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Lot 3001 Hong Kong, 1841 (8 Mar.) entire letter from Colonel Edwards, H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Canton River to Trincomalee, Ceylon, showing on reverse "Singapore/Ship Letter" (across the join) and "Calcutta/Ship Letter/Bearing 1/8" framed d.s. (20.4). Letter discusses ship and troop movements, as well as his own unit's movements and developments on the Canton River front. A fine early letter from the First China war.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000


See lot 3394 in "Macau" for an April 1841 "Eastern Expedition" from Col. Edwards written at Macao.
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 3002 Hong Kong, 1842 (8 Dec.) "Eastern Expedition" entire letter from Army officer Gerald Harvey at Hong Kong to his brother, Madras, India (28.1.43) showing fine "Hong Kong Post Office" Royal Arms oval h.s. in red with "G.P.O./1843 Jan 28" red framed h.s. adjacent and "Madras/1843 January 28/Bearing 3 As." framed h.s. on reverse (with "Inland 1 As. [=] 4 As." below), containing a spirited account of hostilities in China; together with a manuscript copy of Sir Henry Pottinger's 23 Nov. 1842 Proclamations at Amoy, concerning the executions by the Chinese Authorities in Formosa of the British passengers and crew of the Nerbudda and Sun that were wrecked in Sept. 1841 and March 1842, enclosed in the original letter. A fine example of this popular early mark recorded between June 1842 and March 1844 from a member of the British forces in the First China War, being one of only six China Expedition-endorsed Hong Kong Arms covers recorded in Dr. Andrew Cheung's Hong Kong Philatelic Society survey.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000


Provenance: Sir Percival David.
  Realized HK$138,000
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Lot 3003 Hong Kong, 1846 (31 Jan.) entire letter from C.W. Wild, Hong Kong to his parents, Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.A., "Care of Chas. Humberstow Esq., Liverpool. England" showing "Paid" framed h.s. in red, with U.K. d.s. (31.3/1.4) and "Boston/Ship" arrival c.d.s. (21.4) adjacent and "Hong Kong" double arc despatch d.s. on reverse (over the join), rated "2/-"; this first letter from Mr. Wild from Hong Kong to his parents recounts his voyage on the Medora and arrival earlier in the month at Macao, his passage from Macao to Hong Kong by "fast boat" (noting that they had "paid our regular pirate pals" and were not troubled by them) and his initial business contact. A fine, very early letter from Hong Kong to U.S.A. sent via U.K. forwarder.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 3004 Hong Kong, 1847 (28 Sept.) entire to Semarang, Netherlands East Indies, endorsed on reverse "Care of [Messrs.] A.L. Johnston & Co., Singapore" showing very fine large "Paid/at/Hong Kong" Crowned Circle (Webb type 6) with "Batavia" c.d.s. (3.10) adjacent and "Hong Kong" double arc despatch d.s. on reverse, rated "1/-" and "60", couple worm holes at right, fine usage of the scarcest Crowned Circle to an unusual destination.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 3005 Hong Kong, 1847 entire from Hong Kong (docketed sent 27 Sept.) to Fredk. Huth & Co., London (28.12) "Overland Mail via Southampton" showing "Hong Kong" double arc despatch d.s. (29.10) on reverse, rated "1/-" (packet rate via Southampton), small hole in address panel, very good usage.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 3006 Hong Kong, 1848 (27 Feb.) entire to London (30.4) "Via Southampton" showing "Hong Kong" double arc despatch d.s. on reverse, rated "1/-", trivial tiny ink erosion at right, fine usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 3007 Hong Kong, 1849 (25 May) duplicate entire letter from Hong Kong to Bombay (received 20.6 per docketing) showing fine medium "Paid/at/Hong Kong" Crowned Circle in red (Webb type 8) with circular "2" h.s. alongside and "Hong Kong" double-arc d.s. on reverse, rated "2/-", ageing (customary on Bombay mail) and some splitting along seams, fine usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 3008 Hong Kong, 1851 (22 June) envelope to Beverly, Massachusetts, U.S.A. "Via Southampton" and London (23.8) showing "Hong Kong" double-arc d.s. and "New York" transit c.d.s. (8.9) on reverse, rated "1/8" and "45"cents ("24" crossed out), fine (1s.8d rate to East Coast U.S.A. via Southampton).
