Earliest recorded date of Shanghai Russian P.O. 1897. Shanghai (21 March) to Germany. Printed matter wrapper endorsed per P&O s/s “Rosetta” with 2x 2k arms issue tied by Shanghai Russian p.o. in violet, with further strike alongside. Lohmen arrival (1 May). Illustrated in the British Journal of Russian Philately, no.71 (1991) p.14, fig.12. Ex-Casey.