Lot 32011863 (Sep. 29) Philadelphia Pa. to Hong Kong, China, cover bearing 3¢ rose (65), 12¢ black (69) and 30¢ orange (71) prepaying the 45¢ treaty rate, tied by grids and red "Phila. Pa., Paid, Sep 29 Paid" cds exchange cds and magenta "40" credit to G.B. for 16¢ transatlantic plus 24¢ Far East packet, carried by Cunard Arabia from Boston Sep. 30th to Queenstown arriving Oct. 10th, red London Paid (10.12) transit and "1d" Colonial credit handstamp, P&O Ripon from Southampton to Alexandria, then P&O Mooltan from Suez to Galle, then P&O Norna from Galle to Hong Kong, blue "Hong Kong, C, DE 13 63" arrival backstamp; expertly restored along edges, Very Fine appearance, Extremely Fine appearance.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company provided biweekly contract steamship service from Southampton to Hong Kong and Shanghai, with port calls at Gibraltar, Malta, Alexandria, Suez, Aden, Galle, Penang and Singapore.