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Lot 373 China, 1897 Red Revenue 3c. red without surcharge, perforation 13-13½, excellent colour on crisp white paper, particularly well centred, fine to very fine unused with part to large part original gum, hinge remainder and one perf. a trifle short at foot. A splendid and noteworthy example of this rare stamp in the traditional rich red colour. Chan R1.
Estimate HK$ 400,000 - 500,000


References: Directorate General of Posts, Ministry of Communications. The Revenue Surcharges China 1897. Vol. I (Taipei, 1984), No. 13, p. 2. Illustrated.
Huang Kuang-Sheng, A Treatise on the Extant Copies of the 3 Cents Red Revenue Stamps without Surcharged with Illustrations (Taipei, 1981), No. 31. Illustrated.

LESS THAN 100 UNSURCHARGED STAMPS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED.

Auction Record
Earl P.L. Apfelbaum (Philadelphia), 8.6.1976, lot 2354

The 3c. stamp inscribed "China" and "Revenue" was originally produced in 1896 by the London printers Waterlow & Sons as a revenue stamp for Customs Department use, following an initial request by Sir Robert Hart, the Inspector General of the Imperial Maritime Customs, to James D. Campbell, the Customs Commissioner in London, in November 1895. The stamps were printed in sheets of 100 and perforated on three different machines and are line perforated 12-16. Waterlow & Sons shipped the 650,000 stamp order to China in September 1896. The 3c. revenue stamp was, however, never put into use, because of local opposition to the taxation scheme that the stamp was intended to serve.

At about the same time (1897), China was preparing to introduce a new silver dollar currency and a national postal service, the Imperial Post, supplanting the Customs Post, and a new definitive stamp issue reflecting these changes was ordered from printers in Japan. When the new issue was delayed because of production difficulties at the Japanese printers, the 3c. revenue stamps were surcharged by the Shanghai Customs Statistical Department as a stop gap measure in the first months of 1897 - producing the iconic and preeminent issue of Chinese stamps, the Red Revenues - as also were existing stocks of the Empress Dowager issue.

A small number of the 3c. Revenue stamps, though, were not surcharged, including examples which were presented to officials, as well as 761 stamps that were later transferred to the General Post Office. Of the latter, the entire stock, except for ten stamps which had been given to the Chinese Postal Museum, was tragically destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, as recounted to Dr. Chang Min-Sheng by Mr. Wu Feng Gang, a former Director of the Postal Museum. In addition, a few unsurcharged 3c. red Revenue stamps were retained by the printer Waterlow & Sons. It is thought that less than 100 unsurcharged 3c. red Revenue stamps exist today, making these a rare and important element in the Red Revenue issue.
  Realized HK$460,000
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Lot 374 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 17, showing "kiss print" with non-coincidental doubling of Chinese surcharge and complete offset on reverse, centred to top, deep colour though a little oxidised (fresh on reverse) and diagonal gum crease at top, fine unused with much original gum. Quite striking. Chan 84var.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$40,250
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Lot 375 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 14, showing "kiss print" with non-coincidental doubling of Chinese surcharge and complete offset on reverse, centred to top, uniform toning, otherwise fine unused with much original gum. Quite striking. Chan 84var.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$23,000
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Lot 376 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 17, surcharge misplaced to left, well centred with large margin at top, fine to very fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum, hinge remainder. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 377 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 19, clear colour, well centred, fine to very fine and fresh mint, the few usual gum skips. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 378 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 7, bright colour, centred just to top right, fine and fresh unused with much original gum, some gum loss at top. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 379 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 12, clear colour, well centred, fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum, hinge remainder and small paper adherence, some slight gum disturbance. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 380 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 5, variety comma for stop, good colour, centred to lower left, fine and fresh unused with part original gum, hinge remainders. Chan 84e.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 381 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 15, inverted "s" in "cents", bright colour on white paper, centred to lower left, fine unused with part to large part original gum, paper hinge remainders and a few lightly foxed perfs. Chan 84g.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 382 o China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, perf. 13½, rough perfs., cancelled by Shanghai pakua in brown, fine. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 383 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, variety surcharge inverted, position 2, deep colour centred just to right, fine appearance unused with traces of original gum, tissue paper adherences on reverse and some gum residue on front at foot of stamp, a highly collectible example of this popular variety. Chan 84i.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000
  Realized HK$74,750
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Lot 384 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 21, radiant colour on pristine white paper, exceptional centring within unusually large even margins, very fine and wonderfully fresh unused with much original gum, hinge remainder which has been subject to gum glazing, as well as the slightest of such glazing also in other areas. A superlative example of this rare stamp. Chan 85.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000


