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Lot 2001 Shanghai, 1874 (1 Dec.) neat envelope to "Miss Fey, Hong-Kew, Shanghai" bearing Second Candareen Provisional surcharge in blue 3ca. on 2c. rose perf. 12, cancelled by "Local Post Office Shanghai" small garter h.s. in red and showing "Shanghai/Local Post/G" c.d.s. in blue on reverse, small opening tear at top extending vertically through the flap at back, fine to very fine and a rare usage of the Candareens Provisional surcharge, predating by at least one month the January 1875 issue date ascribed by Lyons Livingston, Dr. Wei-Liang Chow and the traditional literature. Livingston 73.
Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 100,000


There is a record of a similar cover from this correspondence, which was sent on 20 April 1875.
  Realized HK$115,000
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Lot 2002 Shanghai, 1879 (14 Oct.) envelope to Boston (28.11) via Yokohama (1.11) and San Francisco (21.11), showing on reverse "Shanghai/Local Post/R" origin c.d.s. in blue and bearing on front Japan Koban 5s. pair, cancelled by "crossroads" type, with matching "I.J. Postal Agency/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (22.10) alongside, one stamp has a few toned perfs. and the envelope a little ragged around (but not affecting) the right stamp, fine overseas usage originating in the Shanghai Local Post.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 2003 Shanghai, 1877 (Feb.) Candareen Provisional surcharge in blue 1ca. on 6ca. green, basic stamp original Stone, fine unused with much original gum, centred to left. Livingston 87a.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,265
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Lot 2004 Shanghai, 1886 handstamped surcharge in blue 40cash on 80cash reddish buff, variety surcharge reading down, fine unused with part to large part original gum Livingston 119b.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,150
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Lot 2005 o Shanghai, 1893 (Apr.) Half stamps surcharged in blue ½c. on 5c. carmine-pink pairs (2) with types IB + IIB and IIB + IIIB surcharges se-tenant and inverted, ½c. on 5c. vermilion pair with type IA + IA, IA + IIB and IB + IB surcharges normal and inverted se-tenant used (2 pairs on pieces), cancelled by "Local Post/Shanghai" small bilingual double-ring h.s. in blue, and Amoy 1895-96 "Postage Due" overprint in block letters in black on 2c. blue, Stone II, Setting III [5], on piece, cancelled by "Local/Post/Amoy/A" c.d.s. (14.10.96) and showing "Paid" circular h.s. adjacent, fine to very fine. Livingston 159A, 160A, 162B, 166B, 167B, D11 for Amoy c.d.s.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 2006 E Shanghai, 1893 Barclay & Fry essay proofs with complex ornaments in spandrels imperf. 2c. to 20c. in colours similar to those of the issued stamps on unwatermarked stout paper, horizontal pairs, one 5c. is thinned; also imperf. proof with design similar to issued stamp 5c. blue on watermarked paper with offset of frame on reverse, horizontal pair, fine to very fine. Livingston 174EP2-178EP2; 175P var.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 2007 Shanghai, 1896 Barclay & Fry 2c. scarlet and black, variety black inscriptions inverted, well centred, very fine and fresh unused with original gum. Livingston 194a.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 2008 Shanghai, 1897 (2 Aug.) local wrapper bearing Barclay & Fry 1c., cancelled by "Shanghai/Local Post/I" double-ring d.s., fine.
Estimate HK$ 750 - 1,000
  Realized HK$863
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Lot 2009 Shanghai, 1893-97 envelopes (5) and postal stationery 1c. envelope (age spotting) used locally, the envelopes bearing 1c. frankings (4) or Jubilee 2c., various cancellation types, the Jubilee usage showing "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring arrival d.s. on reverse, mainly fine (6).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 2010 o Shanghai, Postage Dues : 1892-93 overprinted in black "Postage Due" on 10c. orange, cancelled by part "Shanghai/Local Post/B" c.d.s. of 1892 in blue, fine. Livingston D10.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$1,035
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Lot 2011 Shanghai, 1884 20 cash green on buff postal stationery card with customary handpainted multi-colour design on reverse, showing black frame below the indicia for the additional stamp, fine, a few faint age spots, believed to have been intended for international mail with the framed space to add the foreign stamp. Livingston PC4.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
  Realized HK$23,000
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Lot 2012 Shanghai, 1893 (5 Sept.) ½c. postal stationery card wrapper used locally in Shanghai bearing Half stamps surcharged in blue ½c. on 5c. vermilion, cancelled by "Shanghai/Local Post/D" c.d.s. in blue and showing "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (5.9) adjacent, fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 2013 o Shanghai, Shanghai Local Post Agencies : 1866 Jubilee 2c. rose and 1867 6ca. slate, each cancelled by "Local Post Office Ningpo" small garter in red, and 1893 20c. cancelled by "Shanghai L.P.O./Swatow Agency" oval h.s. in violet, also 1893 (Mar.) Provisional surcharge "One Cent" on 20c. brown cancelled by British P.O. "C/Ningpo" c.d.s. (0.3.94), fine strikes, faults (4 items).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 2014 Shanghai, 1894 20cash postal stationery card addressed to Diercking at the Custom House in Kowloon and redirected to Shanghai, cancelled by "Local Post Agency/Amoy/A" c.d.s. in blue, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$1,093
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Lot 2015 Shanghai, Shanghai Private Post : 1922 Shanghai Light Horse 20c. red on piece, cancelled by "Shanghai Light Horse/S.V.C./April, 1922" double-ring d.s., fine and scarce.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$18,400
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Lot 2016 Amoy, Volapuk : 1895(c.) 1 franz blue horizontal strip of three containing imperf. between horizontal pair, fine unused with much original gum, manuscript notations on reverse.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 2017 Chefoo, 1893 (28 July) envelope to Shanghai (30.7), showing "Paid" framed h.s. and "Chefoo/Local Post" oval d.s. in black, with "Shanghai/Local Post/H" arrival c.d.s. on reverse, fine and early use of the "Paid" handstamp.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 2018 Chefoo, 1894 (20 Nov.) envelope to France (arrival), showing "Marine Française/Service à la Mer" double-ring cachet and bearing Local Post retouched die ½c., cancelled by "Local Post/Chefoo" double-ring d.s., with another strike repeated on reverse, "Shanghai/Local Post/A" transit c.d.s. (24.11) in blue and Hong Kong 2c., cancelled by "Shanghai/C" c.d.s. (24.11) and additionally tied by part "Brest" arrival c.d.s. envelope opened out for display, fine printed matter usage.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000


