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Lot 17 () China, Postage Paid handstamps : 1897 (9 Feb.) registered front to Fourmies, France, showing "Chinese Imperial Post Office/Peking/Postage Paid" circular h.s. in blue, matching "I.G. of Customs/Peking" double-ring origin d.s. of "Feb 9 97" and "Registered" unframed h.s., bearing France "Chine" 5c. strip of four, 15c. pair, and 25c., cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (26.2), with "R" framed h.s. in red alongside and "Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No. 8" octagonal d.s. (27.2). A very fine and spectacular registered usage from the Berteaux correspondence, with the French stamps paying the U.P.U. registered double rate.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000


Provenance: Stanley Gibbons (Hong Kong), 15.3.1989, lot 545
Christie's Swire (Hong Kong), 26.10.1993, lot 1891
Paul B. Lee, John Bull (Hong Kong), 18.4.2010, lot 2039.
  Realized HK$80,500
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Lot 18 China, Postage Paid handstamps : 1897 (15 Feb.) envelope to Tientsin (16.2), showing "Chinese Imperial Post Office/Peking/Postage Paid" circular h.s. in blue, matching "I.G. of Customs/Peking" double-ring origin d.s. of "Feb 15 97", with "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring arrival d.s. (16.2) on reverse, fine strikes despite light age spotting.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000


Auction Record
Christie's Swire (Hong Kong), 2.11.1994, lot 2181.
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 19 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Canton : 1897 (2 June) neat envelope to the P. & O. Steam Navigation Co., Hong Kong (2.6), showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in red and "Customs/Canton" double-ring d.s., fine to very fine.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 20 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Canton : 1897 (27 Aug.) to Macau (25.8), showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in red and "Canton" dollar dater, with "Direccao/Do Correio/de Macau" arrival c.d.s. on reverse, a few light gum stains, nevertheless very fine and desirable destination.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 21 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Canton : 1897 (21 Dec.) envelope to the P. & O. Steam Navigation Co., Hong Kong (22.12), showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in red and "Canton" dollar dater in blue, small envelope defects at foot, fine.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


Provenance: Paul K.S. Chang, Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 15.11.2001, lot 24
Dr. Stephen Gates, John Bull (Hong Kong), 8.3.2009, lot 2356.
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 22 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Chefoo : 1897 (1 June) registered envelope ("H. Sietas & Co., Chefoo, China" imprint on flap) to Berlin (10.7) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (3.6), showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in red, with "Customs/Chefoo" double-ring origin d.s. in brown on reverse, and bearing France "Chine" 50c., cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (4.6), with "R" unframed h.s. in red and "R" framed h.s. adjacent, light horizontal letter fold at foot, very fine and rare.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000


ONLY FOUR ITEMS OF MAIL MATTER ARE RECORDED WITH THE "PAID" BILINGUAL HANDSTAMP OF CHEFOO, AND THIS IS THE ONLY REGISTERED ENVELOPE.
  Realized HK$40,250
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Lot 23 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Chungking : 1897 (24 June) envelope to the French Legation in Peking (11.7) redirected to the French Consulate at Tientsin (14.7), showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in red, and "Customs/Chungking" oval d.s., and 1897 (30 Dec.) "Consulat de France à Tchong-King" corner card envelope to Peking (1.2.98), showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in red and "Chungking" dollar dater, very fine and an outstanding pair of covers.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000


ONLY FOUR ENVELOPES ARE RECORDED WITH THE "PAID" BILINGUAL HANDSTAMP OF CHUNGKING, THREE WITH THE CUSTOMS OVAL DATER AND ONE ONLY WITH THE DOLLAR DATER.

THEREFORE, THESE ENVELOPES REPRESENT AN EXCEPTIONAL AND UNIQUE PAIR OF COVERS IN THAT THESE SHOW THE CUSTOMS DATER AND THE DOLLAR DATER RESPECTIVELY.

Provenance and Auction Record
24 June 1897 envelope
Richard Canman, Stanley Gibbons (London), 19.10.1972, lot 23
George Alevizos (Santa Monica), 21.7.1981, lot 199
Frederick and Tomiko Bartlett, Christie's Swire, 30.9.1992, lot 1377

30 December 1897 envelope
Paul K.S. Chang, Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 10.5.2001, lot 45
Dr. Stephen Gates, John Bull (Hong Kong), 8.3.2009, lot 2358.
  Realized HK$57,500
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Lot 24 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Peking : 1897 (27 Apr.) red-band registered envelope to Meran, Austria (14.6) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (3.5), redirected to Munich (15.6), showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in brown with "Customs/Peking" type D origin c.d.s. in blue, and bearing France "Chine" 25c. (2), cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (7.5), with "Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No. 1" octagonal d.s. (8.5) on reverse, one 25c. stamp damaged and part of the red band removed affecting much of the bilingual "Paid" h.s., nevertheless an early usage of the bilingual "Paid" h.s. and a very late example of the "Customs/Peking" double-ring d.s.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 25 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Peking : 1897 (24 June) "Légation des Pays-Bas" corner card envelope to Amsterdam, Netherlands (6.8) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (29.6), showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in brown with "Peking" origin dollar dater in blue, over which France "Chine" 50c., cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (1.7), with "Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No. 8" c.d.s. (3.7) on reverse, rated "20" in blue crayon for Chinese double rate postage (20 cents), the French stamp has a horizontal tear (not mentioned on the accompanying certificate) and the envelope a few album page adherences, very fine appearance and highly unusual showing the Chinese postage rating denoted in manuscript "20" for the double rate.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000


