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1885 Chefoo French combination, 1885 (20 Apr) Chefoo to London. Cover bearing on reverse 1883 Large Dragon, thick paper, clean-cut perf, 1ca green, Setting V, horizontal strip of three [position 11-19-20] and single + 5ca lemon-yellow, cancelled by Chefoo killer seal in black, matching ’Customs Chefoo’ cds alongside. Transit ‘Customs Shanghai’ (23 Apr) also tied to 5ca stamp. In combination with France 25c bistre on straw (creased), cancelled by ‘Shang-hai/Chine’ cds (24 Apr). One 1ca stamp [pos.20] is crossed by filing fold and has a defective corner. A fine and exceptional franking paying for the 9 candarins overseas rate. By far the finest of only 3 Large Dragon covers recorded to an overseas destination. Provenance: H.B.R. Clarke, Robson Lowe (London), 22.4.1953, lot 48. Dr. Warren G.Kauder, Robson Lowe (London), 2.5.19972, lot 62 James Huangco, Chen Sun-Sing James B.Whang, Christie’s Swire (Hong Kong), 2.11.1994, lot 1830 Wen Sun Kong, Interasia (Hong Kong), 29.6.2003, lot B8.Interasia (Hong Kong), 23-24.6.2019,lot 60. References: James B. Whang, A Comprehensive Illustration on Coven ers of the Large Dragons (Taipei,1997), pp.473-474.Illustrated. Customs Dater (1875-1913). Taipei : Philatelic Writer rs’Club, 2008, pp. 29-30. Illustrated.