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Auction: 19008 - The Lam Man Yin Collection of Small Dragons, Dowagers and 1897 Surcharges
Lot: 597

1885-88 Small Dragon Issues
International 9 candareen Rate plus 6 candareen Registration
1887 (4 Nov.) double weight envelope registered to Berlin bearing, on the reverse, perf.12½ 1ca. green (10), 3ca. light mauve (3) and 5ca. yellow-ochre cancelled by Peking seal in blue with "i.g. of customs/peking" despatch c.d.s. and the type I boxed registered handstamp in blue with Customs Shanghai (10.11) and Berlin arrival (29.23); the address side with France 75c. tied by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s., another strike of the boxed registered handstamp, French boxed "R" in red and French packet c.d.s. (16.11).

The single 3ca. is with variety imperforate between stamp and left margin. Very early use of the Peking registration handstamp, possibly the earliest example on complete cover. A remarkable and highly desirable cover. Signed by Peter Holcombe. Photo

'Ming', March 1987

The earliest recorded example of this registration handstamp is on a piece dated September 1887

1887年11月4日北京寄柏林雙倍郵資掛號封,封背貼壹分票十枚,三分票三枚及伍分票一枚,銷藍色北京橢圓中文戳,北京I.G.海關戳,及一枚配發戳,旁有藍色方框型掛號戳,11月10日上海海關中轉戳,柏林到達戳. 在封面加貼法國75仙郵資,銷上海法國客郵日戳,及另一方框型掛號戳,再有一枚紅色法國掛號戳,11月16日法國定期郵輪戳; 又三分票中,有一枚與邊紙間漏齒,同時此封亦是北京掛號戳最早使用在信封的實件,十分珍貴及罕有的小龍掛號實寄封._x000D_ _x000D_ 源流:1987年3月"Ming"; 記䤸上此枚最早掛號戳是出現在1887年9月的剪片上

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