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Sale 75

Asian Stamps & Postal History


China Covers / Incoming Mail
 
 
 

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Lot 2325 China, Imperial Post : 1897 (1 Aug.) envelope to Halifax, Nova Scotia (7.9), showing "Tientsin" origin dollar dater in blue denoting payment of postage in cash, subscriber's mail or acceptance of foreign postage applied by the sender, and bearing Japan Koban 5s., cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (16.8), showing on reverse "Shanghai" transit dollar dater (5.8) in brown, "Yokohama" (19.8) and "Vancouver" (1.9) transit c.d.s., some stains and cover faults, an early usage (the earliest recorded being 4 July 1897) of the Tientsin dollar dater.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 2326 China, 1898 (Mar.) envelope to Shanghai (29.3, Local Post arrival) bearing I.C.P. 2c., cancelled by "Wenchow" dollar dater in brown, fine and scarce.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 2327 China, 1901 (9 Nov.) red-band envelope to Peking (9.11) bearing C.I.P. 2c., cancelled by "Tientsin/Postal Agency" tombstone h.s. in blue, matching "Tientsin" bilingual c.d.s. on reverse with "Peking" bilingual oval d.s. alongside, the stamp has a few trimmed perfs. at top from opening of envelope, fine and scarce coloured tombstone cancellation.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 2328 China, 1902 (13 May) envelope to Kipling, Ohio, U.S.A. bearing C.I.P. 10c. horizontal pair, cancelled by "Ichow" Sun and Moon c.d.s., very fine strike, showing on reverse "Sutisen Post Office" tombstone h.s. and "Tsinkiangpu" non-standard circular h.s., together with transit c.d.s. of Chinkiang (20.5), Shanghai (21.5), Nagasaki (27.5), Yokohama and Chicago (18.6), with brown "Officially Sealed/Department of Communications of Japan" labels (7), which reflect the battered state of the cover. A spectacular usage with the Sun and Moon cancellation origin.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 2329 China, 1902 (June) "Compagnie des Chemins de fer Chinois, Ligne de Peking à Hankow" corner card envelope registered to Hankow (21.6) bearing C.I.P. 1c. (3, with pair) and 2c. pair, cancelled by "Chengchow Post Office" tombstone h.s., showing on reverse three different transit tombstone h.s. of "Shinyang", "Hsuchow" and "Suiping", a few small age stains and cover faults. An outstanding and aesthetically pleasing usage with the tombstone cancellations.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$25,300
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Lot 2330 China, 1902 (26 July) postcard to Belgium (5.9) via Shanghai (1.8) bearing C.I.P. 1c., cancelled by "Tientsin" bilingual c.d.s., handstruck "T" unframed h.s., with Belgium Postage Due 10c. applied on arrival and cancelled by "Bruxelles/1" c.d.s., fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
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Lot 2331 China, 1903 (14 Feb.) postcard to Brussels, Belgium (23.3) bearing C.I.P. 4c., cancelled by "Hankow" bilingual c.d.s., showing on reverse "Han-Keou-Chine/Poste Française" c.d.s. (14.2) and "Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No. 3" octagonal d.s. (19.3), very fine.
