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Sale 75

Asian Stamps & Postal History


1897 New Currency Surcharges
 
 
 

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Lot 231 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Small Dragon 1c. on 1ca. to 5c. on 5ca., well centred, fine and fresh unused with much original gum, slight glazing where originally hinged. Chan 31-33.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 232 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Small Dragon 1c. on 1ca. to 5c. on 5ca., very good to fine unused with much original gum, the 2c. on 3ca. toned and the 5c. on 5ca. has disturbed gum. Chan 31-33.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 233 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Small Dragon 5c. on 5ca. olive-yellow, Setting IV, the right pane of twenty (4 x 5) from the top right corner of the sheet with interpane or sheet margins on three sides, position 12 with rounded upper right corner, sharp impression, excellent colour and outstanding centring, fine and fresh unused with much original gum, the sheet margin at top a little trimmed and position 11 has small inclusion. Chan 33, c.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
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Lot 234 China, 1897 Large Surcharge on Small Dragon 1c. on 1ca. to 5c. on 5ca., deep colours, well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, a few light gum tones, the 2c. on 3ca. has light corner crease. Chan 34-36.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 235 China, 1897 Large Surcharge on Small Dragon 1c. on 1ca. to 5c. on 5ca., the 2c. on 3ca. has surcharge misplaced to top left, excellent colours, well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, the 2c. on 3ca. has light tone spots on gum. Chan 34-36.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
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Lot 236 China, 1897 Large Surcharge on Small Dragon 1c. on 1ca. to 5c. on 5ca., the 2c. on 3ca. has surcharge misplaced to top right, bright colours, well centred, fine unused with much original gum, the first two have hinge remainders and the last two have light gum tones. Chan 34-36.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 237 China, 1897 Large Surcharge on Small Dragon 1c. on 1ca. to 5c. on 5ca., and small figures surcharges on Small Dragons 1c. on 1ca. (marginal) to 5c. on 5ca., fair to very good appearance unused with much original gum, toned. Chan 31-36.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 238 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½ca. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., bright fresh colours, particularly well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, the 30c. on 24ca. has lightly toned perf. at foot. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 239 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½ca. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., bright fresh colours, well centred, fine unused with much original gum, the ½ca. on 3ca. has a small thin and the 10c. on 12ca. has slight gum glazing in places and a few other values have similar due to hinges. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 240 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½ca. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., excellent colours, mostly well centred, fine unused with large part to much original gum, a few low values without gum. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 241 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½ca. on 3ca. (two shades) to 30c. on 24ca., bright colours, mostly well centred, fine unused with much original gum, some low values and the 30c. on 24ca. have a few lightly toned perfs., minor gum disturbance from hinge removal. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 242 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½ca. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., vivid colours, mostly well centred, fine unused with large part to much original gum, the 10c. on 9ca. has small manuscript mark in margin at foot. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 243 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½ca. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., bright colours, well centred, the low values to 8c. on 6ca. have tones, the rest are very fresh (the 30c. on 24ca. has a few lightly toned perfs. at top), fine unused with much original gum. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 244 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½ca. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., deep bright colours, well centred, fine and fresh appearance unused with large part to much original gum, the 4c. on 4ca. has a few short perfs. at top, the 10c. on 12ca. has thinning at top and the 30c. on 24ca. has a couple of toned perf. tips. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 245 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½ca. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., deep bright colours, well centred, mainly fine and fresh unused with part to much original gum, the 30c. on 24ca. has trimmed perfs. at foot. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 246 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. to 10c. on 6ca. blocks of four (the 2c. on 2ca. is a block of six with interpane margin), very good to fine unused with much original gum, three are toned or with toned gum, the 10c. on 6ca. is very fresh. Chan 37-43.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 247 /o China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. (3), 1c. on 1ca. (4), 2c. on 2ca. (3), 4c. on 4ca. (9), 5c. on 5ca. (3), 8c. on 6ca. (3) and 10c. on 6ca. (2), unused and used, showing various plate or surcharge varieties, including 4c. on 4ca. basic stamp with long stroke in Chinese character "Four", 4c. on 4ca. and 5c. on 5ca. with 3.5mm. spacing, and 10c. on 6ca. with large margin at top showing portion of adjoining stamp (probably from an imperf. between pair), fine and unusual selection, a few small faults. Chan 37-43.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