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 3009 Hong Kong, 1852 (23 July) entire to New York "Via Marseilles" and London (18.9) showing light complete "Hong Kong" double-arc despatch d.s. on reverse, rated "2/11" and "54" cents with handstruck "75", fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 3010 Hong Kong, 1852 (17 Sept.) entire from Hargreaves & Co (per docketing) to Bolton, England (15.11) "via Marseilles" and London (14.11) showing "Ship Letter/Victoria Hong Kong" h.s., with "Hong Kong" double-arc d.s. (22.9), rated "2/2", very fine example of this scarce mark used on mail originating outside of Hong Kong.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 3011 Hong Kong, 1857 (14 Jan.) linen-lined envelope to New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.A. "via Southampton" and London (9.3) showing "Hong Kong" double-arc despatch d.s. on reverse and "New York/Am Pkt." c.d.s. (28.3) on front, handstruck "33", light ageing, fine usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 3012 Hong Kong, 1858 (4 May) entire letter from Hong Kong to New York (14.7) "Via Marseilles" and London (30.6) showing part "Hong Kong" double-arc despatch d.s. on reverse and "New York/Am Pkt." arrival c.d.s. on front, manuscript rated with handstruck "45", light overall ageing.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 3013 Hong Kong, 1858 (9 Aug.) entire letter from Hong Kong to Leyden, Netherlands (2.10) "p. Overland Mail via Triest" showing fine small "Paid/at/Hong Kong" Crowned Circle in red (Webb type 11) with "Vaucher Fréres/Hong Kong" blue sender's h.s. adjacent and very fine "Hong Kong" double-arc despatch d.s. and red "Leiden" arrival c.d.s. on reverse, manuscript ratings with handstruck (at Trieste) "6¼" framed h.s. in blue, some light creasing (as to be expected on a flimsy entire), fine usage of the Crowned Circle to a scarce destination via Trieste.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 3014 Hong Kong, 1858 (29 Dec.) envelope (opened out for display) to Norwich, Connecticut, U.S.A. "Via Southampton" and London (15.2.59) showing "Hong Kong" double-arc despatch d.s. on reverse and "New York/Am Pkt." c.d.s. (1.3) on front, handstruck "33", reduced at right on opening.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 3015 Hong Kong, 1859 (11 Jan.) envelope to Boston, U.S.A (17.3) "Via Marseilles" and London (1.3) showing "Hong Kong" double-arc despatch d.s. on reverse and "Boston/Am Pkt." c.d.s. on reverse, rated "24" cents with handstruck "45".
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 3016 Hong Kong, 1859 (25 Oct.) envelope to Boston, U.S.A (2.1.60) "via Marseilles" and London (15.12) showing "Hong Kong/C" despatch and "Boston/Br. Pkt" arrival c.d.s. on reverse, rated "34" and "39" cents, light ageing on front, fine usage.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 3017 Hong Kong, 1859 (29 Nov.) envelope (opened out for display) to Hagerstown, Maryland, U.S.A. "Via Marseilles" and London (13.1.60) showing "Hong Kong/Paid" c.d.s. in red with manuscript "1/-" adjacent, both crossed out in red crayon, and blue "Hong Kong/C" despatch and "Boston Br. Pkt." (4.2) c.d.s. on reverse, rated "40" cents with handstruck "45" cents charge, an unusual cover erroneously originally struck with the "Hong Kong/Paid" c.d.s. and manuscript sterling accounting charge as paid mail when actually sent as unpaid mail.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
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Lot 3018 Hong Kong, 1859 (14 Dec.) entire letter to Marseille (27.1.60) "p Ganges" showing grey-blue "Hong Kong/C" despatch c.d.s. on reverse, rated "16" (décimes).
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 3019 Hong Kong, 1860 (14 Feb.) entire letter to New York (13.4) "Via Marseilles" and London (26.3) showing "Hong Kong/C" despatch c.d.s. on reverse, "42" cents rating with handstruck "84".
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 3020 Hong Kong, 1860 (6 May) envelope to Boston, U.S.A (9.7) "via Marseilles" and London (26.6) showing "Hong Kong/C" despatch c.d.s. (with "C" inverted) on reverse, manuscript rated with handstruck "45".
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 3021 Hong Kong, 1860 (28 Nov.) envelope to Philadelphia, U.S.A. (2?1.61) "Via Marseilles" and London (12.1) showing "Hong Kong/C" despatch c.d.s. on reverse, with "Philadelphia/Br. Pkt." c.d.s. on front, rated "1" (Colonial charge) and "34" cents with handstruck "39" cents charge to recipient, few mended tears at top and in backflap, very good usage of this rare Philadelphia exchange office marking.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 3022 Hong Kong, 1861 (27 July) flimsy envelope to Glasgow, Scotland (16.9) "via Marseilles" showing "Hong Kong/Paid" c.d.s. in red and on reverse "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s., rated "9" and "8" (after 1d. Colonial credit), a little peripheral light creasing, very good usage (9d. quarter-ounce British packet rate to U.K. via Marseille).
