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Sale 74

Hong Kong & Treaty Ports


Treaty Ports : Shanghai
 
 
 

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Lot 3314 Shanghai, 1850 (11 July) "J.M. Smith & Co." market report to Boston, U.S.A. via London (27.9) showing fine "Ship Letter/Victoria Hong Kong" (crossed out) with "Paid" red h.s. adjacent and "Hong Kong" double-arc despatch d.s. (18.7) on reverse, rated "1/-" and "1/8" with handstruck U.S. "5" charge on receipt, small backflap and internal faults, fine and scarce usage combining the Ship Letter and Paid marks (early 1s.8d British packet rate to U.S.A. East Coast, noted in Webb as commencing in 1851).
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 3315 Shanghai, 1853 envelope from Shanghai (per pencil docketing) to Bangor, Maine, U.S.A. "(via) Overland Mail" showing light "Hong Kong" transit double-arc d.s. (10.11) and London (2.1.54) and "Boston/Br. Pkt." (25.1) c.d.s. on reverse, handstruck "45" and "1/8" and "40" ratings, small scuff in address panel, fine and scarce.
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 3316 Shanghai, 1859 (26 Apr.) entire letter from Shanghai to Dieulefit, France (8?7) "via Marseille" (5.7) showing "Hong Kong/C" despatch c.d.s. on reverse, together with 1839 (25 July) entire letter from Macao to Seth Low & Co., New York "P. Morrison", without postal markings, very good pair of early letters.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 3317 Shanghai, 1860 (27 Nov.) entire to Shanghai showing "Hong Kong/Paid" c.d.s. in red, with "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. on reverse, rated "4", "Reynvaan, Chabert & Co." sender's h.s., fine and scarce interport usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000


Additional covers originating in Shanghai are included in the section of "Anglo-French Accountancy Marks" at the end of "Hong Kong - Early Mail."
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 3318 Shanghai, 1860 (22 Dec.) neat mourning entire letter from Shanghai to Dublin, Ireland (13.2.61) "Via Marseilles" showing rare "Shanghae/Post Office/Paid" double-ring h.s. in red (Webb type 3) with "Paid" framed h.s. in red adjacent, and "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. (27.12, across the join as is the arrival) on reverse, rated "9" and "8" (after 1d. Colonial credit), some minor splitting along folds, a very fine and rare example of this very important Shanghai mark and an addition to the nine covers recorded by the Hong Kong Philatelic Society, making this the second earliest of the now ten recorded covers (9d. U.K. quarter-ounce rate via Marseille).
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000


