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Hong Kong & Treaty Ports


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Lot 1292 o Hong Kong, 1863-71 watermark crown CC 8c. pale dull orange cancelled by large part "Delta" double-ring c.d.s. in red (xx.4.65; Webb type B) and "B62" in blue, fine to very fine and extremely rare (single light perf. tone on reverse noted for accuracy). Illustrated on Webb plate 84. S.G. 11.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000


Webb records only two examples of this cancellation on Hong Kong stamps in the text of his Philatelic and Postal History of Hong Kong - which seems confirmed by the Supplement - neither of his two listed dates however match this example even though he shows this example in the Plates and the date on the figure of this cancellation in the text corresponds to this example. Query whether at least one of Webb's dates was mistranscribed.
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Lot 1293 o Hong Kong, 1882-96 watermark crown CA 10c. green horizontal pair cancelled by "Col. Fr./Paq. Fr. N No.4" octagonal d.s. (3.1.85; Webb type EE with this example showing the date in his illustration), fine to very fine and very rare (RRR per Webb Supplement). This pair is further specifically referred to in Webb's text on page 356 (although there is a typographical error mislabeling the month as June). S.G. 37a.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 1294 o Hong Kong, Nos. 1 & 2 : 1884-1907 selection including "Poss. An." octagonal d.s. (Webb E(ii); RRR) in blue (No.1) on Q.V. 10c. dull mauve, "Ligne N" octagonal d.s. (7) and "Ligne N" c.d.s. (18) with Q.V. 30c. mauve (2, both Nos. 1 & 2), 5c. blue pairs (2, both Nos. 1 & 2), 10c. purple on red block of four on piece, $1 on 96c. black pair (29).
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 1295 o Hong Kong, Nos. 3 & 5: 1881-1908 selection including "Poss. Angl." octagonal d.s. (Webb E(iii) (5 [all no. 5], including in red on 30c. mauve and 1885 50c. on 48c.), "Ligne N" c.d.s. (5) and "Ligne N" octagonal d.s. in blue on 5c. blue rejoined "pair" (29).
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 1296 o Hong Kong, No. 4 : 1881-1807 selection including "Poss. An." octagonal d.s. (Webb E(ii); RRR) in blue on 30c. mauve and 10c. mauve (CC watermark), and red on 10c. mauve and 10c. green), "Ligne N" c.d.s. (3) on 10c. dull mauve, 10c. green and 1885 50c. on 48c. (all three perfins including Arnhold Karberg (2)) and "Ligne N" octagonal d.s. (10, including in blue (4, with a pair) and red), an excellent assembly (17).
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 1297 o Hong Kong, No. 6 : 1884-1904 selection including "Poss. Angl." octagonal d.s. (Webb E(iii) (5, including $2 Postal-Fiscal and in red (2) on 30c. mauve and 10c. green ["AK" perfin]) and "Ligne N" octagonal d.s. (9, including block of four) (14).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 1298 o Hong Kong, Nos. 7-10 : 1881-1909 selection including "Poss. Angl." octagonal d.s. (Webb E(iii) (7, including in red on 30c. mauve and 5c. blue) and "Ligne N" octagonal d.s. in red (4), an interesting assembly of these four vessel numbers with a number of pairs and a block of four (approx. 50).
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 1299 o Hong Kong, Nos. 7-10 : 1874 Postal Fiscal perf. 15½ x 15 $2 olive-green with "H&S/BC" (Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank) perfin, cancelled by complete "Ligne N./Paq. Fr. No 8" octagonal d.s. (25.3.01; Webb type F), pastel colour from the fugitive ink, fine to very fine. S.G. F1.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 1300 o Hong Kong, Unallocated : 1884-1902 selection of mainly coloured cancellations on which the vessel number is not generally legible or included showing a range of values and a few perfins and security h.s.; also "Yokohama à Marseille" octagonal d.s. (4), a little mixed condition (23).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 1301 o Hong Kong, 1882-98 select group of "Ligne N" c.d.s (all showing the vessel number) comprising very fine complete or almost complete strikes, comprising (in addition to the photographed items) 2c. carmine vertical pair and 5c. blue single (6 items).
