Sale 1261 — The Magnolia Collection of U.S. Mail in China and Japan: Part 3

Sale Date — Wednesday, 29 June, 2022

Category — Stampless 1851-1858

Cat./Est. Value
Sale 1261, Lot 501, Stampless 1851-1858Boston Paid 2 Dec. Br. Pkt. (1857). Red circular datestamp and pencil "10" on blue folded letter to Capt. R. H. Waters of the Eagle Wing, care of Russell & Co. in Hong Kong, sender's directive "per Niagara", red London Dec. 15, 1857 backstamp, manuscript "2/4" 2sh4p debit, clear strike of "Hong-Kong 11 FE 58" 20mm single arc datestamp on back (Type 12, only six examples recorded), receipt docketing on back, folded to show markings on back, slight wear and soiling along vertical folds, Fine, a scarce marking for the Hong Kong specialist, ex Bolton

E. 500-750
Sale 1261, Lot 502, Stampless 1851-1858Boston Paid B. Pkt. Mar. 24 (1858). Clearly struck red circular datestamp on Mar. 23, 1858, folded letter to Augustine Heard & Co., Hong Kong, China, carried by Prussian Closed Mail, pencil "38" rate and red crayon "15" credit, sender's directive "Via 'Overland Mail'"--carried on the Cunarder Canada, departing Boston Mar. 24, 1858, arriving Liverpool Apr. 4--manuscript "1/" one-shilling debit marking, magenta manuscript "f31/4" silbergroschen rate, red "AACHEN 6/4 FRANCO" framed transit datestamp (Apr. 6), blue "Alexandria AP 16, 1858" transit and "Hong-Kong 21 MY, 1858" receiving datestamps, receipt docketing on back, Very Fine, a scarce example of mail to China via Prussian Closed Mail, accompanied by detailed write-up with P&O sailing information and postage accounting analysis, ex Sussex

Sale 1261, Lot 502, Stampless 1851-1858
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E. 750-1,000
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Sale 1261, Lot 503, Stampless 1851-1858La Crosse Wis. Aug. 3, 1859. Greenish blue circular datestamp with matching "PAID" in frame struck twice and "24" in circle rate handstamp on cover to Albert H. Markham, H.M.S. Camilla, care of the Admiralty Office in London, redirected to Hong Kong and then again to H.M.S. Retribution in Trincomalee, Ceylon, red "3" credit handstamp applied in U.S., red "London GG Paid AU 19 59" circular datestamp, London (Aug. 20) and blue Hong Kong (Oct. 5) backstamps, manuscript "6" and "9" debit markings, Very Fine, a most unusual cover, accompanied by detailed sailing and rate analysis (in German)

E. 400-500
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Sale 1261, Lot 504, Stampless 1851-1858San Francisco to Hong Kong, August 1858. Blue folded letter in Spanish datelined San Francisco, August 24, 1858, to Don Alvarez in Hong Kong with "Black Warrior" clipper ship directive, blue "Alsop & Co. San Francisco" in double-line circle with star handstamp applied by sender, lightly struck but readable "John B. Newton & Co. Commission Merchants, San Francisco" oval handstamp in blue, applied by forwarding agent for the Black Warrior, docketing indicates October 13,1858 receipt date, manuscript "8" Hong Kong ship-letter charge, double 4p per half-ounce, Very Fine, rare early trans-Pacific ship letter from the U.S. to Hong Kong

E. 400-500
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