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Lot 139



China, 1879 (1 Sept.) envelope to Shanghai (2.9) bearing Large Dragons 1878 thin paper 1ca. yellow-green horizontal strip of three, bright fresh colour, crisply cancelled by two superb strikes of the "Post Office/Chinkiang" double-ring d.s. of "1 SEP 79", showing "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. (2.9.79) adjacent and "Shanghae/Local Post/P" c.d.s. in blue on reverse, a few short or lightly foxed perfs. merely mentioned for accuracy, extremely fine and a truly exceptional strike of this non-standard type of Customs dater, irrefutably the finest extant. A fabulous cover of the highest exhibition calibre.
Estimate HK$ 1,000,000 - 1,200,000


Provenance: Henry Everall, Stanley Gibbons (Australia), 20.2.93, lot 16.

References: James B. Whang, A Comprehensive Illustration on Covers of Chinese Large Dragons (Taipei, 1997), pp. 97-98. Illustrated.

ONLY EIGHT COVERS ARE RECORDED WITH THIS CANCELLATION. THIS THE LATEST DATE OF THIS CANCELLATION ON COVER.

This non-standard type dater was only in use from February, 1879 until early September, 1879.

The vast majority of strikes of this cancellation on cover range from practically illegible to heavily smudged. Because of its fine design in the lettering, the canceller easily became clogged with ink, resulting in poor impressions of the cancellation, which are the norm. This example is far superior to any of the other such strikes known on cover.


 
Realized HK$ 1,200,000



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