Estimate HK$ 700 - 900
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Lot 2332 China, 1902-03 envelopes (3) to Lyon, France bearing single frankings of C.I.P. 4c. (2) and 10c., from Ningpo, Shunteh and Paoting, cancelled by bilingual c.d.s., oval h.s. or oval d.s. respectively, envelopes of varying sizes with the two smaller ones unsealed and presumably accepted at the printed matter rate. A nice trio.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 2333 China, 1905 (4 Mar.) registered red-band envelope to Kiaochow (7.3) bearing on reverse C.I.P. 1c., 2c. vertical pairs (2) and 5c., crisply cancelled by "Pingtu" lunar double-ring d.s., the 5c. additionally tied by "Tsingtau/Deutsche Post" c.d.s. (8.3), showing on front "R" unframed h.s. and "R/Pingtu (China)/No. 56" framed registration h.s., envelope folded horizontally at foot clear of stamps and markings, the red band a little faded, superb strikes of the Pingtu lunar dater, fine and pleasing registered usage through the German P.O.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 2334 China, 1905 (7 Mar.) envelope to Besançon, France (April arrival on reverse) via Tengyueh (16.3) bearing C.I.P. 5c. vertical pair (oxidised), cancelled by "Tali" lunar c.d.s. in violet and showing superb "Tengyueh" transit c.d.s. adjacent. An attractive usage.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 2335 China, 1906 (26 Mar.) registered red-band envelope to Peking (31.3) bearing on reverse C.I.P. 1c. horizontal strip of four and 2c. horizontal pairs (2), cancelled by "Shanghai" native lunar c.d.s., with "R/Shanghai/No. 2700" framed registration h.s. on front, fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 2336 China, 1906 (27 May) envelope from Kwangtung to Bern, Switzerland (12.7) bearing C.I.P. 10c., crisply cancelled by "Yungan" native lunar c.d.s. (intercalary month), with "Changle" (26.5) and "Hingning" (2.6) native transit c.d.s. and "Hong Kong" transit c.d.s., envelope variously creased vertically with one crease passing under but not seemingly affecting stamp, fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 2337 China, 1909 (30 May) registered red-band envelope to Peking (3.6) via Tsinan (30.5) bearing on reverse C.I.P. 2c. and 5c., cancelled by "Chowtsun" segmented lunar d.s., showing "R/Chowtsun (China)/No. 3773" framed registration h.s., fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 2338 China, 1909 (Nov.) express registered red-band envelope to Changteh (25.11), showing on reverse "Sian/Express Letter" framed h.s. and "Changteh" bilingual arrival segmented d.s.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 2339 China, 1910 (22 Jan.) postcard to Haiphong (23.1) bearing C.I.P. 4c., cancelled by "Mengtsz/Postal Wagon" segmented lunar c.d.s., with "Hokow" bilingual and "Laokay/Tonkin" (23.1) transit c.d.s. adjacent, fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 2340 China, 1911 (22 May) red-band envelope to Hangchow (23.5) bearing on reverse C.I.P. 3c., cancelled by "Shanghai" bilingual segmented c.d.s., with "Shanghai/No. 22" framed h.s. in blue and "Hangchow" arrival segmented c.d.s. adjacent, fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 2341 China, 1911 (10 Oct.) red-band envelope to Tientsin via Shanghai, bearing on reverse C.I.P. 1c. (3, one variety imperf. margin at foot), cancelled by "Tungmatow" segmented d.s., sent on the day of the Wuchang Uprising, which led to downfall of the Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China, fine and an important historical date. Chan 117, h.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
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Lot 2342 China, 1911 (15 Dec.) real photo postcard from Shoka, Taiwan to Hainan redirected to Kachek bearing Japan Kiku 1½s., cancelled by comb type c.d.s., showing Japanese P.O. "Tamsui" transit c.d.s. (16.12), and Chinese transit c.d.s. of Amoy, Swatow, Kiungchow, card has some corner creasing/internal surface splits, some around but not affecting the stamp, which was creased before application.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 2343 China, 1912 (1 Feb.) local Shanghai envelope bearing C.I.P. 1c., cancelled by "Shanghai" bilingual c.d.s., part of back flap missing, fine usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
