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Sale 875 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 April, 2004

Category — U.S. Post Offices in China

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1061
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1061, U.S. Post Offices in China10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Bright color, two short perfs and two small tears at top, tied by circle of wedges cancel, neat "P.O.D. U.S. Con. Genl. Shanghai Mar. 13" circular datestamp on orange cover to Liberty Va. and forwarded to Appomatox C.H. Va., clear "San Francisco Cal. Apr. 14" circular datestamp, cover with two small expert repairs at top, otherwise Very Fine, scarce usage, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
1062
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1062, U.S. Post Offices in China2c Brown (157), 2c Brown (157)2c Brown (157). Cancelled by circle of wedges on Dec. 1873 printed prices current from Shanghai, China, to New York City, "Vogel Hagedorn & Cie Shanghae 11 Dec. 73" blue company datestamp on back, P.F. notes stamp has two small faults but neither is visible with the naked eye, still Very Fine, ex Drucker, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
1,100
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1063
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1063, U.S. Post Offices in ChinaU.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Registered/Jun. 3/187-, U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Registered/Jun. 3/187-U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai/Registered/Jun. 3/187-. Multiple strikes with absent fourth digit in year date, tying 5c Blue (179), 10c Brown (161) and France 5c Ceres on registered cover to New York City street address, French stamp partly covered by 10c, magenta "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 5, 1879" four-line datestamp on back, 5c stamp barely affected from placement over edge of cover

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE COMBINATION OF UNITED STATES AND FRENCH STAMPS ON A REGISTERED COVER FROM CHINA TO THE UNITED STATES. VERY FEW COVERS ARE KNOWN WITH THIS REGISTERED DATESTAMP.

The French stamp was probably affixed in anticipation of mailing via the French Post Office in Shanghai, but it did not serve postal duty, because the sender evidently changed his mind and used the U.S. office. The U.S. Post Office in Shanghai circular datestamp with the integral "Registered" is extremely rare

Ex Drucker. With 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
13,000
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1064
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1064, U.S. Post Offices in China5c Blue (179), 5c Blue (179)5c Blue (179). Bright color, small tear not detectable with the naked eye, tied by circle of wedges and "U.S. Postal Agc'y Shanghai, Mar. 21" circular datestamp on 1877 cover to Ithaca N.Y., blue "Forwarded by Russell & Co., Shanghai Mar. 21, 1877" oval backstamp, opened for display, fresh and Very Fine, ex Drucker, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
325
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1065
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1065, U.S. Post Offices in China5c Yellow Brown (205), 5c Yellow Brown (205)5c Yellow Brown (205). Fresh color, tied by red grid, matching "U.S. Postal Agc'y Shanghai, Feb. 12" circular datestamp on cover to Mass., red "San Francisco Pd. All Mar. 8" transit backstamp, barely reduced at right affecting top right corner of stamp, otherwise Very Fine, scarce with the cancels struck in red, ex Knapp and Drucker

E. 300-400
425
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1066
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1066, U.S. Post Offices in China5c Yellow Brown (205), 5c Yellow Brown (205)5c Yellow Brown (205). Tied by purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 24 Sep. 1886" oval datestamp on blue cover with printed "United States Consulate at" with "Shanghai" in ms., to Hartford Conn., red "San Francisco Pd. All Oct. 20" and receiving backstamps, small tear at top affects postmark and few toned spots around stamp, otherwise Fine, ex Drucker

E. 200-300
260
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1067
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1067, U.S. Post Offices in China5c Indigo (216), 5c Indigo (216)5c Indigo (216). Cancelled by black grid, purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 5 Sep. 90" oval datestamp on cover to New York City, San Francisco transit and receiving backstamps, stamp with natural s.e. at right and pulled perf at left, cover with tiny piece out at top right, otherwise Fine

E. 150-200
150
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1068
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1068, U.S. Post Offices in China5c Indigo (216), 5c Indigo (216)5c Indigo (216). Cancelled by black grid, purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 4 May 1889" oval datestamp on cover to Dexter Iowa, red San Francisco and receiving backstamps, barely reduced at left, fresh and Fine, ex Drucker, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 150-200
170
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1069
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1069, U.S. Post Offices in China10c Brown, 30c Orange Brown (209, 217), 10c Brown, 30c Orange Brown (209, 217)10c Brown, 30c Orange Brown (209, 217). Two 10c and one 30c, tied by black grids, purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 13 Jul. 1889" oval datestamp on large cover with printed address to New York, San Francisco Paid All and receiving backstamps, some edgewear often associated with oversize covers, still a Very Fine 10-times rate cover, the 30c 1888 stamp used from China is extremely rare, ex Drucker

