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Sale 70

Hong Kong & Treaty Ports


Philippe Orsetti Security Markings and Perfins
 
 
 

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Lot 3268 Hong Kong, Security Handstamps - Augustine Heard & Co: 1867 (14 Dec.) printed envelope (with enclosed letter) to Lynn, Massachusetts, U.S.A. "Via Marseille" and London (17?1.68) bearing 1863-71 6c. and 48c. (few trimmed perfs. at right from placement over the edge) cancelled "B62" and tied by "Augustine, Heard & Co./Hong Kong" blue dated double-ring h.s., with a second very fine strike on reverse, with "Hong Kong/C" despatch c.d.s. adjacent, rated "2/1½" and "1" (Colonial charge) with "3/cents" credit h.s. to U.S.A. Interesting contents include an account of a major fire at the warehouses in Hong Kong. S.G. 10, 17. Sell I-5 (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000


Philippe Orsetti has been one of the leading students of Hong Kong security markings, with his collection of covers considered one of the finest ever assembled. The markings for Hong Kong and Treaty Ports are catalogued at Rod Sell's website www.rodsell.com/hksmsic/hksmsic.html, with many of Mr. Orsetti's covers illustrated there. Catalogue numbers per Sell's listing follow the descriptions and items that are illustrated on the website are noted. Mr. Orsetti's Treaty Port covers are found in this sale in a separate section immediately following "British Post Offices in China".
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 3269 Hong Kong, Basel Mission : 1902 (5 July) envelope to Homberg, Germany (4.8) bearing 10c. ultramarine tied by "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s. and "Basel Mission/Hong Kong" magenta oval h.s., with "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. ("B" inverted) on reverse, very fine. S.G. 59. Sell I-11.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 3270 Hong Kong, Blackhead & Co: 1896 (11 Mar.) Q.V. 4c. stationery card to Rostock, Germany (13.4) uncancelled by the post office but with "Blackhead & Co./Hong Kong" violet h.s. across the indicia, with arrival c.d.s. adjacent, vertical creasing at right crosses the indicia and tiny edge tear, fine and scarce usage. Sell I-13 (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 3271 Hong Kong, Chartered Bank of India, Australia & China : 1902 (Jan.) linen-lined envelope to Naples, Italy (24.2) "per S.S. Caledonian" bearing 20c. on 30c. and 10c. ultramarine (placed at lower left to pay late fee) cancelled and tied by "CBIAC" violet diamond h.s., with "Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No. 4" octagonal d.s. (27.1) adjacent, fine and very scarce late-fee usage posted on board the ship. S.G. 48a, 59. Sell II-17i (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 3272 Hong Kong, Daily Press : 1899 (8 July) "Erich Georg's Weekly Share List" market report to Yokohama, bearing 2c. carmine with "D P" h.s., very fine, scarce printed-matter usage. Property of another vendor. S.G. 33. Sell II-32c.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 3273 Hong Kong, Dodwell & Co: 1899 (24 June) envelope ("Dodwell & Co./Hong Kong" embossed imprint on flap) to Leith, Scotland bearing 1896 4c. slate-grey and 10c. violet on red (placed at lower left to pay late fee), both with "D & Co./Lted" h.s., cancelled by "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s., with "Edinburgh" transit c.d.s. (25.7) on reverse, light ageing and small peripheral faults (mainly at right), very good late-fee usage of the stamps with the security handstamp. S.G. 34, 38. Sell II-26 (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 3274 Hong Kong, Dodwell & Co: 1903-10 picture postcards (3, one local) bearing Q.V. 4c. and K.E.VII 1c. and 4c respectively, with each adhesive bearing a different "D & Co." security h.s. S.G. 57, 62, 93. Sell II-26, II-26d, II-26e.