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Foreign Post Offices
 
 
 

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Lot 2163 /o Foreign Offices in China, 1880-1920(c.), a mint or unused and used accumulation, comprising British Post Offices, German Post Offices, Japanese Post Offices, and Russian Post Offices; also a significant number of Hong Kong including used in China, mainly good to fine (approx. 4,000).
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$25,300
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Lot 2164 Foreign Offices in China, 1900-19, a mint or unused representative collection, comprising British C.E.F. (32) with 1914-22 overprints on K.G.V 3p. to 1r. mint, German Post Offices (47) with 1901-04 "China" overprint 3pf. to 5m. unused with toned gum, Kiautschou (10), and Italian Post Offices (30) with 1917-18 "Pechino" overprint on 1c. to 10 lire unused with much original gum and 1917 "Tientsin" 1c. to 10 lire unused with toned gum, fair to fine (approx. 110).
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 2165 Foreign Offices in China, 1901-12 postcards (5) from various offices, and Manchukuo 1932 registered envelope bearing 15f., mainly fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 2166 British Offices in China, 1902 (18 Sept.) C.E.F. overprinted ¼a. postal stationery card to Peking redirected to Tangshan, cancelled by "F.P.O. No. 6" c.d.s., showing "Base Office/B" c.d.s. (20.9) and "F.P.O. No. 3" c.d.s. (21.9) adjacent, fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 2167 French Offices in China, Canton : 1919 surcharge 12c. on 30c. chocolate interpanneau pair, variety double surcharge in gutter pair, fine mint. Yvert 75a.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,150
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Lot 2168 French Offices in China, Hoi-Hao : 1907 (7 March) registered envelope from Hoihow to Paris (11.4) via Hong Kong (13.3) bearing 1904 "Chine" overprint on 25c. with "Hoi-Hao" overprinted 2fr. brown on yellow, cancelled "Hoi-Hao-Chine" c.d.s.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,610
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Lot 2169 P French Offices in China, Kouang-Tcheou : 1923 small seriffed "Kouang-Tchéou" trial overprint in red on Indochina perf. 6c. red and black, mounted on large piece of wove paper, with printer's manuscript notation "2", fine. Ex Bert Mendelsohn and Patrick Clemo.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 2170 P French Offices in China, Kouang-Tcheou : 1923 small seriffed "Kouang-Tchéou" trial overprint in red on Indochina 7c. olive and black epreuve de luxe on thin paper (116 x 65mm.), with printer's pencil notations at lower right, fresh and very fine. Ex Bert Mendelsohn and Patrick Clemo.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 2171 French Offices in China, Mong-Tseu : 1906 surcharge 10fr. red-orange on blue-green, variety Chinese characters in surcharge inverted, fine unused with large part original gum. Yvert 34.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 2172 French Offices in China, Tch'ong-K'ing : 1906 overprinted 1c. to 10c., 25c. and 30c. in horizontal pairs, one stamp in each with "ch'ong" for "Tch'ong" surcharge variety, fine mint, the 5c. with split/reinforced perfs. Yvert 48-52, 55, 56vars.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 2173 French Offices in China, Yunnan : 1908 overprinted 10fr. violet and black with "Yunannfou" for "Yunnanfou" overprint error, fine unused with large part to much original gum. A. Brun handstamped guarantee. Yvert 49a.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 2174 /o French Offices in China, 1902-44, a mint or unused and used highly advanced collection nearly complete for basic issues with both mint and used examples present for many, replete with varieties, including 1902 small "Tch'ong-King" Provisionals, millésime pairs, cancellations, clandestine surcharge varieties, and some envelopes and postal stationery, meticulously assembled over several decades with quality much better than usually seen, mostly fine to very fine (1,600).
