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Sale 74

Hong Kong & Treaty Ports


Treaty Ports : Swatow / Wei Hai Wei / Yokohama / Philippines
 
 
 

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Lot 3350 Swatow, 1897 (22 Feb.) registered France "Chine" 10c. stationery card formular usage from the S.M.S. Cormoran, Swatow to Kiel, Germany (4.4) "Via Shanghai & America" bearing 5c. pale blue (3) tied by "Swatow" small c.d.s. (Webb type C), with "R" in circle h.s. and Shanghai (27.2 Br. P.O.) and Kobe (4.3) transit c.d.s. adjacent, card marked "Zurück" (return) with bilingual "Insufficient Address" label, light card creasing with one fold crossing two adhesives, fine and unusual usage. S.G. Z912.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000


The S.M.S. Cormoran was an Imperial German Navy cruiser and participated in the seizure of the Kiautschou Bay concession in November 1897.
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Lot 3351 Wei Hai Wei, 1892 (31 Dec.) Japan 1s. stationery card (printed New Year card) used domestically from Iwakiniuo-cho to Hyogo Prefecture, with complete, fine to very fine "Liu Kung Tau/Post Office" oval d.s. in violet (3.11.00) subsequently applied, small spike in card at left (away from markings), fine and unusual.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 3352 Wei Hai Wei, 1900 (7 Apr.) envelope to Andover, England (21.5) bearing Q.V. 4c. grey pair tied by "Liu Kung Tau/Post Office" oval d.s. in violet, with China C.I.P. 2c. also applied to make 10c. rate, all tied by "Hong Kong/B" transit c.d.s. (17.4), the China adhesive not accepted with "T" and "4c" endorsements reflecting the postage due, very fine and scarce "combination" cover. Illustrated in Michael Goldsmith and Charles Goodwyn, The Crown Colony of Wei-Hai-Wei 24 May 1898 to 1 October 1930 (R.P.S., 1985), p. 31. From the Mick Goldsmith collection.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$32,200
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Lot 3353 Wei Hai Wei, 1903 (22 June) Great Britain 2d. stationery envelope formular usage from the Chief Stoker, H.M.S. Eclipse to Portsea, England (3.8) bearing Q.V. 4c. and 10c. tied by "Liu Kung Tau" c.d.s. (without index letter) with "R" in circle h.s. adjacent. Illustrated in Goldsmith and Goodwyn, p. 33. From the Mick Goldsmith collection.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 3354 Wei Hai Wei, 1904 (4 Aug.) postcard (Jetty on Yangtze in Hankow) to Ireland via Shanghai (9.8), bearing Q.V. 2c. dull green (2) tied by "Port Edward/Wei-Hai-Wei" framed d.s. in violet, with "Liu Kung Tau/B" transit c.d.s. adjacent, very fine. S.G. Z1112.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 3355 Wei Hai Wei, 1904 (30 Sept.) registered front to Hong Kong bearing Q.V. 10c. and K.E.VII 2c. pair (tiny scuff on one) tied by "Port Edward/Wei-Hai-Wei" framed d.s. in violet, with "R/196" framed h.s. adjacent (Proud R1, the earliest recorded date of the four examples recorded by Mick Goldsmith), fine and extremely rare. Illustrated in Goldsmith and Goodwyn, p. 34. From the Mick Goldsmith collection.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$48,300
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Lot 3356 Wei Hai Wei, 1906 (3 Sept.) envelope ("1st Chinese Regiment, Tientsin" imprint on flap) to London (13?10) via Hong Kong (11.9) bearing K.E.VII 4c. purple on red tied by "Port Edward/Wei-Hai-Wei" framed d.s. in violet, mended tear on reverse, fine. From the Mick Goldsmith collection.
Estimate HK$ 600 - 800


The 1st Chinese Regiment (also known as the Wei Hai Wei Regiment) was raised in Wei Hai Wei in 1899 and took part in the capture of Tientsin in July 1900, before being disbanded in late 1906.
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 3357 Wei Hai Wei, 1909 (4 June) flimsy long envelope (opened out and probably used as a wrapper) to Backheath, England, bearing K.E.VII 4c. carmine-red tied by "Liu Kung Tau/A" c.d.s., fine and unusual; also included is a watercolour illustrated piece of notepaper showing a vessel (the "probable original contents" per Mr. Goldsmith) as well as 1903 Q.V. 4c. stationery card from Hong Kong addressed to Wei Hai Wei and 1934 envelope to England bearing Great Britain K.G.V 1½d. red-brown tied by "Received from/H.M. Ships" h.s. with recipient's pencil annotation of its Wei Hai Wei origin. From the Mick Goldsmith collection.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$748
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Lot 3358 Wei Hai Wei, 1919 (13 Aug.) overprinted "China" 10c. registered stationery envelope (compensation table in francs only), size H, from Wei Hai Wei to Shanghai (16.8) bearing "China" overprint 4c. (2) cancelled by "Wei Hai Wei/Port Edward/F" c.d.s. showing the scarce 65mm. "R/Port Edward/No. 1210" framed h.s., very fine usage. From the Mick Goldsmith collection. Yang 50.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


