Fine Stamps of China and Hong Kong

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ChinaLarge Dragons1878 Thin Paper1ca. to 5ca. set of three, unused to part original gum; 1ca. without gum, 3ca. [21] part original gum (toned) and 5ca. [1] part original gum (paper remnants on reverse). Photo

ChinaLarge Dragons1882 Wide Setting3ca. brownish red [1] cancelled by a central strike of Chefoo seal; a few small imperfections. Photo

ChinaLarge DragonsCovers1884 (5 May) opened-out cover to Italy bearing, on the reverse, thick paper 1ca. and 3ca. (the 5ca. is a recent addition). The 1ca. and 3ca. are not tied and are cancelled by a part strike of Tientsin seal. Sent from G.O.F. Dodatz, Tientsin (handstamp on the address side) with Customs Tientsin, Customs Shanghai (9.5) and Genoa arrival (22.7) on the reverse. Sent via the French Post office with 25c. tied by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s. with packet boat c.d.s. (15.5) alongside.This cover is listed by James Whang (251), since then the 5ca. has been added and the two seal post...

Chiina1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesProofs and EssaysPlate Proofs Without Watermark: 5ca. bistre in a top margin block of four from setting VI including clichés 2b and 5; there is a light paper bend. A fresh block. PhotoThree different types of paper were employed for the plate proofs:Thicker paperThin, laid paper without watermarkRegular, watermarked stamp paperFor the later Dowager issue, the thin paper was used to check the quality of the clichés in the printing plate. The regular stamp paper would have been used when the plate had been cleaned and reset into a new setting and it is probable...

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesProofs and EssaysPlate Proofs on Thin, Vertically Lined Paper: 1ca. bluish green in a left margin horizontal pair; small thin from an old hinge. Scarce. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesProofs and EssaysPlate Proofs on Watermarked Paper: 3ca. mauve in a lower margin pair, with watermark inverted, without gum. Fine. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesProofs and EssaysPlate Proofs on Watermarked Paper: 3ca. mauve, an imperforate single, watermark inverted, without gum; horizontal crease. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesProofs and EssaysPlate Proofs on Watermarked Paper: 3c. mauve, a single with a central strike of "customs/wenchow" 1896 (21 Oct.) c.d.s. struck in red, with watermark inverted; there is a tiny central pin hole. Unusual. Photoprovenance:Richard W. Canman, October 1972

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesIssued StampsOne Candareen; Setting II: 1ca. bluish green, perf.12½ in a vertical strip of five with margins at top and foot, apparently left pane [3/19], with full original gum; the top stamp with crease. Fresh. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesIssued StampsFive Candareens; Setting II: 5ca. ochre, clean cut perf.11½ in a block of four from the lower right corner of the right pane showing cliché 3 from position [20], with full original gum; fresh and fine. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesIssued StampsFive Candareens; Unknown Setting: 5ca. group of multiples, clean cut perf.11½, with unused block of six with lower margin and interpanneau margin at right, block of four with lower margin and interpanneau margin at left, used block of six including cliché 8, cancelled by Peking seal in blue, top right corner block of four cancelled by Peking seal in blue and right margin block of four cancelled by Tientsin seal in violet, included clichés 9 and 5 from setting IX. The stamps are in different shades from ochre to yellow-olive and are not from the sam...

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesIssued Stamps5ca. olive-ochre, perf.11½ variety double impression, with gum which has been partly redistributed. Fresh and fine, a good example of this error. Chan 21f; S.G. 15c, £6500. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesIssued Stamps5c. pale yellow-ochre, rough perf.12½ apparently imperforate at right, unused without gum. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesPostmarksHangchow: 1ca. bluish green with a fine and central strike of boxed "Cancelled by Hangchow Customs Post Office" cancellation; also an interpanneau pair of 3ca. mauve (- cliché 13 of setting VI) with a half strike across the middle. Scarce. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesPostmarksNewchwang Customs: 3ca. mauve pair on piece cancelled by good strikes of "customs/newchwang" c.d.s. dated (3 Dec.) but without yeardate, right stamp with interpanneau margin; part Exeter arrival c.d.s. (7.2) at left. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesPostmarksPeking Customs: 1889 (23 Apr.) small piece bearing 3ca. bluish green with 5ca. pale yellow-ochre tied by a full and fine strike of "i.g. of customs/peking|" type II (date before month) c.d.s. in blue. Fine and very scarce postmark when used to cancel stamps. Photoprovenance:Richard Canman, October 1972This postmark is recorded used between 12 January 1888 and 25 April 1889

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesPostmarksShanghai Seal: 3ca. mauve in a rejoined block of four with central strikes of Shanghai seal in dark blue; one stamp at right with three thinned perfs. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesPostmarksTaku Customs: 1888 (6 July) large part envelope back bearing 3ca. mauve block of twelve cancelled by Shanghai seal in blue and bearing a light and complete strike of the double outer circle "customs/taku" in purple; fragments of other postmarks indicate overseas destination. The block includes clichés 9 and 7 in the lower row, from an unknown setting, possibly either VII, VIII or X. An appealing example of this scarce postmark. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesPostmarksTientsin Seal cancellations, a group on page with type IV in blue 3ca. left margin strip of three, on 5ca. yellow-ochre vertical strip of three and in black on small piece bearing 5ca. ochre-yellow horizontal strip of three with right margin, applied on an incoming letter and applied over Germany 20pf. cancelled by Hamburg c.d.s., and in violet on 5ca. pale yellow-ochre (3); type VIII in blue on pair of 3ca. on piece and type IX in blue on 1ca. block of four. A good group

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesPostmarksWenchow Seal: 3ca. mauve rough perf.12½ block of four, each cancelled by a very fine strike of the Wenchow seal in red; exceptionally fresh and fine. Very few examples of this seal are recorded. A rare and highly appealing block. PhotoThis postmark is only recorded on the 3ca. value

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesPostmarksWuhu: 3ca. mauve, one bearing "customs-house/wuhu" oval, the other with a fine and central strike of "customs/wuhu" c.d.s. in red dated 1890 (6 Feb.); good to fine. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesPostmarksKorea - Jenchuan: 3ca. mauve cancelled by a large part strike of double oval "jenchuan customs/mail matter"; very fine. Exceptionally rare. Holcombe guarantee on reverse. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesPostmarksKorea - Jenchuan: 1894 (14 Nov.) 3ca. mauve in a block of four bearing two strikes of "customs/jenchuan" c.d.s. in purple; some slight ageing. A scarce block. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesPostmarksA selection with seal cancels including in combination with French stamps (one overlapping Customs Chefoo c.d.s.), Chefoo and Ichang seals; values additionally cancelled by French Shanghai c.d.s. (3),; Customs datestamps including Chinkiang (3), Hankow, Kiukiang in red and Newchwang; Shanghai Dollar chop, straight-line "PAID", and used with overseas arrival postmarks including Hong Kong, U.S.A, Bristol in red and London. Most are good to fine making a very interesting group. (31)`

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesCoversInternal 3 candareen Rate: 1894 an interesting group addressed to the British Consul or his wife with 1894 (13 Oct.) envelope to Chefoo bearing 3ca. mauve tied by Peking seal in blue and, on the reverse, Peking, Tientsin type II and Chefoo Customs c.d.s. (signed by Peter Holcombe); 1894 (11 June) stampless envelope to Peking bearing Tientsin Customs c.d.s. in blue and a small manuscript "3" in blue crayon which either represents cash payment or an early postage due (signed Peter Holcombe) and 1894 (7 July) envelope to Peking bearing 1c. Chefoo Local Post...

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesCoversInternal 3 candareen Rate: Combination with Shanghai Local Post: 1894 (25 May) 1c. Shanghai Local Post envelope (Livingston E1) addressed to Hall & Holtz in Shanghai, opened out and bearing clean cut perf.11½ 3ca. tied by Tientsin seal type X in black and, on the reverse, Customs Tientsin despatch c.d.s., faint Shanghai Local Post c.d.s. (28.5) and pencil delivery instructions. A fine and rare combination. Photoprovenance:Beckeman Collection, May 1998 The Small Dragon 3 candareens stamp paid the domestic postal rate from Peking to Tientsin, and the enve...

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesCoversInternational 6 candareen to U.S.A. via Japan: 1889 (24 Apr.) opened-out envelope from the U.S. legation to U.S.A. bearing 1ca. green (2) and 5ca. yellow (2) cancelled by Peking seal in blue with Japan Koban 10s. cancelled by I.J.P.A. Shanghai c.d.s. with a second strike alongside tying one of the 5ca., and Yokohama transit (10.5). The reverse with a fine strike of "i.g. of customs/peking" type II (day before month) c.d.s. in blue, Customs Shanghai (30.4), San Francisco transit (1.7) and indistinct Morgantown octagonal datestamp (3.7). Some light soiling...

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesCoversInternational 9 candareen Rate: 1891 (5 Aug.) opened-out envelope to London bearing, on the reverse, clean cut perf.11½ 3ca. light mauve (3) just tied by Peking seal in blue with a light strike of "i.g. customs/peking" and Customs Shanghai (10.8) c.d.s.; the address side with France 25c. tied by "shang-hai/chine". Clean and fine. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesCoversInternational 9 candareen Rate: 1888 (20 July) printed envelope to Germany bearing, on the reverse, 3ca. bright mauve in a vertical strip of three cancelled by Shanghai seal in black with Customs Shanghai c.d.s. alongside and Berlin arrival datestamp (1.9), the address side with France 25c. (faults) tied by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s. (21.7) with a second strike alongside; horizontal fold at the foot of the envelope. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesCoversInternational 9 candareen Rate: 1888 (Nov.) envelope registered to Germany bearing, on the reverse, 3ca. bright mauve (3) and 5ca. bright olive-yellow (3) in irregular blocks of three cancelled by good strikes of the Tientsin seal type VI in black with a good strike of the large "R" in oval type I registration handstamp. There is also Customs Shanghai c.d.s. (7.11), "ligne n/paq. fr. no.4" datestamp (10.11) in blue and Magdeburg arrival (14.12), the last two tying the stamps. The address side with France 75c. (faults) tied by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s. (9.1...

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesCoversInternational 9 candareen Rate: 1892 (2 May) opened-out envelope to Paris bearing clean cut perf.11½ 3ca. mauve (3) tied by fine strikes of "i.g. of customs/seoul" in black, one France 25c. struck over the top cancelled by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s. and, on the reverse, a light strike of Customs Jenchuan (6.5) in mauve, Customs Shanghai (9.5) and French transit (19.6). A rare and remarkable cover.It is thought that only nine Small Dragon covers are recorded from Seoul, this being the earliest. Photoliterature:The Revenue Surcharges of China, volume II, 198...

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesCoversInternational 9 candareen Rate: 1892 (19 June) triple weight envelope to Leeds bearing, on the reverse, clean cut perf.11½ 3ca. mauve block of six and left margin strip of three (apparently from setting V) cancelled by Peking seal in blue with "i.g. of customs/peking" in blue, Customs Shanghai (25.6), French packet datestamp and Leeds arrival (2.8); the address side with three France 25c. (one defective corner) tied by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s. A fine and attractive franking. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesCoversInternational 9 candareen Rate: 1895 (16 Feb.) opened-out commercial, greenish envelope to Vienna bearing clean cut perf.11½ 3ca. mauve vertical strip of three tied by Peking seal in blue with French "chine" 25c. alongside tied by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s.; the reverse with a fine strike of the large double-circle "customs/peking" c.d.s., Customs Shanghai (27.2) and the arrival c.d.s. (6.4). Part of the address has been crossed through and a little crumpling at side.An important cover and very early use of this new Customs Peking datestamp Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesCoversIncoming Mail: 1891 (6 Mar.) greenish envelope to Peking bearing Germany 20pf. tied by Hanover c.d.s., alongside is 3ca. mauve (defective at foot) cancelled by Tientsin seal type IV in blue and, on the reverse, German Post Office Shanghai (12.4) and faint Customs Tientsin (20.4) in blue. An attractive inbound cover with the recipient having to pay the internal postage. These covers are very scarce. Photo

China1885-88 Small Dragon IssuesCoversPost 1897 Rates: 1c. Post Card Rate: 1899 (Feb.) 1ca. green tied by Tsingtao, Shantung province c.d.s. on Japan 1s. postal stationery card to Japan, the card is cancelled by Shanghai I.J.P.O. c.d.s. (3.2) with Nagasaki (6.2) and native arrival c.d.s. A good card showing late acceptance of the candareen stamp. Photoprovenance:Colonel Allan Kerr, March 1977

China1894 Dowager EmpressProofsFirst Printing on Thin Laid Paper: 2ca. light, bright green, a lower margin pair tied on piece by "customs/chinkiang" dated 1894 (24 Dec.); there are a couple of faint age marks which do not detract from this unusual and important piece. This does appear to have been cut from an envelope and with Peter Holcombe note on the reverse.. Photoprovenance:Paul Hock, October 1983Beckeman Collection, May 1999 Other pairs of these proofs are recorded used, but these are all with red Customs Anping datestamps and were originally on Captain Binns covers

China1894 Dowager EmpressProofs— 6ca. red-brown in a top margin block of four with interpanneau margin at left; on horizontally laid paper; small tear and hinge mark in the top margin. A good block. Photo

China1894 Dowager EmpressProofs– 9ca. bright green in a block of four, pane 2 [16/22] including the tête-bêche corner stamp, on vertically laid paper. A fine and desirable positional block. Photo

China1894 Dowager EmpressProofsFirst Printing no Watermark: 3ca. bright orange-yellow, a horizontal pair, lightly mounted, large part original gum. Fresh and fine. Peter Holcombe note on reverse. Photo

China1894 Dowager EmpressProofsSecond Printing Imperforate: 1ca. to 24ca. set of nine, values to 6ca. in left margin horizontal pairs; clean and fine. Photo

China1894 Dowager Empress1ca. to 24ca. set of nine, large part original gum; 3ca. with a couple of light tone marks under the hinge and 5ca. with hinge remainder; a fresh and attractive set with white paper and very fresh colours. Chan 22-30. Photo

China1894 Dowager Empress1ca. to 24ca. set of nine, part original gum; several stamps with large paper hinge remainders, 9ca. and 12ca. additionally with paper fibre adherences on the reverse. Photo

China1894 Dowager Empress1ca. pale reddish orange in a block of eight, lightly mounted with full original gum. A beautifully fresh block. Photo

China1894 Dowager Empress1ca. reddish orange variety imperforate between vertical strip of three, two rejoined strips making a block of six (left pane [1/10]), large part original gum, there are two hinges holding the two strips together. Very fresh and a highly important block. Only two blocks of six are recorded, making this one of the most elusive varieties of the Dowager issue. Photoprovenance: Sir Percival David, July 1970This block originated in the complete left pane sold in the Sir David Roseway collection in November 1963. this was either pane 7 or 11 from the complete sheet.The othe...

China1894 Dowager Empress3ca. orange-yellow, variety imperforate between horizontal pair, large part original gum. Bright colour, a fresh and very fine example of this perforation error. Chan 24c; S.G. 18b, £9500. Photo provenance:Sir Percival David, November 1965

China1894 Dowager Empress3ca. deep orange-yellow variety imperforate between stamp and interpanneau margin, part original gum with hinge remainders on the reverse. The rich colour makes this a particularly desirable stamp. Photo

China1894 Dowager Empress3ca. orange-yellow with variety much of "HINA" of "CHINA" omitted which has been replaced by a blotch of ink; cancelled by a part strike of Tientsin seal in blue; there is a closed tear at top. Very fresh appearance and a wonderful example of this striking error. Photoprovenance: Sothebys & Corinphila auction, May 1999

China1894 Dowager Empress6ca. brown variety imperforate between vertical pair, large part original gum; centred high as usual and shows traces of the design below. A fine example of this error. Photoprovenance: Brum Pederson, February 1980Only one sheet was produced and of the sixteen possible pairs, only five have been recorded.

China1894 Dowager Empress9ca. dull green variety imperforate between vertical strip of three and tête-bêche, a block of six from pane 5 [11/22] with full original gum; there is a tiny thin on the top right stamp. With white gum, a clean and fresh example of this highly important variety.A unique multiple as all the other examples recorded are in strips of three. Chan 28ia. Photoprovenance:Lam Man Yin, January 2019

China1894 Dowager Empress9ca. bright green variety imperforate vertically, a single with right margin (pane 5 [5]), unused without gum. Photo

China1894 Dowager Empress9ca. bright green variety imperforate vertically, a horizontal pair from the right of the sheet (pane 3 [9-10]), part to large part original gum with hinge remainders, light vertical crease at left. PhotoApparently only two complete sheets were issued with this variety, panes 3 and 5

China1894 Dowager Empress9ca. dull green variety imperforate vertically in a right margin block of six, pane 2 [3/10], with much original gum (disturbed patch in the margin) which shows some light gum ageing and there are a couple of light bends or creases. The central horizontal perforations are blind, adding to the appeal of this item. A good block which is possibly the largest unused multiple. Chan 28f. Photoprovenancece:Beckeman Collection, May 1999Huang Ming Fang, June 2003

China1894 Dowager Empress24ca. rose-red variety imperforate between vertical pair with left sheet margin, pane 1 [16/21], large part original gum with central hinge remainder. A magnificent and stunning example of this popular variety. There are only a few pairs which include the sheet margin. Chan 30a; S.G. 24a, £32,000. Photoprovenance:Sir David Roseway, November 1963

China1894 Dowager EmpressSecond Printing1ca. to 24ca. set of nine, less 9ca. which a pale shade of the first printing, part to large part original gum; most values with age marks. 6ca. signed by J.R. Hughes. Photo

China1894 Dowager EmpressSecond Printing1ca. to 6ca. large part original gum; 4ca. imperforate between stamp and interpanneau margin, very fine. 6ca. signed by J.R. Hughes. Photo

China1894 Dowager EmpressSecond Printing9ca. bright green, part original gum. Fresh and fine. Signed J.R. H(ughes). Photoprovenance:Korzyn, Robson Lowe auction January 1976

China1894 Dowager EmpressSecond Printing12ca. yellow-orange, large part original gum; with fragment of the right margin. Very fresh and fine. signed J.R.H(ughes). Photoprovenance:Dr Warren Atwood, October 1952 andDr Robert C.H. Lee, November 1963 (in a block of four)Korzyn, Robson Lowe auction January 1976

China1894 Dowager EmpressCollections and RangesAn attractive selection of unused and used with 1ca. unused (7) and used (2), 2ca. unused (5) and used (2), 3ca. unused (6) one with corner margins and used (4) one showing retouched "3", 4ca. unused (4) and used, 5ca. unused (4), 6ca. unused (7 including a pair) and used (3), 9ca. unused (3) and used (3), 12ca. unused (2, one with pulled perf) and used (3) and 24ca. unused (6) and used (3). A few stamps with imperfections but most are clean and fine making a very appealing lot. (65)

China1897 Imperial Chinese Post?c. to $5 set of twelve plus the 50c. blue-green and 50c. deep green errors of colour, large part original gum; there is some, almost insignificant, gum ageing. Both of the 50c. errors of colour exhibit generous margins all round. An outstanding set, so rarely offered with the colour errors. Chan 92-103, 100a, b. PhotoVery rarely offered as a set as there were only 80 examples of the 50c. blue-green and 240 examples of the dark green errors of colour issued

China1897 Imperial Chinese Post½c. to $5 set of twelve tied to pieces by Wuhu Dollar dater; a fine and unusual set, the $2 and $5 are particularly scarce fine used. Chan 92-103. Photo

China1897 Imperial Chinese Post½c. to 50c. part set of nine, large part original gum; a few with light gum ageing; a fresh and attractive part set. Chan 92-100

China1897 Imperial Chinese Post50c. dark green, large part original gum; there is some light gum ageing but this barely detracts from this well centred stamp with good margins. Fine appearance. Chan 100a; S.G. 104b, £2750. Also 20c. maroon, with interpanneau margin, lightly mounted mint, fresh and fine. Photo. (2)

China1897 Imperial Chinese PostCovers1898 (5 Apr.) missionary envelope to New York bearing I.C.P. 4c. and 5c. with C.I.P. 1c. tied by Shanghai Dollar dater and used with Japan Koban 10s. brown tied by the type VII Shanghai I.J.P.O. c.d.s. The cover was overweight, so underpaid and with Japan P.O. Shanghai circular tax mark, Chinese P.O. large "T" in red, two U.S. tax marks and a pair of 5c. Postage Due stamps cancelled in manuscript, New York and Albany (6.5) backstamps. Some faults on the reverse. An attractive taxed cover. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, First Printing½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow, variety surcharge inverted, with right margin and cancelled by part Customs Shanghai c.d.s. across the lower corner, right pane stamp [12]. An exceptionally fine example of this error, only two examples are known with the side sheet margin. Chan 47b; S.G. 48a, £12,000. Photoprovenance:Sir Percival David, July 1969One pane of forty stamps was sold, each cancelled by Customs Shanghai c.d.s. of 1897 (24 Mar.). So far only 33 have been recorded

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, First Printing1c. on 1ca. red-orange in a block of ten, pane I [1/14] including broken yang and tso shifted right [2], with full original gum. Well centred and a fine block. Blocks of the first printing are scarce. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, First Printing5c. on 5ca. yellow-orange in a block of four, large part original gum; paper hinge remainder at top. A good and scarce block. S.G. 52; Chan 51. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, First Printing8c. on 6ca brown, large part original gum; short perf. at top and of slightly dull appearance. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, First Printing10c. on 9ca. grey-green, large part original gum, fresh appearance. A good stamp. S.G. 54; Chan 53. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, First Printing10c. on 9ca. grey-green, a horizontal pair, the basic stamps from pane 3 [8-9], lightly mounted mint. A fresh and fine pair. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, First PrintingThe Golden Dragon 10c. on 12ca. deep orange, right pane [4], part to large part original gum. There is a light horizontal crease and a couple of faint tone marks, well centred and of good colour. An appealing example of this rare and elusive stamp. Signed by Peter Holcombe. S.G. 55; Chan 54. Photoprovenance:E.D. Finney, May 1952Dr Robert C.H. Lee, November 1963J.K.C. Wong, October 1974 The unused 'Golden Dragon' is one of the rarest of the basic Dowager surcharge stamps, only surpassed by the 'Emerald Lady'...

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, First Printing10c. on 12ca. deep orange, possibly [25] and cancelled by a central strike of Customs Ningpo c.d.s. dated 1897 (23 Mar.); well centred and good perforations. An interesting and appealing example of this popular stamp. PhotoThis is an intriguing stamp. The date of 23rd March is some weeks earlier that the previously recorded earliest date, The centring of both the stamp and the surcharge suggests that it originated from the earliest used Ningpo sheet. We currently have records of 55 used 'Golden Dragons' from...

