Sale 1261 — The Magnolia Collection of U.S. Mail in China and Japan: Part 3
Sale Date — Wednesday, 29 June, 2022
Category — Canton to Tientsin
VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE UNSEVERED PAID REPLY POSTAL CARD FROM MILWAUKEE TO CANTON, CHINA, AND THEN BACK TO MILWAUKEE, WITH THE CANTON CUSTOMS DATER MARKING.
The Paid Reply postal cards were intended to be separated after the first use. This intact use, which traveled from Milwaukee to Canton and back, is remarkable.
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE CHINKIANG AND SHANGHAI CUSTOMS POST DATESTAMPS ON A POSTAL CARD SENT VIA THE UNITED STATES POSTAL AGENCY IN SHANGHAI. THIS CARD COMES FROM THE REVEREND WRIGHT CORRESPONDENCE.
Reverend Amzi C. Wright and his second wife, Hattie, were American missionaries in Yangchow, arriving in 1896. He had previously served as president of the University of Nanking. A group of five 2c postal cards from the Wright correspondence reached the market through Interasia Auctions in January and July 2010. Please see lots 709-712 for the other four cards with Imperial dollar daters.
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE HANKOW AND SHANGHAI CUSTOMS POST DATESTAMPS ON A COVER SENT VIA THE UNITED STATES POSTAL AGENCY IN SHANGHAI.
Illustrated in Customs Dater (1875-1913) on p. 63.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL BOLD STRIKE OF THE "CUSTOMS KIUKIANG" DOUBLE-CIRCLE DATESTAMP. THE USE OF THE KIUKIANG CUSTOMS POST DATESTAMP DURING THIS PERIOD IS EXTREMELY RARE ON COVERS SENT VIA THE UNITED STATES POSTAL AGENCY IN SHANGHAI.
Ex Canman and Bilden.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAR STRIKE OF THE "CUSTOMS KIUKIANG" DOUBLE-CIRCLE DATESTAMP ON A PRISTINE COVER. THE USE OF THE KIUKIANG CUSTOMS POST DATESTAMP DURING THIS PERIOD IS VERY DESIRABLE AND EXTREMELY RARE ON COVERS SENT VIA THE UNITED STATES POSTAL AGENCY IN SHANGHAI.
Illustrated in Customs Dater 1875-1913 (p. 88, fig. 12-7). Ex Mizuhara.
VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 3-CANDARINS LARGE DRAGON WIDE SETTING USED FROM THE UNITED STATES LEGATION IN PEKING TO TIENTSIN, AND THEN SENT BACK TO PEKING ENTIRELY THROUGH THE CUSTOMS POST.
The rate for Chinese postage was 3 candarins per half-ounce. This evidently was not charged postage for the return trip from Tientsin to Peking. According to Wikipedia, the recipent was a Confederate officer who was pardoned. He went to Mexico to serve under Emperor Maximilian until his regime fell. In 1880 he was appointed U.S. Consul in Nagasaki, and in 1886 he was transferred to the embassy in Chungking where he died in 1898.
Ex Sussex ("The Opening of China", Christie's Zurich Nov. 12, 1987). Illustrated in Whang Large Dragon census book (p. 290).
FINE. APPROXIMATELY 20 UNITED STATES AND SMALL DRAGON MIXED-FRANKING COVERS ARE REPORTED.
This mixed-franking cover is quite desirable with Customs Post datestamps of three different offices.
VERY FINE. APPROXIMATELY 20 UNITED STATES AND SMALL DRAGON MIXED-FRANKING COVERS ARE REPORTED.
With 2005 Sismondo certificate.
FINE APPEARANCE. DESPITE THE POSSIBILITY THAT ADDITIONAL SMALL DRAGON STAMPS ARE MISSING, THIS REMAINS AN EXTREMELY RARE MIXED FRANKING OF A UNITED STATES POSTAL CARD AND THE CHINA SMALL DRAGON ISSUE.
The Customs Post rate for a letter would have been 3 candarins, and it is possible this originally had two more 1ca stamps affixed at lower left. The circumstances of their removal are unknown.
FINE. APPROXIMATELY 20 UNITED STATES AND SMALL DRAGON MIXED-FRANKING COVERS ARE REPORTED, BUT THIS DOUBLE-RATE FRANKING IS CONSIDERABLY RARER AND MORE IMPRESSIVE.
The double 5c UPU rate indicates that the China Customs Post postage was also paid at twice the 3-candarins rate.
A FINE AND MAGNIFICENT COVER FROM TIENTSIN, CHINA, TO THE UNITED STATES, WITH A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF DOWAGER ISSUE STAMPS AND THE UNITED STATES 1894 BUREAU ISSUE.
Based on the 55c U.S. postage, which paid the 11-times 5c per half-ounce UPU rate, this must have weighed between 5 and 51/2 ounces. It is opened up, and the Tientsin datestamp extends beyond the fold at bottom, above the imprint, which raises the question of how this was originally configured. In our opinion the envelope was unfolded by the sender at the U.S. Consulate and used as a package wrapper. The accompanying certificate issued by Peter Holcombe in 1996 states "as the piece is incomplete it is impossible to say, whether further stamps were on the original letter." We respectfully disagree. The 66-candarins postage perfectly dovetails with an 11-times 6-candarins rate, which included U.S. postage.
With 1996 Holcombe certificate.