Lot 1185U.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 $750 - 1,000.
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.