Local Post Shanghai – 1866: a glass support cliché showing the overprint “I CAND.” with Chinese lettering underneath, being a denomination of 1 candareen; the surcharge (which shows a damaged “D” on the known genuine examples) was printed in blue on stamps of the municipal post of Shanghai, little dragon issue, 1873-77. This is a cliché of great importance, showing the phenomenal range of Sperati’s reproduction interests; Sperati’s China reproductions have not been well-documented, and we know of no finished Sperati reproduction of a Shanghai local stamp with this surcharge.
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