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Lot 75

China, 1897 (12 Jan.) registered envelope to Cairo, Egypt (24.2) via Suez (24.2), showing "Chinese Imperial Post Office/Peking/Postage Paid" circular h.s. in blue, matching "I.G. of Customs/Peking" double-ring origin d.s., in combination with France "Chine" 1f., cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (28.1), three strikes of unframed "Registered" h.s. in blue, framed "R" h.s. in red and "Ligne N./Paq. Fr. No. 10" octagonal d.s. (8.2), and on reverse "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring transit d.s. (25.1) in brown and "Hong Kong/A" transit c.d.s. (2.2), as well as "Suez" and "Caire" arrival c.d.s., the French adhesive has two small corner faults/defects, a fine and spectacular overseas usage to an unusual destination.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000

References: Directorate General of Posts, Ministry of Communications. The Revenue Surcharges China 1897, Vol. I, p. 278.

The French postage was for a triple weight (45 grammes; 1½ ounces) letter : postage 25 centimes x 3 + registration fee 25 centimes = 1 franc. The bilingual "Paid" handstamp represented payment of 52 cents postage at Peking : postage for triple weight (1½ ounces) foreign mail 10c. x 3 + foreign registration fee 10c. + inland postage for winter mail 12c. (by rate of weight for 1½ ounces) + domestic registration fee 4c. = 56 cents.

Realized HK$ 437,000

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