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Lot 38



China, 1872 envelope from Peking to Madame Louise Garnier in Paris (12.7), showing on reverse a crisp near perfect strike of the "Custom House/Shanghai Paid" oval d.s. of "25 May 1872" in red, and bearing on front France Ceres 25c. strip of four, cancelled by large figures "5104", matching "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (25.5) adjacent and red framed "PD", with "Paris" arrival c.d.s. in blue on reverse, endorsed "Ch. Vapereau", the France strip has tiny corner defect at lower left, an extremely fine strike of the Custom House Paid datestamp. A superb and magnificent cover of the highest exhibition calibre.
Estimate HK$ 250,000 - 300,000


AN OUTSTANDING FIRST YEAR USAGE OF THE CUSTOM HOUSE DATER AND THE SECOND EARLIEST RECORDED DATE FOR THIS.

THE FINEST OF THE SIXTEEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE CUSTOM HOUSE DATER.

The 1 franc single rate to France. From 1 July 1871, the letter rate to France became 1 franc per 10 grammes by French packet via Marseilles.

Carried on the Messageries Maritimes Steamer "Peiho" which left Shanghai on 26 May and arrived at Marseille around 12 July (the 13 July arrival date given by Salles is now recognised as erroneous).

Auction Record
Cavendish (Derby), 11.9.1999, lot 368.


Realized HK$368,000



 
Lot 45



China, Customs Mail Matter/Hankow : 1883 (17 Dec.) envelope to New York (2.2.84) via Yokohama, showing "Hankow Customs/Mail Matter" small unframed oval h.s. with seriffed letters (type II) in red, matching "Customs/Hankow" double-ring origin d.s. of "Dec 17 83" and "Customs/Shanghai" (20.12) double-ring transit d.s. of "Dec 20 83" in blue, both on reverse, and bearing on front Large Dragons 1ca., 3ca. and 5ca., cancelled by Shanghai seal and Japan Koban 5s., cancelled by "crossroads" cork type, with matching "I.J.P.A./Shanghai" c.d.s. (2.1.84) adjacent, the Large Dragon 5ca. has been removed before arrival in Japan and the "Yokohama" transit c.d.s. struck over the area where the stamp was originally applied, the stamps have faults and the envelope opened out for display. A rare and exceptional combination of the Customs Mail Matter handstamp and Large Dragons.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000


Provenance: Richard Canman, Stanley Gibbons (London), 19.10.1972, lot 316
Paul K.S. Chang, Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 10.5.2001, lot 18.

References: Paul Ke-Shing Chang, History of Postal Cancellation of China, Part I (1989), p. 163.
James B. Whang, A Comprehensive Illustration on Covers of the Large Dragons (Taipei, 1997), pp. 377-378.
Customs Daters (1875-1913), Philatelic Writers' Club (Taiwan, 2008), p. 65.
Jeffrey S. Schneider, "A Survey of Customs Mail Matter Handstamps Used During the Large Dragon Period, 1883-1887", Asian Philatelist, Vol. 2 (R.P.S.L.: Suzhou, 2011), p. 34.

ONE OF ONLY FOUR LARGE DRAGON COVERS RECORDED WITH CUSTOMS MAIL MATTER HANDSTAMPS.

The rate to the U.S. through the Japanese Post Office was reduced to 6 candarins in November 1882, so it is not clear why 9 candarins of Chinese postage was originally affixed.


Realized HK$218,500



 
Lot 46



China, Customs Mail Matter/Pakhoi : 1894 (14 Feb.) envelope to Shanghai (24.2), showing "Pakhoi Customs/Mail Matter" oval h.s. in red, and bearing Hong Kong 5c. cancelled by "Customs/Pakhoi" double-ring d.s. and "Hong Kong/F" c.d.s (17.2), there is another fine strike of the "Customs/Pakhoi" origin d.s. and the "Shanghae/C" arrival c.d.s. on reverse, the envelope a little roughly opened at back, fine to very fine and extremely rare usage.
Estimate HK$ 200,000 - 250,000


Provenance: Stanley Gibbons (Hong Kong), 28.9.1976, lot 123
Huang Ming-Jeng.

References: "Prize Selections from the Rocpex Taipei '81", p. 930.

ONLY FOUR ENVELOPES ARE RECORDED WITH THE PAKHOI CUSTOMS MAIL MATTER HANDSTAMP.

The 5 cents interport rate.

