Sale 1248 — The Magnolia Collection of U.S. Mail in China and Japan: Part 1
Sale Date — Thursday, 16 December, 2021
Category — Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN OUTSTANDING MIXED-FRANKING COVER, ORIGINATING IN FRANCE WITH TWO 40-CENTIMES BORDEAUX ISSUE STAMPS UNDERPAYING POSTAGE TO JAPAN, THEN FORWARDED FROM THE U.S. POST OFFICE IN YOKOHAMA TO THE ADDRESSEE IN NAGASAKI WITH A 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL STAMP PAYING THE INTERCONSULAR RATE. A COLORFUL COVER AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ARTIFACTS OF THE POSTAL HISTORY OF CHINA AND JAPAN.
This extraordinary cover was mailed from France to Japan in August 1871, just months after the end of the Franco-Prussian War. It was delivered to the firm of Eccard & Raud in Yokohama, who presumably paid the postage due. Since France had no postal service from Yokohama to Nagasaki, Eccard & Raud gave the letter to the U.S. Post Office, and an additional 3c for the interconsular rate was paid with the 1869 stamp. The rate between U.S. post offices in Japan was reduced from 10c to 3c in mid-1870, as evidenced by the earliest recorded cover showing the new rate, dated July 15, 1870, from Hiogo-Osaka to Yokohama (see Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book, p. 174).
We record five mixed-franking covers with French and United States stamps paying postage to or from China and Japan. Four were sent through the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai and have Bank Note stamps (one is offered in lot 2063). The cover offered here is the only one sent through the U.S. Post Office in Yokohama, and it is also the only one with an 1869 Pictorial stamp. In addition to the five covers from France, there are two covers from Germany to Nagasaki via Shanghai, each with German and U.S. Bank Note stamps (one is offered in lot 2062).
Ex Ryohei Ishikawa.
VERY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVERS SENT BETWEEN UNITED STATES POST OFFICES IN JAPAN, OF WHICH FOUR HAVE 3-CENT STAMPS. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE "X" IN CIRCLE CANCEL USED AT THE HIOGO POST OFFICE.
This is one of six recorded 1869 Pictorial covers sent between United States post offices in Japan. One has two 2c 1869 stamps overpaying the 3c rate by 1c. Another has three 2c 1869 stamps paying the double 3c interconsular rate. The other four each have a single 3c 1869 stamp paying the interconsular rate, including the cover forwarded from Yokohama to Nagasaki offered in lot 2095. The rate between consular post offices in Japan was reduced from 10c to 3c in mid-1870, as evidenced by the earliest recorded cover showing the new rate, dated July 15, 1870, from Hiogo-Osaka to Yokohama (see Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book, p.174).
Illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 175).
Ex Ishikawa and Coulter. With 2006 P.F. certificate.