The Opium Wars Collection

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Date of the auction: 14.01.2022

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First Opium War General Trading in Canton The Hongs Goqua: 1827 (3 Dec.) handwritten receipt, "Canton .. Recd of Mr Henry L Dikoven thirty nine thousand nine hundred and eighty nine Dollars for Teas" with handwritten Chinese translation alongside; the reverse with "Goquas Receipt for $39,989 " and

Lot #: 1

Reserve: HK$2,000 - HK$3,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War General Trading in Canton The Hongs 1837 (30 Aug.) entire letter from Canton from William Wetmore to Messrs Morrison, Cryder & Co., London "via U States"; rated "3/2", the flap bears a fair strike of boxed "liverpool/ship letter" and London arrival c.d.s. (6.4). The letter begins

Lot #: 2

Reserve: HK$2,000 - HK$3,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War General Trading in Canton Lord Napier Negotiations 1834 (28 Aug.) entire letter from Joseph Archer in Macau to William Wetmore in Canton; privately carried on a river boat and without postal marking but with detailed ink brush delivery note on the flap; there is a light horizontal

Lot #: 3

Reserve: HK$3,000 - HK$4,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War General Trading in Canton Lord Napier Negotiations 1834 (2 Sept.) entire letter from Joseph Archer in Macau to William Wetmore in Canton; privately carried on a river boat and without postal marking but with detailed ink brush delivery note over both of the flaps; the usual light

Lot #: 4

Reserve: HK$3,000 - HK$4,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War General Trading in Canton The Merchants Edward Crooke: 1835 (7 Oct.) entire letter carried privately on the ship 'Girard' to Canton and addressed c/o Messrs Jas Goddard & Co, the flap bears ink stroke delivery characters for the Dutch factory in respect of its entrance position from

Lot #: 5

Reserve: HK$2,000 - HK$4,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War General Trading in Canton The Merchants William Wetmore: 1835 (24 May) entire letter from H. Maccaughy in Macao carried privately to Canton "favor of T.H. Layton Esqr" with two pencil delivery characters on the flap; horizontal filing fold; clean and fine. "Thanks for your kind

Lot #: 6

Reserve: HK$1,500 - HK$2,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War General Trading in Canton The Merchants William Wetmore: 1836 (22 Jan.) entire letter from John Cryder in London carried to Canton on the ship 'Exchange' and bearing a superb strike of the oblong Chinese chop, "Deliver to U.S. Wetmore Co 1st block Ma Ying Hong", there is a light

Lot #: 7

Reserve: HK$10,000 - HK$12,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War General Trading in Canton The Merchants William Wetmore: 1836 (29 June) entire letter H. Pratt McKean in Philadelphia to Wetmore in Canton "Via england" and carried in the 'Emma Eugenia' bearing a superb strike of the oblong Chinese chop, "Deliver to U.S. Wetmore Co 1st block Ma Ying

Lot #: 8

Reserve: HK$8,000 - HK$12,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War General Trading in Canton The Merchants William Wetmore: 1837 (1-2 Mar.) long entire letter to Richard Alsop in Philadelphia, rated at "37½" cents and carried on the "Regulus"; the flap bears a very fine strike of the very scarce "forwarded by/wetmore & co./canton" in red and with a

Lot #: 9

Reserve: HK$12,000 - HK$15,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War General Trading in Canton The Merchants William Wetmore: 1838 (1 Jan.) entire letter to Morrison & Cryder in London carried privately on the "George IV"; the reverse with a good strike of the step-type "falmouth/ship letter" struck on red and London arrival c.d.s. (17.5). A fine

Lot #: 10

Reserve: HK$2,500 - HK$3,500

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War General Trading in Canton The Merchants Russell & Co.: 1830 (13 May) printed Prices Current with details filled in in manuscript, includes a section on the different types of opium with Patna, Benares, Malwa and Turkey with no price, "none in demand". Fine 詳情請參閱英文說明

Lot #: 11

Reserve: HK$1,500 - HK$2,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War General Trading in Canton The Merchants Gordon & Talbot: 1836 (15 Oct.) The Canton Press Prices Current bearing the handstamp of "forwarded/by/Gordon & Talbot/Canton" with champhered corner struck in red in the top left corner; packed with details including the shipping at Whampoa

Lot #: 12

Reserve: HK$1,000 - HK$1,500

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade Outlaw of Opium Smoking 1818 a printed official communication (memorial) to the Emperor Jiaqing from the Viceroy of Liangguang, Ruan Yuan. In this memorial he gives details of the illegal opium trade and the handling of illicit money by some Chinese naval officers

Lot #: 13

Reserve: HK$50,000 - HK$100,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade Opium Merchants 1837 (17 Mar.) entire letter from K. Wetmore to Richard Alsop in Philadelphia, carried on the 'Emily Taylor', bearing "20¾" rate in red ink (18¾c. inland postage plus 2c. ship fee), bearing a fine strike of straight-line "ship" and a fair strike of

Lot #: 14

Reserve: HK$2,500 - HK$3,500

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade Opium Merchants 1837 (29 Apr.) long entire letter to Morrison, Cryder Co., London, rated "4/-" in black ink and, on the flap which opens for display, step-type "ship letter/dover" and London arrival c.d.s. (9.11), both in red; there is a light horizontal filing fold

