Imperial China

Two different official seal designs are known from Imperial China. Both are infrequently seen on cover.



Catalog: Chang 1, Drummond OS1, Kotanchik I-1, Ma OS1, Yvert & Tellier 1

Date issued: 1899, EKU April 17, 1902

Printing: Gray green

Perforation: 11 1/2

Inscription: "CHINESE IMPERIAL POST / OFFICIALLY SEALED"

Control Number: None

Description: Repaired using eight 1st issue Chinese seals, this spectacular 1911 cover was "Recovered damaged through wreck on Yangtze."

Few covers with this seal are recorded.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.



Catalog: Chang 2, Drummond OS2, Kotanchik I-2, Ma OS3V1-3, Yvert & Tellier 2

Date issued: 1907, EKU December 7, 1908

Printing: Yellow green

Perforation: 11 1/2

Inscription: "CHINESE IMPERIAL POST. / OFFICIALLY SEALED."

Control Number: None

Description: Redirected 1916 envelope from an insurance company in Paris, France to Wuchow, China with two second issue yellow green official seals affixed, both tied by Nanning datestamps.

A rather late usage of an unoverprinted imperial seal.

There is one example of an off cover perf. 8 variety of this seal known, Kotanchik I-3. It is not recorded on cover.

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