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Lot 347

China, 1907 C.I.P. vertical format 1c. + 1c. green reply paid double card (119.5mm. frame), variety folded at right, both halves intact, extremely fine and pristine unused. The greatest rarity of Chinese postal stationery.

Only two intact unused right folded reply paid double cards have been recorded.

It has been demonstrated that these cards, the existence of which was originally discovered by Lionel Prescott in 1975, came about from sheets of cards having been miscut, therefore ranking these cards among the great postal stationery errors of world philately.
Estimate HK$ 500,000 - 600,000

Realized HK$920,000

Lot 348

China, 1907 C.I.P. vertical format 1c. + 1c. green reply paid double card (119.5mm. frame), variety folded at right, both halves intact, sender's portion used locally in Shanghai in 1908, from the German Chamber of Commerce to R. Frieo of the "Liho" Company, indicia cancelled by "Shanghai/Local Post/D" c.d.s. (17.1.08), with printed message of Club Concordia on both sides, very fine and a great rarity.

In his definitive study and subsequent article update (2008), Huang Yuan-Min records thirteen intact right folded reply paid double cards. All have printed messages in German about a masquerade ball to be held by the German Chamber of Commerce at the Club Concordia on 29 February 1908. With the exception of one card (used after the ball on 14.7.09), all were used on 17 January 1908. The above card is a new addition to Mr. Huang's listing.
Estimate HK$ 140,000 - 160,000

Realized HK$161,000

Lot 360

China, 1910c. (20 Oct.) C.I.P. horizontal format 1c. green stationery card to Lhasa, cancelled by "Gyantse" trilingual double-circle h.s. (type C2), showing another extremely fine strike and "Lhasa" trilingual h.s. (type C2) adjacent, written message concerns property (land), minute corner fault without importance at top left, very fine and exceptionally rare use of a Chinese Imperial postal stationery card in Tibet. Han 6a.

Only about a dozen such stationery cards are known used in Tibet.

The Han catalogue (1984 edition) states that "by the end of the Ching Dynasty, those postal cards were in use in Sinkiang, Mongolia and Tibet. But there are only existent cards used in Lhasa, Guantse, Tibet, whose prices are exorbitant." The Han catalogue ascribes a rarity factor of 4,000 points to the 1908 issue 1c. stationery card used in Tibet, whereas it only gives the 1907 1c. + 1c. reply paid postal stationery double card folded at right error 1,000 points.


Prize Selections from the Rocpex Taipei '81, p. 192. Illustrated.

Han's Illustrated Catalogue of Imperial & Republic of China Postal Stationery Revised Second Edition (1984), p. 23. Illustrated.
Estimate HK$ 120,000 - 150,000

Realized HK$402,500

Lot 245

China, 1903 (28 Sept.) I.C.P. 1c. stationery card to Belgium (15.11) bearing C.I.P. ½c. horizontal pair and 1c. vertical pair (crossed by light central fold), cancelled by "Yunnanfu" native c.d.s. and additionally tied by "Tengyueh" oval bilingual d.s. (10.10) in purple and "Sea Post Office" c.d.s. (31.10), in combination with British India 1a. cancelled by "Bhamo" c.d.s. (20.10), very fine and exceptional cover from Yunnan carried on the Burma route.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000

Realized HK$115,000

Lot 282

China, 1907 (12 Nov.) C.I.P. reply paid card (message portion) to Hangchow (9.12) via Hankow (4.12), cancelled by "Chentu" bilingual c.d.s., with Postage Due 1904 first London printing 1c. blue pair, cancelled by "Hangchow" bilingual c.d.s. (9.12), reply paid card roughly separated at foot, otherwise fine and rare usage.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000


