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 — Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Contract Mail to China

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
540
c
Sale 1261, Lot 540, Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Contract Mail to China10c Dark Green (68a). Intense shade, tied by circle of V's cancel on cover to Rev. Leonard W. Kip, Amoy, China, sender's directive "Pacific Mail Via San Francisco", carried on the third westbound Pacific Mail Steamship Co. contract trip--the Colorado departing San Francisco July 4, 1867, arriving Yokohama July 27, departing Yokohama July 29, arriving Hong Kong August 5--"Hong-Kong C AU 5 67" receiving backstamp, manuscript "8" pence ship-letter charge and "4" due rate to Amoy, trivial erosion spots in address, otherwise Very Fine, rare early westbound PMSS contract mail treated as a ship letter in Hong Kong shortly before the postal treaty with the United States

E. 750-1,000
400
541
c
Sale 1261, Lot 541, Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Contract Mail to China10c Dark Green (68a). Two, intense shade, left stamp roughly separated with small pieces missing, tied together by rosette cancel, red "New-York Dec. 11" (1867) circular datestamp on back and matching "PAID ALL" straightline handstamp on front of cover to Rev. Leonard W. Kip, Amoy, China, sender's directive "Pacific Mail Via San Francisco"--carried on PMSS China, departing San Francisco Jan. 13, 1868, arriving Hong Kong Feb. 15--"Hong-Kong C FE 15 68" receiving backstamp, no indication of charges beyond Hong Kong, Feb. 18 receipt docketing, minor edgwear, Fine, early treaty cover with rare "PAID ALL" straightline which was discontinued after a short period of use

E. 750-1,000
850
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542
c
Sale 1261, Lot 542, Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Contract Mail to China10c Green (68). Deep rich color, choice centering, tied by grid cancel, "Exeter N.H. Nov. 19" (1867) circular datestamp, red "New-York Dec. 21" circular datestamp on back and matching "PAID ALL" straightline handstamp on front of cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, sender's directive "U.S. Mail Via Panama"--carried on PMSS China, departing San Francisco Jan. 13, 1868, arriving Hong Kong Feb. 15--"Hong-Kong C FE 15 68" and "A Swatow FE 17 68" receiving backstamps, no indication of charges beyond Hong Kong, Extremely Fine, rare early treaty mail with the "PAID ALL" straightline which was discontinued after a short period of use, for some reason this was held in New York until December 21, ex Sussex and Campbell

E. 1,000-1,500
2,300
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543
c
Sale 1261, Lot 543, Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Contract Mail to China10c Dark Green (68a). Dark shade, tied by target cancel, faint "Stratham N.H. Oct. 28" (1868) circular datestamp, red large "PAID ALL" double-line circle handstamp applied at San Francisco exchange office on cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, sender's directive "Via California"--carried on PMSS China, departing San Francisco Dec. 3, 1868, arriving Hong Kong Jan. 8, 1869--"Hong-Kong C JA 8 69" and "A Swatow JA 12 69" receiving backstamps, no indication of charges beyond Hong Kong, Very Fine, well-struck example of the rare San Francisco "PAID ALL" in circle, which was discontinued after a short period of use, ex Risvold

E. 750-1,000
1,500
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544
c
Sale 1261, Lot 544, Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Contract Mail to China2c Black, F. Grill (93). Two, used with vertical pair of 3c Red, F. Grill (94), tied by target cancels, "Bristol N.H. May 10" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, sender's directive "By Pacific Mail", magenta "San Francisco Paid All Jun. 4" circular datestamp--carried on PMSS China, departing San Francisco Jun. 4, 1869, arriving Hong Kong Jul. 6-- "Hong-Kong C JY 6 69" and "A Swatow JY 8 69" receiving datestamps, 3c corner crease and small tear, still Very Fine, attractive Black Jack use on 10c treaty rate cover to China, carried shortly after completion of Pacific Railroad on May 10, 1869, ex Allen, Mizuhara and Walske

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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545
c
Sale 1261, Lot 545, Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Contract Mail to China2c Black, F. Grill (93). Vertical pair with wide interpane margin, used with pair of 3c Ultramarine (114), small gum stains and one stamp corner crease, tied by target cancels, "Bristol N.H. May 29" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to J. C. A. Wingate, U.S. Consul, Swatow, China, sender's directive "By Pacific Mail", magenta "San Francisco Paid All Jul. 3" circular datestamp--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing San Francisco Jul. 3, 1869, arriving Hong Kong Aug. 6--"Hong-Kong C AU 6 69" and "A Swatow AU 7 69" receiving datestamps, Very Fine, attractive Black Jack and 1869 Pictorial combination on 10c treaty rate cover to China, ex Mizuhara

E. 1,000-1,500
2,500
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546
c
Sale 1261, Lot 546, Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Contract Mail to China10c Yellow (116). Brilliant shade, tied by small segmented circular cork cancel, "Boston Mass. Jan. 24 2 P.M." (1870) circular datestamp on cover to "Mrs. Dumphy, Care, Sergeant P. J. Dumphy, Royal Artillery, Hong Kong, China", magenta "San Francisco Paid All Feb. 1" transit--carried by PMSS America, departing San Francisco Feb. 1, 1870, arriving Hong Kong Mar. 5--"Hong Kong C MR 5 70" receiving backstamp, small repair at top left, otherwise Very Fine, an attractive use of the 10c 1869 to Hong Kong with an unusual military address, ex Coulter

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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547
c
Sale 1261, Lot 547, Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Contract Mail to China10c Orange (116). Horizontal pair tied by circle of V's cancels (probably New York City) on cover addressed to J. F. Bingham, U.S. Flagship Delaware, care of U.S. Consul, Hong Kong, sender's directive "Via Pacific R.R.", no postal markings other than the cancels, which is most unusual--this type of mail usually has a San Francisco "Paid All" datestamp and Hong Kong receiving backstamp-- Very Fine, ex Bilden, with 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,400
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