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, First Printing30c. on 24ca. rose-red, left interpanneau margin block of four, right pane [6/12] including variety of three type B [6], very lightly mounted or unmounted mint. A fantastic block of exceptional freshness of both colour and paper. Chan 55, b; CSS 61, b. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing½c. on 3ca. yellow in a pane of twenty, pane III, [8] with variety "t" omitted from "cent", with margins on three sides (including top sheet margin), with full original gum showing the gum wash. This block also includes the positional varieties broken foot of kun [6] and cracked dot of yamg type C [15]. A very good block. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing½c. on 3ca. bright yellow, variety "t." omitted in "cent.", in a vertical strip of three, interpanneau margin at right and a very wide margin at top, large part original gum showing some original gum wash marks; the central stamp with an old hinge remainder; there are a couple of inconsequential red marks on the back of the lower stamp. Two F.Z. Chun guarantee marks in the margin. Chan 56b; S.G. 57b, £1100. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing½c. on 3ca. chrome-yellow, variety imperforate between vertical pair, lightly mounted mint. The top stamp shows cracked dot of yang and tso shifted to the right , the lower stamp with gin broken at left, from pane 1 [2/6]. A fine and delightful example of this error. Chan 56c; S.G. 57aa, £7000. PhotoTeo sheets appeared with this variety, so only 32 pairs are psooible. This example comes from the sheet with small margin at foor, This variety is from the top two rows

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing½c. on 3ca. yellow, variety imperforate horizontally, in a corner block of six with interpanneau margin at right and a wide margin at top; from pane I, [3/12] which shows short bar in "½" [7]; with full original gum, mounted in the margin only. Chan 56d; S.G. 57a. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing½c. on 3ca. yellow, varieties imperforate horizontally and "t" missing from "cent", in a vertical strip of three with full original gum; there is a small thin in the margin at top and a light horizontal crease on the lower stamp. Fresh appearance. There are only two, possibly three, examples of this combination of varieties, Chan 56e. Photoprovenance:Sir David Roseway, November 1963

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing½c. on 3ca. bright yellow in a horizontal pair, one stamp apparently without surcharge, there are minute traces of some of the surcharge. Large part original gum an with interpanneau margin at right. There is some weakness of the stamp design on the right and this rather fun item is offered on its merits. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing1c. on 1ca. salmon-red showing the variety missing bat, pane III [5]. In an oversize block consisting of pane II (16), pane III complete and pane IV (12); with full original gum. Includes positional varieties cracked dot of yang pane II [12], gin broken at left pane II [16], broken foot of kun pane III [6] and [17], in addition pane II [19] shows "nt" of "cent" nearly missing. A spectacular and interesting block as all these sheets were split into two panes before distribution to the post office. Photoprove...

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing1c. on 1ca. salmon-red variety imperforate between horizontal pair, in a horizontal strip of five being pane II [1-4] and pane III [1], with margin at top and interpanneau margin at left, cancelled by neat strikes of Customs Shanghai c.d.s. of 1897 (24 Mar.). Fine and rare, only five strips have been recorded. S.G. 58a; Chan 57e. Photoprovenance:Sir Percival David, March 1966, the complete 'pane' of twenty five Here is anoter example from the oversize sheets (with panes II and III) which should not have been...

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing1c. on 1ca. salmon red variety imperforate between stamp and left margin, in a horizontal pair, pane I [17-18] showing cracked yang type B, part original gum. Chan 56h. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing2c. on 2ca. pale yellow-green variety misplaced surcharge (9mm to the right) in a horizontal pair with right margin from pane IV [15-16], lightly mounted mint. Fresh and fine. Small "SR" handstamps on the reverse. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing2c. on 2ca. dull yellow-green variety imperforate vertically, a horizontal pair tied by Chungking 1898 (5 May) Dollar dater on opened-out envelope to Shanghai with Shanghai Local Post (17.5) c.d.s. on the reverse. Very fine and an exceptionally rare and important cover. Only two pairs and a block of six have been recorded, this is the only cover. S.G. 59b; Chan 58f. Photoprovenance:Sir Percival David, July 1970Beckeman Collection, May 1999

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing4c. on 4ca. pale rose, apparently imperforate from a poorly perforated sheet; large margins all round, large part original gum. Unusual and attractive. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing5c. on 5ca. yellow in a block of six pane I [6/15] cancelled by Shanghai Dollar dater of 1897 (29 Sept.) struck in blue, one stamp shows gin broken at left and another broken slanting stroke of gin. Clean and fine. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing8c. on 6ca. red-brown, large part original gum, a deep, bright shade and well centred. A stunning example of this stamp. S.G. 62; Chan 61. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing8c. on 6ca. red-brown, used with pa-kua cancellation; well centred. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing8c. on 6ca. deep red-brown, variety cracked dot of yang type C, pane I [17], large part original gum; the deep, bright colour makes this a very striking stamp. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing8c. on 6ca., and 10c. on 12ca. apparently without watermark, unused or with some gum. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing10c. on 9ca. pale dull yellow-green in an irregular block of thirteen, pane II [1/23] which includes gin broken at left [1] and cracked dot of yang type B [13], with full original gum; the top block of four has been rejoined. A scarce multiple. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing10c. on 12ca. bright yellow-buff in a block of six, pane II [11/22], with full original gum. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing10c. on 12ca. bright yellow-buff showing broken slanting stroke of gin, pane I [22], part original gum. Superb colour, fresh and fine appearance. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing10c. on 12ca. bright yellow-buff showing non-constant variety broken "0" in "10", large part original gum. Fresh and an attractive stamp. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing30c. on 24ca. rose-red in a block of ten from the top of the sheet with margins on three sides, pane II including major varieties, variety of three types A [2] and B [6] and "30" high [5], large part original gum; thin on [3] and other small thin spots. A scarce multiple. Photoprovenance:Sir Percival David, November 1969

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing30c. on 24ca. rose-red variety of three with types A and B (3), used, two with Shanghai Dollar dater struck in blue, other with pa-kua. Good to fine. (4). Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing30c. on 24ca. bright rose-red variety horizontal perforations 5mm high, the stamp has been cut wide to its margin (a few split perfs. have been reinforced), part to large part original gum. Attractive. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing30c. on 24ca. bright rose-red variety vertical perforations 5mm left, a single stamp from the right side of the sheet, pane II [10] broken foot of kun, part original gum with old hinge remainders. Attractive. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing30c. on 24ca. bright rose-red variety perforations 9mm high and 14mm right, from pane I [2/6], large part original gum with hinge remainder in the top margin. A spectacular error. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second Printing30c. on 24ca. bright rose-red vertical pair variety blind horizontal perforations 2.5mm low and no apparent perforations at sides with very wide margin at left; cancelled by a light strike of Dollar dater. Fresh colour and on white paper. Unusual. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second PrintingA group showing parts of the surcharge omitted with 1c. on 1ca. with part of kun omitted, 2c. on 2ca. showing part of "t" omitted (2), one in pair with gin broken at left, and 4c. on 4ca. with part of "4", gin and kun missing; part to large part original gum. (5)

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Wide Setting, Second PrintingA group of used showing parts of the surcharge omitted with 1c. on 1ca. with "1" omitted and space between "ce" and "nt", 10c. on 12ca. showing most of "en" missing and a second with very weak characters of surcharge. (3). Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, First Printing2c. on 2ca. bright green from the sheet with the surcharge low and right, cancelled by a light and central strike of Dollar dater of July 1897. Well centred and bright colour. A very desirable example of this scarce stamp. S.G. 71; Chan 67. PhotoWe estimate that only 120 stamps were issued

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, First Printing2c. on 2ca. bright green from the sheet with the surcharge centred high, used with part Dollar dater across the upper corner; some minor ageing of the paper. Fine. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, First Printing5c. on 5ca. orange-yellow in a block of four with interpanneau margin at right from pane III [15/20] showing broken top of kun [20], part to large part original gum. Fresh colour and a scarce multiple. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, First Printing8c. on 6ca. yellowish brown, large part original gum; on bright, white paper. A very good example of this stamp. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, First Printing10c. on 9ca. dull green in a block of four, sheet pane I, surcharge pane II [1/6] lightly mounted mint; centred a little to the left. [5] includes broken "1" which is fractionally to the right. A fine block. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, First Printing10c. on 9ca. dull green, block of fifteen, sheet pane 1, surcharge pane II [1/19] with full original gum; a few minor tone spots on the reverse and a corner crease; [5] shows broken "1" variety. A fresh an impressive block, large multiples of this value are rare. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, First PrintingA selection, mostly unused or mint, with ½c. on 3ca. (3), 1c. on 1ca. (2), one with right margin, 4c. on 4ca. (3), 5c. on 5ca. (2) and 10c. on 9ca. (2), one with small cut at top; used with 1c. on 1ca. and 10c. on 12ca. Generally good to fine. (14)

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing½c. on 3ca. dull yellow in a block of four, pane II [14/19] including broken central part of kun and cracked dot of yang [14] and cracked dot of yang type C [18], large part original gum. A good positional block. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing½c. on 3ca. dull yellow, variety surcharge inverted, with interpanneau margin at left, large part original gum. Well centred, fresh and fine, an exceptional example of this error. Chan 74g; S.G. 78c, £2759. Photoprovenance:Sir David Roseway, November 1963

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing½c. on 3ca. dull yellow, variety imperforate between horizontal pair, large part original gum; the perforations have been trimmed wide at foot suggesting that this pair is from the foot of the pane [19-20]. A rare and important variety, so far only 4 unused and one use pair have been recorded. Chan 74i; S.G. 78e, £8000. Photoprovenance:Spink auction, November 1997'Paramount', December 2017

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing½c. on 3ca. pale yellow-buff variety surcharge misplaced, a horizontal pair with interpanneau margin at left showing the surcharge printed 7mm to the left, large part original gum. Attractive. Chan 74e. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing2c. on 2ca. dull yellow-green, variety imperforate between stamp and interpanneau margin, cancelled by a central strike of Customs Shanghai c.d.s. dated 1897 (20 Aug.); there is a small thinning near the upper corner. A fairly scarce variety on this value. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing2c. on 2ca. pale yellow-green, variety surcharge inverted, in a block of four with interpanneau margin at left; the surcharge is from pane I [15/20] and includes positional varieties gin broken at right [15] and short extending stroke of yang [20]. Lightly mounted with large part original gum. There is a blunt corner perf at top but this barely detracts from this this extremely fine block on brilliant white paper. This delightful multiple is a unique block of four. Chan 76c; S.G. 80a. Photoprovenance:Earn...

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing4c. on 4ca. dull pink variety surcharge inverted in a block of four cancelled by a single strike of Pakhoi Dollar dater of 1897 (8 May) (the earliest recorded date for this postmark). These stamps come from the sheet where the surcharge is centred higher and the basic stamps with wide margin at foot showing traces of the designs below. A fine and attractive example of this rare multiple which is the only used block. S.G. 81a; Chan 77b. Photoprovenance:Sir Percival David, November 1969,Beckeman Collection,...

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing5c. on 5ca. dull orange-yellow apparently imperforate, a single with enormous margins all round, unused without gum. Unusual and eye-catching. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing10c. on 9ca. dull yellow-green in a block of ten from the top left sheet corner, pane I [1/22] including broken foot of kun [7], with full original gum; small mark on one. A scarce multiple. S.G. 83; Chan 79, d. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing10c. on 9ca. grey-green, variety surcharge inverted in a vertical pair, lightly mounted mint; the top stamp has a light diagonal crease across one corner and a reinforced or repaired corner perforation, the lower stamp is very fine. A fresh and attractive multiple. Chan 79b; S.G. 83a, £4500. Photoprovenance:Paul Hock, October 1983Jane and Dan Sten Olsson, January 2010

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing10c. on 9ca. grey-green surcharge inverted in an irregular block of seven, large part original gum; some split and reinforced perforations. A desirable multiple being the largest know block of this variety. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing10c. on 12ca. orange-yellow in a left margin block of nine, pane II [11/23] with left interpanneau margin including broken top of kun [21], full original gum; perf. reinforcement in the margin. A fine and scarce block. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing10c. on 12ca. orange-yellow large part original gum; a couple of diagonal bends. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing10c. on 12ca. orange-yellow showing broken foot of kun, pane I [7], part original gum. Well centred and very fresh appearance on white paper. Chan 80a. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing30c. on 24ca. light rose-red showing variety of three type B, pane II; large part original gum. Brilliant warm colour and a very fine example of this exceptional rarity for this value. This is the only example which has been recorded by us. CSS 82b. PhotoWe estimate that only 400 stamps (16 sheets) were issues; of these only 7 appear to have been purchased by collectors and remain in unused condition. There are insufficient examples of either the first or third printing to be able to reconstruct the surc...

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing30c. on 24ca. light rose-red, part to large part original gum; old hinge remainders on the reverse, there is a tiny thin spot on the reverse. Well centred and with fresh colour and appearance. A good example of this stamp. Peter Holcombe signature on reverse. S.G. 85; Chan 81. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing30c. on 24ca. pale rose-red, with a central strike of Swatow Dollar dater of 1897 (Aug.). A good example. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Third Printing30c. on 24ca. pale rose-red, cancelled by a central strike of Swatow pa-kua; well centred with good colour. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Redrawn PrintingBlack Proofs: 1ca. to 24ca. set of nine imperforate on thin card, some values with margins. Fine. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Redrawn Printing½c. on 3ca. bright orange-yellow showing broken top of kun, with interpanneau margin at right, lightly mounted mint. Brilliant colour. Exceptional

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Redrawn Printing½c. on 3ca. bright orange-yellow, variety "½" 0.5mm below character, [19] in a complete pane II which also includes many constant positional varieties including cracked dot of yang [1], broken foot of kun [8], broken central part of kun [14], broken dot of yang [18]. With full original gum, some paper adherences in the top margin; the right hand column with several split perforation and a reinforcement. Exceptionally fresh and a very desirable multiple. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Redrawn Printing½c. on 3ca. light orange-yellow variety "½" 0.5mm below character from pane II [19], unused without gum. S.G. 86a; Chan 82c. Photoprovenance:Brum Pedersen, February 1980

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Redrawn Printing½c. on 3ca. chrome-yellow, variety "½" 0.5mm below character, part original gum; the surcharge is centred unusually high. A good example of this error. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Redrawn Printing½c. on 3ca. light orange-yellow variety "½" 0.5mm below character from pane IV [8] in a vertical pair with full original gum. A good multiple. Photoprovenance:Lyons Livingston, June 1976

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Redrawn Printing2c. on 2ca. pale green, variety imperforate between horizontal pair, large part original gum; fresh and fine on white paper. A delightful example of this scarce variety. Chan 83a; S.G. 87a, £35,000. Photoprovenance: Philipp von FerraryMajor James Starr, September 1991Beckeman Collection, May 1999Only 13 pairs of the possible 15 have been recorded, all are unused

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Narrow Setting, Redrawn PrintingA selection with ½c. on 3ca. unused (4) and used (2) plus 2c. on 2ca. unused (7) and used (3); one 2c. with tear and a couple showing gum ageing, others are fine. (16)

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Covers1c. Printed Paper Rate: 1897 (18 May) printed paper wrapper front to Chinfiano bearing wide setting 1c. on 1ca. salmon-red tied by a fine strike of Customs Shanghai c.d.s. Fine. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Covers2c. Under ¼ Ounce: 1897 (27 Sept.) opened-out flimsy envelope used locally in Tientsin bearing narrow setting 1c. on 1ca. horizontal pair variety imperforate between stamp and interpanneau margin, cancelled by light Tientsin pa-kua and, on the reverse, Tientsin Dollar dater along with postman's delivery note. A very scarce variety used on cover. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Covers10c. international Rate plus 10c. Registration: 1897 (13 July) opened-out envelope registered to Austria bearing wide setting 30c. on 24ca. with variety of three type C tied by Hankow Dollar dater and, on the reverse, small figures ½c. on 3ca. block of eight with similar cancellation and tied by Shanghai Dollar dater (16.7); the 30c. stamp on the address side is partly covered by three France "Chine" 25c. (defects) but leaving the positional variety clear and tied by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s., there is a fine strike of large "R" i...

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Covers10c. international Rate: 1897 (Aug.) envelope to Germany bearing wide setting 10c. on 12ca. tied by Tientsin pa-kua with an indistinct strike of the Dollar dater alongside, with France "Chine" 25c. tied by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s. and, on the reverse, Shanghai Dollar dater (19.8) and Neustadt arrival (27.9) and paper seal of the Japanese legation. A scarce value on cover. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Covers2c. Under ¼ Ounce: 1897 (25 Sept.) Brass envelope to Soochow bearing redrawn 2c. on 2ca vertical strip of three (straight edge at foot) tied by Shanghai Dollar dater in deep blue and, on the reverse, Soochow Dollar dater (26.9) arrival; a little roughly opened and one stamp with defective corner. Pays triple rate. A scarce value on cover. Photoprovenance:Beckeman Collection, November 1998literature:Covers and Cards of Empress Dowager Jubilee and its Surcharge issues, Tony Kwan, 2011 (illustrated page 992) The postage rate was...

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Covers10c. international Rate: 1897 (28 Sept.) double weight envelope to France "Per French Post" bearing horizontal pairs of narrow setting 2c. on 2ca. variety imperforated between stamp and interpanneau margin with wide setting 10c. on 12ca. (pane II [13-14] including cracked dot of yang type B) well tied by Chefoo Dollar dater with France "Chine" 50c. alongside tied by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s., the reverse (flap missing) with Shanghai Dollar dater (30.9) and part of the arrival c.d.s. A rare and delightful franking paying double we...

China1897 New Currency SurchargesLarge Figures Surcharge, Covers1899 (11 Sept.) small envelope registered to Wuchow bearing Large Figures, Narrow Setting 5c. on 5ca. chrome-yellow in combination with I.C.P. ½c. block of four cancelled by neat Canton bilingual c.d.s. with a fine strike of large registered "R" alongside, with Wuchow bilingual c.d.s. on the reverse. Philatelic. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesSmall Figures2c. on 3c. red cancelled by a good strike of "pagoda anchorage/customs/mail matter" double oval; well centred, some light oxidation and a weak corner perf. A good cancellation. Photoprovenance:T.S. Yang, June 2016

China1897 Revenue SurchargesSmall Figures2c. on 3c. red [16] tied on piece by a nearly complete strike of Nanking Dollar dater, 1897 (27 Aug.); some light soiling. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesSmall Figures2c. on 3c. red [17] showing broken fen, part original gum; fresh and fine appearance. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesSmall Figures2c. on 3c. red [19-20] in a horizontal pair from the lower right corner of the sheet, cancelled by a superb strike of Customs Shanghai c.d.s. dated 1897 (19 Feb.) and clearly shows the corner scratch marks on stamp [100]. Fine and delightful. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures1c. on 3c. red cancelled by a central strike of the square Hangchow Post Office postmark; good to fine. R.P.S. Certificate (2015). Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures1c. on 3c. horizontal pair [2-3] cancelled by a neat strike of bilingual Hankow c.d.s. dated (1 Nov.); there is a light purple wavy line printed over the pair. Attractive. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures1c. on 3c. red [4] (sheet position [9]) cancelled by a central strike of Customs Soochow c.d.s. dated 1897 (25 Feb.); blunted corner perf., fresh and attractive. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures1c. on 3c. red [13] tied on small piece by a neat and full strike of Foochow bilingual c.d.s. dated 1901 (6 Dec.). There is a short perforation at foot, otherwise superb. B.P.A. Certificate (2018). Photoprovenance:Aaron Li, December 2017

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures1c. on 3c. red [21], large part original gum; a magnificent example which is well centred with large margins and fresh colour. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures1c. on 3c, and large figures 2c. on 3c. used; poor. (2)

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures2c. on 3c. red [22], large part original gum. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures2c. on 3c. red cancelled by a central and very readable strike of Customs Hankow c.d.s. dated 1897 (31 May); a few short perfs. at foot. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures2c. on 3c. red in a horizontal pair cancelled by a very neat strike of Nanking Imperial Post Office oval dated 1897 (26 May) struck in purple. An attractive and very fine example of this scarce postmark. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures2c. on 3c. red cancelled by Soochow Dollar dater, 1897 (18 Aug.) in the reddish black shade; centred left and light soiling. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures2c. on 3c. red tied on small piece by a complete strike of Customs Wenchow type b c.d.s. dated 1897 (13 Apr.); there is some oxidation of the colour but a very good example of this scarce postmark. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures2c. on 3c. red, a small of used with different cancellations including Customs Shanghai and a Dollar dater; good to fine. (3). Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures4c. on 3c. red [3] on small piece with 2c. on 2ca. (LW2) cancelled by a half strike of Chungking Dollar dater 1897 (12 Sept.); some soiling and oxidation of the red colour. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures4c. on 3c. red [5] tied on piece by a complete strike of Shanghai Dollar dater. 1897 (22 July). A good example. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures4c. on 3c. red, three examples [5], [20], [23], part original gum; slightly mixed centring; there are a couple of possible tiny thins. Very fresh colours. Photo. (3)

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures4c. on 3c. red [6], cancelled by Shanghai Dollar dater in blue-black; centred a little to the left

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures4c. on 3c. red [8], part original gum with hinge remainder; well centred, fresh and fine. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures4c. on 3c. red [11], large part original gum; well centred and fresh. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures4c. on 3c. red [15], large part original gum; well centred, fresh and fine on white paper. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures4c. on 3c. red [18] plus 2c. on 3c. red, both neatly cancelled by Customs Shanghai c.d.s. dated 1897 (18 May); attractive. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures4c. on 3c. red [21] cancelled by a central strike of Hangchow Post Office square cancellations; a good example of ths scarce postmark. B.P.A. Certificate (2018). Photoprovenance:"D.C." collection, March 2003Aaron Li, December 2017

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures$1 on 3c. red [2] cancelled by a central strike of Customs Amoy c.d.s. dated 1897 (2 Feb.) the first official day if issue; there is some light soiling but a very good example with such a clear date. Photoprovenance:T.S. Yang, June 2016

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures$1 on 3c. red [3], part original gum; well centred and with good colour Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures$1 on 3c. red [14] cancelled by a very neat strike of Customs Lungchow c.d.s. dated 1897 (19 Apr.); a fresh and very fine example of this scarce postmark. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures$1 on 3c. red [14] cancelled by a very fine strike of Kiungchow or Pakhoi pa-kua; very well centred, fresh and very fine. A choice example and a scarce postmark. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures$1 on 3c. red [15], part original gum with old hinge remainder; good centring with wide margins. Brilliant colour makes this a choice example. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures$1 on 3c. red [20] cancelled by a good strike of Swatow pa-kua; well centred and fine. B.P.A. Certificate (2018). Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesLarge Figures$1 on 3c. red [24] cancelled by a heavy strike of Shanghai Dollar dater, 1898 (23 Apr.). Stanley Gibbons guarantee handstamp on the reverse. Photo

China1897 Revenue SurchargesCovers1898 (6 Nov.) envelope to the China Inland Mission in Shanghai bearing Large Figures 2c. on 3c. red [5] tied by a good strike of the Hankow Dollar dater, the reverse with a very faint strike of company oval and Shanghai Local Post arrival (6.22); there is some very light aging but still an attractive cover. B.P.A. Certificate (2018). Photoprovenance:Aaron Li, December 2017

China1897 Revenue SurchargesCovers1899 (July) commercial envelope to Ningpo bearing Large Figures 2c. on 3c. red tied by Shanghai pa-kua, the reverse with Standard life Assurance company oval and a very fine strike of Ningpo bilingual c.d.s. arrival; some light ageing to the adhesive, generally good to fine. B.P.A. Certificate (2016). Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Dragons, Small Figures5c. on 5ca. olive-yellow, a complete sheet of forty from setting IV with sheet margins on three sides (the sheet margin at foot was removed for surcharging). with full original gum. This sheet shows the distinctive positional varieties including the catalogued varieties of rounded corner (2b) left pane [16] and break in top left corner square (1) as well as broken character yin left pane [20], rounded top right corner (3) right pane [12].There are a few small tone spots on the reverse and the gum shows some light ageing, nevertheles...

