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1912 Republic of China Overprints
 
 
 

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Lot 464 China, 1912 "Provisional Neutrality" overprint for use in Foochow 3c. to $5, the complete set of four, and Postage Due ½c. to 30c., affixed to 1912 (January) Chinese Post Office typewritten presentation sheet with contemporary details of the issue, prepared for a member of the French diplomatic corps, the stamps have rich bright colours and are affixed to the sheet by small pieces of stamp margin selvedge serving as hinges, very fine and brilliantly fresh unused with much original gum, the sheet has some light rust spotting with two such minute spots on the perfs. of the $5 which are of no consequence to the exceptional quality of the stamps. An important historical contemporary reference item for this rare issue. Chan 140-143, D17-D22.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000


The recorded quantity of sales for the Foochow postage values were as follows : 3c. (6,000 examples), $1 (96 examples), $2 (96 examples) and $5 (280 examples).

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Sotheby's & Corinphila (Hong Kong), 7.10.1997, lot 295.
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Lot 465 o China, 1912 "Provisional Neutrality" overprint 3c. blue-green, block of four, each stamp cancelled by "Foochow" bilingual c.d.s. of "11 Feb", also an unused example, light tones, fine (5). Chan 140.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 466 China, 1912 "Provisional Neutrality" overprint $1 red and flesh, bright colours, particularly well centred, fine and fresh unused with large part original gum which has been redistributed. Chan 141.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000


Only 96 stamps were overprinted/sold.
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 467 China, 1912 "Provisional Neutrality" $2 claret and yellow, deep bright colours, centred just to foot, fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum, light soil/tone spot in margin at top. Signed Livingston and Holcombe. Chan 142.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000


Only 96 stamps were overprinted/sold.
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Lot 468 China, 1912 "Provisional Neutrality" $2 claret and yellow, deep colours, well centred, fine unused with small part original gum. Philatelic Foundation certificate (1949). Chan 142.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 469 China, 1912 "Provisional Neutrality" $5 myrtle and salmon, background colour misplaced to top left, fine unused with large part to much original gum, minor gum disturbance from hinge removal and faintest trace of gum thinning. L.Y. Woo guarantee handstamp. Chan 143.
Estimate HK$ 22,000 - 26,000


Only 280 stamps were overprinted/sold.
  Realized HK$25,300
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Lot 470 () China, 1912 "Provisional Neutrality" $5 myrtle and salmon, deep colours, well centred, fine appearance unused without gum, minor soiling and peripheral glazing on reverse from protective mount. Chan 143.
Estimate HK$ 18,000 - 22,000
  Realized HK$20,700
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Lot 471 China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint 1c., 3c. and 7c., fine appearance unused with much original gum, the first two have a few lightly toned perfs. and the 7c. has a spot of gum glazing at foot. Chan 144-146.
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 472 China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint 1c., 3c. and 7c., fine and fresh appearance unused with much original gum which is glazed from protective mounts. Chan 144-146.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 473 China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint 16c. olive-green, superb colour, near perfect centring, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, a few tiny yellow spots on gum. Chan 147.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000


Only 200 stamps were overprinted/sold.
  Realized HK$21,850
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Lot 474 China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint 16c. olive-green, overprint shifted to right, excellent colour, well centred, fine unused with part to large part original gum, hinge remainders and faint yellow spot on gum. Chan 147.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$20,700
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Lot 475 China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint 50c. green, bright colour, centred to foot, fine and fresh unused with part original gum. Theodore Champion and A. Brun guarantees. Chan 148.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000


Only 87 stamps were overprinted/sold.
  Realized HK$25,300
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Lot 476 China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint $1 red and flesh, exceptionally bright colours, centred to foot, fine unused with much original gum which is disturbed from protective mount, minor gum loss at foot. Chan 149.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000


Only 156 stamps were overprinted/sold.
  Realized HK$27,600
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Lot 477 China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint $2 claret and yellow with sheet margin at foot, deep rich colours with yellow frame misprinted to left, choice centring, very fine and fresh unmounted mint (small hinge mark in margin on front). An exceptional example of this rare stamp. Signed Peter Holcombe in pencil. Chan 150.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000


Only 93 stamps were overprinted/sold.
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Lot 478 China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint $2 claret and yellow, deep colours, centred to foot, rough perfs at right, fine appearance unused with much original gum, top portion of stamp has gum glazing from protective mount. Chan 150.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$29,900
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Lot 479 China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint $5 myrtle and salmon, deep intense colours, centred just to top right, fine and fresh appearance unused with much original gum which has varying degrees of glazing from protective mount. Chan 151.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000