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Lot 248 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow panes of twenty (2) in contrasting light and deep shades, position 15 in each pane is the 3.5mm. spacing variety, both have interpane or sheet margins, the latter with trimmed perfs. at foot, fine unused with much original gum, small faults and light tones on gum. Chan 37, a.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 249 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow, Plate A, double pane of forty with sheet margin at left and interpane margin at right, the right Pane [15] is the 3.5mm. spacing, good appearance unused with much original gum, uniformly toned and a couple of tiny hinge faults. Chan 37, a.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 250 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 2c. on 2ca. green, Plate C, Pane 5, complete pane of twenty with sheet margin at left showing marginal "guide cross" and interpane margin at top and right, fine unused with much original gum, hinge remainders (including on front) and split perfs. in sheet margin at left. Chan 39.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 251 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 2c. on 2ca. green, watermark inverted and reversed, Plate C, double pane of forty with sheet margin at top and left, Panes 1 and 2, bright fresh colour, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, intact perforations, lower right stamp has small surface scuff in bottom right corner. Chan 39.
Estimate HK$ 18,000 - 22,000
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Lot 252 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 2c. on 2ca. green, watermark inverted and reversed, Plate C, double pane of forty with sheet margin at top and left, Panes 1 and 2, bright fresh colour, fine to very fine and fresh unused with intact perforations, adhering to backing piece, insignificant corner creasing in outer extremity of sheet margin at top right corner. Chan 39.
Estimate HK$ 18,000 - 22,000
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Lot 253 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 2c. on 2ca. green, watermark inverted and reversed, Plate C, double pane of forty with sheet margin at left and interpane margin at right, good colour, fine and fresh unused with much original gum (slight natural brownish gum buildup), intact perfs. with misperforation at foot and blind perfs. there, small defect in interpane margin at foot. Chan 39.
Estimate HK$ 18,000 - 22,000
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Lot 254 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 2c. on 2ca. green, watermark inverted and reversed, Plate C, double pane of forty with interpane margin at top and left and sheet margin at right, good colour, fine and fresh appearance unused with much original gum, patched tear at lower right crossing three stamps in bottom row. Chan 39.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 255 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 2c. on 2ca. green horizontal pair imperforate between, good colour, well centred, fine appearance unused with part original gum, 3mm. sealed tear at foot and one perf. at top reinforced. A very rare variety of which only a few examples are known. Chan 39f (Specialised CPS2b).
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
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Lot 256 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 2c. on 2ca. green horizontal pair imperforate vertically, bright colour, fine unused with large part to much original gum, a few lightly foxed perfs. at top. Chan 39g.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
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Lot 257 o China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 4c. on 4ca. rose-pink, Plate B, double pane of forty (Panes 3 + 4) with interpane margin at left and sheet margin at right, the right Pane [15] is the 3.5mm. spacing, deep colour, particularly well centred, cancelled by "Customs/Canton" double-ring d.s. of "Mar 6 1897", with practically full original brownish gum hardly affecting the fine appearance from front. Chan 40.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000
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Lot 258 o China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 4c. on 4ca. rose-pink horizontal pair imperforate between, cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Jan 2 1897" (day of issue) in blue, nice clear colour, characteristic centring to lower right, very fine and appealing. Chan 40h.
Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 100,000