Our census shows the following covers :

-- 1894 (2 Feb.) envelope to Shanghai (18.2), showing "Pakhoi Customs/Mail Matter" oval h.s. in red and bearing Hong Kong 2c. (3) and 10c. cancelled by "Customs/Pakhoi" double-ring d.s. and "Hong Kong/E" c.d.s (5.2). Pan-Lung Philatelic (Taipei), 12.2.2017, lot 1264; Mizuhara Meiso Collection (First Series), Vol. I, p. 198; Customs Dater (1875-1913), pp. 145-146; Pan-Lung Philatelic (Taipei), 12.2.2017, lot 1264.

-- 1894 (14 Feb.) envelope to Shanghai, showing "Pakhoi Customs/Mail Matter" oval h.s. in red and bearing Hong Kong 5c. cancelled by "Customs/Pakhoi" double-ring d.s. and "Hong Kong/F" c.d.s (17.2). The above lot.

-- 1894 (14 Feb.) printed "On Service" envelope to Kowloon, showing "Pakhoi Customs/Mail Matter" oval h.s. in red and bearing Hong Kong 5c. cancelled by "Customs/Pakhoi" double-ring d.s. and "Hong Kong/F" c.d.s (17.2), endorsed "No. 9". Major Adrian Hopkins, Robson Lowe (London), 24.1.56, lot 73; John Bull (Hong Kong), 12.12.2016, lot 3116; Mizuhara Meiso Collection (First Series), Vol. I, p. 198; Customs Dater (1875-1913), pp. 145-146.

-- 1895 (12 Oct.) printed "On Service" envelope to Shanghai (21.10), showing "Pakhoi Customs/Mail Matter" oval h.s. in red and bearing Hong Kong 5c. cancelled by "Customs/Pakhoi" double-ring d.s. and "Hong Kong/D" c.d.s. (16.10), with British Post Office "Shanghae/C" c.d.s. (21.10) and "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring arrival d.s. on reverse, "Receipt No. "S: 301, 324, Requisition No. 85 + Receipt". Paul K.S. Chang, History of Postal Cancellations of China, Part I, p. 170; Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 10.5.01, lot 24; Customs Dater (1875-1913), pp. 145-146.


Realized HK$483,000



 
Lot 57



China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red, Setting I, a complete sheet of twenty-five with selvedge all round, vibrant colour on brilliant white paper, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, minor rust spot in margin at top right, light diagonal creasing in outer selvedge at top right. Chan 2.
Estimate HK$ 400,000 - 500,000


Realized HK$632,500



 
Lot 58



China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 5ca. chrome-yellow, Setting I, a complete sheet of twenty-five with selvedge all round, deep rich colour on bright white paper, very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, light horizontal creasing/bends in margin at top. A splendid sheet. Chan 3.
Estimate HK$ 800,000 - 1,000,000


Realized HK$1,955,000



 
Lot 267



China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 9ca. bright green, variety surcharge double, position 19, exemplificative colour on bright white paper, well centred, extremely fine unused with much original gum, minor glazing from hinge on reverse of no importance. An exceptionally fresh and extraordinary example of this great rarity. Chan 44f.
Estimate HK$ 300,000 - 400,000


Provenance: Godfrey Mellor, Robson Lowe (London), 15.5.1969, lot 2236
"Renaissance", Michael Rogers (Winter Park), 20.3.1999, lot 135.

References: Tony T.W. Kwan, "Small Figure Double Surcharge 10 Cents on Empress Dowager 9 Candarins Stamp", Asian Philatelist, Vol. 5 (Oct. 2014), pp. 29-34. Illustrated.

ONLY ONE PANE OF TWENTY WAS PRODUCED WITH THIS ERROR, AND ALL TWENTY POSITIONS HAVE NOW BEEN IDENTIFIED.

Realized HK$460,000



 
Lot 283



China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 12ca. brown-orange, deep bright colour, centred to top with wide margins on the other three sides, of fine appearance unused with much original gum, uniform toning. A notable example of this great rarity. Chan 54.
Estimate HK$ 250,000 - 300,000


Provenance: Dr. Warren G. Kauder, Robson Lowe (London), 10.11.1971, lot 370.

THERE ARE LESS THAN TEN UNUSED EXAMPLES WHICH TODAY'S LEADING EXPERTS AND SPECIALISTS WOULD UNANIMOUSLY ACCEPT AS BEING THE GENUINE "GOLDEN DRAGON". OF THESE, THREE EITHER HAVE A STRAIGHT EDGE OR ARE REPERFORATED AT FOOT.

