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: Yokohama

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Symbol
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Cat./Est. Value
Realized
316
c
Sale 1271, Lot 316, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Dark Green (68a). Deep rich color, tied by Yokohama "X" chop cancel on cover to Helen Palmer, Schenectady N.Y., sender's directive "Per PM Str via San Francisco"--carried from Hiogo to Yokohama on PMSS branch-line Costa Rica, departing Aug. 15, 1868, arriving Aug. 23, then on PMSS Great Republic, departing Yokohama Aug. 29, arriving San Francisco Sep. 19--neat "San Francisco Cal. Sep. 19" (1868) double-circle datestamp, with original letter datelined "U.S.S. Iroquois, Hiogo Japan, Aug. 8th 1868", cover torn at top right, otherwise Very Fine

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E. 750-1,000
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317
c
Sale 1271, Lot 317, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Green, E. Grill (89). Tied by cork cancel, clear strike of red "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp on cover to Dr. Lorenzo Graves, Providence R.I.--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing Yokohama May 31, 1869, arriving San Francisco Jun. 19--"San Francisco Cal. Jun. 21" circular datestamp, some slight edgewear, Very Fine strike of the "China and Japan Steam Service" marking, carried on the same trips as lot 318

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E. 500-750
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318
c
Sale 1271, Lot 318, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Green (68). Horizontal pair (which might have a faint grill), interpane margin at right and faults, cancelled by two strikes of Yokohama "X" chop cancel on legal-size cover to Charles Satterlee, New York City, sender's directive "From Yokohama, Japan, May 29th 1869, Via Consular Mail to San Francisco, Thence 'Overland'"--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing Yokohama May 31, 1869, arriving San Francisco Jun. 19--bold strikes of "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 21" circular datestamp and magenta "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp, cover has some edge faults and short tears, otherwise Fine, illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 139), ex Ishikawa

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E. 500-750
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319
c
Sale 1271, Lot 319, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Green, E. Grill (89). Well-centered, bright shade, cancelled by part strike of Yokohama "X" chop on cover to Charles L. Bartlett, Petersburg Va., sender's directive "Per P.M.S.S. Via S.F. Overland"--carried on PMSS America, departing Yokohama Sep. 29, 1869, arriving San Francisco Oct. 20--part strike of dark magenta "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp, matching "San Francisco Paid All Oct. 21" backstamp, Fine, this "X" cancel and the dark magenta ink are found on covers carried on this trip of the America (see Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book, p. 143)

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E. 500-750
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320
c
Sale 1271, Lot 320, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Green (68). Interpane margin at right, tied by "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 20" (1867) duplex datestamp and quartered cork cancel on cover from Yokohama, Japan, with part-printed address to Augustus I. Lyon, Baltimore, sender's directive "Via San Francisco Pacific Mail"--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing Yokohama Oct. 25, 1867, arriving San Francisco Nov. 19--bold strike of red "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp, oval backstamp too blurry to read but probably a sender's cachet, edgewear and small faults, still Fine, illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 132) where this absence of Yokohama markings is noted and attributed to possibility it was a loose letter given to the steamer which bypassed the post office

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E. 400-500
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321
c
Sale 1271, Lot 321, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Dark Green (68a). Exceptionally dark shade, tied by Japanese "X" chop cancel on cover to Dr. L. Traver, Providence R.I.--carried on PMSS Colorado, departing Yokohama Jul. 26, 1868, arriving San Francisco Aug. 16--red "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp, matching "San Francisco Paid All Aug. 17" (1868) circular datestamp, opening faults, both bottom corners repaired, very scarce, carried on the Colorado, with 2000 P.F. certificate

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E. 300-400
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322
c
Sale 1271, Lot 322, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Green (68). One front and two covers used from Yokohama with "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp, includes a front only to NYC with stamp cancelled by Yokohama "X" chop and bold strike of oval, San Francisco May 9 (1868) circular datestamp; second is extensively repaired cover to Albany N.Y. with stamp cancelled by Yokohama "X" chop, red oval and red "San Francisco Paid All Aug. 17" (1868) datestamp, "Carrier" circular datestamp applied at Albany; third is a cover to Waynesboro Pa. with pair of 10c cancelled by San Francisco segmented grids with Nov. 23 (1868) duplex datestamp at lower right, faint strike of oval, waterstained; the front is attractive, the repaired cover appears Fine, and the last is pretty bad, but all are scarce