Expertisation: Signed Peter Holcombe.

Provenance: Sir Percival David, Robson Lowe (London), 13.11.1969, lot 2059
"Ming", Corinphila (Zurich), 25.3.1987, lot 4850.

Approximately ten imperforate between pairs are known to date.
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Lot 259 o China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 8c. on 6ca. reddish brown block of four, top left stamp variety 3.5mm. spacing, fine unused with much original gum, light horizontal crease crosses top pair. Chan 42, c.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 260 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 12ca. brown-orange, variety no watermark, large top margin, fine to very fine unused with part to large part original gum. Chan 45 var.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 261 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow, cancelled by usual part "(Customs)/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. in brown, fine to very fine. Chan 47.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
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Lot 262 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow, cancelled by usual part "Customs/(Shanghai)" double-ring d.s. in brown, fine. Chan 47.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
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Lot 263 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow, centred to foot with surcharge misplaced so that "cent." is at top, cancelled by usual part "Customs/(Shanghai)" double-ring d.s. in brown, fine, light uniform toning from gum. Chan 47var.
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
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Lot 264 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca., 2c. on 2ca. to 5c. on 5ca. and 10c. on 9ca., fine used. Chan 47, 49-51, 53.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 265 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 2c. on 2ca. green block of four, fine and fresh unused with much original gum, small paper hinge remainder, top right stamp has small corner defect in margin. Chan 49.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
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Lot 266 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 5c. on 5ca. dull orange with sheet margin at left, deep bright colour, outstanding centring, very fine and fresh mint, faintest trace of gum tone on reverse. Chan 51.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 267 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 5c. on 5ca. dull orange and large figures surcharge 1.5mm. setting on Dowager 1st printing 4c. on 4ca., unused with much original gum, the 5c. on 5ca. is fine, the 4c. on 4ca. toned and short perf. at right. Chan 51, 68.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,495
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Lot 268 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 12ca. brown-orange, deep colour, cancelled by Ningpo pakua with six complete bars, light corner creasing and three bars of the pakua a bit lighter, otherwise a fine example of the "Golden Dragon". Chan 54.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
  Realized HK$23,000
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Lot 269 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 30c. on 24ca. pale rose-red, variety "30" 2mm. above "cents", Pane 5, position 5, bright colour of remarkable richness and intensity, well centred just to foot, mint, fine to very fine and fresh example of this variety which is a rarity on the first printing. Chan 55d.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000


Expertisation: B.P.A. certificate (1964).

LESS THAN FIFTEEN MINT EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN RECORDED WITH THE 2MM. SPACING VARIETY ON THE FIRST PRINTING.
  Realized HK$57,500
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Lot 270 () China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 30c. on 24ca. rose-carmine horizontal pair, positions 4-5, right stamp variety "30" 2mm. above "cents", unused, colour somewhat faded due to exposure to sunlight, regummed, two violet marks on reverse just show through to front, nevertheless a highly collectible example of this rare variety, especially in a se-tenant pair with the normal 2.5mm. setting. Chan 55, d.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 271 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 30c. on 24ca. rose-carmine, variety incorrect Chinese "Three" type A, cancelled by two strikes of "Customs/Wuhu" double-ring d.s. of "22 Jan 1898", fine. Chan 55c.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 272 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 30c. on 24ca. rose-carmine, right Pane, position 5 variety "30" 2mm. above "cents", boldly cancelled by central pakua in black, lovely clear colour, well centred, fine and scarce variety. Chan 55d.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 273 /() China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., bright fresh colours, well centred, fine unused with part to much original gum (the 1c. on 1ca. without gum). Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 274 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., bright colours, well centred, fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum, the 10c. on 9ca. has tiny ink mark in margin at top right corner. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 275 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., excellent colours, fine unused with much original gum, the 8c. on 6ca. has slight thinning. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 276 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., bright colours, mostly well centred, fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum, the 10c. on 12ca. has a horizontal bend. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 277 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., strong colours, mostly well centred, fine unused with much original gum, two of the low values a little unfresh and the 10c. on 9ca. has a few light spots in margin at foot. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 278 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., good colours, mostly well centred, fine unused with large part to much original gum, the 30c. on 24ca. misperforated at right with gutter margin, but blunt perfs. at foot. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 279 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., bright colours, mostly well centred, fine unused with part to much original gum, the 8c. on 6ca. has small tear at top and the 30c. on 24ca. with disturbed gum. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 280 /() China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., good colours, mostly well centred, mainly fine unused with much original gum, the 30c. on 24ca. is regummed. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 281 /() China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., mainly good to fine with part to much original gum, the 8c. on 6ca. without gum, tones. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 282 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., blocks of four, bright to deep bright colours, particularly well centred for these, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, the 10c. on 9ca. has rust on one perf. and the 30c. on 24ca. has brownish gum just showing through to front in places and a small patch of gum missing at top left corner, a fine and desirable assembly. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000
  Realized HK$115,000
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Lot 283 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., cancelled by pakua except ½c. on 3ca. which is cancelled by dollar dater, mainly fine, except the 10c. on 9ca. has tear at top. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 284 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., cancelled by Customs or dollar daters, except the 8c. on 6ca. which has pakua cancellation, very good to fine. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 285 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., cancelled by pakua or dollar dater, the 8c. on 6ca. has perf. defects at left, very good to fine. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 286 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. yellow, double pane of forty, Panes 3 and 4, with sheet margin at top and right, from a later printing, Pane 3 position 6 broken foot of "Kun" and position 8 variety "t" of "cent." omitted, and Pane 4 position 14 broken "Tso", cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Mar 25 1897", blunt perfs. in bottom row, fine to very fine positional piece with the "t" omitted variety. Chan 56, b (Specialised NL1).
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000


