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Sale 1226 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 29 September-1 October, 2020

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Category — China

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1431
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1431, ChinaCHINA, 1878, 5c Orange Yellow, Thin Paper (3; Chan 3), CHINA, 1878, 5c Orange Yellow, Thin Paper (3; Chan 3)CHINA, 1878, 5c Orange Yellow, Thin Paper (3; Chan 3). Block of four with selvage at right (setting I, positions 4-5/9-10), fresh original gum, Mint Never-Hinged, exceedingly well-centered, brilliant color, top left stamp with trivial black spot

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE PRISTINE MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1878 5-CANDEREEN LARGE DRAGON.

Scott Catalogue value of $5,800.00 as four hinged singles does not adequately represent the value of a never-hinged block in such superb quality

E. 3,000-4,000
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1432
 
Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1432, ChinaCHINA, 1883, 5c Yellow, Rough Perf 12-1/2 (9; Chan 12), CHINA, 1883, 5c Yellow, Rough Perf 12-1/2 (9; Chan 12)CHINA, 1883, 5c Yellow, Rough Perf 12-1/2 (9; Chan 12). Partial red Wenchow Customs Mail Matter rimless oval and a portion of a boxed foreign transit cancels, trivial corner crease at top left and a few short perfs as typical, Very Fine appearance, the customs mail matter postmark is rare to find cancelling a stamp, Scott $650.00

E. 300-400
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1433
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1433, ChinaCHINA, 1888, 1c-5c Small Dragons (13-15; Chan 19-21), CHINA, 1888, 1c-5c Small Dragons (13-15; Chan 19-21)CHINA, 1888, 1c-5c Small Dragons (13-15; Chan 19-21). Original gum, 1c with paper h.r., fresh colors, 1c with short perfs, otherwise a Very Fine set, Scott $760.00

E. 200-300
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1434°
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1434, ChinaCHINA, 1895 Cover from Sweden to Sven Hedin on his First Expedition into Central Asia, CHINA, 1895 Cover from Sweden to Sven Hedin on his First Expedition into Central AsiaCHINA, 1895 Cover from Sweden to Sven Hedin on his First Expedition into Central Asia. Sweden 1886-91, 1kr Bister & Dark Blue (49) tied by indistinct Stockholm circular datestamp on registered cover to Sven Hedin, care of Petrovsky, the Russian Consul at Kashgar, written by his father, Apr. 13, 1895 backstamp, red manuscript "94" relating to his correspondence received, minor edgewear, Very Fine, Hedin's first expedition occurred from 1893-1897 and took him thru the Pamir Mountains into Northern Tibet, he ultimately proceeded thru Central Asia and China ending up in Beijing in 1897 before returning to Sweden

E. 750-1,000
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1435
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1435, ChinaCHINA, 1897, 8c on 6c Dark Brown, Large Dowager Surcharge, Narrow Spacing (61; Chan 70), CHINA, 1897, 8c on 6c Dark Brown, Large Dowager Surcharge, Narrow Spacing (61; Chan 70)CHINA, 1897, 8c on 6c Dark Brown, Large Dowager Surcharge, Narrow Spacing (61; Chan 70). Original gum, fresh and Fine, Scott $1,600.00

E. 500-750
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1436
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1436, ChinaCHINA, 1897, 4c on 3c Red Revenue, Large Format (82; Chan 89), CHINA, 1897, 4c on 3c Red Revenue, Large Format (82; Chan 89)CHINA, 1897, 4c on 3c Red Revenue, Large Format (82; Chan 89). Original gum, minor h.r., bright color, just the faintest suggestion of a thin speck, Fine, Scott $1,650.00

E. 300-400
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1437
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1437, ChinaCHINA, 1897, $2.00 Orange & Yellow (96; Chan 102), CHINA, 1897, $2.00 Orange & Yellow (96; Chan 102)CHINA, 1897, $2.00 Orange & Yellow (96; Chan 102). Block of four with interpanneau margin at right, a full 3mm wider than the left stamps, large part dried original gum, brilliant color, top left stamp also shows a misplaced corner perforation

FINE-VERY FINE. A VERY SCARCE BLOCK OF THE 1897 TWO-DOLLAR IMPERIAL CHINESE POST - MADE EVEN MORE RARE BY THE PRESENCE OF AN INTERPANNEAU MARGIN AT RIGHT.

