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Sale 74

Lot 3188

Hong Kong, 1866 (15 Jan.) entire letter from G. Heard, Hong Kong to Augustine Heard, Boston, U.S.A. (12.5) "Via Marseilles" and London (27.2) bearing no watermark 18c. (2) and CC watermark 8c. tied "B62" showing crossed-out "Insufficiently Prepaid " h.s. (Proud I214) adjacent and "Hong Kong/C" despatch c.d.s. and "Forwarded by/Augustine Heard & Co./Hong Kong" oval red sender's h.s. on reverse, rated "1/10" with "1[d]" (Colonial credit), couple trivial light folds cross adhesives, very fine usage. Notwithstanding the routing via the more expensive Marseilles (requiring 53c. postage) and in fact the 1c. deficiency even for the slower Southampton routing (45c. per half ounce), the letter was incorrectly rated, with the deficiency never apparently recovered and the letter in fact sent via the Marseille route: P&O Jedda Hong Kong (15.1) to Galle (27.1), Bengal Galle to Suez (14.2), Poonah Alexandria (18.2) to Marseille (25.2). S.G. 4, 11.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000

Realized HK$ 6,900

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