Sale Number: 1025
Sale Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
2012 Rarities of the World

United States Post Offices in Japan
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
154 c 10c Dark Green, First Design (62B). Rich color, tied by cogwheel cancel, matching "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 13, 1862" double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Bridgeport Conn., "Forwarded by Chas. N. Brooks & Co., San Francisco" oval handstamp, with original enclosure datelined "Yokohama Oct. 6, 1862", endorsed "Storm Cloud" and carried by that schooner which departed Yokohama on Oct. 28 and arrived in San Francisco Dec. 10, stamp affected from placement at edge of cover, cover slightly reduced at left and with some edge flaws

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE FIRST DESIGN, SCOTT 62B, USED ON A COVER ORIGINATING IN YOKOHAMA, JAPAN. A RARE CIVIL WAR PERIOD USE.

This is the only example of Scott 62B on a cover either to or from Japan we have offered since keeping computerized records.

Ex Ishikawa. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 4,000-5,000 4,250
155 c 10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Natural s.e. at left, clear grill, cancelled by unusual grid of squares, matching "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 23" circular datestamp on blue cover from Yokohama, Japan to Ridgefield Conn., clear strike of red "China and Japan Steam Service" double-line oval handstamp, docketed "U.S. Flagship Delaware Yokohama" at upper left, opened bit unevenly at left, stamp with some toning and flaws at top from placement at edge of cover, Very Fine appearance, ex Clifford (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 2,700
156 c 10c Yellow, Double Grill (116 var). Bright color, tied by negative star cancel, matching "Yokohama, Japan Jul. 22" circular datestamp on small 1870 cover to San Francisco Cal., endorsed "Per S S Japan" at upper left and carried aboard that Pacific Mail Steamship which arrived in San Francisco Aug. 12, some edge flaws, split on all sides and reattached with hinges, still Very Fine, scarce use of the double-grill stamp on cover from Japan, with 1981 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 750-1,000 550
157 c 6c Carmine, 10c Brown (148, 150). Cork cancels, part strike of "Yokohama, Japan" circular datestamp on 1872 folded cover to Montreal, Canada, sender's route directive "Overland" at upper left, C.H.S. Thorel & Co. Yokohama merchant's handstamp, Montreal "Jy 23 '72" receiving backstamp, file folds crease the 10c stamp, Fine appearance, only three such covers from Japan to Canada via the U.S. are recorded, this was carried on the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. America, which departed Yokohama on Jun. 22, 1872 and arrived in San Francisco on Jul. 13, 1872, it went overland by railroad to Canada, the rate from Japan to the U.S. was 10c, and the treaty rate from the U.S. to Canada was 6c (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 5,000
158 c 6c Carmine, 10c Brown (148, 150). Cancelled or tied by corks, matching "Yokohama Japan Feb. 28" circular datestamp on 1872 cover to Gravesend, England, endorsed "Via San Francisco" at upper left, red "New York Apr. 3" transit circular datestamp, receiving backstamp (Apr. 17), some slight edgewear causing small tears in 10c, still Very Fine, scarce franking paying the 10c rate to U.S. plus 6c rate to England, with 1986 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 2,000
159 c 2c Red Brown, 10c Brown (146, 150). Two 2c, cancelled or tied by corks, matching "Yokohama, Japan, Sep. ?" circular datestamp on 1871 mourning cover to Vertaizon, France, endorsed "Per overland mail via San Francisco and New York" at upper left, red "New-York Oct. 17" circular datestamp, French transit and receiving backstamps, blue French "5" decimes due handstamp, some edge flaws including missing part of top flap, 10c with flaws at right, still Very Fine, scarce use paying the 10c U.S. rate plus 4c Open Mail rate with French internal postage due from recipient (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 4,250
160 c 10c Brown (161). Horizontal pair, bright color, tied by segmented corks, matching "Yokohama, Japan, Sep. 1?" circular datestamp on small 1874 cover to Lyon, France, routed thru the United States with "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 4" circular datestamp, red "New York Paid Oct. 13" and French transits, stamps also tied by boxed "P.D." handstamp, receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, scarce and desirable use from Japan to France, carried by the Colorado which arrived in San Francisco Oct. 3, receipt docketing indicates contents were written Aug. 17 so this must have missed the August sailing and been held for a month in Yokohama (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 2,500
161 c 10c Brown (161). Horizontal pair, centered to right, tied by circle of wedges and by matching "Yokohama, Japan Sep. 17" circular datestamp on 1874 folded cover to Genoa, Italy, neat "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 4" double-circle datestamp, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Oct. 13" circular datestamp, receiving backstamp, docketed "Via America" at upper left, light horizontal file fold well away from stamps, Fine and scarce use, carried on the Colorado which arrived in San Francisco Oct. 3, on the same day as the previous lot (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 1,500
162 c 3c Green, Grill (136). H. Grill, strong grill points, bright shade, cancelled by cork, matching "Nagasaki, Japan Aug. 4" circular datestamp on 1873 folded cover to Yokohama, Japan, large company origination handstamp at lower left, endorsed "pr Golden Age", light horizontal file fold well away from stamp

VERY FINE. A RARE BANK NOTE ISSUE USE ON INTER-CONSULAR COVER FROM NAGASAKI TO YOKOHAMA.

Signed Bloch. With 1983 I.S.J.P. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,500-2,000 5,250
163 c 3c Green (147). Horizontal pair, tied by Hiogo quartered cork cancels on blue folded cover from Hiogo, Japan to Shanghai, China, endorsed "Per Oregonean" at upper left, with blue "Shanghae Local Post JU 3, 1872" backstamp, few natural bleach age spots

VERY FINE. A RARE 6-CENT INTERCONSULAR RATE COVER FROM HIOGO TO SHANGHAI.

This cover was carried on the PMSS Oregonean branch-line steamer from Hiogo to Shanghai. The cork cancels were applied at Hiogo (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,500-2,000 8,500
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