CHINA: ITALIAN POs

CHINA: ITALIAN POs Following the 1902 treaty with the Chinese government the Italian settlement at Tien-Tsin was given to Italy “in perpetuity”, and as such it became a “de facto” colony of Italy. On the other hand, the Beijing Italian settlement status was never changed. The opening of Italian Post Offices in China was decreed on 11 March 1920, with retroactive effect. In fact, two well organized post offices had been operative since 20 September 1917, and survived until the end of 1922: one was at Beijing and the other at Tientsin. Prior to issuing the 1917 stamps with the officially authorized overprints “Pechino” and “Tientsin” executed at Torino by the State Printing Works, Italian stamps were overprinted in China with straight line hand stamps supplied by the Italian Ministry of the Posts for use on registered mail. These hand stamps had other words but only the part with the town name was utilized for these test overprints. Therefore stamps exist hand stamped with block letters in black “PECHINO” and “TIENTSIN” [19 mm x 3 mm]. After this first attempt to create local stamps for use at the Italian Post Offices, between September and November, a new attempt was made by overprinting locally Italian definitive stamps: seven values with a two-line overprint “PECHINO / [face value in CENTS upper case – Chinese currency]” and three values with a two-line device “TIENTSIN / [face value in CENTS upper case – Chinese currency] are listed in Italian stamp catalogues. At almost the same time, Italian definitive stamps (1901-1916) were overprinted with the words “Pechino” or “Tientsin” at the Italian Printing Works at Torino, Italy. These stamps were issued on 1 December 1917, after each post office received varying quantities of nine different denominations to satisfy the local needs. The two postal facilities were authorized to handle registered, insured, and express mail, and offered a surprisingly wide range of services. The principals were the Italian consuls at Beijing and Tientsin, and the postal service was solely for the benefit of Italian personnel, Italian settlers, and crews of Italian ships in the area. In November 1918, both post offices received a top value, a 10 lire, with the above-mentioned one-line overprints, “Pechino” and :”Tientsin” respectively. Shortly after, on 1 December, a 30c Express stamp with the respective one-line overprint was issued together with a set of four postage due stamps with the usual one-line overprints for use at the Beijing and Tientsin Italian post offices. All these stamps, except for the early local two-line overprints, were overprinted locally in 1918-1919 to indicate - in the upper part of the stamp - the face value in Chinese currency. The overprint on the Pechino top 5 lire denomination is “2 / dollari [lower case]”; on its Tientsin counterpart it is “2 / Dollari [upper case D]”. However, in 1919, the “Pechino” top value appeared with an overprint with the currency in upper case “DOLLARI”. Only 15 stamps with this overprint are said to exist. Furthermore in 1920, the top value reappeared hand overprinted in its entirety “2 / dollari / Pechino”; in fact, the “Pechino” of the third line is not the letterpress overprint by the Italian Printing Works at Torino which measures 13 millimeters in width. The “Pechino” of the local hand overprint is 12 millimeters and the ink is “watery”. The top value for Tientsin suffered a somewhat similar fate. It reappeared in 1919 with the local overprint reading “2 / dollari [lower case]”. In 1921, the top value reappeared hand overprinted “2 / Dollari / Tientsin”. To complete this overview of the Italian Post Offices in China mention must be made that in 1917 Italy had re-issued the 20c orange, Michetti type, with watermark ‘crown’ - the twin denomination utilized for the 1917 “Pechino” and “Tientsin” overprints had been issued in 1916, and was unwatermarked. The 1917 watermarked type was overprinted “Pechino” and “Tientsin” in Torino, but never issued. The 25c, Michetti type, was issued in 1919 with a local overprint “10 CENTS” placed at the bottom of the stamp, just above the letterpress overprint “Pechino” applied at Torino. With two sets of postage due stamps (one line overprint, 1917; and the 1918 version with one line overprint added at the top to indicate the Chinese currency), in 1919 a new overprint was prepared “4 parallel solid lines / Post Office name / face value in Chinese currency”. The four parallel sold lines were supposed to obscure the embarrassingly prominent face value in Italian currency printed in red on the oval glory on white background. These novelties were prepared but never issued, therefore they exist only in mint condition. [By Giorgio Migliavacca ©] CENTERING Average to Fine IS TYPICAL OF THESE ISSUES * VERY FINE EXAMPLES MAY HAVE FORGED OVERPRINTS (if you collect genuine overprints this is how they come)

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1917 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA - FIRST THREE STAMPS ON PIECE great RARITY
Country: CHINA TIENTSIN
Catalog #: Sassone #1-3
Condition: 1917 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA - FIRST THREE STAMPS ON PIECE great RARITY
Description: SCOTT 1, 2, 4 *** on piece, tied by RR POSTE ITALIANE TIENTSIN * CINA circle date-stamp -- RAYBAUDI CERTIFICATE attesting that stamps, overprints and postmarks are genuine, the condition "excellent"... and also signed Migliavacca * ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE THE FIRST SET OF TIENTSIN in superb condition *** UNIFICATO 2018 CATALOGUE value for single stamps used 2,950 EUROS
Price: $2,950.00     Sale Price! $1,900.00
Item Id #016366    See Details...
ITALY POST OFFICES IN CHINA TIENTSIN Sassone 4 mnh
Country: ITALY POST OFFICES CHINA
Catalog #: Sassone #4
Condition: ITALY POST OFFICES IN CHINA TIENTSIN Sassone 4 mnh
Description: MINT NEVER HINGED ORIGINAL GUM GUARANTEED UNIFICATO 2018 75 EUROS MNH Scott 5 - SG 34 - the issues of the Italian Post Offices in China are all very scarce TO PREVENT PIRACY OF IMAGE WE HAVE PLACED A SECURITY MARK AT LOWER RIGHT CORNER - THE ACTUAL STAMP DOES NOT HAVE ANY BLEMISH WHATSOEVER --- CENTERING OF GENUINE STAMPS OF THE ITALIAN POST OFFICES IN CHINA IS INVARIABLY GOOD TO FINE - VERY FINE CENTERING IS VERY RARE AND REQUIRES CAUTION AS THE OVERPRINT MAY NOT BE GENUINE
Price: $75.00     Sale Price! $45.00
Item Id #008175    See Details...
ITALY POs IN CHINA TIENTSIN Sass 4 mnh RARE BLOCK
Country: ITALY POST OFFICES CHINA
Catalog #: Sassone #4
Condition: ITALY POs IN CHINA TIENTSIN Sass 4 mnh RARE BLOCK
Description: MINT NEVER HINGED original gum - nuovo illinguellato RARA QUARTINA - Sassone 125 Euro fo a single x 4 = 500 Euro +++ ----UNIFICATO 2018 350 EUROS MNH (US$390 as singles) - Scott 5 - SG 34 - the issues of the Italian Post Offices in China are all very scarce, VERY DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO BE FOUND WITH FINE CENTERING - just look at this block of 4 FINE TO VERY FINE CENTERING - when was the last time you saw one?? Despite the low Sassone price this MULTIPLE IS A RARITY
Price: $350.00     Sale Price! $199.00
Item Id #008172    See Details...
1917-18 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA 1 cent MINT HINGED Fine
Country: CHINA TIENTSIN
Catalog #: Sassone #4
Condition: 1917-18 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA 1 cent MINT HINGED Fine
Description: SCOTT 5 *** UNIFICATO CATALOGUE 2017 22 EUROS MINT HINGED
Price: $22.00     Sale Price! $15.00
Item Id #016368    See Details...
ITALY POST OFFICES IN CHINA TIENTSIN Sass 4b VARIETY
Country: ITALY POST OFFICES CHINA
Catalog #: Sassone #4b
Condition: ITALY POST OFFICES IN CHINA TIENTSIN * LOW OVERPRINT * Sass 4b VARIETY
Description: MINT LIGHTLY HINGED SASSONE 4b Scott 5 VARIETY 120 Euros US$155 TIENTSIN overprint LOW
Price: $120.00     Sale Price! $69.00
Item Id #008169    See Details...