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 1302 o/ Hong Kong, 1882-1921 selection comprising "Ligne N" c.d.s (12) with values to 48c. rose, 48c. brown and 96c. brownish grey, and "Yokahama à Marseille" and octagonal "Marseille à Yokohama" octagonal d.s., a fine to very fine collection with generally fine to very fine strikes with a number of complete or almost complete strikes (35 items + one cover).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 1303 Hong Kong, 1884 (22 Apr.) seaman's concessionary rate envelope from H.M.S. Champion, China (imprinted vessel's crest on envelope flap) to Ross, England (25.5), countersigned by the commanding officer, bearing Great Britain 1d. lilac vertical pair cancelled by London "FB", showing "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. adjacent, fine (2d. serviceman's rate via Brindisi). Ex Yates.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 1304 Hong Kong, 1886 (15 Mar.) concessionary rate envelope from marine aboard H.M.S. Cleopatra, China to Kent, England, countersigned by the commanding officer, bearing Great Britain 1d. lilac pair cancelled by London "F", showing "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. adjacent, some trivial light perf. staining, fine (2d. serviceman's rate via Brindisi). Ex Yates.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 1305 Hong Kong, 1890 (21 Aug.) concessionary rate envelope from marine aboard H.M.S. Victor Emanuel, Hong Kong to Sudbury, England (22.9), countersigned by commanding officer with "H.M.S. Zesting" violet h.s., bearing 2c. carmine tied "B62", showing "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. adjacent, some trivial light perf. staining, light vertical fold crosses adhesive, very fine usage (2c. serviceman's rate).
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 1306 Hong Kong, 1892 (29 Sept.) concessionary rate envelope from Royal Navy Hospital, Hong Kong to Ross, England (1.11). countersigned by the principal medical officer, bearing 2c. carmine tied by "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s., some minor tears on reverse, fine usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 1307 Hong Kong, 1894 (2 Mar.) soldier's concessionary flimsy envelope to Deoli, India (25.2) via Calcutta (22.2), countersigned by the commanding officer, bearing 2c. carmine (faults) tied by "Hong Kong/C" c.d.s. with manuscript date (as security mark), reduced at left on opening and slightly trimmed at foot, minor edge faults and central horizontal fold (away from adhesive), very good and rare soldier's rate usage to India.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 1308 Hong Kong, 1915 (17 Feb.) envelope (with enclosed typewritten letter) from a prisoner of war at Hong Kong to Manila (21.2) showing "Letters Prisoners of War/Free under/Convention" triangular h.s. and "Provost Marshal/Hong Kong" oval h.s., both in violet, with "Hong Kong" despatch c.d.s. on reverse and the "Provost Marshal" h.s. also on the letter itself, fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 1309 Hong Kong, 1945 (5 Nov.) envelope to Macau (6.11) endorsed "HMA Ship Abroad. No stamps available" showing "Official Paid/Hong Kong" c.d.s. in red, with "H.M.A. Ships" violet h.s. adjacent, rare example used only on military mail, as civilian mail used the "Postage Paid" octagonal framed h.s. after the liberation. Ex Admiral Dyer, Richard C.K. Chan.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
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Lot 1310 Hong Kong, Shanghai Defence Force : 1927 and 1930 envelopes to England bearing Great Britain 1½d. and ½d. (3) tied by Field Post Offices 1 and 4 c.d.s. respectively, the former with "China International Famine Relief Fund" label on reverse, fine (2).
Estimate HK$ 500 - 600
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 1311 Hong Kong, 1927 Emergency Postal Service : 1927 (26 Mar.) envelopes (3) to Liverpool, England bearing Great Britain 1½d (2) + 1d., 1½d. + ½d. (2) and 1½d. (2) tied by "Field Post Office/1" c.d.s. respectively; also included as collateral material 1927 and 1931 non-postal strike Defence Force 1½d. envelopes (2) to England and India, fine selection (5).
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500


On 25 March 1927, as a result of a strike at the Chinese post office in Shanghai, the Shanghai Defence Force military post offices were opened to civilians, who paid the foreign 2½d. rate (as opposed to the forces rate of 1½d.). The arrangements ended the following day at noon, as the Chinese post office had reopened. The strike itself witnessed the cooperation between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist party.
  Realized HK$5,750
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