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
2028
c
Sale 1248, Lot 2028, Mail to China90c Blue (72). Wide interpane straight edge at left, deep shade, used with 24c Brown Lilac (70a), crisp shade and impression, both stamps lightly cancelled by grids, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Sep. 10" (1862) circular datestamp on folded letter to Augustine Heard & Co. in Shanghai, China, magenta manuscript "1.04" credit--carried on Cunarder Persia, departing New York September 10, 1862, arriving Queenstown September 20, then by P&O route--red "London Paid AT SP 22 62" circular datestamp, red crayon "2" double-rate British Colonial credit, "Hong Kong C NO 12 62" transit backstamp, light vertical crease clear of stamps

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT AND 90-CENT 1861 ISSUES USED TO PAY THE DOUBLE 57-CENT RATE TO CHINA BY BRITISH MAIL VIA MARSEILLES.

The 57c rate to China by British Mail via Marseilles was effective from December 1861 to June 1863, then reduced to 53c. This cover was rated $1.14 according to the quarter-ounce increments (3/4 to one-ounce letter) and $1.04 was credited to Great Britain because it was carried by British Packet.

Ex Steinmetz and DuPuy. Signed in pencil by Stanley B. Ashbrook with typed and signed letter explaining rate and expressing his opinion that the cover is genuine.

Herzog-Starnes census no. 7 ("Cover Usages of the 90c 1861 and 1868 Issues", Chronicle 140).

With 1981 P.F. certificate.

E. 15,000-20,000
32,500