lot # 71 - 2: China Customs Mail Matter, Transitional Period and Imperial Post
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).
Christie's Swire (Hong Kong), 16.10.1993, lot 1889.
Estimate: HK$ 100,000 - 120,000