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 to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues

Lot
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Cat./Est. Value
Realized
27
c
Sale 1271, Lot 27, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues3c Rose (65). 15 stamps including a strip and singles, each cancelled by manuscript "M" for Milo Maine, without a circular datestamp, on cover addressed to William F. Stubbs, U.S. Ship Relief, Care American Consul, Macau, China, red "Portland Me. Am. Pkt. Paid 24 Feb. 25" 24c credit datestamp, red London Paid datestamp (Mar. 13), red "Correio Maritimo Macao" double-oval handstamp, blue "Hong Kong C Paid MY 7 65" backstamp, most stamps with faults with one or two defective, some slight soiling, Fine appearance and a rare franking to Macau correctly prepaying the 45c rate via Southampton, the Stubbs correspondence is known for covers with multiple stamps front and back, it seems at times the sender had an ample supply of 2c and 3c 1861 issue stamps but little else, ex Arthur White and accompanied by his exhibit page and detailed analysis

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E. 750-1,000
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28
c
Sale 1271, Lot 28, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues3c Rose (65). Twelve, affixed over edges and on back, manuscript "M" cancels for Milo Maine but no circular datestamp, faint strike of red "N.Y. Br. Pkt. Paid" (1865) circular datestamp and manuscript "40" credit on yellow cover addressed to William F. Stubbs, U.S. Ship Relief, Care American Consul, Macau, China, red London Paid datestamp, red "Correio Maritimo Macao" double-oval handstamp, blue "Hong Kong Paid MY 7 65" backstamp, some expected stamp faults, Fine appearing cover to Macau which is underpaid for the 45c rate via Southampton, no stamps are obviously missing but a 10c could have been on the back, the credit to Great Britain is correct for a 45c cover by British Packet, some of the other covers from the Stubbs correspondence also appear to be short paid, perhaps the vast number of stamps helped convince the postmaster to consider them fully prepaid, ex Bilden

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E. 500-750
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29
c
Sale 1271, Lot 29, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues3c Rose (65). 15 stamps including strips and pairs, each cancelled by manuscript "M" with "Milo Me. Feb. 25" (1865) circular datestamp on cover addressed to William F. Stubbs, U.S. Store Ship Relief, Macau, China, red "Portland Me. Am. Pkt. Paid 24 Feb. 25" 24c credit datestamp ties two stamps, London Paid datestamp (Mar. 13), blue "Hong Kong C Paid MY 7 65" backstamp, some stamps with minor perf faults where placed at edge and some slight soiling, Fine appearance and a rare franking to Macau correctly prepaying the 45c rate via Southampton, the Stubbs correspondence is known for covers with multiple stamps front and back, it seems at times the sender had an ample supply of 2c and 3c 1861 issue stamps but little else

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Sale 1271, Lot 29, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues
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E. 500-750
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30
c
Sale 1271, Lot 30, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues3c Rose (65). Horizontal pair, bold circle of wedges cancels and tied by partial strike of red British Packet exchange office datestamp on cover to Mr. Foster, Hong Kong, China, manuscript "Via Marseilles", red crayon "54" credit, red French arrival datestamp ties pair, red boxed "PD" handstamp, Paris transit and Hong Kong receiving backstamps--none of the markings with clear year dates, Very Fine and a vexing cover, the French markings and the 54c credit indicate a double rate via French Closed mail, which would be 60c, the 6c franking vastly underpays this but there are no obvious signs of missing stamps and no due markings, perhaps the clerk mistook the 3c stamps for 30c stamps

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E. 300-400
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31
c
Sale 1271, Lot 31, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues10c Green (68). Ten stamps in a strip of eight and pair, manuscript "M" cancels, "Milo Me. Apr. 18" (1865) circular datestamp on cover addressed to William F. Stubbs, U.S. Ship Relief, Care American Consul, Macau, China, two strikes of red "Portland Me. Am. Pkt. Paid 48 Apr. 22" 48c credit datestamp ties stamps, red London Paid datestamp (May 4), red manuscript "2" British Colonial credit, blue "Hong Kong C JY 6 65" backstamp, a few stamp with faults including right stamp reduced during separation, cover nicks at top

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 10-STAMP 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE FRANKING TO MACAU, CHINA, FROM THE STUBBS CORRESPONDENCE.

This remarkable cover is overpaid by 10c for double the 45c British Mail rate via Southampton. The dates correspond to the sailing of the Allan Line's Moravian from Portland, departing April 22, 1865, arriving Liverpool May 4. From there it was carried on P&O steamers. The Stubbs correspondence is known for covers with multiple low denomination stamps front and back. This franking with ten 10c stamps is extremely rare and striking.

Ex Arthur White and accompanied by his exhibit page and detailed analysis.

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E. 2,000-3,000
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32
c
Sale 1271, Lot 32, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues10c Green (68). Single 10c used with eleven 3c Rose (65), including a strip of nine and a pair, affixed folded over the side and cancelled by manuscript "M", pair tied by "Milo Me. Apr. 12" (1865) circular datestamp on buff cover addressed to William F. Stubbs, U.S. Ship Relief, Care American Consul, Macau, China, red "Portland Me. Am. Pkt. Paid 24 Apr. 15" 24c credit datestamp, red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, blue "Hong Kong C JU 19 65" backstamp, stamps on back with manuscript "I send some papers with this", a few stamp faults but better than many other covers from this correspondence, Fine appearance, this is underpaid by 2c for the 45c rate via Southampton, a stamp may be missing (Ashbrook note on back surmises this) or it may have been accepted as underpaid--some of the other covers from the Stubbs correspondence also appear to be short paid, signed Ashbrook

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Sale 1271, Lot 32, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues
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E. 750-1,000
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33
c
Sale 1271, Lot 33, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues10c Green (68). Horizontal pair, used with two 3c Rose (65), cancelled or tied by targets, part strike of N.H. town circular datestamp on cover addressed to care of Einstein Brothers in San Francisco, forwarded to Hong Kong, China and re-addressed to Howard Nichols, Oliphant & Co., "San Francisco Cal. Sep. 3" (1867) double-circle datestamp--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing San Francisco Sep. 3, 1867, arriving Hong Kong Oct. 5--"Hong Kong C OC 5 67" receiving backstamp, manuscript "8" due, docketing at left, slightly reduced at left, right 10c stamp perfs shaved at top, appears Very Fine, carried on the fourth westbound PMSS contract sailing

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E. 750-1,000
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34
c
Sale 1271, Lot 34, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues12c Black (69). Used with 3c Rose (65) and three 10c Green (68), 3c tied to cover and other stamps tied together by magenta grid cancels, matching "Hartford Ct. Sep. 30" (1862) circular datestamp, red "Boston Br. Pkt. 40 Oct. 1" 40c credit datestamp also ties 3c on blue cover to Francis Hall, Yokohama, Japan, via Russell & Co., Shanghai, China, Boston datestamp repeated on back without credit--carried on Cunarder Arabia, departing Boston Oct. 1, 1862, arriving Queenstown Oct. 11--faint strike of red London datestamp (Oct. 13) ties one 10c, red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, blue "Hong Kong C "DE 11 62" backstamp, reply docketing on back (Jan. 2, 1863), cover with some expertly sealed tears and left 10c stamp lifted and reperfed, still Extremely Fine appearing and striking 45c three-color franking to Russell & Co in Shanghai for forwarding to Japan

