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Asian Stamps & Postal History


Foreign Post Offices : The Noble Correspondence
 
 
 

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Lot 2254 U.S. Offices in China, 1894 (10 Dec.) U.S. 1c. postal stationery envelope to Paoting Fu via San Francisco bearing 2c. pair, cancelled by "San Antonio, Tex./2" duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (17.1.95), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (17.1.95) and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (1.2.95), both in blue, on reverse, the envelope has various sealed tears (one affecting indicia), scarce origin and postal stationery usage.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 2255 U.S. Offices in China, 1894 (13 Dec.) envelope from New Haven to Tientsin via New York (19.12) and San Francisco (24.12) bearing U.S. 2c. (3), cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (17.1.95), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (17.1.95) and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (1.2.95) in blue on reverse, stamps have small perf. faults, overpaid by 1 cent, fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 2256 U.S. Offices in China, 1895 (4 Jan.) envelope from New Haven to Tientsin via San Francisco (10.1) bearing U.S. 1c. and 2c. pair, cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s., "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (9.2) and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (1.2) in blue on reverse, envelope has nick at top left well clear of stamps and markings, fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 2257 U.S. Offices in China, 1895 (29 Sept. and 28 Oct.) envelopes (2) from New Haven to Tientsin via New York and San Francisco, each bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplex, the former showing "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (10.11) in red indicating postage due for North China, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" entry c.d.s. (5.11), and the latter showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (16.12), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (16.12) and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (30.12) in blue on reverse, the first 5c. has small defects at top due to application close to edge of the envelope which also has small tear.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 2258 U.S. Offices in China, 1895 (21 Oct.) envelope from New Haven to Tientsin via New York (21.10) and San Francisco (28.10) bearing U.S. 5c. (straight edge), cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (16.12), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (16.12) and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (30.12), both in blue on reverse, fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 2259 U.S. Offices in China, 1895 (24 Oct.) envelope from New Haven to Tientsin via New York (24.10) and San Francisco (29.10) bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (16.12), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (16.12) and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (30.12), both in blue on reverse, fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 2260 U.S. Offices in China, 1895 (Nov.) envelope from New Haven to Tientsin via New York (11.11) and San Francisco (16.11) bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (16.12), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (16.12) and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (30.12), both in blue on reverse, the 5c. has trivial corner creasing at top right, fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 2261 U.S. Offices in China, 1895 (18 Nov.) envelope from New Haven to Tientsin via New York (18.11) and San Francisco (23.11) bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (30.12), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (31.12) and blue "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (15.1.96), envelope a little roughly opened at right, fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 2262 U.S. Offices in China, 1895 (24 Nov.) envelope from New Haven to Tientsin via New York (25.11) and San Francisco (30.11) bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (30.12), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (31.12) and blue "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (15.1.96), fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 2263 U.S. Offices in China, 1895 (1 Dec.) envelope from New Haven to Tientsin via New York (1.12) and San Francisco (7.12) bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (2.2.96), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (3.2.96) and blue "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (18.2.96?), envelope has vertical tear at top to left of the stamp, fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 2264 U.S. Offices in China, 1895 (8 Dec.) advertising corner card envelope from New Haven to Tientsin via Tacoma (13.12) bearing U.S. 1c. and 2c. pair, cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (14.1.96), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (14.1.96) in brown and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (2.2.96) in blue, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 2265 U.S. Offices in China, 1895 (18 Dec.) envelope from New Haven to Tientsin via San Francisco (23.12) bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (28.1.96), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (28.1.96) and blue "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (12.2.96), fine to very fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 2266 U.S. Offices in China, 1895 (27 Dec.) envelope from New Haven to Tientsin via New York (27.12) and Tacoma (1.1.96) bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (30.1.96), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (30.1.96) and blue "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (12.2.96), fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 2267 U.S. Offices in China, 1896 (10 June-17 Aug.) envelopes (3) from New Haven to Tientsin via New York, San Francisco, and U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai, each bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplexes and showing "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. in red adjacent indicating postage due for North China, fine to very fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 