Auction: CSS60 - Fine Stamps of China and Hong Kong
1885-88 Small Dragon Issues
International 9 candareen Rate: 1888 (Nov.) envelope registered to Germany bearing, on the reverse, 3ca. bright mauve (3) and 5ca. bright olive-yellow (3) in irregular blocks of three cancelled by good strikes of the Tientsin seal type VI in black with a good strike of the large "R" in oval type I registration handstamp. There is also Customs Shanghai c.d.s. (7.11), "
A fine and important cover paying 24ca. for international registered mail and represents quite early use of the Tientsin registered handstamp. The Tientsin post office forgot to apply their despatch datestamp. Photo