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Lot 2042

Wei Hai Wei, 1899 (Jan.) lithographed 2c. red tied by "C & Co./WHW" circular chop on top right portion of Hong Kong 4c. postal stationery card, the indicia with part Hong Kong c.d.s. and also just cancelled by small part "(Chef)oo" dollar dater, the local 2c. is defective at foot, fine and very rare, probably unique, usage. Livingston 3.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000

This remarkable piece from a Hong Kong 4c. foreign postal stationery card, which originally resided in the collection of Major Tapp, who acquired it during the 1930's, is a very rare example of incoming mail to Wei-Hai-Wei utilising the local courier service during only a possible two month period of use with the second issue local post stamp. The portion of the Chefoo dollar dater documents its arrival at the starting point of the local courier service to Wei-Hai-Wei. The local post 2 cents stamp paid for this service, and its use is confirmed by the Cornabe & Co. chop, which ties the stamp to the card.


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