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 — United States Post Offices in Japan: Hakodate thru Kanagawa

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
306
c
Sale 1271, Lot 306, United States Post Offices in Japan: Hakodate thru Kanagawa10c Brown (150). Tied by crossroads cancel and clearly struck "San Francisco Steamship Mar. 24" (1872) circular datestamp on small cover to Mrs. Stephen R. Chase, Berry's Mills, Maine, stamp originally affixed over blue "Pacific Mail S.S. Co. Hakodate, Japan" two-line handstamp applied by PMSS agent, stamp lifted and hinged below marking, small scuff in address at right, otherwise Very Fine, an extremely rare loose ship letter from Hakodate before the U.S. post office was established there, illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 72), ex Bilden

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E. 500-750
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307
c
Sale 1271, Lot 307, United States Post Offices in Japan: Hakodate thru Kanagawa3c Green (158). Dark shade, pulled perf, tied by circle of wedges cancel attributed to Yokohama, Japan, addressed to "H. S. Munroe, E.M., Ichiwanatori, Hokaido, Care of American Consul, Hakodate", no indication of date, but circa 1874, Munroe was the assistant geologist on the survey of Yesso (Geological Survey of Hokkaido: A General Report on the Geology of Yesso, Benjamin Smith Lyman, 1877), the U.S. post offices in Japan closed on Dec. 31, 1874, Very Fine, extremely rare cover to Hakodate, only three covers with Hakodate circular datestamp are recorded

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E. 500-750
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308
c
Sale 1271, Lot 308, United States Post Offices in Japan: Hakodate thru Kanagawa2c Black (73). Wide interpane margin at right, used with horizontal pair 10c Dark Green (68a), tied by combination of Yokohama 5-Spoke chop and "HIOGO JAPAN" double-circle handstamp each struck twice on blue folded letter with De Coningh & Co., Kanagawa, letterhead datelined "Hiogo, 25th March 1869" and addressed to John Briggs & Son in Bradford, England, sender's directive "per 'Costa Rica'"--carried from Hiogo to Yokohama on the PMSS branch-line Costa Rica, which arrived in Yokohama on March 28, 1869, and then by PMSS Japan, departing Yokohama April 1 and arriving San Francisco April 24--magenta "San Francisco Cal. Apr. 27 Paid" backstamp, carried overland by rail and interconnecting stage line--carried on Inman City of Baltimore, departing New York May 8, 1869, and arriving Liverpool May 18--Bradford receiving backstamp (May 19), vertical file fold passes between 10c pair, but the crease is not very noticeable, a few minor gum stains around perfs

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND EXTREMELY RARE COVER FROM THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE IN HIOGO TO ENGLAND WITH A 2-CENT BLACK JACK AND 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE FRANKING TIED BY A YOKOHAMA CHOP CANCEL AND THE HIOGO DOUBLE-CIRCLE HANDSTAMP. ONLY NINE COVERS FROM JAPAN ARE RECORDED WITH ANY FORM OF BLACK JACK FRANKING--THIS IS ONE OF TWO BLACK JACK COVERS WITH THE HIOGO DOUBLE-CIRCLE HANDSTAMP.

A review of past auctions and The Philatelic Foundation records located only nine 2c Black Jack covers originating in Japan. Two have the "Hiogo, Japan" double-circle handstamp, and on each the 2c stamp is used with two 10c stamps for the combined 10c steamship rate and 12c treaty rate to England (the other has two 10c 1869 Pictorial stamps). A cover in The Philatelic Foundation online records (PFC no. 126826) is also from the Briggs correspondence and has the same 2c and 10c franking, but no Hiogo double-circle handstamp (it has markings applied in Japan and the "China and Japan Steam Service" oval). Four others are printed matter rates with one or two 2c Black Jack stamps.

Illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 170). Pencil note on back indicates this was handled by the late Eric Etkin. Ex Perlman.

