Stamp Catalogue

China Philately Vol. II

Treaty Ports

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Description: 1898 Dec 2, soldier's letter from a private with the 1st Hampshire Regiment at Landikotal, Khyber Pass during the Second Afghan War to a stoker on the 'H.M.S. Handy, Torpedo Boat Destroyer, Wei-Hai-Wei, China' via Hong Kong (1899 Jan1) and Chefoo (1898 Jan 15) bearing India 1a (paying the soldier's rate), cancelled by 'Landikotal' c.d.s. and Wei-Hai-Wei 2nd issue 2c red, cancelled by 'C&Co./WHW' double-ring chop to pay for the courier service to its destination, letter endorsed and countersigned by the Commanding Officer /
Note: An absolutely incredible and unique postal history item. Holcombe cert. 1987
Auction: Corinphila Asia Limited / Hong Kong 2000
Minimum bid: HK$ 35,000.00
Hammer price: HK$ 86,250.00


Description: 1898, envelope from Wei-Hai-Wei to England, franked with 2c black on red, additionally franked with CIP 5c pair, all cancelled with the CHEFOO dollar dater of Dec 16, carried to Shanghai and passed to the British Post Office, franked with Hong Kong 10c and cancelled on dispatch, Shanghai dollar dater backstamp and London arrival of Jan 23 /
Note: Liv. 1
Condition: Small piece of the envelope missing at the top; otherwise fine
Auction: SOTHEBY'S and CORINPHILA in association / Hong Kong 1997
Minimum bid: HK$ 80,000.00
Hammer price: HK$ 92,000.00