ITALY POST OFFICES IN CHINA TIENTSIN OVERPRINT on 2c DEFINITIVE
Country: ITALY POST OFFICES CHINA
Catalog #: Sassone #5
Condition: ITALY POST OFFICES IN CHINA TIENTSIN OVERPRINT on 2c DEFINITIVE
Description: ITALIAN POST OFFICES IN CHINA 1917 TIENTSIN OVERPRINT ON 2c definitive MINT HINGED FINE original gum (typical centering for these issues is from average to about fine - perfect centering is almost non existent or may in 99% OF THE CASES have forged overprint) SASSONE 5 50 Euros *** UNIFICATO 2018 35 EUROS MINT HINGED SCOTT 6 STANLEY GIBBONS 35
Price: $35.00     Sale Price! $22.00
Item Id #008170    See Details...
1917-18 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA 2c. MINT NEVER HINGED VERY FINE
Country: CHINA TIENTSIN
Catalog #: Sassone #5
Condition: 1917-18 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA 2c. MINT NEVER HINGED VERY FINE
Description: SCOTT 6 *** UNIFICATO CATALOGUE 2018 value 75 EUROS for MNH (Mint Never Hinged)
Price: $75.00     Sale Price! $49.00
Item Id #016367    See Details...
1917-18 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA 5 cent MINT HINGED Fine
Country: CHINA TIENTSIN
Catalog #: Sassone #6
Condition: 1917-18 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA 5 cent MINT HINGED Fine
Description: SCOTT 7 ** UNIFICATO 2018 MINT HINGED value 10 EUROS --- 1917-18 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA 5 cent MINT HINGED Fine
Price: $10.00     Sale Price! $6.50
Item Id #016369    See Details...
ITALY POs IN CHINA TIENTSIN Sassone 8 mnh NO WMK
Country: ITALY POST OFFICES CHINA
Catalog #: Sassone #8
Condition: ITALY POs IN CHINA TIENTSIN Sassone 8 mnh NO WMK
Description: MINT NEVER HINGED ORIGINAL GUM GUARANTEED very fine RARE NO WATERMARK VARIETY UNIFICATO 2018 MNH 500 EUROS - Scott 9 - SG 38 - the issues of the Italian Post Offices in China are all very scarce -- CENTERING OF GENUINE STAMPS OF THE ITALIAN POST OFFICES IN CHINA IS INVARIABLY GOOD TO FINE - VERY FINE CENTERING IS VERY RARE AND REQUIRES CAUTION AS THE OVERPRINT MAY NOT BE GENUINE
Price: $500.00     Sale Price! $275.00
Item Id #008176    See Details...
ITALY POST OFFICES IN CHINA TIENTSIN Sassone 8 mh
Country: ITALY POST OFFICES CHINA
Catalog #: Sassone #8
Condition: ITALY POST OFFICES IN CHINA TIENTSIN Sassone 8 mh
Description: Mint hinged - ORIGINAL GUM - RARE - NO WATERMARK TYPE UNIFICATO 2018 250 EUROS MINT HINGED Scott 9 -- Stanley Gibbons 38 - CENTERING EXTRA FINE for these issues: it is a well-established fact that Italian stamps overprinted for the Colonies were taken from stocks the printing works had not deemed suitable to the mother country because of production problems -- in most cases -- average centering instead of fine centering ITALIAN POST OFFICES IN CHINA: CHECK OUT OTHER LOW PRICED LOTS OF MINE
Price: $250.00     Sale Price! $166.00
Item Id #008163    See Details...
