lot # 69 - 2: China Customs Mail Matter, Transitional Period and Imperial Post
China, Customs Mail Matter/Shanghai : 1898 (5 Sept.) envelope from St. Petersburg to the Russian Warship "Navarin" care of the Russian Consul in Hong Kong (18.10), redirected to Chefoo (arrival) via Shanghai (22.10) bearing Russia Arms 10kop. (2), both have defects due to rough opening of envelope at right, cancelled by "6" in concentric circles, showing on reverse "Shanghai Customs/Mail Matter" oval h.s. in red where placed into the Chinese Imperial Post as official mail by the Russian Consul and then transmitted to Chefoo (arrival dollar dater), and then handed over to the Russian Post Office with "Chifu/1 Post Ob. Kontora/1" arrival c.d.s. (15/27.10), fine and a highly unusual usage of the Customs Mail Matter handstamp, which was to have been officially withdrawn from use after 31 December 1897, even though the free franking privilege continued well into 1898.
Estimate HK$ 35,000 - 40,000
Estimate: HK$ 35,000 - 40,000