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Hong Kong & Treaty Ports


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Lot 3233 o Hong Kong, French Mailboats : 1863-71 watermark crown CC 8c. pale dull orange cancelled by large part "Delta" double-ring c.d.s. in red (xx.4.65; Webb type B) and "B62" in blue, fine to very fine and extremely rare (single light perf. tone on reverse noted for accuracy). Illustrated on Webb plate 84. S.G. 11.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


Webb records only two examples of this cancellation on Hong Kong stamps in the text of his Philatelic and Postal History of Hong Kong - which seems confirmed by the Supplement - neither of his two listed dates however match this example even though he shows this example in the Plates and the date on the figure of this cancellation in the text corresponds to this example. Query whether at least one of Webb's dates was mistranscribed.
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Lot 3234 o Hong Kong, French Mailboats : 1882-96 watermark crown CA 10c. green horizontal pair cancelled by "Col. Fr./Paq. Fr. N No.4" octagonal d.s. (3.1.85; Webb type EE with this example showing the date in his illustration), fine to very fine and very rare (RRR per Webb Supplement). This pair is further specifically referred to in Webb's text on page 356 (although there is a typographical error mislabeling the month as June). S.G. 37a.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
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Lot 3235 o Hong Kong, French Mailboats : 1882-96 watermark crown CA 10c. green cancelled by almost complete "Cor. D. Arm. Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No. 5" (21.10.84; Webb type O, RRR) and 1880 watermark crown CC 10c. mauve cancelled by large part "Ligne S/Paq. Fr. No. 3" (3.3.81; Webb type T, RR), fine to very fine. The former stamp referenced on Webb p. 358. S.G. 30, 37a.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000


Ligne S functioned between Shanghai and Yokohama.
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 3236 Hong Kong, French Mailboats : 1880 watermark crown CC 48c. brown (3), each with "HSB" perfin and still affixed in part to original piece, neatly cancelled by "Poss. Angl./Paq. Fr. N No. 6" octagonal d.s. in blue (4.9.84; Webb type E), some insignificant light corner creasing at right, fine to very fine, a spectacular and outstanding, probably unique piece. S.G. 31.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$14,950
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Lot 3237 o Hong Kong, French Mailboats : 1874 Postal Fiscal perf. 15½ x 15 $2 olive-green cancelled by complete "Poss. An./Paq. Fr. N No 4" octagonal d.s. in red (18.10.87; Webb type E), very fine. S.G. F1.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$18,400
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Lot 3238 o Hong Kong, French Mailboats : 1886-1906 selection of Q.V. pairs (2) and singles (3) showing select examples of Ligne N c.d.s. and octagonal d.s., fine to very fine (1901 2c. green "Ligne N" c.d.s. pair tiny thin speck in one stamp).
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 3239 Hong Kong, French Mailboats : 1892-1907 cards (6) showing "Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No." octagonal d.s. cancelling the adhesive (3, all K.E.VII) or as a transit marking, fine to very fine selection.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 3240 Hong Kong, German Sea Posts : 1909 (12 Jan.) colour picture postcard (Sampans in Hong Kong Harbour) to Upstate New York, bearing Germany Germania 10pf. Red cancelled by "Deustche Seepost/Ost-/Asiatische/Hauptlinie/d" c.d.s., with "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s. adjacent, fine and unusual.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 3241 Hong Kong, German Sea Posts : 1911 (29 Dec.) colour picture postcard (Queens Road) to Vienna, Austria (18.1.12) bearing K.E.VII 4c. carmine-red, cancelled by "Deustche Seepost/Ost-/Asiatische/Hauptlinie/e" c.d.s. (1.1), very fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 3242 Hong Kong, Japanese Usages and Paquebots : 1893 (7 Nov.) Japan 3s. stationery card written at Nagasaki to Germany, cancelled by "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. (12.11) with German insufficient address label tied by "Bremen" c.d.s. (11.12), fine and fresh.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,150
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Lot 3243 Hong Kong, Japanese Usages and Paquebots : 1909 (15 July) envelope ("W.R. Loxley & Co./Hong Kong" imprint on flap) to San Francisco, bearing K.E.VII 4c. carmine-red (6) with "W.R.L. & Co." diagonal security h.s. (3 x 24mm. in unlisted black ink) tied by "Nagasaki/Japan" c.d.s. with bilingual "Paquebot" h.s. adjacent, some light cover wrinkling and staining around adhesives, fine paquebot usage with security marking not listed by Sell from a scarce firm of which he shows no covers; also included is fine incoming 1888 Japan 2s. stationery card to Japanese Consulate, Hong Kong, showing very fine "Non Réclamé/Unclaimed" h.s. (Proud I41, predating his earliest recorded date) on reverse. 1909 envelope ex Hosking. S.G. 93.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000


