VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MIXED-FRANKING COVER WITH THE 1853 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III ISSUE AND UNITED STATES 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
This cover was carried on the schooner L. P. Foster, which departed Honolulu on Dec. 6, 1856, and arrived at San Francisco on Dec. 22. From there it was then sent to Panama on the Jan. 5, 1857, sailing of the John L. Stephens.
Gregory Census No. 5-30. Ex Baker, Haas and Golden
FINE APPEARING MIXED FRANKING OF THE 1853 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III ISSUE AND UNITED STATES 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
Although the second 5c Kamehameha printing arrived in mid-1857, some of the First Printing stamps were used as late as 1860, including on the cover offered here. This was carried on the American bark Comet, which departed Honolulu Nov. 26 and arrived San Francisco Dec. 18. Overland mail from this arrival was postmarked at San Francisco on Dec. 21.
With 2010 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND EARLY EXAMPLE OF THE 1853 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III ISSUE USED TO PAY HAWAIIAN POSTAGE ON A COVER TO THE UNITED STATES.
This cover was carried on Her British Majesty's Frigate Amphitrite, which departed Honolulu on Oct. 9, 1853, and arrived in San Francisco on Oct. 28. From there it was sent to Panama on the California, which departed on Nov. 1 and arrived on Nov. 17. It was carried from Aspinwall to New York on the USMSC Illinois, which departed on Nov. 19 and arrived on Nov. 28.
Fred Gregory records a total of 40 covers bearing this issue, this being the third earliest use. The two earlier covers are dated July 3 and August 16.
Gregory Census No. 5-3. Ex Golden. With 1968 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE MIXED FRANKING, PRECISELY PREPAYING THE HAWAIIAN 5-CENT RATE, THE UNITED STATES 20-CENT DOUBLE RATE, AND THE 2-CENT SHIP CAPTAIN’S FEE.
There is evidence on this cover indicating that when it left the post office at Hilo, there was additional Hawaiian postage affixed, which was removed at Honolulu, and, in its place, the two United States stamps were affixed. Beneath the 10c and 12c stamps are scuffs in the envelope, of the size and shape that would result if other stamps were peeled off. The scuffs were not there when the address was written (the letter “n” of “Munson” is affected), but were there before the U.S. stamps were affixed and then cancelled at the San Francisco post office (the datestamps are impressed over the scuffs). The Honolulu “U.S. Postage Paid” marking confirms that the letter was fully prepaid at Hilo, probably with two 13c Kamehameha stamps, which, together with the 5c, would nearly cover the 32c postage (underpaid 1c or charged to sender). The use of 10c and 12c 1851-55 Issues on the same cover from Hawaii is rare -- in this case, they precisely paid the 22c U.S. postage (2 x 10c postage plus 2c ship captain’s fee).
This cover was carried on the American bark Yankee, which cleared Honolulu on May 3, 1856, and arrived in San Francisco on May 20. It was carried by the Pacific Mail Steamship Company’s John L. Stephens, departing on May 21 and arriving at Panama City on June 4. The mail was carried across the isthmus to Aspinwall, and from there it left on the U.S. Mail Steamship Company’s George Law, departing June 4, 1853, and arriving in New York on June 13. The George Law was renamed Central America in 1857, the year that she sank in a hurricane, claiming hundreds of lives and tons of gold.
Ex Atherton, Honolulu Academy of Arts and Honolulu Advertiser. Illustrated in Gregory book (page II- 81). With 1995 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED COVER BEARING A PAIR OR ANY MULTIPLE OF THE 1853 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III FIRST PRINTING. AN OUTSTANDING UNITED STATES AND HAWAII MIXED-FRANKING COVER.
This cover comes from the Archer correspondence, which includes the unique Missionary/Kamehameha mixed franking from our Honolulu Advertiser sale (now part of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum collection). The small red pencil “32c”, a Hawaiian post office notation, accurately reflects the necessary postage for a double-rate letter (2 x 5c Hawaiian and 2 x 10c U.S. plus the 2c ship captain’s fee). The pair of U.S. 12c 1851 stamps involved a 2c overpayment, but overpayments were not unusual.
This cover was carried on the American bark Yankee, which cleared Honolulu on September 4, 1856, and arrived in San Francisco on September 21. It was carried by the Pacific Mail Steamship Company’s Golden Gate, departing on October 6 and arriving at Panama City on October 20. The mail was carried across the isthmus to Aspinwall, and from there it probably caught the October 20 sailing of the U.S. Mail Steamship Company’s George Law, which arrived in New York on October 30. The George Law was renamed Central America in 1857, the year that she sank in a hurricane, claiming hundreds of lives and tons of gold.
Ex Gibson, Admiral Harris, Ostheimer, Honolulu Advertiser and “Sevenoaks”. Weill backstamp. Illustrated and discussed in Meyer-Harris (pages 36-37)