This registration handstamp in use from July 1918 to the Sept. 1930 closure of the post office quickly became worn, with later examples showing lettering inserted by the Postmaster in manuscript.
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 3359 Wei Hai Wei, 1920 (26 July) registered envelope to Dublin, Ireland via Shanghai (29.7) and London (31.8) bearing "China" overprint 10c. and 2c. pair, tied by "Liu Kung Tau/A" c.d.s. showing "R/Liu Kung Tau B.P.O./No. 844" framed h.s., few small cover faults, fine usage of this scarce handstamp, which similarly became very worn over time. From the Mick Goldsmith collection..
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 3360 Wei Hai Wei, 1922 (14 Sept.) "China" overprint 1½c. on 1c. brown stationery card (with message) used locally, cancelled by "Wei Hai Wei/Port Edward/C" c.d.s., some light card creasing, fine and scarce usage (with Ian Gibson-Smith recording only 14 examples during the correct period of use, which did not include this card). From the Mick Goldsmith collection.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$57,500
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Lot 3361 Wei Hai Wei, 1909-30 selection of envelopes (2) and cards (3), together with used adhesives (approx. 40) showing the "Liu Kung Tau" and "Port Edward" c.d.s., with a few on piece or in multiples showing complete strikes, generally fine to very fine. From the Mick Goldsmith collection.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 3362 Wei Hai Wei, Revenues : 1922 K.G.V 1c. on 1d., 2c. on 2d., 10c. on 3d., 50c. on 1s., and $1 on 1s. set of five, mint (hinge remnants), 2c., 50c. and $1 some light tones on reverse, otherwise fine to very fine. From the Mick Goldsmith collection. Barefoot 1-5; Chan LWF1-LWF5.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 3363 Wei Hai Wei, Revenues : 1922 K.G.V 1c. on 1d. corner block of 12 (with interpane margin at foot), 2c. on 2d. corner block of 30, and 10c. on 3d., marginal block of eight, unmounted mint, fresh, some minor sheet margin faults and imperfections (as to be expected), 2c. some splitting in central vertical perfs. at top and one stamp small adherence on reverse, 10c. light horizontal crease crossing bottom pair and trivial light offset on reverse on a couple stamps, fine to very fine. From the Mick Goldsmith collection. Barefoot 1-3; Chan LWF1-LWF3.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 3364 Wei Hai Wei, Revenues : 1926(c.) K.G.V 1c. on 10c. on 3d (3, including pair) and 2c. on 10c. on 3d., mint or unused with part original gum (the pair), some light yellowing on reverse, 2c. short perfs. at right, fine and fresh appearance, very scarce. From the Mick Goldsmith collection. Barefoot 6-7; Chan LWF6-LWF7.
Estimate HK$ 18,000 - 22,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 3365 Wei Hai Wei, 1926-27 documents (2) bearing 1926(c.) K.G.V 1c. on 10c. on 3d. vertical strip of three + 2c. on 10c. on 3d. and 1922 K.G.V 1c. on 1d. vertical pair respectively, both documents folded, 1926 document with some light toning at perfs., fine and scarce usages. From the Mick Goldsmith collection. Barefoot 1, 6-7; Chan LWF1, LWF6-LWF7.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 3366 Wei Hai Wei, Ephemera : U.K. Government Stationery Office-printed copy of the ratified 1930 Convention between Britain and China for the Rendition (return) of Wei Hai Wei, including attached map and two plans concerning certain land, facilities and buildings that would continue to be leased by the Royal Navy, edge faults to the printed Convention, the map and plans are very fine; together with the copy of the Convention printed by the Office prior to ratification (which did not contain the map or plans), last page (blank) detached and last printed page with light crease. From the Mick Goldsmith collection.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
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Lot 3367 Wei Hai Wei, Selection of K.E.VII and K.G.V-era picture postcards (including two franked) and black-and white photographs relating to Wei Hai Wei subjects, and China Navigation Co. illustrated postcard (with detachable menu) showing vessel operating on the Wei Hai Wei route, fine (12). From the Mick Goldsmith collection.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 3368 Yokohama, 1867 (29 May) entire letter from Yokohama to Lyon, France (26.7) "Per Stmr. Singapore, via Marseilles" bearing 2c. wing-margin single (crossed at top by horizontal crease), 4c. (2, one with wing-margin) and 30c. vermilion neatly cancelled "B62" with framed "P.D." h.s. adjacent and "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. (11.6, just across the join) on reverse, rated "1/4" and "4", fine tricolor, double-rate cover to France cancelled in Hong Kong before the "Y1" obliterators were introduced (2 x 8d. quarter-ounce rate to France + 4d. interport rate). S.G. 8, 9, 15.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$14,950