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Lot 2344 China, 1912 (27 June) red-band envelope to Shanghai (28.6) bearing on reverse "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint 3c., cancelled by "Hangchow/First Year" bilingual segmented c.d.s., with "Hangchow/…/No. 114" circular h.s. in violet and "Shanghai" segmented arrival c.d.s. adjacent, envelope a little aged.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 2345 China, 1913 (5 May) postcard from Tsingtau to Hannover, Germany (18.5) bearing "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint 1c. and Commemorating the Republic 3c., both uncancelled (not accepted for postage), showing "Tsingtau/Kiautschou" c.d.s., with blue crayon due notations "20"pf. and arrival c.d.s. in red indicating postage due, fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
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Lot 2346 China, 1913 (5 May) registered postcard to Germany (24.5) via Shanghai (8.5) and Moukden (12.5), bearing "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint 2c., Commercial Press overprint 1c., Waterlow overprint 3c. and Commemorating the Republic 8c., cancelled by "Swatow" bilingual c.d.s., a few light age spots.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 2347 China, Later Issues : 1913 (6 May) registered envelope to Sumatra (29.5) via Peking (6.5) and Chinese and French P.O. in Shanghai (9.5), bearing on reverse Commemorating the Revolution 2c. and 5c., and Commemorating the Republic 1c. (2), 2c., 3c. and 5c., cancelled by "Tsinghwayuan" bilingual segmented c.d.s., with framed registration h.s. on front.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 2348 China, 1913 (31 Dec.) Angkor Wat picture postcard to Tengchung via Amichow (1.1.14), bearing on picture side Junk 3c., cancelled by "Yunnanfu" bilingual segmented c.d.s., and showing "Yunnan-Vietnam/1st Section" T.P.O. c.d.s., card a little aged, rare railroad cancellation.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 2349 China, 1918 (4 Nov.) registered envelope (240 x 128mm.) to Wenchow (21.11) bearing on front Junk 1c. horizontal strip of three from the foot of the sheet with imprint and plate number "11", and on reverse Junk ½c. block of forty (10 x 4) from the top left corner of the sheet showing imprint and plate number "20", cancelled by "Hunchun" bilingual segmented c.d.s., the ½c. block additionally tied by "Moukden" (13.11) and "Shanghai" (16.11) bilingual transit c.d.s., showing on front registration h.s., some faults as to be expected for such a large and impressive franking. From the Tanant correspondence.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 2350 China, 1919 (6 Dec.) envelope to Germany via Canton (7.12) bearing Junk 5c. (2), cancelled by "Shumchun" (Shenzhen) bilingual c.d.s., envelope has two filing punch holes at foot and damage at top right corner.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 2351 China, 1921 (8 Jan.) registered envelope from Chihli Province to Germany (23.2) via Peking (9.1), Shanghai (12.1) and London (20.2), bearing on reverse Junk 1c. pair and 3c. block of six, cancelled by native c.d.s.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,150
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Lot 2352 China, 1924 (3 May) native envelope to Peking (7.5) bearing on reverse Junk 1c. block of six, cancelled by "Hunan/Fu Lin Pu Letter Box" tombstone h.s., with "Changsha" bilingual origin c.d.s. and "Peking" bilingual arrival c.d.s. alongside, envelope has a few peripheral faults, nevertheless a fine and handsome franking and usage.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 2353 China, 1930 (July) unfranked envelope from Peiping to Peitaiho (24.7), showing fine strike of "Free Delivery During Postal Strike/Tientsin (20)" circular undated h.s., fine and scarce usage during the Chinese postal labourers' strike.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,093
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Lot 2354 China, 1932 (31 Dec.) registered envelope (250 x 160mm., "Deutsche Asiatische Bank" imprint on flap) to San Francisco (18.1.33) bearing Hall of Classics Second Peking printing $1 and Dr. Sun Yat-sen Second London printing 25c., both with "D.A.B." perfins, cancelled by "Shanghai" bilingual c.d.s., the envelope opened out for display and a few peripheral faults.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,265