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000
  Realized HK$63,250
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Lot 2175 French Offices in Kwangchowan, 1898 (Aug.) unfranked envelope to France (25.9), headed "Corps d'Occupation de Quang Tchéou Wan (Chine)", showing "Place de Quang Chau Wan/Chine/Le Commandant" circular h.s., countersigned by officer, "Haiphong/Tonkin" c.d.s. (23.8) and "Corps Expedire/Tonkin" circular undated h.s., fine and rare, sent during the very early period of occupation by the French.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 2176 French Offices in Kwangchowan, 1899 (Mar.) unfranked envelope to France (15.4), headed "Corps d'Occupation de Quang Tchéou Wan", showing "Place de Quang Chau Wan/Chine/Le Commandant" circular h.s. in blue, countersigned by officer, "Haiphong/Tonkin" c.d.s. (13.3) and "Corps Expedire/Tonkin" circular undated h.s., fine.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 2177 French Offices in Kwangchowan, 1900 (July) unfranked envelope to France (29.8), headed "Corps d'Occupation de Quang Tchéou Wan", showing "Tché-Kam/Le Commandant d'Armes" circular h.s. in violet, "Tche-Kam/Indo-Chine Française" c.d.s. (11.7) and "Corps Expedire/Tonkin" circular undated h.s., fine and a great rarity.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$18,400
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Lot 2178 French Offices in Kwangchowan, 1902 (15 May) envelope to France (22.6) via Haiphong (20.5) bearing Indochina Peace and Commerce 15c., cancelled by "Fort Bayard/ Indo-Chine Française" c.d.s., fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,150
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Lot 2179 French Offices in Kwangchowan, 1902 (Aug.) envelope to France (20.9) redirected internally (21.9), headed "Corps d'occupation du Tonkin", showing "Regiment d'Artillerie Coloniale du Tonkin/15e Batterie/Quang-Tcheou-Wan/Hoi-Teou/Le Capitaine Commandant" circular h.s. in violet, "Fort Bayard/Indo-Chine Française" c.d.s. (9.8) and "Corps Expedire/Tonkin" circular undated h.s., the envelope a little roughly opened at top, very rare usage from this small garrison of troops at the village of Hoi-Teou, which was west of Fort Bayard.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 2180 German Offices in China, 1900 Foochow Provisional handstamped 5pf. on 10pf. carmine with "China" 48 degree overprint, fine mint, light hinge remainder. Michel 7I.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 2181 German Offices in China, 1900 Foochow Provisional handstamped 5pf. on 10pf. carmine with China 48 degree overprint, cancelled by complete "Futschau/Deutsche Post" c.d.s. (9.1.01) fresh and perfectly centred, very fine. Ex Peter Padget. Michel 7Ib.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 2182 German Offices in China, 1900-01 (9 Feb.) Tientsin Provisionals handstamped "China" on 3pf. brown and 5pf. green (3), cancelled by "Tientsin Deutsche Post/a" c.d.s. (9.2.01) on unaddressed picture postcard, fine souvenir usage of this scarce Provisional issue. Michel 8-9.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
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Lot 2183 German Offices in China, 1901 Reichspost overprinted "China" 5m. lake and black type I, fine mint. Michel 27I.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 2184 German Offices in China, 1900 red-band envelope endorsed "Feldpost Brief" to Germany (15.11), showing "Peking/Deutsche Post" circular undated h.s.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
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Lot 2185 German Offices in China, 1900-11 envelopes or cards (5), including German military usages, and unaddressed card bearing stamps of five different countries or offices cancelled by their appropriate Chefoo c.d.s., a few small faults.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,495
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Lot 2186 /o German Offices in China, 1898-1919, a specialised mint or unused and used collection, including a study of pre-war, wartime, and postwar printings and perforation varieties of the surcharged Mark values (25:16, 25:17, 26:17), and surcharge varieties such as 1907 $2½ on 5m. with rotated left Star both mint and used, an excellent comprehensive showing and a solid basis for further expansion (160).
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 2187 German Offices in China, 1898-1919, a cancellation collection well presented on pages with write-ups, depicting various towns and types, military, maritime and a T.P.O., including 1900 Feldpost unfranked envelope to Germany showing "Peking Deutsche Post" seriffed circular undated h.s. (Bothe BPP guarantee handstamp), 1901 (24 July) Feldpost unfranked picture postcard to Germany canceled by "K.D. Feldpoststation No. 10" c.d.s. (Kaiping), 1905 (17 Mar.) picture postcard to Denmark bearing "China" overprint 10pf. tied by "Shanghai Deutsche Post/a" postmark with triangle wedge between day and month, very good to fine (120+ loose stamps and 35 envelopes, cards, or fronts).
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 2188 German Offices in China, 1898-1913, a mint or unused representative collection on Scott album pages, including Kiautschou 1905 unwatermarked $2½, mostly fine to very fine, a few have faults (88).
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 2189 o/ German Offices in China, 1900-16, a specialised collection with some cancellation interest, including 1900 (Nov.) Tsingtau Provisional 5pfg. on 10pf on "Feldpost" postcard to Germany, very good to fine (160 stamps and 25+ envelopes, cards or fronts).
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 2190 Italian Offices in China, 1904-36 envelope and postcards (5), including 1904-08 postcards (2) each bearing Italy adhesive, cancelled by "Comando Truppe Italiane/Cina" and "Distaccamento Ra Marina Italiane in Cina" c.d.s. respectively, mainly fine (6).
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 2191 Italian Offices in China, 1917 (Aug.) locally handstamped "Tientsin" on Italy 10c. and 25c. on small piece, cancelled by "R.R. Poste Italiane/Tientsin-Cina" c.d.s. (17.8.17), fine and rare.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000


Prior to the official opening of the Italian Post Office in Tientsin, the Italian Foreign Ministry authorised the overprinting of stamps for a three week period until the supplies of overprinted stamps arrived from Italy. These overprints were made from the "R.R. Poste Italiane/Tientsin-Cina"canceller normally applied to registered mail.
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 2192 /o Italian Offices in China, 1917-19, a mint and unused or used representative collection with many issues complete; also a reference section with forgeries. Mainly fine to very fine (approx. 200).
