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China Philately Vol. II The Chinese Empire

Wei-Hai-Wei Local Post

Description: 1898 Dec 2, soldier's letter from a private with the 1st Hampshire Regiment at Landikotal, Khyber Pass during the Second Afghan War to a Stoker on the "H.M.S. Handy, Torpedo Boat Destroyer, Wei-Hai-Wei, China" via Hong Kong (Jan 7) and Chefoo ( Jan 15) bearing India 1a (paying the soldier's rate), cancelled by 'Landikotal' c.d.s. and franked with Wei-Hai-Wei 2nd issue 2c red, cancelled by "C&Co./WHW" double-ring chop to pay for the courier service to its destination, letter endorsed and countersigned by the Commanding Officer, an absolutely incredible and unique postal history item /
Note: Certificate Holcombe (1987).
Auction: Corinphila Asia Limited 2000
Minimum bid: HK$ 35,000.00
Hammer price: HK$ 86,250.00

Description: 1898, envelope from Wei-Hai-Wei to England, franked with 2c black on red, cancelled by "C&Co./WHW" double-ring chop to pay for the courier service to its Chefoo, franked with pair CIP 5c, all cancelled with the CHEFOO dollar dater of Dec 16, carried to Shanghai and passed to the British Post Office, franked with Hong Kong 10c and cancelled on despatch, Shanghai dollar dater backstamp and London arrival of Jan 23 / Livingston 1 /
Condition: Small piece of the envelope missing at the top and otherwise fine.
Auction: SOTHEBY'S and CORINPHILA in association / Hong Kong 1997
Minimum bid: HK$ 80,000.00
Hammer price: HK$ 92,000.00