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Dragons, Small FiguresA selection on exhibition page with 1c. on 1ca. unused (3) and used (5), two with early dates of 1897 (18 and 19 Feb.); 2c. on 3ca. unused (5) one showing broken "2" (left pane [5] and one showing "2" over "en" (right pane [15]), used (3) one with Customs Ningpo datestamp and "2" over "nt" (left pane [8]); 5c. on 5ca. unused (4) and used (4), one showing broken top of kun. Generally fair to fine. (24)

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Dragons, Large Figures1c. on 1ca. to 5c. on 5ca. set of three, part original gum; good colours, 2c. on 2ca. apparently showing cracked dot of yang; 2c. on 2ca. and 5c. on 5ca. with hinge remainders and F.Z. Chun handstamps on reverse. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Dragons, Large Figures1c. on 1ca. dull green in a top left corner block of six, left pane from setting VIII, with full original gum; some light gum ageing, A good setting block. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Dragons, Large Figures5c. on 5ca. olive-yellow, a complete sheet of forty from setting IV with sheet margins on three sides (the sheet margin at foot was removed for surcharging), with full original gum. This sheet shows the distinctive positional varieties including the catalogued varieties of rounded corner (2b) left pane [16] and break in top left corner square (1) as well as broken character yin left pane [20], rounded top right corner (3) right pane [12].There is some light gum ageing as usual and a couple of light tone marks; well centred and in a...

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Dragons, Large FiguresA selection on page with 1c. on 1ca. unused pair (including cliché 8) and single plus used (2); 2c. on 3ca. unused (3) including cliché 13 and used; 5c. on 5ca. unused (3) and used (2); generally good to fine. (14)

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Dragons Covers1903 (Oct.) Hong Kong formula picture postcard to Breitenfeldt in Ling Shan Wei bearing Small Figures 1c. on 1ca. green tied by a good strike of Chaotsun District rectangle struck on blue and, alongside, a fine strike of Lingshanwei District tombstone in black. Very fine, pays 1c. local printed paper (post card) rate. PhotoM.C. Breitenfeldt of the Customs House in Lingshanwei was a collector who was keen to acquire the different rectangular postmarks

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Dragons Covers1903 (Jan.) Breitfeldt Hong Kong formula picture postcard to Ling Shan Wei bearing Small Figures 2c. on 3ca. tied by a good strike of Wangtai Post Office rectangle struck in blue and, on the reverse, a superb strike of Lingshanwei District tombstone struck in black. A fine and very scarce card. Pays the 1c. rate. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca. set of ten, large part original gum; 2c. on 2ca. and 8c. on 6ca. with paper hinge remnants; a fresh and desirable set. Chan 37-46. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge½c. on 3ca. to 30c. on 24ca. set of ten, part original gum; some hinge remainders and there are some light age marks; the 1c. on 1ca. is a short stamp. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge½c. on 3ca. bright orange-yellow in a pane of twenty, right pane setting A including 3.5 mm between characters [15], with full original gum; without margins. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow, the complete left pane from setting B, stamp [1] showing the variety "/2" of "1/2" omitted, with margins on three sides from sheet pane 1, with full original gum, hinge remainders in the top margin. Fresh and fine. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge½c. on 3ca. yellow-orange in a block of thirty from setting B, including the complete right pane showing the positional variety including large stop (R[7]) and 3.5mm spacing (R[15]). The stamps are from either panes 1 and 2 or 5 and 6 and feature the retouched "3" type B (left pane [11]). With full original gum; vertical crease at right, fresh. PhotoDr Chan Shiu Hon (The Empress Dowager Birthday Commemorative Issues and Surcharges) was unable to locate which pane this particular retouched "3" originated

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge½c. on 3ca. yellow-orange variety bar and "2" omitted from surcharge, in a left margin vertical pair, setting B [1/5], lightly mounted mint; fresh and fine displaying rich colour. S.G. 37e; Chan 37i. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow variety imperforate between vertical pair, large part original gum. These stamps are from setting A and are left pane [3/7] and show the very wide top margin which is typical of some of these stamps. A fine example of this error. Small "sr" handstamp on the reverse. Chan 37l; S.G. 37b. Photoprovenance:James K. Senior, October 1971 So far only 13 unused and one used pair recorded, this pair is from the pair of panes from the left side of the printer's sheet

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow variety imperforate between vertical pair, pane 1 [2/7] two pairs which have been skillfully rejoined back into the original block of four, large part original gum and show the wide margin at top. The left pair showing a small thin in the top margin; an attractive and desirable multiple. Photoprovenance:Left pair: M.D. Chow, April 1996Right pair: Huang Ming Fang, June 2003 This block is from the pair of panes from the right side of the printer's sheet

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge½c. on 3ca. yellow-orange variety imperforate between horizontal pair and side margin, setting A, right pane [15-16], the left stamp showing the wide 3.5mm space between figure and characters, large part original gum. A fine variety of this rare combination of errors, only three pairs have been recorded so far and this is unique with the additional wide space variety. Small "sr" handstamp on the reverse. Photoprovenance:James K. Senior, October 1971

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge½c. on 3ca. orange-yellow variety surcharge double in a horizontal pair, setting B, right pane [18-19] with the typical straight edge at foot from the bottom row of the sheet. Apparently unmounted mint, very fresh colour, a delightful and magnificent pair of this variety. So far only thirty unused and one used example has been recorded. Chen Shih Jen certificate (1998). Chan 37k; S.G. 37d, £70,000provenance:Sir David Roseway, November 1963Spink auction, November 1998

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge1c. on 1ca. deep vermilion in a pane of twenty, setting A, left pane (pane 5 with central cross in the margin), without gum. Fresh. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge1c. on 1ca. pale vermilion variety surcharge inverted, a horizontal pair cancelled by Hankow pa-kua, setting A, left pane [14-15] ([15] with "1" over "e"); there is a straight score mark at the top of the stamps which does not detract from the very good multiple. Chan 38d; S.G. 38a, £16,000. Photoprovenance:Beckeman Collection, November 1998

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge1c. on 1ca. pale reddish orange showing the variety both characters at left poorly printed and virtually missing, large part original gum. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge2c. on 2ca. green variety incomplete surcharge in a horizontal pair, the left stamp with much of "nts" and tso, and the right stamp with part fen missing; fresh with full original gum. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge2c. on 2ca. green variety surcharge double, left pane [6]. part to large part original gum and shows the typical offset of the surcharge on the reverse; there are some irregular perforation on the right side. A good example of this scarce variety. B.P.A. Certificate (2012). Chan 39c; S.G. 39e. £20,000. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge2c. on 2ca. light green variety surcharge inverted cancelled by part Shanghai Dollar dater in blue dated 1897 (20 Sept.), the earliest recorded on this error; the stamp is a little aged and a few clipped perforations at foot. A good example of this stamp. S.G. 29d; Chan 39d. PhotoOnly one sheet was issued, of these 40 stamps only one is known unused and there are 22 used stamps recorded. All are with the Shanghai Dollar daters, many in blue, and recordable dates are between 20th September and 8th November 1897. It is believed that these...

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge4c. on 4ca. rose-pink in a complete pane of twenty, setting C, right pane with margins on two sides, full original gum with some adherences near one corner. Vibrant fresh colour. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge4c. on 4ca. light carmine-pink, a complete sheet, setting C, either panes 1 and 2 or 9 and 10 cancelled by Customs Shanghai March 25, 1897 c.d.s.; margins on two sides; there is some oxidation of the colour on the reverse but still of fine appearance. A good sheet. PhotoWe estimate that there are only twelve complete sheet remaining

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge4c. on 4ca. pale rose-pink variety imperforate between horizontal pair, good used with light strikes of Kiungchow pa-kua and with wide margin at right. E&C certificate (2018). Chan 40h; S.G. 40a, £18,000. PhotoOnly seven used pairs have been recorded

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge5c. on 5ca. yellow-orange in a block of four, setting A, left pane [9/14] including broken "5" variety [10], lightly mounted; fresh and fine. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge8c. on 6ca brown variety imperforate between vertical strip of three, large part original gum; some light ageing. Straight edge at foot typical as being from the bottom of the sheet. Chan 42e. PhotoOriginating from two original sheets, 32 strips are possible. 19 unused strips are recorded plus a few additional pairs

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge8c. on 6ca. brown variety imperforate between a vertical strip of three, [9/17] part to large part original gum; there are s few short perfs. near the top left corner. A good example of this error. Signed by Peter Holcombe. Chan 42g. Photoprovenance:'Ming', March 1987

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge8c. on 6ca brown variety imperforate between vertical strip of three, the lower two stamps used on piece with 4c. on 4ca. rose-pink cancelled by part Ningpo Dollar dater, the upper stamp partly covered by French "Chine" 50c. tied by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s.. The upper stamp of the pair has been roughly torn from the strip. A rare used example of this error. PhotoIt is interesting to note that his pair has a very wide left margin, this does not fit the typical centring of the other strips

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge10c. on 6ca. brown in a complete sheet of forty, panes 10 and 11 with margins on three sides (missing at foot) from the one setting C, with full original gum showing typical gum wash; a few split perforations around the edges. A good sheet. Photoprovenace:Beckeman Collection, November 1998We estimate that there are about 15 to 20 sheets remaining intact

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge10c. on 6ca. chocolate in a complete sheet of forty, panes 10 and 11 with margins on two sides, with full original gum showing the incomplete washing around the side margin; folded perfs. down central and some perf. separation around edges. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge10c. on 6ca. reddish brown in a block of four, right pane [1/6] including nick at side on "1" [2], lightly mounted mint. Fresh and fine. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge10c. on 6ca. brown, variety imperforate between vertical pair in a top right corner vertical strip of three, pane 2 [4/12], large part original gum; some gum is missing from the top margin and there are a couple of tone patches which are barely visible from the front. Well centred and good colour. A most desirable positional piece. Chan 43c; S.G. 43c, £11,000. Photoprovenance:Richard Canman, October 1972Only sixteen unused and one used pair recorded

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge10c. on 9ca. variety surcharge double, [19] part original gum; fresh colour on bright, white paper. A very desirable example of this popular error. Only twenty stamps were released and all have been identified. A rarity. Chan 44f; S.G. 44c, £75,000. Photoprovenance: Godfrey Mellor, May 1969'Renaissance', March 1999

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge10c. on 12ca. dull orange in a left, interpanneau block of six [11/22] cancelled by Customs Shanghai 1897 (24 Feb.) c.d.s.; with full gum. Fresh and fine. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge10c. on 12ca. dull orange, variety imperforate horizontally, a vertical strip of three from the top left corner of pane 3, large part original gum; there is a corner crease and light horizontal bend in the top margin, some ink notation in the margin at left (date and cost of purchase) and there is some light ageing of the paper. A delightful positional strip. Chan 45e. Photoprovenance:Ellery Denison, November 1988Beckeman Collection, May 1998Huang Ming Fang, June 2003

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge10c. on 12ca. dull orange variety imperforate horizontally in a block of four [18/24] including broken top of kun [24], unusually for this variety, perforated bottom margin, large part original gum. A very good block. Signed by Peter Holcombe. S.G. 45a; Chan 45c. Photoprovenance:Godfrey Mellor, May 1969

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures Surcharge30c. on 24ca. rose red variety without watermark, positional variety break in 3 [24] and cancelled by a light strike of Customs Amoy c.d.s. 1897 (25 Feb.). Fresh and fine. CSS 52g. PhotoPosition [24] is an interesting stamp and suggests that there were two printings of this surcharge. Both show the wide space on [19] but [24] either shows the broken lower bar of '3', as shown here, or broken top of kun

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures SurchargeCovers1897 (3 Apr.) long envelope to Shanghai, treble weight, bearing 2c. on 2ca. green (6) tied by Kiukiang pa-kua with neat Customs Kiukiang despatch c.d.s. in red in the lower corner and, on the reverse, Customs Shanghai arrival (5.4) and postman's notation. One 2c. with 3.5mm spacing. There is a vertical crease towards the left of the envelope, well away from the stamps and markings. A very good cover. Pays 4c. letter rate. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures SurchargeCovers1897 (1 Sept.) cover front registered to the French Legation in Peking bearing 8c. on 6ca. brown tied by a fine strike of the Shanghai Dollar dater in blue-black with a fine strike of the large "R" in red alongside. Pays 4c. Letter Rate plus 4c. Registration. Photoliterature:Covers and Cards of Empress Dowager Jubilee and its Surcharge issues, Tony Kwan, 2011 (illustrated page 919)

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures SurchargeCovers1902 (25 June) Maus picture post card registered to Germany bearing Small Figures 10c. on 6ca. and C.I.P. 4c. the latter tied by Foochow bilingual c.d.s., a superb strike of the boxed Foochow registered handstamp plus Hong Kong 2c. green (2) and 10c. blue tied by very good strike of the Foochow boxed "I.P.O." tieprint and Hong Kong registered c.d.s. (2.7) plus Baden arrival (4.8). A spectacular and highly unusual franking. Photo

China1897 New Currency SurchargesSmall Figures SurchargeCovers1904 (22 Jan.) large envelope to Leipzig bearing pairs of Small Figures 10c. on 6ca. reddish brown, C.I.P. 5c. rose and 5c. reddish orange tied by Shanghai bilingual c.d.s. with a good strike of boxed Shanghai registered handstamp and with French post office transit (23.1) alongside; wax seals and indistinct c.d.s. on the reverse. Sent by E. Ruhrtrat of Shanghai Customs House. An attractive cover. Photo

China1898-1910 Chinese Imperial PostSun and MoonTsimo: 1903 (5 June) envelope to Berlin bearing C.I.P. 10c. tied by a superb strike of this distinctive datestamp with Kiaochow 5c. (2) tied by Tsingtau c.d.s. (23.6) and, on the reverse, Kiaochow bilingual c.d.s. (21.6) and Berlin arrival (31.7). Addressed to the director of the German Mission. The postmark has been improved by additional painting in, there is a small cover fault at top. Photo

China1912 Provisional NeutralityFoochow, Postage Due1c. brown, large part original gum. A fine example of this very scarce stamp which was prepared but not issued; approximately 20 examples recorded. Triangular dealer's handstamp on reverse. B.P.A. Certificate (1956). Chan DU5; S.G. D177, £23,000. Photoprovenence:Robson Lowe auction, January 1968

China1912 Republic OverprintsShanghai Statistical DepartmentValues to $1, $2 and $5, part original gum; $2 is lightly mounted and the high values with fresh colours; the low values are a little mixed in places. (12). Photo

China1912 Republic OverprintShanghai Statistical Department½c. brown in a block of thirty five, lightly mounted mint; slight gum glazing. S.G. 192

China1912 Republic OverprintShanghai Statistical Department$1 red and flesh in a top right corner block of four, from plate II, one stamp with the distinctive dot in "1" [15], mounted in the top margin only, the stamps are unmounted mint. Well centred, a choice multiple of this issue. Chan 164; S.G. 204, £3000. Photo

China1912 Republic OverprintShanghai Commercial Press2c. green in a pane of twenty with interpanneau margin at right, unmounted mint. S.G. 217

Hong KongBooklets2001 CLP Centenary prestige booklet, the two enclosed miniature sheets inside cut approximately 15mm low; the complete booklet, clean and very fine. Scarce

Hong KongPostage DuesA collection of sets with 1921-56 set of five both watermark upright and sideways, large part original gum, some light ageing; 1938-53 set of seven perforated "specimen", fine plus the issued stamps including chalky paper unmounted mint; 1954-70, 1972 and 1976 sets unmounted mint. A good lot. (49)

Hong KongPostage Dues1930, a composite essay for a proposed Zanzibar Postage Due based on the Hong Kong design with the scales produced by a semi-photographic process and the remainder of the design hand-painted in dark green. On thin card 52x48mm) affixed to the thick De la Rue card and marked "DUPLICATE 9.10.30". This design was produced at the request of the Zanzibar authorities and shows a different shape to the background surround. One of only two recorded and would make a desirable addition to a collection of Hong Kong postage dues. Ex Griffith Jones. Photo

Hong KongRevenuesA good collection of used stamps and documents on pages, Q.V. with 1867 values to $1, 1885 to 50c., 1903 values to $6, 1907 to $4, 1912 to $25 plus $100 (faded), 1921 to $25, K.G.VI values to £200 (2); Bill of Exchange with K.G.V values to $5 (2), K.G.VI values to $20; Contract Note K.G.VI values to $20, and Q.E. values to $200 plus some of the provisional surcharges. Also a collection of documents with B of E with K.G.V (18) bearing values to $1 K.G.VI (3) with values to $1; Contract Note bearing Q.E. (14) with values to $40 and some surcharges. A good lot

Hong KongBritish Post Offices in ChinaThe British Postal Museum Archive Registration SheetsThe exceptional holding of fourteen requisition sheets from the first requisitions of both watermarks.1916 watermark Multiple Crown CA with 1c. dark chocolate-brown including broken crown variety, 8c. slate-grey, 10c. ultramarine-blue, 12c. purple-brown on yellow, 20c. reddish purple and sage-green, 25c. reddish purple and magenta, 30c. reddish purple and chrome-yellow, $1 reddish purple and deep ultramarine on blue and $2 carmine and slate-black. Each sheet of 240 has had one stamp removed for display p...

Hong KongBritish Post Offices in China1917-2150c. to $10 set of six overprinted or handstamped "specimen", large part original gum to lightly mounted; rich colours. A good set. S.G. 12-17s, £2250. Photo. (6)

Hong KongBritish Post Offices in China1917-211c. to $10 with all shades of the 50c., plus 1c. shade and 1c. Crown broken at right, large part original gum to lightly mounted. A good set though the 50c. white back is not guaranteed. S.G. 1-17. (21). Photo

Hong KongBritish Post Offices in China1917-21$1 grey-purple and blue on blue in a lower margin block of four, unmounted mint; some tone spots on the reverse. S.G. 13a, £360

Hong KongBritish Post Offices in China1917-21$3 green and purple, lightly mounted mint. S.G. 15, £700. Photo

Hong KongBritish Post Offices in China1917-21$5 green and red on blue-green, lightly mounted mint; fine. S.G. 16, £350. Photo

Hong KongBritish Post Offices in China1917-211917 (31 Mar.) Mustard & Co. envelope to Denmark bearing K.G.V 10c. ultramarine tied by Shanghai VI double-ring c.d.s. and there is a light strike of a triangular examiner's handstamp, with Russian censor seal and handstamp at side and a part strike of Russian transit c.d.s. on the reverse; some light bends. Photo

Hong KongBritish Post Offices in China1922-271c. to $2 set of eleven with additional 4c. broken character and 25c. broken flower varieties, lightly mounted mint; 25c. broken flower with part hinge remainder. A good set. 18-28, £1675. Photo

Hong KongBritish Post Offices in China1922-274c. carmine-rose variety broken Chinese character at right, in a lower left corner block of ten, unmounted mint; some light gum browning. S.G. 20a, £550

Hong KongBritish Post Offices in China1922-2750c. black on emerald handstamped "specimen", large part original gum, fine. S.G. 26s, £275

Hong KongBritish Post Offices in China1922-2750c. black on emerald handstamped "specimen" in a horizontal pair, lightly mounted. A fine and scarce multiple. Photo

ChinaPostal HistoryCustoms PostPeking: 1890 (21 June) small envelope to Germany bearing a fair strike of the Peking oval "I.G./Mail Matter" struck in grey-blue, partly covered by France 75c. tied by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s. (27.6) with a second strike alongside plus "ligne n/paq. fr. no.1"datestamp (28.6), the reverse with I.G. of Customs Peking c.d.s. in blue, part Customs Shanghai c.d.s. and Stuttgart arrival (5.8). A good cover. Photo

ChinaCollections and RangesA small, miscellaneous selection of items which includes 1894-95 a group of letters relating to Chinkiang Local Post regarding orders for stamps, three are from the H.S.B.C., two mentioning payments made by Baron Gunzburg; a print of a street scene in Yarkand in Sinkiang; a printed document bearing an imperforate stamp in purple which features a map of Asia, large margins all round, unusual; and an old newspaper which features a rather appealing chromo-litho coloured pictures of Chinese people chasing away the military. Condition is a little variable in places

ChinaCollections and RangesA selection of middle period covers which includes registered, paquebot, Moukden-Pekin t.p.o. (poor), 1926-40 Chinese stamps cancelled by U.S. Sea post Office duplex (3), Silver Yuan Fukien province 2c. on $2,000,000 (2) plus 4c. on envelope from Amoy, air mail covers to U.S.A. (4) with a range of different frankings. A typical mixed lot. (28 covers)

ChinaCollections and RangesA small group of unused sets with 1909 Emperor Hsuan T'ung set (2), 1921 first Airmail set, 1932 North-West Scientific Expedition set and Revenue 10 cash to 1000 cash set of three; condition is mixed, some stamps with toned gum. (18)

Hong KongCollections and RangesA group of postcards which includes a fine unused German chromo-litho card illustrating H.K. postage stamps, cards from Hong Kong (5) bearing 4c. or 5c. frankings, real photo cards of scenic views (3) with two used, a couple of others including 1c. franked card to U.S.A. tied by U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai duplex. (12 cards)

Hong KongCollections and RangesA small group of covers from 1852 stampless wrapper to Liverpool rated "2/3", 1886 10c. franked envelope to England "via Naples", 1903 envelope to England bearing unfranked pair of 2c., K.G.V 4c. and 10c. (3) franked covers and 1903 4c. stationery card to Germany; condition is a little mixed in places. (8 covers)

Hong KongCollections and RangesA selection of K.G.VI with some first day covers of the definitives including 20c. black corner stamp with requisition number "D00015", Branch Office c.d.s. on covers with Sham Shui Po and Un Long; some positional varieties, two on cover and a group of 1938 5c. postal fiscal on cover (4). Generally good to fine

Hong KongCollections and RangesA selection of mostly mint multiples with K.E.VII values to $1 (2), 1921-37 1c. brown in a corner block of nine which includes the broken crown repaired variety, 2c. blue-green in a left margin block of eighteen including variety damaged to the right side of the crown and 2c. grey in a lower left corner block of eighteen; 1938-52 15c. scarlet in a lower left corner block of twenty four and $1 red-orange and green on chalky paper in an unmounted block of nine; 1961 Hong Kong University in a block of twenty and fine used blocks of four (5) and a few others. Also a...