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$18,400
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Lot 2193 Russian Offices in China, 1899 (5 June) homemade wrapper to Germany via Hong Kong (9.6) bearing on reverse Russia 3kop., cancelled by "Shankhi/Postovaya Kontora" double-ring d.s., scarce printed matter usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
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Lot 2194 Russian Offices in China, 1900 (19 Dec.) "The East-Asiatic Company, Limited, Port Arthur" registered corner card envelope to Seattle, Washington (17.1.03) via Nagasaki (25.12) and Yokohama (27.12) bearing Russia "Kitai" overprint 10kop. vertical pair, cancelled by "Chifu/Postovaya Kontora" double-ring d.s., showing "Registered" framed origin h.s. in red and "R/Tchefou, Chine/No. 123" framed h.s. adjacent, with accompanying "Chefoo/I.J.P.O." transit c.d.s. (19.12) in violet on reverse, envelope slightly reduced at top and foot, very fine usage from Manchuria.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500


During 1902, the port town of Port Arthur was occupied by Russia, and part of its Eastern Fleet was based and anchored there. The Russian stamps were apparently applied at Port Arthur, with the "Registered" framed h.s. denoting this origin, and the envelope actually then sent overseas from Chefoo, where it transited.
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 2195 Russian Offices in China, 1917 (4 Sept.) registered printed Red Cross "Service des prisonniers de guerre" corner card envelope ("Empfang bestätigen an Hülfsaktion für Deutsche u. Osterr.-Ungar. Gefangene in Sibirien, Tientsin, Nord China" imprint on flap) to Russia bearing on reverse "Kitai" 10kop., 3c. on 3kop. and 15c. on 15kop., cancelled by "Tyantszin Russkaya Pochta" c.d.s., with another crisp strike and registration label on front, fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 2196 /o Russian Offices in China, 1890-1920, a mint or unused and used accumulation, also an A.E.F. Siberia cover and a small mint collection of Japanese Occupation of Central China, very good to fine (800+). Not illustrated..
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 2197 U.S. Offices in China, 1919 "Shanghai" surcharge 2c. on 1c. to $2 on $1, mainly very good to fine unused with large part to much original gum. Scott K1-K16.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 2198 () U.S. Offices in China, 1901 (30 Mar.) large registered insured parcel wrapper front with address label to Bangor, Maine, U.S.A. (3.5) bearing C.I.P. 1c., 4c., 5c. (2) and 10c., cancelled by "Tientsin" bilingual origin c.d.s. and 1c. further cancelled by "Shanghai" bilingual transit c.d.s. (10.4), in combination with U.S. 5c. (11, eight originally forming a horizontal strip) and 2c. vertical pair cancelled by grid, showing "R/U.S. of America/Shanghai, China/No. 3241" registration label with narrow Roman letter "R", "H.M. Schultz/Tientsin" sender's h.s., the C.I.P. 10c. had apparently fallen off in transit and was reaffixed and tied by "Bangor, Maine/Registry Dept." unframed d.s. in violet, some small adhesive faults as to be expected on this kind of oversize package wrapper, fine, colourful and rare combination, especially so with this equally rare registration label, of which, to the best of our knowledge, less than ten or so examples have been recorded. Scott FX-SH 1d.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000


Provenance: Drucker Family collection, Robert A. Siegel (New York), 25.2.2003, lot 95.
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 2199 U.S. Offices in China, 1905 (Nov.) envelope to New York State (23.12) via Shanghai (19.11) and San Francisco (17.12), redirected to New York City (23.12) bearing on reverse C.I.P. 1c. cancelled by "Nanchangmiao" native c.d.s., and on front U.S. 2c. (damaged corner) cancelled by "Shanghai/U.S. Postal Agency" duplex (22.11), showing "T" unframed h.s. adjacent, envelope opened out for display and slightly reduced at top, very fine usage and a rare origin for U.S. Agency mail, especially so with the Due marking. Ex Drucker Family collection.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 2200 British Offices in China, Amoy : 1898 (28 Dec.) "Yang Yen-Nung, Volapükan e Tedel Tieda… Amoy, Cinan (China)" corner card registered envelope to Austria-Hungary (23.1.99) via Hong Kong (30.12) bearing C.I.P. 10c. (2), cancelled by "Amoy" dollar dater and "R" unframed h.s. respectively, in combination with Hong Kong with Chinese character surcharge 20c. on 30c., cancelled by "Hong Kong" c.d.s. (30.12), with "Amoy/No. L1824" framed registration hs. adjacent, showing "Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No. 7" c.d.s. (31.12) on reverse, very fine Volapuk cover.