lot # 3002 - 5: Hong Kong early mail
Hong Kong, 1842 (8 Dec.) "Eastern Expedition" entire letter from Army officer Gerald Harvey at Hong Kong to his brother, Madras, India (28.1.43) showing fine "Hong Kong Post Office" Royal Arms oval h.s. in red with "G.P.O./1843 Jan 28" red framed h.s. adjacent and "Madras/1843 January 28/Bearing 3 As." framed h.s. on reverse (with "Inland 1 As. [=] 4 As." below), containing a spirited account of hostilities in China; together with a manuscript copy of Sir Henry Pottinger's 23 Nov. 1842 Proclamations at Amoy, concerning the executions by the Chinese Authorities in Formosa of the British passengers and crew of the Nerbudda and Sun that were wrecked in Sept. 1841 and March 1842, enclosed in the original letter. A fine example of this popular early mark recorded between June 1842 and March 1844 from a member of the British forces in the First China War, being one of only six China Expedition-endorsed Hong Kong Arms covers recorded in Dr. Andrew Cheung's Hong Kong Philatelic Society survey.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000
Provenance: Sir Percival David.
Estimate: HK$ 50,000 - 60,000