(Air Transits) 1941 (9.4.) cover to New York franked S.Y.S. 5c., 50c., $2 (2) and $5 (3) tied by Shanghai cds, fine blue-green AIR-TRANSIT 6 double ring handstamp, ‘OPENED BY CENSOR/ HONG KONG’ tape applied at left tied on reverse with small framed ‘26’, a blue-green ‘70’ appears at right; a fine example.
(Air Transits) 1941 (9.9.) cover to Dallas, Texas franked New York S.Y.S. $1, $2 and $5 tied by Shanghai cds, fine blue-violet AIR TRANSIT 6 double ring handstamp, ‘OPENED BY CENSOR’ tape applied at left, tied on reverse with small framed ‘31’, whilst at right there is a ‘64’ both in ink of Air Transit h/s; some glue staining around stamps.
(Amoy Local Post) 1896 rice paper wrapper bearing red straight-line ‘TO PAY’ with ½c. black overprint Postage Due tied Local Post Office Amoy cds; fine condition.
(British Post Offices) 1928 (13 AP) registered cover to England franked Great Britain 1½d. and 3d. tied Army Post Office 1 cds, fine handstamped registration label at left, reverse with further despatch, Liverpool and Gosport registered cancels; fine registered item.
(British Military Offices) 1937 (30 Aug) cover to England franked Great Britain 1½d. cancelled by Field Post Office No.1 cds, then based at Tientsin. The envelope is endorsed at top left “Posted on mannouvers1937/ Field Post Office No 1/ Headquarters 1st Division/ Youngshung” (Yangtsun). Fine condition and unusual usage of tne Coronation stamp.
(British Post Offices in China) 1918 (MR 25) company envelope to London franked strip of five 2c. tied Shanghai Br. P.O. /1 cds; light horizontal filing crease
(Chefoo Local Post) 1894 ½c. postal stationery card used to Shanghai cancelled by Local Post Chefoo 13 Apr cds, with further strike at left, at right arrival cds of 16th. With full message.
(Chefoo Local Post) 1896 (7 SEP) 1c. postal stationery letter card to Germany cancelled by light Local Post Chefoo cds, with a finer strike on reverse, used in combination with Hong Kong vertical pair of 5c blue tied by index C Hong Kong cds of SP 10, reverse with date company chop and red Shanghai Local Post index D cds plus Strassburg arrival. Without message, a fine and fresh combination example.
(China Combination I.P.O.) 1900 (19 Feb) card to Salzburg, Austria, written in Volapuk International Language, franked China Coiling Dragons 1c. and 2c. with single Amoy cds paying domestic postage, overseas postage paid by 1c. stationery card and 4c. both bearing I.P.O. handstamps of Amoy and Hong Kong cds, arrival cds top left; fine and scarce use of stationery.
(China Combination I.P.O.) 1901 (17 Apr) card to Leipzig, from Swatow where domestic postage was paid in cash and bilingual cds applied, the 4c on 3c black surcharge stationery card bearing red framed I.P.O. handstamp and image tied Hong Kong cds, arrival cancels at left. The card with ‘Reply’ erased, a very rare usage of this stationery card.
(China I.P.O.) 1901 2c. postal stationery envelope to Leipzig, bearing bilingual Amoy cds where cash was paid for the internal postage, very unusually a 2c. stationery envelope has been used together with pair 4c. to make 10c. overseas rate all cancelled with two fine framed I.P.O. handstamps of Amoy and three cds, arrival backstamp. The backflap is missing but a very rare example of cash paid on a stationery envelope.
(China) 1920 commercial cover to Vladivostok with 1r. imperf strip of five and single paying the triple 2r. foreign rate current in Siberia from October 1919 to June 1920, tied by Vladivostok – Shanghai/ Steamship zh 22.2.20 date stamp in violet of the Russian Volunteer Fleet, with censor cachet on arrival; fine and attractive. The steamship cancel was the same in both directions, arrival backstamp of 28.2., six days later, consistent with posting at Shanghai.
(Chinkiang Local Post) Undated ‘Captain Binns’ cover bearing oval-framed ‘TO PAY’ handstamp with pair 1895 ½c. Postage Due with red overprint tied Chinkiang Postal Service cancel which is repeated top right and on reverse. The red overprint is rare on cover.
(East) 1949 illustrated company unsealed envelope to Los Altos, CA, USA franked Mao Tse-tung $1000 and SYS $400 on $200 pair; fine printed matter rate item.
(French Post Offices) 1880 cover from Toulon-S-Mer addressed to the “Champlain”, “Division navale des mers de Chine et du Japon”, endorsed “Voie Anglaise par Brindisi”, franked at 35c. rate, reverse with Paris A Modane transit; fine condition with thick letter contents.
(French Post Offices) 1879 (3 OCT) mourning envelope to France, endorsed “per English mail” bearing mixed issue franking Ceres 15c. pair and Sage 5c. tied by ‘5104’ large numeral lozenge with Shang-Hai Chine cds, unclear red French maritime datestamp, reverse with Marseille A Lyon tpo and arrival cds. Most of backflap missing and slight ageing but still a good example of a more unusual franking.
(French Post Offices) 1881 (1 Juil) envelope to Mainz franked Sage 2c., 4c. and two 15c. tied by ‘5104’ large figures lozenge with Shang-Hai Chine cds in association, arrival backstamp. The 2c. is unrecorded with with the gross chiffres ‘5104’ cancel, believed to be a unique franking.
(French Post Offices) 1882 cover to Southampton franked Sage 2c. (2), 3c. bistre on yellow pair and a 15c. tied ‘5104’ large numerals with Shang-Hai cds below, arrival backstamp. A fine, unusual way to make up the 25c. rate and with very rare multiple of 3c.
(French Post Offices) 1884 envelope to Naples franked ‘Sage’ 10c. and 15c single and strip of three each stamp tied ‘5104’ large numeral lozenge with Shang-Hai Chine cds in association, arrival backstamp. Roumet Cert. (2021)