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E. 1,000-1,500
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35
c
Sale 1271, Lot 35, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues12c Black (69). Vertical strip of three and single, used with 5c Brown (76), tied by grid cancels, "Cambridge Mass. Jun. 27" (1865) double-circle datestamp on cover to Russell & Co. for Mrs. Henry Greco, Hong Kong, China, endorsed "French Closed Mail", red "New York Br. Pkt. Paid Jun. 28" circular datestamp, red crayon "27" credit, red Calais arrival datestamp (Jul. 9) and matching boxed "PD" handstamp, Marseilles and receiving backstamps, with original contents, stamps affected from placement over edge of cover, otherwise Fine, a most unusual franking--the 53c postage suggests this was prepaid for the rate by British Mail via Marseilles, but it went by French Mail, as directed by the sender, requiring only 30c with a corresponding 27c credit for British packet service--ex Vogel

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E. 1,000-1,500
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36
c
Sale 1271, Lot 36, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues24c Red Lilac (70). Horizontal pair, right stamp faulty at right, used with 3c Rose (65), small tear, cancelled by red grids with bold "New-York Paid Feb. 12" (1862) backstamp on cover to Cornelius B. Gold, Barque Oriental, care of American Consul, Hong Kong, China, sender's directive "via Marseilles", magenta manuscript "46" credit, red London Paid datestamp (Feb. 24), red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, "Hong Kong C AP 11 62" backstamp, some minor cover edgewear, Very Fine appearing 51c rate via Marseilles, ex Richardson, with 1990 P.F. certificate

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E. 750-1,000
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37
c
Sale 1271, Lot 37, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Used with 3c Rose (65) and pair of 10c Green (68), tied by target cancels with "Syracuse N.Y. Jun. 10" (1865) double-circle datestamp on cover to Commander Robert Townsend aboard the U.S.S. Wachusett in Macau, China, sender's directive "Via Marseilles", red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Jun 14" circular datestamp, red "40" credit handstamp overstuck by grid and "48" credit handstamp tying two stamps--carried on Cunarder Persia, departing New York June 14, 1865, arriving Queenstown June 24, then by P&O route--red London Paid datestamp (Jun. 26), red manuscript "1" British Colonial credit, blue "Hong-Kong C AU 7 65" backstamp, missing backflap, 30c stamp with corner crease

VERY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARILY ATTRACTIVE COVER TO MACAU WITH THREE DIFFERENT 1861 ISSUE STAMPS, PAYING THE 53-CENT RATE VIA MARSEILLES.

The Wachusett sailed in March 1865 to pursue the Confederate raider Shenandoah--in August, during a mission to track down pirates in China, Commander Townsend sailed up the Yangtze River and died of heat stroke.

Ex Hollowbush and Haas.

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E. 2,000-3,000
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38
c
Sale 1271, Lot 38, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues5c Red Brown (75). Used with 10c Green (68) and 30c Orange (71), tied by target cancels, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Dec. 17" (1862) circular datestamp on cover to Emily Prees, care of W.G. Hunter Esq., Hong Kong, China, magenta manuscript "40" credit, sender's directive "Per Steamer China Via Southampton"--carried on that Cunarder, departing New York Dec. 17, 1862, arriving Queenstown Dec. 27--red London Paid datestamp (Dec. 28), red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, "Hong Kong C FE 20 63" backstamp, when we last offered this cover in 2004 we noted evidence of an additional stamp being removed prior to sending but this is not noted on accompanying certificate and the cover pays the proper 45c rate, minor edge tear, 30c with small perf faults, still Very Fine and colorful, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate

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E. 750-1,000
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39
c
Sale 1271, Lot 39, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Used with 5c Brown (76) and 10c Green (68), each with vivid color, tied by crossroads cancel, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Nov. 10" (1863) circular datestamp ties 10c on cover to Carlowitz & Co., Canton, China, sender's directive "Via Southampton", magenta manuscript "40" credit--carried on Cunarder Canada, departing Boston Nov. 11, 1863, arriving Queenstown Nov. 22--red London Paid datestamp (Nov. 23) tying 5c and 10c stamps, red manuscript "1" British Colonial credit, blue Hong Kong backstamp (Jan. 23, 1864), Very Fine, a beautiful three-color franking for the 45c British Mail rate via Southampton, this cover and the cover offered in the following lot from the same correspondence were mailed two months apart, with this one carried by British packet and the other credited for American packet

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E. 1,000-1,500
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40
c
Sale 1271, Lot 40, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Used with 5c Brown (76) and 10c Green (68), each with deep rich color, tied by segmented cork cancels, red "N. York Am. Pkt. Paid Jan. 16?" (1864) backstamp on cover to Carlowitz & Co., Canton, China, magenta manuscript "24" credit--dates match the sailing of the Inman City of Baltimore, departing New York Jan. 16 and arriving Queenstown Jan. 27 (Liverpool Jan. 28)--red London Paid datestamp (Jan. 28), red manuscript "1" British Colonial credit, blue Hong Kong backstamp (Mar. 25), Very Fine, attractive three-color franking for 45c British Mail rate via Southampton, this cover and the cover offered in the previous lot from the same correspondence were mailed two months apart--the other cover was credited for and carried by British transatlantic packet, while this cover was credited and handstamped for American packet, but with most U.S. steamers engaged in the Civil War, more mail was subcontracted for carriage by the British lines

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E. 1,000-1,500
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41
c
Sale 1271, Lot 41, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Used with 5c Brown (76) on 10c Yellow Green Nesbitt entire (U40), light cork cancels, "Searsmont Me. Jan. 4" (1865) circular datestamp, red "Boston Br. Pkt. 40 17 Jan." 40c credit datestamp on cover addressed to Capt. George Washington Andrews (on the steamer Ta Hiang) in Shanghai, China,--carried on Cunarder Asia, departing Boston Jan. 18, 1865, arriving Queenstown Jan. 30--red London Paid datestamp (Jan. 30), red crayon "1" British Colonial credit ties 5c, blue Hong Kong (Apr. ?) backstamp, reduced at left with some minor edge staining

FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND RARE COMBINATION OF 1861 ISSUE STAMPS AND POSTAL STATIONERY FOR THE 45-CENT BRITISH MAIL RATE TO SHANGHAI VIA SOUTHAMPTON -- ADDRESSED TO THE CAPTAIN OF THE STEAMER TA-KIANG, WHICH PARTICIPATED IN THE BOMBARDMENT OF SHIMONOSEKI IN SEPTEMBER 1864.