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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1070
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1070, U.S. Post Offices in China5c Indigo (216), 5c Indigo (216)5c Indigo (216). Horizontal pair, cancelled by bold black grids, purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 26 Jun. 1891" oval datestamp on cover to Richmond Va., blue "Shanghai Local Post JU 26 91", San Francisco and receiving backstamps, large "T" with well-struck "U.S. Charge to Collect 10 Cents" handstamp, back of cover bears 5c Red Brown, Postage Due (J18) cancelled in blue (matching Shanghai Local Post datestamp), reduced at left and some edgewear, Fine and unusual usage, the 5c Postage Due stamp is for 5c due to deliver the letter to the U.S. Postal Agency, the local-post rate was 2½c, which if unpaid was doubled to 5c due, ex Drucker

E. 750-1,000
675
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1071
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1071, U.S. Post Offices in China1c Ultramarine, 2c Green, 5c Blue (212, 213, 215), 1c Ultramarine, 2c Green, 5c Blue (212, 213, 215)1c Ultramarine, 2c Green, 5c Blue (212, 213, 215). Three 1c, cancelled by black grids, purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 7 Jul. 1891" oval datestamp on cover to New York, neat San Francisco and receiving backstamps, few stamps with small faults, otherwise Fine, colorful usage, ex Drucker

E. 300-400
260
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1072
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1072, U.S. Post Offices in China5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Two, tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, Aug. 2?, 1892" duplex cancel on cover to Boston Mass., purple serrated oval "United States Consulate, Ningpo, China, Aug. 24, 1892" handstamp, San Francisco and Boston backstamps, slightly reduced at right, Fine

E. 300-400
475
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1073
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1073, U.S. Post Offices in China5c Columbian (234), 5c Columbian (234)5c Columbian (234). Tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, Mar. 16 10PM 94" duplex datestamp on cover from Tientsin, China to Normal Ill., printed "United States Consulate Tientsin, China" return address, San Francisco, Chicago and receiving backstamps, with original contents dated 1894, contents read in part "we managed to reach Tientsin by the last steamer from Shanghai to Tientsin before the closing of the port for the winter", trivial edgewear, Very Fine, scarce usage, the port at Tientsin froze between November and late February every year, making the carriage of mails somewhat difficult at best as the nearest usable port was at Chinkiang, some 700 miles away, ex Drucker

E. 400-500
625
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1074
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1074, U.S. Post Offices in China1c Blue, 2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (247, 249), 1c Blue, 2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (247, 249)1c Blue, 2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (247, 249). Two 2c, tied by "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai, Dec. 11 10PM 95" duplex datestamp on Southern Presbyterian Mission corner card cover to Boston, receiving backstamp, one 2c stamp torn at top prior to use, otherwise Fine, ex Drucker

E. 150-200
100
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1075
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1075, U.S. Post Offices in China1c Deep Green, 2c Red, Ty. V (279, 279B), 1c Deep Green, 2c Red, Ty. V (279, 279B)1c Deep Green, 2c Red, Ty. V (279, 279B). Horizontal pair of 2c, tied by well-struck "Mil. P. Sta. No. 1, Tientsin, China, Mar. 21, 1901" duplexes on cover to Versailles, France, Paris transit also ties stamps, endorsed "Via San Francisco", some edgewear, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine

E. 200-300
375
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1076
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1076, U.S. Post Offices in China5c Trans-Mississippi (288), 5c Trans-Mississippi (288)5c Trans-Mississippi (288). Fresh color, tied by "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai, Dec. 4 8AM 99" duplex datestamp on cover to New Haven Conn., bold San Francisco and "Train Late Mail Delivery" backstamps, docketing at left indicates letter written on Nov. 19, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, scarce usage

E. 300-400
375
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1077
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1077, U.S. Post Offices in China10c Pale Red Brown (307), 10c Pale Red Brown (307)10c Pale Red Brown (307). Horizontal pair, tied by "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai, China * R.D." oval registry handstamp on large part of registered wrapper from Kuliang, China, to Alfred Me., also bearing China 5c and vertical strip of four and single of 10c tied by Kuliang datestamps, Kuliang registry handstamp, purple "Registered/Aug. 31, 1909/U.S. Postal Agency/Shanghai, China" four-line datestamp partly overstruck by Chicago customs handstamp, minor edgewear, Fine and colorful combination usage, ex Drucker

