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FILTER: Area=United States, Sub Area=U.S. Possessions, Issue/Country=Hawaii, All Sale Dates thru 2020/01/01, Catalogue = Honolulu
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Hawaii
2019-12-17
United States Postal History and Confederate States
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2170, HawaiiHonolulu, Hawaiian Is/Nov. 30, 1850, Honolulu, Hawaiian Is/Nov. 30, 1850Honolulu, Hawaiian Is/Nov. 30, 1850. Bold strike of two-line handstamp in blue on blue folded letter datelined "Honolulu Nov. 28th 1850" to Mrs. Thomas Weill in New Bedford Mass., orange "San Francisco 40 1 Jan." integral-rate circular datestamp, faint vertical file fold ends in small edge tears (not affecting any markings), small stained spot in address

VERY FINE. A NEWLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE HONOLULU STRAIGHTLINE AND ONE OF ONLY TEN STRUCK IN BLUE.

This cover was carried on the bark Connecticut, which departed Honolulu on December 7, 1850, and arrived in San Francisco on December 31. It was carried to Panama on the PMSS Carolina, which departed on January 1 (1851) and arrived on January 19. After crossing the isthmus by mule pack and riverboat, it left Chagres on the USMSC Georgia, which departed on January 28 and arrived in New York on February 8 after stopping at Havana.

Fred Gregory records a total of 35 examples of the Honolulu straightline handstamp. Of these, the first nine are struck in blue during a brief time period -- between November 2 and December 7, 1850. This newly recorded cover raises the count to 36 total with ten struck in blue. This was used on the same day as the cover offered in our 2011 sale of the David Golden collection (Sale 1009, lot 65)

E. 15,000-20,000
13,500
United States
U.S. Possessions
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Hawaii
2018-10-25
United States and CSA Postal History
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Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2372, HawaiiHonolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*May 11, Honolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*May 11Honolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*May 11. Bold strike of red circular datestamp on 1852 cover to Mr. William Spencer in New London Conn., "San Francisco Cal. 15 Jun." circular datestamp, with original 1852-dated contents with letter written in two directions to maximize content while minimizing weight (handwritten transcript accompanies), fascinating contents includes 130-day trip to Hawaii etc., small piece out at bottom left, some edgewear and soiling, still Very Fine, carried on the Hawaiian schooner Maria, which departed Honolulu May 12 with a stop at Lahaina, it arrived in San Francisco May 15

E. 200-300
450
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U.S. Possessions
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Hawaii
2018-10-25
United States and CSA Postal History
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Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2373, HawaiiHonolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*May 5, Honolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*May 5Honolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*May 5. Red circular datestamp on 1855 buff cover to Mr. Leo Eraus (?) in Perrysville Md., "SHIP" and "12" handstamps, "San Francisco Cal. 1 Jun." circular datestamp, with 1855-dated enclosure, Very Fine, carried on the American bark Yankee, which departed Honolulu at 11 am on May 5 and arrived in San Francisco May 22

E. 200-300
190
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Hawaii
2018-03-27
United States and Possessions
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Sale Number 1179, Lot Number 2779, U.S. Possessions: Hawaii, Missionaries thru Kamehameha III IssuesHAWAII, Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./June 4, 1851, HAWAII, Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./June 4, 1851HAWAII, Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./June 4, 1851. Clear strike of two-line datestamp on cover to Miss Mary O. Ford, care of Rev. John Ford, Parsippany N.J., sender’s route directive “Via Panama” at lower left, light strike of red “San Francisco 1 Jul.” circular datestamp and matching “Paid” and “12” handstamps, with original enclosure datelined “Honolulu June 1st 1851”, from American missionary E. K. Whittlesey, excellent contents regarding missionary life, some slight toning and edgewear

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE HONOLULU STRAIGHTLINE ON A DOUBLE-RATE COVER PREPAID FOR THE NEW 6-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE AND POSTMARKED AT SAN FRANCISCO ON JULY 1, 1851, THE FIRST DAY OF THE 1851 RATES.