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 3275 Hong Kong, Dodwell, Carlisle & Co. : 1907 (1 Sept.) flimsy envelope ("Dodwell, Carlisle & Co./Hong Kong" embossed imprint on flap) to Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (30.9) "Per French Mail" bearing 10c. violet on red (2, one placed at lower left to pay late fee), each with "D.C./& Co." h.s., tied by "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s., with "Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No. 5" octagonal d.s. (1.9) adjacent, a little roughly opened at top and part of embossed company flap imprint on reverse blocked over with blue crayon, fine and very scarce late mail usage. S.G. 38. Sell II-30 (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 3276 Hong Kong, Erich Georg & Co: 1909 (12 Jan.) K.E.VII 20c. registered stationery envelope (25c: $2.50 fee schedule), size H2, to Hamburg, Germany (arrival) bearing K.E.VII 4c. and 6c., cancelled by "Registered/Hong Kong" c.d.s., with "Erich Georg & Co./Hong Kong" violet oval h.s., showing "R/Hong Kong/No. 3326" framed dated h.s. adjacent, folded vertically at centre and few small faults, fine usage. Yang 16. Sell I-49 (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 3277 Hong Kong, Hamburg-Amerika Line : 1904 (24 June) "Hamburg-Amerika Linie" registered envelope to Tsingtau (5.7) bearing on front and reverse Q.V. 2c. dull green (6) and K.E.VII 4c. purple on red (12), with those on front with "H.A.L." violet h.s. and on the rear tied by "Registered" violet private h.s., cancelled by "Registered/Hong Kong" c.d.s., showing "R/Hong Kong/China/No. 96" registration label (39 x 18mm.) on reverse, central vertical fold crosses one 4c. and 2c. at extreme lower left small faults, fine and colourful usage. S.G. 56, 64. Sell II-49 (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 3278 Hong Kong, Holliday Wise & Co: 1896 (9 Apr.) large part printed envelope (reduced at left) to Manchester (11.5) bearing 1882-96 10c. violet on red and 30c. and 1891 50c. on 48c. and $1 on 96c., both with additional Chinese character surcharge, all with part "Holliday, Wise & Co./Hong Kong" violet h.s. and tied by "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s., address partially erased and rewritten, vertical and horizontal folds (one of which crosses the 50c.), very rare and attractive usage of the $1 on 96c. S.G. 38, 39, 49, 50. Sell I-62c (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000


Air Commodore Gurevitch records only five covers and part covers with the $1 on 96c. (which does not include this cover) and noted that the only complete covers were philatelic.

Mr. Orsetti noted that this cover also shows that the security markings were sometimes applied on mint sheets of stamps, before they were applied, in order to protect them from being stolen and resold.
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 3279 Hong Kong, Jardine, Matheson & Co: 1898 (17 Jan.) Jardine, Matheson & Co. "Amoy Tea Report" wrapper band (with part enclosure to New York), bearing 2c. carmine with "J.M. & Co." violet h.s., tied by "Hong Kong" c.d.s. S.G. 33. Sell II-59k (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 3280 Hong Kong, Leopold Spatz & Co: 1900 (8 Feb.) envelope to Singapore (13.2) bearing 4c. slate-grey with "L.S. & Co" violet h.s., tied by "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. with sender's h.s. adjacent, reduced at top and small envelope faults, fine usage. S.G. 34. Sell II-71 (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 3281 Hong Kong, Meyer & Co: 1897 (17 Mar.) registered envelope to Lichtenthal, Germany (16.4) bearing 20c. on 30c. with Chinese surcharge vertical pair and 10c. purple on red placed at lower left possibly paying late fee, all with "Meyer/&/co" violet h.s. and tied by "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s., with "R" in circle h.s. adjacent, some trivial light perf. toning on the pair, fine. S.G. 38, 49a. Sell I-90b (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 3282 Hong Kong, National Bank of China : 1902 envelope to U.S. Consul, Chefoo "Per Wosang" bearing 4c. carmine tied by "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s. and "National Bank of China/Limited" purple double-ring h.s., light peripheral wrinkling at top (crossing the adhesive), very good and scarce usage. S.G. 57. Sell I-96e (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 