Sale 1248 — The Magnolia Collection of U.S. Mail in China and Japan: Part 1
Sale Date — Thursday, 16 December, 2021
Category — Mail to China
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF THE 5-CENT 1856 IMPERFORATE AND 1857 PERFORATED ISSUES, INTENDED TO PAY THE 38-CENT PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE TO HONG KONG, BUT SENT BY BRITISH MAIL VIA SOUTHAMPTON. ONLY TEN 5-CENT 1856 COVERS TO CHINA ARE RECORDED, OF WHICH JUST TWO HAVE 38-CENT RATE FRANKINGS.
This cover was correctly prepaid 38c for the rate to Hong Kong by Prussian Closed Mail, but it was routed via Southampton and the British Mail system. It was carried on the Cunarder Europa, departing New York February 3, 1858, and arriving Liverpool February 15. From Southampton it left on the Peninsular & Oriental Line Colombo, departing February 20 and arriving at Alexandria on March 5. After an overland trip, the letter was carried from Suez on the P&O Nubia, departing March 20 and arriving at Galle, Ceylon, on April 3. From Galle it was carried on the P&O Pottinger, departing April 16 and arriving at Hong Kong on April 24, 1858.
Illustrated in Mayer-Frajola 5c 1856 book (p. 127).
Ex Sir Nicolas Waterhouse, Emmerson C. Krug, Marc Haas and Frederick R. Mayer.
With 1980 Friedl certificate and signed in pencil by Herbert J. Bloch. Signed on back by Stanley B. Ashbrook.