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E. 750-1,000
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323
c
Sale 1271, Lot 323, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Yellow Green on White entire (U40). Cancelled by Yokohama segmented circular cork, addressed to Mrs. Stephen Higginson, Boston--carried on PMSS China, departing Yokohama Jan. 26, 1868, arriving San Francisco Feb. 16--"San Francisco Cal. Feb. 17" (1868) circular datestamp, perfect strike of red "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp, slight edgewear and backflap removed, still Very Fine, a rare use of a postal stationery entire from Japan with the "China and Japan Steam Service" oval

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E. 750-1,000
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324
c
Sale 1271, Lot 324, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Yellow Green on White entire (U40). Addressed to Stephen Higginson, Boston, with sender's directive "Ship Letter, Overland Route"--carried on PMSS China, departing Yokohama Mar. 8, 1868, arriving San Francisco Mar. 31--"San Francisco Cal. Apr. 1" (1868) circular datestamp and cork cancel, partly clear strike of red "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp, "10" due handstamp for double rate, slightly creased at right, Fine, a rare use of a postal entire from Japan with the "China and Japan Steam Service" oval

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E. 300-400
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325
c
Sale 1271, Lot 325, United States Post Offices in Japan: YokohamaChina and Japan Steam Service. Perfect bold strike of magenta handstamp, "San Francisco Cal. Mar. 29" (1869) circular datestamp and "10" due handstamp applied on arrival on cover from Yokohama, Japan, to Rev. George T. Le Boutellier, Tuckertown N.J., sender's directive "Via Panama"--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing Yokohama March 4, 1869, and arriving San Francisco March 27--forwarded to Parsippany N.J. with "Tuckertown N.J. Apr. 27" circular datestamp, manuscript "Due", light creasing at right, still Very Fine, ex Dr. Spicer

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E. 500-750
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326
c
Sale 1271, Lot 326, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama2c Brown (113). Tied by segmented cork cancel on "Yokohama Prices Current and Market Report" printed circular dated September 21, 1870, there was probably a wrapper band around this newspaper with a U.S. address, which is no longer present, based on publication date carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing Yokohama Sep. 23, 1870, and arriving San Francisco Oct. 16, Very Fine, an extremely rare and striking use of the 2c 1869 Pictorial on printed matter from Japan

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E. 1,000-1,500
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327
c
Sale 1271, Lot 327, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama2c Brown (113). Horizontal strip of four, dark shade, tied by multiple strikes of large circular segmented cork cancel on folded prices current and shipping table (arrivals listed up to September 23, 1869) printed at the Hiogo News Office, addressed to J. B. David in St. Etienne, France, sender's directive "via San Francisco", blue "Etats-Unis Serv. Am. Calais 9 Nov. 69" arrival datestamp, red "15" centimes due handstamp also ties strip, Paris (November 9) and St. Etienne (November 10) receiving backstamps, horizontal fold in cover at bottom

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ON PRINTED MATTER FROM JAPAN TO FRANCE VIA THE UNITED STATES.

This printed market and shipping report is one of several known pieces of mail sent to J. B. David in St. Etienne, France, through the U.S. or French post offices in Yokohama. The 8c postage combined the 4c printed matter rate from Japan to the U.S. and 4c to the French frontier. The internal shipping report and the November 9, 1869, arrival date in France point to the sailing of the PMSS America, departing Yokohama on September 29, 1869, and arriving San Francisco October 20. Since this was bundled with printed matter for transit through San Francisco and New York, no U.S. markings were applied. From New York it was carried either by the HAPAG City of Brussels or the NGL Hansa, both of which reached the British port of entry around November 8. The cancellations on the stamps could be one of the types used at the U.S. post offices in Hiogo or Yokohama, but New York City foreign-mail exchange office also used similar segmented cork devices.

Ex Ishikawa (where pictured with the cover folded in at bottom).

