lot # 62 - 2: China Customs Mail Matter, Transitional Period and Imperial Post
China, Customs Mail Matter/Chungking : 1897 (July) envelope (embossed "Custom House/Chungking" imprint on flap) to Austria (18.9), redirected internally (19.9), showing "Customs/Chungking" oval d.s. and "Chungking Customs/Mail Matter" oval unframed h.s. in red, partially covered by France "Chine" 25c., cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (11.8), with "Shanghai" dollar chop (7.8) in blue on reverse, fine and rare usage of these Chungking Customs markings (the dollar dater for Chungking was not introduced until October).
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000
References: Customs Dater (1875-1913). Philatelic Writer's Club (Taiwan, 2008), p. 52.
According to our records, there are only seven examples of the Chungking Customs Mail Matter handstamp known on cover.
Estimate: HK$ 60,000 - 80,000