Lot# 5694 - Auction 250-256
1871 (Feb 6): Cover front from Macau to the Chief Postmaster in Lisbon with private handstamp 'Via Gibraltar' at top, franked by 1863/71 96 c. brownish-grey with a staggering 31 examples cancelled by thirty-three strikes of the"B62" obliterator in black. Superb strike of "♚ / PAGO / EM / MACAO" in black (Frazao MACPP5, see also the Gibbons footnote) alongside single ring datestamp MACAO (Feb 6, code B) in black and Gibraltar cds above of arrival (March 19). Red manuscript '£6.8.0' also at base; one or two stamps with faults but insignificant compared to the rarity of the franking - larger even than the Burghard and Canman examples illustrated on plate 61 in Webb's 'Treaty Ports'. A sensational item, just the three fronts with these high frankings are recorded: illustrated in Frazao '"Pre-Filatelia Portuguesa" on page 239. An item for the connoisseur of both Hong Kong and Macau Postal History.rnProvenance: Habsburg Feldman, May 1989.
Starting bid :
Hammer price : 29,000 CHF
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