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E. 3,000-4,000
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328
c
Sale 1271, Lot 328, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Bright colors, tied by Yokohama chop cancel on large part of folded cover (address panel and the full top panel on back with receiving datestamps) to Ernest Martin in Marseilles, France, blue "ECCARD & RAUD,/YOKOHAMA Japon" sender's handstamp and manuscript directive "Via San Francisco & Pacific R.R."--carried on the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Japan, departing Yokohama January 24, 1870, and arriving San Francisco February 16, then by the transcontinental railroad to the East (completed May 1869)--on arrival at the New York foreign-mail exchange office, the stamp was cancelled again with an 8-Point Rosette and the cover was datestamped on February 2(6?) and bagged for the sailing of the Ruger Line's Ocean Queen. The sailing was delayed, and the exchange office obliterated the earlier datestamps and applied a "New York Mar. 3" datestamp (all in red), corresponding to the actual departure date--on arrival at Le Havre, the scarce "Et. Unis Serv. Fr. Havre 19 Mar 70" double-circle datestamp was applied, "8" decimes due handstamp, Paris (March 20) and Marseilles (March 21) backstamps, small detached piece at bottom of address panel mended with tape, some edge tears

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVERS FROM CHINA OR JAPAN--ONLY TWO 30-CENT 1869 COVERS ORIGINATE IN JAPAN, AND BOTH ARE ADDRESSED TO FRANCE. ALSO ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED COVERS CARRIED FROM THE UNITED STATES TO FRANCE ON THE SHORT-LIVED RUGER LINE.

Of the approximately 50 covers known with the 30c 1869, only four originated in China or Japan:

1) 30c pair, 10c No. 116, Shanghai, China, Jan. 14, 1871, to A. B. Bradford, Enon Valley Pa., ex Shierson, Dr. Riddell, Ishikawa, Dr. LeBow, Magnolia Part 1 (Sale 1248, lot 2051)

2) 30c pair, 10c No. 116, Shanghai, China, Feb. 12, 1871, to Boston Trading Co., Boston Mass., in restored condition, Robert G. Kaufmann sale, M. Laurence collection

3) 30c pair, 10c No. 116 pair on U40 entire, Yokohama, Japan, July 1, 1869, to Lyon, France, red "China and Japan Steam Service" oval, the so-called "Miro-Walske" cover, ex Walske, Magnolia Part 3 (Sale 1261, lot 755)

4) 30c single, Yokohama, Japan, Jan. 24, 1870, to Ernest Martin, Marseilles, France, the cover offered here

This cover is not recorded in the 1869 PRA Census or in any of the standard literature. It surfaced in 2015 in a Cherrystone auction. Prior to its emergence, the only recorded 30c 1869 cover from Japan was the "Miro-Walske" cover (Magnolia Part 3, Sale 1261, lot 755).

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E. 20,000-30,000
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329
c
Sale 1271, Lot 329, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Tied by segmented cork cancel, red "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp on cover to Mrs. Jennie Henderson, Wilkinsburgh Pa., with original enclosure datelined "Ship China Wednesday July 5th 1871", letter mentions "on my way to China", "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 16" circular datestamp indicates this was carried on the PMSS America, departing Yokohama Jun. 23 and arriving San Francisco Jul.15, slight edgewear, Fine, a scarce use of the "China and Japan Steam Service" marking on a Bank Note cover, the Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 71) notes this marking was not used in this time period on bagged mail and was only used on loose mail

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E. 500-750
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330
c
Sale 1271, Lot 330, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama1c Ultramarine (145). Ten, affixed to both sides and tied by cork cancels, "Yokohama Japan Jun. 23" (ca 1873) circular datestamp on small cover to Mrs. E. Olney, Armada Mich.--carried on PMSS Japan, departing Yokohama Jun. 23, 1873, arriving San Francisco Jul. 13--"San Francisco Cal. Jul. 14" double-circle datestamp on back, vertical cover split affects one stamp, few other repaired cover tears, still presentable and rare with ten 1c stamps paying 10c rate from Yokohama

