Sale 1271 — The Magnolia Collection of U.S. Mail in China and Japan: Part 4

Sale Date — Tuesday, 13 December, 2022

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Category — Hong Kong Postal Markings

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
273
c
Sale 1271, Lot 273, Hong Kong Postal MarkingsJapan to U.S. via Hong Kong. Cover with "W&Co. Japan" Walsh & Co. embossed seal on flap from Francis Hall in Kanagawa, Japan, to Robert A. Hall, Elmira N.Y., Hall's directive "Marseille", red "PAID" framed handstamp (Webb Type 10) applied in Hong Kong with "Hong Kong C AU 25 63" backstamp, red crayon "1/11" rate, red London Paid datestamp (Oct. 15) and matching "16 Cents" credit handstamp, "N. York Am. Pkt. 5 Oct. 30" 5c debit datestamp, lightly soiled, still Very Fine, a rare and early cover from Japan to the U.S. with unusual routing through the British Post Office in Hong Kong and prepaid for the Marseilles route

Bid on this lot

E. 750-1,000
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274
c
Sale 1271, Lot 274, Hong Kong Postal MarkingsU.S. to India via Hong Kong. 3c Pink entire cancelled by bold strike of quartered cork, "San Francisco Cal. Sep. 7" circular datestamp and addressed to Belgaum, India, with "Hong Kong OC 31 68", Bombay (Nov. 23) and Belgaum backstamps, manuscript "4" pence ship letter fee due at Hong Kong, neat "S B As 4" transit marking applied in Bombay, blue crayon markings have no postal relevance, some overall soiling and wear, still Fine, a very unusual use carried by private ship to Hong Kong (likely the Galatea), as most covers to India were sent thru Europe

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E. 300-400
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275
c
Sale 1271, Lot 275, Hong Kong Postal MarkingsConsulate of the United States of America Hong Kong. Large three-line circle handstamp applied to back of cover to A. Bareis at U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai, China, with Hong Kong, 1865, 8c Orange Buff (13) tied by "B62" barred oval cancel, "Hong Kong AP 26 67" backstamp, edge flaw at left where opened

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE EARLY USE FROM THE UNITED STATES CONSULATE TO THE NASCENT U.S. POSTAL AGENCY IN SHANGHAI, CARRIED ACCORDING TO THE TERMS OF THE NEW 1867 TREATY.

According to the Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 85), the postal treaty between Hong Kong and the United States became effective at the start of 1867. The treaty stipulated that mail from Hong Kong would be handled by the British Post Office, and mail to and from the treaty ports would be handled by the United States. The authors note "Diplomatic dispatches and correspondence from the American consuls in those cities, all of which was supposed to go to Shanghai, was presumably handled directly." The cover offered here, originating at the United States Consulate in Hong Kong and carried by British mails, indicates that at least some mail between U.S. offices was not handled directly.

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Sale 1271, Lot 275, Hong Kong Postal Markings
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E. 2,000-3,000
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276
c
Sale 1271, Lot 276, Hong Kong Postal Markings3c Rose (65). Affixed at top left of yellow cover to Mrs. J. Pierce, Plymouth Mass. Hong Kong, 1865, 8c Orange Buff (13) tied by "B62" in barred oval cancel, red "Hong Kong Paid All JU 22 74" circular datestamp, red "San Francisco Cal. Aug. 9" double-circle datestamp, slightly reduced at left where opened a bit unevenly, some toning around stamps, otherwise Fine, a very unusual use, the 8c Hong Kong stamp paid the trans-Pacific rate, it seems likely that the U.S. stamp beneath served no actual postal duty

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E. 500-750
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277
c
Sale 1271, Lot 277, Hong Kong Postal MarkingsJapan to United States via Hong Kong. Cover with manuscript "With Brot G's Love I have sent mine...Japanese carte d'visite X Arno Stevens" and addressed to Mrs. B. B. Mammand in Providence R.I.--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing Hong Kong May 19, 1869, arriving Yokohama May 29, then departing Yokohama May 31 and arriving San Francisco June 19--red "Hong Kong Paid All A May 19 69" circular datestamp, magenta "4" rate, red "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp, clear strike of "Forwarded by Thos. Hunt & Co. Hong Kong" oval handstamp on back, red "San Francisco Paid All Jun. 21" backstamp, some edgewear, top flap partly detached and reinforced, still Very Fine, a very rare use with the Hong Kong forwarding marking

