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Our Upcoming Auction will take place on December 10 - 12, 2018

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Our upcoming auction will again take place at the Excelsior Hotel in Causeway Bay. There will be public viewing of all the lots in the auction on December 8 and 9, also at the Excelsior Hotel. This auction features four catalogues, covering a diverse range of subjects for China, Hong Kong and Treaty Ports, and Macau.

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The first catalogue (December 10) is devoted to the fourth and final portion of the Jane and Dan Sten Olsson collection of "The First Customs Issue of China, 1878-1885 Large Dragons". Once again, there are items of a diverse nature and interest which should appeal to collectors of every level. Among the numerous gems are the imperforate proof sheet of the 3 candarins from Setting III (one of two recorded), 1885 thick paper 1ca. vertical imperforate between pair unused (one of five recorded with intact perforations), and the 1884 combination cover originating in the Ichang Customs and sent overseas through the U.S. Postal Agency at Shanghai.

The General Sale (December 10-11) continues with an interesting and historically important section of China postal history detailing the December 1896 - January 1897 transitional period between the Customs Post and the establishment of the Imperial Post. The classic stamps include all three values of the Large Dragon 1878 issue in complete mint sheets. There are outstanding sections of the 1894 Dowager Empress Birthday and 1897 New Currency issues. Two of the major rarities of Imperial China are present - the 1897 New Currency large figures surcharge 1.5mm. setting on Dowager first printing 30c. on 24ca. ("Red Ruby") in a mint block of four, one of two recorded blocks of four of this singularly rare stamp, and a superb mint example of the Red Revenue Small One Dollar. There is also a very fine example of the original Red Revenue unsurcharged 3c., as well as Red Revenues on a taxed cover to the U.S.A. through the Japanese Post Office and on a postal stationery card to Great Britain through the French Post Office. Continuing with the Republic of China, there is a strong section of the Provisional Neutrality issues, including the dollar values used in Nanking on a local envelope. The Junk issues are well represented and feature the Hall of Classics $2 with centre inverted. Following on with the Dr. Sun Yat-sen issues, there is a splendid array of die proofs, an exceptional unmounted mint sheet margin example of the American Banknote Co. printing $2 with centre inverted, as well as the provincial surcharges with large multiples. There are fine sections of Taiwan and the Chinese Provinces, highlighted by one of the Four Treasures of the Republic, the 1915 Sinkiang overprinted $1 with the transposed characters variety. Interesting Local Posts and Foreign Post Offices, and an excellent offering of postal stationery and covers round out this catalogue.

The Stamps and Postal History of the People's Republic of China and Liberated Areas (December 11) comprise the third catalogue. The Liberated Areas represent a substantial offering of over 200 lots, beginning with the Chinese Red Posts and the Soviet Posts, the latter highlighted by the 1932 Red Flag on Globe 1/2c. brown unused. The People's Republic is replete with nearly all the major rarities, including the 1956 unissued Tien An Men with background of Sunrays and the 1958 Students Union Congress unused. The four different values of the 1964 unissued Peking Masks on offer here supplement the previous three values sold in our June sale to complete the set of seven. Prominent among the Cultural Revolution issues is the exceedingly rare large format "Whole Country is Red" in near pristine mint condition, as well as a mint example of the Chairman Mao and Lin Biao Victory stamp. The issued stamps of the P.R.C. are well represented throughout with in-depth offerings including complete sheets, with three such of the 1980 Year of the Monkey. Finally, there is also a fine example of the 1953 unissued Navy stamp, which, coincidently, is the second example of this exceedingly rare stamp we have offered this year.

The Hong Kong, Treaty Ports, and Macau catalogue (December 12) includes a comprehensive offering of the stamps of all periods. For the second consecutive auction, we are fortunate to offer another very fine mint example of the Queen Victoria 96c. olive-bistre. The Hong Kong varieties range from the classics, such as the 1891 Jubilee 2c. with overprint double used (ex Rose-Hutchinson), to the modern, with the 1974 Arts Festival and 1988 Peak Tramway miniature sheets with omitted or shifted colours, including the Peak Tramway variety black omitted on a first day cover. Once again, there is rare Shanghai postal history among the Treaty Ports, highlighted by the "Sunburst" cancellation on a 2c. on the famous unique printed matter circular (ex Ishikawa and Richard Chan). Unusually, there is an outstanding collection of Macau (some 130 lots). Noteworthy among the Macau are the 1913 Don Carlos I local "Republica" overprint on the 8a. grey-brown in a complete unused sheet and on the 10a. in a marginal unused strip of three, the latter considered to be the rarest stamp of Macau. The modern rarities are showcased by the 1955 unissued Fourth Centenary of the Portuguese Establishment in Macau set of four.

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