Lot #: 15

Reserve: HK$4,000 - HK$7,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade Opium Merchants 1838 (12 Jan.) entire letter to Morrison Cryder Co. in London, carried "per 'Aba Robinson'" from Wetmore in Canton, rated at "1/-" and with boxed "india letter/portsmouth" in black and, on the flap, London arrival c.d.s. (24.5); a very light horizontal

Lot #: 16

Reserve: HK$4,000 - HK$6,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade Opium Clipper Ships Red Rover: 1832 (7 Nov.) outer wrapper addressed to Joze Jorge Ribeiro in Calcutta and carried "per Red Rover" bearing, on the flap, Calcutta arrival (4 Dec.) and boxed tax mark "InLd.Ptg =3/Ship Do. 3/T As.6" in black and details written by the

Lot #: 17

Reserve: HK$2,000 - HK$3,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade Opium Clipper Ships Red Rover: 1838 (21 July) outer wrapper with part letter from Russell Sturgis & Co in Canton to Frederick Huth in London carried by "Red Rover"; rated "1/7" in black ink (8d. for ship letter and 11d. U.K. postal charge), the reverse incorrectly

Lot #: 18

Reserve: HK$3,000 - HK$5,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade Opium Clipper Ships Sylph: 1834 (4 Oct.) entire letter from Russell Sturgis in Canton to his wife in Macao (letter number 7) and marked as carried on the "Sylph"; the flap, which opens well for display, bears a fair to good strike of the large "Boat office/10

Lot #: 19

Reserve: HK$8,000 - HK$10,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade Opium Clipper Ships Hercules: 1836 (26 Mar.) a letter of account written on board the 'Hercules' at Lintin Island to Edward Crooke in Canton, originally marked "pr Don Juan" but changes to "pr Rose"; there are no postal markings other than two Chinese ink delivery

Lot #: 20

Reserve: HK$6,000 - HK$8,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade Opium Clipper Ships Water Witch: 1836 (17-19 Mar.) river mail entire letter to Edward Crooke in Canton, originally written at Lintin Island but completed in Macao a couple of days later. The letter deals with various accounts and ship movements (including the

Lot #: 21

Reserve: HK$5,000 - HK$8,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade Opium Clipper Ships Water Witch: 1836 (2 Aug.) river mail entire letter written (cross-written on the first page) to Edward Crooke in Canton from his cousin, E.L. Venables, from the 'Water Witch' anchored at Cumsingmoon. The letter is mostly of a general business

Lot #: 22

Reserve: HK$6,000 - HK$10,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade Opium Clipper Ships Water Witch: 1836 (27 Aug.) river mail entire letter to Edward Crooke from his cousin, E.F. Venables on the 'Water Witch' anchored at Cumsingmoon, after general notes on the movement of personnel and ships, he adds, " ... about my opium, do not

Lot #: 23

Reserve: HK$6,000 - HK$10,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade The Start of the Troubles The Emperor's Prohibition of Opium Regulations 1839 (June) the first anti-opium policy document issued by the Qing Government. The Emperor Daoguang had ordered Prince Jing Min to work with the Government Secretariat, Ministry of Defence and

Lot #: 24

Reserve: HK$80,000 - HK$120,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade The Start of the Troubles 1839 (2 Jan.) river mail entire letter to Capt. William Graves, American Ship Thos Perkins, Whampoa and carried on the "Bufboat", written by William R Talbot in Canton. The letter opens, "The trade is again open for all those vessels that are

Lot #: 25

Reserve: HK$5,000 - HK$8,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade The Start of the Troubles 1839 (9 June) river mail entire letter from Macao to Wetmore in Canton from Dadabboy Rustomjee from Macao; there is a light horizontal filing fold. The letter gives a good account of the opium trade including, " ... they heard of the arrival

Lot #: 26

Reserve: HK$4,000 - HK$6,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Opium Trade The Start of the Troubles 1839 (15 June) Opium Surrender Certificate; Register number 30 of 37 to Daniel (Dickson) and Company for 67 chests of Malwa, signed by A.B. Johnston, Deputy Superintendent and bearing a very good strike of the "superintendents of british

Lot #: 27

Reserve: HK$40,000 - HK$60,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Kowloon Incident 1839 (17 July) entire letter to Henry Silverlock in Chichester from his son, John, in Macao; sent "via Marseilles" and rated at "2/8" in black ink and carried privately to India as marked "care of Messrs Ritchie Steuart Co. Bombay", a note on the flap shows that

Lot #: 28

Reserve: HK$3,000 - HK$5,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Kowloon Incident 1839 (17 July) outer cover (the letter torn off) to Frederick Huth & Co, London, unusually sent via America and marked "Care of messrs Grinnell & Minturn New York" (crossed through) with "8" rate mark, New York c.d.s. (5.3) and marked "pr Patrick Henry"; the flap

Lot #: 29

Reserve: HK$4,000 - HK$6,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022

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First Opium War The Kowloon Incident 1839 (8 Aug.) long, cross-written letter on two sheets to Henry Silverlock in Chichester from his son in Macao and marked "Via Marseilles to England pr H.M.B. Algerine to Suez, Bombay 5th December 1839", with "2/8" rate mark and "INDIA" in large oval. Carried

Lot #: 30

Reserve: HK$10,000 - HK$15,000

Date: 14 Jan 2022