Bid on this lot

E. 20,000-30,000
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309
c
Sale 1271, Lot 309, United States Post Offices in Japan: Hakodate thru Kanagawa10c Brown (150). Well-centered, rich color, trivial perf stains, cancelled by perfect strike of Hiogo "H" cancel on small cover to Miss Anna G. Harris, Pomfret Conn., "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 28" (1873) double-circle datestamp--based on the "H" cancel and double-circle datestamp, this was carried on PMSS China, departing Yokohama Jun. 7, 1873, arriving San Francisco Jun. 27 (not the 1874 sailing)--backflap removed, otherwise Very Fine, choice strike of this rare Hiogo cancel, with 2003 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

E. 750-1,000
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310
c
Sale 1271, Lot 310, United States Post Offices in Japan: Hakodate thru Kanagawa10c Brown (150). Used with pair of 3c Green (147), all three stamps cancelled by Hiogo "H" on cover to Alfred Cowdell in London, England, sender's directive "Via San Francisco & N. York"--carried on branch-line steamer from Hiogo, then by PMSS China, departing Yokohama Jun. 7, 1873, arriving San Francisco Jun. 27--magenta "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 28 Paid" backstamp, red London Paid datestamp (Jul. 15), 3c pair folded slightly over edge, Very Fine, an extremely rare cover with the Hiogo "H" cancel and Bank Note franking paying the 10c rate from Japan to U.S. and 6c rate from U.S. to England

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E. 1,000-1,500
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311
c
Sale 1271, Lot 311, United States Post Offices in Japan: Hakodate thru KanagawaForwarded by U.S. Consul, Kanagawa, Japan. Double-oval and stars handstamp well-struck on cover with "W.H. & Co." Walsh, Hall & Co. embossed seal on flap from Francis Hall to Charles C. Hall, Elmira, New York, with Hall's directive "P. 'Ann Sanderson'" and notation "Japan June 2d"--carried on the British brig Ann Sanderson, departing Yokohama June 7, 1866, and, after a delayed trip, arriving San Francisco September 16; after speculation that she was lost at sea, the September 17 Daily Alta California reported the Ann Sanderson had arrived, 98 days from Yokohama and 31 days from Honolulu--clearly struck "San Francisco Cal. Sep. 17" (1866) double-circle datestamp and "SHIP 6" handstamp

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE UNITED STATES CONSULATE KANAGAWA OVAL HANDSTAMP ON MAIL FORWARDED BY THE U.S. CONSUL BEFORE THE POST OFFICE WAS ESTABLISHED IN JULY 1867.

The earliest recorded use of the Kanagawa U.S. Consulate oval as a mail-forwarding mark is on three covers sent in January 1866 during Col. George S. Fisher's term as U.S. Consul, which have San Francisco February 5, 1866, arrival datestamps. Very few covers with the Kanagawa oval are recorded during the rest of Fisher's term, which ended December 31, 1866. In August 1867, during General Julius Stahel's term as Consul and the first U.S. postmaster in Yokohama, the first use of the Kanagawa oval as an official U.S. Post Office marking is found on six recorded covers carried on the August 24, 1867, trip of the PMSS Colorado.

One other cover from this voyage of the British brig Ann Sanderson is recorded (Sale 1248, lot 2077). That cover is addressed to San Francisco and postmarked with a September 16 datestamp. The cover offered here has the September 17 datestamp of the eastern mail departure.

Ex George W. Brett.

Bid on this lot

E. 4,000-5,000
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312
c
Sale 1271, Lot 312, United States Post Offices in Japan: Hakodate thru KanagawaForwarded by U.S. Consul, Kanagawa, Japan. Double-oval and stars handstamp fully struck on blue folded letter in German datelined "Yokohama 2 July 1866" to Gildemeister Muecke and Co. in San Francisco, stationery with Kniffler & Co. embossed crest, their Yokohama office blue oval handstamp on address side, sender's directive "pr Jeanie"--carried on the British brig Jeanie, departing Kanagawa July 6, 1866, arriving San Francisco August 13--bold "San Francisco Cal. Aug. 14" (1866) double-circle datestamp and blue crayon "Due 8" cents double rate, pencil "1562" box number, August 14 receipt docketing on inside panel

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE UNITED STATES CONSULATE KANAGAWA OVAL HANDSTAMP ON MAIL FORWARDED BY THE U.S. CONSUL BEFORE THE POST OFFICE WAS ESTABLISHED IN JULY 1867.