Provenance: Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Sotheby's & Corinphila (Hong Kong), 13.5.1999, lot C60.
  Realized HK$18,400
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Lot 287 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 2c. on 2ca. yellow-green, double pane of thirty-nine with sheet or interpane margins on three sides, Panes 1 (less top left corner stamp) and 2, showing "guide cross" in top interpane margin at right, some creasing or splitting along one vertical row of perfs. between panes, a few stamps have small faults or defects, fine appearance unused with much original gum. The only such recorded pane with the marginal "guide cross" at top. Chan 58.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000
  Realized HK$29,900
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Lot 288 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 8c. on 6ca. red-brown block of four with margin at right, from Pane 1, positions 15-16/19-20, very fine and fresh unused with practically full original gum, lower pair has light horizontal bend. Chan 61.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$18,400
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Lot 289 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow, variety basic stamp retouched "3", centred to right, fine unused with much original gum. Chan 65b.
Estimate HK$ 700 - 900
  Realized HK$805
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Lot 290 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow vertical pair, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, a few trivial gum creases. Chan 65.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 291 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 4c. on 4ca. rose-pink, two examples of slightly different impressions, fine to very fine mint. Chan 68.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 292 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 4c. on 4ca. rose-pink block of four, fine and fresh mint, slightly blunt perfs. at foot. Chan 68.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 293 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 30c. on 24ca. rose-carmine, the magnificent block of four, lovely fresh definitive first printing colour, outstanding centring, very fine unused with much original gum, tiniest stray ink mark on reverse is virtually unnoticeable from the front, and there is the faintest trace of a tone at foot, neither of which is of any consequence for this wonderful and important block, which is one of the greatest philatelic items of China; of impeccable provenance and of the highest exhibition calibre. Chan 73.
Estimate HK$ 2,500,000 - 3,000,000


Provenance: Sir Percival David, Robson Lowe (London), 22.7.1970, lot 182
According to the original catalogue entry, it is "a superb mint block from the one sheet found by A. Diercking at the Chungking Post Office."
Jane and Dan Sten Olsson, Interasia (Hong Kong), 30.1.2010, lot 189.

