Sale 1016 — Confederate States, U.S. Postal History, General Foreign

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 15-17 November, 2011

Category — 1868-69 Issues: U.S. Post Office in Shanghai: Randolph Keim Correspondence

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1047
c
Sale 1016, Lot 1047, 1868-69 Issues: U.S. Post Office in Shanghai: Randolph Keim Correspondence10c Yellow (116). Two, tied by quartered cork cancels and "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 18" (1870) circular datestamp on cover to Hartford Conn., magenta "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp at left, pencil docketing on back "4222 m. from S.F., written Sept. 22" and with no indication of origin, carried aboard the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.'s China, which departed Yokohama on Oct. 23, 1870, and arrived in San Francisco Nov. 17, slightly reduced at left where small tear, some minor wear, right 10c stamp flaws at top

VERY FINE. A RARE DOUBLE-RATE COVER FROM JAPAN TO THE UNITED STATES, STRUCK WITH THE "CHINA AND JAPAN STEAM SERVICE" OVAL. FROM THE KEIM CORRESPONDENCE.

This cover does not have a Japanese postmark, but we can deduce its origin and route, based on the docketing and correspondence. This must have missed the sailing of the PMSS Great Republic, which left Hong Kong on Sep. 12 and departed Yokohama on Sep. 23. The sender -- De Benneville Randolph Keim -- was apparently still at sea when the Great Republic left Yokohama. This and four other covers in the Keim correspondence were carried on the China, which departed Yokohama on Oct. 23. The letters (no longer present) were written by De Benneville Randolph Keim to his future wife, Miss Jennie A. Owen.

E. 3,000-4,000
5,250
1048
c
Sale 1016, Lot 1048, 1868-69 Issues: U.S. Post Office in Shanghai: Randolph Keim Correspondence10c Yellow (116). Horizontal pair, bright color, tied by quartered cork cancels, "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 18" circular datestamp on cover to Hartford Conn., pencil docketing on back "'C' Written at sea 3260 miles Sept. 18, Rec'd Nov. 23, 1870. Two days after this he rec'd my 1st dispatch", magenta "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp at left, minor edgewear

VERY FINE. A RARE DOUBLE-RATE COVER FROM JAPAN TO THE UNITED STATES WITH THE "CHINA AND JAPAN STEAM SERVICE" OVAL HANDSTAMP.

This was carried aboard the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.'s China, which departed Hong Kong Oct. 12, Yokohama on Oct. 23 and arrived in San Francisco on Nov. 17. It is one of five separate letters received by Jennie A. Owen from her future husband, De Benneville Randolph Keim, during his travels in Japan and China.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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1049
c
Sale 1016, Lot 1049, 1868-69 Issues: U.S. Post Office in Shanghai: Randolph Keim Correspondence10c Yellow (116). Two and part of a third, tied by circle of wedges cancel, "San Francisco Cal. Sep. 13" circular datestamp on 1870 cover from the Pacific Mail Steamer America while at sea to Hartford Conn., magenta "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp at left, sender's routing "Per Pacific Mail Steamer America at Sea Pacific Ocean", defective where opened at right causing loss of part of third stamp, other stamps light corner creases, still Fine and very unusual use, the sender -- De Benneville Randolph Keim -- was a passenger on the outbound trip of the PMSS America, which departed San Francisco on July 1, arrived in Yokohama on July 23 and in Hong Kong on Aug. 2, it then made the return trip, departing Hong Kong on Aug. 12, Yokohama on Aug. 22 and arriving in San Francisco on Sep. 12

E. 750-1,000
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1050
c
Sale 1016, Lot 1050, 1868-69 Issues: U.S. Post Office in Shanghai: Randolph Keim Correspondence10c Yellow (116). Vertical strip of three, cancelled by three strikes of "Hiogo Japan" double-circle handstamp on cover to Miss Jennie A. Owen in Hartford Conn., the strip is also tied by segmented cork cancel and "Yokohama Japan Oct. 23" (1870) circular datestamp, sender's routing "Via Yokohama" at upper left, pencil docketing on back "Hiogo Jeddo Yokohama Sept. 29 to Oct. 4", "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 18" double-circle backstamp, the Yokohama marking strengthened in manuscript (most likely by Jennie Owen, who kept a careful log of the correspondence), few short perfs of little consequence, some slight edgewear