After transatlantic carriage on the Asia, this cover was carried on Peninsular & Oriental steamers to Hong Kong and Shanghai. The Ta-Kiang, a commercial steamer chartered by the U.S. Navy during the Civil War, was one of two U.S. vessels in Japanese waters when a combined force of British, French, Dutch and American naval forces fought to control the Shimonoseki Straits of Japan. The bombardment of Shimonoseki on September 5-6, 1864, was successful in forcing the surrender of the Japanese feudal domain of Choshu.

With 2016 P.F. certificate

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E. 1,500-2,000
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42
c
Sale 1271, Lot 42, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Used with 5c Brown (76) and 10c Green (68), 5c perfs in, tied by bold cork cancels, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Feb. 2" (1864) backstamp on cover to John M. Nixon, Shanghai, China, sender's directive "Via Boston & Southampton", magenta "40" credit--carried on Cunarder Canada, departing Boston Feb. 3, 1864, arriving Queenstown Feb. 15--red London Paid datestamp (Feb. 16), bold "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, Hong Kong (Apr. 11) and Shanghai (Apr. 15) backstamps, Fine and colorful franking paying the 45c rate to China, ex Dr. Spicer

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E. 400-500
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43
c
Sale 1271, Lot 43, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Used with 5c Brown (76) and 10c Green (68), tied by pinwheel cancels with "Milo Me. Oct. 19?" (1865) circular datestamp, faint strike of red "N.Y. Am. Pkt. Paid" circular datestamp and "24" credit handstamp on cover addressed to William F. Stubbs, U.S. Store Ship Relief, Care American Consul, Macau, China, red London Paid datestamp, no Hong Kong backstamp, some slight soiling and edgewear, Fine cover to Macau correctly prepaying the 45c rate via Southampton, the Stubbs correspondence is known for covers with multiple low denomination stamps--sometimes affixed front and back--this cover with a 30c is very unusual for this correspondence

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E. 500-750
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44
c
Sale 1271, Lot 44, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Used with 24c Lilac (78), both with intense shades, tied by segmented cork cancel, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Oct. 3" (1866) circular datestamp on folded tissue-paper cover to Carlowitz & Co., Canton, China, red "48" credit handstamp, sender's directive "p 'Java' via Marseilles"--carried on that Cunarder, departing New York Oct. 3, 1866, arriving Queenstown Oct. 13--bold strike of red London Paid datestamp (Oct. 15), red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, Hong Kong (Dec. 14) backstamp, 24c stamp with light crease from file fold, still fresh and Very Fine, a 1c overpayment of the 53c rate via Marseilles, ex Dr. Spicer

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E. 500-750
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45
c
Sale 1271, Lot 45, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Used with 3c Rose (65) and 24c Lilac (78), 24c in a dark shade, tied by grid cancels on Feb. 11, 1862 folded letter to Augustine Heard & Co., Shanghai, China, no exchange office datestamp, red New York forwarder's oval backstamp and magenta manuscript "52" credit, manuscript directive "for 'Africa'"--carried on that Cunarder, departing New York Feb. 12, 1862, arriving Queenstown Feb. 22, then by P&O route--red London Paid datestamp (Feb. 24), red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, "Hong Kong C AP 11 62" backstamp, 3c stamp small tear, still Very Fine and colorful use, prepaid for the 57c rate

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E. 750-1,000
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46
c
Sale 1271, Lot 46, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Used with 3c Rose (65) and 24c Lilac (78), both of the high value stamps with perfs affected from placement at edge, tied by grid cancels with red "N. York Am. Pkt. Paid Mar. 7" (1863) circular datestamp on cover to John M. Nixon, Shanghai, China, manuscript directive "Via Marseilles", magenta "36" manuscript credit ties 3c--carried on the HAPAG Borussia, departing New York Mar. 8, 1863, arriving Southampton Mar. 20--red London Paid datestamp (Mar. 20), bold red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, Hong Kong (May 5) backstamp, minor corner wear, Very Fine appearance, prepaid for the 57c rate, which shortly thereafter was superseded by 53c rate (in June 1863)

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E. 500-750
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47
c
Sale 1271, Lot 47, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Horizontal strip of three, right stamp defective and middle stamp perf faults at top, tied by crossroads cancels, blurry strike of red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Nov. 18" (1863) backstamp on buff cover Rev. E. Doty, Amoy, China, sender's directive "Via Southampton", red crayon "28" credit--carried on Cunarder China, departing New York Nov. 18, 1863, arriving Queenstown Nov. 29--red London Paid datestamp (Nov. 30), red crayon "2" British Colonial credit, "Hong-Kong C JA 23 64" backstamp, Fine appearance, Amoy is a rare destination and this double 45c rate franking is visually impressive

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E. 1,000-1,500
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48
c
Sale 1271, Lot 48, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues90c Blue (72). Well-centered, beautiful dark color, tied by red grid cancel and used with two 3c Rose (65) and 12c Black (69), each cancelled or tied by matching red grids, "New York Am. Pkt. Mar. 22" (1862) backstamp and magenta manuscript "66" credit on cover to John M. Nixon, care of Blair Tate & Co., Shanghai, China, "prepaid overland" and "via Marseilles" sender's directives, red "London Paid AP 4 '62" datestamp, bold red "2d" British Colonial credit handstamp, "Hong Kong MY 2 '62" backstamp, cover professionally refolded at top and bottom, both 3c stamps defective and the bottom one repaired with portion of design added

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND RARE USE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE TO SHANGHAI.

The $1.08 in postage on this cover prepaid the British Mail rate to China via Marseilles for a cover weighing more than -1/2 ounce but less than -3/4 ounce (51c plus 57c). This was carried across the Atlantic on the HAPAG Hammonia, departing New York March 22, 1862, and arriving Southampton April 3.

Ex DuPuy and from our 1991 Rarities sale. With 1967 P.F. certificate

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E. 7,500-10,000
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Sale 1271, Lot 49, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues90c Blue (72). Used on small piece with 10c Yellow Green (65) and two 3c Rose (65), tied by quartered cork cancels and circular datestamp, Very Fine, undoubtedly from a $1.06 rate cover to China (double 53c rate), ex Knapp

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E. 400-500
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50
c
Sale 1271, Lot 50, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues2c Black (73). Used with 3c Rose (65) and horizontal pair of 24c Dark Gray (78b), tied by circle of diamonds cancel, "Fishersville N.H. Oct. 22" (1866) circular datestamp on cover to Asa Emery, U.S.S. Wachusett at Hong Kong, red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid 24 Oct." backstamp, magenta manuscript "Paid 53" and red "48" credit handstamp ties 24c pair--carried on Cunarder Asia, departing Boston Oct. 24, 1866, arriving Queenstown Nov. 3--red London Paid datestamp (Nov. 5), red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, Hong Kong receiving backstamp, with original letter enclosure, right 24c minor corner crease, cover slightly reduced at left where opened unevenly

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE FRANKING FOR THE 53-CENT RATE TO CHINA BY BRITISH MAIL VIA MARSEILLES.

