Sale 1248 — The Magnolia Collection of U.S. Mail in China and Japan: Part 1

Sale Date — Thursday, 16 December, 2021

Category — Mail From China

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2048
c
Sale 1248, Lot 2048, Mail From China10c Dark Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Two, one with interpane straight edge at left, deep rich color, tied by perfect strike of the distinctive negative "20" mirror-image numeral in circle cancel, incredibly sharp strike of "P.O.D. U.S. Con. Genl. Shanghai Mar. 20" (1869) circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Shanghai 19th March 1869" from Reed & Co. to Rimmer, Gunn & Co., Montreal, Canada, sender's directive "Per Overland Mail Via San Francisco"--carried on the PMSS Costa Rica, departing Shanghai March 20, 1869, and arriving Yokohama March 28, then by the PMSS Japan, departing Yokohama April 1, arriving San Francisco April 24--magenta "China and Japan Steam Service" oval handstamp, "Montreal PM MY 8 69" receiving backstamp, receipt docketing in inside panel

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED COVERS WITH THE 10-CENT 1861-67 ISSUE USED FROM CHINA TO CANADA VIA THE UNITED STATES POSTAL AGENCY IN SHANGHAI. THIS IS THE ONLY ONE WITH THE "20" NUMERAL CANCEL APPLIED AT SHANGHAI.

The 20c postage overpays by 4c the 10c U.S.-China and 6c U.S.-Canada treaty rates; the latter went into effect April 1, 1868. We record five 1861-68 Issue covers from China to Canada via the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai: 1) Shanghai Jan. 21, 1869, to Matthewson, ex Drucker (Sale 855, lot 14); 2) Shanghai Jan. 21, 1869, to Gunn & Co., ex Ishikawa, Schloss (Sale 820, lot 248); 3) Shanghai Feb. 20, 1869, to Gunn & Co., ex Ireland; 4) Shanghai Mar. 20, 1869, "20" cancel, to Gunn & Co., ex Ishikawa, Dr. LeBow, the cover offered here; and 5) Shanghai Dec. 21, 1869, to Gunn & Co., without China and Japan Steam Service oval, Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 103).

Two of these covers, including the one offered in this sale, are illustrated and discussed in Richard B. Graham's series on the China and Japan Steam Service (Chronicle 75 and 76). Of the five, only this cover has the "20" numeral cancel, which was evidently created for the March 20, 1869, trip and only used for that mail (another example is offered in lot 2047). Only four have the "China and Japan Steam Service" oval.

Illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 99).

Ex Ishikawa and Dr. LeBow.

E. 10,000-15,000
23,000