This outstanding collection comes under the hammer on 18th January 2019. Small Dragons from the unique 5ca. coloured proof, numerous setting blocks and sheets and an exemplary selection of 45 covers, many with important features including used with Shanghai local post, rare postmarks, earliest recorded dates, highly important registered and incoming mail. Surcharges on Small Dragons with a large figures proof, sheet of 5c. on 5ca. and 7 covers. Impressive Dowagers from proofs and second printing, sheets to 24ca., 1ca. and 9ca. blocks imperf. between strip of three, the 9ca. with the tête-bêche. The highlight of the 1897 surcharges is Small Figures 10c. on 9ca. surcharge inverted unused, numerous other varieties in singles and multiples, some unique, examples from the different printings, the Golden Dragon and Red Ruby along with 23 covers including earliest date of use, earliest postmarks and fine overseas mail. Here we are offering treasures for all calibres of collector.
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