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1897 Red Revenues
 
 
 

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Lot 246 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 16, deep bright colour, centred just to top left, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, hinge remainder. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 247 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 10, with characteristic inking of surcharge frame at sides of the "Dah", deep bright colour, well centred, fine to very fine mint. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 248 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 11, good colour, fine appearance unused with part original gum which is disturbed in places causing transparent gum soaks to lower row of perf. tips. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$2,070
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Lot 249 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, horizontal pair, positions 13-14, bright colour, near perfect centring on white paper, left stamp with much original gum and tiny inclusion, the right stamp is very fine unmounted mint, folded along central row of perfs. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 250 China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 21, wonderfully fresh bright colour on pristine white paper, near perfect centring, very fine unused with much original gum, slight surcharge offset on reverse and the few usual gum skips. An exquisite example of this rare stamp. Chan 85.
Estimate HK$ 200,000 - 250,000


This was the third value in the surcharging sequence to be issued, with the top row of Chinese characters from the large $1 surcharge retained and the original surcharge setting of twenty-five containing these characters rearranged in a more or less transposed forme.

Only two sheets of one hundred were surcharged in panes of twenty-five, resulting in two hundred stamps being so surcharged. One pane of twenty-five received the surcharge in both violet and black (double surcharge).
  Realized HK$230,000
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Lot 251 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 1, deep rich colour on brilliant white paper, exceptional centring within extraordinarily large even margins, very fine unused with much original gum, two hinge remainders. A record example and a gem for the connoisseur. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 252 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 18, surcharge misplaced to right, clear colour, fine unused with part original gum, paper hinge and adherences on reverse. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,990
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Lot 253 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 13, clear colour, centred just to top left, fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,185
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Lot 254 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 18, surcharge misplaced to foot, fine and fresh mint, lightly hinged. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 255 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 15, large box of Chinese character, good colour, well centred, fine unused with much original gum, lightly foxed perfs. at top. Chan 87a.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 256 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, a complete pane of twenty-five (5 x 5), from the top right corner of the sheet with selvedge on two sides showing sheet number "1858", representing the complete setting with the constant varieties, positions 6, 15 and 16 large box of central character, position 5 crack on right side of central character "One", and position 25 "one cent" 3mm. below Chinese character, good colour on white paper, well centred, one stamp at top has small thin and two stamps in the lower row are also thinned, some buckling along foot of vertical row of perfs. between the first and second stamps, mainly fine unused with much original gum, faint tones on gum and the usual skips. A splendid pane. Chan 87, a, b, d.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000


Provenance: "Sun", Matthew Bennett (New York), 23.6.2001, lot 1572.
  Realized HK$207,000
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Lot 257 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c., 2c. on 3c. and 4c. on 3c., fine appearance unused with large part to much original gum, the 1c. on 3c. has album offset on reverse, the 2c. on 3c. has a small corner crease at lower right and the 4c. on 3c. has the faintest trace of foxing at top right corner, nevertheless a nice trio. Chan 87-89.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 258 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 24, deep bright colour on fresh white paper, well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, light creased corner perf. at lower right. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 259 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 6, deep colour, well centred, fine appearance unused with part original gum, paper hinge and adherences on reverse. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 260 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, block of fifteen (3 x 5) representing the first three vertical rows of the Setting of twenty-five, positions 1-2-3/6-7-8/11-12-13/16-17-18/21-22-23, well centred, very good to fine appearance unused with much original gum, colour a little dull and unfresh, folded horizontally along perfs. between 2nd and 3rd row of stamps. A scarce multiple. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000
  Realized HK$74,750
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Lot 261 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 4, bright colour, choice centring, fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 262 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 6, bright colour, well centred, fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 263 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, block of twenty representing the top four horizontal rows of the Setting of twenty-five, positions 1-2-3-4-5/6-7-8-9-10/11-12-13-14-15/16-17-18-19-20, clear bright colour on bright white paper, well centred, very fine and of the quintessential freshness unused with much original gum, usual gum skips and a few negligible tone specks on gum. A wonderful multiple. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 250,000 - 300,000
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Lot 264 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, excellent colour and centring, neatly cancelled by dollar dater in blue, fine to very fine. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 265 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, centrally cancelled by complete Amoy dollar dater in brown, fine to very fine. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 266 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, cancelled by pakua, fine. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 267 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 4, fresh colour, centred just to right, fine unused with part original gum, two tiny inconsequential specks of extraneous gum, fine to very fine. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 268 o China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 13, bright fresh colour, centred to upper right, cancelled by part dollar dater, fine. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 269 China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $5 on 3c. red, position 24, with sheet margin at foot, good sustained colour, centred to lower left with large margin at top and particularly enormous margin at right, fine unused with much gum which is not original. A very rare and highly desirable sheet margin example. Chan 91.
Estimate HK$ 200,000 - 250,000


Only a small number of examples of the $5 on 3c. with sheet margin have survived.
  Realized HK$299,000
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Lot 270 o China, Selections : 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. (3) and large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. (3), 2c. on 3c. (4), and 4c. on 3c., cancelled by Customs double-ring d.s., pakua, dollar dater or bilingual c.d.s., very good to fine appearance, small faults. Chan 84, 87-89.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 271 o China, An used selection of 1897 Red Revenue horizontal pairs, comprising small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. pairs (2, one with "Kiukiang" dollar dater, light tones), and large figures surcharges 1c. on 3c. pair, 2c. on 3c. pairs (5, two are toned), and 4c. on 3c. pair (centrally cancelled by "Shanghai" dollar dater in blue), all cancelled by Customs or dollar daters, mainly very good to fine (9 pairs). Chan 84, 87-89.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000
  Unsold
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Lot 272 China, 1898 (26 Jan.) I.C.P. 1c. postal stationery card to London bearing Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, cancelled by "Hankow" dollar dater in brown, "Shanghai" transit dollar dater in black alongside, in combination with Hong Kong 2c., cancelled by "Shanghae/C" c.d.s (4.2), showing handstruck "T" in red, "T" in circle h.s., crayon marking in blue "Fr : 05¢", and "1d/F.B./C." h.s. applied on arrival in London, the card has a neat central vertical filing fold and slight ageing not affecting the stamps, fine and appealing usage, being not only one of the few recorded postal stationery cards franked with Red Revenues, but also even rarer still, since it was underpaid and taxed. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 180,000 - 220,000


The Chinese international postcard rate of 4 cents was underpaid by 1 cent, while the foreign postage (Hong Kong) was 2 cents short. The crayon notation "Fr : 05¢" denotes that 5 centimes (2 cents) foreign postage was underpaid, while the British Due marking applied at the London Foreign Branch ("F.B.") indicates that 1 pence (10 centimes=4 cents) was to be collected, which equates to double the deficiency.

There was a 1c. postal stationery card in the Wen-Sun Kong collection (Interasia, 6.12.2008, lot A49) sent from Hankow to London during the same period bearing Red Revenue 2c. (underpaid by 1 cent) in combination with Hong Kong 4c. (correct postage), which was not taxed. This confirms that the double deficiency to be collected from the recipient was calculated based on the foreign postage.
  Realized HK$230,000
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Lot 273 China, 1899 (15 Nov.) I.C.P. 1c. postal stationery card registered to Paris (3.1.00) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (21.11) bearing Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c., I.C.P. ½c. pair, C.I.P. ½c. pair, 1c. horizontal pair, variety imperforate between, 2c. and 5c., cancelled by "Tientsin" bilingual c.d.s., except the C.I.P. ½c. which is cancelled by "R No. F/I 20" framed h.s. in red, in combination with Hong Kong 2c. (2) and 10c. (applied over front and back of card) with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai/C' c.d.s. (23.11), showing "Yokohama à Marseille" octagonal d.s. (28.11) which also ties I.C.P. ½c. pair, sent at the registered postcard rate (4c. international postage + 10c. registration). An incredible usage, especially with the C.I.P. 1c. horizontal imperforate between pair. Chan 88, 92, 104, 105d.
Estimate HK$ 600,000 - 800,000


Provenance: Jacques Desrousseaux.

THERE ARE VERY FEW REAL STAMP VARIETIES KNOWN USED ON MAIL MATTER WITH THE RED REVENUES, AND THIS REGISTERED CARD WITH THE LARGE FIGURES 2C. AND C.I.P. 1C. IMPERFORATE BETWEEN PAIR REPRESENTS ONE OF THESE SUCH EXOTIC USAGES OF STAMPS.
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