Ex "Sevenoaks" and DuPuy

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E. 2,000-3,000
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51
c
Sale 1271, Lot 51, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Used with 2c Black (73) and pair 10c Green (68), tied by grid cancels, red "New York Am. Pkt. Dec. ?" (1863) backstamp on yellow cover to Edward T. Hjousbery, care of E. Hopkins, Shanghai, China, sender's directive "Via Marseilles, red crayon "32" credit, red London Paid datestamp (Dec. 26), blue "Hong Kong C FE 11 64" backstamp, faint strike of another backstamp may be receiving, missing part of backflap

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL 53-CENT RATE COVER TO SHANGHAI, CHINA, WHICH WAS UNDERPAID BY ONE CENT BUT ACCEPTED AS FULLY PREPAID IN NEW YORK.

The rate to China via Marseilles at this time was 53c. The New York exchange office credited Great Britain 32c, the correct full credit for transatlantic carriage by American packet (the U.S. was entitled to 21c). The 1c deficiency was apparently ignored by the New York postal clerk and the cover was sent as fully prepaid. The London date matches the sailing of the HAPAG Saxonia from New York on Dec. 12, 1863, arriving Southampton Dec. 25.

Signed Ashbrook and accompanied by a letter from him.

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E. 2,000-3,000
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52
c
Sale 1271, Lot 52, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues2c Black (73). Two, used with 5c Red Brown (75) and three 12c Black (69), stamps arranged in overlapping pattern, cancelled and tied together by four strikes of unusual wing-shaped cork, "Norwalk Con. Dec. 15, 1863" double-circle datestamp on cover to Theodore A. Ives, Shanghai, China, sender's directive "Via Southampton" and correctly prepaid for the 45c British Mail rate by that route, faint strike of red New York Br. Pkt. datestamp on back and manuscript "48" credit corresponds to 53c rate via expedited Marseilles route, red London Paid datestamp (Dec. 25), red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, blue Hong Kong (Feb. 25, 1864) and Shanghai (Mar. 3) backstamps, lightly cleaned to remove some toning evident in the certificate photo, one 12c tiny perf tears

VERY FINE. AN ARTFULLY ARRANGED AND RARE COMBINATION OF STAMPS, INCLUDING THE

2-CENT BLACK JACK AND 5-CENT RED BROWN, ON COVER TO SHANGHAI, CHINA.

This cover was carried on the Cunarder Scotia, which departed New York on December 16, 1863, and arrived in Queentown on December 24. The New York foreign-mail office apparently treated it as fully prepaid for the Marseilles route (53c rate), despite the fact that only 45c postage was affixed and the sender wrote "Via Southampton" (45c rate). The arrangement of stamps and tying cancels eliminate the possibility that any other stamps were affixed. The 61-day transit time between London and Hong Kong, indicated by the December 25 and February 25 datestamps, is normal for the Southampton route, not Marseilles (typically 40 or less days), so the British post office ignored the 48c credit and followed the sender's route directive.

Ex Faust. With 1989 P.F. certificate

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E. 2,000-3,000
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53
c
Sale 1271, Lot 53, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues2c Black (73). Used with 3c Rose (65) and two pairs 10c Green (68), cancelled by targets and manuscript "#", "Stratham N.H. May 3" (1865) circular datestamp on cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, sender's directive "Overland via Southampton", red "Boston Am. Pkt. Paid 5 May" backstamp, red crayon "24" credit--carried on Inman City of Washington, departing New York May 6, 1865, arriving Queenstown May 16, then by P&O route--red London Paid datestamp (May 17), red "1d" British Colonial credit, "Hong-Kong C JY 4 65" backstamp, receipt docketing on back (Jul. 5), some minor scattered bleaching spots, still Very Fine 45c rare cover

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E. 1,000-1,500
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54
c
Sale 1271, Lot 54, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues2c Black (73). Used with 3c Rose (65) and two horizontal pairs of 10c Yellow Green (68), arranged as a block, cancelled by manuscript "#", no origination datestamp on cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, sender's directive "Overland via Southampton", red "Boston Am. Pkt. Paid Apr. 30" (1864) backstamp, red "24" credit handstamp--dates largely correspond to the sailing of the HAPAG Saxonia, departing New York Apr. 30, 1864, arriving Southampton May 11--red London Paid datestamp (May 14), red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, blue "Hong-Kong C JY 6 64" backstamp, two 10c stamps with some perf faults including one small nick, Very Fine appearing and colorful use

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E. 1,000-1,500
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55
c
Sale 1271, Lot 55, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues2c Black (73). Used with 3c Rose (65) and horizontal strip of four of 10c Green (68), tied by target cancels, faint strikes of "Stratham N.H. Nov. 3" (1865) circular datestamp (one enhanced with pen) on cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, sender's directive "Overland via Southampton", red "Boston Br. Pkt. 40 8 Nov." 40c credit datestamp (additional backstamp without the integral credit)--carried on Cunarder Africa, departing Boston Nov. 8, 1865, arriving Queenstown Nov. 19, then by P&O route--red London Paid datestamp (Nov. 20), red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, blurry strike of Hong Kong backstamp, receipt docketing on back of Jan. 18, 1866, small tear at top where opened irregularly, 2c stamp tear, still Very Fine

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E. 500-750
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56
c
Sale 1271, Lot 56, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues2c Black (73). Used with 3c Rose (65) and four 10c Yellow Green (68), two of the 10c stamps in a straddle-pane margin pair, cancelled by pen strokes, "Stratham N.H. Oct. 3" (1866) circular datestamp on cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, sender's directive "Overland via Southampton", red "Boston Am. Pkt. Paid 4 Oct." datestamp, red crayon "24" credit, red London Paid datestamp (Oct. 25), red crayon "1" British Colonial credit ties a 10c stamp, "Hong-Kong C DE 27 66" and "A Swatow DE 31 66" receiving backstamps, slightly reduced at left, right 10c and the 3c rounded corner, 3c also light stain, Fine appearing and colorful use

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57
c
Sale 1271, Lot 57, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues2c Black (73). Used with 3c Rose (65) and strip of four 10c Green (68), left stamp in strip wrapped around edge of cover, cancelled by targets with "Tioga Pa. Dec. 4" (1866) circular datestamp on buff cover to John F. Kingsley, Acting 3rd Asst. Engineer, U.S.S. Shenandoah, Hong Kong, China, red "N. York Am. Pkt Paid Dec. 8" circular datestamp and "24" credit handstamp--carried on HAPAG Germania, departing New York Dec. 8, 1866, arriving Southampton Dec. 18--red London Paid datestamp (Dec. 19), red manuscript "1" British Colonial credit, "Hong Kong C FE 8 67" backstamp, stamps with few faults from placement near or over edge of cover, small piece out of back of envelope, still Fine and colorful franking for the 45c rate to China via Southampton

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E. 500-750
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58
c
Sale 1271, Lot 58, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues2c Black (73). 19 singles affixed on front and back and overlapping edge, used with single 3c Rose (65), each cancelled by manuscript "M" with "Milo Me. Dec. 3" (1865) circular datestamp on yellow cover addressed to William F. Stubbs, U.S. Store Ship Relief, Care American Consul, Macau, China, red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid 6 Dec." circular datestamp--carried on Cunarder China departing Boston Dec. 6, 1865, arriving Queenstown Dec. 15--red London Paid datestamp (Dec. 16), "Hong Kong C FE 7 66" datestamp, virtually all stamps faulty to some degree, one 2c stamp on back with pre-printing paper fold which has been unfolded, some edgewear

FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE FRANKING BEARING 19 BLACK JACK STAMPS ON A COVER TO MACAU, CHINA.