Provenance: Major Richard Pratt, Spink (Hong Kong), 20.1.2008, lot 564.
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Lot 2019 Chinkiang, 1894 (19 June) Shanghai Local Post ½c. wrapper to E.K.A. Ruhstrat, the Customs official at Chinkiang (20.6), cancelled by "Shanghai/Local Post/H" c.d.s. in blue, with another strike on reverse and "Customs/Chinkiang" double-ring arrival d.s., fine and remarkable usage through the Customs Post.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000


A rare example of a Local Post wrapper sent to Chinkiang through the Shanghai Local Post just prior to the opening of the Chinkiang Local Post during the forerunner period when the Imperial Maritime Customs Post acted as the agent for Chinkiang.

The addressee, Ernst Ruhstrat, the son of Friedrich Andreas Ruhstrat (Chairman of the State Ministry of the German State of Oldenburg) was a member of the Customs Service in China for many years, having been originally stationed in Shanghai, then in Formosa during the mid-eighties when the French blockaded the island, and later back in China itself.
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 2020 Chinkiang, 1895 second issue 6ca. mauve, horizontal pair, variety imperf. vertically, fine and fresh mint, trivial natural wrinkle at foot, Livingston 13a.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$920
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Lot 2021 Chinkiang, Postage Dues : 1895 second issue "Postage Due" overprint in red 2.5mm. spacing ½c. rose, block of four, lower pair with overprints inverted thereby forming two vertical tête-bêche pairs, fine and fresh appearance unused with much original gum, lower horizontal pair is thinned causing slight damage to one stamp. Livingston D16d.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$748
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Lot 2022 P Chinkiang, Postage Dues : 1895 third issue imperforate plate proofs on confectionary wrapping paper, 5c. green and 10c. orange each in a horizontal pair, fine. Livingston PD21, PD23.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 2023 Chungking, 1894 "Chungking Local Post" printed public notice with large violet "Chungking L.P.O. Shanghai Agency" c.d.s. of "15 Mar. 95", text commences "This office forwards letters and parcels from Chungking by Express Courier to Ichang and thence by Steamer to the Treaty Ports and vice versa…" detailing charges and explaining the relationship between the Chungking L.P.O. and its agencies in Shanghai and Ichang, a few horizontal folds with slight splitting along edges, very fine and scarce surviving postal document.
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 2024 E Chungking, 1893 (Nov.) essay for first issue 2ca. carmine imperf. x perf. on greyish paper, lovely impression, fine with practically full original crackly gum. Livingston E3.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 2025 Chungking, 1894 first issue imperf. x perf. 12½ 2ca. red-orange, a complete sheet of ten, fine to very fine mint, light tones on gum. Livingston 2.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 2026 Chungking, 1894 first issue imperf. x perf. 12½ 2ca. red-orange, a complete sheet of ten, fine to very fine mint, some light gum toning. Livingston 2.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 2027 Chungking, 1894 first issue imperf. x perf. 12½ 2ca. red-orange, a complete sheet of ten, on native paper fragment, cancelled by ten complete strikes of "Chungking" framed bilingual d.s. in violet, the 6th stamp has a light vertical crease along left edge, fine to very fine. Livingston 2.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,265
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Lot 2028 o Foochow, 1895 first issue 5c. ultramarine, centrally cancelled by "Foochow" double-ring d.s. of "Jan 29 96 in red, stamp toned on reverse, very fine strike. Livingston 4.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000


