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Sale 78

Asian Stamps & Postal History


1897 New Currency Surcharges
 
 
 

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Lot 112 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Small Dragon 1ca. on 1ca. green, Setting VI, Pane 2, block of twelve (4 x 3) with interpane margin at left and sheet margins at right, clear colour and impression, unused with much original gum which has toned the paper, a few split and reinforced perfs. Chan 31.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 113 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Small Dragon 1c. on 1ca. green, Setting VI, double pane of forty with sheet margins at both sides and top, Pane 1 position 10 [1] shows broken frames at top left and lower left, position 11 [12] is the smaller size cliché and position 13 [4b] shows two frame breaks at right and surcharge "1" over "e" of "cent", and Pane 2 position 1 [8] has rounded lower left corner, position 15 has the 4mm. surcharge spacing variety and position 16 [3] has frame breaks below "N" of "candarin, good colour, well centred, unused with part original gum which is mostly dried into the paper, folded and partly split along perfs. in interpanneau margin, toned. A scarce surviving complete sheet. Chan 31, a, b, c, d, e.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$32,200
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Lot 114 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Small Dragon 5c. on 5ca. olive-yellow, Setting IV, double pane of forty with sheet margins at both sides and top, Pane 1 position 16 [2b] rounded lower right corner and position 20 [1] broken upper left frame, and Pane 2 position 3 [4] broken "N" plate varieties and position 12 [3] with rounded upper right corner, good colour, well centred, overall fine unused with much original gum, a few slight tones mainly on the gum. An excellent surviving complete sheet. Chan 33, a, b, c.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000
  Realized HK$80,500
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Lot 115 China, 1897 Large Surcharge on Small Dragon 1c. on 1ca. to 5c. on 5ca., bright colours, well centred, fine and fresh unused with part original gum. Chan 34-36.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 116 China, 1897 Large Surcharge on Small Dragon 1c. on 1ca. to 5c. on 5ca., deep bright colours, well centred, fine unused with much original gum which has light even toning. Chan 34-36.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 117 China, 1897 Large Surcharge on Small Dragon 1c. on 1ca. to 5c. on 5ca., the 2c. on 3ca. has surcharge misplaced to top, good colours, fine unused with much original gum, the 2c. on 3ca. has a few blunt perfs. at foot and the 5c. on 5ca. is lightly toned from the gum. Chan 34-36.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 118 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., deep bright colours, fine and fresh unused with much original gum, the 10c. on 6ca. has light uniform toning and the 10c. on 12ca. has blunt perfs. at lower right. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 119 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., bright colours, well centred, fine and fresh unused with small part to much original gum, the 10c. on 9ca. has diagonal crease. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 120 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., vivid colours, well centred, fine and fresh unused with small part to much original gum, the 10c. on 9ca. has central horizontal crease. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 121 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., good colours, well centred, fine unused with much original gum, the 30c. on 24ca. is the variety "30" 3.5mm. below Chinese characters but has minute inclusion speck and small paper hinge remainders. Chan 37-46a.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 122 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., excellent colours, well centred, mainly fine unused with much original gum, the 10c. on 6ca. and 10c. on 9ca. have some foxed perfs., and the 10c. on 12ca. has a tiny toned adherence on reverse just showing through to front. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 123 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., with additional shades of 1c. on 1ca., 4c. on 4ca. (2) and 10c. on 6ca., bright colours, well centred, unused with much original gum, the 10c. on 12ca. toned at foot and the 30c. on 24ca. has faint toning at lower right corner, otherwise fine. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 124 /() China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., fine appearance unused with small part to much original gum (the ½c. on 3ca. without gum), some small tones or slight imperfections. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 125 /() China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., of fine appearance unused without gum (the 2c. on 2ca. to 8c. on 6ca. with original gum), the 30c. on 24ca. has light uniform toning. Chan 37-46.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 126 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow, Plate B, double pane of forty with sheet margin at top, the right Pane position 15 is the variety "½" 3.5mm. below Chinese characters, fine to very fine and fresh unused with practically full original gum, two stamps in first vertical row have tones. Chan 37, a.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 127 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow, variety "½" 3.5mm. below Chinese characters, fine unused with much original gum, hinge remainder. Chan 37a.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
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Lot 128 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow, block of eight (4 x 2) with interpane margin at left, third stamp in top row (position 15) is the variety "½" 3.5mm. below Chinese characters, very fine and fresh mint. Chan 37, a.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 129 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow, block of six (2 x 3) with interpane margin at right, top left basic stamp showing retouched "3" and stamp below it shows surcharge variety "½" over "e" of "cent.", fine unused with large part original gum which is a little toned, perfs. trimmed at foot not affecting the varieties. Chan 37, d, g.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200


