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Lot 72



China, 1896 (30 Dec.) envelope to Shanghai (14.1.97), showing "Chinese Imperial Post Office/Peking/Postage Paid" circular h.s. in blue, matching "I.G. of Customs/Peking" double-ring origin d.s. of "Dec 30 96", and on reverse "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring transit d.s. in brown and "Shanghai/Local Post" double-ring arrival d.s., indistinct red crayon rating which should correlate to the 4 cents domestic winter overland rate per ½ ounce, a fine and very early example of this distinctive Postage Paid handstamp carried by the winter overland service.
Estimate HK$ 180,000 - 220,000


THIS IS PROBABLY THE EARLIEST USAGE OF THE PEKING POSTAGE PAID CIRCULAR HANDSTAMP, OF WHICH THERE ARE ONLY THREE DECEMBER USAGES RECORDED.

The second of the December 1896 usages is a 31 December 1896 envelope also to Shanghai (15.1.97) (Interasia, 4.12.2017, lot 389). The third is an envelope to Belgium through the French Post Office in Shanghai (15.1.97) showing the December month and year only in the Peking Customs dater as that cancellation is partly covered by the French adhesive. Based on the Shanghai receiving dates of the three covers, this last cover was probably postrmarked on 31 December (or possibly 30 December).


 
Realized HK$ 368,000



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