lot # 78 - 2: China Customs Mail Matter, Transitional Period and Imperial Post
China, 1897 (17 Apr.) envelope to Leipzig, Germany (27.5), showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in brown, "Customs/Peking" origin double-ring d.s. in blue adjacent, with France "Chine" 25c. cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (22.4), on reverse "Customs/Shanghai" transit double-ring d.s. (22.4) and Leipzig arrival c.d.s., the envelope is opened out for display and has a light horizontal fold at foot, nevertheless very fine and an early usage of the bilingual "Paid" handstamp from Peking.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
The second earliest recorded usage of the bilingual "Paid" handstamp from Peking. The earliest recorded usage is one day prior, 16 April 1897, on a front from the French Legation in Peking (Berteaux correspondence) to France at the 50c. double rate.
Heinrich Köhler (Wiesbaden), 12.10.1990, lot 5167.
Estimate: HK$ 10,000 - 12,000