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Sale 1271, Lot 330, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama
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E. 400-500
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331
c
Sale 1271, Lot 331, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama2c Red Brown (146). Vertical strip of four and single, straddle-pane margin at left, tied by four strikes of San Francisco duplex datestamp and segmented cork cancel on cover from Yokohama, Japan, to Capt. H. V. Partridge, Norwich Vt., sender's directive "via San Francisco"--carried as a loose ship letter by PMSS steamship (either China in 1873 or Alaska in 1874)--"San Francisco Cal. Jun. 28" circular datestamp, pinkish red oval "China and Japan Steam Service" handstamp,slightly reduced at left and some minor edgewear, Very Fine, late use of the "China and Japan Steam Service" oval, which was no longer required on inbound mail from Asia

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E. 500-750
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332
c
Sale 1271, Lot 332, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama3c Green (147). Block of four, well-centered, used with pair of 2c Red Brown (146), block affixed on back, pair on front overlapping edge, cancelled by identical quartered cork, "Yokohama Japan Aug. 6" (1873) circular datestamp on small cover to Miss J. A. Walker in Enfield, England, sender's directive "via San Francisco & New York"--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing Aug. 7, 1873, arriving San Francisco Aug. 26--mostly clear strike of magenta "San Francisco Cal. Paid Aug. 27" circular datestamp, Enfield receiving backstamp ties block (Sep. 15), Very Fine, the use of a 3c block as part of franking for 16c rate from Japan to England is extraordinary

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Sale 1271, Lot 332, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama
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E. 750-1,000
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333
c
Sale 1271, Lot 333, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama3c Green (147). Two, stamp at right shows cracked plate at bottom, tied by circle of wedges cancels on printed circular from Yokohama, Japan, to Genoa, Italy, Oct. 1, 1873 printed dateline, from Paul Heinemann & Co. to Carlo Dapino, senders directive "via America", Nov. 23 receipt docketing--carried on PMSS chartered Quang Se, departing Yokohama Oct. 8, 1873, arriving San Francisco Oct. 27--no markings applied en route, red "PAID ALL" straightline handstamp applied in New York City, horizontal fold affects both stamps, otherwise Fine, extremely rare example of printed matter from Japan to Europe, 6c U.S.-Italy rate paid by stamps, probably sent in a prepaid bundle at Yokohama, illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 159)

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E. 500-750
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334
c
Sale 1271, Lot 334, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama6c Carmine (148). Used with horizontal pair of 2c Red Brown (146), tied by cork cancels, clearly struck "Yokohama Japan Aug. 7" (1872) circular datestamp on bright buff cover to Mrs. N. B. Colman, Portsmouth N.H.--carried on PMSS Alaska, departing Yokohama Aug. 8, 1872, arriving San Francisco Aug. 31--clearly struck "San Francisco Cal. Sep. 1" circular datestamp, reduced half-inch at left, still Very Fine, colorful franking for 10c rate from Japan, ex Dr. Spicer

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E. 500-750
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335
c
Sale 1271, Lot 335, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama6c Carmine (148). Used with vertical pair 2c Red Brown (146), straight edge at left, tied by segmented cork cancel and "Yokohama Japan Dec. 23" circular datestamp on cover to Washington D.C. street address, sender's directive "Via San Francisco", no way to determine year or PMSS sailing, "Carrier Feb. 3 11AM" backstamp, Very Fine, attractive combination for 10c rate from Japan

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E. 400-500
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336
c
Sale 1271, Lot 336, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (161). Tied by quartered cork cancel, perfectly clear strike of "Yokohama Japan Mar. 23" (1873) circular datestamp on double envelope system inner envelope addressed in Japanese and postmarked at Tokyo, back addressed with sender's dating ("2535.3.15") and boxed Tokyo datestamp (Meiji 6.3.17), delivered to U.S. post office in Yokohama with address to S. Kodani, Ellicott City Md., changed to care of Mr. Cobb, Cornwall-on-the-Hudson N.Y.--this appears to have been changed in Japan, not as a forwarding address (the addressee left Japan for the U.S. one year earlier to study)--carried on PMSS Colorado, departing Mar. 23, 1873, arriving San Francisco Apr. 13--partly clear "San Francisco Cal. Apr. 14" double-circle datestamp, bottom left corner torn off, minor soiling and small faults

FINE. A REMARKABLE COVER, REPORTED TO BE THE THIRD EXAMPLE OF AN INNER ENVELOPE WITH JAPANESE ADDRESS AND POSTMARK TO CARRY IT TO THE U.S. POST OFFICE. MOST DOUBLE ENVELOPES WERE SEPARATE AND THE OUTER WAS DISCARDED.

