Sale 1248 — The Magnolia Collection of U.S. Mail in China and Japan: Part 1

Sale Date — Thursday, 16 December, 2021

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Category — Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2095
c
Sale 1248, Lot 2095, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan3c Ultramarine (114). Used as forwarding postage with two France 1870 40c Orange, Bordeaux Issue (47), large margins to cut in, tied by diamond of dots cancels, "Morez-du-Jura 3E/2 Auot 71" (August 2, 1871) double-circle datestamp on folded letter in French datelined Morez, July 31, 1871, to Pignatel & Co., Nagasaki, Japan, sender's directive "Voie de Suez", Lyon-to-Marseilles and Marseilles datestamps on back (August 3), red "AFFRANCHISSEMENT/INSUFFISANT" framed handstamp indicating the letter weighed over the limit for the 80c rate to Japan, "4" decimes debit handstamp, carried on the French postal route to Yokohama, blue "Yokohama Bru Francaise 20 Oct 71" French Post Office double-circle datestamp lightly struck on back, the cover was delivered to Eccard & Raud, faint but clear strike of "ECCARD & RAUD,/YOKOHAMA (Japon.)" handstamp on back, they crossed out the earlier Suez route directive and wrote "Per 'Golden Age'" ship-name directive, then turned the letter over to the U.S. Post Office, they also affixed the 1869 Pictorial stamp to pay the 3c interconsular rate, tied by Yokohama circle of wedges cancel, "Yokohama Japan Oct. 2(1)" circular datestamp--carried on the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. branch-line steamer Golden Age, departing Yokohama October 21, 1871, and arriving Nagasaki days later--docketing on back indicates October 26 receipt date, faintly toned, horizontal file fold passes through 3c stamp, but with almost invisible effect

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.

Bid on this lot

E. 40,000-50,000
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2096
c
Sale 1248, Lot 2096, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan3c Ultramarine (114). Minor fault in top left corner, cancelled by perfectly clear strike of "X" in circle cancel presumably applied at Hiogo because the stamp is affixed over a black ink mark (thumbprint?) that matches the cancel, used on blue folded letter in French datelined Osaka, March 29, 1871, on E. Ogerau printed letterhead and addressed to Victor Pignatel in Nagasaki, Japan--carried on a PMSS branch-line steamer, but the recorded sailing data are incomplete and do not curently show a trip from Yokohama to Shanghai that would drop off mail at Nagasaki in proximity to the April 18 receipt date in the docketing

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.

Bid on this lot

E. 5,000-7,500
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2097
c
Sale 1248, Lot 2097, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan3c Green, H. Grill (136). Segmented cork cancel, clear strike of "Nagasaki Japan Aug. 4" (1873) circular datestamp on folded cover to J. Raud & Co. in Yokohama, "Pignatel & Co. Nagasaki (Japon)" double-oval handstamp, sender's directive "p. Golden Age"--carried on PMSS Golden Age, departing Shanghai Aug. 2, 1873, picking up mail at Nagasaki and arriving Yokohama Aug. 10--docketed with Aug. 10 receipt date, lightly toned and sharp file folds, still Very Fine, an extremely rare Nagasaki interconsular use, signed in pencil by Herbert J. Bloch and Calvet M. Hahn

Bid on this lot

E. 2,000-3,000
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2098
c
Sale 1248, Lot 2098, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan3c Green, H. Grill (136). Tied by Nagasaki "X" in box cancel on folded cover to J. Raud & Co. in Yokohama, "Pignatel & Co. Nagasaki (Japon)" double-oval handstamp, sender's directive "par 'Golden Age'"--carried on PMSS Golden Age, departing Shanghai Oct. 4, 1873, picking up mail at Nagasaki and arriving Yokohama Oct. 12--docketed with Oct. 12 receipt date, lightly toned and slight erosion along file fold, still Very Fine, an extremely rare Nagasaki interconsular use and the only recorded example of this "X" in box cancellation, illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 193), signed in pencil by Herbert J. Bloch and Calvet M. Hahn

Bid on this lot

E. 3,000-4,000
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2099
c
Sale 1248, Lot 2099, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan3c Green (147). Tied by "Yokohama Japan Feb. 4" (1871) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to E. Ogerau in Osaka, no indication of date, but carried on the PMSS Golden Age, departing Yokohama February 4, 1871, arriving Shanghai February 12, and dropping off the mail at Hiogo-Osaka on the route, Very Fine, this is the earliest recorded use of the Bank Note Issue in Japan, it is used on this cover to pay the 3c interconsular rate, which was reduced from 10c to 3c in mid-1870, illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 151), ex Ishikawa

Bid on this lot

E. 2,000-3,000
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