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Lot 125 China, 1885 Small Dragon rough perf. 12½ 1ca. and 3ca (light corner creasing) and perf. 11½-12 5ca. (faint tone), mainly fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 16, 17, 21.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 126 China, 1888 Small Dragon perf. 11½-12 1ca. to 5ca. mainly fine unused with part to much original gum, the 3ca. has some gum disturbance from hinge removal and the 5ca. (light corner crease) has a few minor tone spots on gum. Chan 19-21.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 127 China, 1888 Small Dragon perf. 11½-12 1ca. to 5ca. mainly fine unused with part to much original gum, the 3ca. is lightly toned. Chan 19-21.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 128 China, 1888 Small Dragon perf. 11½-12 1ca. to 5ca. mainly fine appearance unused with much original gum, small faults, the 3ca. has paper hinge remainder and a few light rust spots on perfs. Chan 17-19.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 129 China, 1888 Small Dragon perf. 11½-12 1ca. bright green, Setting IV, a complete interpanneau sheet of forty, right Pane with variety imperforate left interpane (gutter) margin, Pane 1, position 10 [3] broken frame under "n" of "candarin", and Pane 2, position 2 [11] extra dot at upper right of "Dah", position 7 [1] broken frames at top left and lower left, and position 8 [2] smaller size cliché, bright fresh colour, well centred, fine unused with much original gum, lightly folded along a few rows of perfs., small tones in the four outside corners of the selvedge and a few light tone spots on gum, in an excellent state of conservation for this rare sheet. Chan 19, b, c, d, e, h.
Estimate HK$ 250,000 - 300,000


Provenance: Major James Starr, Sotheby's (London), 11.9.1991, lot 352
Christie's (Hong Kong), 1.11.1995, lot 2673.

References: Michael M.Y. Ho, The Small Dragon (Taipei, 2016). p. 57. The other recorded sheet is illustrated in this book.

ACCORDING TO MICHAEL HO, ONLY TWO COMPLETE SHEETS OF FORTY ARE RECORDED WITH THE RIGHT PANE HAVING THE IMPERFORATE LEFT GUTTER MARGIN.
  Realized HK$368,000
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Lot 130 China, 1887 (12 Feb.) envelope (opened out for display) to Pawtucket, Rhode Island (12.4) via San Francisco (4.4) bearing on reverse Small Dragon rough perfs. 12½ 3ca. pair, cancelled by Tientsin seal in blue, matching "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring origin d.s., the stamps additionally tied by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Feb 26 87" and "San Francisco/Paid All" c.d.s. in red, and on front U.S. Garfield 5c. brown pair cancelled by barred h.s., showing faint "U.S. Postal Agency/Shanghai" oval d.s. (7.3) in violet adjacent, the stamps have gum stained perfs. from the brown glue used to affix these, and there is a central vertical repaired tear through the envelope affecting one stamp, nevertheless a rare and pleasing cover sent from Tientsin to Shanghai on the winter overland route and then transmitted overseas through the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai. Chan 17.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000


References: Prize Selections from the Rocpex Taipei '81 (1982), p. 88. Illustrated.

APPROXIMATELY TWENTY SMALL DRAGONS/UNITED STATES COMBINATION COVERS ARE KNOWN.
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Lot 131 China, 1890 (25 Jan.) registered mourning envelope to Florence, Italy (17.3) via Brindisi bearing Small Dragon perf. 11½-12 5ca. olive-yellow vertical pair and single, cancelled by Peking seal in blue, matching "I.G. of Customs/Peking" double-ring origin d.s. and black "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring transit d.s. (9.2) on reverse, in combination with Germany Eagle 20pf. pair overlapping one of the Small Dragon stamps and cancelled by "Kaiserlich/Deutsche/Postagentur/Shanghai" c.d.s. (11.2), showing framed "Registered" h.s. of Peking in blue, German P.O. registration label and framed "Brindisi/No. 42/Cambio Coll'Estero" d.s. adjacent, one 5ca. has tiny marginal split at foot and the envelope a little roughly opened at back, nevertheless a fine registered usage at the 15 candarins single overseas rate (postage 9 candarins + registration fee 6 candarins). Chan 21.
Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 100,000
  Realized HK$92,000
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Lot 132 China, 1890 (23 Sept.) registered envelope ("Kaiserlich Deutsches Vice-Konsulat/in Tschifu" embossed paper seals on flap) to the Imperial German Consulate in Tientsin (27.9), bearing on front Small Dragon perf. 11½-12 3ca. mauve block of six and vertical strip of three, cancelled by seals in blue, showing on reverse "Customs/Chefoo" double-ring origin d.s. of "Sep 23 90" in blue and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring arrival d.s. of "Sep 27 90" in violet, the envelope shows residue of gum from the glue used to affix the stamps, and there is a central vertical filing fold which passes through one of the Small Dragon stamps in the strip cracking the paper, a spectacular seven times rate domestic franking (postage 21 candarins + registration fee 6 candarins). Chan 20.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000
  Unsold
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