FINE-VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT 1869 ISSUE WITH SPLIT GRILL.
Scott Retail as 18 hinged singles with split grill
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 2003 P.F. certificate
FINE CENTERING. THIS IS THE SECOND LARGEST KNOWN USED MULTIPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH ENORMOUS CORNER SHEET SELVAGE.
With 1993 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Used blocks of the 30c 1869 are rarely found with this block's choice centering and light cancel.
EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE FEATURING ENORMOUS EVEN MARGINS ALL AROUND.
With 2003 P.F. certificate
A FINE-APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT. ONLY 90 COPIES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.
Our census of 1869 Inverts, published in the February 1999 Chronicle and updated with one new stamp, contains 90 examples of the 15c Invert, including three unused and 87 used (one in the British Library's Tapling collection). Over half have serious faults or repairs.
Census No. 119b-CAN-SE14. With 1992 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 WITH INVERTED CENTER.
Our published 1869 Invert census (with unpublished updates) contains 89 copies of the perforated 24c Invert, including four unused stamps and multiples. This stamp is a relatively new addition.
Census No. 120b-CAN-SC09.
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF A 2-CENT 1869 BISECT ON A FRESH ENTIRE.
Signed Colson. With 1984 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING HAWAIIAN STEAM SERVICE USAGE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ON A PRINTED COVER SENT FROM THE FLAGSHIP OF THE U.S. PACIFIC FLEET.
A note accompanying the cover indicates that the letter originally enclosed (no longer present) was sent from Rear Admiral T. Turner, Commander of the Pacific Fleet.
Ex Brown and Hall. With 2000 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVER FROM JAPAN TO ENGLAND, PREPAID AT THE 10-CENT TRANSPACIFIC AND 6-CENT TRANSATLANTIC RATES AND CANCELLED BY THE DISTINCTIVE JAPANESE "CHOP" CANCEL.
With 2001 P.F. certificate
A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ON A COVER CARRIED FROM PEKING TO SHANGHAI BY THE SHANGHAI LOCAL POST, THEN MAILED AT THE UNITED STATES CONSULATE. THE ORIGINAL 24-PAGE LETTER FROM AN AMERICAN MISSIONARY DESCRIBES IN DETAIL THE TIENTSIN MASSACRE OF JUNE 1870.
In the enclosed 24-page letter, the writer, a missionary in Peking, carefully describes the infamous Tientsin Massacre of June 1870, an incident that nearly precipitated war between China and the West. Fueled by Chinese xenophobia and rumors that French Catholic nuns were abducting and murdering Chinese children, a mob of hostile Chinese attacked the Catholic orphanage in Tientsin and killed 18 foreigners, including 10 nuns. All of the circumstances and events are detailed in this letter. Due to its size and weight, the U.S. double rate applied. Service between Peking and Shanghai was provided by the Shanghai Local Post, as evidenced by the red "Paid" handstamp. In Shanghai the letter entered the U.S. mails thru the General Consul.
This cover and letter come from a correspondence that only recently reached philatelic hands, and it is both a rare 10c 1869 usage from Peking via the Shanghai Local Post and a remarkable contemporary account a horrific event in China's relations with the Western world.