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Auction: 19009 - The Treaty Ports of the Shanghai Postal System - Part 1
Lot: 1091

Internal Mail
1895 (1 Jan.) official envelope with the designation crossed through, registered to Baron Gunzburg in Shanghai bearing 2ca. and 3ca. cancelled by Ichang oblong datestamp with the yeardate corrected in manuscript from "94" to "95" and bearing a superb strike of the boxed registered handstamp numbered "1" and large "R" in double circle struck in red; the reverse with Hankow Local Post (6.1) and postman's pencil delivery notation; there is a vertical fold at side, otherwise clean and fine. A fantastic and highly desirable cover; very early use of the Ichang adhesives, the first cover sent by registered mail and believed to be the only cover bearing both of the registration handstamps. Photo

It seems as though this is the first date of use of the Ichang stamps; see also lots 1093, 1094

1895年1月1日宜昌寄上海掛號封, 貼銀貳分及三分各一枚, 銷重慶信局宜昌分局方框型日戳, 戳上年份由"94"人手改為"95", 方框型掛號戳加手字號碼"1"在封面近中央位, 左上方有紅圈"R"戳, 在封背蓋1月6日漢口工部日戳, 另有紅封漆及郵差手寫記錄, 信封邊有摺痕; 是宜昌商埠票的最早期實寄封, 並且同時相信是首封掛號封._x000D_ _x000D_ 看來有可能是宜昌郵票首日實寄封, 請看lot1093及1094.

HK$50,000 to HK$70,000