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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, Darrah Ovpts.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3001
ng
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3001, U.S. Postal Agency in China, Darrah Ovpts.1902, 1908-14, 1894 Postage Due Issues, Darrah Ty. II Overprint (308 var/J39 var), 1902, 1908-14, 1894 Postage Due Issues, Darrah Ty. II Overprint (308 var/J39 var)1902, 1908-14, 1894 Postage Due Issues, Darrah Ty. II Overprint (308 var/J39 var). 11 unused stamps, including Nos. 308, 333-337, 405, 416, 421, F1 and J39, three with original gum, rest either no gum or tropicalized part original gum, margins to mostly close or touching on one side, No. 336 slightly oxidized, a couple small flaws, overall Fine or appear so, a scarce and desirable group, two with P.F. certificates, according to philatelic lore, John Darrah, the U.S. postal agent in China in 1913, colluded with some stamp collectors and overprinted one sheet each of the stamps in stock at the agency (we doubt this applies to the printed varieties), as this was unauthorized he was ordered by Washington not to sell them, he complied with the order, but some had already reached collectors

E. 1,500-2,000
2,500
3002
 
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3002, U.S. Postal Agency in China, Darrah Ovpts.1902, 1908-14, Special Delivery, 1894 Postage Due Issues, Darrah Ty. II Overprint (308 var/J39 var), 1902, 1908-14, Special Delivery, 1894 Postage Due Issues, Darrah Ty. II Overprint (308 var/J39 var)1902, 1908-14, Special Delivery, 1894 Postage Due Issues, Darrah Ty. II Overprint (308 var/J39 var). 13 stamps, including Nos. 308, 1c-10c Washington-Franklin, E6 (with Darrah Ty. III Ovpt.), F1 and J39, each tied on small piece by "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai, China, Rec'd., Dec. 5, 1913" circular datestamp, many with better centering than normally encountered, Fine-Very Fine, a fresh and desirable group

E. 1,500-2,000
4,500
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3003
og
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3003, U.S. Postal Agency in China, Darrah Ovpts.1c-8c 1910-11 Issue, Darrah Ty. II Overprint (374 var, 376 var-380 var), 1c-8c 1910-11 Issue, Darrah Ty. II Overprint (374 var, 376 var-380 var)1c-8c 1910-11 Issue, Darrah Ty. II Overprint (374 var, 376 var-380 var). Original gum, each with small h.r., 8c tropicalized gum and faint toning, others bright colors, 4c and 8c natural s.e. at right, Fine, each signed Bloch and with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
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3004
og
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3004, U.S. Postal Agency in China, Darrah Ovpts.1c-25c Parcel Post, Darrah Ty. III Overprint (Q1 var-Q9 var), 1c-25c Parcel Post, Darrah Ty. III Overprint (Q1 var-Q9 var)1c-25c Parcel Post, Darrah Ty. III Overprint (Q1 var-Q9 var). Complete set of the nine known values, tropicalized original gum, 4c no gum, several with wide margins, bright and fresh colors throughout

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETE UNUSED SET OF THE ONE-CENT TO 25-CENT PARCEL POST ISSUE WITH DARRAH TYPE III OVERPRINT.

According to philatelic lore, John Darrah, the U.S. postal agent in China in 1913, colluded with some stamp collectors and overprinted one sheet each of the stamps in stock at the agency (we doubt this applies to the printed varieties). As this was unauthorized he was ordered by Washington not to sell them. He complied with the order, but some had already reached collectors.

A Power Search review found no other complete unused sets.

