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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*A buyer’s premium of 18% of the winning bid was added as part of the total purchase price on all lots in this sale. Buyers were responsible for applicable sales tax, customs duty and any other prescribed charges. By placing a bid, bidders agreed to the terms and conditions in effect at the time of the sale.

Category — UPU and Later Period

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
548
c
Sale 1261, Lot 548, UPU and Later Period5c Blue (179). Tied by target cancel, lightly struck "Seeville Tenn. Oct. 4" (1884) circular datestamp on cover to Mrs. J. W. Lambuth, Shanghai, China, sender's directive "Via San Francisco", "25/T" (centimes) deficiency handstamp, "San Francisco, Cal. Recd. Oct. 10" backstamp, part of Yokohama circular datestamp (most of it removed with part of backflap), "I.J.P.A. Shanghai 17 Nov. 1884" backstamp, "DUE" in circle handstamp with "10" in pencil, Japan 1877, 10s Blue (62), cancelled by framed due handstamp, Very Fine, rare combination with Imperial Japanese Postal Agency charging postage due, ex Markovits and Welch, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
800
549
c
Sale 1261, Lot 549, UPU and Later Period2c Brown Violet, Columbian (231). Tied by San Francisco circular cork cancel on printed matter wrapper with bold "Goldberg, Bowen & Lebenbaum" return address and typed address to Major Speck in Peking, China, trace of red Customs Post circular datestamp (Tientsin?) at right, "TO PAY" framed handstamp, blue "I.G. of Customs Peking Mar. 7 94" double-circle datestamp on back, forwarded to Tientsin, presumably where large blue crayon address "Germany, Baron Hernburg, Lützschena Leipzig" was applied to back, Germany, 1889, 5pf Yellow Green (47a), tied by "Tientsin Kaiserl.Deutsche Postagentur 10/3 94" (Mar. 10, 1894) circular datestamp, paying printed matter rate for mailing to Germany, the firm of Goldberg, Bowen & Lebenbaum was a large grocery concern in San Francisco, this printed matter wrapper is truly remarkable

E. 2,000-3,000
15,500
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550
c
Sale 1261, Lot 550, UPU and Later Period4c Orange, Trans-Mississippi (287). Bottom imprint and plate no. 636 pair, used with single 1c Dark Yellow Green, Trans-Mississippi (285) with bottom imprint selvage, tied by "Richmond Ill. Feb. 11 3PM 1899" circular datestamps on legal-size registered 4c Carmine entire to Honolulu, Hawaii, forwarded to U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai via Yokohama, forwarded again to Berlin, Germany, then sent to New York, then to the Dead Letter Office and finally back to Richmond Ill., tremendous range of markings from each stage of the journey including San Francisco and Shanghai registry labels, D.L.O. record handstamp ties 4c stamps, German label on back noting insufficient address, vertical file fold does not affect stamps, split at left and partly at bottom, Very Fine appearance, a fantastic use, ex "Angel"

E. 1,000-1,500
3,250
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551
c
Sale 1261, Lot 551, UPU and Later Period2c-5c Louisiana Purchase (324-326). Two 3c and singles of others used on registered 30c Green on Buff entire (U72) to Tsingtau, Kiautschou, China, from Edward de Z. Kelley to Ernest Buhler (both stamp dealers), stamps tied by "Boston Mass." double-oval handstamp, purple "Registered/Boston, Mass./Nov. 29 1904/No." datestamp with "Return receipt A.R." and straightline handstamps, Seattle, Washington, exchange office registry label (FX-SE1a), purple Seattle registry datestamp on back (Dec. 5, 1904), "Found Open and Official Closed in the Post Office" label affixed and faintly postmarked at Shanghai, red wax seals, "Tsingtau Kiautchou 20/1 05" circular datestamp on back, Very Fine, although philatelic in nature, this is an extremely rare registered cover and official seal, the accompanying exhibit page states "one cover reported" (with Shanghai label), but we cannot vouch for the accuracy of that note

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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552
c
Sale 1261, Lot 552, UPU and Later Period5c Ultramarine & Black, Pan-American (297). Tied by Philadelphia Station B Sep. 12, 1901 wavy-line flag machine cancel on black-bordered mourning envelope to Shanghai, China, forwarded to Tientsin with pair of German Offices in China, 1898, 5pf Green, 56 Degree (2; Michel 2II ZS) tied by two strikes of "Shanghai Deutsche Post 19/10 01" (Oct. 19) circular datestamp, backstamped Philadelphia, San Francisco (Sep. 17), U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai (date unreadable) and Tientsin (Oct. 23), Very Fine, a very rare and completely non-philatelic combination of stamps

E. 500-750
800
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553
c
Sale 1261, Lot 553, UPU and Later Period1c Black on Buff, Postal Card (UX12). "New York, N.Y. Apr. 27, 1899" wavy-line flag machine cancel, printed message from Cunard Line and addressed to Foochow, China, "San Francisco, Cal. F.D. May 2 1899" circular datestamp and "U.S. CHARGE TO COLLECT 2 CENTS" handstamp with "2" changed to "4" in blue crayon which matches writing in "DUE 4 CENTS" bilingual handstamp applied in China, Shanghai (May 31) and Foochow (Jun 9) bilingual datestamps, some very light wrinkling, Very Fine, extremely rare due markings applied by China Imperial Post Office

E. 750-1,000
2,100
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