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 — Stampless and 1861 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
728
c
Sale 1261, Lot 728, Stampless and 1861 IssueSan Francisco Cal. Sep. 7, 1863. Double-circle datestamp and "SHIP 6" straightline handstamp on cover endorsed "U.S. Str. Sloop Wyoming, Japan Station" and "Naval Letter, Geo. W. Young Ex Officer U.S. Str Wyoming", addressed to Mrs. Calvin P. Hinds, Boston, edge tears and small piece missing from bottom edge, otherwise Fine, very rare inbound private ship letter rated 6c due in San Francisco, sent by a naval officer on the U.S.S. Wyoming, a wooden-hulled screw sloop that fought on the Union side during the American Civil War, she was sent to the Pacific Ocean to search for the Confederate raider Alabama, the Wyoming eventually came upon the shores of Japan and engaged Japanese land and sea forces, on July 16, 1863, shortly before this was mailed from Japan, Wyoming won the first-ever United States naval victory over Japan in the Battle of Shimonoseki Straits--probably carried on the Brother Jonathan which arrived from Vancouver Island on September 6 with news from Japan

E. 750-1,000
550
729
c
Sale 1261, Lot 729, Stampless and 1861 IssueSan Francisco Cal. Apr. 3, 1865. Double-circle datestamp with duplex grid cancel, "SHIP.12" straightline handstamp on cover from Francis Hall in Kanagawa, Japan, to Robert A. Hall, Elmira, New York, "WH&Co." Walsh, Hall & Co. embossed seal on flap, Hall's directive "p 'Bacchante'" and "Japan Jan. 22, 1865"--carried on British merchant ship Bacchante--some edgewear and slight toning, still Very Fine, carried by private ship and charged double 6c rate at San Francisco--Hall traveled to Japan in 1859 and worked as a news correspondent for Greeley's New York Tribune; after establishing himself in Kanagawa, in 1862 he became a partner in the firm of Walsh, Hall & Co.

E. 750-1,000
900
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730
c
Sale 1261, Lot 730, Stampless and 1861 Issue3c Rose (65). Deep rich color, tied by cogwheel cancel, "San Francisco Cal. Sep. 21, 1865" double-circle datestamp on cover with "WH&Co." Walsh, Hall & Co. embossed seal on flap from Francis Hall in Kanagawa, Japan, to Edward Hall, Ellington, Connecticut, Hall's directive "'p 'Reindeer' Japan Aug. 16" which extends onto the stamp, indicating it was affixed when mailed from Japan--carried on the British ship Reindeer, arriving San Francisco Sep. 20, 1865, after 34 days from Yokohama--Oct. 14 receipt docketing, fresh and Extremely Fine, this entered the mails in San Francisco as an ordinary letter with the 3c 1861 stamp affixed, ex Walske

E. 1,000-1,500
950
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731
c
Sale 1261, Lot 731, Stampless and 1861 Issue5c Brown (76). Horizontal pair, tied by cogwheel cancels, "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 14" (1867) double-circle datestamp on cover originating in Japan to Rev. S. R. Brown, New York City, sender's directive "Per 'Colorado'" and initialled "RMB" (Rev. Brown's wife, Ruth) at bottom left--carried on the second eastbound trip of the PMSS Colorado, departing Yokohama May 26, 1867, arriving San Francisco June 13

VERY FINE. A RARE COVER CARRIED ON THE SECOND CONTRACT SAILING OF THE PACIFIC MAIL STEAM SHIP COMPANY. IT IS ALSO THE ONLY REPORTED COVER CARRIED ON EITHER THE FIRST OR SECOND SAILING THAT WAS TREATED AS FULLY PREPAID ON ARRIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO.

Illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 129), which notes that this is the only piece of mail carried on the first two trips that did not have the "STEAM CHINA" handstamp applied. The initials at bottom left are from Ruth Brown, the wife of the recipient, who was on a sabbatical without his wife.

Ex Myerson and Walske. With 1998 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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732
c
Sale 1261, Lot 732, Stampless and 1861 IssueSan Francisco Cal. Sep. 17 (1867). Perfect bold strikes of double-circle datestamp and "SHIP 4" straightline handstamps on folded letter datelined "Yokohama August 8th 1867" from Smith Archer & Co. to Albert Dibblee in San Francisco, sender's directive "per 'Brewster'"--carried by private ship Brewster, arriving San Francisco September 17 after 30-day trip from Yokohama--charged 4c for rate to port of arrival, Extremely Fine, ex Knapp

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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