1901 (Nov. 10) envelope from Kongmoon to Haiphong (12.6), via Hong Kong (12.1), bearing C.I.P. 5c vertical pair, canceled by
"Kongmoon" non-standard double-ring handstamp with "30/11/01" date inserted by hand, in combination with Hong Kong 10c with distinctive "I.P.O." framed tie-print, uncanceled, but showing "Victoria/Hong Kong" c.d.s. on reverse, as well as
"Tonkon/Haiphong" arrival c.d.s. on reverse, some gum staining and adherence on perforations of the C.I.P. 5c pair, and small portion of cover torn away at top right, Fine to Very Fine and an important cover, signed J.F. Brun,
rarity—only two covers are recorded from Kongmoon with the I.P.O. tie-print.
This cover was sold in the Spink Hong Kong auction of January 18, 2015, lot 2844. It was described as the "only recorded example of an I.P.O. cover from
Kongmoon." However, there is a famous postcard from the Dr. James Riddell and Allan Kerr collections, sold by Robson Lowe in its March 10, 1977 auction (lot 1492) in Basle, Switzerland. This postcard was sent on September 6, 1904, from Kongmoon to
London via Hong Kong, bearing C.I.P. 4c, canceled by the Kongmoon non-standard undated double-ring undated handstamp (no manuscript date insertion), and Hong Kong Queen Victoria 2c pair with the I.P.O. framed tie-print only. This type of non-standard
dater is recorded by Suen Jun Yi in his classic work, Ching Dynasty Postal Markings, as having been used for Kumchuk between 1899-1903, and the existence of the dater for Kongmoon has been verified by Paul K.S. Chang in his History of
Postal Marking of China, Part 2, p. 167. The sizes of the lettering of the "I.P.O." of the two tie-prints appear to be different.
In their article, "Hong Kong Treaty Ports and the I.P.O. 'Tieprints'", published in The Philatelist in
April 1973, pp. 209-210, Dr. J.D. and Sheila Riddell explained the 1904 postcard in the context of the I.P.O. tie-prints and its historical perspective, writing that Kongmoon became a Treaty Port in 1904 under the Treaty of Shanghai (known as the
Mackay Treaty) signed on September 5, 1902.
The question of a Kongmoon I.P.O. framed tie-print was again raised in an article in the Postal History Society of China's Journal, pp. 36-37, which discussed in detail the pros and cons
relating to the need for a tie-print from this small port and its validity, in spite of the lack of information about the card's China markings and the routing of the mail between Kongmoon and Hong Kong. . (Image1) (Image2)
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