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 — Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail

Lot
Symbol
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Cat./Est. Value
Realized
369
c
Sale 1271, Lot 369, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail10c Green (68). Rich color, few gum toned perfs, cancelled by manuscript cross strokes, used on blue folded letter in German datelined "Nagasaki, 16th September 1868" from Schmidt, Spahn & Co. to Charles Thorel in Yokohama, sender's directive "per Costa Rica", docketed with September 25 receipt date--carried on PMSS branch-line steamer Costa Rica, departing Shanghai September 17, 1868, picking up mail at Nagasaki en route and arriving Yokohama September 25--slight toning and small hole along file fold

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS SENT BETWEEN UNITED STATES POST OFFICES IN JAPAN WITH THE 10-CENT RATE PAID BY 1861-68 ISSUE STAMPS. AN OUTSTANDING INTERCONSULAR POST OFFICE COVER.

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. Letters between U.S. post offices in China and Japan were carried under the blanket 10c rate until the 6c interconsular rate was introduced. Based on archival correspondence, the rate is thought to have been implemented in mid-April 1870 (see Laurence 10c 1869 book, p. 281). This rate is very rare, and only two covers sent between post offices in Japan have 1861-68 Issue stamps (both 10c). The other is illustrated in the Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 173)--it has a single 10c 1861 tied by the "HIOGO JAPAN" double-circle handstamp (December 7, 1869). The cover offered here is the only one originating in Nagasaki.

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E. 3,000-4,000
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370
c
Sale 1271, Lot 370, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail2c Brown (113). Horizontal pair, tied by two different cancellations used by U.S. post offices in Japan, one is a large segmented cork in a pale shade of black, the other is a smaller cork cancel in a darker shade, possibly struck at Yokohama (before departure) and Nagasaki (after arrival), on cover addressed to "Philipp Mullenhoff Esq., Captain of the Northgerman Schooner Johann Ubon [?] in care of Van Delden & Co., Nagasaki", no dated markings or docketing, overpaid 1c for 3c interconsular rate between offices in Japan, small cover tear at top, Very Fine, we record seven or eight covers between post offices in Japan with 1869 Pictorial stamps, including three with 2c Horse & Rider stamps

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E. 2,000-3,000
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371
c
Sale 1271, Lot 371, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail3c Green (147). Gum stains, cancelled by Nagasaki circle of Vs cancel on folded cover to J. Raud & Co., Yokohama, Japan, "Pignatel & Cie. Nagasaki (Japon)" double-oval handstamp, receipt docketing with Jan. 5, 1874, origin date and Jan. 14 receipt date, slight wear along file folds, Very Fine, a rare interconsular usage from Nagasaki to Yokohama

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E. 1,000-1,500
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372
c
Sale 1271, Lot 372, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail6c Carmine (148). Tied by two strikes of quartered cork cancel on blue folded cover from Japan to China, cancel attributed to U.S. post office in Hiogo, addressed to F. Peil, Shanghai, with sender's directive "per Costa Rica", carried on PMSS branch-line steamer (possibly the Costa Rica), blue "Shanghae Local Post A MY 15 72" circular datestamp on back, refolded to show backstamp, minor bleached spots and small splits in edges sealed with hinges, stamp slightly gum toned

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER SENT FROM UNITED STATES POST OFFICE IN JAPAN TO POSTAL AGENCY IN SHANGHAI, THEN DELIVERED BY SHANGHAI LOCAL POST.

Interconsular rate covers between Japan and China are rare, but this cover with the Shanghai Local Post datestamp is an extraordinary usage from the China perspective.

Ex Landau.

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E. 4,000-5,000
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373
c
Sale 1271, Lot 373, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail3c Green (147). Horizontal pair, tied by two strikes of quartered cork cancel on blue folded cover from Japan to China, cancel attributed to U.S. post office in Hiogo, addressed to

F. Peil, Shanghai, with sender's directive "per 'Oregonean'"--carried on PMSS branch-line steamer Oregonian, departing Yokohama May 25, 1872, arriving Shanghai June 2--readable strike of blue "Shanghae Local Post B JU 3 72" circular datestamp on back, minor bleached spots, stamps slightly gum toned

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER SENT FROM UNITED STATES POST OFFICE IN JAPAN TO POSTAL AGENCY IN SHANGHAI, THEN DELIVERED BY SHANGHAI LOCAL POST.

Interconsular rate covers between Japan and China are rare, but this cover with the Shanghai Local Post datestamp is an extraordinary usage from the China perspective.

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Sale 1271, Lot 373, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail
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E. 3,000-4,000
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374
c
Sale 1271, Lot 374, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail3c Green (147). Two, cancelled by two strikes of quartered cork cancel on blue folded cover from Japan to China, cancel attributed to U.S. post office in Hiogo, addressed to F. Peil, Shanghai, with sender's directive "per Said", small part of blue Shanghai Local Post circular datestamp on back (part of back flaps torn off), inside reinforced with another unrelated folded cover, pair has gum stains and cover has bleached spots, nonetheless a Fine and rare interconsular usage in combination with the Shanghai Local Post, ex Dr. Spicer