There are a number of covers known to us from the Stubbs correspondence with a large array of stamps affixed front and back. The sender in this correspondence apparently had an ample supply of 2c and 3c 1861 Issue stamps on hand but little else at certain times. The 41c franking on this cover is 4c short for the 45c rate via Southampton. There are no obvious missing stamps and some of the other covers from the Stubbs correspondence also appear to be short paid. Perhaps the vast number of stamps helped convince the postmaster to consider them fully prepaid.

Ex Mayer

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59
c
Sale 1271, Lot 59, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues2c Black (73). 18 singles affixed front and back, used with three 3c Rose (65), most with varying degrees of faults including a couple defective, cancelled by manuscript, some tied by faint strike of "Milo Me. Feb. 23?" (1866) circular datestamp on yellow cover addressed to William F. Stubbs, U.S. Ship Relief, Care American Consul, Macau, China, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid 24 Feb. 24" 24c credit datestamp, red London Paid datestamp (Mar. 8) and "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, "Hong-Kong C MY 8 '66" datestamp ties a 2c stamp on back, manuscript "May 9th 1866" ties 3c on front, receipt docketing over stamps on back, Fine appearance and an extraordinary 2c Black Jack franking to make up the 45c rate to China

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60
c
Sale 1271, Lot 60, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues2c Black (73). Used with two horizontal pairs of 10c Green (68) and single 3c Rose (65), cancelled by "Milo (Me.) July 6, 1865" manuscript postmark and indistinct strike of Milo circular datestamp, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Jul. 12" circular datestamp on yellow cover addressed to William F. Stubbs, U.S. Ship Relief, Care American Consul, Macau, China, red "40" credit handstamp--carried on Cunarder Cuba, departing New York Jul. 12, 1865, arriving Queenstown Jul. 21--London Paid datestamp (Jul. 24), blurry strike of blue "Hong Kong" backstamp, bottom right 10c stamp torn, few stamps affected from placement at edge of cover, slightly reduced at left, still Fine and attractive franking to Macau correctly prepaying the 45c rate via Southampton

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E. 500-750
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61
c
Sale 1271, Lot 61, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues2c Black (73). Used with 3c Rose (65) and strip of four or two horizontal pairs 10c Green (68), manuscript cancels including "M" and "1864", "Milo Me. Sep. 13" circular datestamp on yellow cover addressed to William F. Stubbs, U.S. Ship Relief, Care American Consul, Macau, China, red "Portland Me. Am. Pkt. Paid 24 Sep. 16" 24c credit datestamp ties 3c stamp, faint red London Paid datestamp (Sep. 28), red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, blue "Hong Kong C DE 3 64" backstamp, stamp faults including one 10c defective, Fine appearing cover to Macau correctly prepaying the 45c rate via Southampton, ex Arthur White and accompanied by his exhibit page and detailed analysis

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E. 500-750
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62
c
Sale 1271, Lot 62, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues15c Black (77). Used with 30c Orange (71), tied by circle of V's cancel and by faint strike of red "N. York Am. Pkt. Paid Jul. 11" (1867) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Frank Styles, Engineer Steamship Rover, Hong Kong, China and forwarded to Kanagawa, Japan, manuscript "Care American Consul", red "24" credit handstamp, red London Paid datestamp (Jul. 22), red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, "Hong Kong C SP 18 67" backstamp, forwarded privately to Kanagawa, blue New York forwarder's oval backstamp, 30c with straight edge and perf faults at top, some expert cover restoration, Very Fine appearing and extremely rare use of the 15c Lincoln to Japan via Hong Kong

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E. 750-1,000
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63
c
Sale 1271, Lot 63, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues15c Black (77). Strip of three with interpane margin and centerline at right, rounded corner at bottom left, "C Pd" manuscript cancels and tied by red London Paid datestamp, "Stratham N.H. May 4" (1867) circular datestamp on cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, sender's directive "Overland via Southampton", red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid May 8" circular datestamp and red crayon "40" credit--carried on Cunarder Cuba, departing Boston May 8, 1867, arriving Queenstown May 17--red crayon "1" British Colonial credit ties strip, Hong Kong and receiving (Jul. 6) backstamps, small sealed cover tear at top, Very Fine appearance, the strip of three 15c 1866 Lincoln stamps pays the 45c rate by British Mail via Southampton, this rate is almost always paid with other 1861 Issue stamps (typically with 5c, 10c and 30c values), ex Wunderlich (Sale 674)

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E. 1,000-1,500
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64
c
Sale 1271, Lot 64, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Horizontal pair, centered to left, used with 3c Rose (65), cancelled by targets, "Holland Mich. Jun. 17" (1867) circular datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U58) to Mrs. L.W. Kip in Amoy, China, red "Detroit Am. Pkt. Paid Jun. 20" circular datestamp, red crayon "32" credit--carried on Allan Line Moravian, departing Quebec June 22, 1867, arriving Liverpool Jul. 4--red London Paid datestamp (Jul. 4) ties right stamp, red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, "Hong Kong C AU 18 67" backstamp, taken by local steamer to Amoy, fresh and Fine, scarce use to Amoy, sent through the Detroit exchange office, accompanied by exhibit page giving exhaustive explanation of rate and routings, ex Arthur White

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E. 750-1,000
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65
c
Sale 1271, Lot 65, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues24c Lilac (78). Horizontal pair, right stamp with tiny perf hole tear at bottom, used with 5c Brown (76), dark shade, tied by neat crossroads cancels and red "N. York Am. Pkt. Paid Oct. 24" (1863) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Augustine Heard & Co., Shanghai, China, sender's directive "for Steamer 'Bremen' & Overland via Marseilles", red manuscript "32" credit--carried on NGL Bremen, departing New York Oct. 24, 1863, arriving Southampton Nov. 7--red London Paid datestamp, (Nov. 8), bold red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, blue "Hong Kong C DE 24 63" backstamp, "Carry & Co. New-York" forwarder's backstamp, part of internal portion of letter is missing which does not affect front or back panels, Very Fine and attractive

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E. 750-1,000
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66
c
Sale 1271, Lot 66, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues24c Lilac (78). Vertical pair, used with 5c Brown (76), tied by segmented cork cancels, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid ?" (1865) backstamp is mostly missing due to top flap removal, on buff cover to Edward T. Hjousbery, care of Drake & Co., Shanghai, China, sender's directive "Via Marseilles", red "48" credit handstamp, red London Paid datestamp ties two stamps, red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, Very Fine 53c rate to China via Marseilles