2268 U.S. Offices in China, 1896 (12 Oct. and 16 Nov.) envelopes (2) from New Haven to Tientsin via San Francisco or Tacoma, each bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplex, the former showing "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (29.11) in red indicating postage due for North China, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" entry c.d.s. (22.11), and the latter showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (27.12), and "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (29.12) and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (19.1.97), both in blue on reverse, fine to very fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 2269 U.S. Offices in China, 1896 (26 Oct. and 14 Dec.) envelopes (2) from New Haven to Paotingfu, Tientsin via San Francisco, each bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplex, the former showing "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (2.12) in red indicating postage due for North China, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" entry c.d.s., and the latter showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (14.1.97), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (14.1.97) in brown and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (2.2.97), in blue on reverse, one has negligible cover tear at top well clear of stamps and markings, fine to very fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 2270 U.S. Offices in China, 1896 (30 Oct.) advertising corner card envelope from New Haven to Tientsin via San Francisco (4.11) bearing U.S. 1c. and 2c. pair, cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (10.12), and "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (10.12) and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (27.12), both in blue, very fine and rare, possibly sent on the opening day of the Winter Overland Service.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 2271 U.S. Offices in China, 1896 (2 Nov.) from New Haven to Tientsin via New York (2.11) and San Francisco (7.11) bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (10.12), and "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (10.12) and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (27.12), both in blue, opening tear on front at right well clear of stamp and markings, fine to very fine and rare, possibly sent on the opening day of the Winter Overland Service.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 2272 U.S. Offices in China, 1896 (2 Nov.) from New Haven to Tientsin via New York (2.11) and San Francisco (7.11) bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (10.12), and "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (10.12) and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (27.12), both in blue, opening tear on front at right well clear of stamp and markings, fine to very fine and rare, possibly sent on the opening day of the Winter Overland Service.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
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Lot 2273 U.S. Offices in China, 1896 (21 Nov.) envelope from New Haven to Paotingfu, Tientsin via New York (21.11) and San Francisco (26.11) bearing U.S. 10c. green, cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (29.12), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (29.12) and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (19.1.97) in blue on reverse, fine to very fine double rate.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 2274 U.S. Offices in China, 1896 (30 Dec.) envelope from New Haven to Tientsin via San Francisco (4.1.97) bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplex, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, with "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (5.2.97), "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (6.2.97) in brown and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (20.2.97) in blue on reverse, fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 2275 U.S. Offices in China, 1896 (7-16 Jan.) envelopes (2) from New Haven to Tientsin via Tacoma or San Francisco, each bearing U.S. 5c., cancelled by duplexes, both showing "To Pay" framed h.s. in red adjacent, the 16 Jan. envelope has "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Rec'd" c.d.s. (1.2.97), interestingly the transit times between Shanghai and Tientsin are different, the 7 Jan. envelope shows "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (11.2.97) in brown and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (26.2.97) in blue on reverse, and the 16 Jan. envelope shows "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (16.2.97) in brown and "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (7.3.97) in blue on reverse, fine and interesting pair of envelopes.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$14,950
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Lot 2276 U.S. Offices in China, 1892-94 envelopes (6) from the U.S.A. or Japan to Tientsin bearing various values, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. (2) or "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. in red; also a few others (6) including 1897 envelope from Honolulu to New Haven bearing Hawaii 5c. Mixed condition, with many defective.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$20,700
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Lot 2277 U.S. Offices in China, 1895 envelopes (11) from Japan and the U.S.A. (10) to Tientsin, bearing various values, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. (4) or "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. in red, mixed condition with some defective.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$36,800
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Lot 2278 U.S. Offices in China, 1896 envelopes (65) from New Haven to Tientsin bearing mostly 5c. values, showing "To Pay" framed h.s. (7) or "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. in red, mixed condition with some defective.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$97,750
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Lot 2279 U.S. Offices in China, 1897-98 envelopes (50) from New Haven to Tientsin bearing various values, two show "To Pay" framed h.s. in red, and the others with a fine range of Customs daters for Shanghai and Tientsin (both with "Customs" and "Customs" removed), and dollar daters for both Shanghai and Tientsin, mixed condition, with a number defective, an interesting group for further study.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$115,000
