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Sale 91: The December Sale

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1900 Boxer Rebellion

Lots 1726-1730

Lot 1726    

U.S.S. Princeton, Sailor's Letter, Harry Knox, Commander Commanding., purple handstamp imprint on cover to Greenville, O., franked with Hong Kong 1891, 20¢ on 30¢ gray green (Scott 52) tied by "Hong Kong, Sp 29, 99" cds, reverse with November 6th receiving backstamp; cover missing backflap and machine gripper marks on front across stamp, otherwise Very Fine, an excellent and rare U.S.S. Princeton usage.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

The U.S.S. "Princeton" sailed for the Pacific in early 1899, joining the Asiatic Fleet on 16 April at Cavite, Philippines. At the time of the Boxer Rebellion, the Princeton cruised in Chinese waters from June 26th to November 29th between Hong Kong and Woosung.

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Lot 1727    

U.S.S. Oregon, Official Business, purple handstamp penalty imprint on legal size cover to the Naval Station at Portsmouth, N.H., franked with Hong Kong 1891, 10¢ violet on red (Scott 44) tied by "Hong Kong, Ju 29, 00" cds, with blue crayon "10" rate above stamp, reverse with Boston, Mass. transit and receiving backstamp, Very Fine, a rare Naval penalty cover usage sent during the Boxer Rebellion.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

Because of the Boxer Rebellion, the U.S.S. "Oregon" left Hong Kong June 23rd for Taku sailing through the straits of Pechili and grounded on a uncharted rock.

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Lot 1728    

U.S. Flagship Brooklyn., bold blue hand carved handstamp on cover addressed to the U.S.S. Brooklyn "Manila, Philippines, via Hong Kong, care of U.S. Gov. Amerika", franked with G.B. 1881, 1d lilac + 1887, ½d vermilion (Scott 89+111) tied by "Navan, Mr 1, 00" cds's with "Dublin & Belfast, T.P.O." transit on reverse, N.Y. transit backstamp and missent with "Brooklyn, N.Y., Mar 11, 1900" duplex forwarding, cover forwarded to Yokohama, Japan with "Nagasaki, 3 May 1900" backstamp, forwarded again to Hong Kong with "Hong Kong, May 10, 00" receiving backstamp; cover edge wear, F.-V.F., a unique U.S. Flagship Brooklyn marking and a remarkable Boxer War usage.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

On July 10th, 1900, the U.S.S. "Brooklyn" delivered 318 Marines to Taku from the Philippines. They marched to Tientsin where they joined the allied forces and captured the city. At the end of September, the Marines were ordered back to the Philippines and were shipped out on the Brooklyn, Zafiro and Indiana. Only some 12 naval vessels participated in the Boxer War.

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Lot 1729    

U.S.S, Helena, Official Business, purple penalty imprint on 1901 legal size cover to the U.S. Naval Station at Cavite, Philippines Islands, franked with China 1898, 10¢ dark blue green + 20¢ claret (Scott 103+104) tied by "Nangking, 8 Aug" cds, in combination with Hong Kong 1900, 10¢ ultramarine, vertical strip of three (45) tied by "Shanghai, Au 9" cds's, reverse with Shanghai and "Victoria, Au 14, 01" cds's, Manila entry and receiving cds's; cover and Hong Kong adhesives showing some slight fading at left, otherwise Very Fine, a very rare U.S.S. Helena imprint cover with China and Hong Kong combination franking.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

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Lot 1730    

U.S.S. Monterey, Navy Department, purple penalty handstamp imprint on cover to the U.S. Naval Station in Cavite, Philippines Islands, franked with Hong Kong 1900, 10¢ ultramarine + 1898, $1 gray (Scott 45+70) tied by "Shanghai, Ap 17" cds's, reverse with "Victoria, Ap 22, 02" transit, Manila entry and receiving cds's; 10¢ stamp with wrinkle in bottom right margin, Very Fine, a wonderful and rare high value Hong Kong usage on a U.S.S. Monterey penalty cover.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

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Current Opening Bid: $950

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