One of the interesting facets of the Japanese postal system prior to 1875 was the "double envelope" practice, in which the envelope addressed to a foreign country would be conveyed to the foreign post office on Japanese soil inside another envelope, which had the address in Japanese, internal postal markings and postage. Since the outer envelope was usually discarded, combinations on the same envelope are extremely rare.

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Sale 1271, Lot 336, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama
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337
c
Sale 1271, Lot 337, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Cancelled by small circle of wedges and tied by "Yokohama Japan, Oct. 23" (1871) circular datestamp on cover addressed to renowned poet Henry W. Longfellow, Cambridge Mass., blue "Forwarded by Walsh, Hall & Co. Yokohama" double-oval backstamp--carried on PMSS Japan, departing Yokohama Oct. 23, 1871, arriving San Francisco Nov. 15--bold strike of "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 15" double-circle datestamp, stain removed from lower right and small edge repairs, Very Fine appearance, illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 156) where the authors suggest that the sender was Longfellow's son Charles, who arived in Japan a year earlier, ex Dr. Spicer

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E. 500-750
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338
c
Sale 1271, Lot 338, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Cancelled by cork, clear strike of matching "Yokohama Japan Mar. 23" (ca. 1873) circular datestamp on cover to Mrs. C. L. Bartlett, Petersburg Va., sender's directive "Per P.M.S.S.", no San Francisco arrival datestamp but March 23 origin datestamp only fits with 1873 sailing of PMSS Colorado, arriving San Francisco Apr. 13, Very Fine

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E. 300-400
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339
c
Sale 1271, Lot 339, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (161). Cancelled by circle of wedges, lightly struck "Yokohama Japan Dec. 6" (1874) circular datestamp on Dec. 4, 1874 folded letter to John B. Anthony, Providence R.I., sender's directive "via San Francisco & Overland"--carried on PMSS chartered Vasco de Gama, departing Dec. 6, 1874, arriving San Francisco Dec. 22--clearly struck "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 23" duplex datestamp and segmented cork cancel, Very Fine, late use before U.S. post offices in Japan were closed, ex Ishikawa

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E. 500-750
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340
c
Sale 1271, Lot 340, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Horizontal strip of three, trivial gum stains around perfs, circle of wedges cancels and tied by "Yokohama Japan Oct. 8" (1873) circular datestamp on triple-rate cover with printed address to Cheney Brothers, Hartford, Connecticut, sender's directive "Via San Francisco"--carried on PMSS chartered Quang Se, departing Yokohama Oct. 8, 1873, arriving San Francisco Oct. 27--clear strike of "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 28" double-circle datestamp on back, opening tears mostly confined to back, slight creasing, Fine, attractive triple-rate use from Yokohama

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E. 400-500
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341
c
Sale 1271, Lot 341, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Four, tied by circle of wedges cancels, matching "Yokohama Japan Nov. 23" (1871) circular datestamp on quadruple-rate cover with printed address to Cheney Brothers, Hartford, Connecticut, sender's directive "Per 'Great Republic', Via San Francisco & Overland"--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing Yokohama Nov. 23, 1871, arriving San Francisco Dec. 17--clear strike of "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 19" double-circle datestamp ties two stamps, Very Fine, impressive franking from Yokohama

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E. 500-750
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342
c
Sale 1271, Lot 342, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Used with a 30c Black (154) which we do not think originated despite 1982 P.F. certificate, cork cancels do not appear to match, partly readable Yokohama and San Francisco circular datestamps on cover with printed address to Cheney Brothers, Hartford Conn., small faults and mended tear, offered "as is" with 1982 P.F. certificate