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E. 1,000-1,500
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375
c
Sale 1271, Lot 375, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail3c Green (147). Tied by partly clear "Yokohama Japan Feb. 4" (1871) circular datestamp on blue folded letter from Legrand & Levy to Pignatel & Co., Nagasaki, datelined February 4, 1871--carried on PMSS Golden Age, departing Yokohama Feb. 4, 1871, arriving Shanghai Feb. 12, and dropping off the mail at Nagasaki on the route--minor bleached spots, stamp slightly gum toned, otherwise 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, another cover (without contents) from the same sender and trip was offered in Magnolia Part 1 (Sale 1248, lot 2099)

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E. 1,500-2,000
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376
c
Sale 1271, Lot 376, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail10c Brown (161). Small part of bottom margin partly torn off from separation, tied by circle of wedges cancel on "Finance Department" imprint cover with notation "Sender Yoshio Kusaka, Yedo, Japan" and addressed to Mrs. C. Jewett, Norwichtown Conn., no Yokohama datestamp--carried on PMSS Colorado, departing Dec. 22, 1874, arriving San Francisco Jan. 21 with the last mail dispatched before all U.S. post offices in Japan were closed on Dec. 31, 1874--clearly struck "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 22" double-circle datestamp, notation "This gentlemen [Yoshio Husaka] is now Governor of Nagasaki", some light staining and edgewear, gum toning around stamp perfs, otherwise Fine, a rare historic "last U.S. post office mail" cover from Japan, illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 167), ex Dr. Spicer

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E. 400-500
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377
c
Sale 1271, Lot 377, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail5c Yellow Brown (205). Tied by 'SHIP" straightline handstamp with matching "Yokohama 22 Sep. 1884" small circular datestamp on cover to Rev. J. W. Lambuth in Shanghai, China, "I.J.P.A. Shanghai 29 Sep. 1884" backstamp, half of backflap removed, but all markings are present, slightly toned, otherwise Very Fine, rare inbound ship letter handled by the Imperial Japanese Post Office in Yokohama and Shanghai

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E. 400-500
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378
 
Sale 1271, Lot 378, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic MailU.S. Post Office Department Notice--Closing of Postal Agencies in Japan. "Post Office Department, Office of Foreign Mails" letterhead datelined Washington D.C., July 23, 1874, signed by Joseph H. Blackfan, to J. W. Barber, 3rd Asst. PMG, informing him that with the commencement of the new postal agreement between the U.S. and Japan, effective Jan. 1, 1875, the "postal agencies maintained by this Department at Yokohama (Kanagawa), Hiogo, Nagasaki and Hakodati, will be discontinued on the 31st of December 1874", very rare and desirable official documentation of the cessation of U.S. post offices operating in Japan, which coincided with the Meiji government's inauguration of its own foreign-mail department, which was shaped by an American and assimilated many U.S. postal practices

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E. 400-500
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379
 
Sale 1271, Lot 379, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail24c Lilac (78). Full and clear strike of Yokohama "X" chop cancel, trivial sealed perf tear at top, otherwise Fine with a beautiful strike of this Japanese post office cancel, rare on the 24c value, see Sale 1248, lot 2081, for cover with same cancel

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E. 200-300
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380
 
Sale 1271, Lot 380, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail10c Yellow (116). Horizontal pair, bright color, each cancelled by well-struck "HIOGO JAPAN" double-circle handstamp, right stamp few short perfs and corner crease at bottom right, otherwise Very Fine, scarce pair used from Hiogo, Scott value $620.00 for two singles with Japan cancel

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E. 400-500
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381
 
Sale 1271, Lot 381, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail1c-10c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Japan Cancellations (112-114, 116). Eight stamps including two 1c, one 2c and 3c and three 10c with "HIOGO JAPAN" double-circle handstamp, additional 10c with Yokohama "X" chop, centering varies, minor faults, mostly complete and clear strikes with Fine-Very Fine appearance, a scarce group, especially the lower values, Scott value $4,306.00 for the seven stamps with "Japan" cancels (not counting 10c with "X" at $110.00)

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E. 750-1,000
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382
c
Sale 1271, Lot 382, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic MailBalance of U.S. Post Offices in Japan Bank Note Issue Covers. 13 covers with Bank Note Issue frankings (1c, 3c, 6c and 10c), all used from Japan including two with "China and Japan Steam Service" oval (10c frankings, no origin markings, datestamped in San Francisco May 14 and Sep. 2), nine with "Yokohama Japan" circular datestamp including two to Wyoming Territory (one badly damaged, other with tears), three to England (16c rates paid with 3c/10c or 6c/10c combinations), and two with "Nagasaki Japan" circular datestamp (one 3c interconsular to Hiogo, stained, and other with 10c), obviously the condition issues led us to combine these into a group offering, but this is no ordinary group lot, with most covers previously selling for $500 to $3,000 each, a wonderful group to kick off a U.S. post offices in China and Japan collection or for the eBay reseller to offer individually

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E. 2,000-3,000
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383
c
Sale 1271, Lot 383, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic MailJapan, 1874, 2s Yellow, Syllabic 16 (34). Vertical strip of three with bottom sheet selvage, tied by Yokohama double-circle datestamps on cover with "United States Consulate General, Kanagawa, Japan." two-line imprint at top right, addressed to John A. Bingham, U.S. Minister in Japan in Tokyo, Japanese writing and receiving mark on back, bottom right corner torn off, otherwise Fine, extremely rare U.S. diplomatic mail sent through the Japanese post office, signed Holcombe

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Sale 1271, Lot 383, Mail Between United States Post Offices in Japan, Diplomatic Mail
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E. 300-400
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