The 6c transcontinental rate was effective from July 1, 1851, to April 1, 1855. This cover was carried on the American bark Joseph Butler, which departed Honolulu June 4, 1851, and arrived in San Francisco on July 1. It was then carried on the PMSC Panama, which departed on July 1 (arrival date uncertain, about July 20). After crossing the isthmus, it was carried from Chagres on the USMSC Empire City, which departed July 25 and arrived in New York on August 6 after a stop in Kingston, Jamaica.

Ex Edward S. Knapp, George J. Kramer and Steven C. Walske.

E. 7,500-10,000
10,500
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U.S. Possessions
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Hawaii
2017-12-12
Stampless Stories: A Postal History of America
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Sale Number 1171, Lot Number 130, Hawaii & Far EastHonolulu, Hawaiian Is./Jan. 29, 1851, Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./Jan. 29, 1851Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./Jan. 29, 1851. Clear strike of italic-style two-line handstamp in black on cover to Dr. Noah A. Chapin in Newport N.H. and forwarded to Winchester N.H., orange-red “San Francisco Cal. 1 Mar.” circular datestamp and red crayon “42" rate (40c transcontinental rate plus 2c ship captain’s fee), manuscript “Ford” and “5”, totaled in manuscript to “47”, red “Newport N.H. Apr. 10” circular datestamp, manuscript “Overland" at lower left suggests the sender intended this to go via Mexico

VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE HONOLULU STRAIGHTLINE, THE FIRST HANDSTAMPED POSTMARK OF HAWAII, USED BY HAWAII’S FIRST POSTMASTER, HENRY M. WHITNEY.

Fred Gregory records a total of 35 examples of this straightline marking. This letter was carried on the Corsair, which departed Honolulu January 31, 1851, and arrived in San Francisco on February 19. It was then carried on the PMSS California from San Francisco to Panama on March 5, 1851. After crossing the isthmus, it was carried on the USMSS Georgia, which departed Chagres around March 27, stopped at Havana on April 3, and arrived in New York on April 7.

Gregory Census No. 14. Illustrated in Ashbrook, Vol. II, page 242. Ex Honolulu Advertiser and Goldberg.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
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U.S. Possessions
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Hawaii
2017-12-12
Stampless Stories: A Postal History of America
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Sale Number 1171, Lot Number 131, Hawaii & Far EastHonolulu * U.S. Postage Paid * May 21 (1853), Honolulu * U.S. Postage Paid * May 21 (1853)Honolulu * U.S. Postage Paid * May 21 (1853). Bold strike of red circular datestamp on cover to Addafer, Russia (now Adavere, Estonia), addressed to “Madame C. de Ditmar, par St. Petersbourg, Dorpat et Oberpahlen a Addafer" with notation at top “Russie, Gouvernement Livonie”, “C.D.” seal on flap, manuscript “forwarded by H. Hackfeld Honolulu 21 May” on back, “San Francisco Cal. Jul. 5” circular datestamp and “PAID” handstamp, red crayon “28” rate (26c postage plus 2c ship fee), red “New York Aug. 10” transit datestamp on back and “PAID PART” straightline handstamp on front, red “AMERICA/UBER BREMEN” two-line handstamp, manuscript German transit fee in blue ink and pencil, Berlin transit (Aug. 30) and Russian receiving backstamps, receipt docketing on back “23 Marz 1853 P. P. Hafen”, light horizontal fold

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE COVER FROM THE EXPLORER CARL VON DITMAR ON HIS EXPEDITION TO THE REMOTE KAMCHATKA PENINSULA IN THE EASTERN SIBERIAN MARITIME PROVINCE. MAILED FROM HAWAII TO RUSSIA VIA SAN FRANCISCO, PANAMA, NEW YORK AND BY AMERICAN PACKET TO BREMEN.