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E. 200-300
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343
c
Sale 1271, Lot 343, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Cancelled by small quartered cork with illegible town circular datestamp, both struck in brownish ink on small cover addressed in violet to 1st Asst. Engineer Geo. W. Hall on board the U.S.S. Niantic, care of U.S. consulate in Yokohama, Japan--carried on PMSS China, departing San Francisco Dec. 1, 1874, arriving Yokohama Dec. 30--address crossed out and re-addressed to Lafayette N.Y.--the return trip was on the PMSS chartered Altona, departing Yokohama Jan. 9, 1875, arriving San Francisco Jan. 31, the last eastbound PMSS trip which could have carried mail from the U.S. post office in Yokohama, which closed December 31, 1874--"San Francisco Steamship Jan. 31" circular datestamp and "15" due handstamp, indicating this was treated as an unpaid ship letter, small stamp faults, minor edgewear, Fine, a remarkable round-trip cover from the end of the U.S. post office in Japan era

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E. 500-750
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344
c
Sale 1271, Lot 344, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Tied by segmented cork cancel on tissue-paper cover probably originating in Japan and addressed to Miss Brown, Portland Me., red "San Francisco Paid All Jan. 21" (1875) backstamp indicates this arrived on PMSS Colorado, which departed Yokohama Dec. 22, 1874, Portland receiving backstamp (Jan. 28), cover with some slight wear, few toned perfs and light corner crease at top left, otherwise Fine, Samuel Robbins Brown was an American missionary and educator living in Japan from 1859-79, this may have been a letter sent to his daughter

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E. 400-500
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345
c
Sale 1271, Lot 345, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Used with single and strip of three of 3c Green (147), stamps on front with crossroads cancels applied at San Francisco on black-bordered mourning cover originating in Japan, from Dr. Augustine Henon and addressed to his wife in Lyon, France--carried on PMSS chartered MacGregor, departing Yokohama Aug. 22, 1873, arriving San Francisco Sep. 10--"San Francisco Cal. Sep. 11" circular datestamp, red "New York 6 Sep. 18" 6c credit datestamp which also cancels and ties 3c strip on back, red "London Paid 29 SE 73" datestamp and matching "PD" in oval handstamp, French arrival datestamp and Lyon receiving backstamp (Oct. 1), front and back opened for display and rejoined with tape, small edge faults, still Very Fine, the Henon correspondence is discussed in Matsumoto's A History of the French Post Office of Yokohama (pp. 136-139), this cover was sent to the U.S. post office in Yokohama inside another envelope, removed and placed in the bag of mail bound for the U.S., but no Yokohama markings were applied

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E. 2,000-3,000
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346
c
Sale 1271, Lot 346, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Used with horizontal pair of 3c Green (147), tied by circle of wedges cancels and bold "Yokohama Japan Nov. 22" (1871) circular datestamp on blue folded letter with Kniffler & Co. letterhead and November 13, 1871 dateline to Frederick Huth & Co. in London, England, sender's blue oval handstamp at lower left with matching "via San Francisco" and "Europe" handstamps--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing Nov. 23, 1871, arriving San Francisco Dec. 17 (no arrival datestamp)--red New York (Dec. 27) and London Paid (Jan. 8, 1872) datestamps, vertical file fold slightly affects left side of 10c stamp, otherwise Very Fine, colorful cover and attractive franking for 10c U.S.-Japan and 6c U.S.-G.B. rates, ex Ishikawa and Dr. Spicer

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E. 1,500-2,000
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347
c
Sale 1271, Lot 347, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Interpane margin at left, used with two 3c Green (147), one with straight edge, tied by quartered cork cancels with faintly struck "Yokohama Japan" circular datestamp on cover with Charles E. Leggatt (Yokohama) embossed seal on flap, addressed to Mrs. Wm. Herbert in London, England, two strikes of "Forwarded by Charles E. Leggatt & Co. Yokohama" oval handstamp on back, sender's directive "Via San Francisco and New York"--working backward from Jan. 8, 1872 arrival date in England, probably carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing Nov. 23, 1871, arriving San Francisco Dec. 17 (no arrival datestamp), the same trips as the cover offered in lot 346--red New York (Dec. 27) datestamp, red London Paid (Jan. 8, 1872) backstamp, faint gum toning, Fine, attractive Bank Note franking from Japan (10c U.S.-Japan and 6c U.S.-G.B. rates)

