Hong Kong, 1840 (13-26 Sept.) entire letter datelined "Chusan" from Lieutenant Colonel Edwards to Trincomalee, Ceylon showing "Calcutta/Ship Letter/(Bearing) 1-8" framed d.s. (30.11), rated "1/8". Extensive letter includes "Capt. Anstruther of the Madras Artillery was carried off by a party of Chinese and has not been heard of since… It is generally supposed the Chinese are very cruel in their treatment of prisoners." Fine early First...
Sale 77 Hong Kong & Treaty Ports and Macau
By: Interasia Auctions Limited
Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 77 Hong Kong & Treaty Ports and Macau
Interasia’s June 23-24 auctions of China, Hong Kong and Asian stamps and postal history will take place at the Habour Plaza North Point in Hong Kong. The two day 2,000 lot sale includes another offering of China and Hong Kong stamps and postal history, with important Ching Dynasty and Republic, substantial postal history with an original missionary correspondence, Taiwan, Local Posts, People’s Republic of China and Liberated Areas, Hong Kong with a specialized study of Postal Fiscals and Revenues, Treaty Ports, and Macau.
Day 1: 23 June 2019
Day one (June 23) commences with the early postal history of the Customs and Imperial Post periods (lots 1-35), featuring two rare examples of mail matter from Taiwan and Korea. Among the Large Dragons (lots 36-61) is what is considered to be the rarest and most remarkable of the essays and proofs: the unique complete sheet of the 5 candarins brownish ochre with trial perforation, originally owned by Sir Robert Hart, later Sir Percival David, and ultimately the Beckemans. There are also four Large Dragons covers in the auction, the undoubted highlight of which is the Large Dragon-Small Dragon mixed franking sent from Chinkiang to Denmark through the French Post Office in Shanghai. Among the Small Dragons (lots 62-70) is the remarkable double rate combination cover from the Chinese Imperial Post Office in Seoul. The 1894 Dowager Empress Birthday (lots 71-111) features the magnificent set of the Second printing in marginal or corner blocks of four offered intact. The 1897 New Currency surcharges (lots 112-245) are replete with rare multiples and varieties, including the small figures surcharge 10c. on 9ca. with surcharge double and a fresh marginal mint example of the famous “Golden Dragon”, the only such recorded with sheet or interpane margin. Two Red Revenue usages on postal stationery cards (lots 272-273) comprise a taxed usage to London and a registered mixed issue usage with the large figures 2c. on 3c. and various other values including C.I.P. 1c. horizontal imperforate between pair. A stunning mint set of the 1914-19 Junk Peking printing in blocks of four and the 1923 surcharged 2c. on 3c. with surcharge inverted are representative of the later issues, but one should also mention the eight exquisite 1942 die proofs in black of the Dr. Sun Yat-sen London printing (lots 400-407).
On the same afternoon and early evening (June 23), there will be a diverse offering of Hong Kong and Treaty Ports, and Macau. The stamps of Hong Kong (lots 1018-1114) include a mint example of the Queen Victoria 96c. olive-bistre and a further offering of modern varieties, with 1983 Hong Kong by Night $1.30 variety silver omitted in a complete sheet and the 1988 Peak Tramway miniature sheet with black omitted in a booklet. We are privileged to offer the renowned collection of Revenues and Postal Fiscals formed by Philippe Orsetti (lots 1115-1225), whose monograph represents the definitive catalogue of this subject. Macau (lots 1451-1613) includes early mail, an extensive offering of “Specimen” overprints, modern varieties, and a specialised collection of postal stationery cards (lots 1549-1587).
China and other Asian Countries
Sunday June 23, 2019 09:30 and Monday June 24, 2019 09:30
Hong Kong & Treaty Ports and Macau
Sunday June 23, 2019 15:00
The People’s Republic of China and Liberated Areas
Monday June 24, 2019 13:30
Session 1: Lot 1 - 493, China and other Asian Countries
Session 2: Lot 1001 - 1613, Hong Kong & Treaty Ports and Macau
Session 3: Lot 2001 - 2463, The People's Republic of China and Liberated Areas
Session 4: Lot 3001 - 3454, China and other Asian Countries