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China - Imperial & Republic Issues

Lots 435-444 Lots 445-446

Lot 435    

China, 1825 (Mar. 30) Canton, China to Providence R.I. via Portsmouth N.H., folded letter datelined "Canton March 30th 1825", carried by private ship entering the mails with red rimless "Portsmouth N.H., Sept 9" oval and matching "Ship" handstamp with red ms. "27" rating for 25¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee, docketed received "Sept 10" indicating over 5 months in transit; tone spots and vertical tear, paper brittle and separated in pieces needing reattachment, Fine and very early ship use from Canton to the United States via Portsmouth N.H.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

Letter reports on the sale of adventure goods onboard the Ann & Hope including coils of rope, boxes of cordials, cologne etc. The enclosure also lists the invoice for goods purchased for the return trip of the Ann & Hope, including Chests of Tea (Imperial Tea, Young Hyson Tea, etc.), Ivory Carved Fans, etc. Also shows the exchange rate of 72 Candarins per Dollar.

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Lot 436    

China, 1835 (Jun. 4) Canton, China to Philadelphia Pa. via New York, folded letter from the Whetmore & Co. correspondence to partner Joseph Archer datelined "Canton, June 4th 1835", endorsed per Ship "Tarquin" at bottom left, entered mails with red "New-York, Dec 30" cds and matching "SHIP" straightline with ms. "39½" rating for 37½¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee, Very Fine.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

Some interesting market reporting concerning tea and depressed local market for inbound goods, the need to borrow $90,000 with $80,000 in bills on hand which seem to be hard to exchange, "…The Tarquin will commence loading today & from all we can learn think she will not have, to exceed 4000 chests of Teas, of which 2000 at least will be Young Hysons…The Franklin has gone to Manila for a cargo of Rice, & will return here for a cargo of Teas which have been purchased by us for here…Our neighbors have been greatly disappointed in consequence of their inability to execute their orders for Teas. We estimate the following will be about the quantity of Teas that will be shipped before the new come into market to the United States by vessels now here viz: Tarquin 4000 Chests of which 2000 Y Hyson; Mary 4500; Regulus 7500; Franklin 6000…These vessels will take every chest remaining of the present crop…" and signed "Wetmore & Co."
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Lot 437 o   

China, 1883, Large Dragons on thick paper, 1ca-5ca complete, perf 12½ matching blue oval chop cancels, all nicely centered, 1ca with short perf and 2ca with small corner crease, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott Nos. 7-9    $1,625.

Realized: $725

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Lot 438    

China, 1897, Small Figures surcharges on Small Dragons, 1¢ on 1ca-5¢ on 5ca complete, o.g., strong colors, 2¢ on 3ca toned, otherwise Fine.
Scott Nos. 25-27    $740.

Realized: $260

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Lot 439    

China, 1897, Large Figures wide surcharge on Dowager, 2nd printing, 1¢ on 1ca-5¢ on 5ca & 10¢ on 9ca-10¢ on 12ca, o.g., hinge remnants, strong colors, a Fine group.
Scott Nos. 48-51, 53-54    $838.

Realized: $375

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Lot 440    

China, 1897, Large Figures wide surcharge on Dowager, 2nd printing, 10¢ on 9ca & 10¢ on 12ca, o.g. (the former with h.r.), strong colors, F.-V.F.
Scott Nos. 53-54    $675.

Realized: $200

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Lot 441    

China, 1897, Large Figures wide surcharge on Dowager, 2nd printing, 30¢ on 24ca deep rose red, o.g., strong bold color, Fine.
Scott Nos. 55    $1,200.

Realized: $475

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Lot 442 o   

China, 1897, Large 4¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue, brown Customs town cancel, rich color, F.-V.F.
Scott Nos. 82    $800.

Realized: $230

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Lot 443    

China, 1912, Statistical Dept. "Republic" overprint, $2 carmine & yellow, brownish o.g., wide margins, F.-V.F.
Scott Nos. 159    $400.

Realized: $210

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Lot 444    

China, 1912, Republic Commemorative complete, o.g., lightly hinged, strong bold colors, an F.-V.F. set.
Scott Nos. 190-201    $1,279.

Realized: $700

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