E. 2,000-3,000
5,250
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3005
og
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3005, U.S. Postal Agency in China, Darrah Ovpts.1c-20c Parcel Post, Darrah Ty. III Overprint (Q1 var, Q4 var-Q6 var, Q8 var), 1c-20c Parcel Post, Darrah Ty. III Overprint (Q1 var, Q4 var-Q6 var, Q8 var)1c-20c Parcel Post, Darrah Ty. III Overprint (Q1 var, Q4 var-Q6 var, Q8 var). 1c block of four, singles of 4c-10c and 20c, original gum, block and 20c tropicalized gum and natural s.e., 10c natural inclusion, overall Fine

E. 750-1,000
2,300
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3006
og
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3006, U.S. Postal Agency in China, Darrah Ovpts.1c Parcel Post, Darrah Ty. III Inverted Overprint (Q1 var), 1c Parcel Post, Darrah Ty. III Inverted Overprint (Q1 var)1c Parcel Post, Darrah Ty. III Inverted Overprint (Q1 var). Two items with inverted overprints, including block of four with black overprint and single with blue overprint, tropicalized original gum, bright colors, typical centering for these issues, single with minor perf flaws at top, overall Fine, scarce and desirable with the inverted overprints

E. 750-1,000
1,700
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3007
 
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3007, U.S. Postal Agency in China, Darrah Ovpts.1c-25c Parcel Post, Darrah Ty. III Overprint (Q1 var-Q9 var), 1c-25c Parcel Post, Darrah Ty. III Overprint (Q1 var-Q9 var)1c-25c Parcel Post, Darrah Ty. III Overprint (Q1 var-Q9 var). Complete set of the nine known values, each neatly tied on individual small pieces by full strikes of "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, China, Rec'd, Dec. 9, 1913" circular datestamp, wide margins, fresh and bright throughout

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETE CANCELLED SET OF THE ONE-CENT TO 25-CENT PARCEL POST ISSUE WITH DARRAH TYPE III OVERPRINTS AND FULL STRIKES OF THE U.S. POSTAL AGENCY SHANGHAI DATESTAMP.

According to philatelic lore, John Darrah, the U.S. postal agent in China in 1913, colluded with some stamp collectors and overprinted one sheet each of the stamps in stock at the agency (we doubt this applies to the printed varieties). As this was unauthorized he was ordered by Washington not to sell them. He complied with the order, but some had already reached collectors.

A Power Search review found only one other complete cancelled set, offered in our 2003 Drucker and 2009 Whitpain sales -- though that set was not tied on pieces and therefore does not show the full U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai cancels

E. 2,000-3,000
4,000
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3008
og
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3008, U.S. Postal Agency in China, Darrah Ovpts.10c Special Delivery, 2c/25c Parcel Post Postage Due, Darrah Ty. II Overprint (E6 var, JQ2 var-JQ3 var, JQ5 var), 10c Special Delivery, 2c/25c Parcel Post Postage Due, Darrah Ty. II Overprint (E6 var, JQ2 var-JQ3 var, JQ5 var)10c Special Delivery, 2c/25c Parcel Post Postage Due, Darrah Ty. II Overprint (E6 var, JQ2 var-JQ3 var, JQ5 var). 2c No. JQ2 with red overprint, two copies of the 5c, tropicalized original gum, 2c, one 5c and 25c natural s.e., 10c Special Delivery thin spot, otherwise Fine-Very Fine and scarce

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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3009
 
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3009, U.S. Postal Agency in China, Darrah Ovpts.1c-25c Parcel Post Postage Due, Darrah Ty. III Overprint (JQ1 var-JQ5 var), 1c-25c Parcel Post Postage Due, Darrah Ty. III Overprint (JQ1 var-JQ5 var)1c-25c Parcel Post Postage Due, Darrah Ty. III Overprint (JQ1 var-JQ5 var). Complete set, each with neat oval datestamp cancels, 25c natural s.e. at left, 5c with faulty top margin, couple other small flaws incl. 25c slight thin and 10c tiny margin tear, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, scarce cancelled set

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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3010
 
Sale Number 1060, Lot Number 3010, U.S. Postal Agency in China, Darrah Ovpts.1c-50c 1902 Issue, "China" Overprint (300 var-310 var), 1c-50c 1902 Issue, "China" Overprint (300 var-310 var)1c-50c 1902 Issue, "China" Overprint (300 var-310 var). Each tied to individual small piece by "U.S. Postal Sta. Rec'd, Shanghai China, Sep. 23 9" circular datestamp, Fine and rare set, a fascinating handstamp overprint which is not part of the Darrah set and is unlisted in Scott

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
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