Lot 1448, China 1942 Cover to Japanese Prisoner of War in Hong Kong

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Front of Lot 1448, China 1942 Cover to Japanese Prisoner of War in Hong KongBack of Lot 1448, China 1942 Cover to Japanese Prisoner of War in Hong KongLot 1448 China 1942 Cover to Japanese Prisoner of War in Hong Kong, despatched from Shanghai, 29 Sept? 1942. Franked with two vertical pairs of China 1940 8c olive green Sun Yat-sen, Dah Teng printing, type III, secret mark, p14, Dah in button, no wmk (Scott 383, SG 492), mailed to Leon Weill, Camp “S” (Shamshuipo Camp). Japanese Ken’etsuzumi (censored) handstamp in carmine with small Hasegawa seal. Indistinguishable pencil marks at left. Circled “48” in pencil possibly prisoner or barrack number. Hong Kong occupation arrival c.d.s. on reverse “17-10-22” (17th year of Hirohito, October 22, 1942), believed applied at Kowloon postal station. Some minor creases plus a light stain on front, otherwise very fine and scarce, a new find therefore first time on the market. Estimate C$300.

Leon Weill, a French national, was born in Hong Kong. Prior to the war he worked as a stock broker. He served in the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Force and was thus sent as a POW to Shamshuipo Camp (French nationals were not otherwise interred). He died in the camp, 27 April 1944.

Lot 829, Canada 1936 Pan-Am Clipper cover Vancouver to Hong Kong

Lot 829, Canada 1936 Pan-Am Clipper cover Vancouver to Hong KongLot 829 Canada 1936 75c Rate Pan-Am Clipper Cover to Hong Kong, mailed on DEC.19.1936 at Vancouver, flown by Pan-Am to Manila, where the clipper service ended in 1936 and addressed to the First Officer of the Canadian Pacific ship Empress of Russia. The rate was paid by a 50c Victoria Parliament Buildings issue plus a #222 and #225. Rough opening at top, fortunately mostly visible from the back only plus a few minor faults, still a scarce cover which also adorned by a Vancouver Golden Jubilee cinderella. Estimate C$150.

Lot 777, Canada 1941 Detained in Hong Kong AR card, Duncan BC to Hong Kong, sold for C$2,340

Lot 777, Canada 1941 Detained in Hong Kong Acknowledgement of Receipt card, Duncan BC to Hong KongLot 777 Canada 1941 Detained in Hong Kong AR Card, a Canadian AR card mailed from Duncan BC on NOV.10.1941 to Hong Kong, this AR card is franked with a 10c Memorial Chamber issue. Upon arrival in Hong Kong, it received a “Registered” c.d.s. dated NOV.22 (on back) and was put aside. At the end of the war, it also received a purple boxed “DETAINED IN HONG KONG / BY JAPANESE / FROM DECEMBER 1941 TO SEPTEMBER 1945” on front. There is also a red Japanese censor “chops” handstamp on back. A very rare card, as it was mailed during the fall of Hong Kong to the Japanese, and was likely only forwarded to its recipient sometime after the end of the War in 1945. The card is still mounted on a Gerald Wellburn album page, being a draft only, which he would have later written-up neatly in pen. Estimate C$750, sold for $2000 plus 17% buyer’s premium.Lot 777, Canada 1941 Detained in Hong Kong AR card, Duncan BC to Hong Kong

Lot 1379, Commonwealth Collection in seven albums to 1953, sold for C$2,574

Lot 1379, Commonwealth Collection in seven albums to 1953, sold for C$2,574Lot 1379 British Commonwealth Mint and Used Collection in seven albums to 1953, an old time collection on quadrille pages with strength in the George VI reign. The collection is often parallel with mint and used copies present. For some stamps, blocks or additional mint or used copies are also present. A major feature of this collection is attention to printing varieties, watermarks and watermark positions; these have been carefully annotated by the collector. We noted the exceptional fresh colours of the mint stamps all through the collection. Coverage varies from one colony to the other. We noted better coverage of British Honduras, Gibraltar, Hong Kong and South-West Africa among others. New Zealand is well represented with mostly used stamps. No Canada, Australia (the former Australian states are represented) or India. An exceptional collection that merits close inspection. Estimate $1,200, sold for C$2,200.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.