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Auction: CSS74 - Fine Stamps of China and Hong Kong
Lot: 1048

1885-88 Small Dragon Issue
Taku Customs: 1888 (6 July) large part envelope back bearing 3ca. mauve block of twelve cancelled by Shanghai seal in blue and bearing a light and complete strike of the double outer circle "customs/taku" in purple; fragments of other postmarks indicate overseas destination. The block includes clichés 9 and 7 in the lower row, from an unknown setting, possibly either VII, VIII or X. An appealing example of this scarce postmark. Photo

大沽海關:大面積封背,貼叁分銀紫色十二方連,銷藍色上海郵戳,另蓋完整紫色外雙圈大沽海關戳,另有些不完整的外地郵戳,這方連的底行屬未知的版式子模9及7,(可能是第七或第八版式); 蓋銷這類罕見郵戳的難得㤡子.

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