We are aware of three covers from Hawaii to Russia. This cover and another (ex Honolulu Advertiser and William H. Gross) are addressed to Madame C(onde) von Ditmar in Addafer. The third cover is addressed to Y. L. Lortsch in Libau. The manuscript notation “P.P. Hafen” on the back of this cover and the other to Madame von Ditmar identify their origin. “P.P. Hafen” is an abbreviation for Petropavlovsk Hafen (Harbor), located in the Eastern Siberian peninsula of Kamchatka between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea. From 1851 to 1855 this remote volcanic region was explored and mapped by Carl von Ditmar (the subject of his book, Reisen and Aufenthalt in Kamchatka in den Jahren 1851-1855). Von Ditmar wrote the letter once contained in this cover on March 23, 1853 (as per receipt docketing) and sent it to Honolulu, probably on a passing whaling vessel. At Honolulu the forwarders, Hackfeld & Co., placed it in the Hawaii-U.S. mail for Russia.

Once it entered the mail at Honolulu, the cover was carried by the British brig Gazelle, which departed Lahaina on June 4, 1853, and arrived in San Francisco on July 5. From there it was carried to Panama on the PMSS Brother Jonathan, which departed on July 15 and arrived around July 28. It crossed the isthmus and was carried from Aspinwall to New York by the USMSS Illinois, which departed on August 1 and arrived on August 10. At New York it was put on the Ocean Line’s Washington, which departed on August 13 and arrived at Bremen on August 29. The address lists “St. Petersbourg, Dorpat et Oberpahlen a Addafer” as transit points, which are today in Russia and Estonia. After a journey of more than five months, it reached Madame von Ditmar in early September.

From July 1, 1851, to August 15, 1853, the Bremen Convention rate to Russia was 20c (retained by the U.S.), regardless of the distance to New York. The 28c rate indicated on this cover apparently includes 6c for transcontinental postage (an error) and the 2c ship fee. Postage due to the German postal system was collected from the addressee.

In 1854, the French and British, who were battling Russian forces on the Crimean Peninsula, attacked Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. During the Siege of Petropavlovsk, 988 men with a mere 68 guns managed to defend the outpost against 6 ships with 206 guns and 2,540 French and British soldiers. Despite the heroic defense, Petropavlovsk was abandoned as a strategic liability after the Anglo-French forces withdrew. The next year when a second enemy force came to attack the port, they found it deserted. Frustrated, the ships bombarded the city and withdrew.

Illustrated in Richard F. Winter’s article, “United States–Russia Mail: 1840-1875, Part 1: Bremen Mail, British Mail, Prussian Closed Mail” (Chronicle 241), and Gregory’s Hawaii Foreign Mail to 1870 (Vol. I, p. 314). Ex Golden.

E. 15,000-20,000
17,500
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U.S. Possessions
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Hawaii
2017-12-12
Stampless Stories: A Postal History of America
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Sale Number 1171, Lot Number 132, Hawaii & Far EastHonolulu * U.S. Postage Paid * Feb. 16 (1853), Honolulu * U.S. Postage Paid * Feb. 16 (1853)Honolulu * U.S. Postage Paid * Feb. 16 (1853). Perfect bold strike of red circular datestamp on light blue folded cover to Manchester, England, addressed to Messrs. Butterworth & Brooks, sender’s notation “paid throughout”, “San Francisco Cal. 16 Mar.” circular datestamp, “PAID” handstamp and manuscript “31” rate (29c West Coast rate to England plus 2c ship fee), red “19” credit handstamp applied in New York, red “America Liverpool Paid AP 25 53” transit datestamp, Manchester receiving backstamp (Apr. 25)

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF MAIL FROM HAWAII TO ENGLAND VIA SAN FRANCISCO, PANAMA AND NEW YORK.

This cover was carried on the PMSS Sierra Nevada, which departed Honolulu on February 16, 1853, Lahaina on February 24, and arrived in San Francisco on March 15. It was then carried to Panama on the PMSS Golden Gate, which departed San Francisco on March 16 and arrived on March 28. It crossed the isthmus to Aspinwall, where it was carried to New York on the USMSS Illinois, which departed on March 31 and arrived on April 9. It was sent to Boston for the April 13 Cunarder sailing of the Niagara, which arrived in Liverpool on April 25.