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Sale 1271, Lot 277, Hong Kong Postal Markings
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E. 1,000-1,500
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278
c
Sale 1271, Lot 278, Hong Kong Postal MarkingsHong Kong to New York. Folded letter datelined "Hong Kong Feb. 24, 1868" with blue "Augustine Heard & Co. Hong Kong Feb. 25, 1868" backstamp, to Lanman and Kemp in New York--carried on PMSS China, departing Hong Kong Feb. 25, 1868, arriving Yokohama Mar. 4, then departing Yokohama March 8 (delayed in port due to weather), arriving San Francisco Mar. 31--clear strike of red "PAID-ALL" straightline handstamp applied in Hong Kong, "Hong Kong FE 25 68" circular datestamp, magenta "4" rate, red "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp, red "San Francisco Paid All Apr. 1" datestamp, docketing on back indicates received Apr. 21, piece out at upper right where Hong Kong stamps were affixed, still Very Fine, a rare example of the "China and Japan Steam Service" marking used from Hong Kong, this is also one of perhaps 4-6 known examples of the "PAID-ALL" marking which was applied in Hong Kong, it is also the earliest recorded examples of the "San Francisco Paid All" marking

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E. 750-1,000
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279
c
Sale 1271, Lot 279, Hong Kong Postal MarkingsHong Kong to Holland. Tissue-paper cover to Mr. J. W. de Barbanson in Amsterdam, Holland, red "PAID-ALL" straightline handstamp applied in Hong Kong--carried on PMSS Costa Rica, departing Shanghai May 19, 1869, arriving Yokohama May 27, 1869, then on PMSS Great Republic, departing Yokohama May 31, arriving San Francisco June 19--"San Francisco Cal. Jun. 21" circular datestamp, red "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp, clear strike of "INSUFFICIENTLY PAID" straightline handstamp, "New York Br. Transit Jun. 30" datestamp, manuscript "55" Dutch cents postage due marking, receiving backstamp (Jul. 11), some faults including pieces out, still Fine, a very unusual use

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E. 300-400
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280
c
Sale 1271, Lot 280, Hong Kong Postal MarkingsU.S. Consulate Hong Kong. Clear strike of purple backstamp on cover to Mrs. J. R. Rogers, Waverly Ia. and forwarded to Cedar Rapids, with Hong Kong, 1891, 10c Violet on Red (44) tied by "Hong Kong JY 5 98" circular datestamp, endorsed "From Of. S. Rogers, Co. A 2nd Reg., Ore. Volunteers, Manila Philippines Isl.", San Francisco, Waverly and Cedar Rapids backstamps, some slight wear, Very Fine and unusual use from the Philippines thru the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong

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Sale 1271, Lot 280, Hong Kong Postal Markings
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E. 400-500
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281
c
Sale 1271, Lot 281, Hong Kong Postal Markings5c Chocolate (270). Tied by red pen squiggles, "Hong Kong B Feb. 21 96" circular datestamp on "On Her Majesty's Service" imprint cover to S. A. Stevens, Portland Me., sender's directive "G.P.O. Hong Kong", Boston (Mar. 24) and Portland (Mar. 25) backstamps, Very Fine, a very unusual use, the squiggles were intended to indicate the stamp was not accepted for use thru the Hong Kong postal service, the lack of any due markings indicates this was not charged any additional postage

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E. 300-400
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282
c
Sale 1271, Lot 282, Hong Kong Postal MarkingsPHILIPPINES, 1899, 2c Orange Red, Ty. III (214). Straight edge at top, tied by "Victoria Hong Kong 9AM 1AP 05" double-circle datestamp on picture postcard depicting a cathedral in Manila to Newbury, England, minor edgewear, Very Fine, a very unusual use of the Philippines overprinted stamp used in Hong Kong

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E. 200-300
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