lot # 79 - 2: China Customs Mail Matter, Transitional Period and Imperial Post
China, 1897 (23 Apr.) printed matter envelope ("H. Seitas & Co./Chefoo" firm's imprint on flap) from Chefoo to the German Consul in Nagasaki (8.5) redirected to Hamburg (11.6) via Yokohama (10.5) and then domestically to Frankfurt (12.6), showing bilingual "Paid" framed h.s. in brown, matching "Chefoo" double-ring origin d.s. on reverse, with "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring transit d.s. (26.4) also in brown, in combination with Japan 1s. cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (27.4), handstruck "NA/T" in circle, then subsequently crossed out on account of the printed matter rate not accepted or the postage deemed insufficient by Japan, and replaced by blue crayon "40" rating for overseas postage, the envelope (opened out for display, central vertical folds) has a truncated lower left corner (in order to reveal contents in accordance with printed matter regulations) and is reduced at left upon opening. An interesting and unusual usage, and a rare example of the bilingual "Paid" handstamp used at Chefoo.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000
ONLY FOUR EXAMPLES OF THE BILINGUAL "PAID" HANDSTAMP ARE RECORDED FROM CHEFOO.
Estimate: HK$ 25,000 - 30,000