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Lot 2280 China, 1894 (6 Aug.) envelope to Watertown, Mass (19.9) via Tacoma (9.9) bearing on reverse Small Dragons 3ca. pair (small corner fault), cancelled by Peking seal in blue, matching "I.G. of Customs/Peking" double-ring d.s. (6.8) and "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (9.8), and on front U.S. 5c. (straight edge), cancelled by "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/1" duplex (13.8), showing "Missent to Springfield, Mass" unframed h.s. in violet adjacent, the China stamps have some foxed perfs., and the envelope a little crumpled and some ageing around edges, fine and scarce combination. Chan 20.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
  Realized HK$27,600
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Lot 2281 China, 1894 (3 Nov.) from Yokohama to Tientsin (24.11) via Kobe (9.11) bearing Japan Koban 5s., cancelled by c.d.s. and showing "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (24.11) in red adjacent; also 1897 (29 Nov.) envelope to New Haven via Yokohama (11.12) and New York (4.1.98), showing "Tientsin" dollar dater indicating prepayment of postage and bearing Koban 5s. pair, cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s., faults.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 2282 China, 1896-97 envelopes (4) to New Haven bearing Japan Koban 5s. light blue, 5s. light blue pair, 10s. orange-brown, and 10s. orange-brown pair (small corner fault), cancelled by "Tientsin/I.J.P.O." c.d.s., one in violet, a few cover faults, but the stamps and cancellations are very fine. A nice group of rates comprised of different frankings.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 2283 China, 1897 (16 May) envelope (enclosed letter datelined "Paotingfu, May 10 '97") to New Haven (15.6) via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (21.5), Yokohama (27.5) and Vancouver (9.6) bearing 1897 New Currency small figures surcharge on Dowager first printing 5c. on 5ca., cancelled by pakua in blue, matching "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (16.5, type C), in combination with Japan Koban 5s., cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s., small envelope faults at edges due to the flimsy nature of the envelope, fine usage at the 5 cents concessionary rate to the U.S.A. through the Japanese Post Office.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 2284 China, 1897 (29 May) envelope (enclosed letter datelined "Paotingfu, May 25 '97") to New Haven (2.7) via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (2.6), and Yokohama (8.6) bearing 1897 New Currency small figures surcharge on Dowager first printing 5c. on 5ca., cancelled by pakua in blue, matching "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (29.5, type A), in combination with Japan Koban 5s., cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (2.6), stamps have a few small perf. faults and envelope wear at left edge, fine usage at the 5 cents concessionary rate to the U.S.A. through the Japanese Post Office.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$23,000
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Lot 2285 China, 1898 (24 Jan.) envelopes (2) to New Haven (6.3) via Shanghai I.J.P.O. (4.2), Yokohama (12.2) and New York (6.3) bearing Japan Koban 5s. light blue pair and 10s. orange-brown pair respectively, each cancelled by "Tientsin/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. in violet, the stamps have faults, nevertheless very fine strikes. A splendid pair of single and double rate covers to the U.S.A. used on the same day.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 2286 China, 1898 (31 Jan.) envelope to New Haven (18.3) via Shanghai I.J.P.O. (16.2), Yokohama (22.2) and New York (18.3) bearing Japan Koban 5s. (2), cancelled by "Tientsin/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. in violet, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
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Lot 2287 China, 1898 (8 Feb.) envelope to New Haven (18.3) via Shanghai I.J.P.O. (16.2), Yokohama (22.2) and New York (18.3) bearing Japan Koban 5s. (2), cancelled by "Tientsin/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. in violet, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,610
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Lot 2288 China, 1898 (12 May) envelope with "Am. Board N.C. Commission/Paotingfu/North China/Address Tientsin. May 9/98" sender's cachet in violet to New Haven (13.6) via Shanghai I.J.P.O. (20.5) and Yokohama (27.5) bearing Japan Prince Arisugawa 5s. and Koban 5s., boldly cancelled by "Tientsin/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. in violet, showing "TS/T" circular h.s. and "Ctms/T" h.s. both in violet, with "Collect Postage/10 cents" h.s. in black, and U.S. Postage Due 10c. applied on arrival, crayon "25 centimes" endorsement, cover opened by slight trimming at right not affecting stamps, fine and extraordinary Postage Due usage.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 2289 China, 1898 (25 June) envelope to New Haven (25.7) via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (29.6), Yokohama (7.7) and New York (25.7), showing "Tientsin" double-ring orgiin d.s. in blue with "Customs" removed and bearing Japan Prince Arisugawa 5s. (2, faults), cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (30.6); also 1897-98 envelopes (2) to New Haven bearing Prince Arisugawa 5s. pair and single, cancelled by "Tientsin/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. in black and violet respectively, fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 2290 China, 1898 (12 July) envelope with "Am. Board N.C. Commission/Paotingfu/North China/Address Tientsin. July 7/98" sender's cachet in violet to New Haven (15.8) via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (16.7), Yokohama (28.7) and New York (15.8) bearing I.C.P. 10c. pair, cancelled by pakua in blue, matching "Tientsin" dollar dater (12.7), in combination with Japan Koban 5s. (4, one damaged due to application at top left edge of cover), cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (20.7), impressive franking.