Sale 1261 — The Magnolia Collection of U.S. Mail in China and Japan: Part 3

Sale Date — Wednesday, 29 June, 2022

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Category — 1869 Pictorial and Bank Note Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
776
c
Sale 1261, Lot 776, 1869 Pictorial and Bank Note Issues3c Ultramarine (114). Bright color, tied by large circular segmented cork cancel, paying 3c rate between consular post offices in Japan on folded cover from Pignatel & Co. in Nagasaki to Eccard & Raud in Yokohama, no Nagasaki datestamp at this time (it was introduced in 1872), sender's "Pignatel & Cie. Nagasaki (Japon)" double-oval handstamp and manuscript directive "Costa Rica" (Pacific Mail Steamship Co. branch-line steamer), receipt docketing "1870 Nagasaki, 26 Decbre, Pignatel & Co., R 31 do, 2 Janvier 1871"

VERY FINE. THIS PRISTINE COVER IS THE ONLY RECORDED 3-CENT INTERCONSULAR RATE USE FROM NAGASAKI WITH THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. CERTAINLY ONE OF THE FINEST OF ALL 1869 ISSUE COVERS ORIGINATING IN JAPAN.

The sender, Pignatel & Co., was one of the largest of the Western trading firms, and Eccard & Raud was a major silk exporter. This cover was carried on an eastbound Pacific Mail Steamship Co. branch-line steamer that originated in Shanghai and stopped at Nagasaki on its journey to Yokohama. The table of PMSS Co. branch-line trips in the Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book is, by the authors' own admission, based on incomplete records. The eastbound trip of the Costa Rica that carried this cover is not listed, but the receipt docketing can be used to determine the trip dates. According to the docketing, the letter originated at Nagasaki on December 26, 1870, and arrived in Yokohama on December 31 (it was answered January 2, 1871). The trip from Shanghai to Yokohama was usually seven or eight days at this time, so the Costa Rica probably sailed from Shanghai on December 23 or 24, picked up the mail at Nagasaki on December 26 or 27, and reached Yokohama on December 31. None of the listed trips by other steamers fit these dates.

Very few interconsular covers originating in Nagasaki are recorded, and all others with 1869 Pictorial Issue stamps were prepaid 6c for the rate from Japan to Shanghai, China. This is the only known 1869 Issue cover from Nagasaki to anywhere else in Japan, paid at the 3c interconsular rate.

"WARD" backstamp. Pencil source note on back "Collection WARD, achat Weill Novr 65". Ex "European Connoisseur."

E. 7,500-10,000
7,500
777
c
Sale 1261, Lot 777, 1869 Pictorial and Bank Note Issues3c Green (147). Cancelled by bold 5-bar grid, lightly inked "Nagasaki, Japan, 14 Apr." (1873) circular datestamp on folded letter in French to J. Raud & Co., Yokohama, Japan, sender's directive "pr. Oregonian", "Pignatel & Cie. Nagasaki (Japon)" double-oval handstamp, stamp with perf flaws at right, otherwise Very Fine, a rare interconsular usage from Nagasaki to Yokohama, with 1983 A.P.S. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,400
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778
c
Sale 1261, Lot 778, 1869 Pictorial and Bank Note Issues2c Brown (113). Two, tied by quartered cork cancels, partly clear "Yokohama Japan Nov. 21" (1870) circular datestamp on folded letter to Pignatel & Co. in Nagasaki, Japan, 1c overpayment of 3c inter-consular rate, light staining around stamps

VERY FINE. ONE OF SEVEN RECORDED 1869 PICTORIAL COVERS BETWEEN POST OFFICES IN JAPAN, INCUDING THREE WITH THE 2-CENT HORSE & RIDER ISSUE.

The letter mentions correspondence between the French and U.S. consuls.

Ex Ishikawa and Coulter. Illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 149).

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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