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 — U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)

Lot
Symbol
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Cat./Est. Value
Realized
243
c
Sale 1271, Lot 243, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)U.S. Legation Official Mail. Red "LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO CHINA" illustrated biligual handstamp struck three times on front and back of official envelope, usual sealing marks and oily bleed, Very Fine, scarce

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Sale 1271, Lot 243, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)
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E. 1,000-1,500
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244
c
Sale 1271, Lot 244, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)5c Yellow Brown (205). Horizontal strip of three, tied by grids on legal-size cover from United States Consulate at Hankow to Kansas City Mo., purple "United States Consulate Hankow" double-oval handstamp on back, purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 25 Feb. 87" double-oval datestamp, virtually intact consular red wax seal on back shows thru, Chinese characters at right, red "San Francisco Cal. Paid All Mar. 24" and Washington D.C. (Mar. 28) backstamps, slight edgewear, Very Fine use from Hankow

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E. 300-400
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245
c
Sale 1271, Lot 245, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)5c Yellow Brown (205). Two tissue-paper covers each with horizontal pair and addressed to Kansas City Mo., each with "Consulate of the United States Hankow" return address, purple Shanghai double-oval datestamps of the same day (22 Apr. 87), Chinese characters at right, one with purple "United States Consulate Hankow" handstamp on back, each with red San Francisco backstamp, some soiling and wear, still Very Fine and attractive set of covers

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E. 400-500
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246
c
Sale 1271, Lot 246, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)5c Chocolate (255). Tied by bold strike of "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai Jun. 18 10PM 95" duplex datestamp on cover to Mrs. E. Glover, Boston Mass., purple "Consulate of the United States * Hankow * 8 Jun 95" double-oval backstamp, also with "American Baptist Missionary Union, Hankow, China" three-line handstamp, San Francisco (Jul. 12) and Cambridge (Jul. 17) backstamps, Very Fine and attractive use with the Consulate in Hankow marking, ex Bilden

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Sale 1271, Lot 246, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)
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E. 300-400
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247
c
Sale 1271, Lot 247, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)Consulate of the United States * Hankow * 26 Oct. 1901. Purple double-circle datestamp on back of cover with printed return address "Consular Service, U.S.A., Hankow, China" and addressed to Christian Vogeli, Belgrade, Serbia, postage paid by China 10c Dark Blue Green (103) tied by bilingual Shanghai circular datestamp, also with French Offices in China, 25c Black on Rose (6) tied by two strikes of "Shang-Hai China 30 Oct. 01" double-circle datestamp, various backstamps including Suez and Belgrade, Very Fine use to a rare destination

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E. 300-400
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248
c
Sale 1271, Lot 248, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)6c Dark Green, State (O60). Tied by "2" in target cancel, "Washington D.C. May 13 5PM 1882" circular datestamp on blue linen-lined cover with printed "United States Consulate" and manuscript "Hong Kong" to Capt. S. F. Chapman, a railroad clerk in Virginia, forwarded to Washington D.C., blue "Department of State" handstamp, some expert repairs, stamp with few faults, still Very Fine appearance, a rare consular use from Hong Kong

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E. 500-750
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249
c
Sale 1271, Lot 249, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)10c Bright Claret (J26). Horizontal pair, tied by purple crayon on oversize printed United States Consulate at Hong Kong cover to collector of Customs at Tacoma Washington, sender's directive "Per S.S. Belgie", clear strike of "U.S. CHARGE TO COLLECT 20 CENTS" handstamp, San Francisco (Feb. 17) and Tacoma (Feb. 19) backstamps, virtually intact red wax seal on back from the U.S. Consulate, some slight wear, Very Fine, a most unusual use sent with no postage

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E. 300-400
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250
c
Sale 1271, Lot 250, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)10c Brown (209). Tied by open grid cancel on gray linen-lined cover with printed "United States Consulate" and manuscript "Ningpo" to Sacramento Cal. and forwarded to Decatur Tex., purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 30 May 90" double-oval datestamp, San Francisco (Jun. 27), Sacramento (Jun. 27) and Decatur (Jul. 4) backstamps, additional Sacramento duplex (Jun. 28), some edgewear, Fine use from Ningpo