Expertisation: B.P.A. certificate (2016).
  Realized HK$1,150
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Lot 130 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow with sheet margin at top, variety fraction bar and "2" of "½" omitted, Plate B, Pane 1, fine to very fine unused with much original gum. Chan 37i.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,610
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Lot 131 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow horizontal pair from the top left corner of the sheet, left stamp variety fraction bar and "2" of "½" omitted, Plate B, Pane 1, fine to very fine mint, mounted in margin only, pencil notations in left margin. Chan 37, i.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 132 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow, two vertical pairs, both variety imperforate between, originally forming a block of four, surcharges misplaced downwards, lower right stamp also shows broken character "Yin" in surcharge, typical centring to foot, fine unused with part to large part original gum, left pair has small thin in margin at top and right pair has short perf. and tone spot at foot. A remarkable and stunning item. Chan 37l, m.
Estimate HK$ 70,000 - 90,000


Provenance: Left vertical pair
M.D. Chow, Sotheby's (Hong Kong), 29.4.1996, lot 239
M.F. Huang, Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 21.6.2003, lot 178.
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Lot 133 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow, horizontal strip of four with sheet margin at left, 3rd stamp shows surcharge variety "½" over "e" of "cent.", on piece, cancelled by Nanking or Wuhu pakua in brown, fine to very fine. Chan 37, d.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$920
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Lot 134 o China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow horizontal pair, left basic stamp showing retouched "3", centrally cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (18.2.97) in brown, and ½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow horizontal pair, left stamp variety fraction bar and "2" of "½" omitted, cancelled by "Customs/Canton" double-ring d.s., both pairs are cancelled on Feb. 18 1897, fine to very fine. Chan 37, g, i.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 135 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 1c. on 1ca. vermilion, Plate C, double pane of forty with sheet margins at top and left, Panes 1 and 2, Pane 1 position 10 shows Arabic "1" of surcharge with top serif missing, excellent colour, well centred, fine unused with much original gum, one stamp in bottom row has perfs. trimmed at foot, a few trivial adherences on reverse. Chan 38.
Estimate HK$ 9,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 136 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 1c. on 1ca. vermilion, variety surcharge inverted, usual pale colour, good appearance unused with much gum which may not be original, irregularly separated perfs. (trimmed) in large margin at left and gummed over 5mm. sealed tear at top (not mentioned on accompanying certificate). An acceptable spacefiller of this rare variety, particularly so unused. Chan 38d.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000


Expertisation: R.P.S. certificate (2009).

Provenance: Quintin Tan Kok Tin, Spink (Hong Kong), 21.1.2007, lot 112.
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 137 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 2c. on 2ca. green, watermark inverted and reversed, Plate C, double pane of forty with sheet margin at left and interpane margin at right, bright colour, well centred with intact perforations, fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum. Chan 39.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 138 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 2c. on 2ca. green, block of nineteen with interpane margin at right, representing a complete pane less the lower left stamp, fresh colour, fine unused with much original gum, light tones on perfs. Chan 39.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 139 o China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 2c. on 2ca. green, variety "2" 3.5mm. below Chinese characters, cancelled by Imperial Post Office oval dater leaving variety clear, fine, weak lower left corner perf. Chan 39a.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
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Lot 140 o China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 2c. on 2ca. green, showing "2" of surcharge over "en" of "cents.", cancelled by Peking dollar dater (May 99), fine, minute pinhole at top. Chan 39b.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
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Lot 141 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 4c. on 4ca. rose-pink, variety "4" 3.5mm. below Chinese characters, basic stamp showing plate variety two dots below "Cn" missing, well centred unused with much original gum, toned. Chan 40c.
Estimate HK$ 500 - 600
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 142 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 4c. on 4ca. rose-pink, variety surcharge double, distinct clearly visible doubling of the surcharge throughout, bright colour, well centred, on small piece, cancelled by large part "Imperial Post Office/Whampoa" double-ring h.s. with "18.3.97" date inserted in manuscript, very fine. A rare and significant variety, especially so with this cancellation. Chan 40f.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000


Provenance: Sir Percival David, Robson Lowe (London), 13.11.1969, lot 2062
Marcello Mochi, Christie's Swire (Hong Kong), 26.10.1993, lot 1946
M.F. Huang, Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 21.6.2003, lot 201.