Only 52 stamps were overprinted/sold.
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 480 China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint 1c., 3c., 16c., and $1 to $5, on 1912 (22 Mar.) W.T. Gracey local envelope, cancelled by "Nanking City" bilingual c.d.s., with another strike on reverse which is fine, the stamps are in brilliant colours and of the quintessential freshness (the $5 has a barely perceptible age spot on one perf. tip), and, as sometimes encountered on this issue, the $2 has rough perfs. at lower left, very fine and probably a unique franking with the three dollar values. Chan 144, 145, 147, 149-151.
Estimate HK$ 120,000 - 150,000


Expertisation: Signed Herbert Bloch in pencil, R.P.S. certificate (1954). The submitter, whose name is crossed out, was the famous stamp dealer Wilhelm Sellschopp.
  Realized HK$138,000
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Lot 481 China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint for use in Nanking, Hankow and Changsha prepared for use but not issued ½c., 2c., 4c., 5c., 10c., 20c. and 30c. unused with large part to much original gum, a few hinge remainders, the 2c. has thin at upper right, the rest are fine. A very rare set of the unissued postage values. Chan RPN1-RPN7.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000


Expertisation: B.P.A. certificate (2009).
  Realized HK$69,000
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Lot 482 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint ½c. to $5 and Commercial Press 1c. and 2c., fine unused with much original gum. Chan 152-168.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 483 /() China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint ½c. (2, with inverted overprint) to $5 and Commercial Press 1c. and 2c., fine appearance unused, the low values mostly without gum, the $1 to $5 have glazed gum from the protective mounts. Chan 152-168, 152b.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 484 () China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint ½c., 1c., 3c. to 5c., 10c., and 20c. to $5, group of twelve values in blocks of four, deep bright colours, well centred, and fresh appearance unused, regummed. Chan 152-153, 155-157, 159, 161-166.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000
  Realized HK$55,200
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Lot 485 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint ½c. to $5, complete set in blocks of four, very good to fine appearance unused with part to much original gum which is affected by moisture, disturbed or tropicalised, some have tones including the $5 which has varying degrees of rust on reverse showing through front in places. Chan 152-166.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
  Realized HK$48,300
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Lot 486 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint ½c., 2c., 4c. and 5c., panes of twenty, mainly fine unused with large part to much original gum, the ½c. has backing paper and the 4c. glazed gum; also 1c. panes (2, both toned, one split in half, both toned) and blocks of eight and twelve. Chan 152-154, 156, 157.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 487 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint 5c. deep violet, double pane of forty, fine and fresh unused with much original gum, four stamps at top have hinge remainders and another stamp has a thin. Chan 157.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 488 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint 7c. crimson-lake, interpanneau block of forty, fine and fresh unused with much original gum, six stamps have hinge remainders and another stamp has a thin. Chan 158.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 489 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint 20c. maroon, pane of twenty with large part sheet margin at right, fine and fresh mint, two stamps have large hinge remainders. Chan 161.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 490 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint 30c. red, pane of twenty with interpane margin at left and sheet margin at top (some splitting), fine and fresh mint. Chan 162.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 491 () China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint 50c. green, pane of twenty, fine and fresh unused without gum. Chan 163.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 492 o China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint $1 red and flesh, variety overprint inverted, stamp position 46, overprint type 3, cancelled by "Kwangtung/Canton" native c.d.s. (17 June…), excellent colours, outstanding centring, microscopic airhole, a very fine example of this great rarity of the early Republic. Chan 164b.
Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 100,000


From studies undertaken of the genuine extant examples, it appears that all were used on the same day, 17 June 1st year (1912), in Kwangtung, Kwangchow, though the city and province names are not legible on some of the examples.

