Contact Siegel
6 West 48th Street
9th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Contact by phone:
New York: (212) 753-6421
Dallas: (214) 754-5991

Sale 1201 — The Dr. William H. Johnson Collection of the U.S. 1890 Small Bank Note Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

Category — Foreign Mail: China

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2193
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2193, Foreign Mail: China5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Used with China, Chefoo, 1893, 1c Red (2), the local tied by "Chefoo Local Post 3 May 95" circular datestamp, second strike on back, both stamps tied by "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai May 11 10:30AM 95" duplex datestamp, on cover to Shekomeko N.Y., back of cover with blue "Shanghai Local Post A May 6, 1895", U.S. Postal Agency (May 13), San Francisco (Jun. 12) and receiving backstamps

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL COMBINATION USE OF THE CHEFOO TREATY PORT STAMP AND THE 5-CENT 1890 ISSUE.

The local post office in Chefoo was established in early July 1893. and stamps were procured from Germany and introduced on October 6 of that year. Operations were taken over by the Imperial Chinese Post Office on Feb. 2, 1897. Combination covers such as this are rare.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,750
2194
 
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2194, Foreign Mail: ChinaU.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, U.S. Postal Agency, ShanghaiU.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai. Three items, first is 5c Chocolate (223) tied on piece with China, Chefoo, 1893, 1c Red (2) with cancels of both Chefoo and U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai; second is 10c tied on piece and used with same Chefoo stamp with complete strike of U.S. Postal Agency duplex and part strike of the Chefoo circular datestamp; third item is 30c Black (228) cancelled by U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai circular datestamp, few faults, Fine-Very Fine and scarce group, second item is ex Tows

E. 1,000-1,500
500
Back to Top
2195
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2195, Foreign Mail: China5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Used with China, Chinkiang, 1894, 1c Blue (2), both tied by bold "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai Dec. 1 94" duplex on cover to Macon, Ga., 1c also tied by "Chinkiang Postal Service 5PM 94 29.NV" double circle datestamp, second strike on back which also has ultramarine "Shanghai Local Post NO. 30 94", San Francisco (Dec. 22) and Macon receiving (Dec. 28) backstamps, embossed U.S.S. Concord with minuteman illustration on flap, cover endorsed "Via Empress of India" in lower left corner, few minor toned spots affect a few perfs

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE COMBINATION OF CHINKIANG TREATY PORT AND UNITED STATES 1890 ISSUE STAMPS.

According to the Pratt book, towards the end of 1893, the Chinkiang Municipal Council decided to take over the postal service, effective as of August 6, 1894. New stamp designs were prepared and a printer in Shanghai was selected, but a fire on June 29 at a cotton shop next door spread and the presses and stones were damaged. A new printer was quickly found in Japan, who was able to produce and deliver the new stamps in time for the August 6 start of service. The service was absorbed into the Imperial Chinese Post on Feb. 2, 1897.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,500
Back to Top
2196
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2196, Foreign Mail: China5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Rich color, used with China, Foochow, 1895, 1c Green (2), latter tied by "Postal Service Foochow China, Oct. 5 95" circular datestamp, both tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, Oct. 1 2PM 95" duplex datestamp on light pink cover with blue illustration of tree branches at left, to Wauwatosa Wis., sender's instructions "Via San Francisco or Vancouver", blue "Shanghai Local Post Oct. 8 95", San Francisco and receiving (Nov. 7) backstamps, light vertical file fold well away from stamps

VERY FINE. A SCARCE COMBINATION USE OF THE FOOCHOW TREATY PORT STAMP AND THE UNITED STATES 1890 ISSUE.

Foochow was one of the five original treaty ports and was opened to trade in 1842. A large foreign presence meant a high volume of mail. According to the Pratt book (p. 345), the Foochow office of the Shanghai Local Post was opened sometime in 1890, with all revenues going to Shanghai. In 1894 the local foreign residents and consuls voted unanimously to establish a local post office, to open January 1, 1895. The new stamps were not ready until the first of August, approximately two months before this was sent. The Foochow office was absorbed by the Imperial Chinese Post on Feb. 2, 1897.

