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Lot 155



China, Large Dragon cover : 1883 (6 Sept.) envelope from Schönfliess, Germany to Carl Arendt at the German Legation in Peking, c/o German Consulate General in Shanghai (15.10) sent onwards instead to Tientsin (20.10), bearing Germany 10pf. (2), cancelled by "Schönfliess/in der Neumark" framed d.s., China Large Dragon 1882 wide setting 3ca. applied as Due on arrival to pay internal postage, cancelled by Tientsin large seal, matching "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s. (20.10.83; on reverse), showing "Singapore/to Hong Kong" marine sorter (Oct.) and blue "Shanghai/Local Post" (15.10) c.d.s. on reverse, central vertical filing fold crosses Tientsin datestamp, fine and exceptional incoming cover; of the highest exhibition calibre. Chan 5.
Estimate HK$ 1,500,000 - 2,000,000


Expertisation: Rohr guarantee handstamp
B.P.A. certificate (2012).

Provenance: Consul "Str.", Rohrpost (Berlin), Year XIV, No. 1 (January, 1935), p. 3. The cover has the expert guarantee handstamp "Rohr" applied between the Large Dragon and German stamps. The expert handstamp is that of Rudolph Rohr, the renowned stamp dealer from Berlin, who was especially active during the twenties and thirties. Rohr offered this cover as part of the China collection from the estate of Consul "Str.",

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED GERMANY-CHINA LARGE DRAGON COMBINATION COVERS, AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POSTAL HISTORY ITEMS ILLUSTRATING THE GERMAN PRESENCE IN CHINA.

The letter entered Shanghai by sea by British mail. The Shanghai Local Post handled British and other mail arriving at the port for the Customs Post and assisted in the transfer of mail to the Customs Post. Although it is unusual, there are other recorded instances of mail originally handled by the Shanghai Local Post not to have a Shanghai Customs Post datestamp on it for the voyage to North China and only to receive the "Customs/Tientsin" c.d.s., with 3ca. applied to pay the internal postage.

The addressee, Carl Arendt, the famous German Sinologist, was in charge of the North German Confederation Consulate in Tientsin from 1869-1873. Between 1874-1883, he worked at the German Consulate in Peking. He must have been again in Tientsin for a short while in 1883, where the letter was redirected.


 
Realized HK$ 1,725,000



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