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Lot# 5693 - Auction 250-256

  • Lot# : 5693 Macau

    1843 (Oct 14): Entire letter from Macau to Liverpool endorsed 'via Marseilles p. Steamer Bentinck' with docket number 1379 at upper right, struck with superb oval "♚ / PAID / AT / MACAO" single ring handstamp in red (Frazao MAC BPPP1) and prepaid '1/10d.' in Macau below. Framed INDIA applied at Calcutta in transit, with Liverpool arrival on reverse (Feb 8, 1844) in black. Extremely rare, in use for just less than one year (Oct 14, 1843-Oct 1, 1844) with this strike being the earliest recorded by Parmenter & Gordon on page 2/4, there being but three examples of this handstamp recorded. Illustrated in Frazao "Pre-Filatelia Portuguesa" on page 237. One part of back flap missing but an extraordinarily rare Crown Circle Gi = £ 32'500.rnNote: Letter states "Sir. H. Pottinger went up to the Bogue on the 8th inst. when he had a meeting with the Imperial Commissioner and the exchange of the Supplementary Licence took place. HM Steamer Driver goes Northwards on the 20th inst., we hear, and takes up the Consuls for Amoy and Shanghai. The Consul for Ningpo will proceed to his port in a about a month. No Consul has been appointed yet to Foo Chow Foo...". Sir Henry Pottinger negotiated the Treaty of Nanking (1842) and became the first Governor of Hong Kong (1848-1854).
    Starting bid : 20,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 26,000 CHF