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 2201 British Offices in China, Canton : 1898 (4 Nov.) envelope to France (4.12), showing "Canton" origin dollar dater denoting prepayment in cash, in combination with Hong Kong 10c., cancelled by "Hong Kong" c.d.s. (5.11) and showing "Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No. 8" octagonal d.s. (5.11) adjacent, minor age spotting, fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 2202 British Offices in China, Chefoo : 1897 (30 Dec.) envelope to Lyon, France (14.2.98) via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (2.1.98) and Hong Kong bearing I.C.P. 4c. vertical strip of three and single, cancelled by "Chefoo" dollar dater, in combination with Hong Kong 2c. (3) and 10c., cancelled by "Shanghae/C" c.d.s. (7.1.98), showing "T" unframed h.s. in red and "T" in circle h.s. adjacent, sent at the U.P.U. double rate but underpaid, so France Postage Dues 10c. (2) applied on arrival and cancelled by "Lyon/Rhone" c.d.s. (14.2), a few small faults, but imbued with much character.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 2203 British Offices in China, Chefoo : 1898 (18 Sept.) envelope from Wei-Hai-Wei to Reigate, Surrey (29.10) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (24.9), with sender's endorsement "W.A.H./Weihaiwei/18/98" of Captain W.A. Harrison, who was instrumental in the establishment of the Courier Post between Wei-Hai-Wei and Chefoo three months later, bearing C.I.P. ½c. (4), 1c., 2c. and 5c., cancelled by "Chefoo" dollar dater of "22 Sep 98" in blue, in combination with Hong Kong 10c., cancelled by "Shanghai/C" c.d.s. (24.9). A fine and remarkable forerunner cover of the Wei-Hai-Wei to Chefoo Courier Service.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 2204 British Offices in China, Chungking : 1898 (12 Dec.) neat envelope to Norwich, England via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (26 Dec.). bearing I.C.P. 2c, cancelled by "Chungking" dollar dater, in combination with Hong Kong 2c cancelled by "Shanghai/C c.d.s. (26.12), some stains or light creases, envelope with flap unsealed as per printed matter rate regulations.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 2205 British Offices in China, Hankow : 1898 (2 Dec.) Hong Kong 4c. postal stationery card to London, showing "Hankow" dollar dater, denoting prepayment in cash or subscriber's card, the indicia cancelled by "Hong Kong/F" c.d.s. (9.12), fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 2206 British Offices in China, Kiukiang : 1898 (25 Mar.) envelope to London (2.5) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (27.3) and Hong Kong (1.4) bearing I.C.P. 10c., cancelled by pakua, matching "Kiukiang" dollar dater, in combination with Hong Kong 10c., cancelled by "Shanghai" c.d.s. (28.3), a few cover faults due to rough opening at back.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 2207 British Offices in China, Peking : 1899 (27 Oct.) parcel post wrapper made from folded envelope to London bearing C.I.P. 10c. and 20c. "L" shaped strip of three, in combination with Hong Kong with extra Chinese character surcharge 50c. on 48c., cancelled by "Shanghai/C" c.d.s. (11.11), with "Shanghai/No. 1035/Foreign and Colonial Parcel Post" printed black on blue label on reverse, the wrapper has a few faults, an unusual usage.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 2208 British Offices in China, Tientsin : 1896 (15 Dec.) neat envelope to Consul Dr. W. Knappe in Hong Kong (25.12) bearing on reverse Dowager Empress 6ca., cancelled by Tientsin seal in blue and additionally tied by "Hong Kong/A" arrival c.d.s. (25.12) with another strike on front, matching "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring despatch d.s. and "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring transit d.s. in blue adjacent, and on front Hong Kong 5c., cancelled by "Shanghae/C" c.d.s. (21.12), fine and rare example of the 6 candarins rate for Hong Kong and the U.S.A., with the Hong Kong 5c. paying the interport rate.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000


AN IMPORTANT USAGE, MAILED JUST PRIOR TO THE INAUGURATION OF THE 1896 WINTER OVERLAND SERVICE (FOR SOUTHBOUND MAIL ON 17 DECEMBER), WHICH HAD ORIGINALLY BEEN SCHEDULED TO OPEN ON 10 OR 11 DECEMBER.
  Realized HK$32,200
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Lot 2209 British Offices in China, Tientsin : 1898 (8 Jan.) envelope to Glasgow (arrival) bearing Hong Kong 5c. pair, cancelled by bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. of Tientsin in black, cancelled by "Shanghai/C" c.d.s. (21.1), showing "Tientsin" origin dollar daters of "10 Jan 98" and "14 Jan 98" in brown alongside, with "Shanghai" transit dollar dater ("N" in "Jan" reversed) and "Hong Kong" transit c.d.s. (25.1) on reverse, fine despite light soiling and rough opening at top left. A very late usage of the bilingual "Paid" handstamp.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000


AMONG THE VERY LATEST RECORDED DATES OF USE OF THE BILINGUAL "PAID" H.S. FOR PEKING AND TIENTSIN.

According to Imperial Post Office Circulars No. 4 of 14.12.1897 and No. 5, the "Paid" handstamps, as well as the Customs Mail Matter handstamps, were to be withdrawn from use on 31 December 1897; however, the appropriate circular concluded by stating that the post office should be lenient in the early days when it came to strict enforcement of the new regulations that all mail must be properly franked by the public, or be treated as Postage Due. Consequently, one encounters usages of the "Paid" handstamps on mail sent from Peking and Tientsin in early January, 1898.