The "Golden Dragon" ranks among the rarest unused stamps not only of the 1897 New Currency Dowager surcharges, but also of all China. Of the Dowager surcharges, the rarest unused stamp is the large figures 1.5mm setting on Dowager first printing 2c. on 2ca. green ("Emerald Lady"), of which only two examples are recorded. Next comes the "Golden Dragon", which is, in fact, far rarer in unused condition than the large figures 1.5mm setting on Dowager first printing 30c. on 24ca. ("Red Ruby"), which is only known in unused condition.

The only recorded unused multiple was the famous block of four from the Dr. Warren G. Kauder collection, which was purchased by Lyons Livingston at the Robson Lowe auction in 1971, but this was lost in an airplane crash from Bangkok to Hong Kong, in which Livingston also perished.


Realized HK$598,000



 
Lot 336



China, 1897 Large Narrow Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 30c. on 24ca. rose-carmine, position 23, lovely fresh definitive first printing colour, outstanding centring, variety broken "Jiao", very fine unused with much original gum, a few minor tones of no consequence. One of the greatest philatelic items of China; and of the highest exhibition calibre. Chan 73.
Estimate HK$ 400,000 - 500,000


Expertisation: Signed Lyons Livingston.

Provenance: Dr. Robert C.H. Lee, J.R. Hughes (San Francisco), 29.2.1964, lot 87
Isleham, Christie's Robson Lowe (Zurich), 6.11.1986, lot 3018.

References: Tony T.W. Kwan, "Watermarks Studies of Empress Dowager Jubilee and its Surcharged Issues," Research on the Classic Stamps of the Ching Dynasty, No. 15 (2013), pp. 12-13. Illustrated.

THE "RED RUBY" RANKS AMONG THE RAREST STAMPS OF CHINA. LESS THAN TWENTY-FIVE EXAMPLES ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

Realized HK$552,000



 
Lot 497



China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, block of four, positions 15-14/5-4, variety surcharge inverted, top left stamp, position 15, has inverted "s" in "cents", and the lower left stamp, position 5, comma for stop, resplendent colour, well centred on bright white paper, fine to very fine appearance unused with large part to much original gum, usual gum streaks, translucencies, and colour suffusion on reverse. A marvelous exhibition item of the highest calibre. Chan 84m, o.
Estimate HK$ 500,000 - 600,000


We record the following blocks of four with surcharge inverted containing this exceptional combination of varieties :

-- Sir Percival David, Robson Lowe (London), 22.7.1970, lot 213

-- Richard Canman, Stanley Gibbons (London), 19-20.10.1972, lot 622; "Ming", Corinphila (Zurich), 25.3. 1987, lot 4894; Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Sotheby's & Corinphila (Hong Kong), 12.11.1998, lot B133

-- L.Y. Woo collection. Revenue Surcharges (Taipei, 1983), p. 135

-- Sun collection, Matthew Bennett (New York), 23.6.2002, lot 1510

-- Postal Service Today (Taipei), No. 446 (February 1995). Ding Jin Song collection

-- The above block.


Realized HK$575,000



 
Lot 501



China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, a superlative example, bright exquisite colour on wonderfully fresh white paper, centred within good to large margins, unused with much original gum, two perfs. at top right have a barely discernable and inconsequential translucency, very fine and a peerless example of this legendary world rarity. Chan 86.
Estimate HK$ 6,000,000 - 8,000,000


Provenance: Saul Newbury, Robert A. Siegel (New York), 6.2.1962, lot 418. This is the right stamp of a horizontal pair, which was later split into two singles.
Eugene Klein, 7.7.1944, lot 366 (pair)
Dr. James K. Senior, Robson Lowe (London), 6.10.1971, lot 1287. In the auction catalogue, Robson Lowe succinctly described this stamp as "brilliant mint".
Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman
Lam Man Yin
James B. Whang
Christie's Swire (Hong Kong), 2.11.1994, lot 2359
China Land Post Stamp Auctions (Shanghai), 20.5.1996, lot 1005.

