Sale 1246 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 1-2 December, 2021
Category — China thru Japanese Occupation
VERY FINE. A HANDSOME AND VERY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1897 50-CENTS BLACK GREEN.
Dr. Ma believes this is a color error using ink that was intended for the 10c value. According to M.D. Chow, there were only three sheets (240 stamps) of the Black Green stamp sold. Just a handful of blocks exist today.
Scott value of $7,000.00 is simply as four hinged singles.
FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EARLY EXAMPLE OF INBOUND MAIL TO GERMANY'S KIAUCHAU LEASEHOLD DURING THIS FORERUNNER PERIOD. VERY LIKELY A UNIQUE ROUTING.
The routing of this cover is quite remarkable. Although Peking and Tsingtau are only 400 miles apart, this cover traveled 1,200 miles, but in only 12 days. It went from Peking through the Chinese transit system to Shanghai. From there it was carried to Tsingtau on the German-owned Jebsen Shipping Line's little known postal service that ran between Shanghai, Tsingtau, and Tientsin (see Friedemann, p. 5). This unusual route was due to the fact that Germany's Tsingtau post office was supposed to handle only foreign mail mainly to and from Germany, with no "postal" stops along the way. So despite the fact the Chefoo and Tsingtau are only 150 miles apart, there was no Chinese post mail service between the two.
The 9c franking includes 2c ordinary postage, plus 5c registration fee. The additional 2c may have been for a double-weight charge, but more likely a discreet form of charge for Jebsen's service from Shanghai to TTsingtau, which had been established in early 1898. The German marines arrived on Tsingtau on January 26, 1898 and on March 6, and the Kiauchau Leasehold Treaty was established on March 6. There was no postal arrangement between the Chinese postal service and German Kiauchau until the summer of 1899.
Any inward mail, especially registered, to Germany's Kiauchau Leasehold during this period is very rare, and this cover - from Peking via Chefoo to Shanghai, then privately carried to Tsingtau - is probably unique.
FINE-VERY FINE SET OF THE 1915-1919 FIRST PEKING PRINTING.
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE MATCHED SET OF MARGIN BLOCKS OF FIFTY OF THE ONLY TWO VALUES THAT COME IMPERFORATE.
This issue was printed at De La Rue in London, where quality control was very high. No other values from the series are known imperforate or part-perforate. The $1.00 and $2.00 Imperforate are the only known perforation errors. Listed in the recently published China Stamp Society Catalogue, they are modestly priced at $150.00 per pair, or $7,500.00 for the fifty pairs contained in these two blocks
VERY FINE. AN IMPORTANT RARITY OF THE REPUBLIC PERIOD. LESS THAN 25 ARE BELEIVED TO EXIST.
With 2007 Experts & Consultants certificate. Scott $9,500.00