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E. 300-400
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251
c
Sale 1271, Lot 251, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)1c Dull Blue (219). Used with horizontal pair of 2c Carmine (220), tied by two strikes of "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai Jan. 25 10PM 95" duplex datestamps on cover to Miss Grace Young, Windsor Vt., light strike of purple "U.S. Consulate, Ningpo, China, Jan. ?, 1895" oval datestamp, San Francisco (Feb. 24) backstamp, back of cover with illustrated border and unusual design, some edgewear, still Very Fine, an unusual franking and use from Ningpo

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E. 300-400
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252
c
Sale 1271, Lot 252, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)5c Chocolate (223). Two, tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, Jun. 24 92" duplex datestamp on blue linen-lined cover with printed "United States Consulate" and manuscript "Ningpo China" to Boston, purple serrated oval "United States Consulate Ningpo China, Jun. 22, 1892" datestamp, additional strike on back, San Francisco (Jul. 17) and receiving (Jul. 22) backstamps, minor edgewear, Very Fine and attractive use from Ningpo to the U.S. thru the U.S. Postal Agency in China, ex Dr. Johnson

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E. 300-400
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253
c
Sale 1271, Lot 253, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)5c Chocolate (223). Tied by purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 22 Jan. 92" double-oval datestamp on cover to Mrs. Marcus Cook, Boston, clear strike of "United States Consulate Ningpo China Jan. 21 1892" serrated oval datestamp, San Francisco (Feb. 18) and Boston (Feb. 23) backstamps, Very Fine use from Ningpo, ex Risvold

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E. 300-400
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254
c
Sale 1271, Lot 254, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)5c Chocolate, Columbian (234). Tied by "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai Feb. 3 8AM 94" duplex datestamp on cover with red "United States Consulate Ningpo" return address handstamp to Hon. M. C. Cook, Boston, San Francisco (Feb. 2?) and Boston (Mar. 4) backstamps, slightly reduced at left, slight edgewear, Very Fine use from Ningpo

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E. 300-400
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255
c
Sale 1271, Lot 255, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)1c Dark Green, State (O57). Used with 3c Dark Green, State (O59), tied by "Washington D.C. Apr. 28 7PM 1884" duplex datestamps on cover originating in Peking to Mrs. M. G. P. Rice, Cole's Ferry P.O. Va., printed "Legation of the United States Peking" imprint, blue "Department of State" handstamp, back of cover with partly intact red wax seal, with original enclosure of stationery with Legation letterhead, describing a picture with Seward, initialled "JRY" for John Russell Young (U.S. Minister to China), opened roughly with top flap missing and piece out at top, some other wear, otherwise Fine, one of only six recorded 1c State Dept. covers and one of only three on incoming consular mail from Peking, this is the only one used in combination with the 3c stamp, ex Markovits

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E. 750-1,000
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256
c
Sale 1271, Lot 256, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)2c Carmine (301). Horizontal pair, tied by "Washington D.C. Dec. 16 4PM 1903" duplex datestamps on cover with printed "Legation of the United States of America, Pekin, China" to William Cockburn, Malden Mass., purple "Received through State Department" two-line handstamp with department in manuscript, pencil "Due 16c" and with 1c, 5c and 10c Postage Due stamps affixed and cancelled by blue crayon, Washington D.C. and Boston backstamps, Postage Due stamps slightly affected from placement near edge of cover, otherwise Very Fine, an extraordinary use carried by diplomatic pouch and treated as a double rate so due 16c