References: Chen Shih-Jen, ed., Empress Dowager Jubilee and its Surcharge. 110 Anniversary of Empress Dowager Jubilee Issue (2004), pp. 296-300.

LESS THAN 35 EXAMPLES OF THIS VARIETY HAVE BEEN RECORDED TO DATE.

Of the one sheet of forty stamps (double pane) produced with this error, only twenty stamps (one pane) have a clearly visible double surcharge.
  Realized HK$74,750
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Lot 143 o China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 4c. on 4ca. rose-pink vertical pair, variety imperforate between, pale colour, centred just to left within wide margins, cancelled by practically complete pakua in brown, horizontal crease in margin between the stamps and the lower stamp also has light central horizontal crease, nevertheless fine and a rare variety. Chan 40g.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000


Provenance: Sir David Roseway, Robson Lowe (London), 12.11.1963, lot 163
Dr. Warren G. Kauder, Robson Lowe (London), 10.11.1971, lot 327
Quintin Tan Kok Tin, Spink (Hong Kong), 21.1.2007, lot 124.

LESS THAN FIVE PAIRS HAVE BEEN RECORDED, OF WHICH THIS IS THE ONLY USED EXAMPLE OF THIS VARIETY.
  Realized HK$92,000
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Lot 144 o China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 4c. on 4ca. rose-pink horizontal pair, variety imperforate between, cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Jan 2 1897" (day of issue) in blue, nice clear colour, characteristic centring to lower right, light uniform toning, otherwise very fine and appealing. Chan 40h.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000


Provenance: Dr. Warren G. Kauder, Robson Lowe (London), 10.11.1971, lot 327
"Renaissance", Michael Rogers (Winter Park), 20.3.1999, lot 127.

APPROXIMATELY TEN IMPERFORATE BETWEEN PAIRS ARE KNOWN TO DATE.
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Lot 145 o China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 5c. on 5ca. dull orange vertical pair, variety imperforate between, rich colour, well centred, cancelled by "Customs/Swatow" double-ring d.s. of "May 17 97", light creasing including neat horizontal crease between stamps and light toning, fine to very fine example of this rare variety. Chan 41c.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000


Provenance: Sir Percival David, Robson Lowe (London), 12.11.1963, lot 165.

IN TOTAL, THERE ARE LESS THAN A DOZEN EXAMPLES KNOWN OF THIS VARIETY, OF WHICH NINE ARE USED.
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Lot 146 o China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 8c. on 6ca. brown, variety "8" 3.5mm. below Chinese characters, cancelled by pakua, fine appearance, slight thinning at foot and pulled perf. there as well, fine. Chan 42c.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
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Lot 147 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 8c. on 6ca. chocolate horizontal pair with imperforate interpane margin at right (12mm., showing trace of watermark at far right), fine and fresh unused with much original gum, toned spot in interpane margin. Chan 42aj.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


Provenance: M.F. Huang, Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 21.6.2003, lot 209.
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 148 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 8c. on 6ca. brown vertical strip of three, variety imperforate between, good colour, well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, two tones at top left and lower left of no consequence to this outstanding variety. Chan 42g.
Estimate HK$ 35,000 - 40,000
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Lot 149 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 8c. on 6ca. brown vertical strip of three, variety imperforate between, of fine and fresh appearance unused with much original gum, a few short or transparent perfs. at top and a few foxed perfs. at foot, a highly appealing example of this very popular variety. Chan 42g.
Estimate HK$ 28,000 - 32,000


Expertisation: Signed Peter Holcombe in pencil.