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 3023 Hong Kong, 1861 (16 Mar.) envelope to Newton Corner, Massachusetts, U.S.A. "Via Marseilles" and London (26.4) showing part "Hong Kong/Paid" c.d.s. in red (overstruck by "London/Paid" c.d.s.) with "N. York Br. Pkt./5" c.d.s. (9.5) adjacent and "Hong Kong/C" despatch c.d.s. on reverse, rated "1/8" and "1/7", some faint ageing.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 3024 Hong Kong, 1860 (15 Feb.) flimsy envelope to James Scott, Royal Marines, H.M.S. Queen, Portsmouth (26.3) "via Marseilles", redirected to Lisbon and ultimately returned to Portsmouth (20.4 per docketing) showing "Paid" framed h.s. in red, with "Hong Kong/C" despatch, initial Plymouth arrival (26.3) and London (27.3) c.d.s. on reverse.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500


Mr. Scott is believed the largest recipient of covers showing the scarce "Shanghai" double-arc datestamp, with this cover likewise in all likelihood originating in Shanghai as it is part of that same correspondence and immediately predates the covers with the double-arc datestamp.
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 3025 Hong Kong, 1860 (9 Aug.) entire letter from Hong Kong to Cadiz, Spain "via Gibraltar" (29.9) showing "Hong Kong/Paid" c.d.s. in red and on reverse "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s., rated "1/10", vertical file fold, fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 3026 Hong Kong, 1862 (15 Jan) entire letter from Smith, Archer & Co. Hong Kong to New York (2?3) "Via Marseilles" and London (26.2) showing "Hong Kong/Paid" c.d.s. in red (with matching "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. on reverse) and "N.York/Am. Pkt./5" c.d.s. (24.6), "16/cents" red h.s., rated "2/2" ("2/1" after deduction of 1d. Colonial credit).
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 3027 Hong Kong, 1863 (14 Mar.) entire letter from A.F. Heard, Hong Kong to Boston, U.S.A. (12.5) "Via Marseilles" showing large part "Hong Kong/Paid" c.d.s. in red (with matching "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. on reverse) and "Boston Am. Pkt./5" c.d.s., "16/cents" red h.s., rated "2/2" ("2/1" after deduction of 1d. Colonial credit).
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 3028 Hong Kong, 1864 (26 Jan.) "Per Overland via Marseilles" printed flimsy envelope to Greenfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A. "p. Messageries Imp. steamer Tigre" showing "Hong Kong/Paid" c.d.s. in red overstruck by "5/cents" exchange office red h.s., with "Hong Kong/C" blue despatch c.d.s. on reverse and London (5.3) and "Boston Br. Pkt./5/Paid" (18.3) c.d.s. on front, rated "2/2½", small part of backflap missing (not affecting any markings), fine usage (2s.2½d. half-ounce rate to U.S.A. via Marseille effective 2.11.63).
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 3029 Hong Kong, 1864 (11 Aug.) envelope to Nancy, France (28.9) "Via Marseilles" (26.9) showing "Paid" h.s. in red. with "P.P." and framed "P.D." h.s. (also both in red) adjacent, and blue "Hong Kong/C" despatch and Nancy arrival c.d.s. on reverse, rated "1/4".
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,070
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Lot 3030 Hong Kong, "GB/1F 22 4/10c" : 1862 entire to St. Etienne, France (26.11) "via Marseille" (25.11) and Hong Kong (10.10) showing fine to very fine "GB/1F 22 4/10c" accountancy h.s. in grey, with "Shanghae/C" despatch (6.10) and blue "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. on reverse, "18" (décimes) charge, entire contains 22/9/1862 docketing with no place origin.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 3031 Hong Kong, "GB/1F 62 4/10c" : 1863 (6 Mar.) entire letter from Shanghai to Lyon, France (25.4) "Via Marseilles" (25.4), showing very fine "GB/1F 62 4/10c" accountancy h.s. in black, with "Bourjau Hübener & Co./Hong Kong" forwarder's h.s. in red adjacent and "Hong Kong/C" despatch c.d.s. (14.3) on reverse, handstruck "18" (décimes) charge. As this was put in the post by the forwarder in Hong Kong, the "GB/1F62 4/10c" accountancy handstamp was applied.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 3032 Hong Kong, "GB/1F 62 4/10c" : 1863 (11 Aug.) entire letter from Hong Kong to Marseille (24/25.9) showing very good "GB/1F 62 4/10c" accountancy h.s. in black, with "Reynvaan Chabert & Co./Hong Kong" sender's h.s. in green adjacent and "Hong Kong/C" despatch c.d.s. on reverse, handstruck "9" (décimes) charge.