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Lot 2355 China, 1933 (15 June) registered envelope (255 x 190mm.) to Hamburg, Germany (18.7) "Via Japan/Vladivostok/Siberia" bearing on reverse Junk 10c. (3, one stamp has surface defects), Hall of Classics $1, surcharged Junk 1c. on 4c. and Dr. Sun Yat-sen First London printing 4c. (21), cancelled by "Tsingtao" bilingual c.d.s., with "Shanghai" bilingual transit c.d.s. (17.6), envelope has truncated top left corner and light age spotting, an impressive franking paying the correct 240g. international registered letter rate at $2.15. Chan 261, 268, 285, 307.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 2356 China, 1933 (11 Aug.) registered printed matter envelope (303 x 229mm.) to Chefoo (12.8) bearing Peking Martyr ½c. brown and 10c. purple (tiny fault at top left), cancelled by "Hwanghsien" bilingual c.d.s.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,150
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Lot 2357 China, 1937 (7 Apr.) postcard from Peking to Leningrad, U.S.S.R. bearing Dr. Sun Yat-sen Second London printing 5c. with perfin "PUMC" (Peiping Union Medical College), and 1939 (26 June) registered envelope from Shanghai to North Carolina bearing Dr. Sun Yat-sen 25c. pair with perfin "YTT" (Yee Tsoong Tobacco) and Martyr 1c. (4), a few stains.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,150
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Lot 2358 China, 1937 (17 Dec.) registered envelope to England "Via Suez" bearing Dr. Sun Yat-sen Second London printing 5c. and 15c. (3), cancelled by "Shanghai" bilingual c.d.s., very fine first year Sino-Japanese wartime usage to overseas routed through Suez instead of Trans-Siberia, as Tientsin fell to Japanese forces in July 1937.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Realized HK$2,070
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Lot 2359 China, 1937 surcharged in red 1c. on 4c. green Dr. Sun Yat-sen Second London printing, narrow stamp, cancelled by Ankang/Shansi Province" dotted rim d.s. on envelope to Chungking (21.1) via Xichiang (20.12) and Chengtu (14.1), showing ""Recovered mail, stolen or lost" straight-line h.s. adjacent, envelope has central horizontal fold, fine and scarce example of this instructional marking for stolen or lost mail which was subsequently recovered.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 2360 China, 1940 (6 Dec.) censored envelope to Bangkok via Hong Kong bearing Martyr 50c. and Dr. Sun Yat-sen 5c. strip of three and $1, cancelled by "Shanghai" bilingual dotted rim d.s., and 1941 (27 Oct.) registered censored airmail envelope to Tokyo (arrival) bearing on front and back Martyrs 1c. and 13c., Dr. Sun Yat-sen New York printing 1c. pair, and Airs 25c. and 50c., cancelled by "Shanghai" bilingual segmented c.d.s.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
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Lot 2361 China, 1941 (30 Mar.) "The American Express Company, Inc." corner card envelope registered to San Francisco (12.4) bearing Commercial Press Martyr 40c. block of four, cancelled by "Shanghai" roller type, light central stain from wax seal at back, fine triple rate and believed to be a very early usage of this stamp. Chan 451.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,150
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Lot 2362 China, 1945 (28 Sept.) airmail envelope to England bearing on reverse First Shanghai Union surcharge $1 on $200 on 1c. Hong Kong Martyr, $2 on $400 on 3c. and $5 on $1000 on 1c. Dr. Sun Yat-sen vertical pair, cancelled by "Shanghai" bilingual dotted rim d.s., envelope roughly opened at left, fine dual currency surcharges usage from reoccupied Shanghai, paying the C.N.C. $13 rate which included the wartime $9 airmail charge to Great Britain. Chan 880-882.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 2363 China, 1945 (8 Dec.) airmail envelope to the U.S.A. bearing various values (6) including Victory commemorative $100, cancelled by "Shanghai" dotted rim d.s., the $300 airmail triple rate, and an uncommon 1945 usage of the Victory stamp on commercial mail.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 2364 China, 1947 (12 Sept.) native envelope to Shanghai (15.9) bearing Dr. Sun Yat-sen London Fourth printing $500 olive-green, cancelled by "Shangkiu Station" c.d.s. Chan 1020.