Provenance: "Ming", Corinphila (Zurich), 25.3.87, lot 4851.
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Lot 150 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 6ca. brown, Plate C, double pane of forty with sheet margins at top and right, Panes 3 and 4, fine unused with part to much original gum which has been irregularly applied as usual, a few split perfs. in sheet margin at right, top right vertical pair has minor smudging on reverse and the first three stamps in the lower row have trimmed perfs. Chan 43.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
  Realized HK$23,000
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Lot 151 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 6ca. brown, vertical strip of three from the top right corner of the sheet, top pair variety imperforate between, nice colour, unused with much original gum, gum tones which just affect appearance from front, nevertheless a fine and striking positional piece with this variety. Chan 43c.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000


Provenance: Richard Canman, Stanley Gibbons (London), 19.10.1972, lot 540.

Probably only two sheets with this variety were surcharged, thereby yielding sixteen pairs.
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Lot 152 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 9ca. bright green, variety surcharge double, position 9, exemplificative colour, well centred just to top left, fine unused with much original gum, light vertical creasing in margin at right. A splendid example of this great rarity. Chan 44f.
Estimate HK$ 300,000 - 400,000


References: Tony T.W. Kwan, "Small Figure Double Surcharge 10 Cents on Empress Dowager 9 Candarins Stamp", Asian Philatelist, Vol. 5 (Oct. 2014), pp. 29-34. Illustrated.

ONLY ONE PANE OF TWENTY WAS PRODUCED WITH THIS ERROR, AND ALL TWENTY POSITIONS HAVE NOW BEEN IDENTIFIED.
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Lot 153 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 9ca. green horizontal pair, right stamp has missing "ce" of "cents." in surcharge, furthermore the vertical perforating pins have not punctured the paper resulting in blind vertical perforations giving the impression that the pair is imperforate vertically, perfs. also trimmed at left as a consequence, there is a crease in vertical row between stamps, fine and fresh unused with much original gum. A remarkable combination of varieties. Chan 44var.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000


Auction Record
Sotheby's and Corinphila (Hong Kong), 13.5.1999, lot 264.
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 154 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 12ca. brown-orange block of four, lower right stamp shows the broken character "Yin" in the surcharge, superb colour and ideal centring, fine to very fine mounted mint. A flawless block with the variety. Chan 45g.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 155 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 12ca. brown-orange vertical pair, variety imperforate horizontally, of very good appearance unused with much original gum (toned), colour heavily oxidised. Chan 45c.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 156 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 12ca. brown-orange, a splendid vertical strip of three from the top left corner of the sheet, showing marginal "guide cross" at left, variety imperforate horizontally and in top sheet margin, fine unused with much original gum, horizontal creasing in sheet margin at top and small tone spot at right affects two perfs. A striking positional piece with this variety. Chan 45e var.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000


Provenance: Ellery Denison, Christie's Robson Lowe (Zurich), 23.11.1988, lot 1044
Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Sotheby's and Corinphila (Hong Kong), 14.5.1998, lot A104
M.F. Huang, Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 21.6.2003, lot 235.
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Lot 157 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 30c. on 24ca. rose-carmine horizontal pair, deep rich colour, particularly well centred, very fine and choice mint. Chan 46.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 158 China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 30c. on 24ca. rose-carmine block of four, lower left stamp is the variety "30" 3.5mm. below Chinese characters and the lower right stamp shows plate variety on "Cn", fresh bright colour, well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, a few irregular perfs. at lower left. A striking multiple with these varieties. Chan 46, a, var.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
  Realized HK$48,300
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Lot 159 /() China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 1c. on 1ca., 2c. on 2ca., and 5c. on 5ca., fine unused, the 2c. on 2ca. (light peripheral gum tones) and 5c. on 5ca. with much original gum. Chan 48, 49, 51.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 160 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 1c. on 1ca. reddish orange, fine unused with part to large part original gum, hinge remainders. Chan 48.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,265
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Lot 161 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 2c. on 2ca. green, lightly cancelled by pakua, central horizontal crease and also corner crease at top right, otherwise fine. Chan 49.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
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Lot 162 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 8c. on 6ca. chocolate vertical pair, fresh bright colour, blind perfs. along horizontal row of perfs. between stamps, unused with practically full original gum, bottom stamp has tiny paper flaw in lower left margin coinciding with the watermark, otherwise very fine. Chan 52.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000


Expertisation: Signed Livingston in pencil.