Hong KongCollections and Ranges1888-1900, a small group of Q.V. covers with 1888 (3 Apr.) 10c. blue-green on envelope to Holland, 1891 (16 Nov.) much travelled envelope (adhesive removed) to Sweden and returned with a fine array of transit marks and Gone Away label, 1899 (9 Aug.) envelope to Boston "Per 'E.China'" bearing strip of three 10c. purple on red and 1900 (18 Sept.) envelope to Cairo Per "English Mail" bearing 10c. purple on red with part perfin (Carlowitz & Co.); condition is a little mixed in places. (4 covers)

Hong KongCollections and RangesA middle period, mint selection on stock pages which includes K.G.VI 1938-52 sets (5) (most 1938 and $10 tones); Q.E. with 1954-56 set to $10 (2) with some additional shades, Annigoni sets including $10 glazed paper, 1973-82 sets, 1982-86 in singles and multiples with values to $50 (18) plus some others.; apparently unmounted mint though some toning on some of the earliest values

ChinaCovers and CancellationsAir MailDomestic1924 (1 Aug.) Summer Resort flight from Peking to Pehtaiho Beach, envelope bearing 1921 first airmail set of five cancelled by Peking bilingual c.d.s. plus Junk 3c. tied by Peking c.d.s. (8.8) and bilingual "To be despatched by Aerial Service" and, on the reverse, Pehtaiho Beach bilingual c.d.s. Fine. PhotoThe reason for the delay of this flight is unknown. A scarce cover, only 8 recorded by David LuFor a 1930 first flight, see lot 5253

ChinaCovers and CancellationsAir MailInternational1944 (14 Apr.) envelope registered to U.S.A. bearing, on the reverse, Sun Yat Sen $46 franking tied by Kunming (Yunnanfu) c.d.s. with Miami (9.9) and Boston (11.9) c.d.s.; the address side with grey-blue Par Avion etiquette, pencil Kunming registration mark with Indian censor seal and handstamp at side. The cover has been roughly opened. Pays postage $4, registration $6 and double $18 airmail by route 8. Photo

ChinaCovers and CancellationsAnti-Bandit ChopsSzechwan: Chungking; 1941 (15 Feb.) 1c. Sun Yat Sen postal stationery card to U.S.A. uprated with Dah Tung $5 deep green and scarlet with a fine strike of the anti-bandit handstamp in purple, cancelled by dotted Chungking Chinese/English c.d.s. Clean and fine. A scarce stamp on postcard. Photo

ChinaCovers and CancellationsCensored Mail1945 (9 July) military cover address to unit 965 bearing Central trust $3 yellow tied by a large part strike of Yunnan c.d.s. and sent from a member of unit 92, the reverse with a good strike of the bilingual "c.c.o./passed" double circle censor handstamp; the cover has been roughly opened. Photo

ChinaCovers and CancellationsIncoming MailEgypt: 1904 (11 Dec.) picture postcard to Shanghai bearing Egypt 5m. rose-carmine tied by Brindisi "paquebots" (Hosking 487) with Brindisi c.d.s. alongside (14.12), and good strikes of German Post Office Shanghai and Shanghai Local Post c.d.s. (19.1). Unusual

ChinaCovers and CancellationsPostmarksDated Oval: Pingtu; 1900 ((6 May) 1c. postal stationery card to Germany (the C.I.P. adhesive has fallen off) cancelled by a good strike of rectangular post office cancellation with a good strike of Pingtu dated oval alongside, there is also a fair strike of the scarce Shaho dated oval, then sent via the German Post Office with Kiaochow dated oval (10.5) and "China" 5pf. tied by Tsingtao c.d.s. (11.5) and Frankfurt arrival (18.6), redirected on arrival; some soiling but scarce dated oval postmarks. Photo

ChinaCovers and CancellationsPostmarksFoochow: A selection of C.I.P. and Republic overprints with Dollar dater, bilingual and other postmarks; generally good. (16)

ChinaCovers and CancellationsPostmarksPost Office: Lintu Hsien, Szechwan province; 1902 (30 Sept.) 1c. postal stationery card (second issue) to Ceylon, uprated I.C.P. 1c. (2) cancelled by good strikes of the boxed Post Office cancellations, with Chungking (9.10) and Shanghai (20.10) bilingual c.d.s., French Shanghai c.d.s. (20.10), Hong Kong (24.10) and Colombo arrival (6.11) c.d.s.; vertical folding crease otherwise fresh and fine. Photo

ChinaCovers and CancellationsPostmarksLunar Datestamp: Kayin; 1909 (2 Oct.) Coiling Dragon 1c. stationery card (fourth issue) to Switzerland with 1909 Hsuan T'ung 3c. tied by a smudged strike of the despatch c.d.s. with a neat strike of Swatow bilingual c.d.s. (10.10) alongside. Good. Photo

ChinaRevenues1908 (c.) 1000 cash American Banknote Co. in sheets of one hundred unused, some toning and other faults, unusual in such large blocks. (300)

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsBarred Oval Postmarks62B: a group of pairs with type A in blue on pair of 30c. mauve (rejoined); type B on pair of 10c. green and type D on pair of 10c. deep blue-green. A good group of these popular postmarks. Photo. (6)

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsBarred Oval PostmarksH62: 1863-71 8c. bright orange cancelled by a superb strike of the rare "H62" in deep blue; several faults including large thin, trimmed wing margin and some perfs. clipped or cut into. The very clear strike make this a collectable example. Webb RR. Photo

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsBranch OfficesSheng Shui: 1922 (3 Apr.) piece bearing K.G.V 8c. grey vertical right margin pair cancelled by good strikes of the type B c.d.s. with "X" at foot.. Fine and an important example of this rare postmark (Webb RRR). Photo

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsHong Kong University1912 (14 Mar.) Graca printed envelope bearing 6c., 8c., 10c. (both) and 12c. tied by fine strikes of the University Post Office with a further strike alongside. Pristine. Photo

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsInstructional MarksPaid Only to Hong Kong: 1869 (20 July) Wingate cover to Swatow "bearing 1861-62 10c. blue-green tied by cork cancellation and Haverhill, Mass despatch c.d.s. alongside, San Francisco transit (4.8) both just overstruck by a good strike of the very rare "paid only/to hong kong" the reverse with Hong Kong (5.9) and Swatow (9.9) c.d.s. Very fresh and a fine, clean cover.Believed to be one of only two covers bearing this instructional mark and this lot is accompanied by an article by Mick Goldsmith on this postmark. Photo

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsMarine Sorters1905 (5 Sept.) comic picture post card to Amoy and readdressed to Peking bearing a pair of G.B. K.E.VII ½d. tied by neat Brighton c.d.s., with a very fine strike of "singapore to hong kong" code B Marine Sorter (30.9) in brownish black, Amoy (8.10) and Peking (23.10) bilingual c.d.s. Fine. Photo

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsMaritime MarkingsThe P. & O. Mail: "A86": 1863-72 8c. and 24c. cancelled by superb strikes of the "A86" barred oval; fine and very rare. There two stamps come from the same cover and joint together to show two virtually complete strikes of this popular postmark, paying the 32c. rate. Spectacular. Webb RR. Photoprovenance:George C. Dyer, April 198524c. E.E. Yates, November 1939

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsMaritime Mail1900 (5 July) picture postcard to Singapore bearing 2c. carmine tied by Hong Kong despatch c.d.s. and showing a magnificent strike of "peninsular and oriental steam navigation co." pictorial handstamp in blue. Unusual and fine. Photo

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsMilitary MailH.M.S. Spartan: 1897 (23 Feb.) seaman's envelope to London from a leading seaman on H.M.S. Spartan on the China station and correctly countersigned by the commanding office, bears a pair of Hong Kong 2c. carmine tied by the despatch c.d.s.; vertical folding crease and some soiling. Photo

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsMilitary MailH.M.S. Albatross: 1881 (Jan.) neat envelope from a marine on H.M.S. Albatross stationed in Yokohama, countersigned by the commanding officer across left corner and bearing pair of G.B. 1880-81 1d. Venetian red (2) cancelled by London barred oval obliterators, with a good strike of Hong Kong code B c.d.s. (11.1) and, on the reverse, Castle Douglas (17.2) and New Galloway c.d.s. There is some light soiling, an attractive cover. Photo

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsMilitary MailBritish Forces in Shanghai: 1927-30, two envelopes registered to England, both franked 4½d. and cancelled by the double-circle "army post office/1" c.d.s. and sent via Siberia, each with a similar registration label in light blue on white but bearing different "APO.1" handstamps struck in black; there are a couple of small age faults but still a good pair of covers. (2 covers). Photo

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsOfficially Sealed1933 (Aug.) envelope registered to Macao bearing Australia 1/3d. franking tied by Aubury c.d.s. with the red on white registration label, edge split in transit and bearing Hong Kong Officially Sealed label in blue on white tied by Hong Kong registered c.d.s. (2.9) and with Macao arrival c.d.s.; roughly opened at foot. Photo

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsOverseas CancellationsQueensland: 1900-01 10c. blue horizontal pair cancelled by very good strikes of Thursday Island "148" numerals; there are a few trivial bends. An appealing pair. Photo

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsPostmarksA small group of unusual postmarks with 1882-96 10c. dull mauve cancelled by a clean strike of "B02" of Suez; large 3c. orange revenue cancelled by two strikes of the large "62B"; 1863-71 8c. orange-yellow cancelled by "Y1" in blue; a little mixed in places. (3)

Hong KongCovers and CancellationsRegistered Mail1919 (18 Feb.) envelope registered to Switzerland bearing K.G.V 20c. ited by registered c.d.s. with the registration label alongside, censored and sealed with the large "controle postal militaire" label which has been affixed with four red wax seals of the French Ministry of War and "115" military handstamp in purple; the reverse with Chaux-del-Fonds arrival c.d.s. (16.4) and a superb red wax seal of H.S.B.C.; also 1909 (25 Sept.) K.E.VII 10c. registered envelope size F to Belgium via "Siberian Mail" but with the additional adhesive fallen off....

Foreign Post OfficesFrench Post OfficePeking: 1901 (22 Aug.) mourning envelope from the British Consulate to Cambridge bearing pair of C.I.P. 1c. and 4c. tied by Peking oval datestamp, used with French "Chine" 25c. tied by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s. with a second strike alongside, the reverse with Shanghai bilingual c.d.s. (28.8) and Cambridge arrival (6.10) c.d.s. PhotoFor British Post Office in Foochow, see lot 5111

Foreign Post OfficesFrench Post OfficeShanghai: 1882 (31 Jan.) neat envelope to England bearing Peace and Commerce 2c. (2), 3c. (2) and 15c. tied by gross chiffres "5107" with the single-ring French Shanghai despatch c.d.s. alongside; the reverse with Southampton arrival c.d.s. (13.3). A neat and unusual three-colour franking. The 3c. stamp is rare on mail from Shanghai. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesFrench Post OfficeTientsin: 1900 (18 May) envelope to Liverpool bearing C.I.P. 10c. tied by Tientsin bilingual c.d.s. with French "Chine" 25c. tied by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s. with second strikes of both postmarks alongside; the reverse with Shanghai bilingual c.d.s. and Liverpool arrival (30.6). Light soiling but still attractive. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesFrench Post OfficePostal StationeryA selection of covers and cards with "Chine" overprint on 10c. card (3, one used), 5c. envelope (2) and 25c. letter card (used); "chine" overprint on 10c. card; Mouchon type with 5c. and 15c. envelope (2 sizes), 15c. letter card (3, one complete and fine used to Germany; surcharges with 2c. on 5c. envelope, 4c. on 10c. card and "taxe rebuite" 10c. on 10c. letter card; also Indo China 10c. card uprated and used from Canton to Saigon. Also Kiaochow 5c. and 10c. cards and reply cards fine unused. (21 covers)For other French P.O. covers, see...

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1898 45 Degree overprint3pf. bistre-brown, fine used with a neat and central strike of Shanghai 1898 (23 July) type 2 c.d.s.. A fine and desirable example of this very rare stamp. Three guarantee handstamps on the reverse with Willmann, Richter and Bothe. Briefmarkenprufstelle Certificate (2001). Mi. 1b; Chan FG1a; S.G 1a. PhotoThis stamp, in used condition, is one of the rarest German Colonies stamps. There is a premium for those cancelled in Shanghai; these were mainly used on wrappers mailing the Deutche Zeitung Fur China

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900 Foochow Provisional5pf. on 10pf., 56 degree overprint, with top margin, unmounted mint; fresh and fine. Mi. 7 II; Chan FG 14; S.G. 14. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional3pf. brown, part to large part original gum; part hinge remainder. Pencil signature and Pfenniger handstamp on the reverse. Jakubek Certificate (2003). Mi.8; Chan FG15; S.G. 15. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional10pf. carmine, lightly mounted mint. Bühler handstamp on reverse. Mi. 10; Chan FG17; S.G. 17. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional20pf. ultramarine, large part original gum. Fresh. Bühler handstamp on the reverse. Mi. 11; Chan FG18; S.G. 18. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional25pf. black and orange on yellow, very lightly mounted or unmounted mint; there is a hint of a very light horizontal bend. Signed Bühler, Briefmarkenprufstelle Certificate (2002). Mi. I, €50,000. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional25pf. black and orange on yellow, just tied on piece of card by straight-line "Feldpost" handstamp, with a second strike below. An important rarity. Bühler (1991), Peter Holcombe (1991) and Jakubek (1992) certificates and with Bühler handstamp on the reverse. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional30pf. black and orange on rose, unmounted mint. A fine example of this stamp. Signed Bothe and Holcombe. Gutachten (1998) and Jakubek (1999) certificates. Mi. 121; Chan FG19; S.G. 19. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional30pf. black and orange on rose, large part original gum with small hinge remainder. Pencil signatures on the reverse. Jakubek Certificate (2003). Mi. 12. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional50pf. black and purple on rose, lightly mounted or unmounted mint. A very fine example of this rarity being fresh and well centred. Signed by Richter and Bühler. Briefmarkenprufstelle Certificate (2002). Mi. 13, €20,000; Chan FG20; S.G. 20. PhotoThe official postmaster's report indicates that 300 of each of the 30pf., 50pf. and 80pf. values were overprinted, but experience in the philatelic market has indicated that the 50pf. is by far the rarest. The 50pf., being the first value to be issued, was also proportionately more use...

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional50pf. black and purple on rose, part original gum; bears a good strike of the handstamp in the dark colour of the original printing; there is some gum disturbance and a slightly thinned perf. at top. Bühler Certificate (1993) and his handstamp on reverse. Mi. 13. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional50pf. black and purple on rose, variety handstamp upside down, unmounted mint. An outstanding example of this very rare error, the handstamp is particularly clear in the dark colour of the first printing and is very well centred. Signed Bühler and with Briefmarkenprufstelle Certificate (2002). Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional50pf. black and purple on rose, variety overprint tilting down from left to right, tied on small piece by Tientsin c.d.s dated 1900 (11 Dec.); the stamp is centred low and left but bears a very fine strike of the handstamp in a rich, deep colour characteristic of the first printing. A stunning and remarkable rarity of which very few exist. Various signatures on the reverse, Jakubek (1992) and Brettl (1993) certificates. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional80pf. black and carmine on rose, lightly mounted or unmounted mint; centred a little high, with a very fine strike of the handstamp in the dark, sooty colour of the first printing. Fine. Kohler, Pfenninger and Bothe handstamps and signed by Holcombe plus others; Holcombe (1999) and Jakubek (2000) certificates. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional80pf. black and carmine on rose, part original gum; centred to the right; some light soiling and a light horizontal bend. Pfenninger and Bothe handstamps. APS Certificate. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional40pf. black and carmine, unmounted mint; bears a very fine strike of the handstamp and is well centred. Thier and Bühler handstamps; Briefmarkenprufstelle Certificate (2002). M. II, €50,000. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1900-01 Tientsin Provisional40pf. black and carmine, unmounted mint; bears a very fine strike of the handstamp and is well centred. A superb example of this rarity. Bühler handstamp; Briefmarkenprufstelle Certificate (2001). M. II, €50,000. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1901-043pf. to 5m. set of thirteen, good to fine used; some on piece and various postmarks. Mi. 16-27; S.G. 22-35

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeA slightly duplicated mint selection on stock pages which includes 1898 45 degrees set with additional 3pf. (no gum); 56 degrees set with some shades; 1900 Foochow Provisional 5pf on 10pf., 1901-04 "China" set to 5m., 1905 new currency high values plus 1905-19 watermarked set (2). Good to fine. (76)

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeA slightly duplicated selection of used on Hagner pages which includes 1896 45 degrees 25pf. (2), a few with Tsingtau postmarks, 1900 Foochow Provisional, 1901-04 set to 5m. with some duplication to 3m., new currency with 1905 set to 2½d. on 5m. with duplicates to 1½d. on 3m (2) and 1905-19 watermarked to top values; generally good to fine. (92)

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1893 (30 Jan.) Parcel Post card to Bremen bearing 20pf. blue and 2m. rose with (on the reverse) pair of 50pf. brown tied by the type I c.d.s. and the "Shanghai (Deutsche Postagentur)" label, the reverse with Bremen arrival (20.3) c.d.s. Pays 3m. for a parcel over 1kg. plus 20pf. registration. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post Office1893 (24 Feb.) commercial envelope to Germany "per English Mail" bearing Eagle 20pf. tied by the type I c.d.s. with Hohenlimburg arrival (2.4) on the reverse; a couple of small edge faults. Photo.

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeShanghai: 1898 (22 June) picture post card of Shanghai in winter and bearing C.I.P. 1c. cancelled by Shanghai pa-kua and tied by a strike of "hotel des colonies/shanghai." struck in purple and with Germany 1898 10pf. Eagle overprinted "China" tied by Shanghai type 2 c.d.s. (27.6) and Munich arrival c.d.s. (2.8), the reverse with a good strike of Shanghai Local Post c.d.s. An unusual combination and an early picture post card. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficePeking: 1901 (24 Feb.) 10pf. postal stationery card uprated 20pf. Germania and sent registered to Berlin, cancelled by the type 5 Peking c.d.s. and bearing the black and red on white registration label and Halensee arrival c.d.s. (9.4); redirected to Rome with the Rome c.d.s. on the reverse (12.4). An attractive registered card. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeTientsin: 1916 (17 Mar.) stampless prisoner of war printed envelope registered to Germany, cancelled by a fine strike of Tientsin type 2 c.d.s. and with a good strike of boxed registered Tientsin handstamp struck in blue, censor seal at top and, on the reverse, double-ring "SHANGHAI (U.S. Postal Agency/REGISTERED" datestamp (29.3) in mauve, New York dated ovals and Wilsnack arrival c.d.s. (16.6). A good combination of markings. PhotoFor other German P.O. covers, see lot 5010

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochow1898 (9 May) envelope registered to Germany bearing 1898 "China" overprint on Eagle 10pf. (2) and 20pf. (46 degrees) tied by good strikes of the type 2 "tsintanfort" c.d.s. with the red and black on white registration label; the reverse with Juterbog arrival c.d.s. (20.6) and redirected to Geneva. A good cover. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochow1899 (31 Aug.) Golden Dragon embossed card sent to Jaluit, Marshall Islands bearing 1898 "China" 5pf. (56 degrees) tied by Tsingtau type 4a c.d.s. with Hong Kong transit (6.9) alongside, the reverse with Manila (11.9) and Jaluit arrival c.d.s. Unusual. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochowChoutson: 1904 (18 May) commercial envelope registered to Budapest bearing C.I.P. 10c. and 20c. tied by a good strike of "choutson" dated oval in purple with fine strike of the boxed registered handstamp in purple alongside, used with Kiaochow 30pf. (2) tied by Tsingtau type 4a. c.d.s. with the red and black on white registration label, the reverse with a very neat strike of Kiaochow bilingual c.d.s. in blue and Budapest arrival (30.6); there is some light edge wear but this does not detract from this important combination cover. Jaschke-Lantelme...

