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: Nagasaki and Niigata

Lot
Symbol
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Cat./Est. Value
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359
c
Sale 1271, Lot 359, United States Post Offices in Japan: Nagasaki and Niigata10c Dark Green (68a). Dark shade, manuscript cancel, used on cover from Nagasaki, Japan, to Miss Phebe Hoagland, Griggstown N.J., with original letter datelined "'Dai Tokie Ji' Nagasaki, Japan, June 18th, 1869"--carried from Nagasaki to Yokohama on PMSS branch-line Costa Rica, arriving Jun. 27, 1869, then on PMSS Japan, departing Yokohama Jul 1, arriving San Francisco Jul. 20--"San Francisco Cal. Jul. 20" double-circle datestamp, stamp tied by magenta "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp, clipped corner at upper left, otherwise Fine, ex Dr. Spicer, with 1998 P.S.E. certificate

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E. 300-400
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360
c
Sale 1271, Lot 360, United States Post Offices in Japan: Nagasaki and Niigata10c Yellow (116). Wide interpane margin at right, tied by segmented circle cancel attributed to Nagasaki, Japan, on small cover to Miss Harriet Schuyler, Pelham N.Y.--carried on PMSS China, departing Yokohama Feb. 25, 1870, arriving San Francisco Mar. 20--stamp additionally tied by "San Francisco Cal. Mar. 20" duplex datestamp and 8-Point Star cancel, Very Fine, rare use of 10c 1869 Pictorial from Japan (much scarcer than usage from China)

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E. 1,000-1,500
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361
c
Sale 1271, Lot 361, United States Post Offices in Japan: Nagasaki and Niigata10c Brown (150). Two, one with straight edge, each tied by clear strike of Nagasaki "N" cancel, no circular datestamp used at this time, on cover from G. W. Noyes to Miss Jennie D. Thorne, East New York--carried from Nagasaki on branch-line steamer, then by PMSS America, departing Yokohama Sep. 23, 1871, arriving San Francisco Oct. 15--stamps also tied by "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 16" double-circle datestamp, minor edgewear, Very Fine, choice strikes of the rare Nagasaki "N" cancel on a double-rate cover

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E. 1,000-1,500
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362
c
Sale 1271, Lot 362, United States Post Offices in Japan: Nagasaki and Niigata10c Brown (161). Superb centering, rich color, tied by Nagasaki negative reversed "N" in circle cancel on cover from U.S.N. Admiral James Charles P. DeKrafft to his wife, Elizabeth Sellers DeKrafft, Wilmington Del., pencil docketing "Nagasaki Oct. 20th 74" confirms origin and date--carried on branch-line steamer from Nagasaki, then on PMSS chartered Vancouver, departing Yokohama Nov. 9, 1874, arriving San Francisco Nov. 30--"San Francisco Cal. Dec. 1" double-circle datestamp, fresh and Very Fine, rare cancel and reported to be the latest use from Nagasaki before all U.S. post offices were closed on Dec. 24, 1874, illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 195)

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E. 400-500
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363
c
Sale 1271, Lot 363, United States Post Offices in Japan: Nagasaki and Niigata10c Brown (161). Rich color, tied by Nagasaki negative reversed "N" in circle cancel on cover from U.S.N. Admiral James Charles P. DeKrafft to his wife, Elizabeth Sellers DeKrafft, Wilmington Del., pencil docketing "Oct. 12th 74, Nagasaki" confirms origin and date--carried on branch-line steamer from Nagasaki, then on PMSS chartered Vancouver, departing Yokohama Nov. 9, 1874, arriving San Francisco Nov. 30--"San Francisco Cal. Dec. 1" double-circle datestamp, stamp torn across corner when cover was opened, otherwise Fine, rare cancel

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E. 200-300
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364
c
Sale 1271, Lot 364, United States Post Offices in Japan: Nagasaki and Niigata3c Green (158). Dark shade, tied by quartered cork cancel with duplex "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 13" (1874) datestamp and "DUE 7" straightline handstamp on cover originating in Yokohama, Japan, from U.S.N. Admiral James Charles P. DeKrafft to his wife, Elizabeth Sellers DeKrafft, Wilmington Del., pencil docketing "June 25th Yokohama" confirms origin and date--carried on non-contract Vasco de Gama, departing Yokohama Jun. 25, 1874, arriving San Francisco Jul. 11--blue crayon "Due 7c", toned at right, otherwise Fine, although this does not bear Japanese post office markings, it is much scarcer than typical covers from Yokohama, accompanied by a U59 entire from same correspondence with "STEAM/SHIP" and "Due 7" handstamps applied in New York City, which must be from one of Admiral DeKrafft's earlier commands (not from Asia)