With 2019 Frumkin certificate in which he notes this is the only such interpanneau example he has seen on the $2.00 stamp. Scott $12,000.00 as four normal singles

E. 7,500-10,000
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1438
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1438, ChinaCHINA, 1898 Correspondence of Incoming Covers and Letters to Tientsin, CHINA, 1898 Correspondence of Incoming Covers and Letters to TientsinCHINA, 1898 Correspondence of Incoming Covers and Letters to Tientsin. Correspondence of eight covers from May to July 1898, each written to Willis C. Noble in Tientsin, China and addressed from New Haven Conn. using U.S. 5c Grant stamps (one No. 270, five No. 281) and two 5c Grant entires, each with original enclosures, with correspondence numbers and various backstamps incl. Shanghai and/or Tientsin large dollar chops, few small faults, mostly slightly rough opening, Fine-Very Fine, a scarce correspondence

E. 1,000-1,500
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1439°
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1439, ChinaCHINA, 1900, 1c Ocher, 2c Scarlet (111-112), CHINA, 1900, 1c Ocher, 2c Scarlet (111-112)CHINA, 1900, 1c Ocher, 2c Scarlet (111-112). Tied by circular datestamp on 1907 uprated 1c postal card and addressed to Karlsruhe, Germany, attractive hand-colored design on message side, well-struck "Shanghai Br. P.O. DE 9 07" circular datestamp in transit thru British Post Office, arrival datestamp, small part of addressed rubbed out, Very Fine and scarce uprated postal card

E. 1,500-2,000
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1440
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1440, ChinaCHINA, 1900-06, 1c Ocher, 2c Scarlet, 4c Orange Brown, 10c Green Coiling Dragons (111-113, 116), CHINA, 1900-06, 1c Ocher, 2c Scarlet, 4c Orange Brown, 10c Green Coiling Dragons (111-113, 116)CHINA, 1900-06, 1c Ocher, 2c Scarlet, 4c Orange Brown, 10c Green Coiling Dragons (111-113, 116). Singles, tied by Tsingtau circular datestamps on 1905 registered cover to Wernigerode, Germany, also used with Kiauchau 5pf Green, 10pf Carmine and 25pf Orange & Black on Yellow (11-12, 14), tied by Tsingtau circular datestamp and traveled through the German posts, arrival backstamp, Very Fine, a rare cover

E. 500-750
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1441
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1441, ChinaCHINA, 1908, 2c Green (124), CHINA, 1908, 2c Green (124)CHINA, 1908, 2c Green (124). Used with 1900, 1c Ocher (111) on uprated 1c Green postal card, tied by 1911 Lu An, Shanxi Province circular datestamps and addressed to Oslo, Norway and forwarded to Dale, Peking transit and exchanged with French Post Office dated Jul. 4, light arrival backstamp, Very Fine and scarce destination

E. 300-400
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1442
 
Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1442, ChinaCHINA, 1912-15, Postal Forgeries, CHINA, 1912-15, Postal ForgeriesCHINA, 1912-15, Postal Forgeries. Four items, 1912 4c Waterlow (No. 150) with faked roller cancel as well), 1915 10c Blue Junk (No. 211) unused, 1915 Green (No. 235) both perforated and imperforate pair unused, 50c Perf with minor scuff, otherwise a Fine lot of scarce postal forgeries

E. 300-400
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1443
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1443, ChinaCHINA, 1912, 3c Green (149), CHINA, 1912, 3c Green (149)CHINA, 1912, 3c Green (149). Used on uprated 1c Green postal card, tied by 1912 Fancheng circular datestamps and addressed to Ulvsby, Sweden, Peking transit datestamp and exchanged with French Post Office, Very Fine and scarce destination

E. 300-400
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1444
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1444, ChinaCHINA, c. 1912 Lingping Registration Label, CHINA, c. 1912 Lingping Registration LabelCHINA, c. 1912 Lingping Registration Label. Black registration label with red ms. “32” on registered cover from Chekiang Province to Shanghai, reverse with 2c and 5c Waterlow (125, 127) tied by Linping Republic Year One postmark, Shanghai arrival, Waterlow stamps with tears from placement over envelope’s fold, Fine, a rare local forerunner of registrations labels, which were not introduced in the Chinese postal service until 1924, accompanied by another off-cover registration label (ms. “172”) and some related articles including a 1976 letter from Peter Padget (president of the Chinese Philatelic Society of London) commenting on this cover

E. 300-400
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1445°
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1445, ChinaCHINA, 1916 WWI POW Cover to Red Cross in Denmark, CHINA, 1916 WWI POW Cover to Red Cross in DenmarkCHINA, 1916 WWI POW Cover to Red Cross in Denmark. China 10c Junk pair, tied by Tientsin circular datestamp on reverse of printed registered "Agence des Prisonniers de Guerre" Red Cross cover to Copenhagen, Denmark, forwarded to Breslau, Germany, with "Bureau Ambulant No. 1, Peking-Muukden" transit backstamp, Russian censor tape at right, Very Fine and scarce cover

E. 750-1,000
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1446°
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1446, ChinaCHINA, 1922 4c Postal Reply Card to/from Russia, CHINA, 1922 4c Postal Reply Card to/from RussiaCHINA, 1922 4c Postal Reply Card to/from Russia. Uprated with 2c Junk Issue, uncancelled, and addressed to Vasilsursk, Russia, then registered returned to Harbin, Manchuria, with Russia 1922, 7500r on 250r (201), horizontal strip of four with sheet margin at top, tied by Vasilsursk circular datestamps, small piece of registry receipt still affixed, Russia 7500r strip with small tear on right stamp and mild horizontal crease where stamps lifted to view card underneath

FINE AND RARE RETURNED CHINA POSTAL REPLY CARD TO RUSSIA USING BOTH CHINESE AND RUSSIAN STAMPS.