Carried by P&O Formosa Shanghai (23.12) to Hong Kong (26.12), Ottawa Hong Kong (31.12) to Galle (15.1.61), Nemesis Galle (18.1) to Suez (3.2), Euxine Alexandria (4.2) to Marseille (10.2).
  Realized HK$195,500
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Lot 3319 Shanghai, 1862 (21 Feb.) entire letter from Shanghai to Lyon, France (17.4) via Marseille (16.4) showing "GB/1F 62 4/10c" accountancy h.s. in black, with rare "Shanghae" in serifed letters (Webb type 5) and "Hong Kong/C" (25.2) transit c.d.s. on reverse, handstruck "9" (décimes) charge, fine. Treated incorrectly as originating from Hong Kong for accountancy purposes, notwithstanding the Shanghai origin c.d.s. A very late usage of the very rare locally made serifed "Shanghae" c.d.s. (recorded used only 7.11.61-23.2.62).
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
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Lot 3320 Shanghai, 1864 (25 Jan.) envelope to Boston, U.S.A (23?3) "Via Marseilles" and London (12.3) showing "Shanghae/Paid" c.d.s. in red and on reverse matching "Shanghae/C" and blue Hong Kong transit (29.1) c.d.s., rated "2/2½" ("2/1½" after Colonial credit), an early example of required full prepayment to U.S.A. (53c. half ounce rate to U.S.A. via Marseille, effective 2.11.63 when prepayment became mandatory).
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 3321 Shanghai, 1864 (8 Apr.) envelope to New York via London (2.6) showing "Shanghae/Paid" c.d.s. in red and on reverse matching "Shanghae/C" and blue Hong Kong transit (13.4) c.d.s., with New York "Paid" and "5/cents" debit (to U.S.A. for inland postage) h.s., both in red, rated "1/10½" ("1/9½" after Colonial credit), bleaching at foot lightly coloured over, another early example of required full prepayment to U.S.A. (45c. half ounce rate to U.S.A. via Southampton, effective 2.11.63 when prepayment became mandatory). Ex Lee Scamp.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 3322 Shanghai, 1864 (5 May) envelope ("Fogg & Co./Shanghai" embossed imprint on flap) to Boston, U.S.A (14.7) "Via Marseilles" and London (30.6) showing "Shanghae/Paid" c.d.s. in red with transposed year date error of "46" instead of "64", with "Boston Am. Pkt/Paid" arrival c.d.s. adjacent and "Shanghae/C" despatch and "Hong Kong/C" transit (10.5) c.d.s. (both in blue) on reverse, rated "2/2½" and "2/1½", red "21/cents" debit h.s. to U.S., fine and very rare with the year date error (53c. half ounce rate to U.S.A. via Marseille).
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Unsold
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Lot 3323 o Shanghai, Cancellations : 1862-63 no watermark 96c. brownish grey cancelled by almost complete "Shanghae/C" c.d.s. (3.8.63), small faults, very fine appearance, a striking example of this first cancellation on adhesives. R.P.S. certificate (2003). S.G. Z771.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000


The "Shanghae" c.d.s. was used initially in early-to-middle 1863 to cancel adhesives, with the practice apparently stopped around October.
  Realized HK$19,550
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Lot 3324 o Shanghai, Sunburst in Blue : 1863-71 watermark crown CC 2c. brown cancelled by large part "Sunburst" in blue, light creasing mentioned for accuracy, fine to very fine example unusually showing part second strike of the cancellation. S.G. Z772.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 3325 o Shanghai, Sunburst in Blue : 1863-71 watermark crown CC 8c. orange cancelled by almost complete "Sunburst" in blue, light corner crease mentioned for accuracy (not affecting appearance), very fine example of the cancellation. S.G. Z775.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 3326 Shanghai, Sunburst in Blue : 1865 (1 July) "Printed Circular" entire (outer sheet) from H.C. Morf, Yokohama (per internal docketing) to Shanghai (18.7) "Pr P&O Str" bearing CC watermark 2c. brown boldly, centrally cancelled by superb "Sunburst" in blue, with fine "Shanghae/C" arrival c.d.s. in blue on reverse, very fine and among the finest of the finest known of the six recorded Sunburst covers (2c. interport printed-matter rate). An important exhibition item and one of the crown jewels of Hong Kong and Treaty Ports philately.
Estimate HK$ 400,000 - 500,000


Provenance: Ryohei Ishikawa.

ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED SUNBURST COVERS AND THE ONLY KNOWN PRINTED-MATTER USAGE.

The Sunburst cancellation is recorded on cover only on Hong Kong-franked mail between Shanghai and Nagasaki and Yokohama in Japan before the "S1" obliterator was placed in use in 1866.