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E. 400-500
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67
c
Sale 1271, Lot 67, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Horizontal pair, straight edge at left, used with 5c Brown (76), tiny tear at top left, tied by grid cancels, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Aug. 26" (1863) circular datestamp on folded letter to Augustine Heard & Co., Shanghai, China, sender's directive "p 'China' & Via Marseilles", magenta manuscript "48" credit--carried on that Cunarder, departing New York Aug. 26, 1863, arriving Queenstown Sep. 4--red London Paid datestamp (Sep. 5), red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, blue "Hong Kong C OC 22 63" backstamp, Very Fine, illustrated in North Atlantic Mail Sailings 1840-1875 (p. 48), ex McDonald

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E. 500-750
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68
c
Sale 1271, Lot 68, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues24c Lilac (78). Intense shade, used with 1c Blue (63) and two 10c Green (68), 1c affected by file fold and one 10c interpane margin with trace of centerline, tied by grid cancels, red "N.Y. Br. Pkt. Paid Apr. 29" (1862) backstamp on folded cover to John Middleton in Foochow, China, care of Olyphant & Co. Hong Kong, sender's directive "per Canada"--carried on that Cunarder, departing Boston Apr. 29, 1862, arriving Queenstown May 11--manuscript "40" credit, red London Paid datestamp (May 12), red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, "Hong Kong C Jy 7 62" backstamp, forwarded privately to Foochow, some minor internal splits not affecting the front panel, fresh and Very Fine, a lovely three-color 45c franking to China

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E. 1,000-1,500
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69
c
Sale 1271, Lot 69, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues2c Black, F. Grill (93). Horizontal pairs of 2c and 15c Black, F. Grill (98), perfs in, tied by circle of wedges cancels on tissue-paper cover addressed in violet to William Appleton, care of Russell & Co., Hong Kong, China, red "24" credit handstamp applied in New York, part of matching circular datestamp on back (pencil notation indicates Mar. 1, 1869 origin date), red London Paid datestamp (Mar. 13), faint red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, stamps have minor perf faults from placement at edge, cover with usual faults for this thin paper, part of backflap missing, top left corner patched with similar paper

FINE APPEARANCE. A TREMENDOUSLY RARE COMBINATION OF THE 15-CENT LINCOLN AND 2-CENT BLACK JACK F GRILLS FOR THE 34-CENT RATE TO HONG KONG VIA MARSEILLES.

This cover was correctly prepaid for the 34c rate to Hong Kong by British Mail via Southampton, using an unusual combination of 15c Lincoln and 2c Black Jack issues (both F Grills), with a 24c credit to Great Britain. It was carried on the Inman steamer Hammonia II, departing New York on March 2, 1869, and arriving in Southampton on March 13. From there it traveled on British steamers to Gibraltar, Malta, Alexandria, by rail to Suez, and then again by steamer to Aden, Galle (Ceylon), Penang, Singapore and finally Hong Kong.

Ex "Patrick Henry" and Faust.

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E. 2,000-3,000
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70
c
Sale 1271, Lot 70, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues10c Green (68). Three, deep dark color, tied by segmented cork cancels, perfect strike of red "Boston Br. Pkt. Nov. 9 27 Paid" (1864) 27c credit datestamp on blue cover to Louis G. Hale, Shanghai, China, manuscript "French Closed Mail" directive--carried on Cunarder Canada, departing New York Nov. 9, 1864, arriving Queenstown Nov. 21--boxed "P.D." handstamp, Calais arrival datestamp (Nov. 23) ties left stamp, "Shang-Hai Bau. Francais, 19 Janv. '65" receiving backstamp

VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE FRANKING FOR THE 30-CENT FRENCH CLOSED MAIL RATE TO CHINA.

With 1996 Holcombe certificate.

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Sale 1271, Lot 70, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues
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71
c
Sale 1271, Lot 71, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Vibrant color, couple short perfs at right where affixed at edge, tied by four-bar grid cancel, red "Boston Am. Pkt. Paid 9 Jun." (1865) circular datestamp on cover to Henry Grew, Hong Kong, China, sender's directive "By French Closed Mail" at bottom, red crayon "21" credit--carried on HAPAG Teutonia, departing New York Jun. 10, 1865, arriving Southampton Jun. 23--French arrival datestamp (Jun. 23), red boxed "P.D." handstamp, Marseilles backstamp (Jun. 24), blue "Hong-Kong C AU 7 65" backstamp, with original lengthy enclosure written in beautiful diminutive script, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine cover sent via French Mail, ex Paliafito, with clear 2007 P.F. certificate

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E. 500-750
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72
c
Sale 1271, Lot 72, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Bright color, centered to top left, tied by large "Paid" grid cancel, red "Boston 24 Jul. 24" (1863) 24c credit datestamp on cover to Louis G. Hale, care of H. Fogg & Co., Shanghai, China, sender's directive "Via French Closed Mail" at top, French entry datestamp (Aug. 7) and red boxed "P.D." handstamp, Paris backstamp (Aug. 8), receipt docketing of Oct. 2, Fine use via French Mail

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E. 500-750
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73
c
Sale 1271, Lot 73, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Bright color, tied by bold segmented cork cancel, red "Boston Br. Pkt. 27 Paid 25 Jul." (1865) 27c credit datestamp on small gray cover to Louis G. Hale, care of H. Fogg & Co., Shanghai, China, sender's directive "By French Closed Mail" at top, French entry and transit datestamps front and back (Aug. 7), red boxed "P.D." handstamp, receipt docketing Oct. 4, slightly reduced at top where flap removed, Very Fine

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E. 400-500
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74
c
Sale 1271, Lot 74, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Bright color, tied by clear strike of "Martinsburg W.V. Mar. 15 '66" duplex datestamp and target cancel, red "N.Y. Am. Pkt. Paid Mar. 11" circular datestamp struck twice on tissue-paper cover to Naval Surgeon Henry F. McSherry, U.S.S. Wyoming in Hong Kong, China, sender's "Via Marseilles" directive, red "18" credit handstamp, red French arrival datestamp and small boxed "PD" handstamp, Marseilles and "Hong Kong C My 20 66" receiving backstamp, tear on back, Very Fine

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E. 400-500
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75
c
Sale 1271, Lot 75, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Bright color, couple short perfs and light crease, tied by neat four-bars cancel, red "Boston Am. Pkt. Paid Dec. 10" (1864) circular datestamp on gray cover to Louis G. Hale, care of H. Fogg & Co., Shanghai, China, sender's directive "French Closed Mail" at top, red crayon "27" cents credit despite the American Packet datestamp, French entry (Dec. 28) and transit datestamps front and back, red boxed "P.D." handstamp, receipt docketing of Feb. 14, 1865, Very Fine

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E. 300-400
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76
c
Sale 1271, Lot 76, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Centered to bottom right, tied by segmented cork cancel, red "Boston Br. Pkt. 27 Paid Oct. 12" (1864) 27c credit datestamp on gray cover to Louis G. Hale, care of H. Fogg & Co., Shanghai, China, sender's directive "By French Closed mail", French entry datestamp (Aug. 28) and red boxed "P.D." handstamp, blurry transit backstamp, receipt docketing of Dec. 31, Fine use via French Mail, ex McDonald