  Realized HK$20,700
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Lot 2210 British Offices in China, Tientsin : 1899 (24 Jan.) registered envelope to Gateshead on Tyne, England (12.3) via Shanghai Imperial Post (3.2) and Hong Kong bearing C.I.P. 1c., 2c. vertical pair and single, and 10c. (2, one has tiny tone in margin at top), cancelled by pakua in blue, matching "Tientsin" double-ring d.s. with "Customs" removed, in combination with Hong Kong with extra Chinese character surcharge 20c. on 30c., cancelled by "Shanghae" c.d.s. (4.2), showing "R" unframed h.s. in red and "R" in circle h.s. adjacent, the 2c. stamps have slight oxidisation and one has faults due to application over edge of envelope, a fine and colourful franking paying the winter overland rate, which was 24 cents and, therefore, the letter has been overpaid by 3 cents.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 2211 British Offices in China, Tientsin : 1899 (18 Feb.) envelope to Bordeaux, France (8.4) via Hong Kong (10.3) handstamped "By Steamer" bearing on reverse C.I.P. 4c. and 10c., cancelled by Tientsin pakua in blue, showing matching "Tientsin" double-ring origin d.s. with "Customs" removed in blue on front, the C.I.P. 10c. additionally tied by "Shanghai" transit dollar dater (28.2), in combination with Hong Kong 10c. applied on front and cancelled by "Shanghai/C" c.d.s. (18.2), showing "Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No. 6" octagonal d.s. (11.3), the envelope opened out for display and has light ageing not affecting the stamps, carried on the "Sydney", fine example of the 14 cents winter overland rate and a late pre-tie-print usage.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 2212 British Offices in China, Wuhu : 1898 (23 Dec.) neat "Printed Matter" envelope to Berne, Switzerland (28.1.99) via the Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (24.12) bearing on reverse C.I.P. ½c. (2) and 1c., crisply cancelled by pakua, matching "Wuhu" origin dollar dater on front, in combination with Hong Kong 2c., cancelled by "Shanghai/C" c.d.s. (26.12), envelope opened out for display and back flap folded under as per printed matter instructions (two sellotape stains on reverse well away from stamps or markings), fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500


Provenance: Christopher D'Almada, Christie's Robson Lowe (Zurich), 29.11.1990, lot 1184.
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 2213 British Offices in China, Amoy : 1901 (28 Jan.) envelope to Hardegsen, Germany (2.3) bearing C.I.P. ½c. (2), 4c. and 5c., cancelled by "Amoy" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 10c. with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Hong Kong/D" c.d.s. (30.1), fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
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Lot 2214 British Offices in China, Amoy : 1901 (8 Apr.) registered envelope to Leipzig, Germany bearing on reverse C.I.P. 5c. salmon pair and 5c. flesh pair, cancelled by "Amoy" bilingual c.d.s., one stamp additionally tied by arrival c.d.s., and on front Hong Kong with additional Chinese character surcharge 20c. on 30c., with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and its c.d.s., showing "R" unframed h.s. in red and "Amoy/No. A929" framed registration h.s. adjacent, envelope opened out for display, fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 2215 British Offices in China, Canton : 1901 (8 Feb.) Hong Kong 10c. postal stationery envelope to Hamburg, Germany (14.3) via Canton (8.2), showing "Whampoa" bilingual origin c.d.s. denoting prepayment in cash or subscriber's cover, the indicia with framed "I.P.O." tie-print of Canton type 1 and its "Hong Kong/A" c.d.s. (9.2), a few minor age spots, a fine and unusual usage.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 2216 British Offices in China, Canton : 1901 (17 Nov.) red-band envelope to San Francisco (6.12) bearing C.I.P. 10c., cancelled by "Canton" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 10c. with framed "I.P.O." tie-print of Canton type 2 and "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s. (18.11), fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 2217 British Offices in China, Canton : 1901 (5 Dec.) postcard to Hamburg, Germany (5.1.02) via Canton (5.12), showing on reverse "Whampoa" bilingual origin c.d.s. denoting prepayment in cash or subscriber's cover, in combination with Hong Kong 4c. without "I.P.O." tie-print of Canton and cancelled by "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s. (6.12), fine usage which for some reason did not have the "I.P.O." tie-print.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 2218 () British Offices in China, Chinkiang : 1899 (29 July) registered envelope front to Bordeaux bearing C.I.P. 10c. (2), cancelled by pakua, and 10c. single, cancelled by corresponding "Chinkiang" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 10c. vertical strip of three with framed "I.P.O." tie-print in blue and "Shanghai c.d.s.", showing handstruck unframed "R" and "R" in circle h.s. adjacent, as well as "Modane à Paris" c.d.s. (2.9) in red, a few faults.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 2219 British Offices in China, Chungking : 1899 (15 Apr.) envelope to London (5.6) via the Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (28.4) bearing on reverse I.C.P. 10c., cancelled by "Chungking" dollar dater, with another superb strike on front, in combination with Hong Kong 10c. with Shanghai framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai/C" c.d.s. (28.4), the envelope opened out for display with central vertical filing fold and light ageing at sides, fine and scarce usage of the Shanghai tie-print in the absence of the tie-print for Chungking.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000


Chungking did not begin using its own tie-print until 24 April 1899, so the Shanghai tie-print was used in the interim.
