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Auction: 19009 - The Treaty Ports of the Shanghai Postal System - Part 1
Lot: 1055

Opening of Ichang Post Office
1895 (1 Jan.) opened-out envelope to London bearing, on the reverse, Chungking third issue 2ca. rose-red (with top margin) tied by a good strike of the Ichang oblong datestamp in red, with handstruck signature of Joseph Olsen in red (the postmaster in Ichang), Hong Kong (28.1) and London W.C. (4.3) c.d.s.; the address side with further Ichang datestamp and Hong Kong 10c. purple on red tied by British Post Office Shanghai c.d.s. (24.1). The cover with a repaired tear, mostly along the fold. An attractive and rare international cover used during the Ichang Agency period and is possibly the only such example. Photo

Note that the date appears to show a smudged second numeral, however, this is typical of the 1st January dates

1895年1月1日寄倫敦破剖封, 在封背貼第三版玫紅色銀貳分票(帶上邊紙), 銷重慶信局宜昌分局方框型日戳, 另蓋宜昌郵政總辦Joseph Oslsen紅色簽字印章, 1月28日香港中轉戳, 3月4日倫敦到達日戳. 信封面蓋另一相同宜昌分局戳, 左上端貼香港十仙一枚, 銷1月24日上海英國客郵戳. 信封有修補; 此種宜昌書信館混貼封寄海外, 存世可能僅此一件, 極為珍貴稀有._x000D_ _x000D_ 注意在宜昌郵戳上由汙跡所顯示的第二個數字是假像, 然而這是明確的1月1日之日期.

HK$80,000 to HK$100,000