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Hong Kong & Treaty Ports


Treaty Ports : Amoy / Canton / Foochow
 
 
 

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Lot 3297 Amoy, 1870 (29 Mar.) envelope to Brooklyn, New York (26.5 per docketing) "Via Marseilles" bearing no watermark 18c. lilac pair boldly cancelled "B62" and tied by red "London/Paid" transit c.d.s. (14.5) with handstruck "2" (cents)" exchange office red h.s. adjacent, showing on reverse very fine blue "Amoy/A" origin and Hong Kong transit (31.3) c.d.s., rated "1" (1d. Colonial credit) and "1/5", fine cover from the Culbertson correspondence. S.G. 4.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Unsold
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Lot 3298 Amoy, 1873 (21 Oct.) entire letter from London to Amoy (18.12) "via Southampton" and Hong Kong (14.12) bearing Great Britain 3d., redirected to "British Barge Yarra" (Hong Kong 22.1.74 c.d.s.) and ultimately sent to the Hong Kong returned letter office ("Returned Lr. Office/Hong Kong/A" 3.2 c.d.s.) annotated "left for New York", with manuscript ratings. The letter was also underfranked and received "Deficient Postage/Half Fine 3" and framed "Colony's Share of Fine 6d" h.s. A stunning and very rare usage combining rare deficient postage markings and Hong Kong returned letter office treatment.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
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Lot 3299 Amoy, 1874 (16 Nov.) envelope to Lübeck, Germany (25.12) "via Marseilles" (22.12) bearing 8c. and 12c. (small corner fault) neatly cancelled "B62" with red "P.D." h.s. adjacent and blue "Amoy/A" despatch and "Hong Kong/A" (18.11) transit c.d.s. on reverse, small edge restoration at foot and few faintly rusted perf. tips, fine and colourful usage. S.G. 11, 12.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 3300 Amoy, 1892 (27 June) registered envelope from H. Moller, I.M. Customs, Amoy to Penang, Straits Settlements (8.7) via Singapore (6.7) bearing 10c. purple on red tied by "A/Amoy" c.d.s., with "R" in circle h.s. adjacent, reduced at left and a little roughly opened at upper left, very good usage to an unusual destination. S.G. Z37.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 3301 Amoy, 1911 (23 Mar.) registered envelope to Hong Kong (27.3) redirected to Shanghai, then to Rome (9.5) then within Italy to Spezia (10.5) and finally to Turin (12.5) bearing K.E.VII 4c. and 10c. tied by "Amoy/A" c.d.s., showing "R/Amoy B.P.O./No. 208" h.s adjacent, with "R.N Calabria" (an Italian warship) violet h.s. (6.4) also tying adhesives and Italian backstamps on reverse, lightly folded vertically at center (away from adhesives), fine and scarce. S.G. Z87, Z89.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 3302 Canton, 1817 (13 Nov.) entire letter from Canton to Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A. (31.3.18 per docketing) "(by) Brig Panther" showing U.S. "Ship" and "Falmouth Ship" h.s. both in red, rated "14½" (cents: 12½ cents U.S. domestic inland rate (81-150 miles) + 2 cents city delivery), rare early U.S. mail, sent via Cape Horn, reinforced splitting along joins, fine usage.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$19,550
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Lot 3303 Canton, 1837 (30 Aug.) entire with part letter from S. Wetmore Jr. Canton to S. Wetmore, London (27.1.38) "via St. Helena per Duncan" showing red "Falmouth/Ship Letter" step-type framed h.s. and arrival c.d.s. on reverse (both across the join), rated "6/8".
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 3304 Canton, 1846 (20 June) entire letter from Russell & Co. Canton to New York via London (26.8) and Liverpool (27.8), red handstruck "7" U.S. charge, crossed out and replaced with "12" cents charge, as well as "2/-" rating.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 3305 Canton, 1847 (23 Mar., per docketing) entire from Boustead & Co. Canton to Fredk. Huth & Co., London (21.7) "via Marseilles" showing framed "Too Late" h.s. (Proud I2) with "Hong Kong" double-arc d.s. (25?5) on reverse, rated "1/10", very fine. Apparently the docketing was in error, with 23 May being more likely the actual date of the letter.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 3306 Canton, 1848(c.) envelope from Cumsingmoon to Philadelphia, U.S.A. carried privately (or under cover of another envelope) from Hong Kong to London showing on reverse "Forwarded by/Drinker & Co./Hong Kong" red oval h.s. with "Lemeul Goddard/London" blue oval forwarder's h.s. adjacent and Boston transit c.d.s. (19.11), rated "68", mended tears on reverse (including one touching the Hong Kong forwarder's mark), fine and rare usage sent through two forwarders.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 3307 Canton, 1850 (28 Dec.) entire letter from Canton to Boston, U.S.A. "Via Southampton" and London (21.2.52) showing fine to very fine "Canton/Paid" double-arc h.s. in red (overstruck in part by London c.d.s.) with "Canton" origin and "Hong Kong" (29?12) double-arc d.s. on reverse, handstruck "5" charge to recipient, rated "1/8" and "16", interesting letter details daily business and personal life of an American commercial clerk who had been in Canton for a bit over a year, believed very early (and thus uncommon), if not in fact the earliest recorded, usage of the 16c. credit.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 3308 Canton, 1855 (13 Oct.) entire letter from Richard Dana, Canton to Boston, U.S.A. "Via Marseilles" carried privately (or under cover of another envelope) from Hong Kong to London showing "Forwarded by/J. Mackrill Smith/London" blue framed h.s. on reverse, with New York transit c.d.s. (21.12) and exchange office handstruck "3/cents" on front, fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 3309 Canton, 1856 (26 Feb.) entire from Cape of Good Hope to Carlowitz, Harcourt & Co., Canton "per Str. Calinâk" bearing Cape of Good Hope 1855-58 triangular 4d. deep blue on white paper (good to enormous margins all around) neatly tied by "CGH" triangular obliterator, showing very fine rimless "Cape Town/Cape of Good Hope" despatch c.d.s. in red and "Hong Kong" double-arc d.s. (9.6) on reverse, rated "4" due on arrival, some minor cover bleaching (not mentioned in the certificate) noted for accuracy and of no significance, a very fine and exceedingly rare incoming cover to China with one of the most important issues of classic philately, as well as an extremely rare origin for incoming mail to China in the early period. An important exhibition piece for early China mail and the Treaty Ports.
Estimate HK$ 180,000 - 220,000