References: Chen Chung-Ching, "Briefing on the Major Modification and Surcharge on the Empress Dowager's Birthday Commemorative First Printing Issue 24 Cents Stamp," Journal of the China Stamp Society, Inc. (R.O.C. Chapter), Taipei, August, 2002, pp. 158-159.
Tony T.W. Kwan, "Watermarks Studies of Empress Dowager Jubilee and its Surcharged Issues," Research on the Classic Stamps of the Ching Dynasty, No. 15 (2013), pp. 12-13. Illustrated.

THE "RED RUBY" RANKS AMONG THE RAREST STAMPS OF CHINA. LESS THAN 25 EXAMPLES ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

TWO BLOCKS OF FOUR ARE RECORDED - THE ABOVE BLOCK AND ANOTHER BLOCK WITH THE TOP RIGHT STAMP VARIETY INCORRECT CHINESE "THREE" (EX DIERCKING, KAUDER, BECKEMANS).

The positioning of the watermarks establishes the block as positions 11-12/16-17 from the original pane of twenty-five, according to Tony Kwan's study cited below.
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Lot 294 /() China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 10c. on 12ca., the 5c. on 5ca. is first printing, and redrawn ½c. on 3ca. and 2c. on 2ca., fine appearance unused with much original gum (the last 2c. on 2ca. without gum), the 10c. on 9ca. and 10c. on 12ca. with perf. faults or defects. Chan 69, 74-77, 79, 80, 82, 83.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 295 o China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., fair to fine used, the 10c. on 12ca. repaired, the rare 30c. on 24ca. is of fine appearance with strong colour, cancelled by multiple strikes of "Swatow" dollar dater of August 1897, and has rough perfs. at left and diagonal crease. Chan 74-81.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$18,400
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Lot 296 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing ½c. on 3ca. pale chrome-yellow interpanneau block of thirty with complete left pane, interpane margin at left and sheet margin at top, and pane of twenty with interpane margin at left and sheet margin at top, fine unused with much original gum; also small figures surcharge ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow pane of twenty unused with much original gum, toned. Chan 37, 74.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 297 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing ½c. on 3ca. pale chrome-yellow, variety surcharge inverted, clear colour, centred just to left but frameline clear, fine unused with large part original gum, usual rough perfs. Chan 74g.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 298 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing ½c. on 3ca. pale chrome-yellow, variety surcharge inverted, strong colour, well centred for this, fine unused with much original gum. T.C. Chen/Cathay guarantee handstamp on reverse. Chan 74g.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 299 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 2c. on 2ca. yellow-green, interpanneau block of 28 including complete left pane of twenty, with sheet margin at left and interpane margin at top, unused, backing paper applied over toned gum; also large figures 2.5mm. setting on Dowager 2nd printing 2c. on 2ca. yellow-green pane of twenty (two stamps at top are defective), fresh unused with large part to much original gum. Chan 58, 76.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 300 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 2c. on 2ca. yellow-green, variety surcharge misplaced vertically with "cents" appearing at top of the stamp, fine unused with part original gum. Chan 76a.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 301 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 2c. on 2ca. yellow-green, variety surcharge misplaced horizontally, fine unused with large part to much original gum, hinge remainders. Chan 76b.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 302 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 2c. on 2ca. yellow-green, variety surcharge inverted, excellent colour, particularly well centred within large margins, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, hinge remainder and slight gum glazing from hinge. A stellar example of this very rare surcharge variety. Chan 76c.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000
  Realized HK$57,500
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Lot 303 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 2c. on 2ca. dull yellow-green with sheet margin at right, basic stamp misprinted diagonally thereby showing portions of four stamps, on small piece, cancelled by "Shanghai" dollar dater of "14 Jun 97" in brown, fine and spectacular variety. Chan 76var.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000