The earliest recorded use of the Kanagawa U.S. Consulate oval as a mail-forwarding mark is on three covers sent in January 1866 during Col. George S. Fisher's term as U.S. Consul, which have San Francisco February 5, 1866, arrival datestamps. Very few covers with the Kanagawa oval are recorded during the rest of Fisher's term, which ended December 31, 1866. In August 1867, during General Julius Stahel's term as Consul and the first U.S. postmaster in Yokohama, the first use of the Kanagawa oval as an official U.S. Post Office marking is found on six recorded covers carried on the August 24, 1867, trip of the PMSS Colorado.

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E. 5,000-7,500
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313
c
Sale 1271, Lot 313, United States Post Offices in Japan: Hakodate thru Kanagawa2c Black (73). Tied by slightly blurry but mostly complete strike of "Forwarded by U.S. Consul, Kanagawa, Japan" double-oval and stars handstamp applied at U.S. consulate office in Yokohama on blue printed notice addressed to Macondray & Co. in San Francisco, blue framed "BERNARD, ECCARD & RAUD,/YOKOHAMA (Japon.)" sender's handstamp, notices jointly published by Randon & Cie. and Bernard, Eccard & Raud, datelined (in print) "YOKOHAMA le 27 JUIN, 1867", announcing the dissolution of Randon's business and his return to France, and that Bernard, Eccard & Raud would take over Randon's accounts (silk trading business), manuscript notation "Bernard Eccard & Raud, Yokohama July 27, 1867"

VERY FINE.THE ONLY RECORDED 2-CENT BLACK JACK COVER WITH THE UNITED STATES CONSULATE KANAGAWA OVAL HANDSTAMP. ONLY EIGHT COVERS ARE RECORDED WITH THIS MARKING USED TO CANCEL STAMPS, INCLUDING TWO IN MUSEUM COLLECTIONS--THIS IS THE ONLY ONE PAYING THE PRINTED MATTER RATE.

The Kanagawa U.S. Consulate oval was first used as a mail-forwarding mark on covers sent during Col. George S. Fisher's term as U.S. Consul. Beginning in August 1867, during General Julius Stahel's term as Consul and the first U.S. postmaster in Yokohama, the Kanagawa oval was used as an official U.S. Post Office marking and as a cancelling device on stamps. The eight covers with U.S. stamps cancelled by the Kanagawa oval are:

1) 10c No. 68, to Macondray & Co., SF Sep. 14 (1867), "CHINA STEAM", ex Ishikawa, Magnolia Part 1 (Sale 1248, lot 2075)

2) 10c No. 68, to Macondray & Co., SF Sep. 14 (1867), "CHINA STEAM", Mitsui (Postal Museum Japan)

3) 10c No. 68 five, to Milan, Italy, SF Sep. 14 (1867), via NY and France, ex Magnolia Part 3 (Sale 1261, lot 742)

4) 5c No. 76 pair, to Boston, SF Sep. 15 (1867), Mitsui (Postal Museum Japan)

5) 2c No. 73, circular to Macondray & Co., arrived SF Sep. 14, 1867 (no SF markings), ex Faust (Sale 1181, lot 1631), the cover offered here

6) 10c No. 68, to Boston, SF Nov. 20 (1867), "China and Japan Steam Service", Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 131)

7) 5c No. 76 pair, to Baltimore, SF Jan. 1 (1868), "China and Japan Steam Service", ex Magnolia Part 3 (Sale 1261, lot 741)

8) 5c No. 76 pair, to Wilmington Del., SF Jan. 1 (1868), "China and Japan Steam Service", ex Ishikawa, offered in this sale as lot 314

This is the only recorded cover with a 2c Black Jack stamp and also the only printed matter rate. It is a joint printed notice in French from Randon & Co. and Bernard, Eccard & Raud, silk merchants in Yokohama. Raud and Randon had been partners in Yokohama, but the partnership was dissolved in August 1867, and Randon left Yokohama in 1868. The joint notices announce these changes. The blue framed handstamp on the address panel was applied by Bernard, Eccard & Raud. The Kanagawa oval was applied at the U.S. consulate post office to cancel the 2c Black Jack. The notice was carried on the first PMSS eastbound departure from Yokohama after the postal agency was created. The PMSS Colorado left Yokohama on August 24, 1867, and arrived in San Francisco on September 14. Because this notice was printed matter, the San Francisco receiving office did not apply any other markings. It was picked up by Macondray & Co. from the post office.