Expertisation: Signed AD (Alberto Diena) in pencil.
  Realized HK$172,500
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Lot 385 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 25, characteristic overinked "4" unique to this position, bright colour, particularly well centred for this, with unusually large margins at top and left, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum which has been slightly disturbed. An outstanding and appealing example of this rare stamp from the most striking position of the setting. Chan 85.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000
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Lot 386 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, a superlative example, bright exquisite colour on wonderfully fresh white paper, centred within good to large margins, unused with much original gum, small hinge remainder, very fine and a peerless example of this legendary world rarity. Chan 86.
Estimate HK$ 4,000,000 - 5,000,000


Provenance: Eugene Klein, 7.7.1944, lot 366 (pair)
Saul Newbury, Robert A. Siegel (New York), 6.2.1962, lot 418. This is the left stamp of a horizontal pair, which was later split into two singles.
"Twyste", Spink (Hong Kong), 20.11.2005, lot 1081.

References: Huang Kuang-Sheng, A Treatise on the Extant Copies of the Small One Dollar with Illustrations (Philippines, 1975). This is listed as example number A-7 of the 32 extant Small One Dollar.
The Revenue Surcharges China 1897, Vol. I (Taipei: Directorate General of Posts of Taiwan, 1987), p. 39. It is listed as type III, number 10.

ONLY 32 EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN RECORDED OF THIS ICONIC STAMP, WHICH IS ACKNOWLEDGED AS THE RAREST REGULARLY ISSUED STAMP OF CHINA, AND RANKS AMONG THE GREAT WORLD RARITIES.

This is type A with the "1 Dollar" of the surcharge partly covering the word "Revenue". The type A and B ("1 dollar" completely covering the word "Revenue") stamps all come from a right surcharge plate of twenty-five. The type C ("1 dollar" above the word "Revenue") comes from the other surcharge plate.
  Realized HK$5,520,000
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Lot 387 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 20, fresh colour on brilliant white paper, particularly well centred within huge margins, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, hinge remainder. A choice example. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 388 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 7, good colour, well centred, fine unused with much original gum, a few slightly blunt perfs. at foot. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 389 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 3, clear colour, well centred, fresh unused with part to large original gum, hinge remainder and slight central thinning, otherwise fine. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 390 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 15, large box of Chinese character, showing slight offset on reverse, bright colour, well centred within large margins, fine and fresh unused with part to large part original gum, hinge remainders (some paper). Chan 87a.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 391 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 6, large box of Chinese character, showing slight offset on reverse, deep colour, well centred (just to top), fine unused with part original gum, hinge remainders. Chan 87a.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,070
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Lot 392 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 5, crack on right side of central character "One", bright clear colour, particularly well centred within enormous margins, minute speck on reverse just showing through in margin at lower right, nevertheless very fine unmounted mint. Chan 87b.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 393 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red (2), positions 6 and 14, the former with large box of Chinese character, deep bright colours, well centred, fine and fresh unused with part to much original gum, one has hinge remainders (a trifle glazed). Chan 87, a.
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 394 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, block of eight (4 x 2) from the top left corner of the sheet with selvedge on two sides (Pane 1), positions 1-2-3-4/6-7-8-9, position 6 with large box of Chinese character, deepish colour, particularly well centred, very good to fine appearance unused, regummed and reduced toning. Chan 87, a.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$51,750
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Lot 395 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, a complete pane of twenty-five (5 x 5), from the top left corner of the sheet with selvedge on two sides (Pane 1), representing the complete setting with the constant varieties, positions 6, 15 and 16 large box of central character, position 5 crack on right side of central character "One", and position 25 "one cent" 3mm. below Chinese character, good colour on white paper, well centred, last vertical row has slight oxidisation at right, mainly fine unused with much original gum, gum skips throughout, folded along two horizontal rows of perfs. and some reinforced splitting. A splendid pane. Chan 87, a, b, d.
Estimate HK$ 120,000 - 150,000
  Realized HK$138,000
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Lot 396 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, a complete pane of twenty-five (5 x 5), from the top left corner of the sheet with selvedge on two sides (Pane 1), representing the complete setting with the constant varieties, positions 6, 15 and 16 large box of central character, position 5 crack on right side of central character "One", and position 25 "one cent" 3mm. below Chinese character, nice colour, well centred, some blunt perfs. at right, very good appearance unused with part to large part original gum, affected by moisture resulting in some staining, light tones and varying degrees of gum disturbance, another scarce pane. Chan 87, a, b, d.
Estimate HK$ 70,000 - 90,000