The accompanying 2011 P.F. certificate notes that the ink on the address panel has been retraced, but the ink of the address is original and unaltered, and there are faint traces of secondary lines in grayish ink outside the address, which are not obvious, nor do they appear to be an effort to strengthen the address (the cover has not been cleaned). We think they might be artifacts of an attempt to use a mechanical writing/copying device at the time. Two similar covers from the same correspondence are illustrated in Gregory’s Hawaii Foreign Mail to 1870 (Vol. I, p. 312).

Ex Admiral Harris and Golden.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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U.S. Possessions
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Hawaii
2017-12-12
Stampless Stories: A Postal History of America
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Sale Number 1171, Lot Number 133, Hawaii & Far EastHonolulu * U.S. Postage Paid * Nov. 20 (1852), Honolulu * U.S. Postage Paid * Nov. 20 (1852)Honolulu * U.S. Postage Paid * Nov. 20 (1852). Bold strike of red circular datestamp on buff cover to Mr. Joseph Huestes in Crown Point N.Y., bold strike of blue “San Francisco Cal. 16 Dec.” circular datestamp with matching “PAID” and “8” in circle handstamps, some slight cover wrinkles and wear, Very Fine and exceedingly rare, perhaps 15 covers are known from Hawaii with the San Francisco markings struck in blue, ex Van Dyke, Pietsch and Walske

E. 300-400
650
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U.S. Possessions
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Hawaii
2017-06-28
The Keith J. Steiner Collection of Hawaiian Numeral Issues
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Sale Number 1161, Lot Number 1002, Inter-Island Stampless MailHonolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*Mar. 10, Honolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*Mar. 10Honolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*Mar. 10. Bold strike of red circular datestamp on folded letter datelined "Punahou March 16th 1852" and addressed to Rev. Dwight Baldwin at Lahaina, one-page letter from his 15-year-old son in school, light vertical file folds, some toning

VERY FINE. POSSIBLY THE EARLIEST USE OF THE HONOLULU "HAWAIIAN ISLANDS" CIRCULAR DATESTAMP ORDERED BY POSTMASTER WHITNEY.

The earliest date for the "U.S. Postage Paid" version is February 10, 1852. In addition to its early date, the example offered here is remarkable because it is struck on an inter-island letter. This marking was used almost exclusively on mail to other countries. The anachronism of the "Mar. 10" date in the postmark and the March 16 letter date can only be explained with "they made a mistake."

Ex Van Dyke (with his backstamp) and Golden

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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U.S. Possessions
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Hawaii
2017-05-11
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3888, U.S. Possessions incl. HawaiiHAWAII, Honolulu March 7th 1843, HAWAII, Honolulu March 7th 1843HAWAII, Honolulu March 7th 1843. Dateline on folded letter to Miss Mary Knapp in Round Hill Conn., sender is the recipient's brother, Horton Owen Knapp (1813-1845), who arrived in Hawaii as part of the eighth company on the Mary Frasier from Boston on April 9, 1837, fantastic contents incl. "These islands have recently ceded over to Queen Victoria and we are now under the British Flag. Lord George Paulit, Captain of the British frigate 'Carysfort' took possession on the 25th February in the name of Her Britain's Majesty Queen Victoria. He had been here but a few days when he proceeded to this movement, and probably he would have done it sooner had the king not been absent at Maui.", the sender goes on to discuss some of the particulars of the takeover and also opines "We have some hopes, though little expectations, that the islands will ever again become independent...if they must be subject to either Great Britain or France we should prefer to be as we are under the British Flag.", end of letter states "I just now close this letter as I expect to send it by the U.S. Ship 'Boston' which is to sail tomorrow for Charleston near Boston", red "Boston Mass. Aug. 4" circular datestamp with matching "SHIP" and "20" in circle handstamps, fresh and Very Fine, a fascinating letter

E. 500-750
1,600
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