Ex Allen (illustrated in the Lane book on page 64), Kohlhepp and Faust.

Bid on this lot

E. 7,500-10,000
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314
c
Sale 1271, Lot 314, United States Post Offices in Japan: Hakodate thru Kanagawa5c Brown (76). Horizontal pair, faint gum stains and a few short perfs, tied by angled strike showing only some stars and part of rim of "Forwarded by U.S. Consul, Kanagawa, Japan" double-oval and stars handstamp used as a cancelling device on cover to Mrs. E. D. Smith, Wilmington, Delaware, sender's notation "Yokohama, Japan" and directive "per 'China'"--carried on PMSS China, departing Yokohama December 6, 1867, arriving San Francisco December 31--clearly struck red "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp applied in San Francisco, "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 1" (1868) datestamp and quartered cork cancel

FINE. ONE OF EIGHT COVERS WITH THE U.S. CONSULATE KANAGAWA OVAL AND STAMPS, OF WHICH TWO IN PRIVATE HANDS HAVE THE 5-CENT 1861-63 ISSUE.

The Kanagawa U.S. Consulate oval was first used as a mail-forwarding mark on covers sent during Col. George S. Fisher's term as U.S. Consul. Beginning in August 1867, during General Julius Stahel's term as Consul and the first U.S. postmaster in Yokohama, the Kanagawa oval was used as an official U.S. Post Office marking and as a cancelling device on stamps. The eight covers with U.S. stamps cancelled by the Kanagawa oval are:

1) 10c No. 68, to Macondray & Co., SF Sep. 14 (1867), "CHINA STEAM", ex Ishikawa, Magnolia Part 1 (Sale 1248, lot 2075)

2) 10c No. 68, to Macondray & Co., SF Sep. 14 (1867), "CHINA STEAM", Mitsui (Postal Museum Japan)

3) 10c No. 68 five, to Milan, Italy, SF Sep. 14 (1867), via NY and France, ex Magnolia Part 2 (Sale 1261, lot 742)

4) 5c No. 76 pair, to Boston, SF Sep. 15 (1867), Mitsui (Postal Museum Japan)

5) 2c No. 73, circular to Macondray & Co., arrived SF Sep. 14, 1867 (no SF markings), ex Faust (Sale 1181, lot 1631), the cover offered in this sale as lot 313

6) 10c No. 68, to Boston, SF Nov. 20 (1867), "China and Japan Steam Service", Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 131)

7) 5c No. 76 pair, to Baltimore, SF Jan. 1 (1868), "China and Japan Steam Service", ex Magnolia Part 3 (Sale 1261, lot 741)

8) 5c No. 76 pair, to Wilmington Del., SF Jan. 1 (1868), "China and Japan Steam Service", ex Ishikawa and Dr. Spicer the cover offered here

Only three of the above have 5c 1861-63 stamps (one in a museum), and only three have the "China and Japan Steam Service" handstamp. The covers with the stamps cancelled by angled strikes of the Kanagawa oval, showing just a portion of the rim, appear to have been deliberately cancelled in this manner, possibly to avoid confusion.

Ex Ishikawa and Dr. Spicer

Bid on this lot

E. 3,000-4,000
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315
 
Sale 1271, Lot 315, United States Post Offices in Japan: Hakodate thru Kanagawa5c Brown (76). Vertical pair with straddle-pane margin at left, dark color and detailed impression, clearly struck "Forwarded by U.S. Consul, Kanagawa, Japan" double-oval and stars handstamp applied at U.S. consulate office in Yokohama, bottom stamp sealed tear at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE U.S. CONSUL AT KANAGAWA HANDSTAMP AS A CANCELLATION ON UNITED STATES STATES STAMPS--ESPECIALLY RARE ON THE 5-CENT JEFFERSON ISSUE AND ONE OF THE FINEST STRIKES KNOWN.

Ex Knapp

Bid on this lot

E. 3,000-4,000
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