Provenance: J. King Horner, Christie's Robson Lowe (Zurich), 7.5.1986, lot 2176
Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Sotheby's and Corinphila (Hong Kong), 12.11.1998, lot B97.
  Realized HK$29,900
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Lot 163 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 9ca. bright green, excellent colour, well centred within large margins, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 53.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 164 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 9ca. bright green, fresh unused with much original gum, perfs. trimmed at foot. Chan 53.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 165 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 12ca. brown-orange with interpane margin at left, surcharge applied toward top, deep bright colour, well centred just to top right with wide margins on the other two sides, very fine and wonderfully fresh unused with practically full original gum, light crayon numeral on reverse of no consequence. A notable example of this great rarity, and, irrefutably, among the finest examples extant. Chan 54.
Estimate HK$ 400,000 - 500,000


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

THIS IS THE ONLY MARGINAL EXAMPLE OF THE "GOLDEN DRAGON" RECORDED TO DATE. FROM DETAILED STUDY BY NEILL GRANGER (COPY OF REPORT, 28 JANUARY 2006, ACCOMPANIES THE LOT), THIS EXAMPLE APPEARS TO JOIN THAT FROM THE SIR PERCIVAL DAVID COLLECTION (ROBSON LOWE, 22.7.1970, LOT 152, ACQUIRED BY QUINTIN TAN KOK TIN, WHO THEN SOLD IT TO HIS FRIEND WILSON TE, WHO EVENTUALLY SOLD IT IN ZURICH ASIA, 18.3.2006, LOT 617) TO HAVE ORIGINALLY FORMED A HORIZONTAL PAIR. THE ABOVE ILLUSTRATION SHOWS THE TWO STAMPS SIDE-BY-SIDE TO DEMONSTRATE THIS IMPORTANT FACT.

There are less than ten unused examples which today's leading experts and specialists would unanimously accept as being the genuine "Golden Dragon". Of these, three either have a straight edge or are reperforated at foot.

The "Golden Dragon" ranks among the rarest unused stamps not only of the 1897 New Currency Dowager surcharges, but also of all China. Of the Dowager surcharges, the rarest unused stamp is the large figures 1.5mm setting on Dowager first printing 2c. on 2ca. green ("Emerald Lady"), of which only two examples are recorded. Next comes the "Golden Dragon", which is, in fact, far rarer in unused condition than the large figures 1.5mm setting on Dowager first printing 30c. on 24ca. ("Red Ruby"), which is only known in unused condition.

The only recorded unused multiple was the famous block of four from the Dr. Warren G. Kauder collection, which was purchased by Lyons Livingston at the Robson Lowe auction in 1971, but this was lost in an airplane crash from Bangkok to Hong Kong, in which Livingston also perished.
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Lot 166 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 12ca. brown-orange, lovely exemplificative colour, near perfect centring, centrally cancelled by light "Customs/Ningpo" double-ring d.s. of "May 1 97" in brown, fine to very fine and an absolutely wonderful example of this rare stamp. Chan 54.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000
  Realized HK$32,200
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Lot 167 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 12ca. brown-orange, definitive first printing colour, centred within good margins with unusually large margin at right, characteristically cancelled by "Customs/Ningpo" double-ring d.s. of "May 12 97" in brown, small corner crease in top left margin, fine to very fine example of this rare stamp. Chan 54.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
  Realized HK$29,900
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Lot 168 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 12ca. brown-orange, characteristic first printing colour in a deep shade, well centred, cancelled by "Customs/Soochow" double-ring d.s. of July 1897 in brown, fine example of this rare stamp, especially with the Soochow Customs dater. Chan 54.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000
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Lot 169 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 12ca. brown-orange, deep colour, well centred, cancelled by part dollar dater in brown, fine. Chan 54.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
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Lot 170 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 30c. on 24ca. rose-carmine, bright colour, well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum. Chan 55.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 171 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 30c. on 24ca. rose-carmine, lustrous colour, well centred, fine unused with much original gum, light paper hinge remainder. Chan 55.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 172 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 30c. on 24ca. rose-carmine block of four, excellent colour and centring, fine unused with much original gum which is toned, folded along central vertical row of perfs. and lower left stamp has slight surface scuff. Chan 55.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000