Carried on P&O Pekin Yokohama (13.7) to Shanghai (18.7).
  Realized HK$598,000
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Lot 3327 o Shanghai, Sunburst Overcancelled "B62" : 1862-63 no watermark 2c. dark brown cancelled by "Sunburst" in black, overcancelled "B62" in blue, scissors-trimmed perfs. at foot, fine to very fine. S.G. Z765.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
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Lot 3328 o Shanghai, Sunburst Overcancelled "B62" : 1862-63 no watermark 2c. brown centrally cancelled by almost complete "Sunburst" in black, overcancelled by central "B62" in black, few faintly rusted perf. tips of no consequence and a little paper adherence on reverse, very fine. S.G. Z765.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 3329 o Shanghai, Sunburst Overcancelled "B62" : 1862-63 no watermark 8c. yellow-buff cancelled by two strikes of "Sunburst" in black showing outside frame, overcancelled "B62" in blue, some shortish perfs., fine and very rare showing the outer circle of the cancellation (with Webb noting only five copies known at the time). Illustrated on Webb plate 70. S.G. Z766.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 3330 o Shanghai, Sunburst Overcancelled "B62" : 1862-63 no watermark 8c. yellow-buff cancelled by large part "Sunburst" in black, overcancelled "B62" in black, fine to very fine. S.G. Z766.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 3331 o Shanghai, Sunburst Overcancelled "B62" : 1862-63 no watermark 12c. pale greenish blue cancelled by almost complete "Sunburst" in blue, overcancelled "B62" in blue, few trivial tiny faults, very fine. S.G. Z767.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 3332 o Shanghai, Sunburst Overcancelled "B62" : 1863-71 watermark crown CC 4c. grey cancelled by "Sunburst" in black, overcancelled by "Shanghae" c.d.s. and "B62" in black, small corner fault at upper right, fine and extremely rare (believed the only Sunburst example having two different additional Hong Kong/Treaty Port cancellations). S.G. Z773.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 3333 o Shanghai, Sunburst Overcancelled "B62" : 1863-71 watermark crown CC 30c. vermilion cancelled by large part "Sunburst" in black, overcancelled "B62" in black, fine to very fine. S.G. Z779.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 3334 o Shanghai, Seven-Pointed Star : 1862-63 no watermark 2c., 12c. and 24c. green, with seven-pointed star h.s., all cancelled "B62", 2c. trimmed wing margin and faults, latter two fine or fine appearance (12c. light diagonal crease), very fine strikes of the mark. S.G. Z765, Z767, Z769.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 3335 o Shanghai, "S1" : 1863-71 watermark crown CC perf. 12½ 4c. slate horizontal pair, variety watermark inverted, showing unpunched out perforation chads at top and sides and between the two stamps, boldly cancelled "S1" in blue, rich deep colour and well centred, couple short perforations at right mentioned for accuracy, very fine and extremely rare (believed the only known pair and multiple of this variety). S.G. 9fw, Z773a var.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000
  Realized HK$92,000
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Lot 3336 o Shanghai, "S1" : 1863-71 watermark crown CC 8c. orange and 1880 5c. on 8c. orange horizontal pairs, boldly cancelled by complete "S1" in blue and black respectively, former few short perfs. and the other faint creasing, very fine pair. S.G. Z775, Z787.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 3337 Shanghai, "S1" : 1863-71 watermark crown CC 96c. brownish grey vertical pair and 1880 48c. brown on piece, boldly cancelled "S1" in black, very fine. S.G. Z783, Z795.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 3338 o Shanghai, "S1" : 1879 3c. on 16c. yellow postcard stamp, neatly cancelled "S1" in black, fine to very fine. S.G. ZP871 cat. £550.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 3339 o Shanghai, 1880 48c. brown vertical pair with interpane margin at left, cancelled by complete "Shanghai/C" c.d.s. (2?2.88; Webb type Fi), couple short creases in interpane margin and few faintly yellowed perfs. on reverse of no consequence, fine and rare pair. S.G. Z795.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 3340 o Shanghai, 1863(c.)-1912 selection with "S1" in blue (2) including 1863-71 48c. inverted watermark and black (2) and later c.d.s. types including 1885 $1 on 96c., good to fine (27).
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,150