Roger Hosking was the leading student and collector of worldwide paquebot and seapost markings, with his Paquebot Cancellations of the World the acknowledged leading work in the field.
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 3244 Hong Kong, Japanese Usages and Paquebots : 1911 (9 Mar.) envelope to San Francisco bearing K.E.VII 2c. (5) tied by "Tenyo Maru/Sea Post" c.d.s., with framed "Paquebot" violet h.s. (Hosking 4024) adjacent, trivial slight rust at perfs., fine and very rare. Ex Hosking.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 3245 Hong Kong, Japanese Usages and Paquebots : 1926 (16 Oct.) envelope to San Francisco bearing K.G.V 10c. tied by "Taiyo Maru/I.J. Sea Post" violet c.d.s., with framed "Paquebot" violet h.s. (Hosking 4023) adjacent; also included is colour picture postcard of S.S. Taiyo Maru. Ex Hosking.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$2,070
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Lot 3246 Hong Kong, Lloyd Trestino Line : 1937 (20 Feb.) black-and-white real photo postcard (Queen's Statue, Hong Kong Club) to Spoleto, Italy bearing K.G.V 4c. carmine-rose tied by "Lloyd Triestino/Pfo. Conte Rosso" c.d.s., very fine. Ex Hosking.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 3247 Hong Kong, Shanghai Paquebots : 1910 (28 May) envelope to San Francisco bearing K.E.VII 10c. and 6c., tied by "Shanghai/Br. P.O." c.d.s., with "Paquebot" framed h.s. (Hosking 3358) adjacent, vertical fold at left (well away from h.s. and adhesives) and slightly reduced at left on opening, fine and rare. Ex Hosking.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 3248 Hong Kong, 1930(c.) envelope to San Francisco bearing K.G.V 4c. (2) and 10c. (3) tied by "Paquebot" framed h.s. (Hosking 3367), peripheral edge wear and slightly reduced at right on opening, fine and rare; also included is 1933 K.G.V 10c. (3) envelope to Vancouver, Canada cancelled by "Vancouver/B.C." c.d.s. with "Paquebot/Posted/at Sea" violet framed h.s. First ex Hosking.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 3249 Hong Kong, U.S. Vessels and Paquebot Usages : 1870 (3 Sept.) envelope to Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A. showing "U.S. Ship/Colorado" blue circular h.s., with red "Hong Kong/Paid All/A" c.d.s. adjacent and "San Francisco/Paid All" transit c.d.s. on reverse, unfortunately the adhesive has been torn away but scarce ship marking.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
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Lot 3250 Hong Kong, U.S. Vessels and Paquebot Usages: 1899 (2 Oct.) envelope to Washington State, U.S.A. bearing Q.V. 10c. purple on red pair tied by "Tacoma Wa" duplex, with "Paquebot" h.s. (Hosking 1013), few vertical folds, fine and very rare, very nice early paquebot usage. Ex Hosking.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 3251 Hong Kong, U.S. Vessels and Paquebot Usages: 1905 (4 Mar.) postcard (Group of Natives) to Middletown, California via San Francisco (27.3) bearing K.E.VII 4c. tied by "San Francisco/Cal/G" double oval h.s. with violet "Paquobot." h.s. adjacent.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$920
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Lot 3252 Hong Kong, U.S. Vessels and Paquebot Usages: 1924 envelope to San Francisco bearing K.G.V 2c. (3) and 10c. tied by "Trans-Pacific Sea Post/No.7/M. …" violet double-ring d.s., some light staining on reverse, fine and very rare. Ex Hosking.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000