This cancellation is recorded on the ½c., 10c. and 20c. values, See Fortune Wang, Vol. 1, p.143.
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 2029 o Foochow, 1895 first issue 15c. yellow-brown, cancelled by part "Customs/Wenchow" double-ring d.s. in red and matching part seal, fine. Livingston 7.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
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Lot 2030 Foochow, 1896 (23 Apr.) Japan 2s. postal stationery card to Chicago via Yokohama (4.5) and San Francisco (20.5) bearing 1895 ½c. blue, cancelled by "Postal Service Foochow/China" c.d.s., the indicia cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (29.4), showing "Shanghai/Local Post/H" transit c.d.s. (26.4) in blue, as well as other transit c.d.s. adjacent, minor creasing, fine and unusual combination usage on Japan postal stationery. Livingston 1.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000


Provenance: Elling O. Eide, Interasia (Hong Kong), 3.11.2014, lot 4186.
  Realized HK$27,600
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Lot 2031 Hankow, 1896 (Aug.) Provisional surcharged vertically "One Cent" on 30c. purple-violet, variety surcharge inverted, fine mint. Livingston 24a.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 2032 Hankow, 1893 Second issue 20c. violet on buff, error of colour, on small piece, tied by complete "Hankow/Local Post" c.d.s. (30.6.93), fine to very fine and a distinctly different colour from the issued blue, this example possibly of proof status, though its legitimate postal use points to it being an issued stamp or a proof used concurrently with the issued stamps. Livingston 7var.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 2033 Kewkiang, 1896 (15 July) postcard written from Tsimo to Kewkiang bearing Local Post 1896 (Aug.) Provisional surcharges ½c. on 20c. blue on rose horizontal pair, cancelled by "Kewkiang/Local Post" oval d.s. in purple, very fine usage predating the published day of issue by more than two weeks. Livingston 14.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000


Provenance: Charles Goodwyn, Spink (Hong Kong), 25.11.2001, lot 2445.
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 2034 P Wei Hai Wei, 1898 (Dec.) Provisional issue proof of 5c. in black on red with single impression of the "C & Co./WHW" handstamp and value in manuscript in all four corners, without signature at back, horizontal pair, bright colour, large margins, right stamp has light vertical crease, nevertheless very fine and a great rarity of Wei-Hai-Wei. Livingston E2.
Estimate HK$ 120,000 - 150,000


Expertisation: Signed L.F. Livingston.

Provenance: M.D. Chow
Charles W. Dougan, Robson Lowe (Zurich), 20.10.1983, lot 1195
Charles Goodwyn, Spink (Hong Kong), 20.11.2005, lot 1607
Elling O. Eide, Interasia (Hong Kong), 3.11.2014, lot 4246.

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.

One horizontal strip of five from the M.D. Chow collection was separated into two horizontal pairs and a single by Lyons Livingston.
  Realized HK$138,000
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Lot 2035 Wei Hai Wei, 1898 first issue handstamped "C & Co./WHW" with "C P" and value in hand 2c. black on red, heavy slightly overinked impression on bright red paper, large margins all round, very fine. Livingston 1.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 2036 Wei Hai Wei, 1898 first issue handstamped "C & Co./WHW" with "C P" and value in hand 2c. black on red, vertical pair, bright colour, good to large margins on three sides, fine unused, neat horizontal crease between stamps. Livingston 1.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 2037 Wei Hai Wei, 1898 first issue handstamped "C & Co./WHW" with "C P" and value in hand 2c. black on red, horizontal pair, right stamp with paper join, bright colour, good margins all round, fine unused, paper hinge remainder on reverse. Livingston 1.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 2038 Wei Hai Wei, 1898 first issue handstamped "C & Co./WHW" with "C P" and value in hand 2c. black on red, horizontal strip of three, complete "G.K. Ferguson" signature (inverted), clear colour, good to large margins, fine to very fine and fresh unused. Livingston 1.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 2039 Wei Hai Wei, 1898 first issue handstamped "C & Co./WHW" (two strikes, one inverted) with "Courier Post" and value in manuscript 5c. black on red, horizontal strip of three, complete "G.K. Ferguson" signature on reverse, deep bright colour, good margins all around, unused, neat horizontal crease at top and centre stamp has natural vertical wrinkle in the paper, nevertheless very fine and an appealing multiple of the top echelon. Livingston 2.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000