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Lot 3341 Shanghai, 1867 (6 June) "Overland via Southampton" envelope (opened out for display) to Wisconsin, U.S.A. via Hong Kong (11.6), London (3.8) and Boston (14.8) bearing 4c., 12c. and 30c. vermilion neatly cancelled "B62", with "Shanghae/C" blue despatch c.d.s. on reverse, rated "1/9½" and "1" with handstruck exchange office "5/cents", faults including mended tears, colourful usage from the Markham family correspondence (45c. half ounce rate to U.S.A. via Southampton). S.G. Z773, Z776, Z779.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 3342 Shanghai, 1867 (25 Oct.) entire letter from Siemssen & Co., Shanghai to Vienna (11.12) "via Trieste" bearing 12c. pale greenish blue tied "B62", showing "Siemssen & Co./Hong Kong" forwarder's h.s. (1.11) and "Hong Kong/C" despatch (11.1) and arrival c.d.s. on reverse, rated "15" and "6", very fine (12c. Austrian Postal Convention quarter-ounce rate to Austria via Trieste). S.G. Z776.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 3343 Shanghai, 1876 (20 Feb.) envelope from the Austro-Hungarian Ministry in Peking (paper seal on reverse, with original enclosed letter) to Kent, England "via Brindisi", Hong Kong (14.3) and London (24.4) bearing 8c. pair and wing-margin 2c. (tiny scuff) boldly cancelled "S1" in blue, with matching very fine blue "Shanghae/A" dispatch c.d.s. (9.3) on reverse, showing "Insufficiently Prepaid 6d ("3" crossed out)" h.s. in blue (Proud UP2) tying the 2c., part of backflap removed (not affecting markings), rated "6", very fine and rare insufficiently franked cover, unusually originating in Peking (30c. U.K. half-ounce rate via Brindisi). S.G. Z772, Z775.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$19,550
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Lot 3344 Shanghai, 1876 (17 June) entire to London (3.8) "Via Marseilles" and Hong Kong (21.6) bearing 30c. mauve tied "S1" in blue, with "Shanghae/A" despatch c.d.s. on reverse. S.G. 16.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 3345 Shanghai, 1876 (19 Oct.) envelope from the same correspondence as the above Feb. 1876 cover, originating from Austro-Hungarian Consulate, Shanghai (paper seal on reverse) to Kent, England "via Brindisi", Hong Kong (24.10) and London (4.12) bearing 18c., 4c. pair and 2c., neatly tied "S1" in blue, fine tricolour franking showing the short-lived new Brindisi rate (28c. U.K. half-ounce rate via Brindisi, effective 19.6.76 to 1.4.77).
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 3346 Shanghai, 1877 (16 Aug.) envelope to Madrid, Spain (5.11) bearing 6c. lilac pair boldly tied "S1" in black and by French transit c.d.s. (3.10) showing "Shanghae/A" despatch c.d.s. adjacent and "Hong Kong/A" (22.8) and arrival c.d.s. on reverse, a fine cover to a scarce destination with vividly coloured adhesives, showing 12c. U.P.U. half-ounce rate, although sent via the premium Brindisi route (16c.) but not taxed for the additional amount. Ex Ishikawa. S.G. Z774.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$14,950
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Lot 3347 Shanghai, 1883 (17 Jan.) envelope to Scotland bearing 10c. dull mauve tied "S1" in black ("new" type VI), also showing apparent single side bars that are a function of wear or overinking, with "Shanghae/A" despatch c.d.s. adjacent and part "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. on reverse, part of backflap removed, fine, rare. S.G. Z799.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000


Some students believe there is a sixth type of "S1" obliterator in addition to the five types generally recognised, recorded on covers 1882-83. Others believe it to be probably a worn type II. However, on examination, measurements seem to differ from the type II.
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Lot 3348 Shanghai, 1893 (3 Mar.) Shanghai Local Post 2c. stationery card formular usage to London (7.4) bearing 2c. carmine tied by bit smudged "Shanghai" c.d.s., with "o o" in blue crayon by indicia (indicating non-acceptance for postage), showing "T" in circle and U.K. "1d/F.B." h.s. adjacent and part "Hong Kong/A" and arrival c.d.s. on reverse, horizontal card crease at upper left and few small edge tears, fine taxed usage. S.G. Z796.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 3349 Shanghai, 1905 (18 Mar.) "Siemens-Schuckerwerke" registered envelope to Cologne, Germany (21.4) bearing Q.V. 2c. and 4c. and K.E.VII 1c., 4c., 5c., 10c., 20c. tied by "Registered/Shanghai B.P.O." oval d.s., vertical fold at left centre (away from stamps).
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$2,760
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