common to used examples from the printing.
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Lot 3101 Hong Kong,Seventh Printing : 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, variety "1341" for "1841" believed to be the 7th printing, on piece cancelled by "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. (24.1), fine to very fine and rare. S.G. 51 var.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000


This example from another position showing the "1341" error and the following second example both show the diagonal serif on the "1" of 1891 and a colour dot in the right margin, as well as the Jan. 24 c.d.s. believed attributable to certain seventh printing positions.
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 3102 o Hong Kong, Seventh Printing :1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, variety "1341" for "1841" believed to be the 7th printing, cancelled by "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. (24.1), fine to very fine and rare. S.G. 51 var.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 3103 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, variety lower line of overprint "1841" corrected to "1891" with "9" inserted by hand, cancelled by "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. (12.2.93), fine to very fine. The only recorded example of this dramatic error. S.G. 51 var.
Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 100,000


Expertisation: B.P.A. certificate (2016).

References: Winson Ng and Charles Chan, "Hong Kong 1891 Jubilee Unreported Error", Hong Kong Study Circle Journal No. 381 (April 2017), pp. 2-8. Illustrated.

The stamp is from position 9 of the overprint forme showing broken H and bevelled L. It is surmised that the error occurred because of an upward folding of the sheet margin resulting in the 1891 not being printed on the stamp. The error was spotted and corrected, although "1841" was then erroneously inserted well below the normal position (creating a unique wide spacing between the third and fourth lines). A second correction was made, whereby the "4" was scraped off and the correct "9" inserted by hand.
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Lot 3104 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, variety horizontal pre-printing paper fold at bottom right extending across most of the stamp, cancelled by "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. (20.5.91), fine to very fine (stamp from printings 1-2 [6]). The only recorded paper fold variety on the Jubilee stamp. Discussed and illustrated in Charles Chan, "Hong Kong 1891 2c. Paper Fold", Hong Kong Philatelic Society Newsletter 2017/03. R.P.S. certificate (2017). S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 3105 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, variety overprint shifted downwards, rejoined horizontal pair, the first stamp with part margin at foot showing flat "8" [10] and the second stamp showing the nicked "I" [11], cancelled by "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. (30.8.93), the left example, small faults, fine appearance (exceptional condition for this rarity) and the right example light overall ageing with few trimmed perfs., rounded corner and short puncture, a very rare and important pair of this important variety. S.G. 51 var.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000


Expertisation: R.P.S. certificate (2017) for the marginal example.

It is believed that only a single setting of 12 was overprinted with this error. We are aware of four examples of this error, including two damaged examples from the Ishikawa and D'Almada collections respectively. All of the known examples bear the 1893 c.d.s.
  Realized HK$59,800
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Lot 3106 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, cancelled by "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. (28.1.91) showing index "C" reversed, fine to very fine and very rare cancellation, believed to be the only date on which Jubilee stamps can be found with this cancellation error. R.P.S. certificate (2017, erroneously describing cancellation with index O). S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 3108 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, cancelled by "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s. (15.3.09), fine to very fine, originally part of a pair, the latest recorded date for the Jubilee issue. R.P.S. certificate (2017). S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 3109 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine showing bent E [12], cancelled by part "Deutsche" (German) post c.d.s., fine to very fine and very rare cancellation on the Jubilee issue. R.P.S. certificate (2017). S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 3110 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine (5) cancelled by "Hong Kong/A" first day c.d.s. (22.1), including nicked J and gap in "o" [8] and cracked J [4] (2), couple small faults, generally fine to very fine. S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 3111 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine (7) cancelled by "Hong Kong/B" first day c.d.s. (22.1), including broken H [9], flat 8 [10] and bent E [12], fine to very fine. S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 3112 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine (7) cancelled by "Hong Kong/B" first day c.d.s. (22.1), including broken 8 (3rd printing [6]), nicked J and gap in "o" [8] and flat 8 [10], generally fine to very fine. S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 3113 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine (5) cancelled by "Hong Kong" c.d.s., showing non-21/24 Jan. 1891 dates (which are difficult), including two (one on piece) with 1892 c.d.s., generally fine to very fine. S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 3114 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine (6) cancelled by various "B62" types, including thick B and bevelled L [2]. broken H [9] (2) and flat 8 [10], couple small faults, generally fine to very fine. S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 3115 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine (15) cancelled by "Hong Kong/C" first day c.d.s. (22.1), rich colours, fine to very fine. S.G. 51.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 3116 Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine showing flat 8 in 1841 [10] on piece with 7c. on 10c., cancelled by "Shanghai/C" small (approx. 19½mm.) c.d.s., fine to very fine. R.P.S. certificate (2017). S.G. 51, Z806.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 3117 o Hong Kong, 1891 Jubilee 2c. carmine, variety showing tall narrow "K" in Kong, cancelled by "Shanghai" small c.d.s., trivial faint crease at top, fine and very rare Shanghai-use example with the highly sought-after variety. Clear Hong Kong Stamp Society Expertising Service (Ming Tsang) certificate (2003). S.G. 51d.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$6,325
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