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E. 300-400
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77
c
Sale 1271, Lot 77, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues30c Orange (71). Tied by circle of wedges cancel, red "Boston Am. Pkt. 27 Paid Jan. 9" (1864) 27c credit datestamp on gray cover to Louis G. Hale, care of H. Fogg & Co., Shanghai, China, sender's directive "By French Closed mail", French transits including boxed "P.D." handstamp, Paris backstamp (Jan. 22), receipt docketing of Mar. 21, opened on three sides, Very Fine use via French Mail

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E. 300-400
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78
c
Sale 1271, Lot 78, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial IssuesWells, Fargo & Co. China and Japan Express. Printed frank (Haller WF-CJ) on unused legal-size 30c Green on Buff entire (U72), small ink smear at top, flap partly stuck down and split along top, still Very Fine, these "China and Japan Express" entires are extremely rare, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

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E. 500-750
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79
c
Sale 1271, Lot 79, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial IssuesWells, Fargo & Co. China and Japan Express. Printed frank (Haller WF-CJ) on unused legal-size 30c Green on Buff entire (U72), slight wrinkling, still Very Fine, these "China and Japan Express" entires are extremely rare

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E. 750-1,000
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80
c
Sale 1271, Lot 80, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial IssuesWells, Fargo & Co. China and Japan Express. Printed frank (Haller WF-CJ) on unused legal-size 40c Rose on Buff entire (U73), slight wrinkling and small ink smear below imprint, still Very Fine, these "China and Japan Express" entires are extremely rare, ex Barkhausen with his backstamp

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E. 750-1,000
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81
c
Sale 1271, Lot 81, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial IssuesWells, Fargo & Co. China and Japan Express. Printed frank (Haller WF-CJ) on unused legal-size 40c Rose on Buff entire (U73), small repairs at top where slightly brittle paper has chipped or cracked, indicia a bit oxidized, otherwise Very Fine, these "China and Japan Express" entires are extremely rare, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

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E. 500-750
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82
c
Sale 1271, Lot 82, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues

Wells, Fargo & Co. China and Japan Express, Imprint Obliterated. Printed frank and surprint (Haller WF-CJa) on unused legal-size 40c Rose on Buff entire (U73), repairs at edges where brittle paper has chipped or cracked off, indicia a bit oxidized, otherwise Fine, this frank with the "China and Japan Express" obliterated is reputed to be unique (at the very least, it is extremely rare), ex Dale-Lichtenstein

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E. 750-1,000
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83
c
Sale 1271, Lot 83, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues10c Green (68). Dark shade, perf faults and nicked at right, tied by circle of wedges cancel with bold "New-York Dec. 10" (1866) circular datestamp on cover to Rev. John Van Nest Talmage, Amoy, China, sender's directive "Pacific Mail via San Francisco to Hong Kong", manuscript "8" pence due rate appears to be crossed out and rated "4" for postage to Amoy, "Hong-Kong C JA 31 67" receiving datestamp on back, manuscript docketing "First Mail via California/ Recd. Thurs Feb. 7th 1867", cover with small nick at top left and minor edge soiling

FINE APPEARANCE AND AN IMPORTANT POSTAL HISTORY ARTIFACT--A COVER CARRIED TO CHINA ABOARD THE COLORADO ON THE INAUGURAL TRIP OF THE PACIFIC MAIL STEAMSHIP COMPANY CONTRACT MAIL ROUTE.

This cover, like the other cover known from the inaugural PMSS trip, was most likely carried from New York to Panama on the Henry Chauncey, a Pacific Mail Steamship Co. steamer launched in 1864 and operated on the New York-Aspinwall route from November 1, 1865, until 1869. It departed New York on December 11, 1866, and arrived in Aspinwall December 18. After the trans-isthmian railroad trip, the PMSS Golden City carried it from Panama City to San Francisco, departing December 18 and arriving December 31. It arrived in time to be carried to Hong Kong on the first contract sailing of the PMSS Colorado, departing January 1, 1867, and stopping at Yokohama on January 24. It continued on its westbound voyage the next day and arrived in Hong Kong on January 31. An additional 4-pence was charged to the addressee for postage to its final destination.

The Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 56), records only a single cover carried on this maiden trip to Asia (ten are recorded for the return trip back to San Francisco). The other cover was offered in Part 1 of our Magnolia sales (Sale 1248, lot 2037). This cover was apparently unknown to the authors when the book was published.

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E. 3,000-4,000
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84
c
Sale 1271, Lot 84, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues10c Green (68). Rich color, bottom right corner detached from opening but present and not noticeable on an exhibit page, tied by cork cancel and "Martinsburg W. Va. Jan. 10" (1867) circular datestamp on cover addressed to Surgeon Henry McSherry, U.S.S. Wyoming, Hong Kong, China, sender's directive "via San Francisco", carried on the second westbound Pacific Mail Steamship Co. contract trip--the Colorado departing San Francisco April 3, 1867, arriving Yokohama April 29 and Hong Kong May 6--"Hong-Kong C MY 6 67" receiving backstamp, manuscript "4" pence due, blue crayon docketing on back, back torn where opened and trivial edge toning, otherwise Very Fine, a rare second westbound PMSS contract mail cover, ex Walske

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E. 1,000-1,500
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85
c
Sale 1271, Lot 85, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues10c Dark Green (68a). Dark shade, tied by quartered cork cancel, "Chicago Ill. Dec. 9" (1868) circular datestamp on cover to Edward Painter, care U.S. Consul, Hong Kong, China, red large "PAID ALL" double-line circle handstamp applied at San Francisco exchange office, blue crayon "West" probably written by Chicago postmaster to indicate carriage via San Francisco--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing San Francisco Jan. 4, 1869, arriving Hong Kong Feb. 11--"Hong-Kong C FE 11 69" receiving backstamp, Very Fine example of the rare San Francisco "PAID ALL" in circle, which was discontinued after a short period of use

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E. 1,000-1,500
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86
c
Sale 1271, Lot 86, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues10c Dark Green (68a). Dark shade, tied by target cancel, "Stratham N.H. Jun. 27" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, sender's directive "Via California", red "San Francisco Paid All Aug. 4" circular datestamp and framed "PAID ONLY/TO HONG KONG" crossed out--carried on PMSS Oregonian, departing San Francisco Aug. 4, 1869, arriving Hong Kong Sep. 5--"Hong-Kong C SP 5" and Swatow receiving backstamps, no indication of charges beyond Hong Kong, Very Fine

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E. 500-750
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87
c
Sale 1271, Lot 87, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues10c Green (68). Rich color, tied by grid cancel, "Exeter N.H. Apr. 28" (1868) double-circle datestamp on cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, sender's directive "Via California", red "New York Paid All Direct May 8" transit datestamp--dates correspond to the sailing of the PMSS Colorado, departing San Francisco June 3 and arriving Hong Kong July 6-- "Hong-Kong C JY 6" and Swatow receiving backstamps, barely reduced at right, Very Fine, ex Dr. Spicer

