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Lot 1001 Hong Kong, 1840 (13-26 Sept.) entire letter datelined "Chusan" from Lieutenant Colonel Edwards to Trincomalee, Ceylon showing "Calcutta/Ship Letter/(Bearing) 1-8" framed d.s. (30.11), rated "1/8". Extensive letter includes "Capt. Anstruther of the Madras Artillery was carried off by a party of Chinese and has not been heard of since… It is generally supposed the Chinese are very cruel in their treatment of prisoners." Fine early First China War letter from Chusan (opposite Ningpo) from this important correspondence.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000
  Realized HK$29,900
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Lot 1002 Hong Kong, 1841 (17 Feb.) entire letter from Clara Elliot (wife of Captain Charles Elliot, the British Plenipotentiary in China), Calcutta to her sister-in-law Lady Hislop, Cheltenham, England "Overland (via) Falmouth". endorsed "(per) Auckland" at Bombay, relating news of the handover of Hong Kong to the British Government by her husband who had arranged the cession, showing "India" red oval h.s., with London arrival d.s. (13.4) on reverse, rated "1/-". Mrs. Edwards also mentions some are blaming him for the start of the China War. Fine and important letter relating to the founding of Hong Kong.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000


The British took formal possession of Hong Kong on 26 January 1841.
  Realized HK$23,000
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Lot 1003 Hong Kong, 1843 fragile entire to Belfast, Ireland "via Falmouth" showing very fine "Hong Kong Post Office" Royal Arms oval h.s. in red with "India" red oval h.s. adjacent, and "Postage/Inward Bearing Ans. 3/Outward do. 2/5" tombstone h.s. (reflecting 5a. Indian charge) and London (14.2) and Belfast arrival d.s. on reverse, rated "1/-", faults including backflaps irregularly shortened slightly, tucked-under side flaps removed and splitting along bottom fold, nevertheless a very good usage with an excellent example of this important handstamp, in combination with the tombstone handstamp.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
  Realized HK$43,700
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Lot 1004 Hong Kong, 1844 (2 Jan.) entire letter from Captain Henry William Bruce, H.M.S. Agincourt to Colerane, Ireland, redirected to Paris, showing fine to very fine "Hong Kong Post Office" Royal Arms oval h.s. in red with "India" red framed h.s. adjacent and Calcutta, Irish and London transit cancellations on reverse, rated "4/1" for a three quarter-ounce rate via Marseille made up of 2s. British share, 1s.3d. French share and 10d. Mediterranean transit, with "Calcutta/Ship Letter/Bearing" framed d.s. (on reverse and applied in error) struck off as someone in Calcutta paid for the inward and outward fees before the letter was sent to Ireland by packet mail. Fine and important letter being the latest of twelve recorded "Royal Arms" covers from the Bruce correspondence and one of only two without the "Postage Bearing/Inward/Outward" tombstone h.s.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000


Provenance: Eddie Lawrence.

References: Hong Kong Philatelic Society Journal No. 9 (2005). Illustrated.

Captain Bruce was in command of the H.M.S. Agincourt at the time of the First China War, with this letter written after he had been promoted to Rear Admiral. At the time naval officers' mail was charged at normal British packet rates.
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 1005 Hong Kong, 1845 (28 Nov.) entire from Bush & Co. to Augustine Heard & Co., Canton, showing fine "Western/Line/Boat" oval framed h.s. (Webb fig. 203, type B) on reverse, light ageing, very good usage of this important early mark. The docketing includes: "Darts freight to Woosung. Sales of Goods ex Smith" giving an insight to the Heard firm's trading activities.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 1006 Hong Kong, 1848 (24 June) entire to London (25.8) redirected to Dover (26.8) and then Cheapside, showing very fine large "Paid/at/Hong Kong" Crowned Circle in red (Webb type 6) with "Too Late" framed h.s. (Proud I2, Webb type AAi) and Great Britain 1d. red-brown (just touching at foot and upper right) cancelled by grid (paying for redirection) adjacent and very fine "Hong Kong" double-arc despatch d.s. on reverse, manuscript ratings, light peripheral staining/faults, very good and rare usage. Ex Ishikawa.
Estimate HK$ 18,000 - 22,000