Expertisation: signed T.C. Chen/Cathay guarantee handstamps (2) in selvedge.
  Realized HK$97,750
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Lot 397 /() China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, an original unused study of perforations ranging from perforation 12 to 15½, including compound perforations and the rare combination perforations, a number with much original gum, though stamps without gum or regummed are also to be encountered, very good to fine overall for such a significant study (32). Chan 87, a.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000
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Lot 398 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, bright colour, choice centring, lightly cancelled by pakua, faintest trace of toning on lower right corner perf., otherwise fine to very fine. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Unsold
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Lot 399 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 20, well centred, cancelled by two part strikes of "Customs/Ichang" c.d.s. of "Feb 25 1897", toned, scarce cancellation. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 400 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, horizontal pair, positions 4-5, the right stamp shows crack on right side of central character "One", fresh clear colour, particularly well centred, cancelled by pakua, light peripheral toning, otherwise fine. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 401 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, deep colour, choice centring, fine to very fine appearance unused with large part original gum, some lightly aged perfs. and gum disturbance. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 402 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, surcharge misplaced to top left, bright colour, centred to foot with large margins on three sides, slight thinning, otherwise fine unused. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 403 / China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, vertical pair, positions 8/13, good colour, near perfect centring, fine unused with much original gum, top stamp has hinge remainder and a few small gum skips, the lower stamp is unmounted mint. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 404 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red block of six (2 x 3), positions 3-4-5/8-9-10, showing the remarkable constant spacing variety last vertical column of surcharge 0.5mm. higher than second vertical column, good colour, centred to top, centrally cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Apr 23 1897", toning on reverse which just shows through to front, nevertheless fine appearance and an appealing multiple with this spacing variety. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 405 /() China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 18, and 4c. on 3c. red, position 5, fine and fresh unused, the former has small part original gum (paper adherences on reverse). Chan 88, 89.
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 406 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 10, deep colour, excellent centring, fine unused with much original gum, hinge remainder and some light browning on gum in a few areas toward top due to gum build ups there. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 407 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 15, deep bright colour, well centred, fine unused with much original gum, a few faintly foxed perfs. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 408 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 12 (?), surcharge misplaced to top, well centred, fine appearance unused with much gum which has been redistributed, short perf. at foot. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 409 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, cancelled by "Customs/F(oochow)" double-ring d.s. of "May 6 1897", well centred, fine. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 410 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, bright colour, choice centring, cancelled by "Pagoda Anch'ge" dollar dater of "(30) Jul 97" in brown, very fine strike, colour suffusion on reverse, believed to be the earliest recorded date of use of this dollar dater, predating the 3 August earliest date in Explore Dollar Daters. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 411 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 1, bright colour, well centred, cancelled by pakua, light diagonal crease at upper left, otherwise fine. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 412 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 15, bright colour on fresh white paper, centred just to left, fine unused with much original gum, hinge remainder and the usual gum skips, a few perf. tips at top right have faintest traces of foxing which are truly insignificant. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$29,900
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Lot 413 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 15, bright colour, centred to foot with large margins on the three other sides, fresh unused with part original gum, faint peripheral tones, hinge remainder and slight paper adherence. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
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Lot 414 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 3, good colour though oxidised in places, centred to right with large margins on the three other sides, fine appearance unused with much original "white" gum, hinge remainders (including traces of paper hinge), a very good example. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 415 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 20, deep bright colour, centred with wide margins at sides, fine appearance with part original gum, hinge remainders and small sealed split at top. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 416 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 10, good colour, well centred, fine appearance unused, light toning on reverse, regummed. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 417 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 13, bright fresh colour, centred to upper right, cancelled by part dollar dater, fine. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Unsold
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Lot 418 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 10, fair colour though a little oxidised, outstanding centring within large margins, cancelled by "Shanghai" bilingual c.d.s., a few faint tone spots in margin at top, otherwise fine. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Unsold
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Lot 419 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $5 on 3c. red, position 19, of very good and fresh appearance unused, sweated gum which is not original. Chan 91.
Estimate HK$ 90,000 - 120,000


