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Auction: CSS60 - Fine Stamps of China and Hong Kong
Lot: 5040

1885-88 Small Dragon Issues
Internal 3 candareen Rate: Combination with Shanghai Local Post: 1894 (25 May) 1c. Shanghai Local Post envelope (Livingston E1) addressed to Hall & Holtz in Shanghai, opened out and bearing clean cut perf.11½ 3ca. tied by Tientsin seal type X in black and, on the reverse, Customs Tientsin despatch c.d.s., faint Shanghai Local Post c.d.s. (28.5) and pencil delivery instructions. A fine and rare combination. Photo

Beckeman Collection, May 1998

The Small Dragon 3 candareens stamp paid the domestic postal rate from Peking to Tientsin, and the envelope was subsequently passed from the Tientsin Customs Post to the Shanghai Local Post, with the 1 cent envelope paying for the Local Post. It was felt that the Shanghai Local Post was more efficient, making the premium worthwhile.

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