The cover is outstanding even without the 1d. redirection, combining a very late usage of the rare "Too Late" mark and an excellent example of the large Crowned Circle. The 1d. adhesive cannot be definitively proved to belong as it is not tied, although there are traces of the black cancellation to the immediate left of the adhesive consistent with its originating on the cover.
  Unsold
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Lot 1007 Hong Kong, 1851 (Nov.) envelope originating outside of Hong Kong to Rochester, New York, U.S.A. "(by) Overland Mail via Southampton" showing "Hong Kong" double-arc despatch d.s. (18.11) on reverse, with London transit d.s. (20.1.52) and "Br. Packet/Boston" c.d.s. (9.2), rated "4(d.)" (interport rate to Hong Kong) and "1/8" (half-ounce rate to U.S. Eastern Seaboard states via Southampton), endorsed "due 5" on arrival for U.S. domestic postage, sealed tear at top right, fine usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 1008 Hong Kong, 1854 (11 Sept.) entire letter from Lindsay & Co., Hong Kong to London (28.11) "p. Cadiz (via) Marseilles" showing light "Hong Kong" double-arc despatch d.s. on reverse, rated "2/8" (8 x 5d. quarter-ounce rate to U.K. via Marseille), light creasing in address panel, very good two ounce-rate usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$2,070
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Lot 1009 Hong Kong, 1858 (29 Jan.) envelope (opened out for display) to Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A. via London (26.3) and Boston (11.4) "Via Southampton" showing very fine small "Paid/at/Hong Kong" Crowned Circle in red (Webb type 11) with "Hong Kong" serifed large double-arc origin d.s. (Webb type 7) on reverse, rated "1/2".
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 1010 Hong Kong, 1858 (11 Sept.) envelope to Bombay (5.10) "Per Pekin" showing very fine small "Paid/at/Hong Kong" Crowned Circle in red (Webb type 11) with "Hong Kong" double-arc origin d.s. (Webb type 7) on reverse, rated "8".
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 1011 Hong Kong, 1859 (13 Apr.) envelope (opened out for display) to Aberdeen, Scotland (3.6), redirected to Banchory (3.6) showing fine to very fine large "Paid/at/Hong Kong" Crowned Circle in red (Webb type 6) with "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s., and Aberdeen and Banchory d.s. on reverse, rated "1/-", peripheral creasing (probably from heavy contents), fine usage. Ex Ishikawa.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 1012 Hong Kong, 1859 (20 June) envelope (opened out for display) to Massachusetts, U.S.A. "Via Marseilles" and London (11.8) showing "Hong Kong/C" blue despatch and "Boston/Br. Pkt." (27.8) c.d.s. on reverse, "40" and handstruck "45" ratings, paper exhibitor's arrow on reverse highlighting Hong Kong c.d.s., fine usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 1013 Hong Kong, 1860 (14 Mar.) envelope to Henley-on-Thames, England (27.4) "via Marseilles" showing "Hong Kong/Paid" c.d.s. in red, with "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. in blue on reverse, rated "9", part of backflap removed and small reinforced split in join at top, fine (9d. quarter-ounce British packet rate to U.K. via Marseille).
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 1014 Hong Kong, 1860 (29 Mar.) envelope to Colchester, England (17.5) "Via Southampton" showing "Hong Kong/Paid" c.d.s. in red, with "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. on reverse, rated "6", fine usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 1015 Hong Kong, 1860 (23 Apr.) entire letter from Hong Kong to Marseille (4.6) showing blue "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. (Webb 13a, also showing "C" reversed), handstruck "16" (décimes) charge on arrival, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 1016 Hong Kong, 1861 (14 Dec.) envelope to London (27.1.62) "via Marseilles" showing "Hong Kong/Paid" c.d.s. in red, with "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. on reverse overstruck by London arrival c.d.s., rated "1/6" and "1/5" (after 1d. Colonial credit) (1sh.6d. half-ounce British packet rate via Marseille, effective 23.9. 61).
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 1017 Hong Kong, 1863 (12 May) entire letter from Hong Kong to London (26.6) "Via Marseilles" showing "Hong Kong/Paid" c.d.s. in red, with "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. (Webb type Aii, Proud D9; with hyphen after Hong) on reverse, rated "1/6" and "1/5", very fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200


Although this "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s., part of the first group of cancellers with the hyphen, is one year earlier than Webb's earliest recorded date, the canceller was sent out from London 14.9.62, with Proud's recording a 12.11.62 earliest date.
  Realized HK$2,530
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