Auction: 19008 - The Lam Man Yin Collection of Small Dragons, Dowagers and 1897 Surcharges
1885-88 Small Dragon Issues
International Mail Forwarded
1896 (29 Sept.) opened out envelope to Captain Talbot of the Rifle Brigade (the Prince Consort's Own) in Peking bearing 3ca. mauve tied by Tientsin seal type IX in blue with Customs Tientsin despatch and Peking arrival (30.9) c.d.s. on the reverse.
The first redirection to the British Consulate in Shanghai with further Peking (30.9), Tientsin (2.10) and red Shanghai Local Post (5.10) c.d.s.
The cover seems to have stayed here for some time before being forwarded to Hong Kong with Hong Kong 5c. blue added (inter Treaty Port rate) and tied by Shanghai (18.5) c.d.s. with Hong Kong (23.5). Here there was another delay and there is the Hong Kong boxed, bilingual "Unclaimed" handstamp (Proud I41) and returned to Shanghai with blue Dollar dater (27.11) finally readdressed to Singapore with British Post Office Shanghai c.d.s. (28.11) "T" in circle and large manuscript "8" in blue crayon for postage due (additional postage required for Singapore), Hong Kong (30.11), Singapore and Tanglin (7.12) arrival.
A most unusual and much travelled letter which took over a year and two months to reach its destination. An appealing cover with bags of character and an exhibition item of the highest calibre. Photo.