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Lot 62 P China, 1885 Small Dragon 3ca. mauve, imperforate proof, on watermarked paper, horizontal pair, nice colour, good even margins, horizontal creasing and vertical wrinkling, fine appearance.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 63 China, 1885 Small Dragon rough perf. 12½ 5ca. bistre, block of four with sheet margin at right, superb colour and outstanding centring, very fine and fresh unmounted mint, 4mm. tear in sheet margin well clear of stamps, the block is perfect. Chan 18.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$19,550
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Lot 64 China, 1888 Small Dragon perf. 11½-12 1ca. deep green vertical pair and single on fragment, cancelled by two complete strikes of "Customs/Wuhu" double-ring d.s. of "3 Jan. 1893" in red, fine to very fine. Chan 19a.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 65 China, 1888 Small Dragon perf. 11½-12 5ca. olive-yellow, Setting IV, double pane of forty with sheet margins all round, Pane 1 position 16 [2b] shows round lower right corner and position 20 [1] shows broken upper left frame, and Pane 2 position 3 [4] shows broken first "N" of "candarins" and position 12 [3] shows round upper right corner, good colour, fine unused with much original gum (a few light rust spots), slight buckling along right vertical interpane row perfs. of Pane 1. A scarce Setting. Chan 21, a, c, d, e.
Estimate HK$ 120,000 - 150,000


Neither the Beckeman nor Lam Man Yin collections contained a complete sheet of the 5 candarins from Setting IV.
  Realized HK$172,500
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Lot 66 /() China, 1885-88 Small Dragon 1ca. (6) and 3ca. (4), an unused selection, very good to fine appearance unused, some have original gum, faults (10). Chan 13, 19, 20.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 67 China, 1888 (20 Feb.) envelope to Port Jefferson, New York (21.4) bearing on reverse Small Dragon rough perf. 12½ 3ca., cancelled by Peking seal, matching "I.G. of Customs/Peking" double-ring origin d.s. and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring transit d.s. (23.2), and on front Japan Koban 5s. cancelled by "crossroads" type, showing "I.J.P.A./Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (16.3) and "Yokohama" transit c.d.s. (24.3) adjacent, with "San Francisco/Pd. All" transit c.d.s. in red applied on reverse, fine and appealing usage. Chan 17.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000
  Realized HK$28,750
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Lot 68 China, 1894 (4 Oct.) envelope to St. Genis-Laval, France (13.11) bearing Small Dragon perf. 11½-12 3ca. strip of three, cancelled by Peking seal in blue, matching "I.G. of Customs/Peking" origin and "Customs/Shanghai" transit double-ring d.s. (9.10) on reverse, in combination with France "Chine" 25c. cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (10.10), fine and handsome cover. Chan 20.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000
  Realized HK$29,900
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Lot 69 China, 1890 (23 May) red-band envelope to the Chinese Legation in Tokyo (5.6) bearing Small Dragon perf. 11½-12 1ca. bright green (2, one marginal), perf. 12½ 3ca. mauve horizontal pair with sheet margin at left, and perf. 11½-12 5ca. olive-yellow horizontal pair, cancelled by Peking seal in blue, matching "I.G. of Customs/Peking" double-ring origin d.s. and "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring transit d.s. (30.5) on reverse, in combination with Japan Koban 10s. cancelled by "I.J.P.A./Shanghai" c.d.s. (31.5), the 5ca. has inconsequential fold from application over envelope flap, very fine and a magnificent red-band envelope usage to Japan. Chan 14, 19, 21.
Estimate HK$ 200,000 - 250,000


Provenance: Woo Lo-Yuan.

References: Prize Selections from the Rocpex Taipei '81, p. 92. Illustrated.
  Realized HK$230,000
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Lot 70 China, 1897 (25 Oct.) envelope to Berlin (8.12) bearing on reverse Small Dragon perf. 11½ 1ca. bright green vertical strip of three and 5ca. olive-yellow horizontal strip of three with sheet margin at left, cancelled by "H.O. of Customs/Seoul" c.d.s. in violet, "Shanghai" dollar dater transit in blue adjacent, and on front France "Chine" 50c. cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (4.12), street address lightly erased, envelope neatly reduced at sides and one 1ca. has creasing from envelope, very fine and spectacular double rate usage from this rare Korean Customs Office. Chan 19, 21.
Estimate HK$ 350,000 - 400,000


Provenance: Dr. Warren G. Kauder, Robson Lowe, 16.10.71, lot 170
Woo Lo-Yuan.

References: Prize Selections from the Rocpex Taipei '81, p. 101. Illustrated.

ONE OF ONLY NINE SMALL DRAGONS COVERS RECORDED WITH THE "H.O. OF CUSTOMS/SEOUL" C.D.S. AND ONE OF ONLY TWO SUCH USAGES OF THE SMALL DRAGON STAMPS DURING THE IMPERIAL POST PERIOD PRESUMABLY BEFORE THE NEW I.C.P. STAMPS WERE DELIVERED TO THE KOREAN POST OFFICES.
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