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Lot 3369 Yokohama, 1870 (5 Sept.) entire letter from Yokohama to Modovi, Italy (28.10) "Via Brindisi" (27.10) and Hong Kong (13.9) bearing 4c. grey and 8c. orange neatly cancelled "Y1" in blue, with "Yokohama/A" origin and Hong Kong and various Italian c.d.s. transit c.d.s. on reverse, Italian Postage Due 60c. applied and cancelled on arrival (slightly oily c.d.s.) with corresponding manuscript "6" (decimata) and h.s. for the Italian 60c. charge, fine and rare (12c. rate to Alexandria only, with onward carriage paid on receipt in Italy). Ex Ishikawa. S.G. Z33, Z35.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 3370 Yokohama, 1870 (8 Oct.) envelope to Genoa, Italy (25.11) via Hong Kong (17.10), Alexandria (19.11 Br. PO) and Brindisi (23.11) bearing 12c. pale greenish blue wing-margin single boldly tied "Y1" in blue, showing "Yokohama/A" blue origin c.d.s. (on reverse), Italian Postage Due 30c. pair applied and cancelled in Genoa (with further blue "Annulato" h.s.) for the carriage from Alexandria with corresponding "6" (decimata) h.s. adjacent, with cover redirected within Italy to Nervi (26.11) with additional Italian Postage Due 60c. cancelled there paying the redirection, rated "6" in red crayon by British authorities, very fine and rare. An outstanding exhibition item. S.G. Z36.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000
  Realized HK$46,000
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Lot 3371 Yokohama, 1872 (15 Apr.) entire to Hong Kong (22.4) "Pr. french Paket" bearing CC watermark 2c. brown and 12c. pale greenish blue, tied "Y1" in blue, with "Ziegler & Co./Yokohama" sender's h.s. adjacent and very fine blue "Yokohama/A" origin and "Hong Kong/C" arrival c.d.s. on reverse, fine and rare 14c. French mail interport rate cover. S.G. Z32, Z36.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 3372 Yokohama, 1881 (25 June) entire letter from Barcelona to Bombay via Brindisi (30.6) bearing Spain King Alfonso XII 25c. bluish grey with "T" h.s. adjacent, misdirected to Yokohama (14.8 Japanese c.d.s.) showing "Missent to/Yokahama, Japan" h.s., and sent on to Bombay (17.9) via Hong Kong (23.8), fine and rare.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 3373 Yokohama, Military Mail : 1880 (Dec.) concessionary envelope from a Royal Marine aboard the H.M.S. Albatross at Yokohama to Scotland (2-3.2) countersigned by his commanding officer, bearing Great Britain 1d. Venetian red (2), cancelled "26" on arrival in London with "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. (28.12) adjacent, fine and rare cover from the small contingent of Royal Marines in Japanese waters at the 2d. concessionary rate for mail sent via Brindisi (rather than Southampton).
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 3374 Yokohama, Military Mail : 1891 (July) seaman's concessionary rate envelope from sailor aboard H.M.S. Severn, Yokohama, countersigned by his commanding officer, to London (24.8) bearing 2c. carmine cancelled "B62", with matching "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. (23.7) adjacent, central vertical fold, fine and rare (2c. serviceman's concessionary rate via Southampton). S.G. 33.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 3375 Philippines, 1858 (19 Oct.) entire letter from Manila to Chemnitz, Saxony, German States (15.12) "Per Overland Mail via Trieste" privately carried to Hong Kong and posted by the forwarder, showing "Forwarded by/Wm. Pustau & Co./Hong Kong" oval red h.s. and small "Paid/at/Hong Kong" Crowned Circle in red (Webb type 11) with "Vaucher Fréres/Hong Kong" blue sender's h.s. adjacent and "Hong Kong" double-arc despatch d.s. (28.10) on reverse, manuscript ratings with handstruck (at Trieste) "6" in blue, vertical filing crease crosses forwarder's h.s., fine and very scarce Crowned Circle originating in the Philippines to a rare destination. Van der Linden certificate (1996).
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
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Lot 3376 Philippines, 1859 (4 Apr.) entire letter ("PS & Co." gold seal on reverse) from Manila to Saddleworth, England with red "Overland via Marseilles" framed h.s., endorsed internally "p Steamer 'Aden' via Hong Kong" bearing India 8a. carmine tied "B/172" (Singapore) with fair "Singapore/P.O." double-ring d.s. and Manchester arrival c.d.s. (28.5) on reverse, fine and rare cover from the P&O's short-lived Manila branch line (Hong Kong-Manila), abandoned after 18 months as "unsusceptible to development". Reference: R. Kirk, The P&O Lines to the Far East, p. 193.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000


Carried by P&O Aden Manila (6.4) to Hong Kong (8.4), the only time Aden served on the Manila Line. Carried by P&O Aden Hong Kong (13.4) to Singapore (19-20.4) to Galle (28.4), Nubia Galle (3.5) to Suez (17.5), Nepaul Alexandria (19.5) to Marseille (26.5).
  Realized HK$11,500
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