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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1390, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu, Hawaiian Is./Nov. 7, 1850, Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./Nov. 7, 1850Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./Nov. 7, 1850. Bold strike of blue two-line handstamp on blue folded letter datelined "Wahoo October 25th 1850" and addressed to Mr. John H. Jones in Cold Spring, New York, light strike of orange-red "San Francisco 40 15 Dec." integral-rate circular datestamp, receipt docketing of Jan. 25, 1851, minor edgewear

VERY FINE. ONLY NINE EXAMPLES OF THE HONOLULU STRAIGHTLINE POSTMARK ARE RECORDED STRUCK IN BLUE. A GREAT HAWAIIAN RARITY.

This cover was carried on the bark Spartacus, which departed Honolulu November 7, 1850, and arrived in San Francisco on December 10. It was carried to Panama on the California, which departed on December 15 and arrived on January 3, 1851. After crossing the Isthmus by mule and riverboat, it left Chagres on the Falcon, which departed on January 12 or 13 and arrived in New York on January 24 after a stop at Havana.

Fred Gregory records a total of 35 examples of this straightline marking. Of these, the first nine are struck in blue, including one other with the same markings and sent on the same ships as the example offered here. The change from blue to black seems to have occurred after December 7, 1850.

E. 15,000-20,000
25,000
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1391, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu, Hawaiian Is./April 30, 1851, Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./April 30, 1851Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./April 30, 1851. Well-struck two-line datestamp on buff cover to Miss A. E. Bond in Boston, neat "San Francisco Cal. 1 Jun." (1851) circular datestamp, red crayon "42" rate (40c via Panama rate plus 2c ship fee), barely reduced at right, cover with small scuff at center from wax seal

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL CLEAR STRIKE OF THE HONOLULU STRAIGHTLINE DATESTAMP ON A 42-CENT RATE COVER TO THE EAST COAST.

This cover was carried to San Francisco on the British clipper ship John Calvin, which departed Honolulu on Apr. 30, 1851, and arrived on May 24. It was carried to Panama on the Constitution, which departed on Jun. 1 and arrived on Jun. 23. After crossing the isthmus by mulepack and riverboat, it left Chagres on the Empire City, which departed on Jun. 26 and arrived in New York on Jul. 6 after stopping at Kingston, Jamaica.

Gregory Census No. 24. Ex Van Dyke, Ishikawa and Golden. With 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
7,000
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1392, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Oct. 21 (1853), Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Oct. 21 (1853)Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Oct. 21 (1853). Red circular datestamp on cover to William N. Armstrong in Blanford Mass. and forwarded to Andover Mass., light strike of "San Francisco Cal. 10 Nov." circular datestamp and "PAID/8/SHIP" handstamp, orange-red "Blanford Mass. 15 Dec." circular datestamp and matching "Paid 3" in circle handstamp, minor wear, Very Fine, carried on the Zoe, which departed Honolulu Oct. 22 and arrived in San Francisco Nov. 9, ex Adm. Harris and Golden, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
850
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1393, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu U.S. Postage Paid Jun. 30, Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Jun. 30Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Jun. 30. Neat strike of red circular datestamp on cover to Henry Hutchinson in New York, red "San Francisco Cal. 12 Paid Jul. 25, 1859" circular datestamp, docketed at top, Very Fine, carried on the Am.bk. Frances Palmer which departed Honolulu June 30 and arrived San Francisco July 24

E. 300-400
475
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1394, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu Hawaiian-Islands Jun. 23 (1860), Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Jun. 23 (1860)Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Jun. 23 (1860). Red circular datestamp on legal-size cover to James Hunnewell in Boston, "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 16, 1860" circular datestamp, blue crayon "42" quadruple rate (40c collect plus 2c ship fee), docketed "Cotton Gin's pr Bark 'Arctic', November 1861 Invoice, Bill of Lading &c", some wear including small repair at upper left, otherwise Fine quadruple-rate use, carried on the bark Comet, which departed Honolulu June 23 and arrived in San Francisco Jul. 16 (Monday departure of Butterfield overland stagecoach), ex Golden

E. 200-300
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1395, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu, U.S. Postage Paid, Sep 1, Honolulu, U.S. Postage Paid, Sep 1Honolulu, U.S. Postage Paid, Sep 1. Red circular datestamp on legal size cover to Brooklyn N.Y., endorsed "Commission and Evidence, Fred L. Hanks, Commissioner" at top and "Deposited in the Post Office, Honolulu Sandwich Islands, 31 August, 1861" on back, bold "San Francisco Cal. Sep. 30, 1861" double-circle datestamp, reduced at sides and top and with some edgewear, U.S. postage affixed over Hawaiian marking has been removed, still Fine and unusual early official use

E. 300-400
300
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1396, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu, Hawaiian-Islands, May 20 (1861), Honolulu, Hawaiian-Islands, May 20 (1861)Honolulu, Hawaiian-Islands, May 20 (1861). Red circular datestamp on small cover to Rochester N.Y., bold "San Francisco Cal. 12 Jun. 11 1861" circular datestamp, with original enclosure which mentions "Our intelligence from St. Louis comes though per Pony Express - in a very short time - our latest dates being April 15, less than a month - What an improvement on the old Cape Horn system", missing part of top flap and opened at sides, still Very Fine

E. 300-400
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 282, HawaiiHonolulu, 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
7,500
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 283, HawaiiHonolulu * 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
15,500
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Sale Number 1223, Lot Number 8082, Hawaii and Pacific IslandsHAWAII, Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Mar. 16, HAWAII, Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Mar. 16HAWAII, Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Mar. 16. Neat strike of red circular datestamp on blue 1859 folded letter from Charles Harris to Albert R. Hatch in Portsmouth N.H., red "San Francisco Cal. Paid Apr. 20, 1859" circular datestamp, manuscript box charge number, light vertical file fold well away from markings, Very Fine, carried on the Yankee, which departed March 28 and arrived San Francisco April 18

E. 300-400
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