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Lot 2040



Wei Hai Wei, 1898 (8 Dec.) envelope to Private C.G. Lewis of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, Island Guard at Wei-Hai-Wei via Chefoo (28.1.99?) redirected to the British Legation in Peking (22.2.99) via Tientsin (21.2.99) bearing Great Britain 1d. (short crease), cancelled by "Plymouth/620" duplex, and on reverse Wei-Hai-Wei local second issue lithographed 2c. red, cancelled by "C & Co./WHW" circular chop and additionally tied by "Tientsin" transit dollar dater in blue, showing "Singapore/to Hong Kong" marine sorter c.d.s. (15.1.99), "Chefoo" transit dollar dater and "Peking" double-ring arrival d.s. with "Customs" removed, the envelope opened out for display and slight opening damage at bottom back, very fine and a fantastic incoming usage for redirection and onward transmission within China without utilising the Imperial stamps; of the highest exhibition calibre.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000


Provenance: "Ming", Corinphila (Zurich), 29.9.1988, lot 4468
Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 10.5.2001, lot B52
Elling O. Eide, Interasia (Hong Kong), 13.1.2014, lot 3303.

References: Michael Goldsmith and Charles Goodwyn, The Crown Colony of Wei-Hai-Wei 24 May 1898 to 1 October 1930 (London : The Royal Philatelic Society, 1985), p. 15. This is item H in their listing of second issue covers.

THE FINEST AND MOST INTERESTING OF THE SEVEN RECORDED INCOMING COVERS BEARING THE WEI-HAI-WEI LOCAL SECOND ISSUE STAMP.

The Great Britain 1 pence stamp paid the overseas postage at the soldier's privileged rate, and the Wei-Hai-Wei local 2 cents paid the courier service fee from Chefoo to Wei-Hai-Wei.


 
Realized HK$ 172,500



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