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Bandit Post / Postal Savings Stamps / Revenues / Postcards / Literature
 
 
 

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Lot 460 China, 1923 "Pao Tzu Ku" Bandit Post 50c. (5c.) black on red, fine appearance unused, small defect, with accompanying descriptive letter written by Major General William Durward Connor, who negotiated the release of the foreigners held prisoner at Pao Tze Kou ("Pao Tzu Ku") and was given this example while in the area.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000


Part of the letter reads : "Sometime in 1923 or 1924 the Chinese bandits held up the famous Blue Express running from Pukow (Across the river from Nanking) to Peking. They took off a lot of passengers of many nationalities. Among them was a Miss Rockefeller and other notables. They were taken to a fortress high up on a great rocky mountain, called I believe Pao-Tze-Kou. I was head of a mixed mission sent down from Peking to negotiate their release. They were released and while in that neighborhood I was given the enclosed postage stamp that the prisoners had to buy if they wished to send down from the top of the mountain that you see on the stamp for anything or to communicate with any one on the outside."
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 461 China, 1923 (25 May) envelope (with enclosure) from Pao Tzu Ku to San Francisco bearing on front and reverse "Pao Tzu Ku" Bandit Post label 10c. and 50c. black on red, uncancelled, with Junk 1c. and 3c. vertical strip of five, cancelled by "Linchensung" bilingual segmented c.d.s., very fine and a fascinating historical letter.
Estimate HK$ 120,000 - 150,000


Expertisation: R.P.S. certificate (2006).

The original letter, which is datelined "Banditville, Pao Tzu Ku, China, May 24, 1923", gives graphic details of the robbery of the express train by the bandits at 2:30 am on the 6th : "After shooting one or two that showed fight, they carried myself and sixteen others off to their stronghold in the mountains, and at present writing are still holding us hostage". Following the ensuing skirmish between the 1,200 bandits and 2,000 Chinese soldiers, the hostages were marched for three days to the bandits' camp. "The Peking Government is negotiating for our release, and there is a strong possibility that we will be set free within the next three or four weeks. In the meantime the bandits have allowed us to communicate with the outside world….And from the present outlook I guess we will remain here until we are either shot or released".
  Realized HK$138,000
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Lot 462 /o China, 1919(c.)-44, a small unused and used collection, including surcharges on Junk (4) and Central Trust (40) issues with various Provinces, very good to fine (approx. 80).
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Unsold
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Lot 463 China, 1940 (24 Feb.) registered local Shanghai envelope sent at the correct 10c. rate but illegally franked with Postal Savings overprinted 5c. green Dr. Sun Yat-sen pair, cancelled "Shanghai" c.d.s., with same day arrival, minor faults not affecting stamps or cancellations, scarce usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 464 /() China, An assembly of Postal Savings stamps (130); also Pagoda Money Order stamps (30) and forms (8) bearing the Pagoda stamps, as a well as a copy of the 2012 Beyer catalogue. Good to fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 465 China, 1934-36 Republic of China Consular Service 5c., 10c., 25c., $5, $8, and $10, a mint accumulation, including ten complete sheets of 50, some faults but mostly fine to very fine (700+).
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 466 o China, 1935 Parcel Post Tax 20c. blue, complete sheet of 100, cancelled by framed h.s. in violet, folded in places and some peripheral faults/defects, very scarce even as singles, and a rarity in a full sheet. Wetterling RPP3.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 467 /o China, 1903-49(c.), an unused and used collection, including better items, with some stamps on documents.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$74,750
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Lot 468 China, 1910 (c.) multicolour picture postcards (30) depicting scenes of Shanghai, published by T. Kashida & Co. of Shanghai, 17 cards are within the number range of 1 - 47 and 13 cards are within the range of 101 - 130, two are used (stamps removed), mainly fine (30).
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 469 China, 1929 (June) West Lake Exposition postcards (4) with different scenes, very fine and fresh unused. China Stationery Catalogue, 1874-1974, Nos. C14, C22, C27, C41.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 470 China, "Het Gezandtschap Der Neerlandische Ooft-Indische Compagnie, Aan Den Grooten Tartarischen Cham, Den Regenswoordigen Keizer van China" (Embassy of the Dutch Indies Company of the Great Tartarian Present-Day Emperor of China) original bound 260 page book, printed in Amsterdam in 1693, written in Dutch, Latin and French, containing contemporaneous first-hand descriptions of China, with more than 140 engraved illustrations, many drawings, and a large map, usual foxing, some light water staining and binding partly separated, overall in a fine state of preservation for this 17th Century work on China, being one of the earliest such printed tracts.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 471 China, 1940 (c.), an album containing more than 180 "cuttings" of English-language articles on Chinese philately published from 1898-1939 and pasted into a thick binder by William Divers, long-time President of the Shanghai Philatelic Society, along with a two-page typewritten introduction by E.N. Lane. An unique compendium of early research, often from obscure publications. A fascinating window into the early days of Chinese philately which would be impossible to replicate. Not illustrated..
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,725
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