Los 20078 – CHEFOO: 1903 Large part cover to England endorsed
1’800 – 2’400 EUR
Fr. 20 Apr 2012 at 13:00 (Europe/Zurich)
CHEFOO: 1903 Large part cover to England endorsed „via Port Arthur & St. Petersburg,“ franked with China 1/2c Dragon in block of six cancelled by LIU KUNG TAU / WEI HAI WEI“ cds in black, sent via Chefoo where it was transferred to the Russian P.O. and franked with „KITAI“ 10k pair tied by Chefoo cds (T&S type 1), Birkenhead bs, minor soiling, a rare mixed country franking.
Note: By 1903 the Trans-Siberian Railway was fully functional and reduced the transit time to London from about 40 days to 25 days. Until November 1903, British mail was not accepted on the route. Mail from the Wei Hai Wei colony had to be sent via the Chinese P.O. to Chefoo before being handed over to the Russian P.O.
Provenance: ex Charles Goodwyn
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