Estimate HK$ 750 - 1,000
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Lot 2365 China, 1948 (24 Aug.) airmail express envelope to the U.S.A. via Canton (26.8) bearing Dr. Sun Yat-sen Dah Tung printing engraved $100,000 pair and $500,000 strip of three, cancelled by "Kutsing" dotted rim d.s., envelope reduced at right, the scarce $1,700,000 airmail express foreign mail matter rate, which came into effect on 21 August 1948.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 2366 China, 1948 (19 Oct.) double registered value declared airmail envelope to Shanghai (20.10) bearing Dr. Sun Yat-sen Shanghai Second Union surcharge $15,000 on $4 Dr. Sun Yat-sen (3, with a pair) and Dr. Sun Yat-sen Third Dah Tung printing $50,000, cancelled by "Wuhsien" c.d.s., envelope reduced at left trimming the left margin of one of the surcharged stamps, otherwise fine and the correct double registered remittance rate of $95,000 (surface $15,000 + double registered $65,000 + value declared fee $15,000).
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
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Lot 2367 China, 1948 (Nov.) value declared registered envelope to Peiping (2.12), showing "Domestic Postage Paid/Yangku Shansi" framed h.s. in violet with registered framed h.s. in red alongside, envelope slightly reduced at top.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 2368 China, 1948 airmail envelope to New York bearing Dr. Sun Yat-sen Dah Tung printing $10,000 and $50,000 (2), cancelled by "Hopeh/Tangshan Postal Agency/No. 10" circular h.s., paying the correct international airmail rate of $110,000 for the period from 11 April to 18 May 1948.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
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Lot 2369 China, Wei-Hai-Wei : 1903 envelope (H.M. Govt. embossed seal on flap) from the British Embassy in Peking to J.A. Stewart Lockhart, Wei-Hai-Wei bearing C.I.P. 1c., cancelled by "Peking" oval bilingual d.s. in violet, showing "Chefoo" transit c.d.s. (4.11) and "Port Edward/Wei-Hai-Wei" double-ring d.s. (5.11) on reverse, the envelope a little roughly opened at top, fine incoming usage to the Governor of Wei-Hai-Wei at the reduced rate of 1 cent for domestic postage, which was effective between 8 April 1902 and 30 August 1904. From the Mick Goldsmith collection..
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 2370 China, 1905 (26 Dec.) postcard (coloured picture of "Port Wei-hai-wei") to Ireland via Mantan (27.12), Ninghai (28.12), Chefoo (29.12), and Imperial and British P.O. in Shanghai (8.1.06) bearing C.I.P. 2c., cancelled by "Liu Kung Tau" native lunar d.s., fine. From the Mick Goldsmith collection..
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 2371 China, 1912-30 envelopes (3), comprising 1912 red-band envelope to Wei-Hai-Wei bearing C.I.P. 1c. (4), with "Wei-Hai-Wei/Port Edward" British arrival c.d.s., 1932 underpaid envelope to Ireland bearing Dr. Sun Yat-sen First London printing 1c. and 4c., cancelled by "Weihaiwei" bilingual segmented c.d.s., showing "T" unframed h.s. and "T 40 ctms" framed h.s. applied in Shanghai, and 1938 envelope to England via Tientsin bearing Dr. Sun Yat-sen First London printing 20c. and Second London printing 5c., cancelled by "Weihaiwei" bilingual c.d.s., fine. From the Mick Goldsmith collection..
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 2372 China, Chinese Labour Corps - World War I : 1916(c.) picture postcard (the 1914-15 military campaign depicting the ruins of Suippes Town Hall) to Marseille, showing "3me Groupe de Travaileurs Chinois/Cie. C.H. 14/Le Lieutenant Commandant" double-ring h.s. in blue, fine. From the Mick Goldsmith collection..
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000


There was a large Military Camp at Suippes, which was located northeast of Chalon sur Marnes and east of Rheims.