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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1078
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1078, U.S. Post Offices in China2c Carmine, Ty. III, 3c Purple (267, 268), 2c Carmine, Ty. III, 3c Purple (267, 268)2c Carmine, Ty. III, 3c Purple (267, 268). Tied by "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai Jan. 2 4PM 01" duplex datestamp on cover with printed address to Springfield Mass., used with Shanghai Local Post 4c and 2c stamps tied by U.S. duplex, San Francisco (Feb. 2) and receiving (Feb. 7) backstamps, Very Fine, an attractive philatelically-inspired combination cover, ex Drucker, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
400
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1079
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1079, U.S. Post Offices in China1c Deep Green (279), 1c Deep Green (279)1c Deep Green (279). Tied by blue "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, China, Aug. 8, 1901" double-circle datestamp on picture postcard to Germany depicting fort at Taku, used with stamps of Russia, China, Japan, French Post Offices, Hong Kong and German Post Offices with each stamp tied by their respective country's datestamp, Very Fine, colorful usage containing stamps from each of the post offices operate in Shanghai, ex Drucker

E. 400-500
575
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1080
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1080, U.S. Post Offices in China1c-$5.00 1895-98 Bureau Issues (268, 272, 275a, 276, 277, 278, 279, 279B, 280-284), 1c-$5.00 1895-98 Bureau Issues (268, 272, 275a, 276, 277, 278, 279, 279B, 280-284)1c-$5.00 1895-98 Bureau Issues (268, 272, 275a, 276, 277, 278, 279, 279B, 280-284). Rich colors, arranged by denomination and each stamp only partly affixed and tied by clear strike of "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * China" circular handstamp on large piece, ms. "Collection Americame a la poste de Shanghai", piece with light horizontal fold not affecting stamps

FINE-VERY FINE. AN UNUSUAL AND COLORFUL "SET" OF UNITED STATES BUREAU ISSUES CANCELLED BY A SHANGHAI KILLER CANCELLATION THAT IS NOT KNOWN USED ON ANY MAIL.

This U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai handstamp has been noted by past students, but it is not known used on any mail. Its origin and purpose are uncertain. In this case it was obviously intended to satisfy philatelic demand at a total cost of $9.04 in postage.

Ex Drucker.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,400
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1081
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1081, U.S. Post Offices in China1c Blue Green (300), 1c Blue Green (300)1c Blue Green (300). Tied by "U.S. Postal Sta. Shanghai, China, Nov. 2 3:30PM 6" duplex datestamp on multicolored Russo-Japanese caricature postcard to Detroit Mich., San Francisco transit, minor edgewear, Very Fine, unusual postcard design, ex Drucker

E. 100-150
55
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1082
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1082, U.S. Post Offices in China5c Blue (304), 5c Blue (304)5c Blue (304). Horizontal pair, natural s.e. at top and s.e. at right, tied by neat strike of purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai, China * R.D." oval registry handstamp on registered cover to Mountain Grove Mo., purple "Registered/Nov. 30, 1908/U.S. Postal Agency/Shanghai, China." four-line datestamp, Seattle and receiving backstamps, Very Fine, scarce with the oval datestamp struck in purple, ex Drucker

E. 400-500
625
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1083
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1083, U.S. Post Offices in China10c Pale Red Brown (307), 10c Pale Red Brown (307)10c Pale Red Brown (307). Tied by well-struck purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai, China * R.D." oval registry handstamp on registered cover to Manila, Philippines, purple "Registered/May 11, 1909/U.S. Postal Agency,/Shanghai, China" four-line datestamp, purple receiving backstamp, Very Fine usage, ex Drucker

E. 500-750
800
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1084
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1084, U.S. Post Offices in ChinaU.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, China, Jun. 25 4PM 1915, U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, China, Jun. 25 4PM 1915U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, China, Jun. 25 4PM 1915. Duplex datestamp ties 2c Red on European-size cover to Apia, Samoa, blue censor handstamp, Very Fine and scarce

E. 200-300
325
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1085
c
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 1085, U.S. Post Offices in China2c on 1c, 4c on 2c, 10c on 5c Offices in China (K1, K2, K5), 2c on 1c, 4c on 2c, 10c on 5c Offices in China (K1, K2, K5)2c on 1c, 4c on 2c, 10c on 5c Offices in China (K1, K2, K5). Vertical strip of five and pair of K1, block of four of K2 (uncancelled), on registered cover to Paris, France, purple "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, Registered, Nov. 21, 1919" double-circle datestamp on back, New York transits, red wax seal from Weichow Custom House, some slight edgewear, Fine, ex Drucker

E. 200-300
325
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