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Lot 2313 China, 1887 official envelope from the Commander of the Governor of Shanxi's Brigade to the Viceroy of Shanxi-Gansu in Xian, sent while enroute to Shanyuan, and 1894 official local envelope from the Military Commander of Shanxi to the Governor, fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 2314 China, 1888 official envelope from the Military Commander of Chili Province in Lutai to his deputy Liu, "for immediate delivery", fine to very fine..
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 2315 China, 1889 official envelope from the Military Commander of the Suzhou Garrison to the Huizhou Garrison, both in Anhui Province, endorsed "conveyed by horse and men", some wear and heavy horizontal crease where folded at foot.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,093
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Lot 2316 China, 1890 (Jan.) pre-printed official envelope from the Shanghai Commander in Songjian to the Bishop of Jiangnan in Xujiahui, for Chinese New Year Greeting, some ageing.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,070
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Lot 2317 China, 1893 official envelope from the Viceroy of Chili in Tianjin to the Commander of the Yongdin River Brigade, which defended the capital, showing large purple seals, fine to very fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,220
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 2318 China, 1911 (Oct.) official military formular lettergram from Commander Wang at Zhanyuanat Zhumadian, Henan Province, to the Minister of the Army in Wuhan, the contents relate to the Commander's excuse for not sending troops to suppress the Revolution. An important postal and historical document.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000


ONLY FIVE SUCH MILITARY LETTERGRAMS ARE RECORDED TO DATE, AND THESE ARE ALL FROM THE SAME MINISTRY OF THE ARMY CORRESPONDENCE.

The military lettergram represents the final attempt to reform the official mail system, with the size and format of the lettersheet being substantially reduced in order to expedite the efficiency of the I-Chan.
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 2319 China, Wen Pao Chu : Red-band envelope to Peking, showing on reverse "Pei Yang Wen Pao Main Office in the Capital Forwarded Received on 8th Month, 10th Day" unframed h.s. in red (with date inserted by hand), and "Peking Wen Pao Sub-Office" unframed h.s., also in red, adjacent, very fine example of this branch of the I-Chan, which was formed in 1876 to transmit despatches from Chinese envoys overseas utilising Shanghai as its hub.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000


The Wen Pao Chu (Despatch Office) was formed in 1876 as a branch of the I-Chan, and its main function was to transmit to Shanghai despatches destined to go overseas to one of the various Chinese Envoys abroad. Similarly, despatches reaching Shanghai from Envoys were delivered to their destination by the Wen Pao Chu.

In later years (probably from about 1898) the duties of the Wen Pao Chu dwindled away until all the work of the I-Chan and its branches was taken over by the Chinese Post Office in July 1912. In the North Eastern Provinces of Kirin and Heilungkiang however, the Wen Pao Chu continued to operate for a further two years.
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 2320 China, 1908 (1 Sept.) Chinese Imperial Posts declaration form for bulk mail ("Declaration of Native Clubbed Mail 'late posted'") from Swatow to Shanghai, bearing on reverse C.I.P. 2c. scarlet pairs (2) and 10c. green (4, with "L"-shaped strip of three), cancelled by "Swatow" bilingual c.d.s., fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 2321 China, 1908 (31 Oct.) Chinese Imperial Posts declaration form for bulk mail ("Declaration of Native Clubbed Mail 'late posted'") from Swatow to Shanghai, bearing on reverse C.I.P. 2c. scarlet vertical pair with interpane margin at right and 10c. green vertical pair, cancelled by "Swatow" bilingual c.d.s., fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 2322 China, 1909 (16 Feb.) Chinese Imperial Posts declaration form for bulk mail ("Declaration of Native Clubbed Mail 'late posted'") from Swatow to Shanghai, bearing on reverse C.I.P. 2c. deep green and 10c. sky-blue, cancelled by "Swatow" bilingual c.d.s., fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 2323 China, 1909 (25 Apr.) Chinese Imperial Posts declaration form for bulk mail ("Declaration of Native Clubbed Mail 'late posted'") from Swatow to Shanghai, bearing on reverse C.I.P. 2c. deep green "L"-shaped strip of three and 10c. sky-blue, cancelled by "Swatow" bilingual c.d.s., fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 2324 China, 1909 Chinese Imperial Posts declaration forms (2) for bulk mail ("Declaration of Native Clubbed Mail 'late posted'") from Swatow to Shanghai, bearing on reverse C.I.P. 4c. chestnut (4, with "L"-shaped strip of three with interpane margin at right) and 2c. deep green pairs (2) respectively, cancelled by "Swatow" bilingual c.d.s., fine.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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