ITALY POs IN CHINA TIENTSIN Sassone 8 mh NO WMK
Country: ITALY POST OFFICES CHINA
Catalog #: Sassone #8
Condition: ITALY POs IN CHINA TIENTSIN Sassone 8 mh NO WMK
Description: MINT LIGHTLY HINGED RARE NO WATERMARK VARIETY Mint hinged - ORIGINAL GUM - RARE - NO WATERMARK TYPE *** UNIFICATO 2018 250 EUROS MINT HINGED Scott 9
Price: $250.00     Sale Price! $159.00
Item Id #006034    See Details...
PECHINO [Beijing]1917  1 cent MINT HINGED fine
Country: CHINA PECHINO
Catalog #: Sassone #8
Condition: PECHINO [Beijing]1917 1 cent MINT HINGED fine
Description: UNIFICATO 2018 22 EUROS MINT HINGED - SCOTT 12
Price: $22.00     Sale Price! $15.00
Item Id #016334    See Details...
PECHINO [Beijing]1917  1 cent MINT HINGED fine
Country: CHINA PECHINO
Catalog #: Sassone #8
Condition: PECHINO [Beijing]1917 1 cent MINT HINGED fine
Description: UNIFICATO 2018 22 EUROS MINT HINGED - SCOTT 12
Price: $22.00     Sale Price! $14.00
Item Id #016335    See Details...
PECHINO [Beijing]1917  1 cent MINT NEVER HINGED fine
Country: CHINA PECHINO
Catalog #: Sassone #8
Condition: PECHINO [Beijing]1917 1 cent MINT NEVER HINGED fine
Description: UNIFICATO 2018 55 EUROS MINT NEVER HINGED - SCOTT 12
Price: $55.00     Sale Price! $37.00
Item Id #016336    See Details...
ITALY POST OFFICES IN CHINA Pechino Sassone 9 mnh rare
Country: ITALY POST OFFICES CHINA
Catalog #: Sassone #9
Condition: ITALY POST OFFICES IN CHINA Pechino Sassone 9 mnh rare
Description: Mint never hinged - ORIGINAL GUM - RARE - UNIFICATO 2018 55 EUROS MNH Scott 13 -- Stanley Gibbons 10 -CENTERING for these issues: it is a well-established fact that Italian stamps overprinted for the Colonies were taken from stocks the printing works had not deemed suitable to the mother country because of production problems -- in most cases -- average centering instead of fine centering. Stamps with standard very fine, or extra fine centering are most likely to have forged overprints.
Price: $55.00     Sale Price! $30.00
Item Id #008166    See Details...
PECHINO 1917 1918 2 CENT MINT NEVER HINGED
Country: CHINA PECHINO
Catalog #: Sassone #9
Condition: PECHINO 1917 1918 2 CENT MINT NEVER HINGED
Description: SCOTT 13 - UNIFICATO 2018 55 EUROS Mint Never Hinged
Price: $37.00
Item Id #016337    See Details...
1917-18 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA 25 cent MINT NEVER HINGED
Country: CHINA TIENTSIN
Catalog #: Sassone #9
Condition: 1917-18 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA 25 cent MINT NEVER HINGED
Description: SCOTT 10 *** UNIFICATO CATALOGUE 2018 value 25 EUROS MINT NEVER HINGED
Price: $25.00     Sale Price! $17.00
Item Id #016370    See Details...
1917-18 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA 25 cent MINT NEVER HINGED
Country: CHINA TIENTSIN
Catalog #: Sassone #9
Condition: 1917-18 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA 25 cent MINT NEVER HINGED
Description: SCOTT 10 *** UNIFICATO CATALOGUE 2018 value 25 EUROS MINT NEVER HINGED
Price: $25.00     Sale Price! $17.00
Item Id #016371    See Details...
PECHINO 1917 1918 5 CENT MINT NEVER HINGED Very Fine
Country: CHINA PECHINO
Catalog #: Sassone #10
Condition: PECHINO 1917 1918 5 CENT MINT NEVER HINGED Very Fine
Description: SCOTT 14 ** UNIFICATO 20 EUROS MINT NH
Price: $20.00     Sale Price! $14.00
Item Id #016338    See Details...