Expertisation: B.P.A. certificate (2018).

THE EARLIEST OF THE THREE RECORDED COVERS TO CHINA BEARING CAPE TRIANGLES.

BELIEVED THE EARLIEST FRANKED COVER FROM SOUTHERN AFRICA TO CHINA/HONG KONG.

Besides its reputed place as the earliest franked cover from Southern Africa to China/Hong Kong, it is no doubt likewise a very early cover of any type (i.e. including stampless) from that origin to China/Hong Kong. We have not undertaken a survey of such covers, but are not aware of any earlier pre-stamp covers.

Only three covers and one front to China/Hong Kong bearing Cape triangles are recorded:

(i) This Cover.

(ii) 1864 (29 Aug.) entire from Cape Town to Tait & Co., Amoy bearing 4d. deep blue (cut into). Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 18.3.2006, lot 1213.

(iii) 1867 (29 Nov.) from Cape Town to Foochow bearing 6d. bright mauve and 1864-65 rectangular 4d. Sir Maxwell Joseph, Sotheby's (London), 28-29.10.1982, lot 1110.

(iv) Front to Jardine, Matheson, Hong Kong bearing 4d. deep blue on white paper (cut into), reported and illustrated in Hong Kong Philatelic Society Newsletter, Nov. 2004, p. 5.
  Realized HK$207,000
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Lot 3310 Canton, 1883 (19 Sept.) envelope to Lyon, France (26.10) via Hong Kong (20.9) bearing 10c. pale mauve boldly tied "C1", with matching "A/Canton" despatch c.d.s. alongside, backflap removed and few trivial small cover faults, fine and rare.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 3311 Foochow, 1880 (Dec.) envelope from Shanghai to American Consul Wingate, Foochow (22.12), endorsed "pr Kwangtung" (in different handwriting from the address) bearing CC watermark 5c. blue, cancelled "B62", with "Edward Schellhass & Co./Shanghai" blue oval sender's cachet and "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. (17.12) adjacent and "Foochowfoo/A" arrival c.d.s. on reverse, apparently carried privately to Hong Kong and then posted, the earliest recorded usage (per Gurevitch) of this very scarce stamp on cover (28 recorded by him), a very fine and unusual interport usage from the Wingate correspondence. Ex "Alicante". S.G. 29 (Z334).
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 3312 Foochow, 1882 (18 Dec.) flimsy envelope to Muncie, Indiana, U.S.A. (22.1.83) "via San Francisco" (c.d.s.) and Hong Kong (23.12) bearing 5c. pale blue pair lightly cancelled "F1", with "Foochowfoo/A" c.d.s. adjacent, slightly reduced at left on opening, very good usage. S.G. Z339.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 3313 Foochow, 1899 (17 May) envelope to London (22.6) redirected to Surrey (23.6) bearing 5c. blue vertical strip of four tied by "Foochowfoo/A" c.d.s., with Great Britain ½d. applied and cancelled in London (23.6) for the redirection, small corner creasing at upper right affects one 5c., fine and unusual.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Unsold
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