VERY FINE. A RARE MULTIPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ON A TRIPLE-RATE COVER FROM JAPAN TO THE UNITED STATES, POSTMARKED BY THE U.S. POST OFFICES AT HIOGO AND YOKOHAMA. THE HIOGO MARKING IS EXTREMELY RARE ON COVER, AND THIS YOKOHAMA CORK KILLER HAS NEVER BEFORE BEEN RECORDED. THE USE OF BOTH OFFICE MARKINGS ON ONE COVER IS EXTRAORDINARY.

This cover originated at Hiogo, Japan. It was carried on the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.'s branch line Golden Age, as it travelled from Shanghai to Yokohama, departing Shanghai on Oct. 13, 1870, and arriving in Yokohama on Oct. 21. It was then carried by the PMSS China, which departed Yokohama on Oct. 23 and arrived in San Francisco on Nov. 17. It was delivered to the recipient, Jennie A. Owen, at the same time as four other pieces of mail from De Benneville Randolph Keim, her future husband.

The Frajola, Perlman and Scamp book lists a summary of Yokohama postal markings in an appendix. This cancellation is unlisted, but appears to fit in with others used in the same time period. The "Hiogo Japan" circular handstamp is frequently encountered off cover, but is almost never seen on cover. Power Search contains only two examples used on cover with the 10c 1869 Pictorial, and only two others used on other denominations.

E. 15,000-20,000
24,000
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1051
c
Sale 1016, Lot 1051, 1868-69 Issues: U.S. Post Office in Shanghai: Randolph Keim Correspondence10c Yellow (116). Tied by "Hiogo, Japan" circular handstamp on blue cover to Hartford Conn., sender's routing "Via Yokohama Japan" at upper left, receipt docketing "Rec'd with 4 others Fri. Nov. 25th 1870" and also pencil "Hiogo-Oct. 11" on back, neat "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 18" double-circle backstamp, slightly reduced at left, small edge tear at top

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 ON COVER FROM JAPAN WITH THE HIOGO DOUBLE-CIRCLE HANDSTAMP. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY RARE MARKING ON COVER.

This cover was carried on the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.'s branch line steamer Golden Age, which departed Shanghai on Oct. 13, 1870, and arrived in Yokohama on Oct. 21. It was then carried by the PMSS China, which departed Yokohama on Oct. 23 and arrived in San Francisco on Nov. 17. It was delivered to the recipient, Jennie A. Owen, at the same time as four other pieces of mail from De Benneville Randolph Keim, her future husband.

The "Hiogo Japan" circular handstamp is frequently encountered off cover, but is almost never seen on cover. Power Search contains only two examples used on cover with the 10c 1869 Pictorial, and only two others used on other denominations.

E. 5,000-7,500
11,500
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1052
c
Sale 1016, Lot 1052, 1868-69 Issues: U.S. Post Office in Shanghai: Randolph Keim Correspondence10c Yellow (116). S.e. at left, tied by U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai circle of wedges cancel (probably Frajola-Perlman-Scamp Type SHA-Can9), but without the usual circular datestamp, on cover to Hartford Conn., sender's routing "Via Yokohama Japan" at upper left, pencil docketing on back "Oct. 14-70" and also pen "The last of his writing Oct. 14 I have now rec'd an account of his daily doings every day since he sailed from S. Sfr. in fact since he left me at V.", "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 18" double-circle backstamp, barely reduced at left, some slight edgewear

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE FROM SHANGHAI TO CONNECTICUT VIA YOKOHAMA, JAPAN.

This cover was carried on the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.'s branch line steamer Golden Age from Shanghai to Yokohama, departing Oct. 13, 1870, and arriving Oct. 21. It was then carried by the PMSS China, which departed Yokohama on Oct. 23 and arrived in San Francisco on Nov. 17. It was delivered to the recipient, Jennie A. Owen, at the same time as four other pieces of mail from De Benneville Randolph Keim, her future husband. The cover offered here is unusual in that it has the Shanghai killer but no origination circular datestamp.