3283 Hong Kong, National Bank of China : 1899 and 1906 envelopes to England bearing Q.V. and K.E.VII 4c. respectively showing very fine "National Bank of China Limited/Hong Kong" (with date; Q.V. 4c.) and good to very good "National Bank of China Ld/Hong Kong" violet oval h.s. tying the adhesives, 1899 envelope creasing, fine usages. Sell I-96b, I-96f (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 3284 Hong Kong, National Bank of China : 1899-1907 envelopes (3) to Paris, Washington D.C. and England showing good to fine strikes of "National Bank of China Limited/Hong Kong" (1899 envelope) and "National Bank of China Ld/Hong Kong" violet oval h.s. Sell I-96b (one illustrated) and I-96f.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 3285 Hong Kong, Richford's : 1907 (24 Apr.) picture postcard to Prague (22.5) bearing K.E.VII 5c. dull green and brown-orange tied by "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s. and "Richford's… Medal/Jack… 18/Hong Kong/Rubber Stamp" blue oval h.s., fine and rare. Sell I-112d (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 3286 Hong Kong, Quan Yick & Co: 1911 (14 Apr.) "Quan Yick & Co." envelope to San Francisco bearing K.E.VII 8c. slate and violet pair, tied by "Hong Kong" c.d.s. and "Quan Yick & Co./Commission/Merchants/Hong Kong" purple oval h.s., very fine chiaopi mail. Sell I-112 (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 3287 Hong Kong, Shewan Tomes & Co: 1900 (14 Feb.) "Shewan Tomes & Co's Printed Market Letter" envelope to Boston, U.S.A. (13.3) bearing 2c. carmine with "ST & Co." violet h.s., tied by "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s., fine and fresh printed-matter usage. S.G. 33. Sell II-93a (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,495
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Lot 3288 Hong Kong, Shing Tai & Co: 1911 (12 Sept.) long printed envelope to San Francisco "Per S.S. Manchuria", bearing K.E.VII 4c. and 10c. vertical pairs cancelled by "Shanghai/Br. P.O." c.d.s. and "Shing Tai & Co./Shipping & Commission/Merchant/Hong Kong" red oval h.s. (with additional strikes at left) with framed Shanghai "Paquebot" h.s. (Proud SL5) adjacent, reduced at left, fine usage also combining paquebot and chiaopi mail. S.G. 93, 95. Sell I-123 (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 3289 Hong Kong, Siemssen & Co: 1900-04 envelopes (3) to Europe bearing Q.V. 20c. on 10c. and 4c. with "Siemssen & Co." violet h.s. and K.E.VII 20c. tied by "Siemssen & Co./Hong Kong" violet oval h.s. respectively, together with 1886 and 1894 3c. stationery cards to Germany with "Siemssen & Co./Hong Kong" violet dated circular h.s. as sender's h.s. at lower left, fine selection (5). Sell I-124 (one illustrated), I-124c (illustrated), I-124g (one illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 3290 Hong Kong, H. Skott & Co: 1899 (18 Jan.) envelope ("H. Skott & Co./Hong Kong" imprint on flap) to Walla Walla, Washington, U.S.A. (10.2) via Victoria, B.C. (8.2) and Seattle (9.2) bearing 2c. and 4c. (2) tied by "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. and "H. Skott & Co./Hong Kong" violet oval h.s., a little roughly opened at top left, fine scarce usage. S.G. 33, 34. Sell I-125 (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 3291 Hong Kong, Stolterfohrt & Hirst : 1892 (22 Dec.) flimsy envelope to Germany (22.1.93) bearing 10c. purple on red tied "B62" and by "Stolterfohrt & Hirst/Hong Kong" violet oval h.s., with "Hong Kong/C" despatch c.d.s. adjacent, some light envelope ageing, fine usage. S.G. 38. Sell I-130a (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 3292 Hong Kong, U.S. Consulate : 1901-05 "Consular Service" (2) and "U.S. Treasury Department/Marine-Hospital Service" envelopes to U.S.A. showing red dated "U.S. Consulate General/Hong Kong, China" oval h.s. and two different types of the "U.S. Consulate General/Hong Kong" oval h.s. in blue and violet, few small faults (3). Sell IV-21, IV-21b, IV-22 (first and last illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 3293 Hong Kong, Wendt & Co: 1903 (27 May) registered envelope to Berlin, Germany (26.6) bearing 10c. ultramarine pair with "W & Co." violet oval h.s., cancelled by "Registered/G.P.O. Hong Kong" c.d.s., with "R/Hong Kong/China/No. 7185" registration label (39 x 20mm.) and the sender's wax seal (complete) on reverse, very fine. S.G. 59. Sell II-101a (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,610