PECHINO 1917 1918 10 CENT MINT HINGED VERY FINE
Country: CHINA PECHINO
Catalog #: Sassone #11
Condition: PECHINO 1917 1918 10 CENT MINT HINGED VERY FINE
Description: SCOTT 15 ** UNIFICATO 2018 8 EUROS MINT HINGED
Price: $8.00     Sale Price! $6.00
Item Id #016339    See Details...
PECHINO 1917 1918 10 CENT MINT NEVER HINGED VERY FINE
Country: CHINA PECHINO
Catalog #: Sassone #11
Condition: PECHINO 1917 1918 10 CENT MINT NEVER HINGED VERY FINE
Description: SCOTT 15 ** UNIFICATO 2018 20 EUROS MINT HINGED
Price: $20.00     Sale Price! $13.70
Item Id #016340    See Details...
1917-1918 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINE 1 LIRA MINT HINGED fine
Country: CHINA TIENTSIN
Catalog #: Sassone #11
Condition: 1917-1918 TIENTSIN ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINE 1 LIRA MINT HINGED fine
Description: SCOTT 12 *** UNIFICATO CATALOGUE 2018 value 24 EUROS for MINT HINGED
Price: $24.00     Sale Price! $13.90
Item Id #016373    See Details...
 ITALY POST OFFICES IN CHINA Pechino Sassone 12 mnh
Country: ITALY POST OFFICES CHINA
Catalog #: Sassone #12
Condition: ITALY POST OFFICES IN CHINA Pechino Sassone 12 mnh
Description: TO PREVENT PIRACY OF IMAGE WE HAVE PLACED A SECURITY MARK AT LOWER RIGHT CORNER - THE ACTUAL STAMP DOES NOT HAVE ANY BLEMISH WHATSOEVER ** Mint never hinged ORIGINAL GUM - RARE - Sassone 12 NO WATERMARK TYPE -- UNIFICATO 2018 500 EUROS MNH -- Scott 16 no watermark type -- Stanley Gibbons 12 - CENTERING OF GENUINE STAMPS OF THE ITALIAN POST OFFICES IN CHINA IS INVARIABLY GOOD TO FINE - VERY FINE CENTERING IS VERY RARE AND REQUIRES CAUTION AS THE OVERPRINT MAY NOT BE GENUINE
Price: $500.00     Sale Price! $255.00
Item Id #008174    See Details...
ITALY POST OFFICES IN CHINA Pechino Sassone 12 mh
Country: ITALY POST OFFICES CHINA
Catalog #: Sassone #12
Condition: ITALY POST OFFICES IN CHINA Pechino Sassone 12 mh
Description: Mint hinged - ORIGINAL GUM - RARE - NO WATERMARK TYPE UNIFICATO 2018 MINT HINGED 250 EUROS -- Scott 16 -- Stanley Gibbons 13 - CENTERING VERY FINE for these issues: it is a well-established fact that Italian stamps overprinted for the Colonies were taken from stocks the printing works had not deemed suitable to the mother country because of production problems -- in most cases -- average centering instead of fine centering ITALIAN POST OFFICES IN CHINA: CHECK OUT OTHER LOW PRICED LOTS OF MINE
Price: $250.00     Sale Price! $169.00
Item Id #008164    See Details...
1917-18 TIENTSIN: ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA 5 Lire MINT HINGED
Country: CHINA TIENTSIN
Catalog #: Sassone #12
Condition: 1917-18 TIENTSIN: ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA 5 Lire MINT HINGED
Description: SCOTT 13 * UNIFICATO CATALOGUE 2018 value 36 EUROS for MINT HINGED --- 1917-18 TIENTSIN: ITALIAN POST OFFICE IN CHINA 5 Lire MINT HINGED
Price: $36.00     Sale Price! $24.00
Item Id #016372    See Details...