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Sale 1271, Lot 347, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama
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348
c
Sale 1271, Lot 348, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Used with 6c Dull Pink (159), cancelled by circle of wedges, matching bold "Yokohama Japan Feb. 24" (1874) circular datestamp on cover to Miss Winstanley in Mitcham, England, sender's directive "via America"--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing Yokohama Feb. 24, 1874, arriving San Francisco Mar. 19--lightly struck magenta "San Francisco Cal. Paid Mar. 20" circular datestamp, Mitcham backstamp (Apr. 8), small edge faults, stamps and cover have faint toned spots, otherwise Fine, illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 161), ex Dr. Spicer

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E. 500-750
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349
c
Sale 1271, Lot 349, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Used with 6c Dull Pink (159), cancelled or tied by circle of wedges, perfect strike of matching bold "Yokohama Japan May 22" (1874) circular datestamp on blue folded letter with blue Valmale, Schoen & Wilson oval handstamp to Frederick Huth & Co. in London, England, sender's directive "via America"--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing Yokohama May 22, 1874, arriving San Francisco Jun. 16--bold magenta "San Francisco Cal. Paid Jun. 16" circular datestamp, red London Paid datestamp (Jul. 4), vertical file fold affects 6c stamp, otherwise Fine, illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 162)

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E. 400-500
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350
c
Sale 1271, Lot 350, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Two, one with straight edge, quartered cork cancels, clearly struck "Yokohama Japan Apr. 23" (1873) circular datestamp on cover to Mademoiselle Grenet, Paris, France, sender's directive "Via San Francisco"--carried on PMSS Japan, departing Yokohama Apr. 23, 1873, arriving San Francisco May 14--"San Francisco Cal. May 15" double-circle datestamp, red "New York Paid 6 May 24" 6c credit datestamp, red London Paid (Jun. 3) datestamp and matching "PD" oval handstamp, Calais arrival datestamp (Jun. 4), Paris backstamp (Jun. 4), Very Fine, the stamps pay 10c U.S.-Japan and 10c British Mail rates to France, illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 157), with 1997 Holcombe certificate

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351
c
Sale 1271, Lot 351, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Horizontal pair, superbly centered, tied by "Yokohama Japan Nov. 23" (1872) circular datestamp and cork cancel on folded cover to Duplay Balay, Lyon, France, purple G. Bolmida handstamp--carried on PMSS Great Republic, departing Yokohama Nov. 24, 1872, arriving San Francisco Dec. 16--mostly clear strike of "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 17" double-circle datestamp, red "New York Paid 6 Dec. 26" 6c credit datestamp, red London Paid datestamp and matching "PD" oval handstamp, Calais arrival datestamp, Lyons backstamp (Jan. 8), horizontal file fold, Very Fine, the pair pays 10c U.S.-Japan and 10c British Mail rates to France, ex Dr. Spicer

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E. 1,000-1,500
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352
c
Sale 1271, Lot 352, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama3c Green (158). Deep shade, tied by crossroads cancel on cover originating in Yokohama, Japan, sent by U.S.N. Admiral James Charles P. DeKrafft to his wife, Elizabeth Sellers DeKrafft, Wilmington Del., pencil docketing "Yokohama May 29th 74"--carried on non-contract steamer Vancouver, departing Yokohama May 31, 1874, arriving San Francisco Jun. 18--clearly struck "San Francisco Steamship Jun. 18" circular datestamp and "DUE 7" straightline due handstamp to make up 10c rate, reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine, although no Japanese post office markings are present, this is a much rarer use than the typical Yokohama cover

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E. 400-500
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353
c
Sale 1271, Lot 353, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (161). Horizontal pair, bold strikes of circle of spokes cancel, matching "Yokohama Japan Jul. 19" (1874) circular datestamp on cover to Frankfurt, Germany, sender's directive "via San Francisco"--carried on PMSS Colorado, departing Yokohama Jul. 19, 1874, arriving San Francisco Aug. 8--"San Francisco Cal. Aug. 9" double-circle datestamp, red "New York Br. Transit Aug. 18" circular datestamp, receiving backstamp (Aug. 31), cover has small closed tear at top, Very Fine, scarce franking paying the 10c rate to U.S. plus 10c to Germany, illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 164), with 2001 P.F. certificate