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E. 300-400
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257
c
Sale 1271, Lot 257, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)Peking to San Francisco. Cover with German Offices in China 10c on 20pf tied by blue boxed Peking handstamp on cover to the U.S. Despatch Agent in San Francisco, embossed "Legation of the United States of America" at top left, blue "Received through the Department of State in Diplomatic Pouch" and oval "Received in the mail room Department of State May -6 1914" handstamps, "Washington D.C. May 7 9:30AM 1914" duplex datestamp, Very Fine and very unusual, sent thru the diplomatic pouch, according to the UPU convention postage had to be paid to country of origin for mail carried by diplomatic pouch, one would have thought that a U.S. or China stamp would have been used but the use of the stamp on this cover was perfectly legal if unconventional

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E. 300-400
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258
c
Sale 1271, Lot 258, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)"From C. J. Spiker, U.S. Legation, Peking China". Manuscript return address on back of cover to Mrs. T. J. Spiker, Washington D.C., purple "Received through Department of State in Diplomatic Pouch" straightline handstamp, faint strike of oval diplomatic receiving datestamp, postage paid by China 10c Dark Blue tied by ultramarine boxed Peking handstamp, stamp also tied by "Washington D.C. ? 23 10AM 1914" machine cancel, fresh and Very Fine use from the U.S. Legation in Peking sent via diplomatic pouch, according to the UPU convention postage had to be paid to country of origin for mail carried by diplomatic pouch

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E. 300-400
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259
c
Sale 1271, Lot 259, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)5c Yellow Brown (205). Three covers each with single, including one tied by purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 24 Sep. 86" double-oval datestamp with printed "United States Consulate" to Hartford Conn., second with stamp tied by grid, light strike of similar double-oval datestamp on mourning cover from United States Consulate in Ningpo to Mojave Cal., third is also a mourning cover and a similar use to the latter from Ningpo to Mojave Cal., last with piece out of stamp, few small faults, Fine-Very Fine and desirable group sent from U.S. Consulates in Shanghai and Ningpo

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Sale 1271, Lot 259, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)
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260
c
Sale 1271, Lot 260, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)1c Dull Blue, 4c Dark Brown (219, 222). Tied by "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai, Aug. 22, 1894" duplex datestamp on legal-size cover to E. N. Sturdevant, Greely Col., blue "U.S. Consulate General, Shanghai, China, Aug. 21, 1894" datestamp, San Francisco (Sep. 16) and Greely (Sep. 19) backstamps, 1c tiny tear at right, some slight cover wear, otherwise Very Fine

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Sale 1271, Lot 260, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)
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E. 200-300
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261
c
Sale 1271, Lot 261, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)5c Dull Blue, Trans-Mississippi (288). Horizontal pair, tied by "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai China Jan. 24 12PM" duplex datestamps without yeardates on green cover with printed "Consular Service, U.S.A. Shanghai, China" return address to E. R. Libenthal, San Francisco, receiving backstamp (Feb. 15, 1900), vertical file fold does not affect stamps, Very Fine double-rate use, scarce with the yeardate omitted

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E. 300-400
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262
c
Sale 1271, Lot 262, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)10c Brown (150). Two horizontal pairs, tied by negative Star in Circle fancy cancels, matching "U.S. Postal Ag'cy Shanghai Dec. 12" circular datestamp on legal-size cover with return address from the U.S. Consulate at Tientsin to Hon. John Bingham, Washington D.C., "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 16" circular datestamp, some edge flaws and soiling, otherwise Fine, a scarce quadruple-rate use with the negative Star in Circle fancy cancels

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E. 300-400
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263
c
Sale 1271, Lot 263, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)5c Chocolate, Columbian (234). Tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, Mar. 16 10PM 94" duplex datestamp on cover from Tientsin, China to Normal Ill., printed "United States Consulate Tientsin, China" return address, San Francisco, Chicago and receiving backstamps, with original letter dated 1894, contents read in part "we managed to reach Tientsin by the last steamer from Shanghai to Tientsin before the closing of the port for the winter", trivial edgewear, Very Fine and scarce use, the port at Tientsin froze between November and late February every year, making the carriage of mails somewhat difficult at best as the nearest usable port was at Chinkiang, some 700 miles away, ex Drucker

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E. 400-500
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264
c
Sale 1271, Lot 264, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)5c Yellow Brown (205). Rich color, tied by clear strike of purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Tientsin * 15 Sep. 88" double-oval datestamp on cover to Mrs. M. D. Glass, Evanston Ill., clear strike of purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 22 Sep. 88" double-oval datestamp, red "San Francisco Paid All Oct. 14" and Evanston (Oct. 20) backstamps, stamp with some toning from gum soaks, barely reduced at right

VERY FINE COVER BEARING THE RARE U.S. POSTAL AGENCY AT TIENTSIN MARKING.