Expertisation: signed A. Brun handstamped guarantee.
  Realized HK$138,000
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Lot 420 () China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $5 on 3c. red, variety surcharge inverted, position 2, good colour, well centred, unused with gum which is redistributed and probably not original, surface scrapes/defects, which have affected central two characters of surcharge and frame at top have been ineffectually touched in, nevertheless a rare and sought after variety. Chan 91a.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000
  Realized HK$253,000
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Lot 421 /() China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. and large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. (2) and 2c. on 3c., fine to very fine appearance unused, the small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. regummed, the large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. (2), one with large box of central character is choice well centred with much original gum, the other faulty without gum, and the 2c. on 3c. with part original gum but small faults. Chan 84, 87, a, 88.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 422 /() China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. and large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. to 4c. on 3c., fine appearance unused, the first two are sound with traces (1c. on 3c.) to much (2c. on 3c.) original gum, the large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. and 4c. on 3c. (reperfed. at foot) are regummed. Chan 84, 87-89.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 423 /() China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c., three examples including large box of central character and crack on right side of central character "One", and 2c. on 3c., fine appearance unused, one with part original gum, another with redistributed gum (small thin), and the last two are regummed. Chan 87, a, b, 88.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 424 o China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. and large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c., 2c. on 3c. (2), and 4c. on 3c. (2), fine appearance used with various cancellation types (mostly dollar daters), mainly fine despite a few small faults (6). Chan 84, 87-89.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 425 o China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. and large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. (2) to 4c. on 3c., cancelled by pakua, Customs double-ring d.s. or dollar dater including Amoy and Kiukiang, mainly fine, a few small faults (5). Chan 84, 87-89.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 426 o China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. and large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. (2, one has short perfs.) to 4c. on 3c., cancelled by pakua or Customs double-ring d.s., very good to fine appearance, light tones (5). Chan 84, 87-89.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 427 China, 1897 (18 Oct.) envelope to Cortland, New York (22.11) via Yokohama (29.10) and San Francisco (17.11) bearing Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. and large figures surcharge 2.5mm. setting on Dowager 2nd printing 2c. on 2ca. yellow-green (2, minor gum stains), cancelled by "Peking" dollar dater in blue, in combination with Japan Koban 5s., cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (23.10), showing unframed "T" h.s. in blue, "ctms/T" in violet and "U.S. Charge to collect/5 cents" two-line h.s. adjacent, cover has trivial edge faults, very fine and rare taxed cover. Chan 58, 87.
Estimate HK$ 200,000 - 250,000


Provenance: "China Red Revenue Covers", Sotheby's (Hong Kong), 7.11.1996, lot 911.

References: Benjamin Y.K. Hwa, The Illustrated Covers, Postcards, Lettercards, Remittance Certificates of Revenue Surcharges, Vol. II (Taipei: the China Stamp Society, 2003), p. 304.
Explore Dollar Daters (1897-1913) (Taipei: Philatelic Writer's Club, 2007), p. 33.

THE ONLY RECORDED RED REVENUE COVER WITH THE HANDSTRUCK "T" OF PEKING.

The envelope was taxed because it was sent at the preferential rate of 5 sen to the U.S.A. through the Japanese Post Office; however, this rate had been increased to 10 sen effective 1 October 1897.
  Realized HK$345,000
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Lot 428 China, 1897 (22 Oct.) Chungking Local Post 2ca ("2 Candarins" crossed out) stationery card to London (9.12) bearing Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. horizontal pair [16-17], the first stamp the large box of central character, cancelled by "Chungking" dollar dater, and France "Chine" 5c. cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (4.11), with unframed red "T" and "T" in triangle h.s., and handstruck "4D/F.B." adjacent, the 1c. on 1ca. pair has faults at top left and the card has small corner crease at top right, very fine. A charming and delightful postcard. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000


Provenance: "China Red Revenue Covers", Sotheby's (Hong Kong), 7.11.1996, lot 912.

References: Benjamin Y.K. Hwa, Vol. I, p. 306.

ONE OF ONLY TWO SUCH USAGES RECORDED. BOTH WERE MAILED FROM THE SAME PERSON ON THE SAME DAY, ONE TO LONDON AND THE OTHER TO EDINBURGH.

Apparently sent at the printed matter rate (Christmas greeting) of 2 cents, the card has been taxed for the postcard rate (written message at back) of 4 cents (10 centimes).
  Realized HK$552,000
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Lot 429 China, 1902 (Jan.) registered envelope ("Kiautschou [Custom House?]" embossed seal on flap) to Lichtenthal, Baden-Baden, Germany (23-24.2) bearing Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, cancelled by "Lingshanwei" tombstone h.s., and Kiautschou 5pf. block of four and 20pf., cancelled by "Kiautschou/Deutsche Post" c.d.s. (15.1), with Kiautschou printed registration label adjacent, and on reverse Chinkiang Local Post ½c. affixed as seal, the Red Revenue $1 on 3c. is lightly oxidised and a letter fold crosses three German P.O. stamps, nevertheless an appealing single usage of the Red Revenue dollar value. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000


References: The Revenue Surcharges China 1897. Vol. II, p. 928.
Benjamin Y.K. Hwa, The Illustrated Covers, Postcards, Lettercards, Remittance Certificates of Revenue Surcharges, Vol. II, p. 575.
  Realized HK$149,500
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