Expertisation: Clear Experts & Consultants certificate (2018).
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Lot 26 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Shanghai : 1897 (1 Mar.) registered envelope to I.M. Customs Kowloon, c/o B.P. Office, Hong Kong (5.3) "Per s.s. Kwanglee & I.C.P.O.", showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in red, matching "R" unframed h.s., and "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring origin d.s. of "Mar 1 1897" in brown, addressee's name neatly inked out, very fine and early date.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000


THE EARLIEST RECORDED DATE OF USE OF THE BILINGUAL "PAID" FRAMED HANDSTAMP FOR SHANGHAI.
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Lot 27 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Shanghai : 1897 (4 Mar.) "The North China News" newspaper wrapper to Hong Kong, showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in red and "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring origin d.s. of "Mar 4 1897" in brown, and 1897 (21 July) "The North-China Daily News" newspaper wrapper to the German Consulate in Tientsin, showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in red and "Shanghai" origin dollar dater of "21 Jul 97" in brown, a fine pair of printed matter usages on newspaper wrappers, showing the Customs dater and dollar dater usages respectively.
Estimate HK$ 22,000 - 26,000


Provenance and Auction Record
4 March 1897
George Alevizos (Santa Monica), 11-13.5.1982, lot 2525
Paul K.S. Chang, Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 10.5.2001, lot 40
Dr. Stephen Gates, John Bull (Hong Kong), 8.3.2009, lot 2332

21 June 1897
Sotheby's (Hong Kong), 29.4.1996, lot 521
Wen Sun Kong, Interasia (Hong Kong), 6.12.2008, lot A102.
  Unsold
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Lot 28 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Shanghai : 1897 (3 Apr.) envelope ("Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation /Shanghai" embossed seal on flap) to Soochow (4.4), showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in red and "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring origin d.s. in brown, with "Customs/Soochow" double-ring arrival d.s. in brown on reverse, cover a little roughly opened at right, fine.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Unsold
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Lot 29 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Shanghai : 1897 (8 Apr.) envelope to I.M. Customs, Canton (14.4), showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in red and "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring origin d.s. in brown, with "Customs/Canton" double-ring arrival d.s. in black on reverse, addressee's name neatly inked out, fine to very fine.
Estimate HK$ 9,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 30 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Shanghai : 1897 (7 Sept.) envelope to H.M.S. Consulate, Wenchow (16.9), showing showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in red and "Shanghai" origin dollar dater ("S" in "Sep" reversed) in blue, with "Wenchow" arrival dollar dater in brown on reverse, fine and scarce destination.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$14,950
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Lot 31 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Shanghai : 1897 (18 Sept.) "Presbyterian Missionary Press, Shanghai, China" corner card envelope to Canton, showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in blue with matching "Shanghai" origin dollar dater adjacent, fine.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Unsold
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Lot 32 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Shanghai : 1897 (21 Dec.) envelope to Customs, Chinkiang redirected to Wuhu (23.12), showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in red and "Shanghai" origin dollar dater in black, with "Wuhu" arrival dollar dater in brown on reverse, fine.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 33 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Shanghai : 1898 (1 Jan.) envelope to Soochow (2.1.98), showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in red and "Shanghai" origin dollar dater in black, with "Soochow" arrival dollar dater in black on reverse, envelope opened out for display, late usage just following official invalidation of the use of the "Paid" handstamps, fine.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Unsold
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Lot 34 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Shanghai : 1898 (12 Oct.) local envelope to the Imperial German Consulate, showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in black, with "Shanghai/Local Post/C" double-ring d.s. on reverse, very late usage as a local Paid marking.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000


Provenance: Dr. Stephen Gates, John Bull (Hong Kong), 7.3.2009, lot 2373.
  Unsold
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Lot 35 China, Bilingual "Paid"/Shanghai : 1899 (16 Sept.) "Der Ostasiatische Lloyd" local Shanghai wrapper redirected to Tientsin (20.9), showing worn impression of the bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. and "Shanghai/Local Post/E" double-ring d.s., bearing C.I.P. 2c. applied for redirection and cancelled by pakua and "Shanghai/Local Post/I" double-ring d.s., with "Tientsin" bilingual arrival c.d.s. adjacent, very late and interesting usage of the bilingual "Paid" h.s. as a local handstamp, with the wrapper then redirected to another city.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Unsold
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