References: "Prize Selections from the Rocpex Taipei '81", p. 40. Illustrated.
  Realized HK$46,000
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Lot 2040 Wei Hai Wei, 1898 (8 Dec.) envelope to Private C.G. Lewis of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, Island Guard at Wei-Hai-Wei via Chefoo (28.1.99?) redirected to the British Legation in Peking (22.2.99) via Tientsin (21.2.99) bearing Great Britain 1d. (short crease), cancelled by "Plymouth/620" duplex, and on reverse Wei-Hai-Wei local second issue lithographed 2c. red, cancelled by "C & Co./WHW" circular chop and additionally tied by "Tientsin" transit dollar dater in blue, showing "Singapore/to Hong Kong" marine sorter c.d.s. (15.1.99), "Chefoo" transit dollar dater and "Peking" double-ring arrival d.s. with "Customs" removed, the envelope opened out for display and slight opening damage at bottom back, very fine and a fantastic incoming usage for redirection and onward transmission within China without utilising the Imperial stamps; of the highest exhibition calibre.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000


Provenance: "Ming", Corinphila (Zurich), 29.9.1988, lot 4468
Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 10.5.2001, lot B52
Elling O. Eide, Interasia (Hong Kong), 13.1.2014, lot 3303.

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. 15. This is item H in their listing of second issue covers.

THE FINEST AND MOST INTERESTING OF THE SEVEN RECORDED INCOMING COVERS BEARING THE WEI-HAI-WEI LOCAL SECOND ISSUE STAMP.

The Great Britain 1 pence stamp paid the overseas postage at the soldier's privileged rate, and the Wei-Hai-Wei local 2 cents paid the courier service fee from Chefoo to Wei-Hai-Wei.
  Realized HK$172,500
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Lot 2041 Wei Hai Wei, 1899 (Jan.) lithographed 2c. red with C.I.P. 2c. scarlet (2) on fragment, tied by "Chefoo" dollar dater of "28 Jan 99", vertical fold between but not affecting the Local and C.I.P. single, very fine. Livingston 3.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
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Lot 2042 Wei Hai Wei, 1899 (Jan.) lithographed 2c. red tied by "C & Co./WHW" circular chop on top right portion of Hong Kong 4c. postal stationery card, the indicia with part Hong Kong c.d.s. and also just cancelled by small part "(Chef)oo" dollar dater, the local 2c. is defective at foot, fine and very rare, probably unique, usage. Livingston 3.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000


This remarkable piece from a Hong Kong 4c. foreign postal stationery card, which originally resided in the collection of Major Tapp, who acquired it during the 1930's, is a very rare example of incoming mail to Wei-Hai-Wei utilising the local courier service during only a possible two month period of use with the second issue local post stamp. The portion of the Chefoo dollar dater documents its arrival at the starting point of the local courier service to Wei-Hai-Wei. The local post 2 cents stamp paid for this service, and its use is confirmed by the Cornabe & Co. chop, which ties the stamp to the card.
  Unsold
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Lot 2043 /o Chinese Cities & Local Posts, 1866-97, an unused and used assembly mostly focusing on Shanghai, but other Out Ports also represented, fair to fine, faults (175+).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 2044 /o/ Chinese Cities & Local Posts, 1876-1915, an unused and used collection, with envelopes including Chinkiang and Wuhu (2) stamp issues on red-band envelopes (3), Shanghai Local Post envelopes (4, two are illustrated), good range of unused postal stationery with early cards, and later China postcards and postal stationery cards with Shanghai Local Post type cancellations after the amalgamation with the Chinese postal system, mainly fine (160 stamps; 50 covers or cards including postal stationery, of which eight items are Imperial or Republic of China).
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 2045 / Chinese Cities & Local Posts, 1886(c.)-99, a selection, including 1893 -96 envelopes (5) bearing Shanghai Local Post single frankings 1c. (2), 20c. and Jubilee 2c., Shanghai postal stationery (5), and Wei-Hai-Wei 1899 second issue 2c. and 5c. unused, mainly fine, a few faults (25).
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 2046 /o Chinese Cities & Local Posts, 1893-97, a fine mint or unused and used representative collection with numerous issues complete and some cancellations; also China Imperial Small Dragons used (5) and a Min Chu Post Puchong Letter Office envelope from Swatow to Shanghai. Mainly fine (150+).
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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