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 2220 British Offices in China, Chungking : 1899 (12 June) envelope to Detroit, Michigan via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (26.6) bearing on reverse C.I.P. 10c., cancelled by "Chungking" bilingual c.d.s., and on front Hong Kong 10c. with "I.P.O." unframed tie-print and "Shanghai/C" c.d.s. (26.6), the C.I.P. stamp additionally tied by "New York/Paid All/C" double-circle d.s. (24.7) and "Syracuse & Detroit R.P.O." double-ring d.s. (25.7) in bluish violet, envelope opened out for display, fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 2221 British Offices in China, Chungking : 1900 (25 June) envelope to Sunderland, England (15.8) bearing on reverse C.I.P. 1c. pair and 4c. pair, cancelled by "Chungking" bilingual c.d.s., and bearing on front France "Chine" 25c., cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (11.7), the envelope opened out for display with crumpling and tatty edges. A scarce example of a post-tie-print cover.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,610
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Lot 2222 British Offices in China, Chungking : 1901 (30 Sept.) France "Chine" 10c. postal stationery card to County Armagh, Ireland via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (11.10), showing "Chunking" bilingual origin c.d.s., with "I.P.O." unframed tie-print on the indicia, which is also cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (11.10), fine and exceptional usage of the type 1 tie-print, which had been withdrawn from service in early February 1900, but then later reintroduced these in certain situations.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$14,950
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Lot 2223 British Offices in China, Foochow : 1899 (19 Apr.) envelope to England bearing on reverse C.I.P. 2c. and 4c. vertical pair cancelled by pakua and "Foochow" dollar dater, and on front Hong Kong 10c. with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and its "Hong Kong" c.d.s. (22.4).
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 2224 British Offices in China, Foochow : 1901 (17 Aug.) envelope to Connersville, Indiana (23.9) via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (22.8) and Yokohama (28.8), redirected to College Corner, Ohio (2.10), showing "Foochow" bilingual origin c.d.s. denoting prepayment in cash, and passed to the German Post Office with "China" overprint 20pf. applied for foreign postage and cancelled by "Shanghai/Deutsche Post" c.d.s. (22.8), fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 2225 British Offices in China, Hangchow : 1899 (18 Nov.) envelope to Naples, Italy (22.12) via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (20.11), showing "Hangchow" bilingual origin c.d.s. denoting prepayment in cash or subscriber's cover, bearing France "Chine" 10c. and 15c. with "I.P.O." framed tie-print and "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (20.11), very fine and rare usage of the I.P.O. tie-print, especially so on the stamps of the French Post Office.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 2226 British Offices in China, Hankow : 1899 (17 Aug.) I.C.P. 1c. postal stationery card to Germany (26.9) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (20.8) bearing C.I.P. 4c., cancelled by "Hankow" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 2c. vertical pair with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai/C" c.d.s. (21.8) and additionally tied by "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. (25.8), some ageing and sealed tear at top right just affecting indicia, Chinese postage overpaid by 1 cent, fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 2227 British Offices in China, Hankow : 1899 (22 Sept.) I.C.P. 1c. postal stationery card to Berlin (29.10) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (25.9) and Hong Kong (29.9) bearing C.I.P. 4c., cancelled by "Hankow" bilingual c.d.s. (25.9), in combination with Hong Kong 2c. vertical pair with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai" c.d.s. (25.9), Chinese postage overpaid by 1 cent, fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 2228 British Offices in China, Hankow : 1900 (14 Dec.) envelope to London via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (17.12), showing "Hankow" bilingual c.d.s., denoting prepayment in cash or subscriber's cover, in combination with Hong Kong 2c. vertical strip of five, cancelled by "Shanghai/C" c.d.s. (17.12), light vertical filing fold just crossing one stamp, fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 2229 British Offices in China, Huangshiyai : 1903 (Aug.) envelope to Berlin (28.9) via Imperial P.O. in Kiaochow (21.8) bearing C.I.P. 10c., cancelled by "Hungshihyai" tombstone h.s., in combination with Kiautschou 10pf., cancelled by "Tsingtau/Kiautschou" c.d.s. (22.8), fine and scarce combination with this tombstone handstamp.