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Lot 3294 Hong Kong, Selections : 1899-1902 postcards (3) to Germany (2) and Austria bearing Q.V. 4c. with circular "Melchers & Co./Hong Kong", oval "JM & Co" (Jardine Matheson) and framed "LE & Co." (Lutgers Einstmann) h.s. respectively, first in blue and last two in violet, very fine. Sell I-89e, II-59i, II-65a (all illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 3295 Hong Kong, Selections : 1900-11 cards (3), envelope, fronts (3) and piece showing a range of security h.s. on or tying the adhesives or indicia, including Butterfield & Swire, Lutgens Einstmann, Reiss & Co., Siemssen, Wendt & Co., as well as "D P" 2c. green front to Hanoi and piece with 1900-01 2c. (2), 4c., 10c. (3) and 12c. (6) all with "D. & Co./Lted" h.s., generally fine usages, a very interesting selection with most illustrated on the Rod Sell website; also included is an 1884 envelope to England with 10c. mauve with "J.M. & Co." blue h.s. (II-59c, illustrated) that may not belong (9).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 3296 Hong Kong, Perfins - Arnhold Karberg & Co: 1886 (3 June) envelope ("Arnhold Karberg & Co./Hong Kong" embossed imprint on flap) to New York (4.7) bearing 10c. deep blue-green with "AK/& Co" perfin tied "B62" with "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. adjacent, very fine, early perfin usage. S.G. 37. Sell III-1 (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 3297 Hong Kong, Arnhold Karberg & Co: 1888 (30 Aug.) registered envelope (part "Arnhold Karberg & Co." imprint on flap) to Colchester, England (2.10) bearing 20c. on 30c. orange-red and 10c. green (few light tones at perfs.), the latter with "AK/& Co" perfin, both cancelled "B62" with "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. and "R" in circle h.s. adjacent, fractionally reduced at foot on opening, nice combination of perfin and non-perfin stamps; also included is 1887 "Arnhold Karberg" flimsy envelope to London again bearing 20c. on 30c. orange-red without perfin. S.G. 37a, 40. Sell III-1.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 3298 Hong Kong, Arnhold Karberg & Co:1888 (10 Apr.) envelope ("Arnhold Karberg & Co./China" embossed imprint on flap) to Colchester, England (14.5) bearing 5c. blue with "AK/& Co" perfin vertical pair, cancelled "B62" with "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. adjacent, some light ageing. S.G. 35a. Sell III-1.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,610
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Lot 3299 Hong Kong, Bank of East Asia : 1923 (4 Apr.) registered envelope to Oakland, California (26-27.4) bearing K.G.V 10c. ultramarine with "BEA" perfin (2) tied by "Registered/G.P.O. Hong Kong" c.d.s. Sell III-14 (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 3300 Hong Kong, Banque de l'Indochine : 1940-41 envelopes (2) to Shanghai bearing K.G.VI 5c. green with "B I" perfin, the first with "Passed/Censor/Hong Kong/9" type 4 violet h.s. and the second with red type 4B censor tape, very good. S.G. 143. Sell III-9 (one illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$1,150
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Lot 3301 Hong Kong, Det Oversishe Compagnes/Thoresen & Co. (their overseas agent) : 1914 (23 Dec.) envelope to Norway bearing K.G.V 10c. ultramarine with "DOC" perfin, tied by "Hong Kong" c.d.s. with "P.B.C." and Russian censor h.s. adjacent, fine double-censored usage. S.G. 105. Sell III-21a.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,495