Provenance: Paul Hock, Christie's Robson Lowe (Zurich), 19.10. 1983, lot 237
"Ming", Corinphila (Zurich), 29.9.1998, lot 4204.
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Lot 173 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., deep rich colours, well centred, mainly fine and fresh unused with small part to much original gum, the 30c. on 24ca. has a few clipped perfs. at top left and paper adherences. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 174 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca. (small sheet margin at foot), deep colours, well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 175 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., bright fresh colours, well centred, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, the 10c. on 12ca. has tiny nick between perfs. in top margin. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 176 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., good colours, mostly well centred, fine unused with part to much original gum. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 177 /() China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., good colours, mostly well centred, fine unused with much original gum, the 30c. on 24ca. (centred to top right) is without gum. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 178 /() China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca., good colours, mostly well centred, fine unused with large part to much original gum, the 8c. on 6ca. is regummed. Chan 56-64.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 179 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 1c. on 1ca. to 30c. on 24ca., brilliant colours, excellent centring, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, the 10c. on 9ca. has inconsequential corner bend at lower right. Chan 57-64.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 180 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. yellow double pane of forty with imperforate margin at left (5mm.) and small sheet or interpane margins at top and right, fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 56, h.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 181 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. yellow horizontal pair from the top right corner of the sheet, misperforated vertically and horizontally resulting in large margin at top and "cent." of surcharge largely missing, fine unused with much original gum, light gum tones on reverse. Chan 56var.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 182 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. yellow, misperforated horizontally, resulting in "cent." of surcharge showing at top, fine to very fine unused with much original gum. Chan 56var.
Estimate HK$ 600 - 800
  Realized HK$1,093
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Lot 183 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. yellow horizontal strip of four with sheet margin at right and interpane margin at left, misperforated horizontally, resulting in "cent." of surcharge showing at top, fine to very fine unused with much original gum. Chan 56var.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 184 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. yellow vertical strip of three with interpane margin at right, from Pane 3, positions 4/8/12, position 8 is the variety "t" in "cent." omitted, fine unused with large part to much original gum, central stamp has large hinge remainder, also a few stray red marks on reverse of bottom stamp. F.Z. Chun guarantee handstamps in margin. Chan 56, b.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 185 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. yellow horizontal pair with interpane margin at right, from Pane 3, positions 7-8, position 8 is the variety "t" in "cent." omitted, cancelled by "Shanghai" dollar dater of "17 Mar 98" leaving variety clear, very fine, centrally reinforced. Chan 56, b.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 186 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. yellow block of four with interpane margin at right, from Pane 3, positions 7-8/11-12, position 8 variety "t" of "cent." omitted, centrally cancelled by "Shanghai" dollar dater of "17 Mar 98", very fine. Chan 56, b.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 187 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. yellow vertical pair, variety imperforate between, fine and fresh unused with practically full original gum, light horizontal crease. Chan 56c.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
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Lot 188 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. yellow vertical pair with small sheet or interpane margin at right, variety imperforate horizontally, the lower stamp also has surcharge variety broken character "Yin", fine and fresh unused with much original gum, paper hinge remainder at top. Chan 56d, i.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000


Provenance: Major James Starr, Sotheby's (London), 12.11.1991, lot 485.
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Lot 189 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. yellow vertical pair, variety imperforate horizontally, cancelled by part "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. in brown, fine. Chan 56d.
Estimate HK$ 9,000 - 12,000
  Unsold
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Lot 190 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing ½c. on 3ca. yellow vertical strip of three with interpane margin at right and sheet margin at top, variety imperforate horizontally and in sheet margin, centre stamp shows distorted "t" in "cent." surcharge, very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, small hinge remainder in margin at top. Chan 56eii, var.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 191 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 1c. on 1ca. salmon-red pane of twenty with imperforate margin at top (5-7mm.), sheet margin at left and interpane margin at right, perfs. trimmed at foot, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, the top left stamp has paper adherence on reverse. Chan 57var.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 192 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 1c. on 1ca. salmon-red from the right of the sheet, misperforated with only half of stamp design showing and imperforate at right, very good to fine unused with much original gum. F.Z. Chun guarantee handstamp. Chan 57var.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 193 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 1c. on 1ca. salmon-red vertical pair, showing partial offset of surcharge on reverse, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 57var.; Spec. NL2var.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000