E. 2,000-3,000
4,250
Back to Top
2197
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2197, Foreign Mail: China5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, Jun. 23 1PM 94" duplex datestamp on cover to New York City, blue "Local Post Agency-Foochow JU 14 94" circular datestamp, second strike on back which also bears blue Shanghai Local Post, San Francisco and receiving backstamps

VERY FINE AND RARE LATE USE FROM THE FOOCHOW BRANCH OF THE SHANGHAI LOCAL POST OFFICE. THIS FOOCHOW MARKING IS EXTREMELY RARE IN BLUE.

According to the Pratt book (p. 345), the Foochow office of the Shanghai Local Post was opened sometime in 1890. Two types of datestamps are known. The marking struck on this cover was primarily used between 1890 and 1893; Reinhardt records it only in black. The second type of marking, with Chinese characters in place of the date, is known only in blue, used during the same time period. The example offered here is a relatively late usage (1894) for the marking and is a rare blue strike. The office closed on Dec. 31, 1894, with the opening of the independent Foochow Local Post Office on Jan. 1, 1895.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
Back to Top
2198
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2198, Foreign Mail: China5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, Dec. 1 9AM 94" duplex datestamp on cover to Ft. Meade S.D., with purple "Kewkiang Local Post 20 NOV 94" double-oval datestamp, light strike of blue Shanghai Local Post, San Francisco and receiving backstamps, with original enclosure, minor edgewear, Very Fine, scarce

E. 300-400
600
Back to Top
2199
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2199, Foreign Mail: China5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Two, tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, Jun. 24 92" duplex datestamp on blue linen-lined cover with printed "United States Consulate" to Boston, originated in Ningpo with purple serrated oval "United States Consulate, Ningpo, China, Jun. 22, 1892" handstamp, additional strike on back, San Francisco (Jul. 17) and receiving (Jul. 22) backstamps, minor edgewear, Very Fine and attractive use from Ningpo to the U.S. thru the U.S. Postal Agency in China

E. 500-750
850
Back to Top
2200
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2200, Foreign Mail: China5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Rich color, used with China, 1894, Wuhu, 1c Brown (3), the local tied by purple "Wuhu Local Post, 5- Feb. 95" circular datestamp, both stamps tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, Feb. ? 3:30PM 95" duplex, on cover with printed address to Kansas City Mo., second strike of Wuhu Local Post circular datestamp on back, San Francisco (Mar. 15) and receiving (Mar. 19) backstamps, intact wax seal on back leaves slight soiling, 5c small tear and some gum staining

VERY FINE. A RARE COMBINATION COVER WITH THE WUHU TREATY PORT STAMP AND THE 5-CENT 1890 ISSUE, SENT THRU THE U.S. POSTAL AGENCY IN SHANGHAI.

Wuhu became a treaty port in 1876. The history of the Wuhu Treaty Port stamps, described in the Pratt book, is an interesting one. Wuhu did not have a Municipal Council of its own, so Arthur Knight Gregson appointed himself postmaster at Wuhu. Lacking official recognition, his post originally fell into the category of a private post. To rectify this situation he organized a meeting of the expat community in Wuhu on June 23, 1894, which agreed to organize a postal service with him as its postmaster. The Shanghai Municipal Council accepted this appointment on July 23, 1894, and his stamps became valid for postage. In 1897 the Imperial China Post was established, ushering in a new era of postal communication in China.

E. 4,000-5,000
5,250
Back to Top
2201
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2201, Foreign Mail: ChinaU.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai Covers, U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai CoversU.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai Covers. Six covers used in 1894 or 1895, including two with 5c used to Maine and Chicago; strip of five of 1c to New York, strip of three 1c with 2c to Ceylon where forwarded within Ceylon, last two bear two 2c and one 1c to Wis. and Ind., few small faults (mostly edgewear), Fine-Very Fine and diverse group

E. 750-1,000
800
Back to Top
Copyright 2019. All rights reserved by Siegel Auction Galleries Inc. Information and images may be used with credit to Siegel Auction Galleries or siegelauctions.com subject to guidelines and restrictions.
Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy