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lot # 71 - 2: China Customs Mail Matter, Transitional Period and Imperial Post

Monday Dec 10, 2018 09:30 to Wednesday Dec 12, 2018 16:00 Asia/Hong_Kong

China, 1896 (24 Dec.) "United States Consulate, Tientsin, China" corner card envelope to Alfred E. Hippisley, Peking (25.12), showing "Postage Paid" straight-line h.s. in blue, and matching "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring origin d.s. of "Dec 24 96", with "I.G. of Customs/Peking" double-ring arrival d.s. on reverse, endorsed "1/4" in blue crayon indicating ¼ ounce weight which was the basic 2 cents domestic rate, fine and outstanding usage during the transitional period between the Customs and Imperial Post.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000


THE EARLIEST RECORDED USAGE OF THE POSTAGE PAID HANDSTAMP, OF WHICH THERE ARE ONLY TWO SUCH ENVELOPES.

The other 24 December 1896 envelope is to the same addressee, Alfred E. Hippisley, Inspectorate-General of Customs, Peking (ex Paul K.S. Chang; Elling O. Eide, Interasia, 11.1.2014, lot 150).

Auction Record
Christie's Swire (Hong Kong), 16.10.1993, lot 1889.


Estimate: HK$ 100,000 - 120,000

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