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 2230 British Offices in China, Ichang : 1900 (18 Jan.) envelope to Gand, Belgium (4.3) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (27.1) bearing C.I.P. 10c., cancelled by "Ichang" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 10c. pair with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai/C" c.d.s., scarce tie-print, fine double rate cover.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 2231 British Offices in China, Ichang : 1901 (22 Jan.) envelope to England via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (26.1) bearing C.I.P. 2c. (3) and 4c., cancelled by "Ichang" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with France "Chine" 25c., cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (28.1), flap at back missing, otherwise fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 2232 British Offices in China, Kiungchow : 1899 (10 Nov.) I.C.P. 1c. postal stationery card with sender's imprint "Custom House, Kiungchow, Hainan" in blue on reverse to Great Britain bearing C.I.P. 1c. and 2c., cancelled by "Kiungchow" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 2c. vertical pair with "I.P.O." framed tie-print and "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. (12.11), fine to very fine and one of the rarer tie-prints.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 2233 British Offices in China, Nanking : 1899 (10 Sept.) Japan 4s. postal stationery card to Erlau, Hungary (27.10) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (11.9) and Yokohama (28.9), showing "Nanking" bilingual origin c.d.s., denoting prepayment in cash, the indicia cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (13.9), fine and unusual usage of Japanese postal stationery card through the I.J.P.O. and carried on the Pacific route.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 2234 British Offices in China, Nanking : 1901 (18 Dec.) envelope ("H.M.S. Eclipse" imprint on flap) to the Commander of the Training Ship "Formidable" at Bristol, England (22.1.02) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (19.12) bearing C.I.P. 2c. and 4c. (2), cancelled by "Nanking" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with France "Chine" 25c., cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (20.12), fine naval cover.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 2235 British Offices in China, Pakhoi : 1901 (10 July) envelope to Ravensburg, Germany (18.8) bearing C.I.P. 1c., 4c., and 5c., cancelled by "Pakhoi" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 10c. with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. (14.7), fine and rare usage.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 2236 British Offices in China, Peking : 1899 (25 Apr.) envelope to Berne, Switzerland (3.6) via Hong Kong (5.5) bearing C.I.P. ½c. (2), 4c., 5c., and 10c., cancelled by "Peking" dollar dater, in combination with Hong Kong 5c. (2) with "I.P.O." small framed tie-print and "Shanghai/C" c.d.s. (1.5), showing "Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No. 7" c.d.s. (3.5) adjacent which also ties the C.I.P. 4c., the Chinese stamps applied at the registered U.P.U. rate of 20c., the "Registered" manuscript notation crossed out and the letter sent at the U.P.U. rate for ordinary mail, hence the Hong Kong franking of only 10 cents. A fine and colourful franking.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
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Lot 2237 British Offices in China, Peking : 1899 (26 Aug.) envelope to Devon, Pennsylvania (24.9) via Shanghai (30.8), Yokohama (6.9) and Vancouver (19.9) bearing C.I.P. 10c., cancelled by "Peking" bilingual c.d.s. and Japan Koban 10s. with "I.P.O." small framed tie-print and "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (30.8), central vertical filing crease well clear of stamps, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 2238 () British Offices in China, Peking : 1899 (14 Nov.) registered front to Fourmies, France bearing C.I.P. 10c. (4), cancelled by "Peking" bilingual c.d.s. (one stamp uncancelled), in combination with Hong Kong 10c. and 30c. with "I.P.O." small framed tie-print and "Shanghai/C" c.d.s. (20.11), the stamps additionally tied by "Modane à Paris" c.d.s. (22.12) in red, showing handstruck unframed "R" and "R" in circle h.s. adjacent, fine registered triple rate franking from the famous Berteaux correspondence.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,265
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Lot 2239 British Offices in China, Shanghai : 1899 (Nov.) postcard to Genova, Italy via Hong Kong (23.11) bearing C.I.P. 4c., cancelled by pakua, matching "Shanghai/Local Post" double-ring d.s., over which Hong Kong 2c. applied with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai" c.d.s.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,150
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Lot 2240 British Offices in China, Shanghai : 1900 (23 Nov.) U.P.U. formular postcard to the U.S.A. via Kobe (2.12) and Yokohama (14.12) bearing C.I.P. 4c., cancelled by "Shanghai" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 2c. pair, cancelled by "Shanghai/C" c.d.s. (27.11), printed multicoloured depiction of marriage ceremony on reverse, fine.