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochow1900 Tsingtau Provisional: On 56 degrees overprint; 5Pfg. on 10pf. type 1 in a top left corner pair without blue crayon line, mounted in the margin only; there is a vertical crease in the left margin, A fine positional pair. Steuer Certificate (1994). Mi. 1 Ia. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochow1900 Tsingtau Provisional: A group of unused 56 degrees, type II which includes without blue crayon line (Bothe and Steuer handstamps, Briefmarkenprufstelle certificate), violet crayon mark (Brettl and other handstamps) and with surcharge and crayon line centred high. Mi. 1 II. (4). Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochow1900 Tsingtau Provisional: a group of used with 48 degrees types I (surcharge and crayon line high) and type II; 56 degrees with type I surcharge and violet crayon line centred high, type II without crayon line and type IV with lower margin, surcharge and violet crayon line high. A good group. (5)

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochow1900 Second Tsingtau Provisional: "5 Pf." on 10pf. carmine, lightly mounted or unmounted mint; centred a little low and right. Riechter and Brettl handstamps on reverse. Jaschke-Lantelme Certificate (2004). Mi. 2; Chan GL3; S.G. 8a. PhotoOnly 1,700 stamps were issued

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochow1900 Second Tsingtau Provisional: "5" on"5Pf." on 10pf. carmine, with lower sheet margin, part original gum. Well centred and bright colour. A magnificent and highly important example of this rarity. Kohler and Bothe handstamps,; Bothe (9173), Kohler (1939) and Jaschke-Lamtelme certificates. Mi. 2; Chan GL6; S.G. 9. PhotoIt is believed that there were only about w100 stamps produced

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochow1900 Second Tsingtau Provisional: "5" on"5Pf." on 10pf, carmine, in a vertical pair with "5 PF." on 10pf., large part original gum. An astonishing and extremely rare combination multiple. A show piece for any collection of these issues. Signed by Albert Friedmann ("982"); Friedemann (1929) and Jaschke-Lantelme (2009) certificates. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochow1900 Second Tsingtau Provisional: "5PF." on"5Pf." on 10pf. carmine, unmounted mint. Signature and handstamp on the reverse. Steuer Certificate (2004). Mi. 4; Chan GL8; S.G. 10. PhotoOnly about 200 stamps were issued

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochow1901 3pf. to 5m. set of thirteen with duplication including additional values to 5m. (3), most are large part original gum or lightly mounted, a few with small imperfections; a good lot. (24)

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochow1905 No Watermark; 1d. to 2½d. large part original gum; some gum ageing, particularly on the 1½d., 2½d. with right margin. Mi 25-27; Chan GL 29-31; S.G. 31-33. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochow1905 No Watermark; 1½d. violet-black, lightly mounted mint; fine. Steuer Certificate (1994). Mi. 26; Chan GL30; S.G. 32. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochow1905 No Watermark; 2½d. carmine and black with top right corner sheet margins, unmounted mint; small thin patch in the foot of the right margin and blue crayon mark on top. Bothe handstamp and another. A good stamp. Bothe Certificate (1977). Mi. 27B; Chan GL31; S.G. 33. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesGerman Post OfficeKiaochow1905-18 Watermarked; 1c. to 5d. set of ten with additional values to 2½d. (2), most are lightly mounted or large part original gum; a couple with small imperfections. Generally good to fine. (23)

Foreign Post OfficesItalian Post Office1919 (3 May) picture post card to Naples bearing 1917-19 "Pechino" 4c. on 10c. cancelled by "r.r. poste italiane/pechino cina" c.d.s. with a second strike alongside; fine. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesItalian Post Office1925-43, The Black Battalion1932 (18 Feb.) battalion envelope to Savona bearing Imperial series 50c. tied by the 28mm "battag. italiano in cina/tientsin" c.d.s. with a second strike on the flap (which opens for display) with the arrival c.d.s. (9.3). Photo

Foreign Post OfficesJapanese Post Office1878 (25 June) envelope to Nagasaki bearing, on the reverse, vertical pair of 1876-86 Koban 5s. brown cancelled by the 1878 cross roads postmark with a good strike of "i.j. postal agency/shanghai" c.d.s., the address side with a light strike of Nagasaki arrival (27.6); minor edge faults, a good cover. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesJapanese Post Office1878 (2 Oct.) neat envelope to U.S.A. bearing 1876-86 Koban 5s. brown tied by a fine strike of the first type cross roads cancellation with the 1878-type "i.j. postal agency/shanghai" c.d.s., faint Yokohama (11.10) and San Francisco (31.10) transit c.d.s.; a repair to one of the flaps on reverse. A very fine and attractive cover. Holcombe Certificate (1992). Photo

Foreign Post OfficesJapanese Post Office1885 (9 Dec.) long envelope to Yokohama bearing Koban 5s. tied by 1885-type cross-roads obliterator with the type II c.d.s. alongside, the reverse with Yokohama English (16.12) and Japanese c.d.s. A neat cover. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesJapanese Post Office1888 (9 Nov.) envelope to U.S.A. "via Japan" bearing Koban 5s. cancelled by the 1888-type dumb obliterator with the type II single-ring c.d.s. alongside with Yokohama (17.11) transit; the reverse with San Francisco (2.12) and Monroe arrival (7.12). Photo

Foreign Post OfficesJapanese Post Office1892 (12 Feb.) envelope to Canada bearing Koban 5s. tied by the type II "shanghai/j.p.o." c.d.s. with Yokohama transit alongside (17.2), the reverse with San Francisco and Kingston (10.3) c.d.s. A good example of the type II postmark which was only in use between September 1891 and March 1892. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesJapanese Post Office1893 (16 May) envelope to U.S.A. "Via Japan" bearing Koban 5s. blue tied by a fine strike of the type IV c.d.s. for Meiji 26 and, on the reverse, Shanghai Local Post (16.5) in blue, Yokohama (25.5), San Francisco (18.6) and part arrival c.d.s. This Shanghai postmark, with larger letters, was employed from 1893-94. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesJapanese Post Office1891 (20 Dec.) 2s. stationery card to Shanghai bearing Nagasaki transit and the scarce type III "shanghai/j.p.o." c.d.s. (22.12) applied on arrival. Light soiling, scarce. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesJapanese Post OfficeHankow: 1900 (19 Apr.) commercial envelope from the Peking-Hankow Railway, registered to India bearing Japanese Post Office 5r., 1s., 2s., 3s., 4s., 5s., 8s. and 10s. tied by good strikes of "hankow/i.j.p.o." c.d.s. and with the red on white registration label, the reverse with Shanghai (24.4), Tuticorin (13.5) and Bandar arrival (18.5) c.d.s. Sent by a French engineer. Some wrinkling and creasing. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesJapanese Post OfficePeking1916 (16 May) colourful envelope from the Dutch Legation in Peking, registered to the Netherlands "Via Siberia", bearing 1915 Coronation set of four plus Tazawa 1½s. blue tied by "peking/j.p.o." c.d.s. in purple with the registration liable in the lower left corner; the reverse of this envelope is dominated by an advertising label for the Colonial Exhibition, Semarang in scarlet along with "i.j.p.o mukden-changcha/south manchuria" oval datestamp in purple, a boxed Russian censor handstamp and Zwolle arrival c.d.s. (26.6); there is also Russian cen...

Foreign Post OfficesJapanese Post OfficeShanhaikwan: 1909 (9 Aug.) pictures post card from Canada to "French troops" and addressed to Peking, the address side bears a superb strike of oval "shanghaikwan/i.j.t.o." datestamp (2.11) struck in purple, a second strike is on the picture side along with Canada 1c. tied by Edmonton despatch duplex. A fine card. Interesting and unusual use of this very scarce datestamp. PhotoFor other Japanese P.O. covers, see lots 5004, 5005, 5229, 5243

Foreign Post OfficesRussian Post OfficeChefoo: 1903 (25 May) envelope to England "via Siberia" bearing C.I.P. 1c. (2) each tied by "liu kung tau/wei-hai-wei" type 8 c.d.s. in blue-black with Russian Post Office 10k. (2) overprinted Kitai cancelled by Chefoo c.d.s. (28.5) with a further strike alongside, the reverse with Chefoo bilingual c.d.s. (26.5) and Andover arrival (19.6); the flap with the devise of H.M.S. Argonaut. A good Wei-Hai-Wei cover. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesRussian Post OfficeChefoo: 1903 (4 Sept.) picture post card of Chefoo sent to Bournmouth "Via Port Arthur + Moscow" bearing C.I.P. 1c. tied by a fair strike of "liu kung tau/wei-hai-wei" type 8 c.d.s. in purple and with Russian kitai 1k., 2k. and 7k. tied by part strikes of Russian Post Office Chefoo c.d.s. (9.9) and a Russian transit c.d.s. A good franking on this card using the trans-Siberian route. PhotoIt is interesting to note tha tthe message reads, "I am sending this via Siberia & some others via Port Said"

Foreign Post OfficesRussian Post OfficeShanghai: 1899 (5 June) printed paper wrapper to Germany bearing, on the reverse, Arms 3k. tied by Shanghai type I c.d.s. with a second strike lower left and Hong Kong (9.10) transit c.d.s.; a few age marks. A good franking. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesRussian Post OfficeShanghai: 1903 (15 May) commercial envelope to Manchester "via Siberia" bearing kitai 10k. tied by a good strike of the type I c.d.s. with a second strike at left and, on the reverse, a fine strike of "forwarded by/frazer & co/shanghai" in violet, Moscow transit (25.5) and Manchester arrival (11.6); there is some light wrinkling on one side. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesRussian Post OfficeShanhaikwan: 1902 (7 Aug.) picture post card to Paris bearing Russian Arms 4k. tied by a very good strike of the 26.5mm c.d.s. with a second strike alongside plus Paris arrival (13.9). A good example of this scarce postmark (Tchilinghiran recorded only two). Photo

Foreign Post OfficesRussian Post OfficeTientsin: 1903 (3 Apr.) long envelope registered to England bearing C.I.P. 10c. and 30c. tied by Tientsin bilingual c.d.s. with a fine strike of the boxed registered c.d.s. alongside, used in combination with Russian post office 10k. (4) overprinted kitai tied by field post office. no.13 c.d.s. (25.3), with dotted "R" in circle, Russian registration label and London registered oval (29.3) in red and, on the reverse, Newchwang (7.3) bilingual c.d.s. and part Pulborough arrival c.d.s.; there are a couple of folding creases and some light soiling. A good co...

Foreign Post OfficesRussian Post OfficeTientsin: 1903 (27 July) printed commercial blue envelope registered to Germany bearing, on the reverse, pair of C.I.P. 20c. tied by Tientsin bilingual c.d.s. with Russian post office 10k. (4) overprinted kitai tied by field post office no.13 c.d.s. (17.7), boxed registered Tientsin handstamp, part Newchwang bilingual c.d.s., Hamburg (18.8) and Wiesbaden arrival (19.8); there is a further field post office c.d.s. and registration label on the address side. A good cover. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesUnited States Post Office1887 (21 Oct.) opened-out blue envelope from the U.S. Consulate registered to South Carolina bearing pair of 10c. cancelled by pen crosses and showing a light strike of straight-line "registered" in box struck in red, the reverse with a very fine strike of the type III "u.s. postal agency/shanghai" dated oval struck in purple and with San Francisco registered datestamp (17.11) alongside; some light soiling. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesUnited States Post Office1899 (8 Dec.) commercial envelope registered to San Francisco "Per S.S. City of Peking" bearing 1c. (3) and 10c. tied by type IV Shanghai Agency duplex and with black on white registration label (small "R") and, on the reverse, San Francisco registered datestamps (2 different) in purple, the wax seals have been removed; horizontal fold, small tear at top and some defects on the 1c. stamps. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesUnited States Post Office1903 (25 Sept.) opened-out envelope registered from the Russo-Chinese Bank to Yonkers "Per 'Empress of Japan" bearing a three-colour 12c. franking tied by good strikes of the double-oval "u.s. postal agency - reg/shanghai-china" struck in blue with a further strike on the reverse, type V Shanghai Agency duplex and type II registration label in red on white, the reverse with Seattle registration datestamp (14.10) and Yonkers, N.Y. arrival (20.10) c.d.s.; horizontal folding crease A very good cover and rare use of the registration oval. Ex Milo Rowe...

Foreign Post OfficesUnited States Post Office1906 (16 Nov.) Consular Service envelope registered to New York bearing 10c. Webster cancelled by target postmark with a good strike of the type II four-line registration datestamp in purple, the reverse with San Francisco (14.12) and Binghamton arrival (20.12) c.d.s. An unusual cover which was thought to have been cancelled on arrival in U.S.A. lean and fine. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesUnited States Post Office1919 (28 June) opened-out 3c. postal stationery envelope uprated 10c. and sent registered to New York "per Empress of Japan", the adhesives cancelled by the "u.s. postal agency/R.D./shanghai, china" type III registered oval with a faint strike of the U.S. registered handstamp alongside, the reverse with International Banking Corporation handstamp, Shanghai Agency registered c.d.s. and New York datestamps (22.7); some light soiling. Photo

Foreign Post OfficesUnited States Post Office1922 (17 Aug.) envelope registered from Peking to Illinois bearing 1919 14c. on 7c. black and 16c. on 8c. yellow-olive tied by a single strike of the type III registration oval in black with the U.S. registration handstamp alongside, the reverse with"u.s. postal agency shanghai" despatch c.d.s., Chicago and Greenville arrival c.d.s. (19.9) and with the original receipt bearing the type VIII c.d.s. in purple, fine. P.F. Certificate (2015), Photo

Foreign Post OfficesUnited States Post OfficeChefoo: 1898 (10 Nov.) envelope to London bearing a fine strike of Chefoo Dollar dater at left, with U.S. 5c. brown tied by a light strike of the Shanghai Agency type IV duplex (12.11), there are two circular London examiner's datestamps (31.12) and 5d tax handstamp, the reverse with Shanghai Dollar dater (22.11), San Francisco (12.12) and two London arrival c.d.s.; there is a vertical folding crease and some light soiling. PhotoFor other United States P.O., see lot 5009

Hong Kong Treaty PortsAmoyAmoy Paid: 1865 (1 Sept.) on 1863-71 6c. bright orange with wing margin, cancelled by a very fine and central strike of the Amoy Paid code A c.d.s. in red overstruck by "B62" in Hong Kong. A remarkable example of this stamp and a late date of use. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsAmoy1877 (10 Nov.) cover front to London bearing 4c. greenish grey and wing margin 12c. blue (rounded corner) tied by good strikes of the "A1" obliterator with type E despatch c.d.s. alongside and paying the premium 16c. rate via Brindisi; worn at edges. Photoprovenance:Burghard, January 1961John Parker, January 1994Neil Christensen, January 2008

Hong Kong Treaty PortsAmoy"D.27": 1863-71 8c. pale dull orange with wing margin cancelled by a neat strike of the "D.27" in black. Fine and a very desirable example of this postmark. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsAnping1889 (13 July) a superb and well centred strike of this elusive c.d.s. on 1885 20c. on 30c. orange-red; there are a couple of slightly short perfs. in the top left corner. A fine and highly desirable example of this postmark, which sits upright on the stamp. Only six different values are recorded with this postmark. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsBangkok1885 (17 Feb.) 1882-96 5c. pale blue cancelled by a fine and central strike of the 26mm circle datestamp; fine and desirable with the well centred and upright postmark. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonMail to the United Kingdom1841 (30 Jan.) Jardine and Mathesson wrapper to Rothschild and Sons in London "p Lloyds" bearing a large figure "8" rate mark in black ink and a good strike of the framed "india letter/ramsgate" and, on the flap, London arrival (21.7). Exceptionally fresh and fine and free from the usual folding creases. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonMail to the United Kingdom1837 (7 Mar.) Wetmore entire sent from "Ship Lintin, Lintin" which includes a comparative account of the export of tea; rated at "1/4" and bearing, on the reverse, step-type "ship letter/dover" overstruck by London arrival, both in red. There is a light horizontal filing fold which does not detract from this good cover. Such mail from Lintin Island is very scarce. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonMail to the United Kingdom1837 (29 Dec.) Huth entire letter sent to London per "John O Gaunt", rated at "4/8" in black ink; there is a faint and part strike of straight-line "ship letter" struck in black and manuscript endorsement of the forwarding agent, H, Hathaway, Canton and a good strike of London arrival c.d.s. (30.4) in red; two heavy vertical filing creases and some soiling. An interesting cover

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailBatavia: 1869 (24 May) commercial wrapper to Canton "p Steamer via Singapore" bearing the company handstamp, Batavia despatch c.d.s., large manuscript "4" in red crayon and boxed "india paid" in red, the reverse with a fine strike of Singapore P.O. c.d.s. in red across the join and Hong Kong code "C" transit (5,6); two vertical folding creases, otherwise fine. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailCanton River - Cum Sing Mun Harbour: 1836 (18 July) entire letter to Edward Cooke in Canton from his cousin on board the 'Water Witch' giving some details of boat movements and other matters, two pencil delivery characters on the address side; also two 1836 entires from Camilla Souza on the 'Hercules' to Edward Cooke, one "pr Hawk" plus some other related letters or pieces

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailCanton River - Cum Sing Mun Harbour: 1836, three entire letters to E. Cooke in Canton from his cousin on board the 'Water Witch' at "Cunsing Moon" dated (11 July), (5 Aug.) and (14 Aug.). He gives details of ths ships and shipping including, "...yesterday several of the ships suffered a good deal, we expect to get our main mast down the day after tomorrow...", "... a regular typhoon ... the Portuguese Barque ... about 30 miles to the west of Macau was .. totally lost.", "I also heard ... had made up their minds not ... more than 500 chests of opium on...

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailLintin Island: 1836 (24 Jan.) Wetmore entire written from a ship off Lintin Island, "To be forwarded by the first opportunity, otherwise without markings. The writer recounts his disastrous trip on the 'Bombay' which ran aground and, "... last night we fell foul of another ship at anchor, carried away our jib beam & loose the main sail all to pieces" and severe (lung) sickness of the crew, "... one poor fellow, a seaman, who was quite hearty when I left the ship, was yesterday committed to his grave".

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailCanton River - Lintin Island: 1836 (29 Feb.) entire letter to E. Cooke from his cousin on the 'Water Witch' at Lintin, he is shortly to sail for Calcutta. Also 1836 (9 Mar.) entire from Capt. Pary which held a bill of lading. Horizontal folding creases and without postal marking as these were carried privately. (2 covers). Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailChile: 1834 (3 July) Wetmore entire from Coquimbo, "p Girard", the contents refer to the business of the sender which includes copper and chinchilla skins. Without postal markings other than the local pencil delivery markings; horizontal filing crease

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailChile: 1838 (16 Jan.) Wetmore entire from Valparaiso sent "pr Alexander Baring" with two small ink brush stroke delivery characters on the reverse; horizontal filing crease

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailGermany: 1859 (25 May) commercial blue stampless entire "Pr overland mail via Marseilles" cancelled by Hamburg despatch c.d.s., with the company oval and handstruck "P.P." and with French transit c.d.s. (27.5), the reverse with Hong Kong c.d.s. (9.7) struck in blue; two vertical folding creases otherwise fresh. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailIndia: 1835 (4 Dec.) Cooke entire sent "pr Marion", the contents give some details of shipments of tea and silk; some arrival notation on the outside and a horizontal filing crease. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailMacao: 1835 (30 Apr.) Wetmore entire without postal markings but with detailed brush stroke delivery markings on the reverse; clean and fine. The contents include details of a shipment of 500 chest of opium. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailMacao: 1835 (16 Oct.) Wetmore entire carried "pr Str George"; written in Spanish and with some ink brush stroke delivery characters; horizontal filing fold

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailMacao: 1840 (23May) entire letter to Canton from a member of staff of Jardine Matheson concerning a property for rental in Macao; no postal markings and carried by Canton River boat. There is a heavy horizontal folding crease which has caused some of the paper to split. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailSingapore: 1858 (4 Apr.) commercial entire letter to Augustine Heard "p Str 'Pekin'" bearing India 1855 4a. black on bluish (defect at right) cancelled by a light strike of the Singapore "B/172" in octagon with a neat "4d" rate mark in red crayon alongside and boxed "india paid" in red, the reverse with Singapore despatch and Hong Kong transit (12.4). There is a light horizontal fold and some faint tone spotting. A good cover. PhotoThe contents include mention of the 'Pekin' in Singapore and, "... without the European mail, the steamer from Suez not ha...

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailManila: 1836 (3 Mar.) Cooke entire carried "pr ship Hero" and showing some ink brush stroke delivery characters on the reverse; some arrival notation; horizontal filing crease and some soiling

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailU.S.A.: 1856 (20 May) stampless entire to Augustine Heard "Overland via Southampton" and marked "Paid" with "28" and "33" rate marks, New York despatch and London Paid transit (2.6) and, on the reverse, a good strike of Hong Kong (25.7) c.d.s.; there is a light horizontal folding crease. Fresh and fine. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCantonIncoming MailU.S.A.: 1857 (10 June) blue wrapper to Augustine Heard "per 'Arabia' Via Marseilles & Overland Mail - paid" with New York despatch c.d.s., "142" and "162" rate marks and London Paid transit (22.6) and, on the reverse, Hong Kong arrival (6.8) across the join, plus Chinese delivery characters in black ink; carried en route on the 'Valetta', 'Ava' and 'Cadiz' and arrived in Hong Kong just before the blockade of Canton. PhotoThe British blockade of Canton began the day after this letter arrived in Hong Kong, possibly carried on the last private streamer be...

Hong Kong Treaty PortsFoochow1884 (9 Dec.) envelope to U.S.A. "via San Francisco" bearing 10c. deep green tied by a light strike of the "F1" barred oval in a light black shade with Foochowfoo despatch c.d.s. alongside in the same ink, a good array of transit marks on the reverse with Hong Kong (13.12), two different New York (13.1) datestamps and Cold Spring arrival c.d.s. A fine cover and a late example of the "F1" obliterator, the latest recorded cover being the 10th December. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsShanghaiPostal History1864 (5 May) stampless blue envelope to South Boston "Via Marseilles" bearing "2/1½" and "2/0" rate marks in red crayon, London Paid (30.6), Boston Am Pkt (14.7) and a fine "21/cents" accountancy handstamp in red, the reverse with Shanghae code "C" despatch c.d.s. and Hong Kong transit in blue. Neat and attractive. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsShanghaiPostal History1864 (20 May) stampless entire letter to France "pr Messageries Imperials Via marseilles" bearing a light strike of Shanghai Paid c.d.s. in red, boxed "PD" and unframed "PP", "1/4" (½ ounce rate), "1" and other rate marks in red crayon, and octagonal Suez to Marseilles datestamp (5.7), the reverse with Shanghai code "C" c.d.s. and Hong Kong code "C" c.d.s. both in blue plus Lyon arrival c.d.s. (6 and 8.7). Good French mail. Clean and fine. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsShanghaiPostal History - Incoming Mail1868 (17 Feb.) blue envelope to Shanghai with printed "Via Marseilles" and manuscript "per French Mail" bearing G.B. 1/- green plate 6 and 4d. vermilion plate 9 tied by London District "48" obliterator of Shoreditch and with "PD" in oval and English Mail Calais transit c.d.s.; the reverse with square London despatch and "shanghai/bau francais" c.d.s. (5.4). With the original enclosure from Smith Elder & Co. concerning the sale of a flute for £8 to Keith, Prowse & Co. An interesting cover, very unusual to be sent by French packet inst...

Hong Kong Treaty PortsShanghaiSunburst: 1863-71 48c. rose-carmine cancelled by a good strike of the sunburst overstruck by "B62", both in blue; there is a small paper fault at foot. Scarce on this value. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsShanghai"S1" Obliterator: 1863-71 4c. bluish slate perf.12½ in a horizontal pair with inverted watermark, cancelled by a superb and complete strike of the "S1" in deep bright blue. This pair with the typically blind perfs. associated with this value, there is one pulled perf. at left (which is not unusual). Well centred and very fresh. A striking and highly desirable pair which is probably a unique multiple. PhotoFor a single stamp with inverted watermark, see lot 5536

Hong Kong Treaty PortsShanghai"S1" Obliterator: 1876-77 28c. on 30c. mauve in a block of six with wing margin at right cancelled by four full strikes of the "S1" obliterator in black. A fine and scarce multiple. It is thought that this is the largest multiple and one other block is recorded. Photoprovenance:'Antonia', October 1981

Hong Kong Treaty PortsShanghai"S1" Obliterator: 1880 48c. brown on piece with a vertical pair of 1863-71 96c. grey-brown tied by two complete strikes of the "S1" obliterator; fine and a scarce high-value franking. Photo

Hong Kong Treaty PortsShanghaiMissent Mail1899 (9 May) much travelled envelope addressed to a missionary in Hock Schuha, China, bearing pair of German Eagle 10pf. tied by Baden-Baden c.d.s.; the postmarks on the reverse include the Marine Sorter "singapore/to hong kong" (4.6), the P.& O. 'Bengal, where it was incorrectly placed in the Shanghai mailbag, the address side includes a very fine strike of the rare boxed "missent to/shanghae" (Proud I5), with Shanghai arrival (12.6), Hong Kong (16.6) and Shanghai again (22.6) on the reverse. The cover then sent to Hong Kong, Canton, Hong Kong again...

