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Auction: 19009 - The Treaty Ports of the Shanghai Postal System - Part 1
Lot: 1096

Official Mail
1895 (Mar.) large, stampless official envelope (On Her Majesty's Service crossed out) to Baron Gunzburg in Shanghai bearing a fine strike of the "PAID" in oval handstamp struck in black with a very good strike of the double-circle "ichang/post office" handstamp alongside, a further strike on the reverse with Hankow Local Post c.d.s. (8.3) in blue, indistinct Shanghai Local Post c.d.s. and the postman's pencil delivery notation. There is a vertical fold to one side and some light soiling which is mainly confined to the reverse. This is one of the rarest of the Treaty Port Paid markings. A fine and very scarce cover. Photo

Wei-liang Chow, November 1996

The Shanghai Postal System, Charles Dougan, 1981 (illustrated page 137)

1895年3月宜昌寄上海無貼票公務封, (封上端的"為女皇陛下服務"英文字被劃去), 封面蓋有黑色橢圓"PAID"戳, 其右下蓋宜昌雙圈中英文無日期小圓戳, 封背蓋3月8日漢口工部日戳,部郵差手寫記號, 及另一枚宜昌雙圈小圓戳, 信封邊佳有皺及一些摺痕; 這是商埠郵資己付封中最為稀罕者, 保存完整, 珍貴的郵史素材._x000D_ _x000D_ 源流: 1966年11月周煒良; 著作: 1981年"上海郵政系統" (The Shanghai Postal System) Charles Dougan. 137頁插圖;

HK$35,000 to HK$45,000