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
2032
c
Sale 1248, Lot 2032, Mail to China2c Brown (113). Rich color, used with block of ten of 3c Ultramarine (114) and 10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96), tied by target cancels, "Collington Md. Jul. 13" (1869) circular datestamp on cover addressed in violet to Dr. V. D. Collins, Hong Kong, China, sender's directive "Via Marseilles, France", red "New York Paid All Jul. 15" circular datestamp on back, red "32" credit handstamp--carried on Cunarder Malta, departing New York July 15, 1869, arriving Queenstown July 26, then by P&O route--red "London Paid 26 JY 69" circular datestamp, "Hong-Kong Marine•Sorter Singapore-to Hong-Kong, SP 2/9 69" backstamp (Webb Ty. B-2b), receipt docketing "Recd Sep. 8th/69", Chinese characters on back, opened for display, position 4 of block with surface scrape, bottom left stamp of block missing corner, some expert cover repairs mostly on back and not affecting stamps

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A UNIQUE FRANKING PAYING THE 42-CENT RATE TO HONG KONG BY BRITISH MAIL VIA MARSEILLES. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE BLOCK OF 3-CENT 1869 STAMPS AND WITH THE HONG KONG MARINE SORTER BACKSTAMP.

According to the Webb book, the sorting of mail on board ship was first tried in 1857 and was found to speed the delivery of the mails on arrival in Hong Kong. The Governor of Hong Kong petitioned to make this a permanent position, but the scheme was not implemented. Seven years later, after the GPO decided that Hong Kong should assume greater responsibilities, the sorting plan was green-lighted. An official from the Hong Kong post office would meet the P&O steamer in Singapore and sort the mails during the trip to Hong Kong. The mails could then be delivered immediately on arrival or forwarded faster to their final destination outside of Hong Kong. The new service started with the arrival of mails at the end of July 1868. Mails were sorted between Singapore and Hong Kong, and another line was also established to sort mails between Hong Kong and Shanghai. There are five sub-types of Webb's Type B-2 Marine Sorter marking showing the date of trip. The example offered here is easily identifiable because it is the only one with a dot instead of a dash between the words "Marine" and "Sorter."

Ex Eubanks. With 2001 P.F. certificate.

Sale 1248, Lot 2032, Mail to China
Image 2
E. 10,000-15,000
11,500