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China Philately Vol. II The Chinese Empire

Dowager Empress 1894

INCOMING MAIL from Switzerland to Peking
Description: 1896 Jan 24, Switzerland 25c envelope with additional franking 25c Helvetia from Berne endorsed 'Via Brindisi', 'Singapore to Hong Kong' transit c.d.s., carried to Tientsin and franked on the obverse with a single 6ca, tied by TIENTSIN seal cancellation in blue, Customs Tientsin c.d.s. in red of Mar 7, and in blue on the reverse, the Peking Mar 9 c.d.s. of arrival ties an 'Exposition Nationale/Geneve 1896' label which had been affixed as a seal /
Note: 6 candarins postage due on embossed cover from Switzerland covering the double internal rate from Tientsin to Peking.
Canc.: blue TIENTSIN chop, circular red "CUSTOMS TIENTSIN MAR 7 1896", blue "CUSTOMS TIENTSIN MAR ? 1896" and "IG OF CUSTOMS MAR 9 96 PEKING"
Auction: SOTHEBY'S and CORINPHILA in association / Hong Kong 1998
Minimum bid: HK$ 25,000.00
Hammer price: HK$ 161,000.00