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Auction: 19009 - The Treaty Ports of the Shanghai Postal System - Part 1
Lot: 1100

British Consular Post
Opening of the British Post Office
1876 (18 Mar.) commercial wrapper to Hong Kong "per English Mail Str." bearing Hong Kong 1863-71 8c. orange tied by a superb strike of the large "62B" type B in blue and, on the reverse, fine strikes of Hankow type B in blue and Hong Kong arrival (28.3). A superb and very early cover from the opening of the British Post Office in Hankow and before the arrival of the "D.29" obliterator. A great rarity of Hankow postal history and of the Hong Kong Treaty Ports. Photo

Webb records only two other covers used before the introduction of the "D.27" cancellation. These all bear the same large "62B" and it is concluded that this cancellation was supplied to Hankow before being replaced by the more familiar numeral

1876年3月18日寄香港商業封套, 貼香港1863-71年8c.女皇票, 銷清晰大型藍色"62B"B型郵戳, 在背面蓋完好藍色韋伯(Webb)B型郵戳及3月28日清晰香港到達戳, 這是英國領事郵政在漢口運作初期所寄出之極早期信件(這時上海書信館在漢口的郵政代辦所還未開張), 並且是在使用"D.29"郵戳之前, 是漢口郵政史上非常珍罕的郵件._x000D_ _x000D_ *在Webb的記錄中存世只有兩件信封, 是在使用"D.27"郵戳前寄出, 亦都是蓋了相同大型的"62B"戳, 總括來說, 漢口使用這個郵戳是比其他替代的常見數字戳之前.

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