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Auction: 19008 - The Lam Man Yin Collection of Small Dragons, Dowagers and 1897 Surcharges
Lot: 599

1885-88 Small Dragon Issues
International 9 candareen Rate plus 6 candareen Registration
1892 (7 Nov.) large envelope registered to Berlin bearing perf.12½ 3ca. mauve and perf.11½ 1ca. green and 5ca. olive-ochre block of four tied by "customs/hankow" type II (four figure datestamp) c.d.s. in red; France 75c. black on yellow applied over the 5ca. and tied by "shang-hai/chine" c.d.s. Alongside are two faint strike of 19.5mm circular "registered/-/No." in purple and French boxed "R" in red. The reverse with Customs Shanghai (10.11), French packet datestamp (12.10) and Berlin arrival (17.12). There are a couple of small imperfections, nevertheless a highly important cover, Small Dragon mail from Hankow is extremely scarce and this Hankow registration mark is not any literature. Probably unique.

The 5ca. block includes clichés 5 and 2b from setting VIII. Photo

The Revenue Surcharges of China, volume II, 1987 (illustrated page 835)

Customs Dater (1875-1913), Taipei Philatelic Writers Club, 2006 (illustrated page 66)

It is interesting to note that and 1893 (26 Sept.) registered cover from Hanow used a manuscript "R" in circle applied in red ink

1892年11月7日漢口寄柏林大型掛號封,貼三分及壹分各一枚,及伍分四方連一件,銷紅色漢口海關二型(四數字日期)日戳,另加貼法國75仙票在伍分四方連之上,銷上海法國客郵日戳,旁有兩枚較模糊19.5mm的紫色圓型掛號戳及法國方框型紅色掛號戳,封背有11月10日上海海關戳,10月12日法國定期郵輪戳及12月17日柏林到達戳. 十分珍罕的漢口寄出之小龍掛號實寄封,尤以漢口的掛號印記是不見於任何文獻記錄,也許是獨一無二的. 伍分四方連票內包括子模5及2b,是屬於第八版式._x000D_ _x000D_ 著作: 1987年" The Revenue Surcharges o China,第二卷835頁圖; 2006年臺北郵文聯誼Customs Dater (1875-1913)第66頁圖; 有趣的是在1893年9月26日漢口掛號封中曾用手寫的紅色"R"在圓型內之掛號戳

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