References: Huang Kuang-Sheng, A Treatise on the Extant Copies of the Small One Dollar with Illustrations (Philippines, 1975). This is listed as example number 8 of the 32 extant Small One Dollar. Depicted alongside the stamp is a copy of Royal Philatelic Society Expert Committee Certificate #77924 (24 Jan 1972) stating that "$1 on 3c. deep red - unused is genuine".
The Revenue Surcharges China 1897, Vol. I (Taipei: Directorate General of Posts of Taiwan, 1987), p. 39. It is listed as type III, number 11.

ONLY 32 EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN RECORDED OF THIS ICONIC STAMP, WHICH IS ACKNOWLEDGED AS THE RAREST REGULARLY ISSUED STAMP OF CHINA, AND RANKS AMONG THE GREAT WORLD RARITIES.

The stamp also displays non-constant surcharge varieties : partly missing horizontal stroke at top of "yuan" and broken top of "o" in "dollar".

This is type A with the "1 Dollar" of the surcharge partly covering the word "Revenue". The type A and B ("1 dollar" completely covering the word "Revenue") stamps all come from a right surcharge plate of twenty-five. The type C ("1 dollar" above the word "Revenue") comes from the other surcharge plate.


Unsold



 
Lot 597



China, 1914-19 First Peking printing ½c. to $20, blocks of four, the dollar values (except $10) are from the top of the sheet showing imprints and the $20 additionally with plate number, bright colours, well centred, fine and fresh appearance unused with part to much original gum, the dollar values have slightly flat gum except the $20 which has pristine gum, the 2c. and 3c. (creased) have toned gum, the 13c. has wax backing paper, the $5 has a few split horizontal perfs. and the $20 which is particularly fine is folded along the horizontal perfs. A desirable representation of one of the few surviving sets of blocks of four of the First Peking printing. Chan 227-248.
Estimate HK$ 600,000 - 800,000


Unsold



 
Lot 598



China, 1914-19 Junk First Peking Printing $2 black and blue, variety centre inverted, bright colours, well centred for this, just to lower right, fine unused with large part to much original gum, inconsequential glazing from hinge remainders, a fine example of this rare and popular inverted centre. Chan 245a.
Estimate HK$ 600,000 - 800,000


Provenance: Colonel E.H.R. Green, J.C. Morgenthau (New York), 18-26.1.1944, lot 1262 which realised $207.
Dr. Warren G. Atwood, Harmer, Rooke & Co. (New York), 7-8.10.1952, lot 328 which realised $330.

Realized HK$747,500



 
Lot 741



China, 1912 overprinted "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" prepared for use for not issued ½c. to 30c., the complete set of eight, fine appearance with much original gum, all have varying degrees of toning mainly around margins. An exceptionally rare and desirable set. Chan DU7-DU14.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000


Realized HK$437,000



 
Lot 2040



Wei Hai Wei, 1898 (8 Dec.) envelope to Private C.G. Lewis of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, Island Guard at Wei-Hai-Wei via Chefoo (28.1.99?) redirected to the British Legation in Peking (22.2.99) via Tientsin (21.2.99) bearing Great Britain 1d. (short crease), cancelled by "Plymouth/620" duplex, and on reverse Wei-Hai-Wei local second issue lithographed 2c. red, cancelled by "C & Co./WHW" circular chop and additionally tied by "Tientsin" transit dollar dater in blue, showing "Singapore/to Hong Kong" marine sorter c.d.s. (15.1.99), "Chefoo" transit dollar dater and "Peking" double-ring arrival d.s. with "Customs" removed, the envelope opened out for display and slight opening damage at bottom back, very fine and a fantastic incoming usage for redirection and onward transmission within China without utilising the Imperial stamps; of the highest exhibition calibre.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000


Provenance: "Ming", Corinphila (Zurich), 29.9.1988, lot 4468
Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 10.5.2001, lot B52
Elling O. Eide, Interasia (Hong Kong), 13.1.2014, lot 3303.

References: Michael Goldsmith and Charles Goodwyn, The Crown Colony of Wei-Hai-Wei 24 May 1898 to 1 October 1930 (London : The Royal Philatelic Society, 1985), p. 15. This is item H in their listing of second issue covers.

THE FINEST AND MOST INTERESTING OF THE SEVEN RECORDED INCOMING COVERS BEARING THE WEI-HAI-WEI LOCAL SECOND ISSUE STAMP.

The Great Britain 1 pence stamp paid the overseas postage at the soldier's privileged rate, and the Wei-Hai-Wei local 2 cents paid the courier service fee from Chefoo to Wei-Hai-Wei.


Realized HK$172,500










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