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E. 750-1,000
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354
c
Sale 1271, Lot 354, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (161). Horizontal pair, intense shade, tied by circle of wedges cancels, clearly struck "Yokohama Japan Mar. 10" (1874) circular datestamp on bluish folded cover to Banco Sete Lombardo, Milan, Italy, sender's directive "via 'America' for Europe"--carried on PMSS Alaska, departing Yokohama Mar. 10, 1874, arriving San Francisco Apr. 3--"San Francisco Cal. Apr. 4" double-circle datestamp, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Apr. 11" datestamp, Verona (Apr. 25) and Milan (Apr. 25) backstamps, small part of back torn away, Very Fine, an attractive franking paying 10c U.S.-Japan and 10c NGU Direct rates to Italy

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E. 1,500-2,000
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355
c
Sale 1271, Lot 355, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (150). Horizontal pair, tied by circle of wedges cancel and "Yokohama Japan (Dec. 23?)" (1871) circular datestamp on small cover originating in Japan, to Florence, Italy, red "New York Paid All Feb. 8" circular datestamp--based on New York date, probably carried on PMSS America, departing Yokohama Dec. 23, 1871, arriving San Francisco Jan. 15, 1872 (no arrival datestamp)--pair is affixed over red "PAID" in frame handstamp with red crayon "20" indicating payment in cash for stamps applied at Yokohama, Florence receiving backstamp (Feb. 18), pair of stamps has been partly lifted to show the "PAID" handstamp (the red ink is actually offset on back of stamps), long sealed tear in cover does not affect stamps, otherwise Fine, the "PAID" must have been applied by a forwarder or possibly by a consular/postal agent, and the "20" notation indicated how much was received, only a few other examples of this marking are known

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E. 1,000-1,500
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356
c
Sale 1271, Lot 356, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (161). Horizontal strip of three, tied by circle of spokes cancel, matching "Yokohama Japan Jul. 19" (1874) circular datestamp on folded cover to Giacamo Falzone in Mortara, Italy, sender's directive "Open Mail to Italy"--carried on PMSS Colorado, departing Yokohama Jul. 19, 1874, arriving San Francisco Aug. 8--light strike of "San Francisco Cal. Aug. 9" double-circle datestamp, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Aug. 18" datestamp, Italian backstamps including Verona and Vigevano (Sep. 2), some overall staining and small faults, tear at bottom, otherwise Fine, the double rate should have been 40c (double 10c U.S.-Japan plus double 10c U.S.-Italy)

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E. 1,000-1,500
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357
c
Sale 1271, Lot 357, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama10c Brown (161). Used with 6c Dull Pink (159), short perfs, tied by circle of wedges cancel, clearly struck "Yokohama Japan Dec. 6" (1874), circular datestamp on small cover to Aylesbury, England, sender's semi-literate directive "vi amerekey"--carried on PMSS chartered Vasco de Gama, departing Dec. 6, 1874, arriving San Francisco Dec. 23--part strike of magenta "San Francisco Cal. Paid Dec. 23" circular datestamp ties both stamps, red Liverpool Paid datestamp (Jan. 9, 1875), Aylesbury backstamp (Jan. 10), backflap removed, otherwise Very Fine, late use through U.S. post office in Yokohama, which closed Dec. 31, 1874

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E. 500-750
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358
c
Sale 1271, Lot 358, United States Post Offices in Japan: Yokohama30c Black (154). Few trivial gum stains around perfs, cancelled by cork (described on accompanying Hahn analysis as a "dog face" cancel), clearly struck "Yokohama Japan May 23" (1873) circular datestamp on triple-rate cover with printed address to Cheney Brothers, Hartford, Connecticut, sender's directive "Via San Francisco"--carried on PMSS Alaska, departing Yokohama May 22, 1873, arriving San Francisco Jun. 13--clear strike of "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 14" double-circle datestamp on back, opening tear extends just above stamp and Yokohama datestamp, but does not affect them, otherwise Very Fine, extremely rare use of 30c 1870 Bank Note Issue from Japan (only a few known), with 1985 Calvet M. Hahn letter

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E. 1,500-2,000
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