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 2373 China, Chinese Labour Corps - World War I : 1917 (7 May) from a camp gendarme to Neufchâtel-en-Bray, endorsed "F.M.", showing "Groupement/de Travailleurs Chinois" framed h.s. in violet and "Oissel sur Seine/Seine Maritime" despatch c.d.s., envelope a little roughly opened at back, fine. From the Mick Goldsmith collection..
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 2374 China, Chinese Labour Corps - World War I : 1917 (17 Sept.) envelope from the Commander of the Chinese Labour Corps Group in Surdon to Lunéville, showing "Groupement Chinois/Le Commandant de Groupement/Surdon (Orne)" (with another sender's cachet on reverse), countersigned by the officer, and "Gare de Surdon/Orne" despatch c.d.s., envelope a trifle reduced at right, fine. From the Mick Goldsmith collection..
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 2375 China, Chinese Labour Corps - World War I : 1917 (Dec.) envelope from the Tientsin Leather Factory to the Wei-Hai-Wei Bank "to be given to Worker No. 10832 in the British Factory" bearing on front and back Junk ½c. (2) and 3c., cancelled by "Tientsin City" bilingual segmented c.d.s., showing "Tientsin" and "Weihaiwei" bilingual segmented c.d.s. and British "Wei-Hai-Wei/Port Edward" c.d.s. (9.12), possibly for transmission to France to the member of the Chinese Labour Corps, the envelope has a central horizontal crease and is somewhat crumpled as is often the case for such mail. From the Mick Goldsmith collection..
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 2376 China, Chinese Labour Corps - World War I : 1918(c.) envelope sent between different camps of the Labour Corps in France, from worker number "64427" of the 119 Company, 1st Platoon to a worker with the 122 Company ("122 Coy." in manuscript), showing "C.L./4" framed h.s. in magenta, rare example of internal mail between two different Chinese Labour Corps Camps within France. From the Mick Goldsmith collection..
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 2377 China, Chinese Labour Corps - World War I : 1919 (1 Dec.) picture postcard (street scene of Albert in the Somme region) from Company Sergeant Major Ellis to his wife in England, endorsed "OS" (On Service), showing "No. 164 Company,/Chinese/Labour Corps/No…/Date…" framed h.s. and "Army Post Office/S.179" c.d.s. (4.12.19), fine. From the Mick Goldsmith collection..
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 2378 China, Chinese Labour Corps - World War I : 1917-18 special formular envelopes unused (4, two different sizes), for sending mail between workers and their families, both outgoing (larger size) and reply (smaller size) envelopes, with two different printings based on the English and French instructions- the first printing in sans-serif letters and the second printing with serif letters, one has central horizontal fold, fine to very fine. From the Mick Goldsmith collection..
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 2379 China, World War I : 1917 (Jan.) registered censored envelope from Peking to Germany (1.1.17) via U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai (23.2), bearing Germania 40pf., cancelled by c.d.s., showing "Mail service suspended/to country addressed" straight-line h.s. in violet and "Return to writer" h.s., Tientsin (6.3.18), Peking (9-13.3.18) and New York transits, the envelope opened and resealed with U.S.P.O.D. Officially Sealed labels, unusual and full of character, the envelope taking more than 14 months for its return to China.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$51,750
