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Sale 1060 — The Diamond Collection of
United States Possessions

Sale Date — Monday, 18 November, 2013

Category — U.S. Postal Agency in China, 1919 Surcharges

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3011
nh
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3011, U.S. Postal Agency in China, 1919 Surcharges2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18), 2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18)2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18). Mint N.H., beautiful colors, attractive margins and centering

FINE-VERY FINE COMPLETE SET OF THE OFFICES IN CHINA SURCHARGED ISSUE IN MINT NEVER-HINGED POST-OFFICE FRESH CONDITION.

This set was culled from a much larger group in order to create a fresh set with Mint N.H. gum

5,610
1,300
3012
 
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3012, U.S. Postal Agency in China, 1919 Surcharges2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18), 2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18)2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18). Each tied by "U.S. Pos. Service, Shanghai, China, Dec. 31 11PM 1922" duplex datestamp on large sheet of paper, a few folds not affecting stamps

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE OFFICES IN CHINA SURCHARGED ISSUE, POSTMARKED DURING THE LAST HOUR ON THE LAST DAY THE STAMPS WERE SOLD.

We offered a similar set in our 2009 sale of the Whitpain collection (also ex Drucker), but it was cancelled five hours before the sheet offered here and does not show the clear "2" in oval part of the duplex cancel.

Scott Retail as used stamps.

4,620
1,600
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3013
c
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3013, U.S. Postal Agency in China, 1919 Surcharges2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K16), 2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K16)2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K16). Complete set, tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai China, R.D." oval handstamp on 1919 registered cover to Ellsworth Pa., purple boxed registered handstamp with manuscript no., Shanghai (Oct. 11), Chicago (Nov. 12), and Ellsworth (Nov. 13) backstamps, vertical file fold at left well clear of stamps, No. K13 with small internal crease

VERY FINE. A RARE AND COLORFUL FRANKING OF THE ENTIRE SET OF SIXTEEN STAMPS OVERPRINTED BY THE BUREAU OF ENGRAVING AND PRINTING FOR USE AT THE UNITED STATES POSTAL AGENCY IN CHINA.

As U.S. economic interests in China increased, the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai requested a supply of stamps that could be used at local post offices. At the time, the exchange rate between U.S. and Shanghai dollars was 2:1, and a series of Washington-Franklin stamps were officially overprinted by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. These were placed on sale on July 1, 1919. After World War I, provisions were made to close almost all foreign post offices in China. The U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai closed after December 31, 1922.

E. 4,000-5,000
5,000
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3014
 
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3014, U.S. Postal Agency in China, 1919 Surcharges2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18), 2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18)2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18). Tied on separate pieces by "U.S. Pos. Service, Shanghai, China, Aug. 21, 1922" circular datestamp, Nos. K17-K18 with Nov. 11 duplexes (K17 a pair), Fine-Very Fine, a scarce used set

4,845
700
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3015
c
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3015, U.S. Postal Agency in China, 1919 Surcharges24c-60c Offices in China (K11-K14), 24c-60c Offices in China (K11-K14)24c-60c Offices in China (K11-K14). Each tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, China, R.D." oval handstamp on registered covers to Ohio, July to November 1922 uses, Chicago and receiving backstamps, three are from the Strasser correspondence and 24c addressed to Toledo Stamp Co. (minor cover scuffing on this one), Very Fine and attractive group of single frankings

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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3016
ogbl
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3016, U.S. Postal Agency in China, 1919 Surcharges$1.00 on 50c Offices in China (K15), $1.00 on 50c Offices in China (K15)$1.00 on 50c Offices in China (K15). Block of four, three stamps Mint N.H., top left stamp narrow h.r., bright color, attractive margins and centering, Fine-Very Fine, the top right stamp particularly nice, Scott Retail as singles

4,475
1,200
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3017
c
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3017, U.S. Postal Agency in China, 1919 Surcharges$1.00 on 50c Offices in China (K15), $1.00 on 50c Offices in China (K15)$1.00 on 50c Offices in China (K15). Tied by bold strike of "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, China, R.D." oval handstamp on 1922 registered cover to Cleveland O., Strasser correspondence, Chicago (Nov. 20) and receiving backstamps, some minor staining around stamp from application of additional adhesive as often found with this correspondence, some minor corner wrinkles and nicks, Fine and scarce franking of the $1.00 Offices in China issue

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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3018
ogbl
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3018, U.S. Postal Agency in China, 1919 Surcharges$2.00 on $1.00 Offices in China (K16), $2.00 on $1.00 Offices in China (K16)$2.00 on $1.00 Offices in China (K16). Block of four with horizontal guide line, three stamps Mint N.H., top left stamp lightly hinged, nice margins and centering, fresh and Very Fine, Scott Retail as singles

3,450
650
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3019
c
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3019, U.S. Postal Agency in China, 1919 Surcharges$2.00 on $1.00 Offices in China (K16), $2.00 on $1.00 Offices in China (K16)$2.00 on $1.00 Offices in China (K16). Tied by unusually clear strike of "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, China" oval handstamp on 1922 registered cover to Greenville Ill., stamp affixed over penalty clause, purple registered handstamp, backstamps incl. Shanghai (Sep. 16), Chicago (Oct. 17) and Greenville (Oct. 18), Very Fine, a rare single franking of this top value Offices in China stamp on cover, Power Search located only one other single-franking cover

E. 1,500-2,000
3,000
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3020
og
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3020, U.S. Postal Agency in China, 1919 Surcharges$2.00 on $1.00 Offices in China, Double Surcharge (K16a), $2.00 on $1.00 Offices in China, Double Surcharge (K16a)$2.00 on $1.00 Offices in China, Double Surcharge (K16a). With sheet selvage at left, intense color and impression, wide space between two overprints, light crease in selvage

FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE $2.00 DOUBLE SURCHARGE ERROR. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE SELVAGE AND WIDE-SPACED OVERPRINTS.

The Office in China double surcharge error occurred during the overprinting of stamps for use at the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai. It has been reported that the errors were among the last stamps to be put on sale before the agency closed on December 31, 1922. The Deputy Postal Agent, Mr. E. H. Murray, knew of the error but allowed it to be put on sale, as he was retiring and the Agency was closing.

Power Search contains only two others unused with selvage

10,500
9,000
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3021
 
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3021, U.S. Postal Agency in China, 1919 Surcharges$2.00 on $1.00 Offices in China, Double Surcharge (K16a), $2.00 on $1.00 Offices in China, Double Surcharge (K16a)$2.00 on $1.00 Offices in China, Double Surcharge (K16a). With wide sheet selvage at right, nice centering, well-displaced second surcharge, cancelled by bold strike of "U.S. Pos. Service, Shanghai, China, Dec. 4" duplex

VERY FINE. A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 OFFICES IN CHINA DOUBLE SURCHARGE.

The Office in China double surcharge error occurred during the overprinting of stamps for use at the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai. It has been reported that the errors were among the last stamps to be put on sale before the agency closed on December 31, 1922. The Deputy Postal Agent, Mr. E. H. Murray, knew of the error but allowed it to be put on sale, as he was retiring and the Agency was closing. This stamp is far scarcer in used condition. Approximately six covers are known (at least one of which is dated Dec. 4).

Signed George B. Sloane and with 1968 P.F. certificate

10,000
15,000
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