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

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2016
c
Sale 1248, Lot 2016, Mail to China5c Buff (67). Beautiful golden mustard-like shade, choice centering, negligible short perfs at top, used with 10c Green (68) and 30c Orange (71), 30c interpane straight edge at left, bright early shade, 10c superb with deep rich color, tied by two clear strikes of blue "Baltimore Md. Feb. 25" (1862) circular datestamp on cover to Reverend Rosewell H. Graves, Baptist Mission, care of Russell & Co., Canton, China, sender's directive "via Southampton", red "N. York Br. Pkt Paid Feb. 6" circular datestamp on back, magenta manuscript "40" credit--carried on the Cunarder Asia, departing New York February 24, 1862, and arriving Queenstown March 10--red "London Paid HY MR 11 62" datestamp and "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, "Hong Kong C MY 4 62" transit backstamp, receipt docketing "Mother & Annie, Answered", light horizontal bend or fold at bottom, small piece out of backflap

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR THREE-COLOR COMBINATION OF 1861 ISSUES IN EARLY SHADES, USED TO PAY THE 45-CENT RATE TO CHINA BY BRITISH MAIL VIA SOUTHAMPTON.

Dr. Rosewell H. Graves, a medical professional from a prominent Baltimore family, spent 57 years in China as a missionary, from 1855 until his death in 1912. He was particularly determined to spread the gospel to Chinese women and developed a strategy of having female missionaries travel house to house with bible in hand. Dr. Graves also performed valuable medical service by vaccinating hundreds of children and treating thousands of Chinese. Details of his life may be found at http://bdcconline.net/en/stories/r-h-graves .

Ex Seybold (with his handstamp on back) and Starnes.

E. 10,000-15,000
12,000