Provenance: Quintin Tan Kok Tin, Spink (Hong Kong), 21.1.2007, lot 233.
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Lot 304 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 4c. on 4ca. pink block of four with sheet margin at top and interpane margin at left, top left stamp variety incorrect surcharge of Chinese "Four", delicate pastel-like shade, colour of top pair a bit oxidised, fine unused with much original gum. Chan 77a.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 305 o China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 4c. on 4ca. pink, Pane 2, horizontal strip of four with interpane margin at top, the left stamp position 1 variety incorrect surcharge of Chinese "Four", cancelled by two practically complete strikes of "Tientsin" dollar dater of "29 Sep 97" ("S" of "Sep" inverted), the two stamps at sides have colour oxidised, nevertheless a fine positional piece with this variety. Chan 77a.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500


Provenance: Sir Percival David, Robson Lowe (London), 13.11.1969, lot 2110.
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 306 /o China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 4c. on 4ca. (5, one unused), showing different varieties, including incorrect surcharge of Chinese "Four", surcharge "4" shifted to right, and horizontal misperforation, faults and various degrees of oxidisation. Chan 77, a, var.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 307 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 4c. on 4ca. pink, variety surcharge inverted, fine and fresh unused with much original gum, hinge remainder. Signed Peter Holcombe. Chan 77b.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 308 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 4c. on 4ca. pink, variety surcharge inverted, fine unused with much original gum. Chan 77b.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 309 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 4c. on 4ca. pink, variety surcharge inverted, excellent centring, fine appearance unused with large part to much original gum, colour oxidised. Chan 77b.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 310 o China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 4c. on 4ca. pink with horizontal misperforation at top, variety surcharge inverted, colour a bit faded, cancelled by part "Pakhoi" dollar dater in brown, otherwise fine. Chan 77b.
Estimate HK$ 5,500 - 6,500
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Lot 311 o China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 4c. on 4ca. pink, variety surcharge inverted, fair to good appearance, cancelled by part "Pakhoi" dollar dater, colour faded and oxidised. Chan 77b.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 312 o China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 10c. on 9ca. grey-green, variety surcharge inverted, intact perforations all around, cancelled by Canton pakua as usual, fine appearance, thinning. Chan 79b.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 313 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 30c. on 24ca. pale rose-red, superb radiant colour with a deepness approaching that of the first printing, centred just to lower left with intact perforations, very fine and wonderfully fresh unused with much original gum, lightly toned spot in margin at foot which is inconsequential for such a lovely example of this rare stamp. Chan 81.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000
  Realized HK$80,500
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Lot 314 o China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing 30c. on 24ca. pale rose-red, good colour, centred to left, cancelled by "Swatow" dollar dater of "31 … 97", fine appearance, short perf. at right, light uniform toning and a few minor creases. Chan 81.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 315 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager redrawn ½c. on 3ca. and 2c. on 2ca. (interpane margin at right), fine unused, the first with paper adherences and the other has full original gum. Chan 82, 83.
Estimate HK$ 700 - 900
  Realized HK$978
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Lot 316 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager redrawn ½c. on 3ca. and 2c. on 2ca., fine to very fine unused with much original gum, the latter has paper hinge remainders. Chan 82, 83.
Estimate HK$ 500 - 600
  Realized HK$690