This example appears to join position 38, overprint type 11 (ex Theodore Siddall, Major James Starr, Henry Nyi, and Jane and Dan Sten Olsson, Interasia, 30.1.2010, lot 476) and position 45, overprint type 4 (ex Brun Pederson, Henry Nyi. Interasia, 25.9.2011, lot 2115; Prize Selections from the Rocpex Taipei '81, p. 241).
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Lot 493 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Commercial Press overprint 1c. ochre, pane of twenty with sheet margin at top, very good unused with much original gum which has become glazed from the protective mounts, toning and top right pair has small ink smudge. Chan 167.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
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Lot 494 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Commercial Press overprint 2c. green, double pane of forty with interpane margin at right, fine and fresh unused with much original gum, one stamp thin and some split perfs.; also 1c. ochre pane of twenty with sheet margin at top and interpane margin at right, unused with large part original gum (disturbed), and 2c. green pane of twenty with sheet margin at top and interpane margin at right, unused with much original gum (perfs. improved at left). Chan 167-168.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 495 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Waterlow overprint ½c. to $5, fine unused with part to much original gum, a couple of lower values have slight tones, the 50c. and $1 to $5 are particularly fresh with much original gum. Chan 169-183.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 496 /() China, 1912 "Republic of China" Waterlow overprint ½c. to $5, fine appearance unused, some with original gum, a few tones, the $1 without gum, and the $2 and $5 have glazed gum from the protective mounts. Chan 169-183.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 497 () China, 1912 "Republic of China" Waterlow overprint ½c. to $5, complete set of fifteen in blocks of four, with additional blocks of ½c. (2), 1c. (4), 5c. (2), 7c., 10c. (2) and 16c., fine and fresh appearance unused, nearly all with gum which is disturbed/not original, the $5 has vertical crease affecting two stamps. Chan 169-183.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000
  Realized HK$80,500
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Lot 498 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Waterlow overprint 1c. brownish orange, a complete pane of twenty from the right of the sheet with selvedge on three sides, position 12 is variety basic stamp retouched "One" and position 20 is broken top of "One", with characteristic plate crack in margin at right, deep bright colour, well centred, fine unused with much original gum, a few trivial tones on perfs. Chan 170, a, b.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 499 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Waterlow overprint 2c. green pane of twenty with sheet margins at left and top and interpane margins on the other two sides, a few minor tone spots, and 3c. blue-green interpanneau block of thirty-five, both fine and fresh unused with much original gum; also 1c. brownish orange, a complete pane of twenty from the right of the sheet with selvedge on three sides, unused, toned. Chan 170, 171, 172.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 500 () China, 1912 "Republic of China" overprints, an unused selection in multiples, including Statistical Dept. 1c., 3c., 4c. (2) and 7c. blocks of ten or larger, 16c. block of twelve, 10c., 20c. and 30c. blocks of four and 50c. block of nine, Commercial Press 1c. and Waterlow 1c. (2), 2c. (2) and 10c. blocks of four, mainly fine and fresh appearance mostly with gum which is not original (regummed).
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 501 o China, Anhwei/Sukiakiao : ½c. to 3c., 5c., 30c. and 50c. overprinted in red, all cancelled by c.d.s., fine, the 2c. is thin (7). Chan RLAH.3B.1-4, 6, 11, 12.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 502 o China, Chekiang/Lishui : ½c. to 2c., 4c., 16c., 20c. and 30c. overprinted in black, all cancelled by "Lishui" c.d.s., very good to fine (7). Unlisted in Chan.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 503 /o China, Fukien/Kienyang : ½c. to 7c. overprinted in red and in black, ½c. and 7c. overprinted in black with overprint inverted, unused, and 3c. to 7c. cancelled by "Kienyang" c.d.s., very good to fine, a few tones (22). Chan RLFK.4A.1-7, 1var, 7var, RLFK.4B.1-7.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 504 China, Fukien/Kienyang : ½c., 2c., 4c. and 5c. overprinted in red on neat 1912 (6 Sept.) registered envelope to Shanghai, cancelled by "Kienyang" c.d.s., showing "Fukien Kienyang/No. 942" framed registration h.s. adjacent, fine and appealing. Chan RLFK.4B.1, 3-5.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 505 China, Fukien/Kienyang : ½c. to 7c. complete set of seven overprinted in red on 1912 (6 Sept.) registered envelope to Shanghai, cancelled by "Kienyang" c.d.s., showing "Fukien Kienyang/No. 967" framed registration h.s. adjacent, fine. Chan RLFK.4B.1-7.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 506 China, Kiangsu/Hwangtu : ½c. to 7c. overprinted in black on 1912 (19 July) envelope to Shanghai (19.7), cancelled by "Hwangtu" c.d.s., fine. Chan RLKS.1A.1-7.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 507 China, Kiangsu/Tuchanghsien : 1912 (23 June) registered envelope to Shanghai (28.6) bearing "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprints ½c. and 4c. (oxidised), and Tuchanghsien local overprints 1c., 2c., 3c. and 5c., cancelled by "Tuchanghsien" bilingual segmented c.d.s., framed registration h.s. adjacent, envelope has central vertical fold passing between stamps and address partially scratched out, nevertheless a fine combination usage of the official and local "Republic of China" overprints. Chan 152, 156, RKI.2.A.1a, 2a, 3, 5.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 508 o China, 1912 "Republic of China" local overprints, a selection of overprints in black or red from Hochow, Fukien, Hwangtu, Kiangpu, Nanking, Wukiashih, Canton, Tsinan and Yun Yang, with values to 20c., all except one are used, mainly very good to fine (43).
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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