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 3033 Hong Kong, "GB/1F 62 4/10c" : 1863 (19 Sept.) entire letter from Wm. Pustau & Co., Shanghai to Rheims, France (16.11) "via Marseilles" (27.10) showing very fine "GB/1F 62 4/10c" accountancy h.s. in grey-blue, struck over "Wm. Pustau & Co./Hong Kong" forwarder's blue oval h.s., with blue "Hong Kong/C" despatch (26.9) and French transit and arrival c.d.s. on reverse, handstruck "18" (décimes) charge.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 3034 Hong Kong, "GB/1F 62 4/10c" : 1864 (29 Feb.) entire from Hong Kong to Marseille (11.4) showing extremely fine "GB/1F 62 4/10c" accountancy h.s. in blue, with "Reynvaan Brothers & Co./Hong Kong" sender's h.s. in red adjacent and "Hong Kong/C" despatch c.d.s. in blue on reverse, handstruck "9" (décimes) charge, fine cover with very clear markings.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 3035 Hong Kong, "GB/1F 62 4/10c" : 1864 (28 June) entire letter from Hong Kong to Marseille (13.8) showing very fine "GB/1F 62 4/10c" accountancy h.s. in blue, with "Reynvaan Brothers & Co./Hong Kong" sender's h.s. in red adjacent and "Hong Kong/C" despatch c.d.s. in blue on reverse, handstruck "9" (décimes) charge.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 3036 Hong Kong, "GB/1F 62 4/10c" : 1864 (30 Aug.) envelope to Mrs. N. Löttge, Hamburg, German States (27.10) "Via Marseilles" (24.10) showing fine blue "GB/1F62 4/10c" and "F. 39" accountancy h.s., with blue "Hong Kong/C" (7.9) despatch and "Hamburg Th&T" arrival c.d.s. on reverse, rated "22", some back faults (including part of backflap removed), fine usage showing two accountancy marks.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000


Although this does not have any Swatow markings, this correspondence to Captain Löttge and his wife seems to have originated or passed through Swatow, with a number of contemporary pieces showing a Swatow forwarder's handstamp, with the docketed 30 August date consistent with this.
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 3037 Hong Kong, "GB/1F 80c" : 1864 (8 Jan.) printed market report from Shanghai to Lyon, France (11.3) via Marseille (10.3) showing "GB/1F 80c" accountancy h.s. in blue, handstruck "15c" charge in red, fine and rare printed-matter accountancy mark usage with full contents that includes a brief report on the atrocities committed upon the capture of Suzhou from the rebels during the Taiping Rebellion and their disquieting impact on market sentiment.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
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Lot 3038 Hong Kong, "GB/1F 66c" : 1869 (30 Mar.) entire letter from Siemssen & Co., Shanghai to Amsterdam (16.5) "Via Marseilles" (14.5) showing very fine "GB/1F 66c" accountancy h.s. in black and on reverse "Siemssen & Co./Hong Kong" forwarder's circular h.s. and matching "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. (both 5.4), rated "60", very fine. Treated as originating from Hong Kong for accountancy purposes, as privately carried to Hong Kong.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 3039 Hong Kong, "GB/1F 66c" : 1870 (4 Apr.) envelope to Paris (14.5) via Marseille (13.5) showing very fine "GB/1F 66c" accountancy h.s. in black, with "Hong Kong/C" despatch c.d.s. on reverse, corner excised at upper left on front and address partially erased, very good usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 3040 Hong Kong, "GB/1F 66c" : 1866 (4 Sept.) entire letter from W. Pustau & Co., Shanghai to Rheims, France (29.10) "Voie de Marseille" (28.10) showing fine to very fine "GB/1F 66c" accountancy h.s. in black, with "Hong Kong/C" despatch (10.9) and French transit and arrival c.d.s. on reverse, handstruck "20" (décimes) charge.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 3041 Hong Kong, "GB/1F 90c" : 1873 (3 May) printed "Siemssen & Co./Chine" wrapper band (with original printed circular) from Shanghai to Lyon (23.6) "Voie de Brindisi", showing "GB/1F 90c" accountancy h.s. in black, with "Poss. Ang. V. Brind/A. Mod." c.d.s. (22.6) and framed "P.P." both in red adjacent, handstruck "25" (centimes) charge in red, very fine and outstanding. An extremely rare wrapper with complete contents. The latest recorded date of this accountancy handstamp. Ex "Alicante".
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000


Carried by Madras Hong Kong (10.5) to Galle (27.5), Hydaspe Galle (29.5) to Suez (16.6), Ceylon Alexandria (17.6) to Marseille (21.6).
  Realized HK$46,000
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