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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1053
c
Sale 1016, Lot 1053, 1868-69 Issues: U.S. Post Office in Shanghai: Randolph Keim Correspondence10c Yellow (116). S.e. at left, cancelled by circle of wedges, light strike of "P.O.D. U.S. Con. Genl. Shanghai Nov. 13" circular datestamp on cover to Hartford Conn., sender's routing "via American Mail from Shanghai, China" at upper left, receipt docketing "near Pekin at Tientsin" below stamp, receipt docketing of Dec. 28, 1870, magenta "San Francisco Cal Paid Dec. 21" backstamp, minor edgewear, Very Fine, carried on the branch line of the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. from Shanghai to Yokohama, then carried aboard the Japan, which departed Yokohama Nov. 25, 1870, and arrived in San Francisco Dec. 20

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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1054
c
Sale 1016, Lot 1054, 1868-69 Issues: U.S. Post Office in Shanghai: Randolph Keim Correspondence10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Bright color, tied by circle of wedges cancel, matching "P.O.D. U.S. Con. Genl. Shanghai Dec. 14" circular datestamp on 1870 cover to Hartford Conn., endorsed "From Peking via Shanghai China" at left, "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 18" transit datestamp and "10" due handstamp, light pencil "Due 10" marking, some edgewear incl. tears at left and at top, Very Fine, carried on the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.'s branch line steamer Oregonian from Shanghai to Yokohama, where it arrived on Dec. 21, then carried on the America, which departed Yokohama Dec. 22 and arrived in San Francisco Jan. 17, 1871, additional 10c due for weight, this was carried on the same vessels as the following cover

E. 500-750
1,100
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1055
c
Sale 1016, Lot 1055, 1868-69 Issues: U.S. Post Office in Shanghai: Randolph Keim Correspondence10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Cancelled by circle of wedges, matching "P.O.D. U.S. Con. Genl. Shanghai Dec. 14" circular datestamp on cover to Hartford Conn., receipt docketing "Rec'd Jan. 25, 1871", at left, "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 18" transit datestamp, some slight edgewear, date of Shanghai marking drawn in (probably by recipient who kept careful records of the correspondence), Very Fine, carried on the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.'s branch line steamer Oregonian from Shanghai to Yokohama, where it arrived on Dec. 21, then carried on the America, which departed Yokohama Dec. 22 and arrived in San Francisco Jan. 17, 1871, this was carried aboard the same vessels as the previous cover

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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1056
c
Sale 1016, Lot 1056, 1868-69 Issues: U.S. Post Office in Shanghai: Randolph Keim Correspondence10c Brown (161). Cancelled by circle of wedges, "U.S. Postal Ag'cy, Shanghai, Dec. 29" circular datestamp on cover to Salisbury N.C., also with "San Francisco Cal. Feb. 1" double-circle datestamp, slightly reduced on two sides and gently cleaned, some soiling, still Very Fine

E. 400-500
600
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1057
c
Sale 1016, Lot 1057, 1868-69 Issues: U.S. Post Office in Shanghai: Randolph Keim Correspondence10c Yellow Green, Entire (U40). Cancelled by circle of wedges with matching "U.S. Postal Ag'cy Shanghai Jan. 21" (ca. 1875) circular datestamp on cover to Syracuse N.Y., magenta "San Francisco Paid All Feb. 19" transit datestamp, endorsed at bottom "P.M.S.S.Co." for Pacific Mail Steamship Co., some edge wear and nicks, otherwise Very Fine, a desirable 10c entire used from Shanghai to the U.S., postmarks match 1875 sailing dates: carried on the PMSS branch line steamer Nevada, departing Jan. 21 and arriving Yokohama Jan. 29, where it made the Jan. 30 sailing of the PMSS Vancouver, arriving San Francisco Feb. 18

E. 750-1,000
2,600
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