VERY FINE. A TRULY REMARKABLE COVER WITH THE ONE-CENT AND 2-CENT RED REVENUES USED IN COMBINATION WITH SMALL AND LARGE DOWAGER SURCHARGES TO PAY THE 20-CENT INTERNATIONAL REGISTERED RATE FROM TIENTSIN VIA THE FRENCH POST OFFICE IN SHANGHAI TO HUNGARY.
On February 20, 1897, a new national postal service was inaugurated. Prior to this, an order was made with a printer in Japan for the new stamps. Unfortunately, the printer was unable to supply the stamps in time for the inauguration. Prior to this in 1896, 650,000 Red Revenues had been ordered for a new proposed taxation. Quickly abandoned due to public outcry, these stamps lay dormant in Shanghai. They were pressed into service with new overprints for postal use.
FINE-VERY FINE. A FASCINATING CHINA I.C.P. AND C.I.P. COMBINATION COVER USED THROUGH THE JAPANESE POST OFFICE TO THE UNITED STATES -- WITH 10-CENTS DUE FOR RE-USE OF STAMPS.
Due to the watchful eyes of a dedicated postal employee, this cover was charged the full postage upon arrival. With close observation, the China 2c was previously affixed (see bottom perfs) to another cover. This is the only explanation as to why this accurately paid cover was charged postage due.
FINE. A JOURNEYED COVER HIGHLIGHTING THE POSTAL SYSTEMS OF CHINA, JAPAN AND U.S.-OCCUPIED PHILIPPINES. ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING PIECES OF POSTAL HISTORY FROM THE ANGEL COLLECTION.
There are a lot of scarce to rare aspects of this cover which compound into a truly remarkable cover.