The Tientsin oval is found as a transit marking on the backs of covers passing through the U.S. Postal Agency and as an origin marking on the front--the usage as an origin marking is far more desirable and scarcer.

Ex Emerson

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E. 2,000-3,000
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265
c
Sale 1271, Lot 265, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)5c Yellow Brown (205). Tied by light strike of duplex datestamp on cover to Rev. E. E. Aiken in Peking, China, back of cover with San Francisco datestamp (Feb. 19), purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 26 Mar. 88" double-oval datestamp, and purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Tientsin * 1 Apr. 88" double-oval datestamp, opened a bit roughly at right where slightly reduced, stamp with some soiling, Fine appearance, a desirable use showing the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai and Tientsin oval datestamps as transit markings on inbound mail to China

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Sale 1271, Lot 265, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)
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266
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Sale 1271, Lot 266, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)5c Yellow Brown (205). Tied by "New Haven Conn. Oct. 31 9:30AM" duplex datestamp on cover to Rev. Edward Aiken in Peking, China, back of cover with San Francisco datestamp (Nov. 6), purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 5 Dec. 87" double-oval datestamp, purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Tientsin * 11 Dec. 87" double-oval datestamp, opened a bit roughly at right affecting stamp, Fine appearance, a desirable use showing the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai and Tientsin oval datestamps as transit markings on inbound mail to China

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Sale 1271, Lot 266, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)
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267
c
Sale 1271, Lot 267, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)1c Gray Blue (206). Used with 2c Red Brown (210), tied by "New York Sep. 21 2:30PM 87" duplex datestamps on 2c entire to Rev. E. E. Aiken in Peking, China, back of cover with San Francisco datestamp (Sep. 27), purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 27 Oct. 87" double-oval datestamp, purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Tientsin * 31 Oct. 87" double-oval datestamp, opened a bit roughly at right where reduced, Fine appearance, a desirable use showing the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai and Tientsin oval datestamps as transit markings on inbound mail to China

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Sale 1271, Lot 267, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)
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E. 500-750
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268
c
Sale 1271, Lot 268, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)1c Gray Blue (206). Used with horizontal pair of 2c Green (213), cancelled by targets, "Glenburn Pa. Oct. 26, 1887" circular datestamp with fleurons on cover to Rev. E. E. Aiken in Peking, China, back of cover with San Francisco datestamp (Nov. 1), purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Shanghai * 5 Dec. 87" double-oval datestamp, purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Tientsin * 11 Dec. 87" double-oval datestamp, opened a bit roughly at right where reduced affecting one 2c stamp, Fine appearance, a desirable use showing the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai and Tientsin oval datestamps as transit markings on inbound mail to China

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Sale 1271, Lot 268, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)
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E. 750-1,000
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269
c
Sale 1271, Lot 269, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)1c Gray Blue (206). Used with horizontal pair of 2c Green (213), cancelled by targets, "Stonington Con. Jul. 16 1889" circular datestamp on cover to Rev. E. E. Aiken in Peking, China, back of cover with Hartford (Jul. 16), San Francisco (Jul. 22) and purple "U.S. Postal Agency * Tientsin * 3 Sep. 89" double-oval datestamp, opened a bit roughly and reduced at right affecting one 2c stamp, Fine appearance, a desirable use showing the U.S. Postal Agency in Tientsin oval datestamp as a transit marking on inbound mail to China

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Sale 1271, Lot 269, U.S. Consulate Imprints and Markings (including Tientsin)
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