Hong Kong Treaty PortsCollections and RangesA small group of cancellations with "C1" in black on wing margin 1876-77 28c. on 30c.; "F1" in blue on wing margin 8c.; "S1" in blue on pairs of 8c. orange (2) and in black on pair of 5c. on 8c.; straight-line Swatow type D on pair of 5c. blue; also pair of 10c. purple on red on piece tied by Hong Kong company oval and Deutsche Seepost c.d.s. There are a couple of small imperfections, an attractive group. (12)

Hong KongPostal History1850 (26 Feb.) envelope to Ireland "Paid" and "Via Southampton" bearing a light strike of the Hong Kong Crowned Circle type 6 in red with "1/-" and "1" rate marks in red ink with London Paid (13.4) datestamp; the reverse with Hong Kong despatch, and two different Belfast (24.4) arrival c.d.s. Some minor soiling. Photo

Hong KongPostal History1851 (23 Apr.) entire commercial letter to Bombay "p Pekin" bearing a light strike of the type 6 Crowned Circle overstruck by "2" in circle with a rate mark in red ink alongside, the reverse with light strike of the Hong Kong despatch c.d.s. and red wax seal of Jardine Matheson; some light peripheral wear but fresh and fine for a Bombay cover. The contents are a printed letter giving an account of the opium market. Photo

Hong KongPostal History1851 (3 June) commercial entire to Calcutta (duplicate "pr 'Malta'") bearing a light strike of the type 6 Crowned Circle, despatch c.d.s. on the flap along with boxed Calcutta Ship Letter datestamp; water staining and other damage

Hong KongPostal History1856 (10 July) entire letter to Paris "overland Via Marseille" rated "10" (amount due in France) and with a second rate mark 2/- (?) and bearing a fair strike of the "paid/at/hong-kong" type 11 Crowned Circle in red and Marseilles transit (28.8) alongside; the reverse with Hong Kong type 9 despatch c.d.s., Marseilles and Paris (29.8) arrival; the flap opens to show the despatch datestamp. Photo

Hong KongPostal History1857 (23 June) eight page autograph letter written by General Thomas Ashburnham, Commander in Chief, China, from Victoria, Hong Kong, to Sir Henry Storks, Secretary for Military Correspondence, War Office, London. With the original cover endorsed "private", signed to the lower left by Ashburnham and addressed to The Lord Panmure (Secretary of State for War). Privately carried to London and posted unstamped, endorsed "ab 3oz", charged "4" in manuscript, with a Charing Cross straight-line marking and London (1.10) datestamp on reverse.Ashburnham refers to his recent arr...

Hong KongPostal History1859 (29 Nov.) blue envelope to U.S.A. "Via Marseilles" bearing a good strike of Hong Kong Paid c.d.s. in red and red crayon rate mark, both crossed through in red crayon, there is a manuscript "40" in black ink and a superb strike of "45" applied in U.S.A., the reverse with Hong Kong despatch c.d.s., London transit (13.1) and Boston Br. Pkt. c.d.s. (4.2); a good cover. Photo

Hong KongPostal History1869 (3 Jan.) entire letter to Lyon "Messageries Imperials" with "Vogel, Hagedorn & Co./Hong Kong & Canton" company handstamp in lower corner, handstruck "20" (decimes) rate mark and faint French "pos. an. v. suez/p. f. amb. mars.suez" transit (1.2) in red, the flap (which opens for display) with two strikes of the Hong Kong despatch c.d.s. and Lyon arrival (8.2). There is a light horizontal folding crease; fresh and fine. Photo

Hong KongPostal HistoryAnglo-French Accountancy Marks1856 (5 Nov.) printed Price Current from Shanghai with long written message to Sainte Etienne, France, rated "8" in black ink, with a good strike of boxed "G.B./1f.60c." (Webb type F, applied in London) and Calais transit (12.1); the reverse with Hong Kong type 9 despatch c.d.s. (11.11), London transit (12.1), Paris to Lyon and the arrival c.d.s. (14.10). There are a few faults on the address panel where the ink has eaten into the paper, otherwise fresh and fine. A good example of this rare accountancy handstamp (RRR) with five or less exam...

Hong KongPostal HistoryAnglo-French Accountancy Marks1857-70: FR./2F66C: 1864 (8 Oct.) wrapper from Hamburg to Hong Kong "pr Overland Mail via Marseilles" bearing good to fine strikes of handstruck "TT38" and the type L accountancy handstamp, rated "1/-" in ink and with Hamburg despatch c.d.s.; the reverse with transit c.d.s. and Hong Kong arrival code "C" struck in blue; there are two vertical filing creases at sides, one just affecting the accountancy mark. Webb RRR. Photo

Hong KongPostal HistoryIncoming MailFrance: 1859-60 (c.) (9 Aug.) envelope addressed to the captain of the French frigate 'Le Laplace" in Hong Kong, routed via Suez and bearing imperf. Napoleon 20c. (2) cancelled petit chiffres lozenge with St. Brieuc despatch c.d.s. and a good strike of boxed "P.P." in red; there are no markings on the reverse. A fresh and most attractive and delightful cover. Photo

Hong KongPostal HistoryIncoming MailIndia: 1860 (19 May) entire letter from Bombay to Hong Kong "pr 'Launcefeild'", addressed to the captain of the ship 'Edward' care of the American consul. Bears India 4a. black tied by manuscript "Stamped" and "1" in octagonal cancellation with large ink manuscript "8" alongside, the reverse with the company oval, Calcutta Ship Letter boxed datestamp and Hong Kong arrival c.d.s. (7.6) and local delivery characters applied in ink. The contents refer to the cost of shipping goods to the U.S.A. Quite a heavy vertical folding crease, otherwise a fine and attrac...

Hong KongPostal HistoryIncoming MailUnited Kingdom: 1905 (3 June) picture postcard addressed to Shanghai and redirected to Amoy, bears K.E.VII 1d. tied by a superb Uley c.d.s., with a part strike of Victoria (4.7) unusually in red-brown, Shanghai B.P.O. (8.7), Shangani Local Post (8.7), Shanghai (8.7) and Amoy (21.7) bilingual c.d.s. An attractive card

Hong KongPostal HistoryTransit Mail1844 (9 June) entire letter from Martinique addressed to an ensign serving on the corvette 'Sabinne' on the Indian Station, c/o Ile de Bourbon (Reunion). The flap bears a good strike of the despatch "port royal" within parallel lines struck on blue, St. Pierre et Miquelon (11.6) transit, sent to Paris (20.7) where it was held by the Bureau Maritime and forwarded to St. Denis eight months later with a good strike of the c.d.s. (4.3), the letter was again held here before being forwarded to Hong Kong with a fine strike of the type 9 c.d.s, (24.12) and with ra...

Indo-ChinaAir Mails1939 a group of first flight covers with (22 May) Vientiane - Hanoi and return on special covers; (28 July) Fort David - Hanoi and return with the special cachet and (5 Oct.) Hanoi - Hong Kong by Air France with special cachet and 1947 (3 Apr.) Saigon to Hong Kong by Air France. (6 covers)

JapanFrench Post OfficeIncoming Mail: 1872 (17 Feb.) wrapper to Yokohama bearing Laureated Head 30c. (2) and Ceres 40c. tied by "2145" lozenge with the despatch c.d.s. alongside and, on the reverse, Lyon to Marseilles c.d.s. (across jion) and a good strike of "yokohama/bau francais" arrival c.d.s. (5.4) on the flap which opens for display; horizontal filing crease. Photo

Japan1934 Air, Establishment of Communications miniature sheet, unmounted mint; a few light gum bends or wrinkles, typical of this sheet. S.G. MS271; Scott C8. Photo

Japan1934 Air, Establishment of Communications miniature sheet, unmounted mint; a few light gum bends or wrinkles, typical of this sheet. S.G. MS271; Scott C8

Japan1934 Air, Establishment of Communications miniature sheet, mint, four sheets, a few light gum bends or wrinkles and some with light gum aging. S.G. MS271; Scott C8. (4 sheets)

Japan1934 Air, Establishment of Communications miniature sheet, mint, four sheets, a few light gum bends or wrinkles.. S.G. MS271; Scott C8. (4 sheets)

Japan1935 New year's Greeting 1½s. in the special sheet of twenty, three sheets, unmounted mint; some light ageing. S.G. 280

Japan1948 Philatelic Week 5y. brown in a miniature sheet of five, unmounted mint; there is a trivial bend in the lower margin. S.G. 514; Scott 422a. Photo

Japan1948 Philatelic Week 5y. brown in a miniature sheet of five, (4 sheets), unmounted mint; there are a few small imperfections including light ageing. (4 sheets)

Japan1948 Philatelic Week 5y. purple, sheet of five, unmounted mint. S.G. 556; Scott 479a. Photo

Japan1948 Philatelic Week 5y. purple, sheet of five, unmounted mint; there is a small corner crease. S.G. 556; Scott 479a

Japan1949 Children's Day imperforate sheet of ten, unmounted mint; two sheets one with gum bends. S.G. MS532

Japan1951 National Treasures set of four miniature sheets, unmounted mint; 50y. sheet is fine, others with imperfections. S.G. MS600-603

Japan1954 Philatelic week 10y. lake and mauve in a sheetlet of ten with two printed labels, unmounted mint and with the unfolded booklet cover. S.G. 659a; Scott 580a

JapanCollections and RangesA duplicated selection of middle period miniature sheets with 1934 Air (2, one toned), 1945 Postal Service (2), 1947 Know Your Stamps unused (2) and used, various 1947 Philatelic Exhibitions, 1948 Mishima Exhibition (3), 1948 Red Cross unused (3) and used, 1948 Philatelic Week, 1949 Children's day (2), Communications (2) and 1952 Investiture (2). Occasional fault but generally good to fine. (61 sheets)

JapanCollections and RangesA mint middle period collection in stockbook which includes definitive sets from 1945-48 set to 10y. with additional 10y., 1946-47 set to 100y. with the perf. set of three;1947-52 set to 10y.; 1848-52 set to both 100y. and 500y.;1950-50 set to 50y.; 1952-88 set to 500y. (with additional 500y. block of four on presentation folder and the 1954 booklet and later issues. Some National Parks sets from 1949. commemorative sets from 1946 Postal Service to 1979 Sumo Pictures and includes 1948 and 1949 Philatelic Week sheets of five, 1949-52 famous people set of eighteen,...

Hong KongJapanese Occupation1945 1.50y. on 1s., 3y. on 2s. and 5y. on 5s. set of three, large part original gum. S.G. J1-3. £950. Photo

Hong KongJapanese Occupation1945 (19 Apr.) piece bearing 10s., 30s. (3) and 5y. on 5s. strip of four cancelled by Hong Kong c.d.s.; fine and a very high value franking. Photoprovenance:Norman Bennett, November, 2004

Hong KongPrisoner of War Mail1914-15 two 1c. postal stationery cards, both bearing the large double-oval "provost marshal/hongkiong" handstamp; the first addressed to Manila with the inverted triangle "Letters Prisoners of War/Free under/Convention." in dull purple and with Hong Kong 1914 (21 Dec.) despatch c.d.s., the second card, dated 1915 (2 June) to Wiesbaden is cancelled by the large, circular "post free/P.C./prisoner of war" in black; both are fine. (2 cards). Photo

Hong KongPrisoner of War Mail1915 (19 Aug.) stampless envelope to Siemssen & Co, Canton bearing good strikes of the inverted triangle "Letters Prisoners of War/Free under/Convention." and square "passed by/hong kong/censor" with crown, the sender's name and Canton arrival c.d.s. (20.8); some light wrinkling. Photo

Hong KongKing Edward VII19031c. to $10 set of fifteen overprinted "specimen", with full original gum; very lightly mounted. A fresh and very fine set. S.G. 62-76s, £2000. Photo

Hong KongKing Edward VII19031c. to $10 set of fifteen, large part original gum; some are lightly mounted, some occasional light gum ageing. 5c. with top margin showing part of the requisition sheet number "E09...". A good set. S.G. 62-76, £3000. Photo

Hong KongKing Edward VII1903$3 slate and dull blue, large part original gum; fresh and fine. S.G. 74, £450. Photo

Hong KongKing Edward VII1904-061c. to $10 (2) set of twenty five on both ordinary and chalky paper, large part original gum; $5 and chalky $10 with top interpanneau margin and mounted in the margin only; a couple of stamps show some very minor gum ageing. A very fine set. S.G. 77-90b, £6400+. Photo

Hong KongKing Edward VII1907-112c. to $2 set of eight overprinted "specimen", large part original gum; fresh and fine. S.G. 92-99s, £1200. Photo

Hong KongKing Edward VII1907-111c. to $2 set of nine, lightly mounted to large part original gum; 10c. showing some gum ageing, otherwise fine. S.G. 91-99, £850

Hong KongKing George V1912-211c. to $10 overprinted "specimen" type D12, includes the additional shades of the 12c., 25c., 50c. (2) and $5 (2), large part original gum. Fresh and fine. Important and rare as a complete set. S.G. 100-116s, £3890. Photo. (22)

Hong KongKing George V1912-211c. (3) to $10, a complete set with all of the listed shades, lightly mounted or unmounted mint; includes 50c. blue-green, olive back unmounted mint, $5 on olive back unmounted mint, 1c. Crown broken at right lightly mounted and $1 watermark inverted with a couple of tone spots. A very fine and remarkable set. S.G. 100-116. (33). Photo

Hong KongKing George V1912-211c. black-brown variety Crown broken at right, in a corner positional block of nine, mounted in the lower margin only; some gum browning. S.G. 100b, £320

Hong KongKing George V1912-2150c. black on blue-green, olive back, very lightly mounted mint. Fresh and fine, a choice example of this scarce shade. B.P.A. Certificate (2007). S.G. 111b, £1300. Photo

Hong KongKing George V1912-21$5 green and red on yellow-green, olive back, variety watermark inverted, lightly mounted mint. A fresh and fine example of this scarce variety. S.G. 115bw, £5500. Photo

Hong KongKing George V1912-21$10 purple and black on red, lightly mounted mint; strong colours, fresh and fine. S.G. 116, £600. Photo

Hong KongKing George V1912-21$10 purple and black on red, variety pearl missing on the right side of the crown, lightly mounted mint; a very fine example of this variety. Photo

Hong KongKing George V1921-371c. to $5 set of eighteen overprinted or perforated "specimen" with an additional shade of the 50c., part to large part original gum; 2c. grey is toned, other good to fine. S.G. 117s-132s, £2000+. Photo

Hong KongKing George V1921-371c. to $5 set of eighteen, large part original gum, with listed shades; some values with light gum ageing, $5 with lower margin, both the $3 and $5 are very fine. Also 2c. inverted watermark (toned gum). S.G. 117-132. (24). Photo

Hong KongKing George V1921-3750c. black on emerald in a lower right corner block of four showing the plate number, mounted on the top pair and margin only; there is a very slight offset of the black on the reverse. Fresh. S.G. 128

Hong KongKing George V1921-3750c. black on emerald and $5 green and red on emerald, both values of emerald back and olive back, lightly mounted or unmounted mint. Yang 129,a, 133, a. (4). Photo

Hong KongKing George VI1938-52 1c. to both $10 perforated "specimen" types D20 and D21, lightly set of twenty three mounted or unmounted; with additional $2 reddish violet and scarlet; 10c. toned gum and $10 green and violet redistributed gum. A. good set. S.G. 140-162s, £2750+. Photo

Hong KongKing George VI1938-52 1c. to both $10 sorted into the three sets with all the listed shades, unmounted mint; first set with white gum. A very good lot. S.G. 140-162. (50). Photo

Hong KongKing George VI1938-52 10c. bright violet, perf.14½x14 and 25c. bright blue, both in complete double panes of one hundred and twenty, 25c with requisition sheet number "Z07516", unmounted mint; usual vertical fold between panes and 25c. with crease in the corner margin. S.G. 145a, 149

Hong KongKing George VI1940 Centenary 2c. to $1 in lower margin imprint blocks of four, unmounted mint; there is some minor gum ageing. S.G. 163-168, £360

Hong KongKing George VIA small collection of commemorative issues with 1935 Silver Jubilee set mint and perforated Specimen, 1937 Coronation mint and perforated Specimen, 1940 Centenary mint (plus faked Specimen set), 1946 Victory set mint plus the pair showing the extra stroke variety and perforated Specimen pairs (2, high and low), 1948 Silver Wedding set mint (3); lightly mounted or unmounted mint; most stamps show light to medium gum ageing and some showing oxidation of the red. (40)

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Cha Border Area (Shansi-Chahar-Hopeh)1938 White Full Sun; First Printing on newsprint: 1c. violet in a top margin vertical strip of four cancelled by a neat strikes of segmented circle cancellation; there are a few light age marks on the reverse. Strong colour and a very desirable multiple. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Cha Border Area (Shansi-Chahar-Hopeh)1945 Victory Over Japan (First Issue): $1 lake-brown varieties imperforate and printed double in a block of fifteen with margins above and at foot showing the central mark in the lower margin; there is a horizontal crease between rows 2 and 3 and a light fold at left. An attractive and impressive block. Yang NC17h. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Cha Border Area (Shansi-Chahar-Hopeh)1945 Victory Over Japan (Second Issue): $50 brown in a complete sheet of ninety, unused without gum; fine and scarce. Yang NC35. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Cha Border Area (Shansi-Chahar-Hopeh)1945 Victory Over Japan (Second Issue): 1946 (25 Dec.) opened-out envelope to Peking bearing $10 carmine-red (2), one on each side of the cover, tied by straight-line datestamp in red, the stamp on the reverse with a very faint strike of three-section postmark in black and with Japanese-style Hochien c.d.s. (29.12). An unusual and desirable cover. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Cha Border Area (Shansi-Chahar-Hopeh)— 1947 (Feb.) opened-out envelope to Tientsin bearing, on the reverse, pair of $10 carmine-red tied by a good strike of the three-section agency postmark of Ku Central District Branch with number 3 and date insertion (not completed) and Tientsin machine postmark (20.3). A good cover. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Cha Border Area (Shansi-Chahar-Hopeh)— 1947 (11 Mar.) opened-out envelope to Tientsin bearing, on the reverse, $20 pale green tied by Baotow c.d.s. and the Tientsin machine postmark (14.3). A good cover. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Cha Border Area (Shansi-Chahar-Hopeh)1945 Victory Over Japan (Second Issue): 1947 (14 Mar.) opened-out envelope to Tientsin, sent express, bearing corner pair of $20 pale green (faults) tied by Chin Ki Cha c.d.s and Tientsin machine arrival postmark (18.3); with the black on red express label on the address side. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Cha Border Area (Shansi-Chahar-Hopeh)— 1947 (14 Mar.) opened-out envelope bearing, on the reverse, pair of $10 carmine-red (one defective) tied by a good strike of circular, three-section Kaochuan Postal Agency (Chiaoho Hsien) postmark with date insertion (date added in black ink); there is an indistinct strike of the arrival c.d.s. on the address side. A good cover. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Cha Border Area (Shansi-Chahar-Hopeh)1947 Surcharge at Quyang: 1947 (19 Nov.) opened-out envelope registered to Tongsheng in Inner Mongolia beaing, on the reverse, a horizontal pair of Large Victory $50 on $4 tied by a fine strike of Shimen c.d.s. (possibly incorrect) with a fine strike of Shansi-Suiyaun, Tongsheng arrival c.d.s. alongside (26.11), the address side with a superb strike of the boxed registration handstamp struck in rose-pink. The envelope with some light soiling. J.P.S. JC52A. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Cha Border Area (Shansi-Chahar-Hopeh)1947 Machine Surcharge at Fuping: $500 on $20 pale green cancelled by parts of three c.d.s.; centred low and right. A good example of this rare stamp. Yang NC67; S.G. NC59. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaKi Tung (East Hopeh) Border Area1949 Second Tangshan Surcharge, Rubber Chop: 1949 (May) envelope to Peking bearing $4000 on $500, narrow setting (Yang NC129) tied by indistinct despatch c.d.s. and, on the reverse, Peking arrival c.d.s.; horizontal crease at foot. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaKi Tung (East Hopeh) Border Area1949 Tangshan Third Hand Surcharge: 1949 (10 May) envelope to Takiang bearing, on the reverse, $3000 on $1000 rose-red tied by Fangshan, Kiangsu despatch c.d.s., the arrival c.d.s. is on the address side. There is some soiling and staining, particularly at the lower half of the cover. A great rarity. Yang NC147; J.P.S. JP77. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Lu-Yu Border Area (Shensi-Hopeh-Shantung-Honan)1942 Shaded Bird: 2c. yellow, 5c. yellow and 10c. deep blue unused without gum; 2c. with left sheet margin, 10c. close margin at left. Yang NC156-158. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Lu-Yu Border Area (Shensi-Hopeh-Shantung-Honan)1942 Shaded Bird: 2c. yellow in a horizontal pair, unused without gum. A scarce multiple

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Lu-Yu Border Area (Shensi-Hopeh-Shantung-Honan)1942 Shaded Bird: 50c. deep red, unused without gum, good to large margins; slight stain at foot. Scarce. Yang NC159; S.G. NC69b, £7500. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Lu-Yu Border Area (Shensi-Hopeh-Shantung-Honan)1942 Unshaded Bird: 5c. orange unused without gum, very large margins all round. Also 10c. blue unused, small margins. Yang NC161-162. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Lu-Yu Border Area (Shensi-Hopeh-Shantung-Honan)1942 Unshaded Bird: 10c. blue, unused; large margins all round. Fresh and fine. Yang NC162; S.G. 69. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Lu-Yu Border Area (Shensi-Hopeh-Shantung-Honan)1946 Bird on Globe, Third Issue: 1946 (29 Mar.) envelope to Tientsin bearing 100 ($10) tied by Hopei c.d.s. and, on the reverse, Potowchen (1.4) c.d.s. and Tientsin machine postmark. A good franking. JPS JJ46. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Lu-Yu Border Area (Shensi-Hopeh-Shantung-Honan)1946 Postal Bureau: 1946 (June) envelope to Tientsin bearing, on the reverse, 5 (50c.) top margin vertical pair tied by Potowchen c.d.s. and Tientsin roller arrival (11.6). JPS JJ47. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin-Ki-Lu-Yu Border Area (Shensi-Hopeh-Shantung-Honan)1946-47 Surcharges: 1947 (26 Mar.) envelope to Tientsin bearing $10 on 5 (50c.) blue tied by Hengshui dotted c.d.s. and red chop, there is a further despatch c.d.s. on the reverse along with faint Tientsin machine postmark. A good cover. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin Sui Border Area (Shansi-Suiyuan)1945 Pre-Paid Postal Receipts: In green for local mail, large margins all round and with a neat c.d.s. across the corner. Fresh and fine. Yang NC248; S.G. NC211, £2500. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaChin Sui Border Area (Shansi - Suiyuan)1948-49 Ploughing Farmer, $1000 to $10,000 part set of four, unused without gum; two with margins (folded back). S.G. NC238-241

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaPeoples Post1949 Hotseh Surcharges1949 (June) opened-out envelope to Hopeh bearing, on the reverse, Harvest design $6 on $40 red-brown vertical strip of three with Infantry 50c. claret block of four cancelled by indistinct c.d.s. of Shantung; fresh. JPS HB4, HB19

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaPeoples PostParcel Post1949 Peking Surcharge set of five on highway design, fine used. Also the second set of four on pagoda design fine used plus $100 on $10 unused pair, both with the missing character. Yang NCP1-9a. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth ChinaPeoples PostParcel Post1949 Railway train $500 to $50,000 set of seven, fine used. Yang NCP10-16. Photoprovenance:Paul Hock, October 1983

Liberated AreasNorth-West ChinaPeople's Post1949 Chairman Mao $200 rose-carmine error of colour in a left margin block of four with the normal $50 rose-carmine, unused without gum. A fresh and fine positional block. Yang NW35a, S.G. NW97a. Photo

Liberated AreasNorth-East ChinaLocal IssueBo Tsing Local Issue: $100 to $50 on $100 set of five, unused; some light ageing. Chan AP81-85. Photo

LiteratureChinaThree books with "The Consul General's Shanghai Postal Agency 1867-1907" by Peter L. Koffsky; 1972; "Shanghai Large Dragons - The First Issue of The Shanghai Local Post" by Dr. Wei-Liang Chow; 1996; "The Award Winning Exhibit of Early Chinese Airmail" by People Post Press, 2011 (hardcover). Also two volumes of Asian Philatelist 2010 and 2012.

