【Autumn 2022 Sales Special Features: Largest Multiple of QV 96c On Cover】
1871 (Feb 6): Packet front from Macao to the Chief Postmaster in Lisbon, with private handstamp ‘Via Gibraltar’ at top. Rated at £6.8s. and franked by 1863/71 96c. brownish-grey with a staggering 31 examples cancelled by thirty-three strikes of the “B62” killer. Several stamps with trimmed perf and one stamp with tear which should not distract its importance. Crown ‘pago em Macao’ handstamp and Macao origin cds alongside. Gibraltar transit 19 Mar. The highest franking commercial mail of Hong Kong during QV reign. Only 3 covers (all fronts) with large multiple franking are known.
Provenance: Ishikawa. Corinphila 2003. Lot 5694.