(French Post Offices) 1879 cover from Toulon-S-Mer addressed to the “Champlain” at Hong Kong, “Division navale des mers de Chine”, endorsed “Voie Francaise par Marseille”, franked at 15c. rate, reverse with Marseille transit; fine condition with long letter contents.
(Interrupted Mail) 1970s folded envelope to Kansas University franked ‘Annigoni’ 5c. and 10c. tied Kowloon cds, at centre three-line handstamp Mail delayed in/ delivery due to/ West Coast dock strike. Some wrinkling to envelope, unusual.
(Post Offices in China) 1918 (JA 1) cover to St Albans, England bearing single franking 10c. tied somewhat unclear Shanghai cds, below this two-line RECEIVED AT LIVERPOOL/ DAMAGED BY SEAWATER; envelope with large tear at left side and some other peripheral faults. A rare item, Hopkins records a piece of similar date but not a cover.
(Treaty Ports) 1917 incoming mourning cover to HongKong Shanghai Bank branch at Foochow, China, underfranked 1d. KGV from North Finchley with hexagonal framed T/30 handstamp, no charge apparently being collected, reverse with very clear Shanghai Br. P.O transit and on front British Post Office Foochow arrival.
1868 cover to New York franked 12c. and 30c. vermilion each cancelled B62 obliterators, envelope endorsed ”Via Marseilles” with London Paid transit, New York Paid All cds and ‘3 CENTS’ accountancy, reverse with Hong Kong cds and good strike of ‘Forwarded By/ Russell & Co./ Hong Kong’; fine and attractive cover.
1868 entire to London, endorsed “Via Marseilles” franked 1863 8c orange and 24c green each cancelled by blue ‘B62’, manuscript rating on front, reverse with Hong Kong index C cds overstriking Augustine Heard & Co circular dated company handstamp. Light horizontal filing crease.
1876 (30 VIII) 25c. postal stationery envelope uprated 50c. from Basel to Yokohama, Japan, endorsed “Via Brindisi” whose transit cds of 2 Set appears on reverse together with Hong – Kong Marine Sorter/ Singapore to Hong Kong double-ring cds of OC 19, this appears to be an inverted ‘9’ in the date as there is an arrival cds of the Hong Kong office. Fine and very rare.
1880 cover from Arundel, England, franked pair 2½d addressed to Shanghai. Reverse 'Hong Kong' transit (JA 20) and 'SHANGHAE' index A cds of British Post Offices, re-directed back to England with Hong Kong transit, London transit and final arrival cds; some toning, a well travelled cover.
1886 (MR 5) 1d. pink stationery envelope uprated 1883-84 5d. green to British Legation, Pekin, China cancelled London S.W. ‘22’ duplex, reverse with Singapore/ B/ Hong Kong marine sorter. Without further cancels indicating carriage by diplomatic bag from Hong Kong; good condition.