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Sale 1271, Lot 364, United States Post Offices in Japan: Nagasaki and Niigata
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E. 300-400
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365
c
Sale 1271, Lot 365, United States Post Offices in Japan: Nagasaki and Niigata10c Yellow Green on Buff entire (U41). Cancelled by "STEAM/SHIP" two-line handstamp on arrival in New York City, addressed to Mrs. J. C. P. DeKrafft, Wilmington Del., small tears at top, otherwise Very Fine, there is nothing on this cover that points to a year date, Admiral John C. P. DeKrafft held several different commands, including commander of the USFS Hartford in Asia (1874-75), but this probably predates his time in China and Japan

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E. 200-300
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366
c
Sale 1271, Lot 366, United States Post Offices in Japan: Nagasaki and Niigata10c Brown (150). Used with pair of 3c Green (147), cancelled by grids, matching "Nagasaki, Japan, May (?)" (1873) circular datestamp on blue cover with Holme Ringer & Co. red wax seal, addressed to David Andrews in Girvan, Scotland--carried from Nagasaki on branch-line steamer, then by PMSS Alaska, departing Yokohama May 23, 1873, arriving San Francisco Jun. 13--magenta "San Francisco Cal. Paid Jun. 14" backstamp, Ayr (Jul. 2) and Girvan (Jul. 3) receiving backstamps, small piece of flap missing, minor edge faults, still Fine, extremely rare use of Bank Note stamps from Nagasaki to Scotland (10c U.S.-Japan and 6c U.S.-G.B. rates), signed Holcombe

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E. 1,000-1,500
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367
c
Sale 1271, Lot 367, United States Post Offices in Japan: Nagasaki and Niigata30c Black (154). Tied by cork cancel over "United States/Naval Depot/Nagasaki" imprint on large blue linen-lined cover to Master J. C. P. DeKrafft, Wilmington, Delaware--carried from Nagasaki by branch-line steamer, then by PMSS Japan, departing Yokohama Sep. 30, 1874, arriving San Francisco Oct. 21--"San Francisco Cal. Oct. 22" (1874) double-circle datestamp, stamp lifted and hinged in place to show imprint, reduced at left, some erosion in paper and other faults, nonetheless a presentable and rare use of the 30c 1870 Issue from Japan, one of the last trips before U.S. post offices in Japan were closed

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E. 750-1,000
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368
c
Sale 1271, Lot 368, United States Post Offices in Japan: Nagasaki and Niigata10c Brown (161). Horizontal pair, tied by circle of wedges cancel, ""Yokohama Japan, Dec. 6" (1874) circular datestamp on cover from Niigata, Japan, to Crefeld, Germany, double-circle handstamp on back "C. E. Ad. Leysner * Niigata *" applied by C. E. Adolph Leysner, a Prussian merchant who was one of five foreigners living in Niigata at the time (he was appointed honorary consul for Prussia in 1874), purple "Forwarded by H. Grauert, Yokohama, Japan" double-oval handstamp on back, forwarder's manuscript directive "Via New York"--carried from Niigata to Yokohama, then by PMSS chartered Vasco de Gama, departing Yokohama December 6, 1874, arriving San Francisco December 22--part strike of "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 23" double-circle datestamp--carried by NGL Neckar, departing New York January 2, 1875, arriving Southampton January 12--Crefeld receiving backstamp (January 13), small piece out of edge at right, stamps have minor creases and small tear at upper left

FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH UNITED STATES STAMPS ORIGINATING IN NIIGATA, ONE OF THE JAPANESE TREATY PORTS, WHICH HAD ONLY A FEW FOREIGN RESIDENTS DURING THE U.S. POST OFFICE PERIOD. AN OUTSTANDING POSTAL HISTORY ARTIFACT.

This cover was sent by C. E. Adolph Leysner, a German resident of Niigata who served at the time as honorary consul for Prussia. It was carried to Yokohama and given to Hermann Grauert, a merchant and forwarding agent, who presumably applied the two 10c stamps and turned it over to the U.S. post office in Yokohama. The 20c postage paid the 10c U.S.-Japan and 10c U.S.-Germany rates.

Niigata, a port city on Honshu, was one of the five original treaty ports established in 1858, but it was not opened until January 1, 1869. Only five foreign residents were reported living there in 1873. No other covers with U.S. stamps are known to us which have indisputable evidence of originating in Niigata.

With 2003 Van der Linden certificate.

Bid on this lot

Sale 1271, Lot 368, United States Post Offices in Japan: Nagasaki and Niigata
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E. 2,000-3,000
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