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Auction: 19008 - The Lam Man Yin Collection of Small Dragons, Dowagers and 1897 Surcharges
Lot: 565

1885-88 Small Dragon Issues
Internal 3 candareen Rate
Combination with Shanghai Local Post: 1896 (12 Nov.) opened-out Hotel les Colonies envelope to the French Legation in Peking bearing a good strike of Shanghai Local Post boxed "paid" (type SP-VI) struck in bright red for transit to Tientsin, with 3ca. mauve tied by Tientsin seal type X struck in blue and, on the reverse, Shanghai Local Post c.d.s. in bright red, Customs Tientsin (17.11) and Customs Peking (18.11) c.d.s. in blue; the reverse has been slightly trimmed at top. A clean and fine cover and believed to be the earliest use of the Paid handstamp and thought to be one of only five covers used in combination with the Shanghai Paid handstamp. Photo

Paul Hock, October 1983

The Shanghai Local Post carried this letter to Tientsin where it was put in the Customs Post Office and the 3 candareens stamp cancelled for the onward transmission to Peking

上海工部混貼剖開封:1896年11月12日上海Colonies酒店寄駐北京法國大使館,蓋完整上海工部紅色框型郵資已付戳,中轉天津貼三分票,並銷天津藍色橢圓中文戳,在封背蓋有紅色上海工部日戳,11月17日天津海關中轉戳及11月18日藍色北京海關到達日戳. 這是一件最早蓋印郵資已付的己知五個混貼小龍票實寄封之一,珍罕可知._x000D_ _x000D_ 源流:1983年10月Paul Hock; 上海工部郵政負責將這信遞往天津,並在天津海關郵局蓋銷三分票中轉至北京

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