LiteratureChina2009 "Covers and Cards of Empress Dowager Jubilee and Its Surcharged Issues", edited by Tony To-Wah Kwan; volume one: First Printing Covers and Cards; volume two: Surcharged Issues Covers and Cards-1897; volume three: Surcharged Issues Covers and cards 1898-1911/ Undated Covers and Cards/ Faked Covers and Cards. All volumes in hardcover and with original book box. Edited by Tony To-Wan Kwan. The first volume is signed and sealed by the author.

LiteratureChina"The Russian Post in the Chinese Empire", part I, II and III; 2012 (20 April) David Feldman auction catalogues of the Raymond Casey collection

LiteratureHong Kong"Far East Mail Ship Itineraries", Lee Scamp, volume 1 (1997) and volume 2 (2010) (hard covers). Also, by same author, "Postal Rate History of China and Hong Kong / The Pre-Adhesive Period to the Begining of Packet Service from Hong Kong 1800-1845", 1986

LiteratureHong Kong"La Poste Maritime Francaise" volume II (1992) and V (1993) by Raymond Salles; and a hard cover book of " British Maritime Postal History/ The P&O Lines to the Far East" vol. 2, by R. Kirk.

LiteratureHong KongThe Hong Kong Philatelic Society Newsletter: in three hardcover volumes with Jan. 1997-Dec. 2002; Jan. 2003-Dec. 2007 and Jan. 2008- Dec. 2010.

LiteratureHong KongHong Kong Study Circle Journal: five hardcover volumes with Nos. 258-287 (1986-93); Nos. 288-311 (1994-99); Nos. 311-327 (2000-03); Nos. 328-343 (2004-07) and Nos. 344-355 (2008-10).

LiteratureAuction CataloguesThe Ryohei Ishikawa Collection, 1980, Sotheby Parke Bernet; also 1994 "Foreign Countries Great Britain British West Africa British Commonwealth" featuring The "Columbus" collection of Sierra Leone and Hong Kong and Treaty Ports, from Stanley Gibbons. Also a hardcover book of "The 1891 Jubilee Overprint of Hong Kong" by Dr Chan Shiu Hon

LiteratureAuction CataloguesA group with Sotheby: 1994-96 "Postage Stamps of the Far East" (3), 1996 " China Red Revenue Covers" and " Treaty Ports of China" (2); Sotheby's and Corinphila: 1997-99 Postage Stamps of China and Hong Kong (6), 1997 "Shanghai and Formosa/ The Estate of Wei Liang Chow" and 1997 "Postage Stamps of China/ The E. N. Lane Collection". Also 1990-96 eight catalogues from Christie's, included six of "Fine Stamps and Covers of Hong Kong and China", 1994 "The James B. Whang Collection of The Large Dragons of China 1878-85"(1) and 1990 "Hong Kong and Treaty Ports/ The Chri...

LiteratureAuction CataloguesA group of Christie's sales which includes 1981 "The 'Antonia' Collection of Hong Kong and Treaty Ports" in Tokyo; 1984 "Hong Kong & Treaty Ports (Part I) Malaya - Straits settlements"; 1985 Hong Kong (Part II); 1987 "The Opening of China 1701-1885". (4)

LiteratureAuction CataloguesA group (2 copies and 5 original ) which includes five Robson Lowe Ltd., London. 1949 The "Rose Hutchinson" collection of Hong Kong; 1955 "Hong Kong and Treaty Ports" offered by the order of C. Derek Houston, Esq.; 1959 "China, Hong Kong and Treaty Ports" (copy); 1961 Hong Kong and Treaty Ports; 1974 "Russia with Post Offices Abroad/ China with French, Italian and Russian Consular mail/ the Joseph C. Wong China - the mint collection" (copy in hardcover); Two Christie's catalogues: 1988 "China/ Featuring the Ellery Denison Collection", and 1989 "The Large Dragons an...

LiteratureAuction CataloguesA group which includes Robson Lowe: 1964 "Europe and Asia"; 1975 "Basle 5/ China", 1983 "Far East" June and October; 1992 Stanley Gibbons Auction & John Bull Stamps: "Specialised Far East"; 1993 Stanley Gibbons Australia the "Everall" China, 1994 Hong Kong auction "Specialised Far East in Hong Kong"; Spink 1999 "Europe and Overseas Stamps and Postal History/ featuring the Adriano Landini Collection of Italy in China"; and five Christie's catalogues, included 1988 Italian States, Italy and Roumania; 1989 China/ Stamp and Postal History; 1989 Near and Far East; 1994...

Macao1837 (3 Jan.) long entire letter to London and forwarded on arrival. The letter is rated in manuscript "1/4" and bearing a fair strike of the step-type "deal/ship letter" in a pale bluish black, London arrival (1.5), re-addressed to Islington with further c.d.s. (2.5), handstruck "2" postage due and a light strike of "t.p./stockwell". The contents give details of how busy business life was in Macao at that time. A cover with much character. Photo

Macao1840 (June) (c.) part entire to Frederick Huth in London, "p Arabian", rated "8" in black ink and bearing, on the flap, a light strike of boxed "india letter/falmouth" in red and London arrival c.d.s. (8.12); there are a couple of vertical folding creases; good to fine. The contents are from Bobby Adams and give details of tea shipment. An early cover. Photo

Macao1843 (21 Feb.) double weight entire to Liverpool "via Marseilles" and India, rated "2/8" and bears large "INDIA" in oval struck in red, London (7.5) and Liverpool (8.5) datestamps; there is a faint strike of Ritchie Stewart & Co frowarding agents oval handstamp in black struck across the flaps. Photo

Macao1843 (28 June) entire letter to Chichester "via Falmouth", manuscript rate mark "4/1" in black ink, "india" in oval struck in red, London transit (23.10) and a fine strike of Chichester arrival (24.10) struck over a good strike of Ritchie Stewart & Co Bombay forwarding agent's cachet. A fine and attractive cover. Photo

Macao1848 (27 Oct.) entire letter to London, the ship and rate mark are not very readable but the letter indicates this was carried by the 'Pekin' via Ceylon (the duplicate being sent by the 'Archilles') the flap, which opens well for display, with a good strike Jardine, Matheson & Co forwarding agent's cachet in red (used in 1848), Hong Kong type 9 c.d.s. (29.12) and London arrival (27.2) c.d.s. A good cover. PhotoFor orther items of Macao postal history, see lots 5712-5714

Municipal PostsShanghaiLarge DragonPrinting 27; 4ca. yellow on laid paper with large margins all round, shows some traces of the black ink used in printing 26 which is mostly confined to the corners. Very fresh and attractive. Photo

Municipal PostsShanghai1895 10c. green and black, imperforate proof on thicker paper, shows double printing of the black; fresh. Photo

Municipal PostsShanghaiPostal StationeryShanghai Municipality 1c. card unused, the reverse bearing a picture of a Chinese street scene, the illustration printed upside down; fine unused. An unusual and interesting view cardFor letters relating to the Chinkiang Municipal Post, see lot 5264

Municipal PostsFoochow1894 (5 Sept.) printed envelope of the U.S. consulate in "Fuchau" to Swansea, carried privately to Japan where a Koban 5s. was added and tied by Yokohama c.d.s. (27.9). Underpaid as the 5s. rate was to U.S.A. only and bearing a good strike of the Yokohama tax handstamp, "25ctm" in pencil and handstruck "5d" applied in the U.K.; marked "Refused" twice and with Swansea (6.11) and "R.L.B." c.d.s., the reverse with Swansea (5.11), London Returned Letter (8.00) and faint Shanghai Local Post (24.3) c.d.s. along with bilingual "Refused" struck in violet. With the original lette...

Municipal PostsFoochow1895 (17 Sept.) envelope to U.S.A. bearing 1c. green cancelled by a fair strike of the code "T" c.d.s. and used with Japan Koban 1s. green (5) tied by "shanghai/i.j.p.o." c.d.s. (28.9), the reverse with a faint strike of Shanghai Local Post c.d.s. (27.9), Yokohama (14.10), San Francisco (1.11) and Waterbury arrival (8.11); there is an oil stain from adhesive tape on the flap. A good international cover. Photo

Municipal PostsHankow1896 (30 Aug.) printed commercial envelope to the Norwegian Consul in Shanghai bearing 1896 Redrawn Design 5c. brown cancelled by Hankow Local Post c.d.s. in blue and, on the reverse, a second despatch c.d.s., a faint strike of the Shanghai Local Post c.d.s. (2.9) and the postman's pencil delivery characters. A neat and attractive cover. Photo

Municipal PostsIchang1894 Narrow Setting; 2c. perforated essay in brown on ungummed paper; centred low as usual, small tear at right. Shows the white lines in the centre of this design. Photo

Municipal PostsKewkiangPostal Stationery: 1895 ½c. card in grey, setting II, superb unused

Municipal PostsNanking1895 (Oct.) opened-out envelope to Nebraska bearing U.S. 1892 5c. Grant tied by "u.s.postal agency/shanghai" duplex (23.10) along with a good strike of the unframed "u.s.charge/to collect 10 cents" in black and there is a large manuscript "T" in black ink and, on the reverse, a fair to good strike of the Large Garter Nanking Agency postmark in grey-blue, a faint strike of Shanghai Local Post c.d.s. (20.10), San Francisco (2.11) directly over the Nanking postmark, and Cucton arrival (25.11). Some light soiling and reinforced eges. This is a late cover from the Nanking Age...

Municipal PostsNankingGerman Post Office: 1896 (29 May) envelope to Bavaria, "German Local Post" bearing a fine strike of the "nanking local post" bilingual dated oval in purple, with German 20pf. Eagle tied by Shanghai c.d.s. and, on the reverse, Shanghai Local Post (30.5), Hong Kong (9.6) and Regntzlosan arrival (12.7) c.d.s. The envelope has been fractionally trimmed at foot, otherwise a fine cover, particularly collectable with the Nanking datestamp on the address side. Photo

Municipal PostsTungkuan1896 (c.) 30 cash pencil and brush stroke hand-drawn essay on this card (41x46mm) showing generous margins all round; fresh and fine and shows great clarity of the design. Apparently this value remained unprinted. A superb and stunning item of the history of the Local Post. A treasure for the discerning philatelist. Ex Rosamond. Photo

Municipal PostsTungkuan1896 (c.) 20 cash pale blackish blue on wove paper, close to large margins and with a pair of parallel aniline red lines across the centre which have been impressed into the surface of the stamp and the colour suffused through to the reverse; there is a light angled crease from the foot of this stamp which does not detract from this fine example of this mysterious and evocative stamp. Very few examples have been recorded and this example is very similar to that illustrated in Charles Dougan's book. Ex Rosamond. Photo

Municipal PostsWei-Hai-Wei1899 Second Issue, 2c. red in a block of forty from the left side of the sheet, unused without gum; there is a tear in the top margin which just affects one stamp and there are a few perf. reinforcements. A fresh and attractive block which shows the different variations of design as well as part of the papermaker's watermark at top. Photo

ChinaPeople's Republic1950 Surcharges on Unit Stamps (SC1) perf.14 $500, $800 and $1000 surcharges on brown-orange train, unused and fine. Yang SC4a-6a. Photo

ChinaPeople's Republic1955 Scientists of Ancient China (C33), the set of four miniature sheets, two sets unused without gum. Yang C33m. (8)

ChinaPeople's Republic1956 Opening of Tibet Highways (S14) unused in sheets and part sheets (129 sets.). (387)

ChinaPeople's Republic1956 Archaeological Discoveries (S16) 4f. to 8f. in complete sheets (96 sets), unused without gum

ChinaPeople's Republic1957 Agricultural Co-operation (S20) 8f. set of four in complete sheets (84 sets), unused without gum as issued

ChinaPeople's Republic1958 Completion of the Five Year Plan (C45) 4f. to 16f. set of three in complete sheets (64 sets), unused without gum as issued

ChinaPeople's Republic1958 Chinese Pagodas (S21) 8f. set of four in complete sheets (99 sets), unused without gum as issued

ChinaPeople's Republic1958 Chinese Fossils (S22) 4f. to 16f. set of three in blocks and part sheets (110 sets), unused without gum

ChinaPeople's Republic1958 Chinese Meteorology (S24) 8f. set of three in sheets and blocks (140 sets), unused without gum

ChinaPeople's Republic1958 Aviation Sport (S29) 4f. to 20f. set of four in large blocks (120 sets), unused without gum

ChinaPeople's Republic1959 Natural History Museum (S31) 4f. and 8f. in complete sheets (120 sets), unused without gum

ChinaPeople's Republic1960 Agricultural Exhibition (S37) 4f. to 20f, set of four in complete sheets (60 sets) unused without gum

ChinaPeople's Republic1961 Table Tennis Championships (C86) miniature sheet, unused without gum as issued. Yang C86M. Photo

ChinaPeople's Republic1962 Lu Hsin Anniversary (C91) 8f. in a complete sheet of forty, unused without gum. (40)

ChinaPeople's Republic1962 Support for Algeria (S52) 8f. and 22f. in complete sheets (50 sets), unmounted mint; there are a couple of light tone spots in the margin. (100)

ChinaPeople's Republic1962 Scientists of Ancient China (C92) 4f. to 20f. set of eight in blocks of four, unmounted mint; 4f. imprint blocks, others corner blocks. (32)

ChinaPeople's Republic— (C92) 4f. to 20f. set of eight in blocks of four, unmounted mint; most values with lower margin imprint. (32)

ChinaPeople's Republic1963 Children (S54) 4f. to 20f. set of twelve in top right corner blocks of six, without gum as issued. (72)

ChinaPeople's Republic1963 Folk Toys (S58) 4f. to 10f. set of nine in complete sheets (50 sets), unused without gum. (450)

ChinaPeople's Republic1963 Snub-nosed Monkeys (S60) 8f. to 22f. set of three in lower margin imprint blocks of four, unmounted mint. (12)

ChinaPeople's Republic1964 South Vietnam Victory (C105) 8f. unmounted mint, two blocks of four, one corner block with imprint; some light gum ageing. (8)

ChinaPeople's Republic1964 Peonies (S61) $2 miniature sheet, unused without gum as issued; fine and unmounted. Yang S61M. Photo

ChinaPeople's Republic— (S61) $2 miniature sheet, used with special first day postmark. Photo

ChinaPeople's Republic1964 Women of the People's Commune (S64) 8f. set of six in complete sheets (50 sets), unmounted mint. (300)

ChinaPeople's Republic1964 African Freedom (C103) 8f. set of two in complete sheets (50 sets), unmounted mint. (100)

ChinaPeople's Republic1965 Bandung Conference (C110) both 8f. in complete sheets (50 sets), unmounted mint. (100)

ChinaPeople's Republic1965 World Table Tennis Championships (C112) in four complete sheets (100 sets), unmounted mint. (400)

ChinaPeople's Republic1966 Children's Games (S72) 8f. set of eight in complete sheets of fifty, unmounted mint/ (400)

ChinaPeople's Republic1968 Anniversary of People's Liberation Army (W11) 8f. in a block of eighteen, unmounted mint. (18)

ChinaPeople's Republic1974 Popular Gymnastics (T1) 8f. set of four, eight sets in either upper or lower margin imprint blocks of four, unmounted mint. (40)

ChinaPeople's Republic1974 Acrobatics (T2) 8f. set of six in blocks of fourteen, unmounted mint and with two imprints. (84)

ChinaPeople's Republic1974 Centenary of the U.P.U. (J1) 8f. set of three, ten sets, unmounted mint. (30)

ChinaPeople's Republic— (J1), 8f. set of three in corner blocks of four (2) with imprint, unmounted mint. (24)

ChinaPeople's Republic— (J1) 8f. set of three in complete sheets of thirty five, unmounted mint. (105)

ChinaPeople's Republic1974 Anniversary of Chinese People's Republic (J2) 8f. in a complete sheet of twenty five, unmounted mint. (25)

ChinaPeople's Republic1974 Dazhai Red Banner and Achievements (T4, 5) set of ten in lower left corner imprint singles, unmounted mint. (10)

ChinaPeople's Republic1974 Dazhai Red Banner Achievements (T5) 8f. set of five in complete sheets (35 sets), unmounted mint. (175)

ChinaPeople's Republic1974 Chairman Mao's Directives (J3) 8f. set of three in a part sheet of ten sets, unmounted mint. (30)

ChinaPeople's Republic1975 Wushi, Popular Sports (T7) 8f. to 43f. set of 6 in tête-bêche blocks of four, unmounted mint, imprint blocks of four, most with corner margins. (24)

ChinaPeople's Republic1975 Third National Games (J6) 8f. to 15f. set of six in corner imprint blocks of four; also 1975 Dazhai Red Banner (T4) 8f. set of five in lower left corner imprint blocks of four; unmounted mint. (44)

ChinaPeople's Republic1976 Workers Going to College (T18) 8f. set of five in complete sheets (40 sets), unmounted mint. (200)

ChinaPeople's Republic1977 Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (J16) 8f. to 20f. set of three in complete sheets of fifty; unmounted mint. (150)

ChinaPeople's Republic1977 Communist Party Congress (J23) 8f. set of three in top right corner blocks of four with imprint, unmounted mint. (12)

ChinaPeople's Republic1978 Galloping Horses (T28) miniature sheet (4), unmounted mint. Yang T28M. Photo

ChinaPeople's Republic— (T28) miniature sheet (6), unmounted mint; some rust spots. Yang T28M

ChinaPeople's Republic1978 Highway Bridges (T31) miniature sheet (8), unmounted mint. Yang T31M

ChinaPeople's Republic1978 Water Country Modernisation (T34) 8f. set of five, sixteen sets in two complete sheets. unmounted mint. (80)

ChinaPeople's Republic1979 Trades of the People's Communes (T39) 4f. to 10f. set of five in blocks of twenty four, unmounted mint. (120)

ChinaPeople's Republic1979 Study Science (T41) miniature sheet, unmounted mint. Yang T41M. Photo

ChinaPeople's Republic— (T41) miniature sheet (5), fine unmounted mint. Yang T41M

ChinaPeople's Republic— (T41) miniature sheet (5), fine unmounted mint. Yang T41M

ChinaPeople's Republic— (T41) miniature sheet (5), fine unmounted mint. Yang T41M

ChinaPeople's Republic— (T41) miniature sheet (5), fine unmounted mint. Yang T41M

ChinaPeople's Republic1980 Qi Bashi (T44) miniature sheet (14), unmounted mint. Yang T44M

ChinaPeople's Republic1980 Lotus Paintings (T54) miniature sheet (10), unmounted mint. Yang T54M

ChinaPeople's Republic— (T54) miniature sheet (10), unmounted mint. Yang T54M

ChinaPeople's Republic— (T54) miniature sheet (10), unmounted mint. Yang T54M

ChinaPeople's Republic1980 U.S.A. Exhibition (J59) 8f. and 70f. each in the special sheetlet of twelve stamps, unused without gum as issued. Fine Yang J59M. Photo

ChinaPeople's Republic— (J59) 8f. and 70f. each in the special sheetlet of twelve stamps, unused without gum as issued. Fine Yang J59M

ChinaPeople's Republic— (J59) 8f. and 70f. each in the special sheetlet of twelve stamps, unused without gum as issued. Fine Yang J59M

ChinaPeople's Republic1980 Paintings by Yu Zhizhen (T54) 8f. to 70f. set of four in lower left corner blocks of four, unmounted mint. (16)

ChinaPeople's Republic1980 Liu Yuan Garden (T56) 8f. to 60f. set of four in complete sheets of forty, unmounted mint. (160)

ChinaPeople's Republic1981 Dream of Red Mansions (T69) miniature sheet (8), unmounted mint. Yang T69M

ChinaPeople's Republic1988 Pere David's Deer (T132) 8f. and 40f. set of two, imperforate each in two complete sheets of fifty, also the perforated set in sheet of fifty, unmounted mint (300)

ChinaPeople's RepublicCovers and Cancellations1973 (29 Jan.) airmail envelope sent express to Germany, bearing 1973 Giant Pandas set of six with 1957 Lorry Production set tied by Shantung province c.d.s. Photo

ChinaPeople's RepublicCovers and Cancellations1976 (15 May) envelope sent air mail to France bearing a complete set of 1971 Paris Commune (N3) and 1965 National Games 43f. cancelled by the despatch c.d.s.. A good cover and a scarce set on cover. Photo

ChinaPeople's RepublicCollections and RangesA small group of commemorative sets with 1961 Table Tennis (C86) in blocks of four, 1962 Scientists of Ancient China (some gum ageing), 1964 South Vietnam Victory 8f. (2), 1966 Children's Games set of eight (2); unmounted mint. (42)

ChinaPeople's RepublicCollections and RangesA group of commemorate sets in multiples with 1974 Directives (J3) strip of three (4), 1975 Popular Sports (T7) (4 sets), 1978 Petroleum Industry (T19) (6), 1983 Female Roles in Peking Opera (T87) (8 sets) and Ancient Poets and Philosophers (J92) (4), unmounted mint

ChinaPeople's RepublicCollections and RangesA group of illustrated first day covers which includes1979 Camellias (T37), 1979 Pilgrimage to the West (T43) (6 sets), 1983 Terracotta Warriors (T88) miniature sheet, 1984 Tang Beauties (T89) miniature sheet (2) and some others. A clean lot. (22 covers)

ChinaPeople's RepublicCollections and RangesA group of commemorative sets with 1974 Directives (J3) (2 sets), 1975 Popular Sports (T7)(3 sets), 1976 Going to College (T18), 1977 National Communist Party (J23), 1979 The Great Wall (T38), 1980 Return of Jian Zhen's Statue (J55) (5 sets), 1980 Opera masks set of eight (T45), 1980 Paintings by Yu Zhizhen (T54), 1983 Female Roles in Peking Opera (T87) plus some others, unmounted mint though some with some light aging.