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Lot 2380 China, World War I : 1917 (19 June) censored postcard to the Netherlands via Petrograd (26.6, with its framed censor cachet in violet) bearing Junk 4c., cancelled by "Shanghai" c.d.s., showing "Bureau Ambulant No. 2/Pukowku- Tientsin" (21.6) and "Bureau Ambulant No. 1/Peking- Moukden" (23.6) c.d.s. adjacent, fine routing via Siberia with all the appropriate transit and censor markings, extremely fine strikes of both T.P.O. and an outstanding usage of the two c.d.s. in combination.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
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Lot 2381 China, World War I : 1917-18 envelopes (3, two registered) and postcard to Copenhagen, Japan and U.S.A. (2), bearing Junk values (7) to 10c., two with censor labels and cachets and the other two (one badly opened at top) with Japanese inspector's small circular chops in red and violet respectively.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 2382 China, WWI Prisoner of War Mail : 1916 (26 Apr.) "Service des Prisonniers de Guerre" printed censored registered envelope from the Relief Committee in Tientsin to Germany via Manchouli (30.4) and Copenhagen (28.5) bearing Reaper 20c., cancelled by "D/Tientsin" bilingual segmented c.d.s. with "R/Tientsin Sub-Office…/No. 9487 30" framed h.s. adjacent, showing on reverse appropriate transit markings including "Bur. Amb. Ant. No. 1/Peking-Moukden" bilingual c.d.s. (27.4), with Petrograd" framed censor h.s. in violet, light central vertical filing fold, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 2383 China, WWI Prisoner of War Mail : 1916 (12 May) "Service des Prisonniers de Guerre" printed censored registered envelope from the Relief Committee in Tientsin to Germany via Manchouli (16.5) bearing Reaper 20c., cancelled by "Tientsin" bilingual segmented c.d.s. with "R/Tientsin Sub-Office…/No. 9487 30" framed h.s. adjacent, showing on reverse "Bur. Amb. Ant. No. 1/Peking-Moukden" bilingual c.d.s. (15.5), with Petrograd" framed censor h.s. in violet, fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Realized HK$2,070
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Lot 2384 China, Military Post : 1940 (2 Mar.) airmail express envelope to Chengtu bearing on reverse Dr. Sun Yat-sen 4c. block of ten (2 x 5) and Martyr 1c. pair, cancelled by "Military Post/No. 141" dotted rim d.s., the envelope trimmed at top upon opening and consequently cutting off the tops of the two uppermost 4c. stamps, very fine strikes of the Military Post dater.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 2385 China, World War II Mail : 1941(c.) (14 Sept.) airmail censored envelope to New York via Canton and "Via Airmail : C.N.A.C. to Calcutta/B.O.A.C. to Lagos Nigeria/P.A.A. to destination" bearing on reverse Martyrs and Dr. Sun Yat-sen issues values to $5 totalling $9.50, showing "Received Wet" cachet in Chinese reflecting the somewhat battered condition of the envelope.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 2386 China, 1942 (28 Apr.) airmail censored envelope to U.S.A. "By B.O.A., India to Lagos/forwarded by PAA/airmail Kunming-India", bearing on reverse Martyrs 20c. and 50c. with Dr. Sun Yat-sen $2 pair and $5, cancelled by "Chen-Nan" dotted rim d.s., showing "DHA/9" octagonal h.s. in violet, with Indian censor tape. An early cover for the trans-Himalayan air route ("Over the Hump") which operated at the beginning of 1942 after the Japanese blocked the Burma Road on 28 April 1948, which, coincidently, was the same day this envelope was posted.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
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Lot 2387 China, 1943 (20 Apr.) registered censored airmail envelope (originally containing overseas Chinese remittances) to Stockton, California (29.6) via Miami (25.6) bearing Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hong Kong Dah Tung printing 50c. and $5 (2), and New York printing $2, cancelled by "Shingtonghu" bilingual c.d.s., the $2 and one $5 additionally tied by "SunChong" transit c.d.s., showing "DHF/10" straight-line h.s. in violet adjacent.