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E. 300-400
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88
c
Sale 1271, Lot 88, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues10c Dark Green (68a). Dark shade, tied by target cancel, "Stratham N.H. Feb. ?" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, sender's directive "Via California", red "New York Paid All Mar." transit datestamp--dates correspond to the sailing of the PMSS Great Republic, departing San Francisco Apr. 5, 1869, arriving Hong Kong May 9--"Hong-Kong C MY 9" and blurry Swatow receiving backstamps, no indication of charges beyond Hong Kong, Very Fine

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E. 300-400
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89
c
Sale 1271, Lot 89, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues10c Green (68). Deep rich color, slightly short perfs at bottom, tied by grid cancel, "Exeter N.H. Oct. 19" (1867) circular datestamp on cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, no New York origination datestamp, sender's directive "U.S. Mail Via Panama"--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing San Francisco Dec. 4, 1867, arriving Hong Kong Jan 13, 1868--"Hong-Kong JA 13 68" and "A Swatow JA 17 68" receiving backstamps, manuscript "4" pence due, Very Fine, rare early contract mail carried on the 6th westbound PMSS trip

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E. 400-500
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90
c
Sale 1271, Lot 90, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues2c Black, D. Grill (84). Two, used with two 3c Rose (65), stamps with small perf faults, tied by target cancels with "Bristol N.H. Nov. 17" (1868) circular datestamp on buff cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, sender's directive "By California and China Mail", red large "PAID ALL" double-line circle handstamp applied at San Francisco exchange office, Hong Kong (Feb. 11, 1869) and Swatow (Feb. 17) receiving backstamps

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 2-CENT 1868 D GRILL ON A COVER TO CHINA, VIA SAN FRANCISCO AND WITH THE RARE SAN FRANCISCO "PAID ALL" HANDSTAMP.

This was carried from San Francisco on the PMSS Great Republic on Jan. 1, 1869, arriving in Hong Kong on Feb. 11.

Ex Walske.

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91
c
Sale 1271, Lot 91, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues3c Ultramarine (114). Horizontal pair with bottom part imprint selvage, which is folded over the top, used with vertical pair of 2c Black, F. Grill (93), tied by target cancels, "Bristol N.H. Jun. 30" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, manuscript "By Pacific Mail" sender's directive, framed "PAID ONLY/TO HONG KONG" handstamp crossed out with pen, magenta "San Francisco Paid All Aug. 4" datestamp--carried by PMSS Oregonian, departing San Francisco August 4, 1869, arriving Hong Kong September 5--Hong Kong (Sep. 5) and Swatow receiving (Sep. 9) backstamps

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE 2-CENT BLACK JACK PLUS 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL MIXED-ISSUE COVER TO SWATOW, CHINA, FROM THE WINGATE CORRESPONDENCE.

The addressee, Joseph C. A. Wingate, was U.S. Consul in Swatow, China, from 1863 to 1873.

Ex Gibson and Kramer.

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92
c
Sale 1271, Lot 92, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues3c Rose, E. Grill (88). Strip of three, pair and single, right three stamps faulty, cancelled or tied by corks with "West Point N.Y. Oct. 28" circular datestamp on cover to John B. Walker, care of American Legation, Peking, China, no other markings, slightly reduced at left where opened roughly, paper clip stains at top, otherwise Fine and unusual use of the 3c F Grill on consular mail, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate signed Hahn and Frajola

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93
c
Sale 1271, Lot 93, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Tear at bottom, tied by "New-York May 11" (ca. 1869) duplex datestamp and circle of wedges cancel on cover to Edward T. Hjousbery, care of Foggel & Co., Shanghai, China, sender's directive "Via San Francisco", no other transit or receiving markings, some minor edgewear and soiling, appears Fine

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94
c
Sale 1271, Lot 94, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues10c Yellow (116). Bright color, tied by "New-York Apr. 20 10:30 AM" (1870) duplex datestamp and cork cancel on buff cover to Edward T. Hjousbery, care of U.S. Consul, Shanghai, China, manuscript directive "Via San Francisco pr Rail", blue forwarder's double-circle datestamp on back--carried on PMSS China, departing San Francisco May 1, 1870, arriving Hong Kong June 1--receipt docketing of June 4, slightly reduced at sides, Very Fine, only three 10c 1869 covers to Shanghai are recorded in Laurence book, the railroad directive is also very unusual

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95
c
Sale 1271, Lot 95, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues12c Green (117). Rich color, trace of guide arrow at top left, used with 30c Orange, F. Grill (100), bright shade, tied by circle of wedges cancels on blue folded letter from Charles F. Wyman in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to George Peirce, Peel, Hubbell & Co., Manila, Philippines, red "Boston Mass. Aug. 13" (1869) circular datestamp, Robt. B. Storer blue oval forwarder handstamp, sender's directive "Via Marseilles", red crayon "32" credit, red London Paid datestamp (August 26) also ties stamps, red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, "Hong-Kong Marine Sorter, Singapore to Hong Kong, OC 1/7 69" backstamp, Hong Kong and Manila datestamps also on back, "2" handstamped due marking applied at Manila, 12c slight bend from file fold and 30c single short perf at right.

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE COMBINATION OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL AND 30-CENT F GRILL ON A COVER TO THE PHILIPPINES, AND ONE OF ONLY TWO WITH THE RARE HONG KONG-SINGAPORE MARINE SORTER HANDSTAMP.

This is a very attractive combination of the 12c 1869 Pictorial issue and 30c 1868 F Grill, and extremely rare to the Philippines. This is one of only two recorded 1869 covers to the Philippines with the rare Hong Kong-Singapore Marine Sorter handstamp--one of the most spectacular and colorful 1869 uses extant.

The Peirce correspondence to Manila reached the philatelic community in the early 1980s. Prior to the revelation of this correspondence, Philippines was unknown as a destination with the 1869 Issue. With the dispersal of the so-called "Manila Find" by H. R. Harmer in 1994, the full scope of the Peirce correspondence became known. This cover from the Peirce correspondence is one of three examples of the 42c rate prepaid with an 1869 stamp in the franking. This is also one of only two covers in the correspondence with the Hong Kong-Singapore Marine Sorter backstamp (the other ex Coulter and Magnolia Part 3, Sale 1261, lot 538).

Ex Kuphal ("European's Large Gold" collection) and Gross. With 2000 P.F. certificate.

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96
 
Sale 1271, Lot 96, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Tied by circle of wedges cancel on large portion of blue folded cover with "Augustine Heard & Co." (of China) and sender's directive "pr. 'City of Washington' to England, thence via P.&O.S.N.Co. leaving London 18 Nov.", red "64" credit, the key to this usage is the blue "Foochow JA 14 71" receiving backstamp, Fine, what a cover this must have been, ex Coulter

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Sale 1271, Lot 96, Mail to China: 1861-68 and 1869 Pictorial Issues
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