Lot 287

China, 1900 (5 Nov.) C.I.P. 1c. reply card to Havana, Cuba (24.12) via New York (19.12) bearing C.I.P. 1c., cancelled by "Tangku" bilingual c.d.s., and Hong Kong 2c. cancelled by "Shanghai" c.d.s. (12.11), with "Cuba" surcharge on U.S.A. Postage Due 2p. on 2c. (3) pre-cancelled by barred h.s., showing unframed "T", "T" in circle and "Due/sen" circular h.s., U.S. "Collect Postage 2 cents" h.s. crossed out and replaced by "6" in circle h.s. A very fine and remarkable card underpaid 2 cents and taxed thus ("5" centimes) at origin and additionally charged 4 cents American Occupation war surtax, therefore accounting for the U.S. charge of 6 cents.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000

Realized HK$172,500

Lot 201

China, 1898 (15 Apr.) I.C.P. 1c stationery card to St. Petersburg, Russia, bearing I.C.P. ½c. pair and 1c. pair cancelled by "Swatow" dollar chop, with pakua cancelling the indicia, in combination with Hong Kong 2c. vertical pair cancelled by its index "E" c.d.s. (16.4), showing "Ligne N/Paq. Fr. No. 1" octagonal d.s. (23.4), St. Petersburg (12.5) c.d.s. in blue and Moscow c.d.s. (18.5, where it was sent for the address to be translated), despite a little inconsequential age damping (not affecting the stamps which have vibrant colours), a fine card to an exceedingly rare and important nineteenth-century destination with a dazzling franking.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000

This card was the subject of an article in the March 1967 issue of the American Philatelist. The card originally arrived in St. Petersburg, but then was sent to Moscow apparently for someone to translate the Roman-alphabet address to Cyrillic, as there was no one in St. Petersburg who could translate the address. The writer was an Australian engineer working on the construction of the short-line railroad from Macao to Amoy via Swatow. The card tells of the writer's arrival from Hong Kong, where the plague was getting bad with four men from his boat having been taken off and mentioning a 90% fatality rate. He also talks about the day having been a great fête day in Swatow, with open air theatres, general fun and fireworks, and his plans to leave for Amoy and Foochow the following day.

Realized HK$57,500

Lot 259

China, 1903 (7 Jan.) C.I.P. 1c. stationery card to Berlin (25.2) via San Francisco (7.2) and New York (12.2), the indicia cancelled by "Shanghai" c.d.s., in combination with U.S.A. 1c. (2, one has straight edge and perf. defect) cancelled by faint "U.S. Postal Agency/Shanghai/1" duplex, nevertheless an exceedingly rare and not unattractive combination card through the United States Postal Agency carried on its Pacific route.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000

Realized HK$34,500

Lot 325

China, 1908 (9 May) C.I.P. vertical format 1c. green stationery card (115.5mm. frame) registered to Belgium (1.6) "via Siberie" redirected internally (2.6) bearing C.I.P. 5c. pair and single, cancelled by "Changsintien" lunar double circle d.s. and showing "R/No. 140" framed h.s. adjacent, very fine and a rarity.

The minimum frame distance of 115.5mm. is one of the major rarities among the Imperial Third Issue stationery cards.

Only four examples of this postal stationery card, all used in Chihli Province, have been recorded.

All four cards show the same plate characteristic - the "White Flower" - plate wear in the evergreen plant in the lower right portion of the indicia below the Chinese characters "One Cent".
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000

Realized HK$97,750

Lot 209

China, 1899 (25 Nov.) I.C.P. 1c. stationery card registered to Vienna bearing C.I.P. 4c., 5c. and 10c., cancelled by "Nanking" bilingual c.d.s., and Japan Koban 10s. vertical pair with "I.P.O." framed tie-print and "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (28.11), showing unframed "R" h.s. and "Yokohama à Marseille/L.N. No. 8" octagonal d.s. adjacent, also printed "I.J.P.O./Shanghai" red on white registration label, fine and rare postal stationery usage as a letter.

The Imperial Japanese Post Office did not accept foreign postcards so treated this card as a letter; however, the card was unusually franked by the sender as a registered letter (10c. registration + 10c. postage) rather than as a registered card at 14 cents, which would have been taxed.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000

Realized HK$149,500

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