Estimate HK$ 900 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,265
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Lot 2388 China, 1944 (4 Apr.) airmail censored envelope to Miss Ida Pruitt in New York bearing on reverse surcharge of 50 cents with two vertical bars in black for East Szechwan on 16c. olive-brown, and Dr. Sun Yat-sen values (6, one has fault) totaling $66.30 ($66.80 with the 50c. on 16c. surcharge), cancelled by "Chungking" dotted rim d.s., insignificant edge wear at right.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 2389 China, WWII Internee Mail : 1945 (21 Sept.) unfranked airmail envelope from an internee in Ash Camp, Shanghai to Ahmednagar, India (27.9), showing on reverse "Civil Assembly Centre/Ash Camp" oval cachet in purple and on front matching "Internee mail free/of postage/Shanghai P.O." framed h.s., overstruck by "U.S. A.P.O." c.d.s.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 2390 China, WWII Prisoner of War Mail : 1942 (May-Nov.) franked or unfranked (2) envelopes (3) to American soldiers "formerly at/of Wake Island" and now prisoners of war of the Japanese at Shanghai, sent care of the International Red Cross in Geneva and forwarded on, showing Geneva Red Cross cachets in red or violet and Shanghai P.O.W. Camp h.s. in red with Matsui seals, two are censored, one has date of despatch c.d.s. penciled in and the other two ragged at top or roughly opened (damaging one stamp).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500


Wake Island fell to the Japanese forces on 24 December 1941 and was the first American territory taken by the Japanese military forces in World War II.
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 2391 China, Maritime : 1925 (June) envelope to Edinburgh endorsed "via Siberia" and redirected to London bearing Junk Second Peking printing 1c. and 3c. vertical strip of three, cancelled by "From Steamer Letter Box" bilingual two-line unframed h.s. in violet, showing "Nanking" bilingual segmented despatch c.d.s. (10.6) and "Tientsin" machine cancellation (11.6) on reverse, light age spotting, nevertheless a fine and attractive usage. Ex Roger Hoskings.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 2392 China, Maritime : 1924-48, an outstanding assembly of envelopes (12) and postcards (7), including Great Britain 1½d. single frankings (8, one with 1d.) on separate envelopes or cards (8) cancelled by "Paquebot" framed or unframed h.s. and one cancelled by Chinese "Taken from Steamship Co. Box" framed h.s., six showing "Shanghai" daters, China Junks or Dr. Sun Yat-sen issues on envelopes (5) cancelled by "Paquebot" framed h.s. (2) or showing "Paquebot" unframed h.s. adjacent or on reverse, China 1925(c.) envelope (address cut out) bearing Junk 1c. (4) and 4c. "L"-shaped strip of three cancelled by "From Steamer Letter Box" bilingual two-line unframed h.s., China 1935 express envelope from Peiping to San Jose, Cal. bearing Junk Second Peking printing 2c. (2) + $1 + Martyr 40c. showing "Seattle-Manilla Seapost No. 4/President McKinley" duplex on reverse, Japan 1930(c.) large envelope from Dairen to Shanghai via "s.s. Dairen Maru" bearing Japan 1s. (2), 3s. (5) and 10s. (4, one damaged) cancelled by large "Paquebot" framed h.s., Philippines 1932 envelope to Shanghai (27.5) bearing U.S. Philippines 2c. and Mayon Volcano 2c. (11, with block of six) cancelled by Chinese "Taken from Ship Box" unframed h.s., and Denmark 2ö. block of four cancelled by "Paquebot" framed h.s. in purple on envelope to Shanghai carried on "Mersk Line" and showing "Tsingtao" c.d.s. (20.1.48) alongside, mainly fine. A remarkable group. Ex Hoskings.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 2393 China, Incoming Mail / Germany : 1926 (8 Apr.) envelope from Hagen to Taipeng "via Canton, über Siberien" bearing 5pf. and 10pf. (2), cancelled by machine, showing on reverse "handed in by U.S.S.R. Consulate, Canton for delivery" mimeographed label in English and Chinese, tied by "Canton" bilingual segmented c.d.s., label and accompanying c.d.s. on reverse damaged from opening, interesting and unusual.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$18,400
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Lot 2394 China, Russia : 1907 (29 May) picture postcard from Vladivostok to Shanghai (5.6) bearing Russia 4kop., cancelled by "Parokhod. Obshch./R.V.A.P." (Russian East Asiatic Steamship Co.) oval d.s. (19.5/1.6; Tchilinghirian type 1) in violet, showing "Shankhai/a" c.d.s. (23.5/5.6) and "Shanghai/Local Post" arrival c.d.s. adjacent.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,725
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