Sale Number: 1010
Sale Date:
2011 Rarities of the World

U.S. Post Offices in Japan and China
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
76 c 10c Brown (161). Horizontal strip of three, tied by circle of spokes "Chop" cancel, matching "Yokohama, Japan Jul. 19" circular datestamp on 1874 folded cover to Mortara, Italy, sender's route directive "Open Mail to Italy" at upper left, light strike of "San Francisco Cal. Aug. 9" circular datestamp, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Aug. 18" circular datestamp, several backstamps incl. Verona and Vigevano, some overall staining and small faults, tear at bottom

A RARE AND DESIRABLE UNITED STATES BANK NOTE ISSUE COVER FROM THE U.S. POST OFFICE AT YOKOHAMA, JAPAN, TO ITALY VIA SAN FRANCISCO, NEW YORK AND ENGLAND.

This cover was carried on the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.'s Colorado, which arrived in San Francisco on Aug. 8, 1874. It then departed New York on Aug. 19 on the Cunarder Scotia, which arrived in Queenstown on Aug. 28. The rate from Japan to the U.S. was 10c, and the rate from the U.S. to Italy via Closed Mail was 10c. The 30c prepayment was either an overpayment of the combined single rates or an accepted underpayment of a double rate. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 3,000-4,000 5,750
77 c 5c Indigo (216). Deep rich color, tied by grid cancel on cover from Tientsin, China, to Port Jefferson N.Y. via the U.S. Post Office in Shanghai, back of cover with China, 1888, 3c Lilac, Perf 12-1/2 (14) tied by blue chop, matching "Customs Tientsin Dec. 21, 1889" double-circle datestamp, "Customs Shanghai Jan. 3, 1890" backstamp, purple "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, 10 Jan. 90" oval datestamp, sender's route directive "Via Japan", San Francisco and receiving backstamps, 5c with pre-use horizontal crease, opened for display

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MIXED-FRANKING COVER FROM TIENTSIN WITH THE UNITED STATES BANK NOTE ISSUE AND CHINA SMALL DRAGON ISSUE.

With 2009 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 3,000-4,000 9,500
78 c 5c Chocolate (223). Used with Chefoo, 1894, 1c Scarlet (9), both stamps tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, Aug. 17 10PM, 1895" duplex datestamp and oval grid cancel on cover to Wooster O., "Chefoo Local Post 13 Aug. 1895" datestamp, San Francisco and receiving backstamps, with original enclosure datelined "Wei Chien Aug. 3rd 1895", missionary letter, slightly reduced at left where small piece restored, few toned spots incl. one affecting 5c, otherwise Very Fine, scarce and attractive combination (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,500-2,000 6,000
79 c 1c Deep Green, 10c Orange Brown, Ty. II (279, 283). Horizontal strip of three of 1c, natural s.e. at bottom, deep rich color and choice centering, tied by neat ""U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, 2 Aug. 4PM 1902" duplex datestamp and oval grid cancel on registered cover to Springfield Mass., "U.S. of America, Shanghai, China" registry label with narrow "R" (Scott FX-SH1b), sender's backstamp from The Missionary Home in Shanghai, San Francisco and receiving backstamps, fresh and Very Fine, this is reported to be the latest known use of this duplex cancelling device and one of nine covers with this Shanghai registry label, ex Drucker and Whitpain (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 5,000
80 c 15c Olive Green (284). Tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, Sep. 27 2PM 1902" duplex datestamp on registered cover to New York City, "U.S. of America, Shanghai, China" registry label with narrow "R" (Scott FX-SH1b), oval "The Missionary Home and Agency Shanghai Sep. 27, 1902" sender's backstamp, Seattle and N.Y. backstamps, Very Fine, one of nine reported covers with this Shanghai registry label, ex Drucker and Whitpain (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 5,500
81 c Legation of the United States of America to China. Two clear strikes of bilingual handstamp along seams of oversize cover, third strike on front, addressed to the Foreign Minister and with instructions in Chinese that this be opened by the highest authority, additional Chinese on front thru seal from 23rd day of 8th mo Kuangshu 21st year (lunar calendar) which is Oct. 10, 1895 by solar calendar, seals slightly affected from opening

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE USE OF THE "LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO CHINA" BI-LINGUAL SEAL ON COVER TO THE FOREIGN MINISTER.

Ex Mizuhara. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 4,000-5,000 Current Sale
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