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Lot 183 - 1897, Large Figures narrow surcharges on Dowager, 1st printing, 2c. on 2ca. green (Chan 67. Scott 58), bright characteristic first printing color, usual rough perforations, centered to the lower left as are the other two recorded examples of this great rarity, unused with large part original gum, hinge remainders, a couple of small light red lines on reverse, possibly the offset from a quadrillé notebook in which some sheets were kept (the Quintin Tan Kok Tin example also had red m....Est. HK$1,500,000-2,000,000 Currently HK$ 750,000

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Kelleher and Rogers Limited Sale - 40

The Wen Sun Kong Collection of Dowager Empress Commemorative Issue & Surcharges - December 5, 2023

Starting 9:00 AM New York Time / 22:00 Hong Kong Time

Kelleher & Rogers is honored to present this extensive and specialized collection of the 1894-97 Dowager Empress 60th Birthday issue. China’s first commemorative stamps have become iconic with their multiple printings and surcharge varieties. The Wen Sun Kong collection is one of the most elaborate holdings ever assembled of this issue, with extraordinary highlights including:

  • Proofs in blocks of four, including four of the second printing signed by the designer, Robert de Villard
  • Imperforate-between pairs of the 5ca., 6ca., and 24ca. values
  • Nearly 50 lots of quality cancellations, including three covers canceled by the rare Newchwang seal
  • One of only two recorded “Customs/Chinkiang” transit daters, on Kewkiang Local Post postal card
  • Reconstructed block of four Small Figure 4c. on 4ca. surcharge
  • Unused “Emerald Lady”—only the third documented example

For a learned introduction to this issue and the rarities here offered, please see page 5 of the catalogue PDF (link below). You can also see K&R’s Director, Larry Gibson, discussing the sale here.

Sale Session Information:

Session 1: (Lots 1 - 201) Tuesday, December 05, 2023 at 9:00 AM EST

For more information please contact us at:

Kelleher and Rogers Limited
35/F Central Plaza
18 Harbour Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Phone: +852.2593.1107
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To request more information by email: stamps@kelleherasia.com

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