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Lot 317 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager redrawn ½c. on 3ca. and 2c. on 2ca., blocks of four, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, the former has blunt corner at top right and split/reinforced perfs. Chan 82, 83.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 318 o China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager redrawn ½c. on 3ca. bright orange-yellow, Pane 4, position 8, variety "½" 0.5mm. below Chinese characters, strong colour, well centred for this, cancelled by dollar dater, fine. Chan 82c.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 319 o China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager redrawn ½c. on 3ca. (4) and 2c. on 2ca. (5, with a pair, and two singles on piece), cancelled by "Shanghai" dollar dater in black, blue or brown, mainly fine, one ½c. on 3ca. has small corner crease (9). Chan 82, 83.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 320 o China, Amoy : Small figures surcharges on Dowager 30c. on 24ca. rose-carmine, cancelled by "Customs/Amoy" double-ring d.s. of "Feb 2 97" in blue, the originally intended opening day of the National Postal Service, fine to very fine. Chan 46.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
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Lot 321 o China, Chefoo : Small figures surcharges on Dowager 5c. on 5ca. dull orange and 10c. on 9ca. bright green, cancelled by "Customs/Chefoo" double-ring d.s. in brown, fine to very fine strikes. Chan 41, 44.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
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Lot 322 o China, Hangchow : Small figures surcharges on Dowager 2c. on 2ca., 8c. on 6ca. and 30c. on 24ca., large figures surcharges 2.5mm. setting on Dowager 2nd printing 2c. on 2ca. (2) and large figures surcharges 1.5mm. setting on Dowager 3rd printing 1c. on 1ca. and 2c. on 2ca., cancelled by "Hangchow" dollar dater in brown or black, fine strikes (7). Chan 39, 42, 46, 58, 75, 76.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 323 China, Hangchow : Large figures surcharges 2.5mm. setting on Dowager 2nd printing 2c. on 2ca. yellow-green on piece, cancelled by "Hangchow" dollar dater of "18 Aug 97" in brown, fine to very fine large part strike, believed to be the earliest recorded date of use of this dollar dater, predating the August 1897 earliest dates in Explore Dollar Daters. Chan 58.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Unsold
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Lot 324 o China, Hankow : Small figures surcharges on Dowager ½c. on 3ca., 1c. on 1ca. block of four, 2c. on 2ca. (2), 4c. on 4ca. (2), 5c. on 5ca. (2), 8c. on 6ca. and 10c. on 9ca. (on piece), and large figures surcharges 2.5mm. setting on Dowager 2nd printing 2c. on 2ca. (2) and 10c. on 12ca., cancelled by "Customs/Hankow" double-ring d.s., mainly fine strikes. Chan 37-42, 44, 58, 63.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 325 o China, Kiungchow : Small figures surcharges on Dowager 1st printing 30c. on 24ca. rose-carmine, centrally cancelled by "Customs/Kiungchow" double-ring d.s. of "Apr 23 1897", very fine. Chan 46.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 326 o China, Kiungchow : Small figures surcharges on Dowager 1c. on 1ca., 2c. on 2ca. vertical pair, 4c. on 4ca. pair, 5c. on 5ca., 8c. on 6ca. (2 shades) and 30c. on 24ca., and large figures surcharges 2.5mm. setting on Dowager 2nd printing 2c. on 2ca., cancelled by "Customs/Kiungchow" double-ring d.s., fine to very fine strikes. Chan 38-42, 46, 58.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
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Lot 327 China, Lungchow : Small figures surcharges on Dowager 1c. on 1ca., 4c. on 4ca. and 8c. on 6ca. on separate pieces, cancelled by complete strikes of "Customs/Lungchow" double-ring d.s. of "May 28 1897", fine to very fine strikes, the stamps have tones. Ex Quintin Tan Kok Tin. Chan 38, 40, 42.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 328 o China, Lungchow : Small figures surcharges on Dowager 30c. on 24ca., three examples, cancelled by part to large part complete strikes of "Customs/Lungchow" double-ring d.s. of 1897, fine to very fine part to large part strikes. Chan 46.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
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Lot 329 o China, Shanghai : Small figures surcharges Dowager ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. in blue or brown (except the 10c. on 6ca. is cancelled by "Amoy" bilingual c.d.s.), the ½c. on 3ca. is "Jan 2 97" (first day) in blue, the 30c. on 24ca. has light creasing, fine to very fine strikes (10). Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 330 o China, Shanghai : Large figures surcharges 2.5mm. setting on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 5c. on 5ca. and 10c. on 9ca. to 30c. on 24ca., cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. in brown, except the 5c. on 5ca. is cancelled by dollar dater, the ½c. on 3ca. is a reconstructed pair, the 4c. on 4ca. has trimmed perfs. at foot and the 10c. on 9ca. is the emerald shade on piece, fine to very fine strikes (9). Chan 56-60, 62a-64.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Unsold
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