(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.
(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.
(Crash Mail) 1936 (13 AU) airmail cover to Brighton franked 50v. tied Air Mail cancel, carried by R.M.S. Dorado to Malaya to connect with Imperial Airways liner Scipio that crashed in the sea off Crete during a storm, bearing framed vioet DAMAGED BY SEA/ WATER handstamp; some water staining as to be expected.
(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.
(Mail Matter) 1896 (Ju 18) ‘Hong Kong Parcel Post Customs Declaration’ form from Chefoo to Devon, England, for a box of uncut garnets, showing Chefoo Customs/Mail Matter framed handstamp in red, with Customs Chefoo double ring origin datestamp and Shanghae index C cds of the British Post Office, the form neatly reduced all round, nevertheless Fine to Very Fine and unusual usage.
(Treaty Port) 1867 (Apr 1) envelope to Fisherville, New Hampshire, USA containing two letters written from “U.S.S. Wachusett, Hong Kong” franked 1862 No Watermark 18c wing marginal and 1863-71 4c. and 24c. each with B62 obliterator, reverse with dark blue SHANGHAF cds of AP 8 with ‘F’ for ‘E’ and a Hong Kong cds of AP 12, front showing red London Paid, red manuscript rate markings “1/10 ½’ altered to “1/9 ½” and “l” for local carriage, sent via London and New York; some ageing mostly around edges, a fine cover.
(Treaty Port) 1880 (1 AP) envelope to London bearing single franking 1880 10c on 12c blue tied by ‘S1’ obliterator with Shanghae cds, reverse with Hong Kong transit, front with red London Paid, cover endorsed “Per English Mail”; despite some slight toning, a fine single franking.
(Treaty Ports) 1886 incoming envelope from United States to its consulate at Foochow, franked 5c grey-brown that appears not to have been cancelled though there is some discolouration at top right, faint blue Hampton cds alongside, fine black ‘25/T’ charge handstamp applied at Foochow, reverse with San Francisco transit, Hong Kong transit (MR 4) and Foochowfoo arrival (MR 11); fine and scarce.
(Treaty Ports) 1897 (JA 7) registered cover to Canada franked 1882-96 Wmk Crown CA 2c. carmine (2) and 4c. grey (4) making 20c. rate, cancelled by Canton * cds, circular-framed ‘R’ at right, reverse with Hong Kong index D transit of JA 12, Victoria B.C. transit F 18 and Winnipeg arrival of FE 22; fine and attractive.
(Treaty Ports) 1905 KEVII 4c reply postal stationery card to Batavia with printed message about the new cable codes cancelled by indistinct Shanghai B.P.O. cds, square circle N.I. Agent Singapore transit and arrival cancel at left; some slight splitting along join, fine commercial usage, the reply section unused