lot # 65 - 2: China Customs Mail Matter, Transitional Period and Imperial Post
China, Customs Mail Matter/Hankow : 1891 (13 Apr.) envelope to Germany (24.5), showing on reverse "Hankow Customs/Mail Matter" unframed oval h.s. in red, matching "Customs/Hankow" origin and "Customs/Shanghai" transit double-ring d.s., and bearing on front France Peace and Commerce 25c., cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (17.4), with "Ligne N. Paq. Fr. No. 8" octagonal d.s. (18.7) adjacent, the envelope has light age spotting and is roughly opened at top (small part of flap torn away) resulting in tears, as well as a horizontal crease crossing both the French stamp and the Customs Mail Matter handstamp, a very good example.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
References: Directorate General of Posts, Ministry of Communications. The Revenue Surcharges China 1897, Vol. II, pp. 65-66.
Customs Dater (1875-1913). Philatelic Writer's Club (Taiwan, 2008), p. 21.
Taiwan Rupen (Taipei), 10.4.1984, lot 180.
Estimate: HK$ 10,000 - 12,000