Lot 2134Offices in China, 1919, 2¢ on 1¢ green, right plate number "13318" block of six, well centered with deep rich color, o.g., never hinged, fresh and Very Fine; with 2004 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. K1 $600.
Lot 2135 oOffices in China, 1919, 2¢ on 1¢ green, block of four, cancelled by central strike of U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai registry oval; some light creasing, Very Fine appearance.
Scott No. K1 $375.
Stamps of the 1917-1919 series were overprinted by the Bureau and issued to the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai, China. The 1¢ stamps were overprinted 2¢ and sold at that value in local currency and were valid on U.S. mail.
Lot 2136Offices in China, 1919, 2¢ on 1¢ green, block of ten and pair, exceedingly well centered with rich color, tied by "U.S. Pos. Service, Shanghai, China, Sep. 16, 1922" duplex datestamp on cover to Madison Wis., purple "Special Delivery" straightline, Madison (10.13) receiving backstamp; fresh and Very Fine, an impressive franking prepaying the 2¢ letter rate plus 10¢ special delivery fee, this being the largest recorded use on cover.
Scott No. K1 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 2137Offices in China, 1922, 2¢ on 1¢ green, top plate number "11792" block of six, nicely centered with strong color, o.g., never hinged, top center stamp with small inclusion, Very Fine; with 2004 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. K17 $1,750.
In June 1922, the Agency ran out of the two lower values. The Bureau approved local overprints until supplies arrived.
Lot 2138Offices in China, 1922, 2¢ on 1¢ green, used with 1919, 2¢ on 1¢ green (K1) and 1922, 4¢ on 2¢ carmine (K18), all tied by "U.S. Pos. Service, Shanghai, China, Aug. 30, 1922" duplex on Nanking railway contractor cover to local Shanghai address; file fold at center, F.-V.F.
Scott No. K17 + K1, K18 Estimate $500 - 750.
AN EXTREMELY SCARCE FRANKING COMBINING BOTH THE BUREAU AND LOCAL SURCHARGES.