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 EXTRAORDINARY 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVER TO CHEFOO, CHINA, VIA HONG KONG. ONLY THREE 24-CENT PICTORIAL COVERS ARE RECORDED TO CHINA--ONE EACH TO CHEFOO, HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI. AN OUTSTANDING USAGE MADE MORE DESIRABLE BY THE CHEFOO FORWARDER'S OVAL HANDSTAMP.
The 2c and 24c 1869 Pictorial stamps on this cover to Chefoo, China, pay the 28c rate by British Mail via Southampton, which superseded the 34c rate in January 1870. The United States retained 4c and credited Great Britain with 24c (one-shilling) for British service to Hong Kong. Because the 1869 Pictorial Issue was replaced by the Bank Note (Portrait) series in March 1870, few examples of the 28c rate to China are known with 1869 stamps. The forwarding agent, Wilson, Cornabe & Co., arranged to transport this cover from Hong Kong to the northern port of Chefoo.
The addressee, Calista B. Downing, appears in the List of Protestant Missionaries in China, Japan and Siam as arriving in Chefoo in 1866. She later joined the Watch Tower (Jehovah's Witness) missionaries, one of the first in China (see https://truthhistory.blogspot.com/2008/ ).
Illustrated in Jeffrey M. Forster's article, "2c 1869 Cover to Chefoo, China," Chronicle 222.
Ex Rep. Ernest R. Ackerman and Edward S. Knapp (Ashbrook file notes it was sold to Y. Souren in the Knapp sale).