Geneva Spring Auction Series – Results
Russian Post Offices in the Chinese Empire – Dr. Raymond Casey Collection


The first sale, of a three-part invitation auction, of the Russian Post Offices in the Chinese Empire has been held on April 20 in Geneva.

This collection, built over decades by Dr. Raymond Casey is probably the most comprehensive and extensive ever formed for this collecting area.

The sale featured highly competitive room bidding from collectors in David Feldman’s auction rooms in Geneva & Hong Kong as well as around the world via the Internet. Results were far in excess of pre-sale estimates, and produced numerous world record prices for covers from Russian Post offices in the Chinese Empire. Notable standouts were:

Lot 20002

TIENTSIN: 1875 Cover to Dereham, England, franked with 1866-75 10k strip of four and 3k pair.  Earliest known mail from the official Russian Postal Administration in China, using Russian canceller on Russian stamps, and only known use of Tientsin’s first Russian handstamped canceller on cover.

Estimate: EUR 80’000
Sold at EUR 96’000

Lot 20120

ULYASUTAI: 1916 Envelope sent insured to Peking, franked with Arms 10k and 35k plus Romanov 50k, the only known example of an insurance label from Ulyasutai, only seven covers with Romanov franking recorded by Hellrigl, this being the only one from Ulyasutai, fine and unique exhibition item.

Estimate: EUR 70’000
Sold at EUR 408’000

A world record result for Mongolia!

Lot 20145

URUMCHI: 1906 Envelope sent registered from the Russian Consular Office in Urumchi to Switzerland with “KITAI” 1k, 2k (2), 3k, 5k and 7k, the only known cover from the Russian Post in Urumchi.

Estimate: EUR 20’000
Sold at EUR 66’000