Estimate HK$ 600 - 800
  Realized HK$1,610
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Lot 2241 British Offices in China, Shanghai : 1901 (25 Oct.) C.I.P. 1c. postal stationery card to Berlin (2.12) bearing C.I.P. ½c., 1c. and 2c., cancelled by "Shanghai" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 2c. pair, cancelled by "Shanghai" c.d.s. (26.10), showing "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s. (30.10) on reverse, overpaid by ½ cent, fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 2242 British Offices in China, Shasi : 1901 (19 Sept.) neat envelope to Uden, Netherlands (27.10) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (23.9) bearing C.I.P. 10c., cancelled by "Shasi" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with France "Chine" 25c., cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (23.9), the envelope has tear at top and soiling, nevertheless a fine usage from one of the scarcest offices.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 2243 British Offices in China, Swatow : 1900 (6 Nov.) envelope to Cardiff, South Wales, England (8.12) bearing on reverse C.I.P. 10c., cancelled by "Swatow" bilingual c.d.s., and on front Hong Kong 10c. with "I.P.O." framed tie-print type 2 and "Hong Kong/D" c.d.s. (7.11), envelope opened out for display, fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 2244 British Offices in China, Swatow : 1903 (11 Mar.) registered envelope to Baltimore, Maryland via San Francisco (13.4) bearing on reverse C.I.P. 1c. block of ten and 5c. (another 5c. is missing), cancelled by "Swatow" bilingual c.d.s., and on front Hong Kong with extra Chinese character surcharge 20c. on 30c. with "I.P.O." tie-print type 3 in red and "Registered/Hong Kong" c.d.s. (12.3), showing "R/Swatow (China)/No. 395" framed h.s. in red adjacent.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 2245 British Offices in China, Swatow : 1903 (12 Oct.) postcard to France (arrival) bearing C.I.P. 4c., cancelled by "Swatow" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 4c. with "I.P.O." framed tie-print type 4 and "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s. (13.11), fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
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Lot 2246 British Offices in China, Tangku : 1901 (5 July) decorative envelope from a Private of the Telegraph Section of the Lincoln Regiment to Forest Hill, Kent, England (9.8) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (2.7) bearing C.I.P. 2c. vertical pair, cancelled by "Tangku" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 2c. vertical pair, cancelled by "Shanghai" c.d.s. (5.7), showing "T" unframed h.s. and 3D/F.B." h.s. adjacent, a few cover faults and the C.I.P. 2c. pair applied just over the edge of the cover, highly unusual usage, the cover originally intended to be sent at the soldier's 4 cents concessionary rate during the Boxer Rebellion, but treated as normal mail and therefore taxed.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 2247 British Offices in China, Tientsin : 1899 (10 Jan.) envelope to Mount Vernon, New York (16.2) via Shanghai Imperial Post (16.1), Yokohama (23.1) and San Francisco (10.2), bearing on front and back C.I.P. 2c. (variety misperforated to top) and 10c., cancelled by "Tientsin" double-ring d.s. with "Customs" removed in blue, in combination with Japan Koban 10s., cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (16.1), a good example of the 12 cents winter overland rate.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 2248 British Offices in China, Tientsin : 1899 (5 Apr.) registered envelope to Nottingham, England via Hong Kong (13.4) and London (13.5) bearing C.I.P. 1c., 2c., 4c. (2) and 5c. (2), cancelled by pakua in blue, matching "Tientsin" double-ring origin d.s. with "Customs" removed, in combination with Hong Kong 10c. vertical pair with small framed "I.P.O." tie-print in blue and "Shanghai" c.d.s., showing handstruck unframed "R" in red and "R" in circle h.s. adjacent, envelope has light soiling and flap at back missing, fine and unusual usage of the tie-print in blue, a colour of which was only used for a few weeks in April and May 1899.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 2249 British Offices in China, Tientsin : 1899 (28 Nov.) picture postcard of Peking to Bangalore, India (25.12) via Tuticorin (22.12), redirected to Matigiri (26.12), bearing C.I.P. ½c. pair, 1c. and 2c., cancelled by "Tientsin" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 2c. vertical pair with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai" c.d.s. (4.12), fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 2250 British Offices in China, Tientsin : 1900 (27 Sept.) registered postcard to Tring, England (10.11) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (2.10) and London (10.11), bearing C.I.P. 4c. and 10c., cancelled by "Tientsin" bilingual c.d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 2c. pair and 10c., cancelled by "Shanghai" c.d.s. (4.10), showing "R" unframed h.s. in red adjacent, fine registered postcard usage (4c. postage + 10c. registration fee).
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 2251 British Offices in China, Wei-Hai-Wei : 1900 (14 Feb.) neat envelope to Andover, England (26.3) via Chefoo (15.2) bearing C.I.P. 10c., cancelled by "WeiHaiWei" oval d.s., in combination with Hong Kong 5c. vertical pair with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and its "Hong Kong/B" c.d.s. (22.2), fine to very fine.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 2252 British Offices in China, Wenchow : 1904 (3 Mar.) envelope from "China Inland Mission" in Chuchow to Vienna (20.4) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (16.3), showing tombstone origin handstamp, and "Wenchow" bilingual c.d.s. (3.3), in combination with Russia "Kitai" 10kop. with small framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shankhai/Pochtovaya Kontora" double-ring d.s. (17.3), showing "Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No. 4" octagonal d.s. (18.3), minor age spotting, the "I.P.O" tie-prints on the Russian P.O. stamps are great rarities, especially so from Chuchow/Wenchow.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000
  Realized HK$43,700
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Lot 2253 British Offices in China, Wuhu : 1901 (8 Feb.) France "Chine" 25c. postal stationery card from the China Inland Mission to London via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (11.2), showing "Wuhu" bilingual c.d.s. denoting payment in cash or subscriber's card, the indicia cancelled by "Shang-ha/Chine" c.d.s. (11.2), fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$3,220
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