Provenance: Major James Starr, Sotheby's (London), 12.9.1991, lot 497
Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Sotheby's and Corinphila (Hong Kong), 13.5.1999, lot C70.
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 194 o China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 1c. on 1ca. salmon-red, variety basic stamp with lower left bat omitted, cancelled by pakua in blue, light red discolouration affecting variety, otherwise fine and rare. Chan 57a.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
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Lot 195 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 1c. on 1ca. salmon-red interpanneau block of sixteen (4 x 4) with sheet margin at top (small defect in selvedge at top), variety second vertical row of stamps with imperforate right gutter margin, fine and fresh unused with much original gum, a few gum creases; also 2c. on 2ca. dull yellow-green interpanneau block of ten (5 x 2), mint, a few faults including splitting. Chan 57, g, 58.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 196 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 2c. on 2ca. yellow-green double pane of forty with sheet margin at left and interpane margin at right, Panes 1 and 2, very good appearance unused with much original gum, toned. Chan 58.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 197 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 2c. on 2ca. yellow-green, pane of twenty from the top right corner of the sheet, positions 1-2-3 show "cents." of surcharge largely or partly omitted, fine unused with much original gum, one stamp has small paper adherence on reverse. Chan 58, var.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 198 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 2c. on 2ca. dull yellow-green, variety surcharge misplaced horizontally, fine unused with much original gum. Chan 58e.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 199 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 2c. on 2ca. dull yellow-green block of four from the left of the pane, spectacularly misperforated diagonally, on piece, centrally cancelled by "Shanghai" dollar dater of "25 Jun 97" in brown, very fine and a striking misperforation variety. Chan 58var.; Spec. NL3var.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000


Provenance: Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Sotheby's and Corinphila (Hong Kong), 12.11.1998, lot B84.
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Lot 200 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 4c. on 4ca. pale rose block of four, fine and fresh unused with much original gum, the lower left stamp has small surface scuff affecting surcharge character "Yin". Chan 59.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
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Lot 201 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 4c. on 4ca. pale rose horizontal pair, variety imperforate between, lovely bright colour on fresh white paper, centred just to top left, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum. A choice example of this rare variety. Chan 59e.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000


Provenance: "Twyste", Spink (Hong Kong), 20.11.2005, lot 1060.
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Lot 202 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 8c. on 6ca. red-brown block of four, lovely colour, particularly well centred, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, slight backing paper adherence at lower right, a scarce and desirable block. Chan 61.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$14,950
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Lot 203 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 10c. on 12c. orange-yellow block of four, lower right stamp shows non-constant surcharge variety partly broken "1" of "10", fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 63.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 204 China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 2nd printing 30c. on 24ca. deep rose-red, showing unusual non-constant surcharge variety break in centre of "30" Arabic numeral, as well as break in lower horizontal stroke of Chinese "Three", good colour, near perfect centring, light vertical crease, otherwise very fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 64var.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 205 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing ½c. on 3ca., 1c. on 1ca., 4ca. on 4ca., 5c. on 5ca. and 10c. on 9ca., bright fresh colours, fine unused with much original gum, the 10c. on 9ca. has a few faintly toned perfs. at top. Chan 65, 66, 68, 68, 71.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 206 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 4c. on 4ca. rose-pink block of four, very fine and fresh mint, lower pair unmounted. Chan 68.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 207 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 12ca. brown-orange, good colour, well centred, fine unused with much original gum, a few slightly irregular perfs. at left. Chan 72.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 208 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing ½c. on 3ca. pale chrome-yellow pane of twenty, fine unused with much original gum, one perf. at right has small black mark and the perfs. in large margin at foot have been trimmed. Chan 74.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 209 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing ½c. on 3ca. pale chrome-yellow, block of twelve (4 x 3), 2nd stamp in second row and 1st stamp in third row each show English surcharge only partly printed, also last stamp in second row is the "½" over "n" surcharge variety, fine unused with much original gum, a couple of minute adherences on reverse. Chan 74, c, var.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 210 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing ½c. on 3ca. deep chrome-yellow horizontal pair with sheet margin at right, variety misperforated vertically and horizontally at foot (large margin there), fine to very fine and fresh mint. Chan 74var.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,495
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Lot 211 China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 3rd printing ½c. on 3ca. pale chrome-yellow, horizontal strip of four with large interpane margin at top and sheet margin at right, variety misperforated vertically and horizontally at foot (large margin there), fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 74var.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$3,220
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