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Lot 3302 Hong Kong, Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation : 1913-41 envelopes (5, one registered) and card bearing frankings with "HS/BC" perfins, including three with WWII censor markings, as well as 1941 envelope to Grenada bearing K.G.VI 10c. block of four (6 items). Sell III-33g, III-33i (one illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 3303 Hong Kong, Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation : 1932-47 envelopes (5, two registered and one airmail) bearing frankings with "HS/BC" perfins, fine selection. Sell III-33g, III-33i, III-33o (two illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 3304 Hong Kong, Yokohama Specie Bank : 1937 (17 Sept.) registered envelope to Indiana, U.S.A. (18.10) bearing Coronation 15c. carmine with "YS/B" perfin (3) tied by "Registered/G.P.O. Hong Kong" c.d.s. S.G. 138. Sell III-66 (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 3305 Hong Kong, Selections : 1898-1951 envelopes (4) comprising 1898 envelope to Singapore bearing Q.V. 10c. "MC" (Melchers & Co.) perfin, 1922 2c. (with "T" in circle h.s.) and 1951 30c. (opened out) envelopes with "UT/Co" (United Trading Co.) perfins, and 1941 10c. (2) envelope to Alexandria with "TC/&S" perfins, fine selection. Sell III-43b (illustrated), III-59a, III-61.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,070
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Lot 3306 Hong Kong, Selections : 1919 (7 May) envelope to Los Angeles bearing K.G.V 10c. with "L/& Co" (W.R. Loxley & Co.) perfin, and 1933 (17 Jan.) envelope to Toronto bearing K.G.V 10c. with "G&/Co" (Gilman & Co.) perfin (corner fault) and 2c. (no perfin), couple minor cover faults. Sell III-27, III-41 (both illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$920
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Lot 3307 Hong Kong, Selections : 1937-41 envelopes (4) bearing Hong Kong Electric Co., Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp. (censored) and Thomas Cook & Sons (2, one censored) perfin frankings, mainly fine. Sell III-29 (illustrated), III-33i, III-59a (one illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,150
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Lot 3308 Hong Kong, Manuscript Security Markings : 1881 (7 July) envelope to London (16.8) bearing CC watermark 10c. mauve with "FS." endorsement, tied "B62" with "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. adjacent, very fine (tiny envelope piece at top missing noted for accuracy). S.G. 30. Sell IV-16a (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$920
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Lot 3309 Hong Kong, 1893-1908 envelopes (6), cards (2) and printed-matter entire to overseas, bearing Q.V. (6) and K.E.VII (3, one registered) frankings with manuscript security strokes, some faults, generally fine usages with some illustrated on the Sell website (9). Sell IV-7a.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 3310 Hong Kong, Senders' Handstamps : 1898 (5 Mar.) 4c. stationery card to an overseas Chinese, Paramaribo, Surinam (5.5) via Georgetown, British Guiana (1.5) cancelled by "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. with "Basel Mission/Hong Kong" magenta oval sender's h.s. adjacent, an unusual destination. Yang P6.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000


The card shows an interesting usage from the Basel Mission in the months before the Western Branch post office was opened in the summer of 1898. See lot 3347 for a 1903 Basel Mission card sent through the branch office.
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 3311 Hong Kong, 1909 (12 Mar.) O.H.M.S. envelope (unsealed, presumably as printed matter) to Oxford, England (14.4) showing "Hong Kong Observatory" violet h.s. Sell I-65 (illustrated).
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 3312 Hong Kong, 1886-1933 cards (mainly stationery cards with a few uprated and Q.V. 2c. stationery newspaper wrapper) to China and overseas, showing a range of senders' h.s. (not crossing stamp or indicia, with some on reverse) including a few Chinese such as Jian Xian Hua Bookstore (Sell IV-40), some faults and a little duplication, an interesting and varied selection collected over many years (approx. 30).
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$21,850
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