Cover Watch Hong Kong

Shanghai altered to Swatow

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“Before” and “after” of a Shanghai registered cover turned into a much rarer Swatow registered cover. The cover once belonged to me and I sold it few years ago at auction. It is now being listed in a U.K. postal auction.
Date posted: 20 November 2008
Cover notified by Dr. Andrew Cheung

96c single franking cover to Rhenish Prussia

shanghai_swatow
Combination frank of 96c and other values can sometimes be found on mail to USA, however, single franking of the 96c is much rarer; there are less than six covers recorded. However, this one to Barmen, Prussia is fake. The stamp does not belong to the cover. The original stamp should be a 24c as confirmed by the red 1/- manuscript rate mark for prepaid mail. I have examined the cover which used to be in the stock of a Hong Kong dealer and I am satisfied that the horizontal bars on the top and right side of the stamp are handdrawn.
Date posted: 20 November 2008
Cover notified by Dr. Andrew Cheung

48c single franking cover to Australia

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Single franking cover with the 48c is more common, but this 48c does not belong to the cover. I viewed the cover which used to be in the stock of a Hong Kong dealer and I am sure that the horizontal bars to the left of the stamp are handdrawn. The cover was sold at a U.K. Auction House and last seen in the stock of an US dealer.
Date posted: 20 November 2008
Cover notified by Dr. Andrew Cheung

48c single franking registered cover to Australia

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The stamp does not belong and the two Rs are fake. The red octagonal R is an imitation of the French Post Office registered mark and the serif R is the British R in a circle with the outer circle removed. Furthermore, the inking of the B62 on the 48c is different from the Hong Kong c.d.s. on reverse which is not possible since both were struck at the same time using just one ink pad. This cover was sold at an Hong Kong auction.
Date posted: 20 November 2008
Cover notified by Dr. Andrew Cheung

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