ChinaPeople's RepublicCollections and RangesW Series: A collection in special album "Stamps During the Cultural Revolution in China", this includes all of the issues of the W series including (W1) unfolded strips and not tarnished, and (W10) fine and unfolded. The gum is fresh and white. A good collection. (80)

ChinaPeople's RepublicCollections and RangesA complete unused collection in six albums with issues from 1949 to 2004, includes all issues from C series, J series, S series, T series, Cultural Revolution Issues (W series), new series with number issues, regular issues, miniature sheets (less C94M) and stamp booklets (included 2005 Andersen's Fairy Tales, 2006 Year of dog). Condition is fair to good

ChinaPostage Dues19041c. ochre in the original Chinese Imperial Post distribution envelope “1,000 postage-due stamps/ 1 Cent". This packet contains ten complete blocks of four panes and a half sheet of two panes. The envelope has not been opened and is in its original condition.Note that the 'sheets' of eighty in the four panes of twenty are the largest multiples issued of these postage dues

ChinaPostage Dues2c. deep red in the original Chinese Imperial Post distribution envelope “1,000 postage-due stamps/2 Cents”. This packet contains ten complete blocks of four panes and a half sheet of two panes. The envelope has not been opened and is in its original condition.. (1000)

ChinaPostage Dues4c. deep chestnut in the original Chinese Imperial Post distribution envelope “1,000 postage-due stamps/4 Cents”. This packet contains ten complete blocks of four panes and a half sheet of two panes. The envelope has not been opened and is in its original condition. Probably unique. (1000). Photo

Hong KongPostal Fiscals1874$2 and $3 handstamped "specimen" type HK4, large part original gum. Fresh and appealing on white paper. S.G. F1-2s. Photo

Hong KongPostal Fiscals1874$2 olive-green (2) and $3 dull violet, with $2, $2 thin paper without gum and $3 centred low, part original gum. S.G. F1-2. (3). Photo

Hong KongPostal Fiscals1874$10 rose-carmine on thicker paper, part original gum; with old hinge remainder and a patch of disturbed gum which exhibits some gum ageing; quite well centred and good appearance for this stamp. S.G. F3, £8500. Photo

Hong KongPostal Fiscals1897-1902$2 dull bluish green (2) and $3 dull mauve overprinted "specimen" type D12, part original gum to lightly mounted. S.G. F4-5s. (3). Photo

Hong KongPostal Fiscals1897-1902$2 (2) and $3 (2) showing some variation in shade, large part original gum; fresh and fine. S.G. F4-5, £2300. Photo

Hong KongPostal Fiscals188012c. on $10 rose-carmine, large part original gum; centred a little to the right. Fresh. S.G. F7, £1000. Photo

Hong KongPostal Fiscals188012c. on $10 rose-carmine, two examples part original gum; one thinned but both are well centred. (2)

Hong KongPostal Fiscals1891$5 on $10 purple on red, a small group with overprinted "specimen" type D12, diagonally handstamped "specimen" type HK4 plus unused in two distinct shades of black; part to large part original gum. A fresh and attractive group. S.G. F9, s, £1350. Photo

Hong KongPostal Fiscals1897 Surcharges$1 on $2 olive-green [10], $1 on $2 dull bluish green mint [10] and Specimen [5], large part original gum to lightly mounted mint; good centring for these and a fresh set. S.G. F10-11s, £625. Photo. (3)

Hong KongPostal Fiscals1897 Surcharges$1 on $2 dull bluish green, perf.14, a small group with Specimen [1], mint with short serif "A" [2] and with broken "A" [7], lightly mounted mint. A fresh and appealing group. S.G. F11, s. (3)

Hong KongPostal Fiscals1897 Surcharges$1 on $2 bluish green, perf.14, variety both Chinese handstamps omitted, [11], large part original gum. Well centred and very fresh. S.G. F11a, £2000. Photo

Hong KongPostal FiscalsStamp Office2c. carmine overprinted "S. O.", large part original gum; fresh and fine. B.P.A. Certificate (1985). S.G. S1, £950. Photo

Hong KongPostal FiscalsStamp Office2c. carmine overprinted "S. D.", large part original gum; very fresh. S.G. S2, £425. Photo

Hong KongPostal FiscalsStamp Office10c. purple on red handstamped "S. O.", unused with some gum. S.G. S3, £1700. Photo

ChinaPostal StationeryPost CardsLarge Junk design, sixth print; 1931 (31 May) 2c. green card with printed vignette of the First Flight Peiping - Nanking; fresh and fine unused

ChinaPostal StationeryInternational Reply Coupons1930 imperforate proof block of four, fresh and fine. Ex King Farouk. Photo

Hong KongPostal StationeryPostcards1879 3c. on 16c. yellow card unused, fresh and fine unused. Yang P1. Photo

Hong KongPostal StationeryPostcards1879 3c. on 16c. on red on white card, short "T", fine unused

Hong KongPostal StationeryPostcards1879 5c. on 18c. lilac on blue on white card; the basic stamps shows incomplete printing in the top right corner. Fresh and fine. Yang P2

Hong KongPostal StationeryPost Cards1903-09 1c. card used in 1910 (22 Oct.) to Tungkun "via Canton" cancelled by the despatch c.d.s. with Canton bilingual (24.10) and Tungkun English/Chinese arrival c.d.s.. A good destination. Photo

Hong KongPostal StationeryEnvelopes1902 4c. (4½ x 5½ in.) registered to Germany, 1912 (27 Dec.) uprated with K.G.V 8c. grey cancelled by good strikes of the Hong Kong registered c.d.s. and with the large boxed Hong Kong registered dated handstamp, Hanover backstamp (31.1). A good cover. Photo

Hong KongPostal StationeryRegistered EnvelopesK.E.VII 10c. size H envelope double registered to England, uprated 8c. and cancelled by 1926 (6 July) registered c.d.s., with a fair strike of "A R" in oval, blue-black on white registration label, straight-line "per first steamer" in mauve and red wax seal of the Bank of East Asia. A good cover

Hong KongPostal StationeryCollections and RangesA duplicated range, mostly unused with a good selection of Q.V. with the basic types, reply cards and surcharges and a group of used (6), some later unused and used including K.G.VI 2c. unused;, a couple of K.E.VII envelopes unused and registered envelopes with K.G.V 10c. uprated and registered to Berlin in 1914, 20c. unused and K.G.VI 25c. in two different sizes. Condition is a little mixed in places, a useful lot. (61 covers)

Hong KongPostal StationeryCollections and RangesA group of unused K.E.VII which includes 1905 10c. registered envelope with new rates overprinted in the reverse (Yang 11), 4c. postcards (2), envelopes size a 1c. and 2c., size b 2c., 4c., 5c. and 10c. plus 2c. newspaper wrapper; all are fresh and fine. (10 covers)

Hong KongPostcard Stamps1873 3c. on 16c. yellow and 5c. on 18c. lilac; unused, 3c. on 16c. fresh and fine, 5c. on 18c. pulled perf. at top. S.G. P1-2, £725. Photo

Hong KongPostcard Stamps1873 3c. on 16c. yellow, variety short "T in "cents", with some gum; very fresh and a fine example of this stamp. S.G. P1, £350. Photo

ChinaProvinces and Provincial IssuesManchuria1928 (Jan.) long commercial envelope registered to Harbin bearing, in the reverse, second Peking Junk 3c. (3) tied by Moukden English/Chinese c.d.s. with Harbin arrival (11.1) alongside, used in combination, on the address side, Japan 2s. and 4s. (3) tied by Moukden/I.J.P.O. c.d.s. and a large part red on white registration label. A good combination. Photo

ChinaProvinces and Provincial IssuesSinkiangRussian Post Offices - Kashgar: 1916 (23 June) commercial red band cover to Tientsin bearing, on the reverse, vertical pair of Arms 10k. tied by type Ka-2B c.d.s. with a further strike alongside, the address side with the despatch c.d.s. and Russian Post Office Tientsin arrival (1.7). A good double rate cover. Photo

ChinaProvinces and Provincial IssuesSinkiang1918 (28 Sept.) envelope sent double registered to Kansu province bearing, on the reverse, 1916-19 13c. brown and 16c. olive tied by Tihwa /(Urumtsi) English/Chinese c.d.s. with transit c.d.s. alongside. manuscript registration number and handstamp on the address side. Some light soiling, a good cover. Photo

ChinaProvinces and Provincial IssuesYunnan1902 (4 Sept.) envelope registered to Hanoi bearing C.I.P. 10c. and, on the reverse, 1c. (4) and 2c. tied by neat strikes of Lungchow bilingual c.d.s., the address side with French Indo-China 40c. tied by Lanson, Tonkin c.d.s. (6.9) with a second strike alongside and with a superb strike of the boxed "lungceow - (china)" registration handstamp. Fresh and fine, a very attractive cover. Photo

ChinaProvinces and Provincial IssuesYunnan1908 (1 Sept.) envelope which was sent double registered to Peking "via Tonkin" bearing French Indo-China Grasset 5c. (2) and 25c. blue (all defective) tied by "yunnan-fou-chine" c.d.s. with another strike alongside with boxed "R" and "AR" (both with champhered corners) and "pekin/chine" arrival (3.10) in red and, on the reverse, Tonkin transit c.d.s. (13.9); soiled and with faults

ChinaProvinces and Provincial IssuesYunnan1923 (30 May) envelope registered to France beaing first Peking 1c. (3), 3c. (4) and 5c. (some on the reverse), the stamps on the address side cancelled by the large Woyunchang datestamp with manuscript date insertion, with Kwangsichow (3.6), Hokow bilingual c.d.s. (8.6) and large handstruck "R", the reverse with a fine strike of the boxed registered handstamp, the adhesive cancelled by Kwangsichow c.d.s. (3.6), Haiphong (10.6), Cochinchina c.d.s. (15.6) and two French c.d.s.; redirected on arrival. A fine and desirable cover. Photo

ChinaProvinces and Provincial IssuesYunnan1923 (7 Sept.) envelope registered to Paris bearing first Peking 1c., 3c. (3) and 5c. (2), the lower values tied by the large Woyuanchang datestamp with manuscript date insertion, the 5c. tied by Loping c.d.s. (11.9) and, on the reverse, Luliang c.d.s. and red on cream registration label, Yunnanfu c.d.s., Haiphong (22.9) and others; two folding creases. A fine and scarce cover. Photo

ChinaProvinces and Provincial IssuesYunnan1923 (25 Dec.) envelope to France bearing first Peking print 1c. (3) and 3c. with second Peking print 2c. pair tied by the large Woyuanchang datestamp with manuscript ink date insertion and, on the reverse, Hokow bilingual c.d.s. Haiphong (11.1) "yokohama a marseille no.8" octagonal datestamp; there are a couple of folding creases. A scarce and desirable cover from this small town. Photo

ChinaProvinces and Provincial IssuesYunnan1929 Unification of China, 1c. to $1 set of four in complete sheets of one hundred, unmounted mint; there are a few split perfs. in the margins and the sheets stuck together by the margin in the lower left corner, otherwise fine. Scarce in sheets. S.G. 25-29, £14,000

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth1954-62 5c. to $10 set of fourteen with shades of $2 and $10, unmounted mint. (16)

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth— 5c. to $10 set with all shades as listed by Yang and includes 10c. watermark inverted, $1 join in character one, $1 short "R" and $2 short stroke in character, unmounted mint. A very good set. Yang 169-182a. (32)

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth— 5c. to $10 set of fourteen in blocks of four, extremely lightly mounted or unmounted mint. S.G. 178-191, £800. Photo

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth II— 5c. orange imperforate in a left margin block of four, unmounted mint; there is some light gum ageing. S.G. 178a, £4500. Photo

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth— $1 orange and green in corner blocks of four with requisition sheet numbers, "A36784", "C04039", "H21574" and "X043757", unmounted mint; last block vertical fold between stamp and side margin, otherwise fine. (16)

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth1961 Hong Kong University, $1 variety gold printing omitted, unmounted mint. Brandon Certificate (1994). S.G. 192a, £3250. Photo

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth1961 Hong Kong University $1 variety gold omitted, unmounted mint. S.G. 152a, £3260. Photo

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth1961 Hong Kong University $1 variety gold omitted, tied by Hong Kong "30" c.d.s. on home-made first day cover. An important rarity of this issue as only five first day covers have been recorded. Photo

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth1962 Annigoni 5c. to $20 set of fifteen, on gum Arabic, unmounted mint. Yang 183-197

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth1962-71 5c. to $20 plus inverted watermarks on $1.30, $2, $5 and $10, unmounted mint. S.G. 196-210; Yang 183-197. Also 1973-74 10c. to $20 set with the four values watermark inverted, unmounted mint. S.G. 283-296. (47)

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth1962-73 Annigoni, a group of gum arabic definitives with some upright watermark including $1.30 to $20 including $1.30, $2 and $5 inverted watermark; 1966-71 second issue set to $1 including $1 inverted watermark, 1970-71 PVA set to 50c. with 25c. and 50c. inverted watermark; unmounted mint. (32)

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth1962-73 $10 on glazed paper in a top left corner block of four, unmounted mint. S.G. 200d, £9000. Photo

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth1971-73 Annigoni issue with glazed paper 10c. to $10 (scarce) and sideways watermark 15c. to $20 including the four watermark inverted. Also 1968-7360c. and $1 with the different gums and watermarks; unmounted mint. Yang208-229a. (32). Photo

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth1975-78 third issue, spiral watermark, 30c. ultramarine variety imperforate, top margin horizontal pair, unmounted mint. S.G. 315 var., Yang 248b. Photo

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth1975-82 10c. to $20 set of seventeen (less 90c.) with inverted watermarks of 30c., 40c., $1.30, $2, $5, $10 and $20 (2), the high values being with and without embossing; also 1976 no watermark set of seven, $10 with and without embossing; unmounted mint. Yang 244-267. (38)

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth1981-86 definitive issues with 1981-82 third series 2c.. to $10 with watermarks both upright and inverted plus $10 without embossing; 1982 fourth issue in the new design, 10c. to $50 watermarked set with coil stamps and high values watermark inverted; also 1985-86 set of sixteen to $50 without watermark; unmounted mint. (69)

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth1985-87 No Watermark 10c. to $50 in blocks of six, unmounted mint; all are from the top right corner except $1 which is without margins. S.G. 471-487

Hong KongQueen Elizabeth2002 Cultural Diversify 20c. variety imperforate, horizontal pair with right margin, unmounted mint. S.G. 1119 var.; Yang 482 var.

Hong Kong1862-63Specimen Type HK2: 18c. lilac, small part original gum; some clipped perfs. at top right corner and a tiny thin. Fresh and very scarce. Photo

Hong Kong1862-63Specimen Type HK3: 8c. yellow-buff, 12c. pale greenish blue and 96c. brownish grey, part to large part original gum and showing some of the typical gum streaking of this issue. A group of very good examples. Specimen stamps of the first issue are particularly elusive. Photoprovenance: Ryohei Ishikawa, December 1980

Hong Kong1862-63— 48c. rose overprinted "specimen" type HK3, with full original gum showing the gum streaking; centred low and a little right as usual. A very fine example of this scarce specimen. Photo

Hong Kong1862-632c. in shades of brown (2) and deep brown, unused to part original gum; one of the brown shades is regummed. Fresh. S.G. 1, a. (3)

Hong Kong1862-632c. brown of the first printing, unused without gum; well centred and of fresh appearance. S.G. 1, £550. Photo

Hong Kong1862-638c. yellow-buff in the yellower shade of the second printing, large part original gum showing some of the gum streaking. Well centred and a very fine example of this stamp. S.G. 2, £800. Photo

Hong Kong1862-6312c. pale greenish blue in the brighter shade of the first printing, large part original gum showing some of the gum streaking; centred a little low. Fresh and fine. S.G. 3, £700. Photo

Hong Kong1862-6318c. lilac in the shade of the first printing, unused and regummed; fresh and fine appearance. S.G. 4, £700. Photo

Hong Kong1862-6324c. green in the yellowish shade of the first printing, with wing margins at right, lightly mounted mint showing the usual gum streaking; there is a light corner bend at lower left. Exceptionally fine appearance. S.G. 5, £1200. Photo

Hong Kong1862-6348c. rose in the pastel shade of the first printing, large part original gum; well centred and of superb appearance. S.G. 6, £2750. Photo

Hong Kong1862-6396c. brownish grey, large part original gum; there has been some gum disturbance and is centred quite low. A very good example of this value which is difficult to find in such fine condition. Sismondo Certificate (2007) with his pencil signature on the reverse. S.G. 7, £3750. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC2c. brown to 96c. slate set of nine imperforate plate proofs on glazed paper overprinted "cancelled" type D7; each value is in a top margins interpanneau pair; there is a vertical crease between each pair in the central margin and there are the occasional light tone spot which is found on all of these sets. Fine and a desirable positional set. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC2c. brown, large part original gum; superb centring. Fine and attractive. B.P.A. Certificate (1997). S.G. 8a, £130. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC2c. deep brown and 2c. pale yellowish brown; the first is, apparently unmounted mint with a couple of minor gum bends; the second is part original gum. Both with good perfs., an attractive pair. S.G. 8, b, £510. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC2c. deep brown, brown and pale yellowish brown, each with wing margin; each stamp with redistributed gum, generally well centred with good perfs., the yellowish brown stamp with a couple of perf. tones at foot. An unusual and attractive set. S.G. 8, a, b; £640. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC4c. deep slate, unmounted mint. Fresh and fine. S.G. 9c, £160. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC4c. bluish slate, part original gum with part hinge remainder; centred a little high. Holcombe opinion (1997). S.G. .9e, £475. PhotoFor 4c. bluish slate, perf.12½, watermark inverted in a pair, see lot 5724 and for a single, watermark inverted, lot 5536

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC4c. grey and shades of slate (2), large part original gum; grey with gum streaking, slate shades lightly mounted. A good group. S.G. 9, b; £400. (3)

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC4c. grey and shades of slate (2) each with wing margin, part original gum; there are a couple of hinge remainders and all stamps showing light gum toning. (3)

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC6c. lilac and shades of mauve (2), part to large part original gum; lilac is fresh and fine, the mauve stamps with minor age marks on reverse, fine appearance. S.G. 10, a; £1750. (3). Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC8c. bright orange, large part original gum; old hinge remainder, very well centred and showing exceptionally bright colour. A delightful stamp. S.G. 11b, £475. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC8c. orange, brownish orange and bright orange, part to large part original gum; all are well centred with good perfs.; fresh and fine. S.G. 11, a, b; £1575. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC8c. bright orange, two examples with left and right wing margins, part to large part original gum; one is partly regummed the other is lightly mounted, well centred, fresh and fine. (2). Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC12c. a group showing a range of shades including pale greenish blue (2), part original gum to lightly mounted mint. The pale greenish blue part original gum and centred a little high and small part original gum and well centred; the blue shades are generally fresh and fine. S.G. 12, a. (6). Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC18c. lilac in the deeper shade, with left wing margin, part to large part original gum with small hinge remainder; light even gum toning. Strong colour. Brandon Certificate (2001). S.G. 13, £7000. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC18c. lilac with left wing margin, large part original gum which shows some of the gum streaking; some clipped perfs. at foot and at right. Fresh and attractive. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC18c. lilac unused with traces of gum; centred left and a few slightly short perfs. Good appearance. S.G. 13, £7000. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC24c. green, pale green and deep green, part original gum; all with some gum redistribution; generally well centred . A good set of shades. S.G. 14, a, b; £2750. (3). Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC24c. green, part to large part original gum; well centred and fresh colour. A good example of this value. S.G. 14, £650. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC24c. green and 24c. pale green, both with left wing margin, part to large part original gum. Fresh and attractive. S.G. 14, a, £1450. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC30c. vermilion overprinted "specimen" type HK3, part original gum; centred a little low as are all examples. Fresh and fine. A scarce specimen stamp. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC30c. vermilion and 30c. oranger-vermilion (3), unused to part original gum; vermilion is well centred, without gum; orange vermilion from different printings showing variation of shades, one with trimmed wing margins (wide). A good group with fresh appearance. S.G. 15, a. (4). Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC30c. orange-vermilion variety watermark inverted, part original gum; there are a couple of perf. tones and centred a little low; pencil initials on the reverse. S.G. 15w, £3000, Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC30c. orange-vermilion variety watermark inverted, with small part gum; centred a little low and there is a small paper tear at right. Fine appearance. S.G. 15aw, £3000. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC30c. orange-vermilion, variety watermark reversed, cancelled by a light strike of "B62" in grey-blue; there are a couple of slightly short perfs. at foot. A good example of this variety. S.G. 15x, £300. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC30c. mauve, two examples, part to large part original gum; quite well centred and fresh. S.G. 16, £550. (2). Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC30c. mauve with wing margin at right, lightly mounted mint; there is a tiny gum thin. Well centred and exceptionally bright colour. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC30c. mauve variety watermark inverted, large part original gum; perfect centring, there appears to be a tiny, natural thin on the "C" of the watermark, fresh. S.G. 16w, £1400. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC30c. mauve variety watermark inverted, unused without gum. Good centring and appearance. S.G. 16w, £1400. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC48c. rose-carmine, small part original gum; centred a little low; fresh. Shows the watermark variety "CC" over crown. S.G. 17 var. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC48c. deep rose-carmine, unused without original gum. A most attractive stamps, quite well centred and displaying a rich, vivid colour. Brandon Certificate (2008). Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC48c. pale rose, unused and regummed; well centred. Fresh and attractive. S.G. 17, £1500. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC48c. deep rose-carmine, unused without gum; centred a little low and there is a short perforation at right. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC96c. brownish grey, unused and regummed; centred a fraction low. The watermark is centred a little low with part of the "CC" at top; fresh appearance. S.G. 19, £1500. Photo

Hong Kong1863-71, Watermark Crown CC96c. brownish grey with wing margin at right, unused with some gum; there is a small fault in the top right corner which appears to be an attempt to repair a small thin spot. A good-looking stamp nevertheless.