This cover is discussed in some detail in Susa (p. 8 and illustrated on plate 2) and was thought to be the only example of this kind of datestamp with the ship number in the centre (rather than at foot). In fact, the smudged portion at lower right may have been blocking out of a ship reference there.
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 3253 Hong Kong, U.S. Vessels and Paquebot Usages: 1924 (19 Dec.) envelope to San Francisco bearing K.G.V 2c. and 10c. (2) tied by "U.S. Transpacific Sea Post/S.F. No. 22" double-ring d.s., reduced slightly at right on opening, fine and rare. Ex Hosking.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 3254 Hong Kong, U.S. Vessels and Paquebot Usages: 1926-37 Hong Kong-franked envelopes (9) to U.S.A., showing U.S. Presidents Lines usages (with "East" designation in c.d.s.), together with 1934 envelope to Vancouver, Canada showing "Pres. Jefferson/North" c.d.s., fine selection showing a range of vessels; also included are Lines' advertising colour postcard and 1935 slip with "Pres. Hoover" c.d.s. (12 items). Ex Hosking.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 3255 Hong Kong, 1864 (31 Oct.) "Officer's Letter" envelope from H.M.S. Leopard to Scotland (23.12) bearing Great Britain 6d. lilac pair (one damaged at top) tied "A81" showing blue "Hong Kong/C" despatch and arrival c.d.s. on reverse, fine and rare mailboat usage. No. 28 in Kirk's listing.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 3256 Hong Kong, 1884 (27 Mar.) naval officer's envelope to Bordeaux, France bearing Great Britain 1d. lilac block of five cancelled "B62", showing "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. and "Modane à Paris" red French entry c.d.s. (5.5) just tying the first adhesive, central vertical fold and horizontal fold at foot (away from adhesives), very fine and very rare Hong Kong officer's letter franked with British stamps during the period from Dec. 1869 to Dec. 1898 that British stamps could be used by British naval officers at the Hong Kong post office to pay the regular postage (10c. (5d.) U.P.U. rate effective Feb. 1880 to Dec. 1898).
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


After the withdrawal of the officer's 6d. concessionary rate in Dec. 1869, the only privilege left to British naval officers was the ability to use British stamps when posting letters at the civilian rate at the Hong Kong post office. Mick Goldsmith had recorded seven officers' covers with British stamps during the period between Feb. 1880 and Feb. 1884, with this being an addition to his recorded usages and now the latest.
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 3257 Hong Kong, 1917 (12 May) serviceman's stampless envelope to Tientsin (11.7 Br. P.O. c.d.s.) "Via England & Siberia" showing "Army Post Office/S. 48" despatch c.d.s., with "S" in circle red h.s. and "Passed Field Censor/crown" h.s. (644 and 3494 respectively) adjacent, censor tape at left, fine and unusual incoming serviceman's letter during World War I.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$1,265
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Lot 3258 Hong Kong, 1955 (14 Nov.) "Forces Letter" unfranked aerogram addressed to Kent, England, showing "Post Office/14 Nov 1955/R.A.F. Kai Tak" h.s. in violet, very fine, unrecorded in Proud.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 3259 Hong Kong, Shanghai Defence Force : 1927-40 collection of envelopes (13, four registered), card, front and adhesives (6) on pieces showing Field Post Offices 1, 3 and 4, Army Post Office 1, and Indian F.P.O. 189, an interesting assembly including both the earlier and later periods, overall fine.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 3260 Hong Kong, 1927 Emergency Postal Service : 1927 (25 & 26 Mar.) envelopes to U.S.A. and Germany respectively bearing Great Britain 2½d and 1d. + 1½d. tied by "Field Post Office/1" c.d.s., small cover faults, fine usages (2).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500


On 25 March 1927, as a result of a strike at the Chinese post office in Shanghai, the Shanghai Defence Force military post offices were opened to civilians, who paid the foreign 2½d. rate (as opposed to the forces rate of 1½d.). The arrangements ended the following day at noon, as the Chinese post office had reopened.
  Realized HK$2,300
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