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China Philately Vol. II The Chinese Empire

Large Dragon 1878

Envelope from Chinkiang to Shanghai

1878 THIN PAPER, STAMPS PRINTED 2 1/2mm APART
DOMESTIC MAIL Chinkiang to Shanghai

Description: 1879 March, envelope from Chinkiang to Hall & Holtz in Shanghai, franked with 1878 3ca brown-red, cancelled by a rare POST OFFICE CHINKIANG c.d.s. of 1879 Mar, red Customs Shanghai c.d.s. of Mar 6 opposite, blue backstamp of the Shanghai Local Post on the same day /
Note: Single domestic letter rate of 3 candarins. Fewer than ten examples of this very rare cancellation are recorded on cover.
Canc.: "POST OFFICE MAR 79 CHINKIANG" and red "CUSTOMS MAR 6 79 SHANGHAI"
Condition: Two tears to the flap caused by opening, otherwise fine.
Auction: SOTHEBY'S and CORINPHILA in association / Hong Kong 1997
Minimum bid: HK$ 150,000.00
Hammer price: HK$ 253,000.00

Envelope from Chinkiang to Shanghai

1878 THIN PAPER, STAMPS PRINTED 2 1/2mm APART
DOMESTIC MAIL Chinkiang to Shanghai

Description: 1879 April 4, envelope from Chinkiang to Shanghai, franked with a marginal 1878 3ca brown-red, cancelled by a full strike of the rare POST OFFICE CHINKIANG c.d.s., red Customs Shanghai c.d.s. opposite of Apr 5 and blue backstamp of the Shanghai Local Post the same day /
Note: Single domestic letter rate of 3 candarins. Fewer than ten examples of this cancellation are recorded on cover.
Canc.: black circular "POST OFFICE APL 79 CHINKIANG", red "CUSTOMS APL 5 79 SHANGHAI" and blue "SHANGHAI J AP 5 79 LOCAL POST"
Condition: Minor faults.
Auction: SOTHEBY'S and CORINPHILA in association / Hong Kong 1997
Minimum bid: HK$ 150,000.00
Hammer price: HK$ 161,000.00