At this time, Harbin, Manchuria had a sizeable Russian population. After the Russian Revolution in 1917, over 100,000 Russian White Guards and refugees retreated to Harbin. Communication and relations between Russia and China at this period was quite tense, hence an explanation why the Chinese postage was left uncancelled, and possibly not accepted.

E. 2,000-3,000
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1447°
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1447, ChinaCHINA, 1940, 50c Dark Blue (386), CHINA, 1940, 50c Dark Blue (386)CHINA, 1940, 50c Dark Blue (386). Block of four and four pairs, tied on reverse of 1942 registered cover by Chungking circular datestamps and addressed to Harrisburg Penn., routed via Tihwa (Urumtsi) and Sinkiang, violet transit circular datestamp, U.S. censor tape and trace of another at right, cover with overall staining and faults to 50c block, Fine, a very rare routing via Tihwa and Sinkiang

E. 1,000-1,500
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1448
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1448, ChinaCHINA, 1942, 30c Pale Orange Yellow Trial Color Proof Imperforate (496P; Chan 552P), CHINA, 1942, 30c Pale Orange Yellow Trial Color Proof Imperforate (496P; Chan 552P)CHINA, 1942, 30c Pale Orange Yellow Trial Color Proof Imperforate (496P; Chan 552P). Horizontal pair with sheet margin at left, other margins large and even, bright color, Extremely Fine and rare, signed S.C. Yeen, accompanied by the issued stamp in the two major shades

E. 400-500
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1449
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1449, ChinaCHINA, 1943, $10.00 Red Brown, Perf 16, Imperforate Vertically (518 var; Chan 621e), CHINA, 1943, $10.00 Red Brown, Perf 16, Imperforate Vertically (518 var; Chan 621e)CHINA, 1943, $10.00 Red Brown, Perf 16, Imperforate Vertically (518 var; Chan 621e). Horizontal strip of four, imperforate between stamps and selvage, without gum as issued, well-centered, fresh color, Very Fine, only ten such strips were produced

E. 300-400
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1450
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1450, ChinaCHINA, 1943, 50c on 16c Arabic Numerals, Kwangtung Surcharge (530j; Chan 649), CHINA, 1943, 50c on 16c Arabic Numerals, Kwangtung Surcharge (530j; Chan 649)CHINA, 1943, 50c on 16c Arabic Numerals, Kwangtung Surcharge (530j; Chan 649). Bottom right imprint block of ten, without gum as issued, the bottom right stamp with thin “16” at right (Chan 649a), well-centered, Very Fine

E. 300-400
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1451
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1451, ChinaCHINA, 1943, 50c on 16c Arabic Numerals, Kweichow Surcharge, Perf 10-1/2 (530o var; Chan 651 var), CHINA, 1943, 50c on 16c Arabic Numerals, Kweichow Surcharge, Perf 10-1/2 (530o var; Chan 651 var)CHINA, 1943, 50c on 16c Arabic Numerals, Kweichow Surcharge, Perf 10-1/2 (530o var; Chan 651 var). Without gum as issued, wide margins, fresh and Very Fine, a recently discovered rarity, while some of the other surcharges are known perf 10-1/2 instead of the usual perf 13 (and carry substantial premiums), the Kweichow surcharge is not listed in any catalogue, to our knowledge this is the only recorded example

E. 750-1,000
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1452
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Sale Number 1226, Lot Number 1452, ChinaCHINA, 1949, Civil War Blocked Mail Route Inbound Cover, CHINA, 1949, Civil War Blocked Mail Route Inbound CoverCHINA, 1949, Civil War Blocked Mail Route Inbound Cover. Great Britain 2-1/2p King George VI tied by Mar. 31, 1949 Birmingham duplex on cover to Siking, Shensi Province, undeliverable due to ongoing fighting between the Nationalist and Communist forces, Shanghai violet instructional boxed cachet indicating Blocked Mail Route/Return to Sender, with bilingual “Unclaimed” boxed handstamp, Shanghai and Birmingham (Aug. 2) backstamps, Very Fine, at the time of posting, both Siking and Shanghai were in Nationalist’s hands, but while the cover was in China, Siking (May 20) and Shanghai (May 27) fell to the Communists, the cover likely languished in the Shanghai post office for months before being returned

E. 300-400
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