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 2291 China, 1898 (18 Sept.) envelope with "Am. Board N.C. Commission/Paotingfu/North China/Address Tientsin. Sept. 13/98" sender's cachet in violet to New Haven (20.10) via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (21.9), Yokohama (27.9) and New York (20.10) bearing I.C.P. 10c. pair (tiny corner perf. fault), cancelled by pakua, matching "Tientsin" double-ring d.s. with "Customs" removed, in combination with Japan Koban 10s. (2), cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (22.9), fine double rate cover.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 2292 China, 1898 (18 Sept.) envelope with "Am. Board N.C. Commission/Paotingfu/North China/Address Tientsin. Sept. 13/98" sender's cachet in violet to New Haven (20.10) via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (21.9), Yokohama (27.9) and New York (20.10) bearing I.C.P. 10c. pair and single, cancelled by pakua, matching "Tientsin" double-ring d.s. with "Customs" removed, in combination with Japan Koban 10s. pair and single, cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (22.9), one Japanese adhesive slightly damaged due to application close to edge of the envelope, a fine triple rate cover.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 2293 China, 1899 (13 Mar.) envelope with "Am. Board N.C. Commission/Paotingfu/North China/Address Tientsin. Mar 13 1899" sender's cachet in violet to New Haven (10.4) via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Peking (14.3) and Shanghai (18.3), Yokohama (23.3), and New York (10.4) bearing C.I.P. 10c., cancelled by "Post Office/Paotingfu" tombstone h.s., in combination with Japan Koban 5s. pair, cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (18.3), fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 2294 China, 1899 (13 Mar.) envelope with "Am. Board N.C. Commission/Paotingfu/North China/Address Tientsin. Mar 13 1899" sender's cachet in violet to New Haven (10.4) via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Peking (faint strike) and Shanghai (18.3), Yokohama (23.3), and New York (10.4) bearing C.I.P. 10c. pair, cancelled by "Post Office/Paotingfu" tombstone h.s., in combination with Japan Koban 10s. pair, cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (18.3), fine to very fine double rate franking.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 2295 China, 1899 (13-14 Mar.) envelope with "Am. Board N.C. Commission/Paotingfu/North China/Address Tientsin. Mar 13 1899" sender's cachet in violet to New Haven (23.4) via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Peking (15.3) and Shanghai (20.3), Yokohama (30.3), and New York (23.4) bearing C.I.P. 10c., cancelled by "Post Office/Paotingfu" tombstone h.s., in combination with Japan Koban 5s. pair, cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (23.3), fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 2296 China, 1899 (17 Apr.) envelope to New Haven (23.5) via Imperial P.O. in Tientsin (19.4 dollar dater in blue) and Shanghai (28.4), Yokohama (4.5) and New York (23.5), showing "Post Office/Paotingfu" tombstone h.s., in combination with Japan Koban 10s. with framed "I.P.O." tie-print in blue and "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (28.4), very fine and rare first month usage of the "I.P.O." tie-print.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 2297 China, 1899 (24 Apr.) envelope with "Am. Board N.C. Commission/Paotingfu/North China/Address Tientsin. Apr 24 1899" sender's cachet in violet to New Haven (3.6) via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Tientsin (27.4 dollar dater in blue) and Shanghai (1.5), Yokohama (11.5), and New York (3.6), showing "Post Office/Paotingfu" tombstone h.s., in combination with Japan Koban 10s. with framed "I.P.O." tie-print in blue and "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (4.5), very fine and scarce tie-print usage of the Japanese Post Office on a double rate cover.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 2298 China, 1899 (30 Apr.) envelope with "Am. Board N.C. Commission/Paotingfu/North China/Address Tientsin. Apr 30 1899" sender's cachet in violet to New Haven (6.6) via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (8.5), Yokohama (15.5), and New York (6.6), showing "Post Office/Paotingfu" tombstone h.s., in combination with Japan Koban 10s. with framed "I.P.O." tie-print in blue and "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (8.5), fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 2299 China, 1899 (12 July) native envelope with "Am. Board N.C. Commission/Paotingfu/North China/Address Tientsin. Jul 8 1899" sender's cachet in violet to New Haven via Chinese Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (17.7), Yokohama, and New York (14.8) bearing C.I.P. 10c. (blunt corner), cancelled by "Tientsin" c.d.s. in blue, in combination with Japan Koban 5s. (2) with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (18.7), fine and scarce tie-print usage of the Japanese Post Office.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 2300 China, 1886-1905, the outstanding postal history balance of envelopes (20) with an excellent range of frankings, usages, and markings, condition is mixed with a number defective, also included are some twenty contemporary photographs of Dr. Noble, his religious followers, missionary colleagues, some of those murdered during the Boxer Rebellion, and residences presenting a fascinating picture of the period from Paoting.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$32,200
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Lot 2301 Shanghai, 1894 (22 Oct.) envelope from Shanghai to Tientsin (26.10), showing "Forwarded by/Astor House" oval d.s. in violet and "Paid" circular h.s. of Shanghai Local Post in red, with "Shanghai/Local Post/G" c.d.s. and "Customs/Tientsin" arrival double-ring d.s., both in blue, on reverse, rare example of mail originating in the Shanghai Local Post system and then transferred to the Customs Post in North China.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 2302 Shanghai, 1894 (22 Oct.) envelope from Shanghai to Paotingfu (26.10), showing "Forwarded by/Astor House" oval d.s. in violet and "Paid" circular h.s. of Shanghai Local Post in red, with "Shanghai/Local Post/G" c.d.s. and "Customs/Tientsin" arrival double-ring d.s., both in blue, on reverse, rare example of mail originating in the Shanghai Local Post system and then transferred to the Customs Post in North China.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$11,500
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