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China Philately Vol. II The Chinese Empire

Large Dragon 1878

1878 THIN PAPER, STAMPS PRINTED 2 1/2mm APART
INCOMING MAIL from Irland to Shanghai

Description: 1880 June 24, envelope from Ireland to China, franked with Great Britain 2 1/2d vertical pair, tied by 'Lurgan May 13' duplex of despatch; on arrival in China an 1878 3ca brown-red has been affixed, cancelled and tied by a deep blue SHANGHAI Customs c.d.s. of June 24, then carried to Peking; Hong Kong transit backstamp of June 20 and Shanghai Customs June 24, there is an endorsement indicating arrival in Peking on June 29 /
Note: Single rate of 3 candarins postage due covering the internal rate for letters within China. The earliest recorded use of the Shanghai Customs c.d.s. cancellation in blue, and one of the finest items from the 'Hancock' correspondence.
Canc.: blue Chinese "CUSTOMS SHANGHAI JUN 24 80" transit mark
Auction: SOTHEBY'S and CORINPHILA in association / Hong Kong 1997
Minimum bid: HK$ 180,000.00
Hammer price: HK$ 253,000.00

1878 THIN PAPER, STAMPS PRINTED 2 1/2mm APART
INCOMING MAIL from Ireland to Shanghai

Description: 1880 Apr 19, envelope from Ireland to China, franked with Great Britain 2 1/2d horizontal pair, tied by 'Lurgan Mar 4' duplex of despatch, on arrival in China a vertical pair of the 1878 3ca brown-red has been affixed, cancelled and tied by Customs TIENTSIN c.d.s. of Apr 19, then carried to Peking; Hong Kong transit backstamp of Apr 18 and an endorsement indicating arrival in Peking on Apr 25 /
Note: Double rate of 6 candarins postage due covering the internal rate for letters within China.
One of the finest items from the celebrated 'Hancock' correspondence. From the collections of Sir Percival and Lady David and Warren Kauder.
Canc.: black Chinese "CUSTOMS SHANGHAI APL 19 80"
Auction: SOTHEBY'S and CORINPHILA in association / Hong Kong 1996
Minimum bid: HK$ 150,000.00
Hammer price: not sold